Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for July 2018

OUR CLASSICAL MUSIC COLUMNIST LIZ LEATHERDALE, FOUNDER AND OWNER OF COLCHESTER CLASSICS, BRINGS YOU HER PICK OF JULY’S CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENTS IN, AND AROUND, COLCHESTER.

FREE PUBLICITY! If  you are involved in music-making, we are privileged to offer a free publicity service to our local community with concert previews and reviews with weekly columns in printed publications such as the Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette and a monthly page in Essex Life. We also offer regularly contributions to websites such as Colchester 101.

If you have a concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.

The annual Thaxted Festival takes place over four weekends in June and July 2018. All concerts are held in the superb acoustic of Thaxted’s magnificent medieval church, continuing the tradition of Gustav Holst’s first Festival in 1916.

Thaxted Festival 2018 highlights include Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello virtuoso and winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016, accompanied by his sister Isata, in a recital of sonatas by Poulenc, Debussy and Brahms, internationally acclaimed pianist Freddy Kempf performs Etudes by Chopin and Rachmaninov, while one of the finest British string ensembles, the Endellion Quartet, presents works by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak.

Tickets: £12 for under 30. Enquiries (01371 831421), www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk or email thaxtedfestival@btconnect.com

Colchester’s Summer Organ Recital is launched by James Davy, the young Director of Music at Chelmsford Cathedral. James’ lunchtime concert takes place on Tuesday 10 July at 1pm in Colchester’s Town Hall, High Street, Colchester.

Entry is free with a retiring collection for the Friends of the Moot Hall Organ.

Next weekend, Jonathan Lilley, Director of Music at Waltham Abbey Church, will be performing on the organ at St Peter-ad-Vincula in Coggeshall. His programme includes a transcription of the mighty Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgky. The audience will be able to see Jonathan’s fancy footwork and keyboard chaos on a big screen.

This takes place on Saturday July 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets from £5.

Also at St Peter’s church, the Kelvedon Singers, presents a programme to suit all tastes with music by composers associated with World War 1, including songs beloved by the soldiers of the day right contrasting with madrigals and music from Broadway. This concert is in aid of Colchester Samaritans. Sunday July 8 at 6.30pm in St Peter-ad-vincula, Coggeshall.

Tickets are £16 including refreshments.

The Maldon Festival ends with Menotti’s comic look at two spinsters, desperate endeavour to find a man in his opera The Old Maid and the Thief. Saturday July 7 at 7pm  in St Mary’s Church, Maldon.

Tickets from £12 (01621 856503) or www.maldonfestival.org.uk

Established in 1967, Hutton & Shenfield Choral Society is the largest choral society in Brentwood and performs in various venues and, from time to time, in Chelmsford Cathedral. This month it is doing just that with a performance of Poulenc’s Gloria with soprano soloist Alexandra Kidgel and accompanied by the Aurelian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tim Hooper.  Also on the programme is a selection of Mendelssohn and Elgar songs. Saturday 14 July at 7.30pm in Chelmsford Cathedral.

Tickets: £17 (07540 087 220) or email hscstickets@outlook.com

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Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for June 2018

OUR CLASSICAL MUSIC COLUMNIST LIZ LEATHERDALE, FOUNDER AND OWNER OF COLCHESTER CLASSICS, BRINGS YOU HER PICK OF JUNE’S CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENTS IN, AND AROUND, COLCHESTER.

FREE PUBLICITY! If  you are involved in music-making, we are  privileged to offer a free publicity service to our local community with concert previews and reviews with weekly columns in printed publications such as the Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette and a monthly page in Essex Life. We also offer regularly contributions to websites such as Colchester 101.

If you have a concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.

In 2004 Helen Vollam broke the glass ceiling when she became the first woman to be appointed Principal Trombone in a London orchestra, and the first in a UK orchestra since Maisie Ringham of the Halle Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli from 1945-55. Helen remains in this prestigious principal post in the BBC Symphony Orchestra.  Colchester audiences will have the pleasure of hearing Helen as soloist in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Trombone Concerto on Saturday June 9. Originally scored for solo trombone and military band, the work has a wonderfully lyrical second movement, while the outer movements show the trombone’s technical possibilities. It is a short work, 10 or so minutes and it is thought that the work was written while Rimsky-Korsakov was serving as a naval officer and appointed as an ‘Inspector of Military Bands’.

Other Russian musical delights crammed into the same concert include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 Pathetique and Khachaturian’s Spartacus Suite No.2, made famous as the theme to the 1970s and 80s TV programme “The Onedin Line”.

The Colchester Symphony Orchestra, led by Philippa Barton and conducted by Chris Phelps plays on Saturday June 9 at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.Tickets: £15 (01206 271128)

The next day, Chris will be conducting the Hadleigh Choral Society in its Summer concert, Land of Hope and Glory at 6.30pm in the  United  Reformed Church, The Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DL.

Tickets: £10 (01473 827888)

Next month the leader of the Colchester Symphony Orchestra will be the soloist with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra in Finzi’s Introit and Saint-Saens’ Havanaise. This concert also includes Butterworth’s beautiful Banks of Green Willow and Saint-Saens’ Symphony No.2.

Sunday July 1 at 5pm in St Peter’s Church, Sudbury.  Ticket availability email tickets@sudburysymphonyorchestra.com

Here is your chance to meander around the gardens at Moverons Farm accompanied by music from 16th century to present day performed by the Colchester Chamber Choir. Landscape gardener and choir member Lesley Gunfield is opening her gardens at her Farm in Brightlingsea for the choir’s next musical adventure tomorrow afternoon. The gardens are full of flowers and shrubs, walled gardens, woodland, ponds and sculptures overlooking the Colne Estuary. Tickets: £12.50 including an afternoon tea and garden walks.

Saturday June 8 at 3pm. www.colchesterchamberchoir.org or (01206 820813)

Last month the Suffolk Villages Festival offered a rare performance of John Eccles’ opera Semele. This month it offers its second Musical Tea Party with English 17th century music provided by the John Jenkins Consort accompanying a lavish tea with a glass of prosecco. Tickets: £20 including a tea and musical accompaniment.

Sunday June 17 at 3.30pm in the Assembly Rooms, Dedham. www.suffolkvillagesfestival.com

Maldon is especially famous for its salt, being the home of the last remaining Thames Barges and the Maldon Mud Race. The annual Maldon Music Festival is also now becoming a notable feature and this year is from 23 June until 7 July. It opens with a family concert performed by local children and the choir of St Mary’s Church to include Joseph Horovitz’s light-hearted and engaging version of the story of Noah’s Ark, Captain Noah’s Floating Zoo.

Christopher Weston and Alisdair Hogarth return to the festival to perform the original piano duet of Stravinsky’s famous ballet The Rite of Spring and Holst’s original version of his most famous work, The Planets.

Full festival details are available from Maldon Tourist Information Office (01621 856503) or www.maldonfestival.org.uk

SOUNDS OF ESSEX: Youth Music & Wellbeing Festival A FREE EVENT FOR ALL! It takes place on Saturday 30 June from 10am to 6pm in Central Park, Chelmsford, Essex ending with a concert in Chelmsford Cathedral from 7-8pm. This event is a collaboration between Essex Music Education Hub, Essex Youth Service and Young Essex Assembly.

The aim of the Festival is to showcase and celebrate young music-making from around Essex including Orchestras, jazz, Choirs, world music, singer-songwriters and rock bands. The free activities for all ages that have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing: rides, photobooths, caricature artists, climbing wall, graffiti sessions and much more.

The Festival ends with a concert at 7pm of Phil Toms oratorio, Island with Essex school choirs and our orchestras.

Click here to hear more about Island’s premier performance in Ely Cathedral www.myislandhome.co.uk

WHAT IS THE SOUNDS OF ESSEX FESTIVAL?

#SoundsofEssex was launched in 2017 as a two-day festival organised by Essex Music Education Hub, to celebrate young people’s musical learning across Essex, and to mark the 60th year of the music services. Following the success of this festival, we decided to run is again in 2018, this time with the support of Essex Youth Service and Essex Young Assembly.

Sounds of Essex is open to all young people to engage with music, and will feature a range of performances and free workshops that anyone can participate in as well as fun free activities focused around positive mental-health and wellbeing. Click on the video below to view the show reel from last year’s festival which featured special commissions, our world record attempt and a host of young performers from across the county.

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Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for May 2018

OUR CLASSICAL MUSIC COLUMNIST LIZ LEATHERDALE, FOUNDER AND OWNER OF COLCHESTER CLASSICS, BRINGS YOU HER PICK OF APRIL’S CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENTS IN, AND AROUND, COLCHESTER.

FREE PUBLICITY! If  you are involved in music-making, we are  privileged to offer a free publicity service to our local community with concert previews and reviews with weekly columns in printed publications such as the Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette and a monthly page in Essex Life. We also offer regularly contributions to websites such as Colchester 101.

If you have a concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.

Composer, conductor, showman: Leonard Bernstein was the ultimate musical all-rounder. To celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday year, there are many concerts and talks taking place about his music.

On Saturday 5 May the Lexden Choral Society under John Chillingworth and accompanied by the Kingfisher Sinfonietta are doing just that with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. To enhance the enjoyment and understanding of this marvellous work, John’s wife, Angela, precedes the performance with a talk.  By the way, if you are interested in hearing more about Bernstein, Chris Green’s Day Workshop takes place on May 11. Details from the Ipswich Institute (01473 253992).

Back to 5 May when the Lexden Choral Society also performs Vivaldi’s popular Gloria and Handel’s Coronation Anthem, Zadok the Priest.  St. Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Saturday May 5 at 7.30pm.

Tickets: £13 (01206 543280). www.lexdenchoral.org

Next month Witham Choral also performs both Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Zadok the Priest.  As Vivaldi’s Gloria is such a favourite, this choir are inviting choral singers to join them in a concert on Saturday June 9, 7.30pm at Witham United Reformed Church.

Further details (01245 380958) Tickets: £10 www.withamchoralsociety.org.uk

Last but not least, Friday Vivaldi’s Gloria will be performed again in in St Botolph’s Church this time with the Tiptree Choral Society and Sotto Voce, a choir of 30 singers from the South-West of France. In addition to independent pieces to showcase each choir, the combined choirs will be singing Vivaldi’s popular Gloria and Sunrise Mass by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, an uplifting new symphonic mass for choir and strings. The joint choirs perform on both Friday May 11 7:30pm at St Botolph’s Church and also on Saturday May 12 at Tolleshunt Knight’s Village Hall.

Tickets: £12 available on the door. www.tiptreechoral.uk

“First Steps in Historical Dance” is a series of workshops organised by The Historical Dance Society, giving a chance to try Early Dance and its music. On 12th May from 12.30 till 5pm at St Andrew’s Church & Church Hall in Marks Tey, dance tutor Helen Young will join local Early Music specialist Lizzie Gutteridge to give participants a first experience of 16th century dance forms including pavan, galliard, almaine and bransle. No experience is necessary. Some sessions will be held with dancers and musicians working together, and some time will be spent with dancers and musicians working in separate rooms. Dancers should wear low-heeled comfortable shoes, preferably not trainers. Musicians can bring any instrument, ancient or modern. Music will be sent out in advance.

To book your place or for more information please contact Lizzie Gutteridge: 07762 015645 or lizzie@elizabethgutteridge.co.uk Session costs £10 payable on the day.

Colchester-based charity Roman River Music presents one of the finest interpreters of classical and romantic repertoire. Internationally-renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism, Imogen Cooper is a leading pianist of her generation, whose performances glow with an impeccably expressive nuance. On Tuesday 29th May, Imogen will perform a Haydn’s Sonata in C major Hob XVI/50 and Beethoven’s Bagatelles op 119 and also his 33 Variations on a Waltz by Antonio Diabelli. This concert is at 7.30pm in the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

Tickets from £12. Box Office (01206 573948). www.romanrivermusic.org.uk

The Frinton Festival takes place over the final Bank Holiday weekend in May starting with a world premiere of The Remarkable Tale of Prince Unexpected by Joseph Phibbs in St Mary’s Parish Church on Friday 25 May, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet together with Schumann’s Second String Quartet and a suite for solo cello by Bach on Saturday 26 May in All Saints’ Church, Great Holland, and finally on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May the eagerly awaited return of The Massive Violins to Frinton’s Tennis Club . FREE tickets for those aged 8-25 are available for this concert thanks to the support of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

Further details on all concerts and ticket availability – www.frintonfestival.com

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Vote for The Warm and Toasty Club to Win £50,000

The Warm and Toasty Club have made it to the final of The People Projects for the Anglia East region and we have the chance to win £50,000 of National Lottery funding for our project Memory Afternoons – and we need your VOTE to help us win.

Memory Afternoons are charming befriending and conversation events for older people with delightful live entertainment. These unique events are all about making older folk feel cherished and valued whilst providing development opportunities for young aspiring artists.

With your help, we can invite up to 100 older people every week for a year, to a local community hall to share positive memories of their lives, be entertained by singers and dancers and take part in a range of activities that will help them feel less lonely and isolated.

Memory Afternoons have proved to be extremely successful over the past 4 years with The Warm and Toasty Club having held these afternoon events at retirement establishments in Colchester and Essex.

Our team put their heart and soul into making these events special and we would love to be able to take these events out into the community – your vote can help us deliver a year’s worth of these delightful afternoons at a set local venue with community transport to help bring our less mobile guests in.

Memory Afternoons will support, develop and showcase young emerging artists and provide opportunities for community arts professionals to work directly with the older participants.

Young songwriters will be supported in writing and performing songs about the shared memories, artists will draw and make memento cards and singers, dancers and entertainers will perform as collectively we chat, we laugh, we share and we get happy.

We want to get people away from the TV to act as the catalyst for change by getting them chatting, laughing and making friends, as positive face to face engagement is so good for your physical and mental well-being.

Memory Afternoons also capture people centered positive stories of days gone by for future generations to access on the archives of Essex Sound and Video Archive and Colchester Recalled and via our online podcasts. But this isn’t a dry offering, oh no, this is face to face engagement that is full of fun, laughter, singing and dancing.

By sharing memories of lives well lived we turn the mirror back on participants to celebrate the rich and varied lives they have lived – our events have shown to really work in helping participants feel good about their lives and open up, they feel cherished and appreciated and we have seen that by doing so their loneliness is lessened, their social activities and circle of friends improved, their long term memory and their cognitive skills improve, they get out of the house and their self-worth and confidence greatly improves.

We’ve seen the real difference Memory Afternoons make – giving a new-found joy and confidence so that older folk blossom again.

Feedback from participants:

“Memory Afternoons are a tonic for the soul” 

“You’ve given me my sparkle again” 

“You delivered happiness” 

“We love it, it lifts our spirits high”

“This work wakes us up, makes us think and makes us appreciate what we have today”

“It eliminates loneliness doesn’t it”

“When I walk out of here I feel warm and I feel contented”

We will also hold public entertainment events at Colchester Arts Centre to showcase the worth of our older generation to the wider public.

Winning this money would make such a big difference to the lives of older people in our area and allow us to set up a central local hub which they can attend weekly to chat, laugh and have fun and which they don’t have now. Many older Colchester residents (both living in care homes and independently in the community) face a lack of engagement or activities available and/or relevant to them, particularly when faced with issues of health, mobility and finance, this project will greatly help with that.

This funding will pay for the venue, staff, community transport, food and drink, equipment, singers, dancers and songwriters and give so much back to our community with our people centred approach.

If we win we’ve got big plans to make a big difference to older people’s lives with these lovely afternoon events but we can only do it with your help-please vote for Memory Afternoons 

#MemoryAfternoons Where older folk come to top up their happiness batteries

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Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for April 2018

OUR CLASSICAL MUSIC COLUMNIST LIZ LEATHERDALE, FOUNDER AND OWNER OF COLCHESTER CLASSICS, BRINGS YOU HER PICK OF APRIL’S CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENTS IN, AND AROUND, COLCHESTER.

FREE PUBLICITY! If  you are involved in music-making, we are  privileged to offer a free publicity service to our local community with concert previews and reviews with weekly columns in printed publications such as the Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette and a monthly page in Essex Life. We also offer regularly contributions to websites such as Colchester 101.

If you have a concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.

 

 

 

Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town and former capital of England. It has many visible connections and buildings from its Roman Heritage and the Siege of Colchester. In addition to being steeped in historical culture it has a thriving classical music scene with an abundance of musicians forming many choirs, ensembles and orchestras performing in beautiful venues such as the Old Barn at The Pimlott Foundation and St Botolph’s Church.

Roy Teed had been President of the Colchester Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years and much had been planned for a concert to celebrate his 90th birthday but sadly this was not to be as Roy passed away last year. His encyclopaedic knowledge of music was of great assistance to the orchestra for both concert repertoire and programme notes. He was a great admirer of Brahms and keen to promote young gifted soloists hence the choice of the Double Concerto with the young soloists Martyn Jackson (violin) and Rowena Calvert (cello). Given Roy’s considerable output as a composer (he was Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music), it is most appropriate that his Phantasy for Flute and Strings will be included in the concert. Flautist Debbie Rogers gave the premiere  of this work and will also be the soloist on Saturday 21 April at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester

Tickets: £15 (01206 271128) www.colchestersymphony.org.uk

Founded in 1984, Colchester New Music’s original aim was to support performances by local composers and also the students and staff from Colchester Institute’s then acclaimed Music Department. Now independent of the Institute, and known as CNM it continues with its aim plus develops projects in partnership with local organisations such as Firstsite, Colchester Arts Centre and the Friends of the Moot Hall Organ.

CNM has teamed up with the world’s busiest early keyboard duo, Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar and launched an international competition for keyboard music. The winning pieces will be performed at 3pm on Saturday 28 April 2018 at The Old Barn, Old House, Old House Road, Great Horkesley, Colchester CO6 4EQ.

Tickets: www.colchesternewmusic.com or contact Daniela at The Pimlott Foundation (01206 271291)

Wrabness is a small village near Manningtree and is home not only to Grayson’s Perry’s  A House for Essex but also All Saints’ Church, a 12th century building with its bells temporarily re-located in the 17th century to a wooden structure in the churchyard, where they remain today.

Twenty-five years ago, Liz Connah and her husband Trevor started the Wrabness concerts in All Saints’ Church.  Sunday April 15  4pm there is concert in memory of Liz who died suddenly before Christmas. The Archaeus String Quartet performs works by Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Schubert.

Tickets: £12 (01255 880791).  All Saints’ Church, Church Road, Wrabness CO11 2TG.

Saturday April 14 The Pimlott Foundation hosts an afternoon with Der Kleine Chor, a choir of fifteen singers from Bielefeld in Germany. The choir will perform music by Fanny, Felix and Arnold Mendelssohn which will be interspersed with songs selected and performed by Daniela Bechly and accompanied by George Ireland, one of the Foundation’s sponsored students. Saturday, April 14 at 5pm. Old House Barn, Colchester Co6 4EQ. Next Saturday the same venue hosts Colchester’s New Music concert at 3pm.

More info next week and here www.colchesternewmusic.com or (01206 271291)

Back to Sunday April 15 when in St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Felixstowe, there is a Come and Sing the Mozart Requiem. Rehearsal is at 12 noon and performance at 3pm. Tickets: £12 for singers and audience. (01394 670633). The following Saturday evening, April 21, the Halstead & District Choral Society under its new conductor James Davey will also perform Mozart’s Requiem in St Andrew’s Church, Halstead at 7.3opm.

Tickets: £10 (01787 478789)

Look out for more news in my weekly Classical columns in our local newspapers for latest news on concerts in April including the Clacton Choral Society accompanied by the Kingfisher Sinfonietta on April 28 in St James’ Church, Tower Road, Clacton.

Tickets £10 (01255 221511) www.clactonchoral.org.uk

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994. You can also read more from Liz at www.colchesterclassics.co.uk

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Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for March 2018 Part Two

OUR CLASSICAL MUSIC COLUMNIST LIZ LEATHERDALE, FOUNDER AND OWNER OF COLCHESTER CLASSICS, BRINGS YOU HER PICK OF THE SECOND HALF OF MARCH’S CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENTS IN, AND AROUND, COLCHESTER.

Tiptree Choral Society under its Musical Director Malcolm Boulter is performing works by Schubert and Brahms with soloists Carolyn Cook and Victor Sgarbi (these soloists were last heard in March in the choir’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah).

Schubert’s Mass in G, written in six days when he was just 18 years old, contrasts with the main work of the concert, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem which was written over eleven years.  The choir will be accompanied by pianists David Leveridge and Daniel Law.  Saturday March 24 at St Luke’s Church, Tiptree at 7.30pm.

Tickets: £12 (01206 734625) or on the door.

Last December the choir performed an uplifting new symphonic mass for choir and strings, Sunrise Mass by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. It can be heard again in a joint concert with a choir from the French city of Castelsarrasin on Friday 11 May in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester and again on Saturday 12 May at Tolleshunt Knights Village Hall.

Further details (01206 734625)

St Luke’s Church in Tiptree will also be the venue for the Chelmsford Singers in a mainly Mozart concert including his rarely-heard Mass in honour of the Most Holy Trinity and also Misericordias Domini. It also features J S Bach’s O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht and Haydn’s Insanae et vanae curae. Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 on the door.

Mozart’s Requiem, contrasting with Bob Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass, will be performed by the Anglia Singers under Chris Green at our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Braintree on Sunday March 18 at 4pm.

Tickets: £8 (01245 350988)

Back to Colchester when its Choral Society will be performing Faure’s Requiem and other works on Saturday 17 March with soloists Gill Wilson and Colin Baldy at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church. On Sunday the Kingfisher Ensemble and friends perform a programme of Mozart, Debussy and Brahms at 2.45pm in Lion Walk United Reformed Church, Colchester.

Tickets: £12

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra are pleased to introduce Christopher Bearman who will play Gregson’s Tuba Concerto in their Spring Concert in St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury at 6.00 pm on Sunday March 25th. Other works being performed at this concert include Mussorgsky’s Introduction to Khovanshchina and Tchaikovsky’ Symphony no. 5 in E minor.

Details here www.sudburysymphonyorchestra.com

And last but not least hear J S Bach’s St John Passion in St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Maldon, CM9 5HW on 30th March at 7.30pm. In the spirit of recreating Bach’s original devotional event, there is no entry charge. People are welcome to come along to experience the performance from whatever perspective they like: as an act of devotion, a moment of reflection, or simply to hear great music. There will be a retiring collection to help defray the costs of the professional orchestra etc.

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music, you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.

You can also read more from Liz at www.colchesterclassics.co.uk

FREE PUBLICITY! If you are involved in music-making, we are  privileged to offer a free publicity service to our local community with concert previews and reviews with weekly columns in printed publications such as the Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette and a monthly page in Essex Life. We also offer regularly contributions to websites such as Colchester 101.

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music, you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.

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Jumbo’s Restaurant in the Sky Takes a Big Step Closer

After decades of speculation and dashed hopes, plans to renovate Jumbo, Colchester’s unique Victorian water tower, have taken a huge step forward after the submission of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant application which will pave the way for residents and visitors to enjoy the spectacular views across Colchester and beyond that await at the top of the tower.

Photo: Darius Laws

Colchester and North East Essex Building Preservation Trust is working with partners, including the building’s owner Paul Flatman, on the multi-million pound project to conserve and renovate the Victorian Grade ll* listed landmark. The Trust’s plans will see the 34-metre Balkerne Water Tower, affectionately known as Jumbo, preserved and put back to use after 30 years of being vacant.

Trust Chairman, Simon Hall MBE, said: “Everything about the project is big and our Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application is a step on what will be a long journey to save this magnificent piece of Victorian industrial heritage for Colchester and the nation.

“Jumbo is recognised as the most important municipal water tower in the country and is testament to the skills of the Victorian engineers who built it in 1883. Since it ceased to be used as a water tower in 1987, it has sadly been standing idle and in 1993 it was put on the national Buildings at Risk register.

CNEEBPT/Mike Cameron Photography

“We have received excellent support from across our communities, Colchester Borough Council and heritage experts as we start the process of seeking funds for our plans. Clearly, Jumbo has a big place in the hearts of many people. This first grant would allow us to develop the plans fully before we source additional funds for the conservation and restoration. A second HLF application could then be made next year to allow work to start. If the second application is successful, the owner will grant the Trust a long lease and we will have saved Jumbo.”

Darius Laws (Con) Councillor for Castle Ward, in which Jumbo sits, added: “I know that every single Colchester Councillor, regardless of political colour, is committed to promoting and enhancing our unique heritage, and Jumbo preserved with a restaurant, bar and hire space in the sky represents a massive opportunity for Colchester.

This also an exciting opportunity to work with the Mercury Theatre, the Church Street Tavern, the Arts Centre and other nearby businesses to deliver a brand new public square at the base of Jumbo – just by the original Roman City entrance to Colchester.”

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If everything goes to plan, it will be at least two years before building work can start to give Jumbo its new lease of life. The present proposals include a split level restaurant. The stunning former water tank, with its unrivalled views, will be used as an intimate hire space for dining and arts, as well as a heritage interpretation area. A new floor will be inserted above the top level of brick arches to house a reception area and small gift shop. Above this, the impressive space of the former engineers’ room will become a bar.

The Trust has pledged to work closely with many community groups, including schools and colleges, to ensure everyone has access to Jumbo and can be inspired by this unique piece of industrial heritage.

So hopefully, within the next few years, the dream for many Colchester residents of at last being able to take in the view from the top of this unique building will become a reality, and Jumbo will live on, restored to its former glory and with a new purpose for the generations of Colcestrians to come.

Simon Crow

 

Turtle Bay Colchester – Review

 

I make no secret of my love of the Caribbean and its cuisine, nor of my delight at the opening of Turtle Bay on Colchester’s High Street just before Christmas. Several trips to Jamaica have given me a taste for such local delights as jerk chicken, curry goat and beef patties washed down with Red Stripe beer and rum based cocktails.

So the chance to along to what has fast become one of Colchester’s favourite restaurants to enjoy some of Turtle Bay’s delicious food and let you know what I thought about it was not one I was going to pass by!

We booked for Friday night, traditionally one of the busiest nights of the week, and when we arrived the restaurant was already busy and the standalone ‘island hut’ bar was buzzing with the Friday night crowd enjoying classic cocktails with a Turtle Bay twist made from a choice of a staggering 40+ hand-picked rums from across the Caribbean, as well as a magnificent mix of their signature cocktails too.

The Caribbean laid back vibe is all around you in this beach shack themed restaurant, the design of which is unique to Colchester and includes an open ‘street kitchen’ and a raised veranda seating area at the back of the main dining area, along with reclaimed wood and chequer-plate, lights hanging from beer crates and giant paintings on brick walls to complete the look. And, of course, reggae music playing in the background!

We decided to skip the bar and went straight to our table where we ordered drinks from our waitress. I ordered a Red Stripe to recapture the feeling of that first beer at the hotel pool bar after a long tiring day of travelling to Jamaica, and my partner decided to try a Reggae Rum Punch which apparently “hit the spot.” Nuff said!


After changing our minds several times about our starters thanks to the mouth-watering choices which included my favourite, Beef Patties, as well as such delights as Duck Rolls and the very tempting Jerk Glazed Pit Ribs, which will of course mean further trips back to sample them, we decided to share a Seafood Platter. It did not disappoint and there was ample food for us both, which included curried fish roti flatbread, chilli squid, crispy panko whitebait, sweet corn fritters, mango mole with herb mayo and a green salad. This turned out to be the perfect starter, or ‘cutter’ as they call it down Turtle Bay way.


After a short interval to let our starters go down our main courses were brought by our cheerful waitress. It is so noticeable at Turtle Bay how enthusiastic the staff are, and how knowledgeable they are about the menu, and tonight was to be no different as they took exceptional care of us as usual. I had decided to try the Guyanese Curry Duck. As a big fan of any Caribbean curries, and duck, I thought this might be the perfect marriage. And it proved to be so with the slow braised duck leg perfectly complemented by the citrus fruit flavours of the curry and served with coconut rice ‘n’ peas and dumplings as good as any you will find in the Caribbean.

My partner had no complaints either about her Jerk Chicken with was also served with coconut rice ‘n’ peas with a sour orange chutney, coconut shavings & Caribbean slaw. She said it was amongst the best she has ever eaten. Praise indeed.


Desserts were up next, though with our appetites now well and truly satisfied these were an indulgence rather than a necessity. Caymanas Upside Down Rum cake for me, with just enough of the rum taste coming through to excite the taste buds but without overwhelming the other flavours, and Spiced Rum and Chocolate Pot for my partner which also did not fail to deliver.

So, as ever, a fabulous dining experience at Colchester’s Turtle Bay, one in which you can lose yourself in the tastes, smells and sounds of the Caribbean for an hour or two.

Simon Crow

Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for March Part One

OUR CLASSICAL MUSIC COLUMNIST LIZ LEATHERDALE, FOUNDER AND OWNER OF COLCHESTER CLASSICS, BRINGS YOU HER PICK OF MARCH’S CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENTS IN, AND AROUND, COLCHESTER.

This month there is a chance to hear Richard Strauss’ famous Four Last Songs performed by young soprano Gemma Summerfield accompanied by the Essex Symphony Orchestra under its guest conductor, Philip Sunderland.

At the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Gemma Summerfield won both the First Prize and the Song Prize. Having recently completed her studies at the Royal College of Music International Opera School she is now an active recitalist, with concerts at the Wigmore Hall, St John’s, Smith Square and on BBC Radio 3. The orchestra will also perform Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 on Saturday March 3 at 7.30pm in Christ Church, New London Road, Chelmsford.

Tickets £14 (01245 601418) or on the door. www.essexsymphony.org.uk 

In complete contrast the following afternoon at the Ipswich Corn Exchange the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Family Concert. This year it is called Time Travellers with favourites including theme music from Doctor Who, Star Wars, The Planets and Star Trek. There is also an opportunity to try out musical instruments on the stage.

Sunday March 4 at 3pm.  Tickets:  £7 – £10. www.ipswichcornexchange.com

Following last year’s performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Colchester Choral Society conducted by Ian Ray presents a programme of French music including Faure’s well-known Requiem. This popular work is more often sung with full orchestra but the Society will perform it with soloists Gillian Wilson (soprano) and Colin Baldy (baritone) and the Colchester Sinfonia in its original 1893 version edited by John Rutter.  The original orchestration uses a solo violin, played by Jesse Ridley, in two of the movements. Faure’s popular Cantique de Jean Racine, his Piano Trio, with Jessie Ridley, Ian Ray (piano) and his cellist son, Oliver, and Poulenc’s expressive Four Penitential Motets complete the programme. Saturday March 17 at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.

Tickets: £15 available from Mann’s Music or www.colchesterchoralsociety.co.uk

The Tuesday before, Ian presents an organ recital of music by Alfred Hollins including his Trumpet Minuet and Song of Sunshine. The concert is called ‘Alfred the Great’ but is nothing to do with King Alfred and burnt cakes! Ian will perform on the magnificent Edwardian organ in the Moot Hall, Colchester Town Hall.  Admission is free with a retiring collection. Tuesday March 13 at 1pm.

The following day Ian will be accompanying local soprano Gill in a recital at the Lion Walk United Reformed Church in Colchester on Wednesday March 14 at 1pm.

Admission is free with a retiring collection.

Ian Ray has had a life-long commitment to stimulating the musical life of Colchester:  lecturer of music at the Colchester Institute for forty years, Director of Music at Lion Walk Church since 1969 including running the Wednesday lunchtime concert series, conductor of the town’s choral society since 1976 and the town’s Honorary Borough Organist since 1988, so it is no wonder that Ian recently received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex in recognition of his services to music in Colchester and the surrounding area.

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music, you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.

You can also read more from Liz at www.colchesterclassics.co.uk

FREE PUBLICITY! If you are involved in music-making, we are  privileged to offer a free publicity service to our local community with concert previews and reviews with weekly columns in printed publications such as the Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette and a monthly page in Essex Life. We also offer regularly contributions to websites such as Colchester 101.

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Colchester in the Snow 2018

Simon Crow took a walk around Colchester with his camera when the Beast from the East struck Colchester and took these photographs around Castle Park and the town centre.


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