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The Cotswold Male Voice Choir are singing at Mickleton

Events, Features by Tony No Comments »

Saturday 5th April 19.30 King George’s Hall, Mickleton, Gloucestershire
The Cotswold Male Voice Choir are singing a broad repertoire of eighteen songs including Unchained Melody, Love is All Around, Some Enchanted Evening, You’ll Never Walk Alone, When I Fall in Love and When The Saints Go Marchin’ In.
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Festival of Wind Band Music at The Crypt

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

On Friday 25th January a Festival of Wind Band music will be held in the school hall at The Crypt School, Gloucester.  This will be the first occasion when all adult wind bands supported by Gloucestershire Music, the county’s music service, will join forces to perform.

Whilst the majority of its work supports music making in schools, Gloucestershire Music also provides opportunities for adults to learn to play instruments in the context of a wind band, jazz band or orchestra. Particularly successful has been the ”Learn as you Play” scheme, designed for complete beginners, whilst more advanced players are also catered for.

Playing in the concert will be:

The 5 Valleys Music Centre Windbands (aka Learn as You Play bands 1 and 2), two adult groups that have been in existence for over 2 and half years and for just one term, respectively, directed by Tim Cambray.

Lakeside Concert Band that has been playing for over 3 years, directed by Jennie Henley.

Colwell Arts Concert Band, the most senior band that has been in existence for over 20 years, directed Philip Cowley.

They will be playing music from a variety of sources and genres, film (Raiders of the Lost Ark and Back to the Future), song (The Green Leaves of Summer), classical (Mars – from the planets by Holst, a selection from the Nutcracker suite, Tchaikovsky) and dance (Jamaican Rumba).

For full details of Gloucestershire Music’s activities, please go to www.gloucestershiremusic.co.uk

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

Tags: gloucestershire | music | concert | education

Stratford-upon-Avon choral society – Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Events, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

Stratford-upon-Avon choral society’s Autumn concert is the magnificent Missa Solemnis by Beethoven on Saturday November 17th 2007 in Holy Trinity Church, Old Town, Stratford at 7.30pm.

Beethoven (1770-1827) was not a man of the church and he wrote very little music to religious texts. The Mass in D, or Missa Solemnis. was begun in 1819 (by which time he was very deaf’ and was intended for the enthronement of Beethoven’s patron the Archduke Rudolph as archbishop, in the next year. In fact it was not completed until 1823 and Beethoven seems to have worked on it with no specific event in mind. Moreover he had little apparent regard for the practicalities of performances, as the work is of a scale, both in length and in the required number of performers, that would rarely be available or appropriate to a liturgical performance of masses. For the first (incomplete) performance in Vienna in a theatre, quite different German words were used. Apart from such considerations, the work itself makes considerable demands on all the singers. The original director made protest to Beethoven on behalf of his sopranos and now I understand why!

This suggests that, even more than usual, Beethoven was writing for himself, or rather to express his own rather unconventional religious feelings. He wrote on the score ‘From the heart’ … considering it one of his best works. It is an impressive composition with rapidly changing emotions, different phrases and longer passages shaped to the meaning or the text.

Music director Stephen Dodsworth will conduct the Stratford Choral Society and the Regency Sinfonia with professional soloists: soprano Lisa Wilson, alto Alexandra Gibson, tenor David Brown and bass James Holiday. The choral society was first formed in 1836 and shares with the Huddersfield Choral Society the accolade of being one of the oldest choral societies in the country.

For Missa Solemnis concert tickets £12 (adults) or £6 (students) or further information, phone Carol Jackson on 01386 841440. Tickets also available at Civic Hall Box Office, Holy Trinity Bookstall and Stratford Music Shop, Rother St. Up to two children under 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

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Campden and district music society – rising oboe star

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Events, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

The Campden and district Music Society concert on Tuesday 13th November 2007 will feature Thomas Barber, oboe and James Southall, piano.

Bristol born Thomas Barber, now only 25, gained a first class degree in medicine at Cambridge University, before studying the oboe at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with distinction. He has been principal oboe with the National Youth Orchestra of Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra, as well as oboist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Future Firsts’ apprenticeship scheme for 2005-6. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Thomas has performed at many music festivals, including Cheltenham, Cambridge and Banff in Canada.

The programme at Campden will include works by Poulenc, Rubbra, Bach and Schumann.

The Campden and district music society concert is honoured to be part of a special scheme, sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, which each year selects and supports a small group of exciting new young artists. This concert takes place in Chipping Carnpden School Hall, Cider Mill Lane, Chipping Campden at 8pm on Tuesday 13th November 2007. With an annual membership subscription of £40, members have free access to the season’s five concerts and may introduce a guest. Members also have opportunities to join group visits to ballet, operas and concerts at different venues. New members (£40 for five concerts, i.e. ONLY £8 PER CONCERT) are warmly welcomed. To ensure that you receive full details of membership and visits, contact Campden Music Society, c/o Treasurer, Saxfeld, Hoo Lane, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AZ or phone 01386 841520.

The Society thanks its commercial sponsors: Cutts of Campden, Cotswold House Hotel, Martin Gotrel, Andrew Greenwood and Mark Annett estate agents, Robert Welch and Graphic Print Partnership.

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

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Winchcombeshire’s Millennium Concert

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

(c) Gloucestershire 1000 and its associate partners

Saturday 24 November 2007, 7 pm, St Peter’s Church, Winchcombe,Gloucestershire

Not everyone knows that Winchcombeshire was an entirely separate county from Gloucestershire for ten years. Following its distinguished history as capital of the Mercian Kingdom and then as a Saxon burgh, Winchcombe became capital of its own shire when it was created in the year AD 1007 by King Aethelred as part of the five shires of Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Winchcombeshire – all areas of similar size and wealth, easy for administration in those days when revenue went to the king. Winchcombeshire covered 139 parishes of which the boundaries were nearly the same then as those today. Chipping Campden parish, part of an historic Hundred was in Winchcombeshire. It was absorbed by Gloucestershire in 1017 when the new king, King Canute, who had become king after the 1016 Treaty of Deerhurst, was upset by the local ruler, Eadric Streona who was thought to be plotting against the new king.

On the basis ‘History Matters’, a small group of volunteers from Winchcombe has promoted a number of commemorative events.

DAVID BRIGGS (organ) Organist Emeritus to Gloucester Cathedral is now a well-known International Concert Organist and Composer. He lives in the USA but travels widely. He specialises in improvising on a given theme.

PETER MEDLAND (trumpet) has a love of jazz and blues as well as orchestral trumpet work.

The music played will largely be associated with the five shires, including Holst, Elgar, Brewer, Walton. David will improvise to a given theme. A view of the organ console will be projected. Not all seats will have a view of the screen.

Tickets and booking details:

Reserved £12 and £10, Unreserved £8 (Students in full time education £6, unreserved).

Available from: St Peter’s Centre, Gloucester Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5LU. Tel: 01242 602067. If posting, mark your envelope ‘Concert’, enclose a SAE and a cheque made payable to ‘The Friends of St Peter’s Church’.

Any profits will go towards the restoration of the Chime machine built in 1705 by Thos. Staite in St Peter’s Church, Winchcombe

Tags: winchcombe | music | chipping campden | church | gloucestershire | concert

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