OLiver Brett - Lunchtime Organ Recital

OLiver Brett - Lunchtime Organ Recital
St John's College Chapel

Oliver Brett Organ Scholar, Westminster Cathedral

Oliver was last year's organ scholar graduate of King's College. He is now at Westminster Cathedral as organ scholar and Director of Music at the Westmister Cathedral Choir School. For this first lunchtime concert of the Festival he plays works by Bach and Vierne's 3rd Symphony.

St John's College Chapel

    The Chapel The present Chapel was completed in 1869 to a design by Sir George Gilbert Scott, rep. . . more>>

    Mark Bebbington - piano

    Mark Bebbington - piano
    Fitzwilliam Museum

    Beethoven Sonata in C minor op. 13 (Pathétique)
    Sonata in F minor op. 57 (Appassionata)
    Ireland Three London Pieces
    Debussy La cathedrale engloutie, Feux d'artifice
    Liszt/Wagner Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
    Liszt/Verdi Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto

    Mark Bebbington contrasts two of Beethoven's best loved piano sonatas with gems of English and French musical impressionism, and rounds off his programme with colourful and virtuosic Liszt.

    'A truly remarkable pianist.'
    The Times.

    'Intrepidly communicative.'
    Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice


    Alan Rowlands on John Ireland

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    Alan Rowlands on John Ireland
    Emmanuel United Reformed Church
    The first of two one-hour lectures given by the pianist Alan Rowlands, who made pioneering recordings of all of John Ireland's piano music, in which he shares personal recollections of the composer. The lectures were first given as the Crees Lectures at the Royal College of Music. Tea and cake will be available in the café after the illustrated talk. The second lecture will be before the concert on Friday 25 July.

    Brahm's Requiem - Stephen Cleobury conductor - Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2008

    Brahm's Requiem - Stephen Cleobury conductor - Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2008
    King's College Cambridge

    This performance brings together many members of choirs from Cambridge and the surrounding area, including members of Cambridge University Musical Society and Cambridge Philharmonic Choral Society, into a glorious ‘Festival Chorus' under the baton of King's College Chapel's Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury. 

    Stephen Cleobury conductor

    Miranda Keys soprano
    Richard Lloyd Morgan baritone
    The Cambridge Orchestra

    Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn (St Anthony Chorale) and Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op 45

    Brahms's Requiem, his greatest choral work, is deeply personal, moving and expresses great hope, using inspiration from the Lutheran Bible to produce music that sings of human compassion, in German rather than the usual Latin.


    Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

    Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
    Cambridge Corn Exchange, The
    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, seen and heard across the globe, is simultaneously provocative, entertaining and inspiring. Their shows combine music, humour and intelligence with silliness. Using a menagerie of voices and cheap instruments, the orchestra elicits emotion and thought in unexpected forms and successfully mixes highbrow with lowbrow to appeal to an astonishingly broad audience. Wherever The Ukulele Orchestra performs, from Never Mind The Buzzcock's Christmas Special, Jools Holland's Hootenanny, to Blue Peter, to the smallest pub in England, they bring a hilarious style of music virtuoso that is
    all their own.

    A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, singing, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock ‘n' roll and melodious light entertainment featuring the ‘bonsai guitar' and a menagerie of voices in re-workings of rock ‘n' roll, punk, jazz classical music and toe-tapping oldies.

    'Perfectly polished professionalism, threaded through with dry wit and wry humour.'
    The Independent

    Churchill College

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    Thaxted Parish Church
    The Hymn of Jesus

    Vaughan Williams
    Toward the Unknown Region

    Belshazzar's Feast

    Hertfordshire Chorus is one of the finest large choirs in the country with a repertoire that spans traditional and contemporary works, including several new commissions. Recent performances have included concerts in the Royal Albert Hall with Daniele Gatti and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a Christmas concert there with José Carreras broadcast on Radio 2. The Chorus performs in other major venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, the Sage in Gateshead and Durham Cathedral, as well as in Hertfordshire. It regularly tours abroad, to Sicily, Seville, Perugia, Valencia and, most recently, Krakow.

    Holst and Vaughan Williams were close friends: Vaughan Williams wrote at least one major work for Holst's Whitsuntide Singers in Thaxted Church. Both will often have played the Lincoln organ in the North Transept. The Festival closes with one of the most exciting choral works ever written - Walton's dramatic masterpiece charting the downfall of King Belshazzar!


    JULIAN BLISS Clarinet with BRADLEY MOORE piano

    JULIAN BLISS Clarinet with BRADLEY MOORE piano
    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 Parish Church
    The Four Seasons

    Concerto Accademico

    Holberg Suite

    The Yehudi Menuhin School has always had a flourishing string orchestra. Yehudi Menuhin considered it a vital part of the musical education offered to these exceptionally gifted young musicians, and he himself often directed them.

    Since 1998, Malcolm Singer, the School's Director of Music, has conducted the orchestra in many concerts in Britain and on tour abroad. Mstislav Rostropovich conducted the orchestra in London, András Schiff from the keyboard in Oxford and in 2007 Vladimir Ashkenazy conducted in Italy in a programme of Mozart and Dvořák. Soloists who have played with the orchestra in recent years include Jeremy Menuhin, Julian Lloyd Webber, Pascal Roget, Tasmin Little and the klezmer violinist, Sophie Solomon.

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