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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.

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


Final draft, Classical column 4 October 2019 (Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette)

Last year, cellist Rowena Calvert performed at the late Roy Teed’s concert celebrating his life, music and presidency of the Colchester Symphony Orchestra.  As part of this concert, Rowena, with Martyn Jackson, gave an exceptional performance of the Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello. Later this month Rowena returns to be the soloist in Elgar’s popular Cello Concerto. This concerto is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire. Elgar composed it in the aftermath of the First World War. Whereas most concertos take time before introducing the soloist, Elgar’s  concerto begins with the solo cello followed by the orchestra.

Rowena has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and Queens Hall as well as making appearances at both the Manchester and Kronberg Cello Festivals and  the Roman River Festival.  Recent engagements have included performances of the Saint Saens, Vivaldi and Elgar Cello Concertos.  Rowena will be performing on an 1824 cello by Bernard Simon Fendt, kindly on loan to her by Nicholas Roberts.

This concert is called ‘Music Associated with London’ and also includes Elgar’s Overture Cockaigne (In London Town) and Vaughan Williams’ ‘A London Symphony’ (Symphony No.2 ).  This popular symphony incorporates the sounds of Edwardian London, including street vendors’ calls, the Westminster chimes and the Strand at night.

The orchestra, as always, will be led by Philippa Barton and conducted by Chris Phelps.  Don’t forget that all those under 25 can come along to a Colchester Symphony Orchestra concert for free and standard tickets cost £15, available (01206 271128) or emailing csosecretary@colchestersymphonyorchestra.org.uk Saturday October 19 at 7.30pm in Colchester’s St Botolph’s Church.

Tune in next week to find out about more orchestras performing in our region this month.

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

 

Final draft, Classical column in 27 September 2019 (Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette)

Following its sell-out performance last year, Quattro Amici returns to Colchester. The Roman Circus House is the venue for these classical vocalists to perform a programme bursting with music from Bizet to Bernstein and beyond. Tickets are £12 each – including drink and nibbles. Telephone (07415 9852 891). The concert starts at 7.30pm in Roman Circus House, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester.

A few days later, another vocal quartet performs at the final lunchtime concert in the current series at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall . It features Aurora Voices, singing Opera favourites including music from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Handel’s Semele and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Thursday October 3 at 12.30pm. Free admission with a retiring collection.

Dizzying counterpoint and stunning displays of polychoral writing are promised at A Bavarian 16th Century Festival featuring the East Anglian Academy Chamber Choir. The choir and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, directed by Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick, perform music by Hassler, Gabrieli and Orlande de Lassus. This takes place tomorrow evening at 7pm in St Michael the Archangel, Framlingham, Woodbridge. £18 – including Wine and canapés – available on the door. Find out more here – www.eastanglianacademy.org.uk

For one night only, Plácido Domingo returns to the breath-taking Arena di Verona amphitheatre for his anniversary gala evening. 50 years after his debut, he will revisit three of his greatest ever roles in Verdi’s Nabucco, I due Foscari and Macbeth. Watch Placido Domingo’s gala concert at the Odeon Colchester (and other cinemas) on Tuesday October 1.
Don’t forget the Kingfisher Sinfonietta are back at Lion Walk United Reformed Church, Colchester on Sunday after at 2.45pm.

Tune in next week to find out about ‘Music Associated with London’ with the Colchester Symphony Orchestra and Chris Phelps.
If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.


Final draft, Classical column in 20 September 2019 (Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette)

Founded in 2011, the Kingfisher Sinfonietta has become a much-respected orchestra, performing to enthusiastic audiences in East Anglia.
Concerts, in keeping with a challenging historic tradition, are frequently directed from the Leader’s chair. This month the Sinfonietta returns to Colchester with a delightful programme of music including Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Gershwin’s Lullaby, contrasting with Britten’s Simple Symphony. This takes place on Sunday September 29 at 2.45pm.

But before that, this weekend the Kingfisher Ensemble – Beth Spendlove (violin), Yan Yi (viola) Chris Slatter (cello) and pianist, Nigel Clayton – presents music including Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B flat and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor. This takes is on Sunday at 2.45pm. Both concerts take place in Lion Walk United Reformed Church in Colchester. Tickets for each concert are £12.

With the BBC Proms having finished last Saturday with the traditional Last Night of Proms concert, next weekend the Essex Concert Band presents its own Promenade Concert with favourites such as Eric Coates’ Dam Busters March, Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1. This concert is, as always, conducted by Charles Hine and takes place on Saturday September 28 at 7.30pm in Rowhedge Village Hall. Free admission with a retiring collection.

Tune in next week to hear about Placido Domingo’s 60th Anniversary Gala in Colchester, a Bavarian Festival in Framlingham Church and Aurora Voices in Coggeshall.

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

 


Final draft for the Classical column, 13 September 2019 in Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette.

Reed all about it! Clarinettist Mark Simpson brings two other stellar  musicians to Wivenhoe tonight as part of the final few concerts of this year’s Roman River Festival. Cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, last heard at the festival with Nicola Benedetti three years ago, will also play as well pianist Rick Uttley, making his Festival debut. Music to be performed includes Clarinet Trios by both Beethoven and Brahms. This takes place tonight at 8pm in the beautiful Wivenhoe Church, High Street.

Mark Simpson concludes his Festival residency with a wide-ranging programme of works for clarinet by Berio, Stravinsky and Steve Reich. This concert is in Abberton Church tomorrow at 11am.

20 years ago the Roman River Festival started in St Andrews Church in Fingrinhoe and on Saturday at 6pm it returns there with string
trios by Beethoven, Kodaly and Dohnányi performed by the Veles Ensemble.

Last weekend the East Anglian Railway Museum hosted the 33rd Beer Festival but this Sunday the final Roman River Festival concert takes place with music by Beethoven and Steve Reich. For ticket availability on all of the above visit www.romanrivermusic.org.uk.

More woodwind music can be heard next Friday evening at local composer Peter Thorne’s free concert called Thornathon. The concert is full of Peter’s music accompanied by himself at the piano plus several wonderful local woodwind players – Jeffery Wilson, Mary Blanchard, David Chivers and Samantha Christopher. This concert takes place at 7pm on Friday September 20 in St James Church, Tower Road, Clacton. Free entry with a retiring collection.

Tune in next week to hear about the annual Proms concert from the Essex Concert Band and the first concert for the autumn from the
Kingfisher Ensemble.

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

 


Final draft for the Classical column on 6 Sept 2019 in the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette

Ian Ray has been Colchester’s Honorary Borough Organist since 1988 and this Tuesday lunchtime he will be performing on the organ housed in the Moot Hall. This concert includes a wide variety of organ music from J S Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in A minor (the ‘Great’) to Paean by 20th century British composer, Kenneth Leighton. In addition to the majestic Edwardian organ, the Moot Hall is also home to a Grand Piano. Ian will also perform piano music by Liszt as part of this concert. This all takes place on Tuesday September 10 at 1pm in Colchester’s Town Hall. Free entry with a retiring collection.
Last Wednesday the Colchester Choral Society, directed by Ian Ray, had its first rehearsal of the term in preparation for its November concert. This concert will include two contrasting choral masterpieces – Durufle’s unique Requiem and Bernstein’s rhythmically and vocally challenging Chichester Psalms. There is still time to join the choir at its regular Wednesday rehearsals to discover these beautiful works. Telephone (07514 440009)
This weekend many Essex musicians will be performing in the Essex Chamber Orchestra’s first concert of the Autumn term. The concert includes Beethoven’s Symphony No.4 and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with soloists Suzanne Loze (violin) and Morgan Goff (viola). This takes place on Sunday September 8 at 7pm in Ingatestone’s Fryerning Community Centre. Tickets £10 on the door or www.ticketsource.co.uk/essexchamberorchestra
The Roman River Festival begins its annual weekend residency in St Mary’s Church, Stoke by Nayland tonight with Come to A Night at the Opera. A quartet of opera singers will perform operatic melodies, duets and ensembles by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and many more. Tomorrow evening the orchestra will perform a varied programme including Sibelius’ Symphony No 5. The Stoke by Nayland weekend concludes with Roman River’s first family orchestral concert. Tickets www.romanrivermusic.org.uk

Tune in next week to read about concert previews for the final weekend of the Roman River Festival and a concert in Clacton of music by local composer, Peter Thorne.

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


Final draft for the Classical column on 30 August 2019 in the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette 

All together now – singing is good for your body and soul. Reports are always being published commending singing in a choir so why not consider joining a local choir?

Clacton Choral holds its ‘Saturday Sings’ tomorrow afternoon where its Musical Director, Gilli Dulieu, introduces the music of Dvorak’s uplifting Te Deum, with its beautiful soaring melodies and music from Brahms’ German Requiem. It is fitting to include music by Brahms in the same concert as he was a mentor to Dvorak. By the way, joining this choir will guarantee a seat to the concert as its last event was a sell-out!  To pre-book your place for tomorrow’s singing day, held at St James’ Church Hall, Tower Road in Clacton-on-Sea from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, telephone 01255 677368. The concert takes place on December 7 at 4pm in the same venue.

The Chelmsford Singers start the term with their annual Open Rehearsal.  This Autumn the choir, under James Davy, will be performing various works including music marking the 80th, 100th and 150th anniversaries of Andrew Carter, David Willcocks and Walford Davies respectively at concerts on November 3, 10 and December 7. The Open Rehearsal takes place on Tuesday September 10 at 7.30pm in The Cathedral School, Victoria Road, Chelmsford.

Other choirs are also getting into their stride next month – Witham Choral starts rehearsals on September 10 at 7.45pm in Witham URC for its concert on November 30 which features music by Bach and Part 1 of Handel’s Messiah. The Ipswich Bach Choir makes a later start on September 25 with Rossini’s delightful Petite Messe Solennelle (nothing solemn there!). These rehearsals are from 7.30pm on Wednesdays at St John’s School , Victory Road, Ipswich.

Tune in next week to read about concert previews for Ian Ray’s next organ recital and music from the Essex Chamber Orchestra.

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

 

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