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February 2018

OAE Hughenden

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: ‘Experience’ Ensemble – Mozart

Friday 9th February 2018, 1:00 pm

Church of St. Michael and All Angels, High Wycombe

Programme The ‘little serenade’ that Mozart dashed off as an occasional piece in 1787 (and left for his wife to publish after his death) eventually became one of the most famous of all his works. Just as diverting are two other chamber works featuring wind instruments, where Mozart foregrounds the expressive and agile qualities of the oboe and the stirring virtuosity of the horn. The superb Experience players of the OAE play all three works on period instruments in the…

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Brahms in Love

Brahms in Love (devised by Jeremy Sams and Christopher Glynn)

Friday 9th February 2018, 8:00 pm

Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe

WORLD PREMIERE Harriet Burns (soprano) Ida Ränzlöv  (mezzo-soprano)  James Way  (tenor) Michael Mofidian (bass) Christopher Glynn (piano) Somi Kim (piano) How do we think of Brahms? The beard, the belly, the cigar. The gruff grizzly bear, forever repelling those who got too close. All this, however, belies and disguises a soft, sweet and suffering soul. And it was in song that he expressed his most intimate thoughts. His love for Clara Schumann, his mentor’s wife, which drove him to the brink…

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Ben Goldscheider, Fenella Humphreys, Michael Dussek

Ben Goldscheider (horn), Fenella Humphreys (violin), Michael Dussek (piano) – Lunchtime Chamber Music

Saturday 10th February 2018, 1:00 pm

St. Mary and All Saints' Church, Beaconsfield

Beethoven – Horn Sonata in F major Schumann – Fantasy Pieces Brahms – Horn Trio in Eb major Three outstanding musicians join forces to present a programme that culminates with the richly expressive and much-loved trio that Brahms composed following his mother’s death. Alongside it, Ben Goldscheider plays a virtuoso tour de force for horn by Beethoven and Fenella Humphreys plays three pieces which find Schumann in storytelling mood, full of fantasy and melodic beauty. About the Artists Described as a…

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Mozart: The Garden of Disguises (Opera)

Saturday 10th February 2018, 7:00 pm

Pipers Corner School, Pipers Lane, Great Kingshill

OPERA Mozart: ‘The Garden of Disguises’ (La Finta Giardiniera, translated into English by John Warrack) Ryedale Festival Opera Director – Nina Brazier Conductor – Eamonn Dougan Sandrina – Alice Privett Podestà – Robin Horgan Arminda – Clare Tunney Serpetta – Jessica Cale Nardo – Harry Thatcher Belfiore – Kieran Carrel Ramiro – Anna Harvey Seven characters with complicated love lives meet an eighteen-year-old composer full of imagination and musical genius. Here, the combination of Nina Brazier’s skilful direction, Laura Stanfield's…

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sinclair mckay

The Lost World of Bletchley Park with Sinclair McKay

Sunday 11th February 2018, 1:00 pm

St. Mary-le-More, Wallingford

LITERARY EVENT Join author Sinclair McKay in a fascinating exploration of wartime Bletchley Park. Accompanied by illustrations never seen before from the Bletchley Park archive this talk partners the publication of the first official illustrated history of the World War Two Codebreaking Centre – The Lost World Of Bletchley Park. Home to some of Britain’s most brilliant mathematical minds, including Alan Turing, this beautiful Buckinghamshire country house was the scene of the most famous codebreaking achievement of all time: the…

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city of london sinfonia

Mozart’s Horn Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony – Ben Goldscheider and City of London Sinfonia

Sunday 11th February 2018, 7:30 pm

Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames

FESTIVAL FINALE City of London Sinfonia Jessica Cottis (conductor) Ben Goldscheider (horn) Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture Mozart - Horn Concerto No.4 in Eb Major Mendelssohn - Italian Symphony The stellar players of the City of London Sinfonia perform a programme bringing together two of the greatest child prodigies who ever lived, Mozart and Mendelssohn. After the evergreen overture that Mendelssohn wrote inspired by a trip to Scotland, Ben Goldscheider, recent finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year, is the…

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May 2018

Nicola Benedetti with the Academy of Ancient Music

Wednesday 30th May 2018, 8:00 pm

Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames

This event now has a waiting list for tickets; please fill in the form below if you would like to be added to the waiting list. We will contact people on the waiting list in order of requests received in the event of any returns. In the second concert marking the 250th anniversary of Telemann's death, we welcome Nicola Benedetti who joins Richard Egarr and AAM for the first time. Performing this programme with gut strings - which she has described as having…

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September 2018

Bach and Beyond: Autumn Weekend 2018

Friday 28th September 2018Sunday 30th September 2018


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Fenella Humphreys: Bach2theFuture

Friday 28th September 2018, 7:30 pm

St Mary the Virgin Church, Hambleden

A programme taken from Fenella Humphreys’ album Bach2theFuture, winner of the prestigious BBC Music Magazine 2018 Instrumental Award. 

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Alastair Ross and Friends: Bach by Candlelight

Saturday 29th September 2018, 7:30 pm

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Great Missenden

A glorious baroque evening from three superb musicians in the idyllic surroundings of Great Missenden’s Parish Church. Perfect for a beautiful September evening!

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David Rees-Williams in Conversation with Katie Breathwick

Sunday 30th September 2018, 5:00 pm

Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted

Classic FM's Katie Breathwick talks to David Rees-Williams about his personal musical journey – and taking his music and the music of others above and beyond in a highly original way.

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David Rees-Williams Trio

Sunday 30th September 2018, 7:30 pm

St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted

Specialising in a programme that unites the best of classical and jazz, the closing evening of the Chiltern Arts Autumn Weekend features sophisticated modern explorations of the music of JS Bach and other great composers.

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February 2019

City of London Sinfonia: Bach & the Cosmos

Saturday 9th February 2019, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted

Join the City of London Sinfonia as they return to Chiltern Arts for a second year running, presenting a programme that celebrates J.S. Bach’s extraordinary use of numbers – the language of the cosmos ­– and other composers who have been influenced by his ingenuity.  Inspired by the orchestra’s three-part London series running during Autumn 2018, this beautiful programme brings innovative insight into the music and mind of one of the world’s most fascinating and influential composers, exploring the beautiful…

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Steven Osborne

Monday 11th February 2019, 7:30 pm

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Great Missenden

Steven Osborne, one of Britain's most treasured musicians, joins us at the second Chiltern Arts Festival for a beautiful programme of Schubert, Debussy and Prokofiev. The first half of the concert features Schubert's last sonata, the Sonata in Bb – a work which is perhaps his greatest achievement in the form. It has a feeling of tranquility and ease – the ease of a composer who is relaxed in his ability to express his ideas and emotions. The second half…

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An Italian Songbook featuring Roderick Williams

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

All Saints Church, High Street, Marlow

Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in a new English version directed by Jeremy Sams and Louise Shephard   For his final masterpiece, Hugo Wolf looked south — to Italy — and produced a collection of tiny jewel-like songs that paint a kaleidoscopic portrait of village life.   The men and women of his Italian Songbook fall in and out of love, with squabbles and petty jealousies heard alongside serenades and love songs of great beauty. Darker undercurrents also occasionally emerge in…

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Kosmos Ensemble: Concert & Dinner

Wednesday 13th February 2019, 7:00 pm10:00 pm

The Gatsby, Berkhamsted

Wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish and Greek music glide seamlessly into hot-blooded tango, alongside interpretations of Japanese, Polish and Sephardic songs, new arrangements by and for the ensemble, and with references to classical composers including Bach, Brahms and Sarasate.  Described by Richard Morrison (The Times) as having “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship”, Kosmos Ensemble is re-defining the relationship between classical and world music. Join us in Berkhamsted for a dazzling evening of music –…

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Flauti d’echo: Traces (Take Note Ensemble)

Thursday 14th February 2019, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Church of St. Michael and All Angels, High Wycombe

This year’s Take Note ensemble, a Baroque trio featuring recorder duo Flauti d’echo alongside keyboard player Benedict Williams, presents a stunning programme exploring the variety of colours that emerge when one musical line traces in the exact footsteps of another.  With playful mirroring, haunting reflections and virtuosic imitations, these three outstanding young musicians take us on a contemplative journey, featuring the music of Handel, J.S. Bach, Purcell and Telemann. Take Note is the Chiltern Arts Young Artist Platform, discovering and…

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Stile Antico: Queen of Muses

Friday 15th February 2019, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

St. Mary's Church, Henley-on-Thames

Travel back in time to meet foreign spies, disgraced favourites and plotting noblemen, illuminating the life of a court which rejoiced in some of the finest music ever created in England, a country who’s royal court revelled in the skill of some of great composers such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland.  This is a time of an unparalleled flowering of the arts in England: the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Explore with Stile Antico how music was…

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Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott

Saturday 16th February 2019, 10:00 am4:00 pm

St. Mary's Church, Henley-on-Thames

Join composer, conductor and singer, Bob Chilcott, for a day of choral singing in picturesque Henley. With music chosen for you by Bob himself, this Come and Sing Day will take singers on a journey through three of the composer’s own works: Five Days that Changed the World, The Lily and the Rose and Evening Hymn. This event is part of our "Choral Weekend" and is partnered with a concert from Stile Antico at St Mary's on Friday 15th February.…

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Cosí fan tutte: Ryedale Festival Opera

Saturday 16th February 2019, 7:30 pm10:30 pm

Pipers Corner School, Pipers Lane, Great Kingshill

Ryedale Festival Opera returns to the Chiltern Arts Festival with its brand-new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in a new English translation by John Warrack featuring another sparkling cast of young professional singers and players, under the baton of The Sixteen's Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan. The opera’s full title, Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti, loosely translates to ‘They (women) are all like that, or The School for Lovers’. Telling the story of two young men who…

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