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

Classics

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to another year crammed full of concerts!

Kick-start your musical year with The Kingfisher Ensemble! They are in Colchester on Sunday 7 January 2018. On this occasion, lead violinist and founder of the Ensemble, Beth Spendlove, will be joined by Kelly Jones, (violin), Laura Feeney, (viola) and Susanna Davis, (‘cello). The concert includes Haydn’s Sunrise String Quartet No.4 Op 76 and Schubert’s Rosamunde Quartet No.13. Sunday January 7 at 2.45pm at Lion Walk United Reformed Church, Colchester.

Tickets: £12 on the door.

The following weekend, the superb wind and brass sections of the Colchester Symphony Orchestra join forces once again for a concert including an arrangement of Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Mozart’s Serenade for 13 Wind instruments.  This last work was made famous in the film ‘Amadeus’ when Salieri analyses the piece as it unfolds in the background. The concert takes place in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester on Saturday 13 January at 7.30pm.

Tickets: £ 14 (01206 271128) or www.colchestersymphony.org.uk

Clarinettist, Carol Taylor is a Music Examiner and regularly performs as soloist in Colchester and is principal clarinet with many local orchestras and clarinet ensembles. Also on Sunday 7 Jaunary 2018, Carol will be the soloist with the Essex Chamber Orchestra in Crusell’s Second Clarinet Concerto.  Crusell was a Swedish-Finnish clarinetist, composer and translator, and was the best-known Finnish-born classical composer before Sibelius. Sunday 7 January at 7.00pm in Ingatestone & Fryerning Community Centre.

Tickets: £10 on the door or visit www.essexchamberorchestra.co.uk

Director of Music at St Peter ad Vincula Coggeshall, Philip Prior launches the 2018 series of organ recitals at the magnificent Moot Hall in Colchester.  Philip’s recital is called Something Borrowed as the music performed includes well-known tunes in arrangements by various composers . Tuesday January 9 at 1pm in Colchester’s Town Hall.

Admission is free with a retiring collection.

After its successful Christmas concert, the Clacton Choral will be back to work early this month! Its current members will be hosting a ‘Saturday Sing’ with an invitation to any new singers to join the choir. Gilli Dulieu, the choir’s conductor, will be introducing the works being performed at its next concert, followed by a chance to sing through the programme music, such as Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and Mozart’s Te Deum. Saturday January 6 at St James’ Church Hall from 1.00pm – 4.00pm.

New singers contact Gill Osborne (01255 427691) or gill@gilljohn.co.uk

Further afield but so worth the journey ….

Saffron Hall is an award-winning 740-seat performance area built in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School.  Since opening in November 2013, it has been widely praised for its critically acclaimed acoustic and state-of-the-art facilities.

Its 2018 season kicks off with pianist Paul Lewis presenting a recital including Haydn sonatas, Brahms’ late piano pieces and Beethoven’s Bagatelles. Sunday 7 January 2018 at 3pm. Later in the month the Emerson String Quartet makes its Hall debut playing the First Quartet by the American Charles Ives plus music by both Haydn and Schumann. Friday 19 January at 7.30pm.

The following day there are two performances of a Family Jam Percussion led by Colin Currie. Here is your opportunity to shake, rattle and roll on many instruments! Suitable for 8 years and over. Saturday 20 January at 11am and also 2pm.

All the above concerts take place at Saffron Hall.

Ticket availability and prices (0845 548 7650).

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

www.colchesterclassics.co.uk

www.facebook.com/ColchesterClassics

Twitter @ClassicalCDs

www.linkedin.com/in/lizleatherdale1/

www.instagram.com/ColchesterClassics

Start your love affair with Classical Music at www.colchesterclassics.co.uk and take a minute to watch their company video: 

Liz Leatherdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Leatherdale