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

Liz Leatherdale

Colchester Classics & Classical Music columnist






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