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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.

Liz Leatherdale

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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

Liz Leatherdale

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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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Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for February 2018

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


Each year the Roman River Music Festival is launched by various musicians and this month the 2018 concert series will be opened by the Endellion Quartet, one of the world’s finest string quartets.  This evening promises to be an important night in Colchester’s 2018 Classical Music concert calendar.

The quartet makes its Festival debut with a programme including string quartets by Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky and Webern’s Six Bagatelles.  This concert is Tuesday 6 February at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. More information can be found in Neil D’arcy-Jones’ feature published in last week’s Essex County Standard.

Tickets from £12. Box office 01206 573948

If you missed hearing young musician Eleanor Voak, accompanied by pianist Ian Ray, at a concert for the Pimlott Foundation last year, there is another chance to hear them next week at Lion Walk United Reformed Church. Eleanor opens the new series of lunchtime concerts with a work for bassoon and piano by Schreck, the 19th century German composer, and some music from the 18th century for contra bassoon and piano by the French composer, Vogel. Eleanor has played in a number of youth symphony orchestras as well as successfully competing in many competitions and, most recently, winning the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Young Musician of the Year 2017.

All Wednesday lunchtime concerts at Lion Walk United Reformed Church, Colchester, are free with a retiring collection. Wednesday 7 February  at 1pm.

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Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for November 2017

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

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This month is crammed full of concerts.  Here are just a few!

CONCERTS IN REMEMBRANCE

This year on Armistice Day, we especially remember the dreadful events of Passchendaele and there will be many commemorative concerts. Many music events will be taking place this weekend to commemorate those who played their part in the two World Wars and more recent conflicts

Lexden Choral Society, accompanied by the Kingfisher Sinfonietta, presents a Remembrance concert including Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man in the first half of the programme followed by more up-beat British orchestral favourites such Walton’s Crown Imperial and Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory in the second half.  Saturday November 11 at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.

Tickets: £13 (01206 766906) or from Manns Music Shop.

Essex-based Lyston Voices will be performing both Faure’s and Rutter’s Requiems on Sunday November 12 at 6pm in Holy Trinity, Long Melford.

Admission £15, (inclusive of programme & Interval drinks) advance reservations from email:  theoldballroom@gmail.com or at the door from 5.30pm

A Tribute to the Fallen – a Celebration of Freedom is the title of the Suffolk Philharmonic’s concert for Remembrance Sunday including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Elgar’s Cello Concerto.  Sunday November 12 at 4pm in Ipswich Corn Exchange.

Tickets from £15.

Finally at Saffron Walden’s prestigious Saffron Hall,  The Harlow Chorus, Saffron Walden Choral Society and the Choristers of Jesus College will perform Britten’s powerful and moving War Requiem.  This concert takes place at Saffron Hall on Sunday November 11 at 7.30pm.

Tickets from £15 (0845 548 7650)

SUFFOLK VILLAGES FESTIVAL

In addition to these Remembrance concerts, others are available! Now in its thirtieth year, the Suffolk Villages Festival brings high-quality performances of early music to rural East Anglia. This Sunday (12 November) at 6pm there is a concert of sacred music spanning the religious divide from Monteverdi to Handel. St Peter’s Church, Sudbury.

For further details and full concert programme on this fascinating concert – www.suffolkvillagesfestival.com (01206 366603)

TRIO CON BRIO COPENHAGEN

This weekend there are two opportunities to hear the internationally renowned Trio Con Brio CopenhagenSaturday 11 November at 7.30pm for the Ipswich Chamber Music Society, 7.30pm in the Great Hall in Ipswich School www.ipswichchambermusic.org.uk  and also on Sunday 12 November at 4pm in  St Mary’s Church, East Bergholt  as part of the Stour Valley and Arts concert series

www.svam.org.uk (01206 298426)

 LUNCHTIME RECITALS from Bray Harps, Medieval Looped music to Ondes Martenots!

Leah Stuttard (bray harp, voice, bells) will team up with her duo partner Agnethe Christensen (voice, Nordic lyres, bells) to present a concert that will make you look at the humble hymn in a new way!   Leah and Agnethe explore the origins of Luther’s chorale melodies using versions originally printed for amateurs at home in the Middle Ages and Renaissance and also perform Scandinavian folk hymns, based on Luther’s tunes, but enriched with startling unexpected chromatics and embellishments.

Wednesday November 15 at 1pm at Colchester’s Lion Walk United Reformed Church

And in complete contrast with all of the above, this month there are several Early Music concerts taking place in St Andrew’s Church in Marks Tey. One of them, A Multitude of Minstrels, offers a meander through the life and music of a court minstrel in the Middle ages. Equipped with little more than some harps, lutes, citoles, fiddles and various wind instruments, Colchester’s Early Music group aims to offer an insight in the world of a professional medieval musician.

For further information on these concerts email  lizzie@elizabethgutteridge.co.uk or (01206 212466).

Lizzie Gutteridge is actively involved in Colchester’s Early Music Group and amongst other things, also has her own Consort of 1. She will be playing medieval dance tunes on medieval instruments at Colchester’s Lion Walk United Reformed lunchtime concert series on Wednesday November 22 at 1pm.

For further information on the remainder of concerts in the current series please visit  http://www.lionwalkchurch.org/category/lunchtime-concerts/

Here is a chance to see and hear one of the first electronic instruments, the Ondes Martenot, famously heard in Messiaen’s Turangalia Symphony but used more recently by film composer James Horner and Radiohead. Monday November 13 at 1.10pm at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

www.theatreroyal.org  (01284 769505)

ONE- HANDED PIANIST,NICHOLAS McCARTHY

Born without his right hand, piano star Nicholas McCarthy is at the forefront of British music talent, championing accessibility to music for all by using his U.K.

Colchester-based Nicholas is currently touring and promoting his new CD, ‘Echoes’ featuring a cross section from Bach to Rachmaninoff. As a proud Yamaha artist he is delighted to have recorded on the stunning Yamaha flagship Concert Grand CFX.

On Sunday November 19 at 3pm, Nicholas will be performing at Colchester’s St Botolph’s Church.

For full details and to purchase tickets in advance, please click www.nicholasmccarthy.co.uk

SO MANY CONCERTS on 25 and 26 NOVEMBER!

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Latin for solemn mass) is a rare religious outing for the composer. Written just before his famous Ninth Symphony, it has sadly not enjoyed the same level of popular attention.  Some have suggested that the music is better-suited to a concert hall rather than a church while others have compared it with a short opera.  Here is a chance for you to make up your own mind about this beautiful work with soloists Ellie Laugharne, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, Daniel Joy, Edward Grint, Colchester Choral Society and the Colchester Sinfonia (leader: Jessie Ridley) conducted by Ian Ray.  Saturday November 25 in St Botolph’s Church at 7.30pm

Tickets: £15 from Manns Music or buy on-line www.colchesterchoralsociety.co.uk

On the same evening, music-lovers in Ipswich will be spoilt for choice!

The brilliant young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason will perform the work he won the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, the inspiring Shostakovich 1st Cello Concerto. He will be accompanied by the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra in this all-Russian programme including Rachmaninov’s thrilling Symphony No.2. At only 18, Sheku is already a powerful role model for young musicians.

Tickets are free for under 18s – further details (01473 256461) and                 www.ipswichsymphonyorchestra.org

Whiel over at St John’s, Cauldwell Hall Road the Ipswich Bach Choir and Chamber Orchestra will perform music by Mozart including the ‘Coronation’ Mass and his delightful D major Flute Concerto with soloist Mary Blanchard. As an added bonus, soprano Gill Wilson will repeat her celebrated performance of the Queen of the Night’s aria from The Magic Flute.

www.ipswichbachchoir.org.uk

Also on the same Saturday evening the Essex Symphony Orchestra will be presenting another tantalising programme featuring Matilda Lloyd who will be playing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Matilda who has played with the BBC Concert Orchestra and has many accolades to her name including that of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014 where she was the brass final winner.

www.matildalloyd.com

The orchestra will also be playing Rossini’s ‘The Thieving Magpie’ Overture and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major ‘Great’. The concert promises to be a fantastic event and we are incredibly lucky to have Matilda as our soloist on the night! Christchurch in New London Road, Chelmsford on Saturday 25 November at 7.30pm.

www.essexsymphony.org.uk

The next day, the Colchester Chamber Choir will be celebrating Thanksgiving with an all-American extravaganza at the Moot Hall, Colchester Town Hall on Sunday November 26 at 6pm. Colchester’s acclaimed Chamber Choir will go Stateside with Simple Gifts in November to celebrate Thanksgiving with an all-American extravaganza guaranteed to get toes tapping.

The town’s Moot Hall will resound to joyful and moving music from the very best of American composers including Aaron Copland’s celebrated Old American Songs in choral arrangement, plus works by Samuel Barber including his famous Sure on this shining night and, from his opera Vanessa, the beautiful Under the willow tree, as well as two unusual settings of Emily Dickinson poems by a young Elliott Carter. Also in the programme are Virgil Thomson’s affecting Four Hymns from the Old South.

The concert is on Sunday 26th November in the Moot Hall, Colchester, starting at 6pm and tickets priced £16 adults, £10 for under-30s and £5 for full time students are on sale online at www.colchesterchamberchoir.org.

And last but by no means least, the Young Musician’s Concert series continues at The Pimlott Foundation with Eleanor Voak (bassoon and contra bassoon) and Katherine Raven (viola) with Dr Ian Ray (piano). The programme will include Vogel: Concerto in C Major for bassoon, Schreck: Sonata Op 9, Schubert: The Bass Nightingale, Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola. Admission free. Donations welcome. Refreshments available.

www.pimlottfoundation.co.uk

Eleanor is 13 years old , and studying for her DipABRSM, and Katherine is a student at the Royal College of Music.

About the Pimlott Foundation’s Education Programme – it provides musical enrichment experiences for both Primary and Secondary School pupils in Essex and also Suffolk.

About the Pimlott Foundation’s Student Sponsorship scheme –  it offers up to £500 each year to sponsor 1 or 2 talented young musicians. We encourage all performing arts, but music should be at the forefront of any application. Sponsorship period to last April 2018-19. Priority will be given to students with East Anglian connections.

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

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Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for February

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

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On Wednesday 1 February at 1pm the The Marenzio Singers will be performing at the first lunchtime concert in 2017 at Lion Walk United Reformed Church in Colchester. The Marenzio Singers are a five-part vocal ensemble and specialise in music from the 16th and 17th centuries plus music from more modern times.

Free entry with a retiring collection.

Last January the University of Essex Choir under the direction of Richard Cooke performed Mozart’s Requiem and other works to a packed audience at the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall in the university.  Early next month, the choir will be back at the same venue with an intriguing selection of pieces.

The choir’s next concert does not feature one major choral work but instead Richard has chosen a wide selection of music.  I understand that the choir has been thoroughly enjoying rehearsing Holst’s hauntingly beautiful Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda (group 3), for female voices only, and Britten’s The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard, for the male voices.  The concert also includes works for the whole choir in Brahms’ 4 Quartets (Op 92), contrasting with Folksong arrangements by Percy Grainger such as I’m Seventeen Come Sunday and music  by the sadly neglected 20th century Swedish composer, Stenhammar.  The choir will be accompanied by pianists Richard Pearce and Jonathan Beatty who will also perform music by Brahms, Debussy and Grieg.

This concert takes place on Saturday 4 February at 7pm.  Tickets: £22 (www.universityofessexchoir.org) By the way, a short walk from the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall, Wivenhoe House Hotel is offering pre- or post-concert dining (01206 863666).

On Sunday February 5 at 2.45pm the Kingfisher Ensemble returns to Lion Walk United Reformed Church in Colchester performing Piano Quartets by Schumann and Beethoven.

Tickets: £12 and available on the door.

Colin Nicholson will be joining Ian Ray in Two’s Company in the second concert in the series of three lunchtime Organ Recitals given on the magnificent Moot Hall. A variety of organ duos will be performed on Tuesday 7 February at the Colchester Town Hall .

Free entry with a retiring collection.

Over in Chelmsford, Jeffrey Wilson’s Environ Music promotes creative musical initiatives including a regular Wednesday lunchtime recital series at the Cramphorn Theatre in Chelmsford. This month on Wednesday 15 February the “Sun Trio” (Carol Taylor, clarinet, Paul Arnell, viola, Alison Eales, piano) offer some engaging chamber music.

Further information (01245 606505)

Last year octogenarian Colin Nicholson celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his founding St Botolph’s Music Society in Colchester with his wife, Gill. This month Colin will be conducting the Society’s orchestra in its Gala Concert with a trio of concertos. International pianist Noriko Ogawa performs Grieg’s Piano Concerto – one of the most-loved piano works of all time. (Some of you may recall the classic Morecambe & Wise sketch with Eric attempting to perform this concerto while endlessly annoying conductor Andre Previn). Back to 2017: in the same concert, soloist Philip Smith will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto and the solo violin part in Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole will be played by Sian Philipps. Saturday 18 February at 7pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.

Tickets: £15 (01206 577905)

Colchester Classics is delighted to be at the Noriko Ogawa concert offering her CDs before her  CD signing in the interval.

The following weekend at the same venue, situated next to the ruins of the Norman priory, Colchester Bach Choir and Orchestra perform their annual concert in aid of the Mayor of Colchester’s Charities. On 25 February the choir will be presenting An Evening of Mozart to include the famous ‘Coronation’ Mass and the Solemn Vespers. Among other pieces, a highlight will be the delightful Flute Concerto in D with Mary Blanchard as soloist. Conductor Patrick McCarthy tells me he also has a Mozartian surprise or two up his sleeve. This will be the 23rd such concert the choir has given for successive Colchester mayors thereby raising many thousands of pounds for their charities.

Tickets £12 (£5 full-time education). Tel (01206) 282206

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

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Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for December

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

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Somehow Christmas isn’t the same without Festive Music, whether traditional carols from a choir or a Brass Band playing seasonal treats. If you are looking forward to hearing Christmas music and singing some favourite carols, you will not be disappointed with the small selection highlighted here.

This month offers the chance to hear the unique sound worlds created by Wind Instruments from both Medieval Times and our current day, Christmas music and much more!

 

The final two concerts in the Colchester Early Music series 2016 take place in the Medieval Church at Marks Tey where the distinctive sounds created by period wind instruments originally heard at dances and banquets in Medieval and Renaissances times will be heard.

The first concert is on Sunday 4 December when The King’s Lynn Waites presents music and readings from the Hall Books of Lynn  in a concert entitled “When th’ Instruments they can scarce hold: tales and tunes of a Wait’s life”. The following Sunday The York Waits end the Colchester Early Music 2016 concert series with seasonal music from the 12th-17th centuries on shawm, sackbuts, harp, gittern, fiddles, recorders, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy and rommelpot in “Godday my Lord Sire Christemass”. Both concerts start at 2.30pm in St Andrews Church, Mark Tey, near Colchester.

Tickets: £8 including refreshments. (01206 212466)

www.colchesterearlymusic.org.uk

Back to modern day wind instruments and the East Anglian Single Reed Choir conducted by Anthony Bailey present a concert in St Osyth Church of both non-seasonal and seasonal music including the premiere of Anthony Bailey’s latest Christmas music, this year based around the Holly & the Ivy.  The word Choir is often associated with church choirs, large choirs but it is also the term used to describe an ensemble of wood wind instruments, either all of one type or in this case a combination of single reed instruments – the clarinet and saxophone. Sunday, 4 December, St Osyth Church at 6pm.

Tickets: £6 including refreshments available on the door

‘Christmas is Coming’ is the title of the recital on the magnificent Moot Hall organ with soprano soloist Lindsay Gowers accompanied by organist Ian Ray in an all-English programme of songs and organ music. Tuesday 6 December, 1-2pm in the Moot Hall, Colchester Town Hall.

Admission is free with a retiring collection

The following Sunday, Ian Ray will be back in the Moot Hall directing the Colchester Choral Society, a children’s semi-chorus singing from the gallery, a brass quintet, organist Dr Gillian Ward Russell and compere Terence Craig Waller in ‘Here Comes Christmas’.  December 11 at 4pm.

Tickets £8 including refreshments in the Mayor’s Parlour

‘A Symphonic Christmas’ with The Choir of St Mary’s, Maldon, accompanied by the Lewisham Concert Band, performs John Rutter’s Gloria, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Saturday, 3 December at 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Maldon.

Tickets: £12. (01621 856503)

On the same day, the Clacton Choral Society accompanied by the Kingfisher Sinfonietta present their Christmas concert with Handel’s Messiah (Part One) and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. In addition to these choral works the Kingfisher Sinfonietta who will also perform Winter from Vivaldi’s popular work, The Four Seasons, and in contrast Gabriel’s Oboe from the film, The Mission.

Ticket information (01255 221511)

Two concerts with little or no reference to seasonal music are also available this weekend. The Puffin Ensemble, Colchester Symphony Orchestra’s principal wind players, performs music by Strauss, Dvorak and Hummel in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester, tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14 (01206 271128).  Then on Sunday afternoon the Kingfisher Sinfonietta returns to Lion Walk Church in Colchester with music by Vivaldi, Mozart and Frank Bridge.  . Sunday 4 December 2016 at 2.45pm.

Tickets: £12

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

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

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Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for July

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.

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On Friday July 15 sees the first night of the 122nd season of the world’s greatest Classical Music festival, the BBC Proms, offering opportunities to explore Classical Music through the BBC Proms with a diverse season of live concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, on BBC TV and BBC Radio 3.

The BBC One Show, Tuesday 12 July at 7pm, should broadcast a film with Gyles Brandreth interviewing Patrick McCarthy, a local musician about how he saved Andre Previn’s live televised performance Orff’s Carmina Burana at the BBC Proms in 1974.

Last month we were treated to many Music Festivals in our musically rich region. This month the Roman River Summer Festival and more is happening! Feast your ears and eyes on festivals and concerts in our musically rich region.

Colchester’s Roman River Festival recently published its main brochure detailing events, talks, walks and, of course, concerts for the main Festival (16 September – 2 October) which will feature world-renowned musicians including Nicola Benedetti.  In addition to the Autumn concert series, there is also a mini-festival (8 – 10 July) with musicians Tom Poster, Elena Urioste, Orlando Jopling and others in informal concerts in Mistley, Wivenhoe and East Mersea.
Box Office (07759 934860) for further information on all events for both festivals

Saturday evening (9 July) Chris Phelps will be conducting the Colchester Symphony Orchestra in an all-Russian programme including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 with young soloist, Erdem Misirlioglu, piano category winner of the 2008 BBC Young Musician of the Year. The Third Concerto is often over-shadowed by No.2 , but received greater recognition when featured in the Oscar-winning film, Shine.  The movie told the true story of the Australian concert pianist David Helfgott, who suffered a mental breakdown and abandoned his career for many years. Saturday July 9 at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester . (Both the second and third concertos were heard in the same venue performed by international pianists Noriko Ogawa and Philip Smith at St Botolph’s Music Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala concert)

Tickets. £14 (01206 271128)

On Sunday 10 July Chris Phelps will be guiding The Kelvedon Singers through arrangements of well-known English songs in the beautiful setting of The Coach House at Marks Hall Gardens. The evening includes a glass of wine, canapés and complimentary access to the Gardens and Arboretum in Coggeshall.

Tickets: £15 (01376 563796)

Also on Saturday evening at 7.30pm James Davy, Organist & Master of the Choristers at Chelmsford Cathedral and conductor of The Chelmsford Singers, presents an organ recital at St Peter-ad-Vincula, Coggeshall.

Tickets: £7.50 on the door

The final concert in the current season at Studio Music at Brightlingsea begins at 3pm on Sunday 10 July with Trio Goya presenting chamber works by Haydn.

Tickets: £15 www.studiomusicbrightlingsea.co.uk

The East Anglian Single Reed Choir, an ensemble of clarinets and saxophones, presents its summer concert including music by Holst and Rimsky Korsakov on Sunday July 10 at 6pm, St Mary’s Church, Little Bromley. Tickets on the door by donation.
Tickets: 07425 1450222 or www.harwichfestival.co.uk

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

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Wellies & Black Tie Ball

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The 10th anniversary celebrations of Wellies-On Community Interest Company and Colchester Classics will be held on the 22nd of July at Wivenhoe House Hotel with a Wellies & Black Tie Ball.

In order to ensure the success of this key fundraising event, we are seeking contributions to help defray the costs associated with the event so that all funds raised can go directly to the community.

It’s only with support from generous donators such as yourselves that we are able to continue to provide local individuals and families in need with innovative intervention, therapeutic services and education.

We hope that we can count on your support, enabling us in our work to build confidence and improve skills within the people that attend Wellies-On Care Farm.

Our service helps individuals to see their inner strengths, giving them skills and resilience to help them to cope with the things with which they struggle.

We will, of course, make it known from where the prizes for the silent auction and sponsorship have been donated with plenty of media opportunities, thereby also raising the profile of your company locally.

This year Colchester Classics are celebrating 10 years as a multi-award-winning Classical Music CD service to clever collectors and also  those starting their love affair with music.  Additionally, they offer CDs at concerts, festivals and rehearsals and preview and review concerts in Essex Life, Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette. Not only are they helping us to celebrate with some fantastic music but they are also providing a huge amount of support to make the evening a success.

Why not treat yourself and your team to this glamorous night out whilst helping a worthy cause? You can request booking information and sponsorship opportunities from admin@wellieson.com

I hope very much to hear from you, and that you will be able to help to support us and our event.

Book your tickets HERE.

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Colchester Classics – Classical Music Picks for June

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.

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BBC Music Day

BBC Music Day is a UK-wide celebration of everything we love about music with the aim of bringing people together from different generations and communities. On Friday 3 June, Colchester celebrates this event with the Colne Valley Youth Orchestra,  students from Academy East Music School, Tendring Music School and pupils from local schools including Philip Morant, Thurstable and Colchester Royal Grammar School perform some of the BBC 10 pieces which are being promoted by Essex Music Education Hub through workshops and lessons.  Friday 3 June at 7pm, St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.

Admission is free with a retiring collect.

Frinton Festival & Family Concert

The opening concert in the annual Frinton Festival is on Thursday 2 June with music by Saint-Saens, Hugo Wolf and Beethoven.

This concert and also the Family Concert on Saturday 4 June have a limited number of free tickets for those aged 8 – 25. (01255 319141)

The Sixteen

The Sixteen, comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, are recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Saturday 4 June the sixteenth choral pilgrimage of The Sixteen under Harry Christophers comes to Chelmsford. The concert celebrates the work of William Byrd and Arvo Pärt, composers from very different eras, both considered masters of sacred music despite having faced considerable persecution for their work.  Chelmsford Cathedral, Saturday 4 June at 7.30pm.

Tickets from £15 (0333 666 3366)

Dulcis Venti & Francis Knights

Discovering that there was no existing repertoire for recorder quartet with harpsichord, Colchester New Music challenged composers around the world to rectify the situation. Saturday 4 June,  Dulcis Venti and harpsichordist Francis Knights present the first ever performances of works for this mysteriously neglected ensemble. Dulcis Venti is a newly formed recorder quartet, based in East Anglia and directed by Stephen Watkins. Francis Knights is Director of Studies in Music at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and trained as a harpsichordist under Robert Woolley. Saturday 4 June at 7.30pm. Headgate Theatre, Colchester.

Tickets: £8 (01206 366000 or email tickets@headgatetheatre.co.uk)

Nicholas McCarthy

Born without his right hand, award-winning British pianist Nicholas McCarthy is a champion of the left-hand repertoire. On Tuesday 31 May, his Summer UK Piano Tour begins and on June 5, Nicholas returns to his hometown of Colchester for a concert at St Botolph’s Church at 3pm before completing his UK tour on 16 June. Nicholas is one of the rare musicians who captivates the audience with his musicianship and informs and entertains with his remarkable repertoire knowledge.

Nicholas performs music especially written for the left-hand only, transcriptions and arrangements, including his own, and recent commissions.  Tickets: £10 (0800 411 8881). At his Colchester concert Nicholas will pick the winner for a signed copy of his debut album, Solo. To enter the competition ring 0800 999 4994 or by email  liz@colchesterclassics.co.uk  Sunday June 5 at 3pm in St Botolph’s Church.

Tickets: £10 (0800 411 8881 www.nicholasmccarthy.co.uk)

Beth Spendlove & Nigel Clayton

At 2.45pm on Sunday 5 June Beth Spendlove and Nigel Clayton perform music for violin and piano by Handel, Mozart and Szymanowski in Lion Walk Church, Colchester. Tickets: £12 on the door.   Beth and Nigel present a recital on Thursday June 9 as part of the 22nd season of Summer Concerts, St Mary’s Church, Frinton.

Free admission with retiring collection.

Witham Choral Society – Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday

On 11 June at 7.30 pm at Witham United Reformed Church, Newland Street, Witham Choral Society will be celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday by performing some of the music played at her Coronation back in 1953. Accompanied by the Colchester Bach Ensemble the concert will feature Handel Coronation Anthems (including Zadok the Priest), Greensleeves and Purcell’s Trumpet Tune. The choir will also sing Vivaldi’s Gloria and music by Haydn and Mozart.

Tickets are £10 and £5 for those in full-time education. www.withamchoralsociety.org.uk

Purcell’s The Fairy Queen

Shakespeare has inspired countless composers throughout the ages. Purcell’s The Fairy Queen is a magical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and it inaugurates both the Maldon Festival and its commemoration of the Bard’s 400th Anniversary. The City Lit Opera with Pegasus Baroque Orchestra perform at the Amphitheatre, Promenade Park, Maldon on Saturday June 25 at 6pm. Tickets: £15 (01621 856503). On the same evening, the Colchester Choral Society performs Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in the version devised by Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst, and first performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1967.

Further information www.colchesterchoralsociety.co.uk

Harwich Festival

Tickets are now available for the Harwich Festival 2016 (24 June – 3 July) with discounted season tickets on offer for its Classical Music concerts with performances by the Amphion Consort, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the London Piano Trio and many more.

Tickets: 07425 1450222 or www.harwichfestival.co.uk

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

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

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