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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 080 999 6994.


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 3 August  2018

Fresh from their French tour three Essex Music Groups present a free concert!

Here is a chance to hear the talented young wind, brass and percussion musicians who make up the Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra. The 50 players, conducted by Charles Hine, present music by Holst, Purcell, Faure and Morten Lauridsen.

In the same concert, musicians from this orchestra will also break down into other ensembles such as Steve Drury’s Essex Youth Brass and the Essex Youth Flute Choir led by Paula Bobby. These groups will be performing arrangements of works by Mozart, Purcell and Bizet. This free concert takes place on Saturday August 4 at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. For further information, telephone (0333 013 8953).

On August 15 there is also an opportunity to hear the talented young musicians of the Essex Young People’s Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.2, Bizet’s Carmen Suites 1 & 2 and Eric Coates’ Dambusters March. This free concert takes place at 7.30pm in The Chapel, Felsted School, Felsted in Dunmow. This orchestra is the feeder orchestra for the Essex Youth Symphony Orchestra who will be performing at St Botolph’s later in the month.

More details on the EYSO concert and Blondel performing at the Arts Centre will be in this column when it returns on Friday August 24.

Back to next Wednesday when there is a chance to hear young pupils of Stephen Evans including Max Hayden-Case performing the first movement from J S Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor and Three Romanian Dances by Bela Bartok. Pianist Isobel Strevens will be playing the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. This concert takes place on Wednesday August 8 at 1pm. Free entry.

If you have a forthcoming concert you would like previewed contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 699. The next column will be published on Friday 24 August 2018. You can follow music news from Liz on Twitter @ClassicalCDs and on the website www.colchesterclassics.co.uk

 


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 27 July, 2018

While many music groups take a long summer break from rehearsals this may be the time for you to consider joining a local choir!

Reports are always being mentioned about the importance of music for health and mental well-being. The Telegraph has recently been quoted as saying “Choir practice is healthier than yoga”.  After the summer break many choirs and choral societies open their rehearsal doors to new members, so don’t miss your chance to sing and socialise in your local choir. A good source of information is on social media, or on the web www.makingmusic.org.uk and www.MusicInEssex.info

In the meantime, maybe now is the time to whet your lunchtime musical appetites with some concerts.

Music teachers Samantha and Dylan Christopher will be showcasing their students at a concert in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.  The programme includes Gershwin’s popular Promenade Walking the Dog arranged for clarinet and piano, piano works by Mozart and music by local musicians Jeffery Wilson and John Fairhead. This free concert takes place on Wednesday August 1 at 1pm. Refreshments are available at the church from noon.

James Devor is the Acting Assistant Cathedral Organist at Brentwood Cathedral and in August presents a lunchtime concert including music by Cesar Franck and Josef Rheinberger. Coffee and tea served from 12.15pm and this free concert begins at 1pm. Thursday August 9 at Maldon United Reformed Church.www.maldonurc.org.uk

The following week, Stephen King, Brentwood Cathedral’s Organist presents ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on the Edwardian Organ housed in the Moot Hall in Colchester’s Town Hall. Tuesday August 14 at 1pm. Free entry with a retiring collection for the Friends of the Moot Hall Organ.

Next week I will include details of the young musicians of the Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Essex Youth Brass Ensemble and the Essex Youth Flute Choir fresh from their concert tour in France and performing in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.

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 20 July, 2018

It’s not every day that a local orchestra appoints a new conductor but that is what Clacton Concert Orchestra has just done.  Tomorrow evening David Rowland makes his conducting debut with the orchestra at its summer concert called The Sparkle of Summer.

David’s father conducted the local Salvation Army Band and David soon developed a keen interest in conducting. During his time in the Essex Youth Orchestra as a trumpet player, David was inspired by its conductor, Robin Browning. (By the way, Robin will be conducting the EYO at St Botolph’s Church, Colchester, on Monday August 27 at 7.30pm.)

The Clacton Concert Orchestra under David will perform a varied programme to suit all with Faure’s Pavane, a Symphonic Dance by Grieg and the perfect soundtrack to a summers evening, Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite. This concert starts at 7pm tomorrow evening in St James Church, Wash Lane, Clacton.  Tickets: £8 (01255 223455).

Even though Nigel Hildreth retired from Colchester’s Sixth Form College’s Music Department, he is still encouraging young musicians.  This weekend he will be in rehearsals with the Colne Valley Youth Orchestra and music students from Colchester’s twin German town, Wetzlar. This annual project has been going for over 25 years! Nigel, the musical director of  CVYO, said “This is a brilliant way to work across borders and the young people form strong friendships through the music they perform”.

These young musicians will present a combined concert at the spectacular medieval church, St Martin’s in West Stockwell Street, Colchester, on Tuesday July 24 at 7.30pm.  Free entry with a retiring collection.

Next week I will include details of music from more young orchestral players and a selection of lunchtime concerts.

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 13 july, 2018

If Tennis and Football finals aren’t your forte, the Kingfisher Ensemble provides the perfect distraction on Sunday afternoon with its Summer Serenade offering a soothing selection of music for strings, flute and oboe. The concert kicks off at 2.45pm in the cool Lion Walk United Reformed Church in Colchester. Tickets are £12 on the door.

Before that the Maldon Choral Society, conducted by Dr Gillian Ward Russell, perform a work musically depicting and celebrating the creation of the world according to the Book of Genesis.  Gillian commented “The Creation is a masterpiece in the choral repertoire which we are all very much enjoying rehearsing and getting to the heart of Haydn’s story-telling. Handel’s popular oratorios, Messiah and Israel in Egypt, were Haydn’s inspiration for this work. Gillian continued “It has proved such a popular choice that the choir has increased its membership by 25%! We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm and passion for this music.” The choir will be joined by a trio of professional singers and accompanying instrumentalists tomorrow evening at Maldon United Reformed Church.  Tickets: £12 in advance from Maldon Tourist Information Centre (01621 856503)

Last month the Maldon Festival enjoyed hearing Christopher Weston and Alastair Hogarth piano duo perform music by Stravinsky and Holst and the Harwich Festival closed with a concert by Jeffery Wilson’s Saxology ensemble. Tonight in Thaxted’s magnificent medieval church, pianist Christopher Weston, and saxophonist Jeffrey Wilson are joined by soprano Catherine May to present an evening of music from early twentieth century Paris with works by Debussy, Poulenc, Milhaud, Ravel and a touch of tango too!  Tickets: Tickets: £12 for under 30. Enquiries (01371 831421), www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk or email thaxtedfestival@btconnect.com   

Next week I will include details of music from the Colne Valley Youth Orchestra and the Clacton Concert Orchestra

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 8 july, 2018

It’s time to organise your diary to enjoy organ recitals in both Colchester’s Moot Hall and St Peter-ad-Vincula Church in Coggeshall.

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.

Back to this weekend, also at the same 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.

This weekend 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

Next week I will include details of the Creation performed by Maldon Choral Society on Saturday July 14 at Maldon United Reformed Church. Kelvedon Singers performing in St Peter ad Vincula Church on July 8 and James Davy launching the Moot Hall’s lunchtime organ recital on July 10. Tickets are £12 in advance from Maldon Tourist Information Centre, 01621 856503

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 22 June, 2018

June is busting out all over with Festivals in Harwich, Maldon and Thaxted! The Harwich Festival offers many Classical Music concerts including Colchester-based Lizzie Gutteridge with her Consort of 1. She uses the modern looping techniques to explore music from the 12th to 17th centuries performed on a range of historical instruments. By using modern looping techniques new light is thrown onto ancient music, peeling back and then building up layers. Tuesday June 26 at 3pm at The Citadel. Tickets: £7.00 Later that day the Tippett Quartet is joined by pianist Emma Abbate to present a programme of Piano Quintets by Haydn, Schumann and Dvorák. Tuesday June 26 at 7.30pm in St Nicholas Church. Tickets: £10.

Simon Callaghan is known to CD buyers for his many recordings but here is an opportunity to hear him perform music by Schubert, Scriabin and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Thursday June 28 at 1pm in St Nicholas Church, Harwich. Free entry.

The festival ends with Saxology, a Saxophone Quartet, joined by singers Cydnei Baines and Francis Gush performing a world premiere of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater arranged for saxophone quartet and vocal soloists, plus music by Horowitz and Scarlatti. Sunday July 1 at 7.30pm at St Nicholas Church, Harwich. Tickets: £12. www.harwichfestival.co.uk

The Maldon Festival starts tomorrow 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. (01621 856503) or www.maldonfestival.org.uk

 he annual Thaxted Festival  takes place over four weekends in June and July 2018 and begins this weekend. 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. (01371 831421) or www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk

 If festivals aren’t your thing, other concerts are available including the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra presenting its A Celebration of British Music including Vaughan Willliams’ The Lark Ascending with young violinist Savitri Grier plus Holst’s The Planets. www.ipswichcornexchange.com for this concert that takes place tomorrow evening. Tomorrow evening at the Corn Exchange, Ipswich

 


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 15 June, 2018

If hearing a full symphony orchestra for free is on your bucket list, the Essex Symphony Orchestra are offering concert newcomers the chance to do just that! The concert programme is cleverly devised to entertain all audience members by showcasing popular film blockbusters, such as music from Star Wars, ET and The Pirates of the Caribbean and music from the West End such as the rhythmically tricky Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.  The concert interval also offers a chance to mingle with orchestral players.   If you are not a concert newbie, the ticket price is £14 (01245 601418). Saturday June 30 at the earlier concert time of 6.30pm at Christ Church, 164, New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0AW www.essexsymphony.org.uk

 

On the same evening, in a different part of Chelmsford, the Essex Music Services’ Sounds of Essex Festival is offering not only a free daytime event in the City’s Central Park but also a free concert in the evening. John Chillingworth, conductor of the Lexden Choral Society, has been busy training many Essex School choirs for a performance of Phil Tom’s new oratorio The Island.  The massed school choirs will be accompanied by the Essex Youth Orchestra and conducted by John.  This takes place in Chelmsford Cathedral at 7pm with free entry. www.essexmusichub.org.uk/site/schools/sounds-of-essex

Back to this weekend in Colchester! While the Kingfisher Sinfonietta is having a well-earned rest its leader Beth Spendlove, accompanied by  members of  her Kingfisher Ensemble, will be performing such treats at Brahms’ Violin Sonata in A and Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat at Lion Walk United Reformed Church on Sunday at 2.45pm with tickets £12 on the door. 

Last month Frinton’s St Mary’s Church launched its 24th season of lunchtime concerts and on Thursday June 28 at 1:15pm Beth Spendlove and pianist Nigel Clayton will present a concert including music by Bridge and Mendelssohn. Free entry with a retiring collection for Essex Air Ambulance and St Mary’s.

Next week there will be news on The Lark Ascending in Ipswich and Classical Music at the Harwich Festival.

 


Final draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 8 June, 2018

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. (01206 366603) email info@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. Full festival details: (01621 856503) or www.maldonfestival.org.uk

Don’t forget that tomorrow evening there is a chance to hear Helen Vollam, Principal Trombone in the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Trombone Concerto. Saturday June 9 at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £15 (01206 271128)

Next week there will be news on how you can listen to two concerts for free on Saturday June 30! One concert is with the Essex Symphony Orchestra and the other with the Essex Youth Orchestra accompanying Essex school choirs in Chelmsford Cathedral. 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 1 June, 2018

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

Next week I will include details of a feast of festivals and a celebration of British Music in Ipswich.

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 25 May, 2018

Ever wondered how music by the English 17th century composer Henry Purcell mixed with Italian music would sound? This Monday there is chance to hear just that with a rare performance of the opera Semele by another English 17th century composer, John Eccles, in the original setting of William Congreve’s libretto later set by Handel. As always, Colchester-based founder of the Suffolk Villages Festival Dr Peter Holman has gathered together a cracking cast, with two successive winners of the prestigious Handel Singing Competition, William Wallace (2017) and Helen Charlston (2018) and a number of prominent local singers including Gill Wilson, Emma Bishton and Tom Stapleton. Monday May 28 at 1pm in St Peter’s Church, Sudbury. Tickets from £12 (01206 366603)

The Four Seasons is a group of four violin concerti by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, each of which gives musical expression to a season of the year. Next Sunday Beth Spendlove will be bringing each season musically to life accompanied by her Kingfisher Sinfonietta. Other music on the varied programme includes Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances and Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Sunday June 3 at 2:45pm in Lion Walk United Reformed Church. Tickets: £12 on the door.

Next Tuesday, Orlando Jopling’s Roman River Festival stages the inaugural concert of the 2018 season with international pianist Imogen Cooper performing at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. The following evening Jopling brings his Cello Pilgrimage to Colchester. He has given over 120 recitals to help churches raise funds for the restoration and upkeep of their buildings but on Wednesday he presents a concert in aid of our local Syrian refugees by performing all of Bach’s magnificent Cello Suites. Wednesday May 30 from 6 45pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £20 (including Syrian food)

Next week I will include details of the Colchester Symphony Orchestra’s all Russian concert featuring Helen Vollam, Principal Trombone of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Tickets: £15 (01206 271128)

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 18 May, 2018

This week’s column includes advance notice of the wealth of wonderful music-making taking place towards the end of May.

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. On Tuesday May 29, Imogen Cooper will perform Haydn’s Sonata in C major Hob XVI/50, Beethoven’s Bagatelles op 119 and his 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli. This is the inaugural concert of the Roman River Festival 2018 and takes place at 7.30pm in the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Tickets from £12. Box Office (01206 573948). Colchester Classics is delighted to have the opportunity to offer some of Imogen Cooper’s CDs in the foyer at the Theatre at this concert

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. On Saturday May 26, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet together with Schumann’s Second String Quartet and a suite for solo cello by Bach will be performed in All Saints’ Church, Great Holland. Finally on Bank Holiday Monday May 28 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
Next week I’ll include details of a rare concert performance of John Eccles’ opera, Semele, a feast of Bach’s Cello Suites with a taste of Syrian food and gentle reminders of other events towards the end of May and beginning of June.
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


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 12 May, 2018 – published but lost in the IT problems encountered


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 4 May, 2018

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.

Tomorrow evening 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, will precede 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 tomorrow night, when 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).

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 is 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

Last but not least, next Friday Vivaldi’s Gloria will be performed again in St Botolph’s Church, this time with Tiptree Choral Society and Sotto Voce, a choir of 30 singers from the South-West of France. In addition to separate pieces showcasing each choir, the combined choirs will be singing Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Sunrise Mass by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, an uplifting new symphonic mass for choir and strings. These 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.

Next week I’ll include details of Anthony’s annual Clarinet Bank Holiday Weekend, contrasting with news on workshops about Early Dance and its music and a world premiere performance of Mr Mac’s Maggots by John Rutter.

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

 


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 27 April 2018

The Colchester New Music project recently teamed up with the world’s busiest early keyboard duo, Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar, and launched an international competition for keyboard music. The winning pieces will be performed tomorrow afternoon at 3pm at The Old Barn, Old House, Old House Road, Great Horkesley, Colchester CO6 4EQ. Tickets: www.colchesternewmusic.com or contact Daniela at The Pimlott Foundation (01206 271291)

Founded in 1984, Colchester New Music’s original aim was to support performances by local composers and students from Colchester Institute’s then acclaimed Classical Music Department. Now independent of the Institute, it continues with its core aims plus developing projects with Firstsite, the Arts Centre and the Friends of the Moot Hall Organ.

Earlier this month George Ireland, one of the Pimlott Foundation’s sponsored students, performed with Daniela Bechly and the visiting German choir, Der Kleine Chor. Tomorrow evening at 7.30pm he will be soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20 accompanied by the St Botolph’s Music Society’s orchestra in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £10 (01206 823662).

Last summer the British Clarinet Ensemble visited the Netherlands for a concert tour. This week the 35-strong Dutch group, Capriccio Clarinet Choir, is bringing its clarinets of all shapes and sizes to perform at Chelmsford Theatre’s Cramphorn Studio on Wednesday 1 – 2pm and then at an open workshop with the East Anglian Single Reed Choir and conductor Anthony Bailey from 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Kelvedon.

Next week I’ll include details of Anthony’s annual Bank Holiday Weekend for Clarinettists in St Osyth and also details of two performances of Vivaldi’s popular Gloria at St Botolph’s Church, Colchester in 24 hours!

If you are looking for some choral delights before the Bank Holiday Weekend, don’t forget that Clacton Choral Society, accompanied by the Kingfisher Sinfonietta, will be performing some familiar and less familiar choral music by Bach and Handel tomorrow at 7.30 pm in St James’ Church, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1DA. Tickets £10 (01255 221511)

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


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 13 April 2018

Roy Teed had been President of the Colchester Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years and much had been planned for a concert to celebrate his 90th birthday. Sadly this was not to be as Roy passed away last year. His encyclopaedic knowledge of music was of great assistance to the orchestra for both concert repertoire and programme notes. He was a great admirer of Brahms and keen to promote young gifted soloists, hence the choice of the Double Concerto with the young soloists Martyn Jackson (violin) and Rowena Calvert (cello). Given Roy’s considerable output as a composer (he was Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music), it is most appropriate that his Phantasy for Flute and Strings will be included in the concert. Flautist Debbie Rogers gave the premiere of this work and will also be the soloist tomorrow at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester Tickets: £15 (01206 271128) www.colchestersymphony.org.uk

Next weekend Clacton Choral Society, accompanied by the Kingfisher Sinfonietta, performs Bach’s familiar Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring and Handel’s Zadok the Priest alongside the maybe less familiar Sinfonia, Lento and Chorale from J S Bach’s Cantata BWV12. Other musical treats include Mozart’s Te Deum, the Adagio and Rondo from his Flute Concerto in G with soloist Francesca Dulieu and Laudate Dominum from the Solemn Vespers. Clacton Choral’s concert ends with Haydn’s popular ‘Little’ Organ Mass. Saturday April 28 at 7.30 pm in St James’ Church, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1DA. Tickets £10 (01255 221511)

If you are looking for choral delights before the concert mentioned above, tomorrow evening the Nayland Choral Society presents a concert entitled Hallelujah at St James’ Church, Nayland. This concert includes highlights from Handel’s Messiah and music by Haydn, Mozart and Bach. Tickets: £10.00

Organ enthusiasts maybe interested to know that St. Albright’s Church, Stanway Easter Festival ends tomorrow at 7pm with Dewi Rees, organ scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, presenting a recital including music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Whitlock and Frank Bridge. Contact (01787 222487) for full details.

 
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

 

 

 

Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 13 April 2018

Wrabness is a small village near Manningtree and is home not only to Grayson’s Perry’s A House for Essex but also All Saints’ Church, a 12th century building with its bells temporarily re-located in the 17th century to a wooden structure in the churchyard, where they remain today.

Twenty-five years ago, Liz Connah and her husband Trevor started the Wrabness concerts in All Saints’ Church. This Sunday at 4pm there is concert in memory of Liz who died suddenly before Christmas. The Archaeus String Quartet performs works by Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Schubert. Tickets: £12 (01255 880791). All Saints’ Church, Church Road, Wrabness CO11 2TG.

Tomorrow The Pimlott Foundation hosts an afternoon with Der Kleine Chor, a choir of fifteen singers from Bielefeld in Germany. The choir will perform music by Fanny, Felix and Arnold Mendelssohn which will be interspersed with songs selected and performed by Daniela Bechly and accompanied by George Ireland, one of the Foundation’s sponsored students. Saturday, April 14 at 5pm. Old House Barn, Colchester Co6 4EQ. Next Saturday the same venue hosts Colchester’s New Music concert at 3pm. More info next week and here www.colchesternewmusic.com or (01206 271291)

Back to this Sunday when in St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Felixstowe, there is a Come and Sing the Mozart Requiem. Rehearsal is at 12 noon and performance at 3pm. Tickets: £12 for singers and audience. (01394 670633). The following Saturday evening, April 21, the Halstead & District Choral Society under its new conductor James Davey will also perform Mozart’s Requiem in St Andrew’s Church, Halstead at 7.3opm. Tickets: £10 (01787 478789)

Next week will be all about the Colchester Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Saturday 21 April in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.Tickets: £15 (01206 271128) www.colchestersymphony.org.uk , the Clacton Choral Society concert accompanied by the Kingfisher Sinfonietta on Saturday 28 April in St James’ Church, Tower Road, Clacton. Tickets £10 (01255 221511) www.clactonchoral.org.uk and Colchester’s New Music concert.

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

 


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 23 March

This Good Friday there is a chance to hear two of the great choral works -Handel’s Messiah and J S Bach’s St John Passion.

Handel’s Messiah will be performed by the Lion Walk Church Festival Chorus under the direction of Ian Ray, the church’s musical director, accompanied by an orchestra led by Jessie Ridley with Peter Holman providing keyboard continuo.  Though often associated with Christmas, the work had its first performance in Dublin during Easter 1742. This concert is in memory of Eva Hopping, a devoted member of the Lion Walk United Reformed Church and a local piano teacher, who recently passed away at the age of 102.  Her son Robert says Messiah was one of her favourites. Lion Walk Church, Colchester Good Friday, March 30, at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (01206 230647) or at the door. Profits will go to Colchester’s St Helena Hospice.

For the seventh year in succession, the Choir of St Mary’s, Maldon, joined by Pegasus Baroque Orchestra, will perform J S Bach’s dramatic and moving St John Passion.  This performance sticks closely to Bach’s original intentions so there is a short homily between Parts One and Two given by the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt. Rev’d Stephen Cottrell, and listeners are invited to join in singing five well-known chorales. St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Maldon, CM9 5HW on Good Friday at 7.30pm Free entrance with a retiring collection. 

 This Sunday over in Sudbury its orchestra will be accompanying Christopher Bearman in Gregson’s virtuoso Tuba Concerto. The concert also includes Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony with its dark undercurrents interspersed with dramatic passages. Sunday March 25 in St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury at 6.00 pm Tickets £12 from Sudbury Tourist Information or on the door.

Tomorrow evening the Tiptree Choral Society performs Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem in St Luke’s Church at 7.30pm.

The next column will be on April 13 and include details of a concert in memory of Liz Connah who, with her husband Trevor, started the concert series at All Saint’s Wrabness 25 years ago.

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

 


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 16 March

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. 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)

Finally, back to Colchester when its Choral Society will be performing Faure’s Requiem and other works tomorrow evening 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

Next week’s column will include a performance in Sudbury of Gregson’s Tuba Concerto and the chance to attend a free performance of Bach’s St John Passion conducted by Colin Baldy on Good Friday in Maldon.

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

 

 


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 9 March

Wondrous Cross is a cantata written by Alan Bullard, the well-known British composer based in Essex.  It is a moving and accessible piece suitable for church or concert performance, interweaving The Seven Last Words of Christ with biblical texts, familiar hymns and negro spirituals to create a dramatic work. Last Easter Clacton Choral Society performed it and this month it will be heard with Witham Choral and the Colchester Philharmonic at Witham United Reformed Church on March 10 at 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 (01376 513713) or at the door.

Wondrous Cross will be heard again a fortnight later in Ipswich, this time performed by the Ipswich Bach Choir and Chamber Orchestra. Both Witham and Ipswich performances will be coupled with Part 2 of Handel’s Messiah, culminating in the joyous Hallelujah Chorus. Ipswich School (Ivry Street entrance). 24 March at 7.30 pm. Tickets £13 ((01394 271538) or at the door. www.ipswichbachchoir.org.uk

A CD of Alan Bullard’s Wondrous Cross is available at the special rate of £10 including UK P&P for readers.  Click here for details http://colchesterclassics.co.uk/alan-bullard-wondrous-cross-2/

In Chelmsford tomorrow there are two contrasting concerts at the Civic Theatre. The Sinfonia Viva will give a relaxed concert at 2pm including Offenbach’s Can-Can and then at 7.30pm there will be music from Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Borodin.  For further details and ticket prices on both concerts (01245 6065050).

Last but not least, the Stondon Singers under Christopher Tinker perform J S Bach’s St John Passion accompanied by Peter Holman’s John Jenkins Consort at 7.30pm in Chelmsford Cathedral. Tickets from £12 (01992 522300) (By the way there is another performance coming up soon in Essex of this marvellous and moving work in St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Maldon, CM9 5HW on Good Friday, March 30 at 7.30pm – more on this shortly).

Next week’s column will include news on two choral concerts in St Luke’s Church, Tiptree.

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

 

 

 

 


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 2 March

Following last year’s performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Colchester Choral Society conducted by Ian Ray presents a programme of French music including Faure’s well-known Requiem. This popular work is more often sung with full orchestra but the Society will perform it with soloists Gillian Wilson (soprano) and Colin Baldy (baritone) and the Colchester Sinfonia in its original 1893 version edited by John Rutter.  The original orchestration uses a solo violin, played by Jesse Ridley, in two of the movements. Faure’s popular Cantique de Jean Racine, his Piano Trio, with Jessie Ridley, Ian Ray (piano) and his cellist son, Oliver, and Poulenc’s expressive Four Penitential Motets complete the programme. Saturday March 17 at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £15 available from Manns Music or www.colchesterchoralsociety.co.uk

The Tuesday before, Ian presents an organ recital of music by Alfred Hollins including his Trumpet Minuet and Song of Sunshine. The concert is called ‘Alfred the Great’ but is nothing to do with King Alfred and burnt cakes! Ian will perform on the magnificent Edwardian organ in the Moot Hall, Colchester Town Hall.  Admission is free with a retiring collection.  Tuesday March 13 at 1pm.

The following day Ian will be accompanying local soprano Gill in a recital at the Lion Walk United Reformed Church in Colchester on Wednesday March 14 at 1pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

Ian Ray has had a life-long commitment to stimulating the musical life of Colchester:  lecturer of music at the Colchester Institute for forty years, Director of Music at Lion Walk Church since 1969 including running the Wednesday lunchtime concert series, conductor of the town’s choral society since 1976 and the town’s Honorary Borough Organist since 1988, so it is no wonder that Ian recently received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex in recognition of his services to music in Colchester and the surrounding area.

Next week’s column will include news on two performances of Alan Bullard’s Wondrous Cross.

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



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

“Party Like it’s 1599!” has been described as a dance party, a tea dance, an early music disco or simply a concert with music from both The Colchester Waits and Lizzie Gutteridge’s live-looped Consort of 1 project. In addition to the music, there will be dance performances from the resplendent Colchester Historical Dance and students from Evolution Foundation College (doing their own mix of ballet, contemporary and street dance). The audience can also try out Tudor dances, or simply sit and watch the show. Tickets £7 (01206 500900). Colchester Arts Centre at 2.30pm on Sunday February 25.

This month there is a chance to hear Richard Strauss’ famous Four Last Songs performed by young soprano Gemma Summerfield accompanied by the Essex Symphony Orchestra under its guest conductor, Philip Sunderland.

At the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Gemma Summerfield won both the First Prize and the Song Prize. Having recently completed her studies at the Royal College of Music International Opera School she is now an active recitalist, with concerts at the Wigmore Hall, St John’s, Smith Square and on BBC Radio 3. The orchestra will also perform Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 on Saturday March 3 at 7.30pm in Christ Church, New London Road, Chelmsford. Tickets £14 (01245 601418) or on the door. www.essexsymphony.org.uk “

In complete contrast the following afternoon at the Ipswich Corn Exchange the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Family Concert. This year it is called Time Travellers with favourites including theme music from Doctor Who,  Star Wars, The Planets and Star Trek. There is also an opportunity to try out musical instruments on the stage. Sunday March 4 at 3pm.  Tickets:  £7 – £10. www.ipswichcornexchange.com

If you are looking for orchestral music this weekend, the Colchester Symphony Orchestra will be performing Bruckner’s 8th Symphony tomorrow at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester Tickets: £15 (01206 271128) www.colchestersymphony.org.uk

Next week’s column will mainly be about the many concerts with Ian Ray as both pianist and conductor.


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

Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony uses an large orchestra and is considered by some to be the greatest of all his symphonies. It is sometimes known as “The Apocalyptic” but don’t let that put you off as it is essentially a breath-taking and awesome work. (I use awesome in its real sense, not in the commonplace overuse of the word.)

This month there is a rare chance to hear this symphony which is full of monumental grand passages, a dance-like Scherzo (with maybe a nod to Bruckner’s Viennese background), an Adagio with extensive use of the harp and an awe-inspiring Finale.  Chris Phelps trained in Vienna and will conduct the Colchester Symphony Orchestra in this epic work composed there in the 19th century. It will be performed without an interval on Saturday February 24 at 7.30pm in the magnificent acoustics of St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. After the performance, there will be an informal gathering with the chance to meet the orchestral players and Chris Phelps, and to browse through a selection of CDs from Colchester Classics. Tickets: £15 (01206 271128) www.colchestersymphony.org.uk

Colchester Symphony Orchestra will be back at St Botolph’s Church on Saturday April 21 in a tribute to its late President, Roy Teed. The concert includes a performance of his Phantasy for Flute with soloist Debbie Rogers.

Tomorrow evening at the same venue, the St Botolph’s Music Society presents its annual Gala Concert with soloists Philip Smith (piano) and Melinda Blackman (violin). This concert takes place at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 (01206 823662)

The Kingfisher Ensemble returns to Colchester on Sunday with a violin and piano recital including works by Schubert, Brahms and Walton. Tickets from £10. Sunday February 18 at 2.45pm in Lion Walk United Reformed Church, Colchester

Next week’s column  will mainly be about the Essex Symphony Orchestra’s next concert.

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


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

This month the St Botolph’s Music Society presents its annual Gala Concert with soloists Philip Smith (piano) and Melinda Blackman (violin).

Chopin wrote some of the most popular solo piano works of all time but only wrote two piano concertos (curiously the second was written before the first but published afterwards – don’t ask!) Philip will be performing the 2nd Concerto with its most beautiful second movement.

Mendelssohn’s celebrated Violin Concerto in E minor, nearly 150 years after he composed it, remains one of the most regularly performed concertos and it is the choice of young budding violinist, Melinda Blackman. Saturday 16 February 2018, 7.30pm St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £15 (01206 823662)

Next week there is a chance to hear the historic Edwardian organ housed in the Moot Hall, Colchester Town Hall.  Francis Knights, Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in Music at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, presents a concert entitled ‘Old and New’, juxtaposing Bach’s Preludes and Fugues with music by Essex-born 20th century composer Ivan Moody. Admission is free with a retiring collection. Tuesday February 13 @ 1pm, Colchester Town Hall.

In Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday year, many performances will take place in tribute to this hugely influential conductor and composer. Chris Green will be holding a one-day workshop about Bernstein at the Ipswich Institute on March 3. Tickets £20 (01473 253992).

Next week I will feature the Colchester Symphony Orchestra’s next concert on 24 February in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.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


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

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 next 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.

As mentioned previously, both the University of Essex Choir and Colchester Bach Choir will be performing tomorrow evening at Chelmsford Cathedral and St Botolph’s Church respectively. 

As always, I have tried to present a few of the concerts taking place in the next few days in Colchester and its surrounding area. Many other concerts are available but it is impossible to list them all here.

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


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

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of one of the most influential figures in English music, Ralph Vaughan Williams, his nine symphonies and succession of major choral works being widely regarded as his greatest achievements.  Early next month the University of Essex Choir presents a programme including his Five Mystical Songs with bass soloist, Dominic Sedgwick, contrasting with Durufle’s mesmerising Requiem with mezzo-soprano Hannah Cooke. Durufle’s work incorporates much thematic material based on Gregorian Chant. The choir will be accompanied by the London Mozart Players conducted by Richard Cooke. Saturday February 3 at 7pm in Chelmsford  Cathedral. Tickets from £10 and available from choir members and http://www.universityofessexchoir.org Alternatively, on the same evening join the Colchester Bach Choir for its annual concert in aid of the Mayor’s Charities. St Botolph’s Church, Colchester at 7.30pm. Tickets £12 on the door

The Pimlott Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim to bring together aspiring performers with professionals and promote concerts. Tomorrow evening the beautiful Barn at the Foundation will be transformed into a haven of peace and tranquillity at its New Year Chill Out Concert when the audience are invited to relax with the music of Bach, Piazzolla, Pachelbel and more performed on harp, guitar, piano, voice plus a musical soundscape provided by gongs and chimes. Tickets: £11 contact (01206 271291) for further information on this calming concert. Saturday January 27 at 7.3opm in The Pimlott Foundation, Old Barn, Coach Road, Great Horksley.  www.pimlottfoundation.org

 

Over in Clacton its Concert Orchestra returns to the Princes Theatre, Clacton on Sea for its New Year celebration on Sunday afternoon at 3pm. This is a relaxed concert where the audience are invited to enjoy the music and perhaps even get up to have a dance, a cha cha, a foxtrot, a waltz or a little salsa or just sit back and enjoy the live music. This year the orchestra are once again helping to raise funds for St Helena Hospice Tendring Day Centre. Tickets: £10 including refreshments (01255 686633)

Next week will be all about the inaugural concert for the Roman River Music Festival at the Mercury Theatre with the Endellion String Quartet and the new series of lunchtime concerts at Lion Walk United Reformed Church.

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


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 19 January 2018

The Colchester Philharmonic will be joining the Colchester Bach Choir under Patrick McCarthy for a concert of popular classics in aid of the Mayor’s charities in the excellent acoustic of St Botolph’s Church. The evening is entitled Music For You! and will feature local soprano Gill Wilson who will give her celebrated rendition of Mozart’s Queen of the Night, Vivaldi’s Double Trumpet Concerto and 11 year-old Lui Papena playing Massenet’s Meditation from Thais, which recently received warm applause and encouragement from the distinguished cellist Natalie Clein at a Roman River Music Festival masterclass.

This concert offers much varied musical fare including favourite choruses by Bach, Mozart, Faure and Johann Strauss plus Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and Zadok the Priest. The orchestra will play Mozart’s delightful Serenata Notturna and the beautiful Gabriel’s Oboe from the film The Mission. In short, a chance to enjoy some superb local music-making while helping the Mayor’s charities.

This will be the 24th charity concert the choir has given for successive mayors raising many thousands of pounds for good causes over the decades. Saturday February 3 at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets £12 on the door or from Red Lion Books, Colchester or (01206 546202) www.colchesterbachchoir.co.uk

Hailed as one of the leading exponents of the classical accordion, Bartosz Glowacki was born in Poland and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. This Sunday afternoon there is an opportunity to hear him in a programme of music ranging from Scarlatti to Piazolla. Bartosz was awarded Polish Young Musician of the Year in 2009 and has appeared in major concert halls in this country and in Europe. Sunday January 21 at 4pm in the Constable Hall, East Bergholt. Tickets £14 (01206 298426) or e-mail: svamtickets@btinternet.com

Next week it will be all about the University of Essex concert and also the Carducci String Quartet If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music, you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994. 


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 12 January 2018

The multi award-winning film Amadeus was set in Vienna during the latter half of the 18th century and is a fictionalised biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The film follows Mozart’s contemporary Antonio Salieri’s jealous vendetta against his younger rival.

Much of Mozart’s music is heard extensively throughout the film including the Serenade for 13 wind instruments made famous as Salieri analyses the piece as it unfolds in the background. This work forms part of a concert from Colchester Symphony Orchestra’s Wind and Brass Ensemble, amusingly called the Puffin Ensemble.

Maybe Richard Strauss was inspired by Mozart’s work as he also composed a Suite for 13 wind instruments. At the concert this work is musically sandwiched in between the Mozart and an arrangement of Rossini’s William Tell Overture. St Botolph’s Church, Colchester on Saturday 13 January at 7.30pm. Tickets: £ 14 (01206 271128) or www.colchestersymphony.org.uk

Over the next few months the Colchester Symphony Orchestra will be busy. On February 24 it performs Bruckner’s epic Symphony 8 at St Botolph’s Church and the following month it accompanies both of Chris Phelp’s regular choirs, the Hadleigh Choral Society and the Kelvedon Singers, in a concert of two of Elgar’s glorious choral works – The Spirit of England and The Music Makers. In the same concert, international pianist John Lill performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, often described as the greatest piano concerto ever written. This all takes place on March 24 at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. In April, Chris and the orchestra return to St Botolph’s for a Celebration of the Life of the Roy Teed, the orchestra’s late President. Further details on all concerts can be found here www.colchestersymphony.org.uk or (01206 271128)

Next week it will be all about a concert on February 3 crammed full of popular music performed by the Colchester Bach Choir and Colchester Philharmonic in aid of the Colchester Mayor’s charities.

 

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

 


Final Draft Classical Music Column for Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette, Friday 5 January 2018

Happy New Year! Welcome back to another year crammed full of concerts! The Kingfisher Ensemble are in Colchester this Sunday. 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 Op 76 No.4 and Schubert’s Quartet No.13 ‘Rosamunde’. Sunday January 7 at 2.45pm at Lion Walk United Reformed Church, Colchester. Tickets: £12 on the door.

After its successful Christmas concert, Clacton Choral will be back to work tomorrow! 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

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.

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. This weekend 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

Next weekend the column will be all about Colchester Symphony Orchestra’s wind and brass sections in concert at St Botolph’s Church. If you have a forthcoming concert you would like previewed contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994

 


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