Thaxted Parish Church
Sonata for clarinet & piano

Sonata for clarinet & piano

Première rapsodie

Fantasiestücke Op.73

Sonata for clarinet & piano Op.120 No.1


Julian Bliss, who is still only 18, first caught the headlines when he featured, at 13, in the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations. He has now established himself on the international scene with highly successful debuts at the BBC Proms, the Verbier Festival, the Gstaad Festival and through a tour of Japan with the Tokyo Symphony. His playing is particularly notable for its beauty of tone, its musicality and expressiveness and, of course, for its technical mastery.
He will be accompanied by the American pianist Bradley Moore.


Thaxted Festival: John Lill (Piano)

Thaxted Festival: John Lill (Piano)
Thaxted Parish Church

John Lill, CBE

President of the Thaxted Festival, John Lill is arguably Britain's most well known pianist who has recently celebrated his 60th birthday with a series of concerts throughout the UK, first came to international attention when he won the coveted Tchaikovsky award in Moscow in 1970.

Known for his aristocratic interpretations of Beethoven and the great masters of the nineteenth and twentieth century piano repertoire, John Lill performs all over the world and was awarded a CBE in the 2005 New Year's Honours List.

Beethoven Sonata in C minor, Op 13 "Pathetique"
Schumann Carnival, Op.9
Schubert Sonata in A, D959

Thaxted Festival: Family Concert- Uttlesford Orchestra

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Thaxted Festival: Family Concert- Uttlesford Orchestra
Thaxted Parish Church

A concert of rousing music for Kings & Queens, Princes & Princesses and even an evil Galactic Emperor!

There'll be lots of songs and games for audience members of all ages. Come dressed royally, if you wish!!

Rotary Club Of Royston Present: A Classical Music Concert in aid of Charity

Rotary Club Of Royston Present: A Classical Music Concert in aid of Charity
West Road Concert Hall Cambridge

Programme details:

A selection of well known arias from:

Julius Caesar
Marriage of Figaro
Barber of Seville
Eugene Onegin
compositions by Schumann, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla & Kern
piano solo works by Liszt, Chopin & Verdi

Cambridge Arts Theatre Box Office – tel 01223 503333

Further information/enquiries:
Laurie Parncutt
Rotary Club of Royston
Tel 01763 208093

Singing On The River

Singing On The River
King's College Cambridge

A programme of music for a summer's evening with Madrigals, Part Songs, Folk Songs, close harmony and classics including songs by Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong and Michael Jackson.


Tickets are available from The Shop at King's: 01223 769 340

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Michiko Kobayashi

Michiko Kobayashi
Emmanuel United Reformed Church
Michiko began playing the violin at the age of five. Her first violin teacher in Japan was Prof. Takahiro Muroya, with whom she learned for eleven years.

She entered Toho Gakuen School of Music in 1993 where she studied the violin with Prof. Tsugio Tokunaga, as well as the piano and conducting. She moved on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Prof. David Takeno. She also took part in the student exchange programme between GSMD and Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik, Düsseldorf, where she studied with Prof. Ida Bieler. 

Awards include the third prize at the JILA Music Competition, Croydon Symphony Orchestra Soloist Award, and she became one of five finalists in the prestigious Japan Music Competition in 2000. She also won all the available violin prizes at GSMD, gaining, as well as BMus (Hon.) First Class and MMus in Performance, the Concert Recital Diploma (Equivalent to European Premier Prix) in 2003. She was also the recipient of a special award for her "strong artistic temperament" at Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy. 

She has participated in international masterclasses by Toru Yasunaga (leader of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Ruggiero Ricci, György Pauk, Igor Ozim, Gerhard Schulz, Eduard Schmieder, and Hermann Krebbers. 

She performed Saint-Saëns' third violin concerto with Epsom Symphony Orchestra, Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with Croydon Symphony Orchestra at Fairfield Hall, and her performance of Bartök's second violin concerto with Guildhall Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall was awarded Musicians' Company Silver Medal from GSMD. 

Night Music

Night Music
West Road Concert Hall Cambridge
Mark Padmore tenor/director*
Maxim Rysanov viola
Jacqueline Shave leader/director
Katie Mitchell stage director

Stravinsky Fanfare for a New Theatre
Harrison Birtwistle Prologue
Britten Lachrymae
Handel ‘Thus when the Sun' and ‘Total Eclipse' (Samson)
John Woolrich Ulysses Awakes
Britten Nocturne*

Fêted British tenor Mark Padmore joins Britten Sinfonia in a ravishing programme exploring the theme of night in this dramatically-treated performance directed by Katie Mitchell. Fresh from his acclaimed realisation of Bach's St John Passion, Mark Padmore performs this unique, unconducted interpretation of Britten's Nocturne, while also beguiling us with two gems of arias from Handel's Samson, intensely evocative settings of Milton's glorious poetry, including the poignant meditation on Samson's blindness, ‘Total Eclipse'. Viola wunderkind Maxim Rysanov takes the leading role in Britten's interpretation of Dowland's Lachrymae and John Woolrich's Ulysses Awakes, a moving reworking of Monteverdi.

... one achingly beautiful stanza succeeds the other, and the purity of Padmore's delivery here is a thing of wonder.'
The Independent

In conversation Free pre-concert talk with performers in Cambridge at 7.00pm

* must show ID on booking or collection on door

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Britten Sinfonia

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Britten Sinfonia
West Road Concert Hall Cambridge

Haydn Symphony No. 22 'The Philosopher'

Ives The Unanswered Question

György Kurtág Ligatura Message to Frances Marie (TheUnanswered Question); Irka-Firka

Schoenberg Three pieces Op. posth.

Webern Five Movements, Op. 5

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 in D K.537 'Coronation'

Recitalist, soloist, chamber musician and conductor, Aldeburgh Festival Artistic Director designate Pierre-Laurent Aimard combines technical mastery with an ability to paint the full spectrum of colour and identify with the spirit of each work. Typically, this programme spans the centuries, an intriguing mix of classical style with the distilled, sensuous expressionism of Schoenberg, Webern and Aldeburgh Festival's featured composer György Kurtág.

‘...his playing is big-boned, strongly profiled and richly textured. There is nothing ordinary about Aimard. His musicianship is in a class of its own.'
Evening Standard

Cambridge 7.00pm - In conversation with Pierre-Laurent Aimard (free)



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