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

Liz Leatherdale

Colchester Classics & Classical Music columnist





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