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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.


Final draft for Classical Music column in both the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette, 15 February 2019.

Next month there is another Gala concert at St Botolph’s Church!  This time it is a Beethoven Gala with the opportunity to hear two of Beethoven’s greatest works in a single concert – Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ and Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’. In addition to a full symphony orchestra, Beethoven’s last symphony is scored for four vocal soloists and a large choir.  John Chillingworth, who masterminded this whole project, will be conducting the musical forces of the Kingfisher Sinfonia, pianist Nigel Clayton, vocal soloists Katy Thomson, Holly-Marie Bingham, Michael Bell and Tristan Hambleton plus a massed choir comprising Lexden Choral Society, Colchester Royal Grammar School’s Sixth Form Choir and singers from Tiptree’s Thurstable School.  John’s wife Angela will be presenting a pre-concert talk at 7pm with the concert starting at 7.30pm. Saturday March 2, 2019 in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £15 (01206 543280)

Last Saturday there was a full house at the glorious Gershwin Gala also at St Botolph’s  with many soloists and musicians including international pianist Noriko Ogawa who stole the show with Rhapsody in Blue.   Tomorrow evening the Colchester Symphony Orchestra presents a concert in the same venue including music by Wagner and Prokofiev and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Alisdair Hogarth. Under 25s go free to all CSO concerts. Tickets: £15 (01206 271128) or on the door.  (By the way, Noriko will play the same concerto accompanied by the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra on June 29.)

Before accompanying Noriko, the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra is preparing for its Family Concert, providing a chance to explore  music from the movies including Jurassic Park, ET and Born Free plus orchestral favourites from Bizet to Bernstein.  This takes place on Sunday March 3 at 2.30pm in Ipswich Corn Exchange. Tickets: £10 (01473 433100)

Next week, I’ll include details of a performance of a work generally regarded in this country as one of the greatest choral pieces ever written, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, and also international clarinettist Emma Johnson performing with the Essex Symphony Orchestra.

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

 


Final draft for Classical Music column in both the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette, 8 February 2019.

If your father is the celebrated pianist Alfred Brendel, then maybe the last instrument you should take up professionally is the piano? Alfred’s son Adrian sensibly recognised this and became a cellist. Adrian now enjoys a busy concert schedule as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. This month he will be joined by pianist Noam Greenberg at the launch of the Roman River Music Festival 2019. These international musicians will be performing music by Beethoven, Debussy and Poulenc. Thursday February 28 at 7.30pm in the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Tickets form £19.50  (01206 577006)

Earlier this month the next lunchtime recital in Colchester Town Hall will be given on the magnificent Moot Hall Organ. Honorary Borough Organist Ian Ray will be presenting a selection of music from J S Bach to Liszt with a cheeky nod to St Valentine’s Day thrown in. Ian is joined by the choral group, Amoroso. Tuesday February 12 at 1pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of The Friends of the Moot Hall Organ Fund. The following day, Ian will be accompanying soprano Emma Bishton at her lunchtime concert at 1pm in Lion Walk United Reformed Church. Admission is again free with a retiring collection.

Don’t forget tomorrow is the annual Gala Concert night at St Botolph’s Church but this year with a difference! International pianist Noriko Ogawa and her partner, pianist Philip Smith, will be accompanied by both the Phil Sweeting Swing Band and the St Botolph’s Music Society Orchestra in a Gershwin Spectacular Gala Concert. Saturday 9 February at 7.30pm, St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £15 (01206 577905)

Next week, I’ll include details on another Gala concert taking place in St Botolph’s Church. This one has been masterminded by John Chillingworth and includes Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’ .

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


Final draft for Classical Music column in both the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette, 1 February 2019.

This month former Colchester Royal Grammar School student Alisdair Hogarth returns to Colchester as soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2. Alisdair made his concerto debut at the age of 15 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. His performances have included recitals at major London venues and international festivals.

A few years back, Alisdair was soloist with the Essex Symphony Orchestra but this month he plays Rachmaninov’s romantic Second Piano Concerto with the Colchester Symphony Orchestra under Chris Phelps. This concerto is full of enchanting and charming melodies and has been used in many films and its main theme from the slow movement was used in the well-known pop song from the ‘70s, All by Myself. This beautiful concerto was last performed in St Botolph’s Church by Noriko Ogawa to a packed house (by the way, Noriko returns to the church next Saturday in the Gershwin Gala Spectacular Concert.). Colchester Symphony Orchestra’s concert also includes music from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suites. This concert takes place on Saturday February 16 at 7.30pm. Under 25s go free to all CSO concerts. Tickets: £15 (01206 271128) or on the door.

Back to this weekend, when on Sunday the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra has a workshop where Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 will be explored and rehearsed. These free workshops are a great introduction to playing in an orchestra! For further details on venue and times: (07802 793768) or events@sudburysymphonyorchestra.com.

Keep tuned in to these columns for news on more orchestral concerts next month with both the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra and the Essex Symphony Orchestra.

Next Wednesday guitarist Tim Pells presents the first concert in the Lion Walk United Reformed Church Wednesday lunchtime concert series for the Spring. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

Don’t forget tomorrow evening the Colchester Bach Choir and Colchester Philharmonic perform Haydn’s Creation in aid of the Colchester Mayor’s many charities at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church.

Next week, I’ll include details on the new concert series on the magnificent Moot Hall Organ housed in the Colchester Town Hall and news on Adrian Brendel coming to Colchester.

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

 


Final draft for Classical Music column in both the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette, 25 January 2019.

It is not every day that there is the chance to hear an international pianist, a swing band, a jazz vocalist and a symphony orchestra all in the same concert, but that is just what is happening next month in a Gershwin Spectacular Gala Concert!

International pianist Noriko Ogawa and her partner, pianist Philip Smith, regularly play in Colchester but this time they will be accompanied by both the Phil Sweeting Swing Band and the St Botolph’s Music Society Orchestra. Local musician Jonathan Abbott presented the idea to all the musicians and the concert has now become a reality!

Jonathan plays trumpet with the Phil Sweeting Swing Band and invited its founder Phil and jazz singer Lydia Bell to perform in this concert. Jonathan is also Deputy Director of Music at the St Botolph’s Music Society which was founded in 1966 by Colin Nicholson.
After a lot of planning and arranging of music, Jonathan has gathered all the musical forces, who have never performed together before, in a programme that promises to live up to its name of a Gershwin Spectacular Gala Concert. Noriko Ogawa is the soloist in Rhapsody in Blue, Philip Smith is the soloist in the Piano Concerto in F and there are instrumental arrangements of Strike Up the Band and Fascinatin’ Rhythm. Saturday 9 February at 7.30pm, St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £15 (01206 577905)

In complete contrast, Lizzie Gutteridge’s Consort of 1 brings more of her live-looped early music to the Colchester Early Music concert series. This time Lizzie presents a programme which promises to deliver the most fascinating and complex music of the 14th century. This takes place at St Andrew’s Church in Marks Tey on Sunday February 3 at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10. Www.colchesterearlymusic.org.uk

Back to this weekend, when Peter Seivewright performs the premier of Peter Thorne’s second Piano Sonata and music by J S Bach and Medtner. This is tomorrow afternoon at 2pm in the Swinburne Hall Colchester Institute Sheepen Road Colchester. Free entry.
Tune in next week for news of orchestral music in and around Colchester.

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


Final draft for Classical Music column in both the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette, 18 January 2019.

With so many concerts going on, I thought it would be appropriate to let you know of some next month so you can make space in your diary.

For 25 years the Colchester Bach Choir has been presenting an annual concert in aid of the Colchester Mayor’s charities and the next one is happening in February. The local charities this year include the Air Ambulance, Essex Wildlife Trust, the ABF, the Emergency Night Shelter, Action for Family Carers and the Colchester Hospitals Charity. The choir will be performing Haydn’s famous oratorio The Creation. The Colchester Philharmonic will accompany the angelic sounds of the choir and the Three Archangels (Gill Wilson, Tom Stapleton and Alan Loader). Conductor Patrick McCarthy said ‘The Creation is a great favourite with choral singers and audiences alike- it is alternately stirring and beautiful and not without touches of humour’. This performance is at 7.30 on Saturday February 2 at St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £12 from Red Lion Books, Colchester or (01206 546202).

The week after at St Botolph’s there is a Gershwin Spectacular Gala Concert with musicians including the international pianist, Noriko Ogawa, the St Botolph’s Music Society Orchestra, jazz singer Lydia Bell and the Phil Sweeting Band.  Saturday 9 February at 7.30pm, St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £15 (01206 577905)

Back to this month, when the Comalli Consort performs at The Pimlott Foundation’s first concert of 2019. This consort is an up and coming Historical Performance Ensemble focusing on music of the Renaissance period. Comprised of students and graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, including regular Pimlott Foundation performer Alice Trocellier on viola da gamba, the ensemble will feature arrangements of consort and madrigal repertoire in this concert including music by Dowland, Butler and Purcell. Tickets: £12 (01206 271291)

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


Final draft for Classical Music column in both the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette, 11 January 2019.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to hear more live Classical Music, you will be spoilt for choice this year! Just this weekend there are various musical offerings in our area but I’ve chosen to feature three contrasting concerts. These all promise to offer performances to a very high standard.

The Colchester Chamber Choir kicks-off its 10th anniversary year celebrations with one of the most challenging unaccompanied choral works –  Rachmaninov’s Vespers.  This powerful and evocative work consists of settings of texts from the Russian Orthodox All-night vigil ceremony.  Tomorrow evening the candlelit concert takes place in the glorious setting of St Peter ad Vincula Church, Coggeshall, and will be followed by complimentary Russian culinary delicacies.  Saturday January 12 at 7pm. Tickets: £16 (01206 820813).

I believe the Colchester Bach Choir were the last Colchester-based choir to take on the complicated choral challenges of the Rachmaninov’s Vespers.  Tune in next week to hear news on the Colchester Bach Choir’s next concert on February 2.

Tomorrow evening the Wind and Brass section of the Colchester Symphony Orchestra will join forces once again for a concert offering Mozart’s Serenade in C minor, Reinecke’s Wind Octet and arrangements of popular Classical favourites.  This takes place in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 (01206 271128). Under 25s are now admitted free to all CSO concerts.

Over in Ipswich, the Trianon Music Group begins its 60th year of music making with its founder, Chris Green, conducting a concert entitled Diamonds are Forever.  This Diamond Jubilee concert features film and TV music spanning 60 years performed by the group’s choir and orchestra.  It takes place tomorrow evening at the Grand Hall in Ipswich’s Corn Exchange.   Tickets: £14 (01473 433100)

 


Final draft for Classical Music column in both the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette, 21 Dec 2018.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to find out for yourself the benefits of singing, Clacton Choral has just the answer. At its Saturday Sing session, musicians will be introduced to Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass, Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Franck’s Panis Angelicus.  These works and more will be performed at the choir’s next concert. Musical Director Gilli Dulieu says: “As usual, I will be playing recordings and giving background information for all of the pieces which will be included in our Easter Concert on 13 April 2019.  The aim is to try and sing through everything to get an idea of the concert as a whole – sometimes we’ll be singing along to recordings, and sometimes we’ll work on little passages in more detail. It’s a great opportunity for prospective singers to see if they would like to consider joining us for the term.”  To reserve your place at the Saturday Sing, Telephone (01255 427691) or email gill@gilljohn.co.uk.)  It takes place on Saturday January 5, 2019 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm in St James’ Church Hall, Tower Road, Clacton.

If you missed the opportunity to hear the Essex Youth Orchestra play at St Botolph’s in Colchester earlier in the year, here is another chance but this time in the glorious surroundings and acoustics of Chelmsford Cathedral.  The Essex Youth Orchestra is the flagship County Group for Essex Music Services and is conducted by Robin Browning. The concert programme will be shared with the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra which all students from Essex Music Service’s Jazz Academy aspire to join. The concert will include film music from Pirates of the Caribbean contrasting with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite. This takes place on Saturday December 29 at 7.30pm in Chelmsford Cathedral, Duke Street, Chelmsford. Tickets: £10 on the door (07786 125700). This concert is in aid of Chelmer Bridge Rotary Club.    

As this is the last column until next year, I do hope that I have helped preview some of the many, many concerts we are privileged to enjoy in our most musical region.

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

I’d like to wish you all a most merry and musical Christmas and a Happy New Year


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 14 December 2018

Earlier this year, Mark Padmore performed a sell-out concert as part of the Roman River Festival. If you missed hearing Mark then, there is another opportunity to hear him in Colchester

International musicians Mark Padmore (tenor) and Simon Lepper (piano) will be performing their concert programme on Monday evening in advance of their Wigmore Hall concert later in the week. The recital includes well known songs by Haydn (including two of his English songs), Mozart and Beethoven, contrasting with Schumann’s collection of 12 texts by Justinus Kerner. While entrance to this concert is by donation, your seat(s) need to be reserved in advance. Telephone (01206 271291) or (07814 506988). This concert takes place on Monday December 17 at 7.30pm at the Pimlott Foundation, Old House Barn, Great Horkesley.

After playing the merry organ at Colchester Choral Society’s concert last weekend, this weekend Gillian Ward-Russell will be picking up the baton and conducting  Maldon Choral in an evening of traditional Christmas music and carols. This concert takes place tomorrow evening at 7.30pm at All Saints Church, High Street, Maldon. Tickets: £7 (01621 856503).

Next Tuesday at 7.45pm, the Essex Concert Band conducted by Charles Hine will be presenting a programme of popular and classical favourites at Rowhedge Village Hall.  Free admission with a retiring collection.

Last week Neil had a feature on Fourtissimo, the Guitar Quartet who, after a 30 years break, plucked up the courage to perform again. Fourtissimo’s concert is on Sunday December 16 at 5pm at the Headgate Theatre, Colchester. Tickets: £8 (01206 366000).

Tune in next week for the last column of 2018 for news of a Saturday Sing with Clacton Choral and a chance to hear the Essex Youth Orchestra and the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra in one concert.

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

 


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 7 December 2018

Christmas would not be Christmas without Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols!  This work cleverly weaves English folk carols collected by the composer and his friend Cecil Sharp, into this popular work for baritone solo, choir and orchestra.  It will be performed by the University of Essex Choir along with Schubert’s Mass in G and Pergolesi’s Magnificat.  The choir will be accompanied by the London Mozart Players who will also perform Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Grieg’s Holberg Suite.  Tickets: www.universityofessexchoir.org Saturday December 8 at 7pm in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall, University of Essex, Colchester.

A Musical Christmas is the title of Harwich & Dovercourt Choral Society’s concert, which also includes the Vaughan Williams, with baritone soloist, Patrick McCarthy. This takes place at All Saints Church, Dovercourt, at 7pm on December 15. Tickets: £8

Christmas is also coming to Tiptree tomorrow evening with its Choral Society presenting a selection of seasonal music including much-loved John Rutter favourites to less familiar choices. There is also a chance for audience participation in some of the well-known carols.  St Luke’s Church, Church Road, Tiptree at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12 (01206 734625)

Over in Clacton on Sunday, its Choral Society presents a joyful Christmas concert crammed full of English music for choir, harp and organ.  The main work of this concert is another popular Christmas choral work, Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.  Originally written for treble voices, this performance uses the now standard choir (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) setting. Gustav Holst’s ‘Four Old English Carols’ and his lovely medley ‘Christmas Day’ are some of the other items in this varied concert. Sunday December 9 at 6.30pm at St James’ Church, Tower Road, Clacton.  Tickets: £10 (01255 221511)

Also on Sunday evening but at 6pm, The Pimlott Foundation presents its second offering in its Baroque Fest series called Christmas Concert by Candlelight with some seasonal music plus harpsichordist Dan Tidhar performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Before and after the concert there will be a Christmas Market.  Tickets: £12.00 (01206 271291)

Tune in next week to hear about more Christmas music and a recital with Mark Padmore accompanied by Simon Lepper.

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


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 30 November 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Suffolk Villages Festival presents ‘Bach at Christmas’ which promises a musical journey through the Christmas season with Cantata 61, a dramatic setting of Martin Luther’s Advent Chorale, and cantatas from the Christmas Oratorio, featuring a choir of woodwind instruments and hunting horns. This all takes place on Sunday December 9 at 6pm in St Mary’s Church, Dedham.  Tickets are from £12 (01206 366603).

More cantatas from J S Bach’s Christmas Oratorio will also be performed by the Ipswich Bach Choir and Ipswich Chamber Orchestra tomorrow evening. The concert will be completed by Mendelssohn’s charming Six Christmas Pieces and Vivaldi’s ever-popular Gloria. Soloists will include soprano Gill Wilson and mezzo Elaine Henson with tenor Paul Hazelgrove-Spurin as Evangelist. The conductor is Patrick McCarthy and tickets are £13 (01394 271538).  This concert is at 7.30pm in St John’s, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich

Tomorrow evening in St Botolph’s Church, its orchestra presents a Christmas concert including Hely-Hutchinson’s joyful A Carol Symphony and Finzi’s Dies Natalis with soprano soloist, Susan Piggott.  This concert is at 7.30pm and tickets are £12 (01206 823662). This concert is at 7.30pm and tickets are £12 (01206 823662).

Go further back in time this weekend with a musical journey through the seasonal celebrations of medieval and Renaissance Europe with The York Waits including a selection of 15th-century English carols, works from Yorkshire manuscripts, uplifting chorales from Lutheran Germany and noels, folk songs and dances from the Mediterranean. Sunday December 2 at 2.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Marks Tey. Tickets from £10.

Also on Sunday afternoon the Clacton Concert Orchestra presents ‘Frost Free’, a selection of popular Christmas orchestral music.  Sunday December 2 at 3pm at St James’ Church, Brightlingsea. Tickets: £8.

Tune in next week for details on the Colchester Symphony Orchestra’s concert and more Christmas music from the Clacton Choral Society and the University of Essex Choir. 

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

 


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 23 November 2018

Martin James Bartlett, the brilliant young British concert pianist who was BBC Young Musician winner in 2014, will be the soloist in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto accompanied by the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra tomorrow evening. Since winning this prestigious competition Martin has performed all over the world including a private concert for the First Lady of China and other dignitaries, at the Queen’s 90th Birthday thanksgiving service in St. Paul’s Cathedral and at the BBC Proms.

Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony is one of his most inspiring works, and one of my personal favourites, featuring the famous ‘flying swans’ theme in the final movement and ending with one of the finest ‘conductor moments’ in classical music. Hear both Beethoven and Sibelius tomorrow evening at the Ipswich Corn Exchange at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13 www.ipswichcornexchange.com

If you can’t get to that orchestral concert, on Sunday there is an evening of Scandinavian music over in Sudbury. Grieg’s Piano Concerto is a firm favourite for both audience and players with its glorious solo lines and soaring lyrical passages.
Nielsen’s first symphony may not be as well-known as the Grieg but it is just as an expressive work. Hear the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, soloist Jill Morton, conducted by Matthew Andrews on Sunday at 6.00pm in St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 1TL Tickets: £12.

If you prefer choral music, tomorrow evening Chris Phelps will be conducting the Hadleigh Choral Society accompanied by the Colchester Symphony Orchestra in Haydn’s The Creation. Tickets: £14. St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh. Chris will be in conducting the Colchester Symphony Orchestra next month back in St Botolph’s Church. More on that asap!

Over in Nayland, its choir presents Airs for Armistice tomorrow evening at 7.00pm in St James Church, Nayland. This concert presents a selection of music by composers working at the time of WW1 and representing a wide variety of the nations involved in the conflict. Tickets: £10

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


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 16 November 2018

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 is one of the composer’s most famous pieces. Its opening has become classical music’s greatest calling-card. If you think you know the Fifth just because you’ve heard those four notes a thousand times, think again! Maybe you will be lucky enough to hear it for free performed by the Essex Symphony Orchestra. There are twenty free tickets up for grabs at the door to hear Beethoven’s Symphony 5, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with soloist Kristian Ignatjeva and an ESO commission – Storr by Matthew Taylor. Saturday November 24 at 7.30pm in Christ Church, New London Road, Chelmsford. Tickets: £14 (01245 601418) or on the door.

A little nearer home, Witham Choral under Patrick McCarthy will be performing just one work at Witham United Reformed Church in Newland Street also on 24 November at 7.30 p.m. It is Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle which, perversely, is not solemn nor particularly short. But neither does it outstay its welcome as it is packed with stirring choruses and beautiful arias which will be sung by a fine team of soloists led by Gill Wilson, soprano, mezzo Elaine Henson, tenor Paul Bloomfield and bass Alan Loader. Tickets £12 (01245 380958)

Cardiff Singer of the World competition finalist John Pierce and Maldon Choral Society present a celebration of British music in the Last Night of the Proms tradition with opportunities for audience participation in some of the rousing anthems associated with the Proms. Saturday November 17 in All Saints Church, Maldon 4pm – 6.30pm. Tickets: £14 (01621 856503)

Don’t forget Colchester Choral Society will be performing Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Alan Bullard’s Images of Peace in St Botolph’s Church tomorrow. Tickets: £15 (01206 572783).

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

 


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 9 November 2018

This weekend the nation marks one of the most important dates in Modern British History – the Centenary of the end of World War 1.  Over the last few weeks, I have highlighted various concerts including two at St Botolph’s Church in Colchester – Lexden Choral Society tomorrow evening and Colchester Choral Society on November 17 – and here is another one.

To mark this special anniversary, the Choir of Chelmsford Cathedral, the Chelmsford Singers and the Chelmsford Sinfonietta join forces to give the first UK performance of ‘Remembrance’ by Australian composer Michael Leighton Jones. It was commissioned to observe the centenary and sets words by WWI poets Rupert Brooke and Edward Thomas and a poem about Rupert Brooke and is scored  for choir, trumpet, and organ. Herbert Howells’s choral masterpiece Hymnus Paradisi, an epic and moving work, will also be performed. Figures from the ‘There But Not There’ national installation for the fallen will be seated in the audience to pay tribute to those who lost their lives. Saturday November 10, 7.30pm in Chelmsford Cathedral. Tickets: £5-£20 (0333 6663366) or at the door

 

Some of you may recall Leah Stuttard presenting her first lunchtime concert in Colchester’s Lion Walk United Reformed Church.   This weekend she will perform for the first time with the Colchester Early Music group in a programme of 13th and 14th century sacred music from England This is more an exploration of a harmonic world than a recreation of the sound of the Middle Ages and some music is liberally treated to a dose of improvisatory ecstasy, adding to its already meditative quality. Sunday November 11 at 2.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Marks Tey. Tickets: £10 on the door.

 

And finally, the monthly lunchtime organ concert at the Moot Hall has come around again.  This time organist Florian Pagitsch explores the music of  J S Bach and others.   Tuesday November 13 at 1pm in Colchester Town Hall. Free entry with a retiring collection.

Tune in next week to hear more live music from our many choral and orchestral groups.

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

 

 

 


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 2November 2018

Lest We Forget is understandably the theme of many concerts marking the Centenary of the end of World War 1. The glorious, rich and soulful melodies of Faure’s Requiem, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Elgar’s Nimrod from the Enigma Variations and John Chillingworth’s For the Fallen will be performed by the Lexden Choral Society’s at its Remembrance and Thanksgiving Concert. The choir will be accompanied by the Lexden Symphony Orchestra led by Philippa Barton and conducted by John Chillingworth on Saturday November 10 at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.  Ticket: £13 (01206 543280).

 Young musicians from five Essex Schools and members of the City of London Sinfonia perform The Violin, a new composition marking the end of the Great War which musically describes the unique journey of one Essex soldier, Private Burchell and his violin, from leaving home, battles on the Front Line, the safe return home and looking forward to future peace. Private Burchell’s restored violin will be played at this Remembrance concert.  Music from composers associated with World War I such as George Butterworth and Vaughan Williams will be performed by the Sinfonia. Wednesday November 7 at 7pm in Chelmsford Cathedral. Tickets are free but need to be booked (01245 606505). Another premiere of music to mark the Armistice, will also take place at the same venue on November 10 with the Chelmsford Singers. More on that next week.

 

Many reports commend the benefits of how singing can help physically, emotionally and socially. Here’s a chance to find out for yourself at The Pimlott Foundation’s ‘Singing for Health Day’ from 11am – 3pm in the Old Barn, Great Horksley.  Telephone (01206 271291) for further info.

In complete contrast with the above, Matyas Bacsó launches his Contemporary Classical Piano CD, Patterns, on Sunday afternoon. This music is reflective and meditative inspired by the patterns found in life and nature. That’s at 3pm on Sunday November 4 at The Headgate Theatre, Colchester  Tickets: £5 (01206 366000

 


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 26 October 2018

Naturally, next month there are many music events focusing on the Centenary of World War 1. Here are two contrasting concerts taking place to mark the Armistice. More concerts with the same theme coming next week too.

Colchester Choral Society’s next concert commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice with Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, written in 1936, an impassioned plea for peace with texts from Walt Whitman, the Bible and the Liturgy, and the premiere performance of locally-based British composer Alan Bullard’s new work, Images of Peace, commissioned by the choir, with texts by the seventeenth century poet George Herbert. Soloists for this concert are Lindsay Gowers and James Arthur accompanied by the Colchester Sinfonia conducted by Ian Ray. Saturday November 17 at 7.30pm in Colchester’s St Botolph’s Church. Tickets: £15 from Manns Music (01206 572783).

Colin Baldy is often heard as soloist in Colchester but next month he will be busy with his choir of St Mary’s Church Maldon in a joint concert with a choir from Ghent. Poignantly at this lunchtime concert the front row of the pews will accommodate There but not There figures – the inspiring and innovative outlines of World War 1 soldiers which are found all over the UK. This free concert, with a retiring collection, is at 1pm on Saturday November 3 and takes place in St Mary’s Maldon, Church Street. At 6pm the next evening in the same venue, the choir will sing Rutter’s Requiem as part of the weekend of Remembrance.

Later in the month, Colin Baldy will present a lunchtime concert accompanied by Ian Ray at 1pm on Wednesday November 14 in Lion Walk United Reformed Church, Colchester.Free entry with a retiring collection.

Tune in next week to find out about more music marking the centenary of World War 1, singing for your health and contemporary classical music at the Headgate Theatre.

If you have a forthcoming concert 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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