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December 2017

Pre- and Post-Concert Christmas Events at The Berkeley

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 6:00 pm

Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted

We're working alongside Berkhamsted's wine and art bar, The Berkeley, to bring you two spectacular events to make your Christmas evening with us even more special. The Berkeley is always a unique experience – fine wines and an ever-changing display of fine modern art – but with Chiltern Arts, you can enjoy even more... Pre-Concert Reception (from 6pm) Join us for wine and canapés to get you in the mood for a glorious evening of Christmas music and poetry. Post-Concert…

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Words and Music at Christmas: Launch Concert 3

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:00 pm

St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted

Anton Lesser joins David Temple and the Hertfordshire Chorus in the charming market town of Berkhamsted for a programme entwining traditional and contemporary Christmas music with poetry and prose celebrating winter, Christmas and the joy of bringing a child into the world.

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January 2018

Festival Exhibition

Sunday 28th January 2018Sunday 11th February 2018


FESTIVAL EXHIBITION Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel the exhibition 'A Slow Air' this year. We are working hard to find a replacement exhibition and you can join our mailing list to hear when we announce this. In the meantime, why not browse our other Festival Events? We look forward to seeing you in February!

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February 2018
Tenebrae - "Masters of the Russian Sound" (Classic FM(

Tenebrae – Russian Choral Treasures

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:30 pm

All Saints Church, High Street, Marlow

Nigel Short (director) Tenebrae are renowned for their performances of Russian choral music and have worked extensively to nurture their own characteristics of passion and precision to deliver a special and heartfelt tribute to the music of these great composers. The concert includes extracts from Rachmaninov’s celebrated All Night Vigil. Join the Chiltern Arts Festival on its opening night in beautiful Marlow for this stunning concert. “Tenebrae is unbeatable… the current master of the Russian sound” – Classic FM About…

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The Music of World War One – Discovery Day

Sunday 4th February 2018, 10:00 am3:00 pm

Henley Town Hall, Henley-on-Thames

FAMILY EVENT Pop along anytime between 10am and 3pm to try some traditional wartime fare provided by Eat Real Food and real wartime artefacts displayed by Mike Willoughby, local WW1 expert. Plus events throughout the day... 10.30am Traditional wartime songs performed by Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman on authentic instruments and in authentic costume! 11am Expert on the popular wartime songs of the UK and the USA, Professor William Brooks (University of York and University of Illinois) takes the time to discuss…

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Fauré Requiem – Echo and Chiltern Arts Festival Chorus

Sunday 4th February 2018, 7:30 pm

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

TAKE NOTE Chiltern Arts Festival Chorus Eamonn Dougan (conductor) Ashley Riches (baritone) Echo Sarah Latto (conductor) The first of two 2018 Chiltern Arts Take Note ensembles, Echo, perform motets and chansons by Fauré, Duruflé and Poulenc, before joining singers from across the Chilterns for a performance of Fauré’s much-loved Requiem under the baton of Eamonn Dougan, associate conductor of The Sixteen. The Chiltern Arts Festival Chorus will be made up of singers from across the Chilterns who have come together…

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Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe

Monday 5th February 2018, 8:00 pm

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

One of today’s leading international violinists, Tasmin Little, who has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, joins forces with one of the country’s best-known pianists, Martin Roscoe, to explore works from Beethoven to the much-loved sonata by César Franck, with its unforgettable melodies. “Tasmin Little’s virtuosity is breathtaking” – Gramophone Magazine Programme Brahms - Scherzo in C minor (Sonatensatz) Beethoven - Sonata in G minor (Op.96) Ravel - Piece in ‘Habañera’ Form…

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Elgar Piano Quintet & WW1 Poetry – Martin Roscoe and the Brodsky Quartet

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 1:00 pm

St. Mary's Church, Wendover

Composed in 1918, Elgar’s late chamber masterpiece reflects both the tranquility of his West Sussex cottage and his grief at the terrible losses of the First World War. It is coupled here with readings of moving and thought-provoking poems by writers such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Rupert Brooke. About the Artists Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. A…

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Concert and Dinner – Katona Twins (Guitar Duo)

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 7:00 pm

The Gatsby, Berkhamsted

DINNER Join the Katona Twins for a luxurious evening at The Gatsby — Berkhamsted’s own art deco bar and restaurant — with a concert of classical guitar music full of “charm, zest, wit and colouristic flair” (The Daily Telegraph) followed by a three-course dinner and an indulgent glass of champagne. Please indicate on your ticket purchase if you have any special dietary requirements. “the classical world’s best-known guitar duo” - Daily Telegraph Please call for tickets: 01442 920303 About the Artists…

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1918: Memory

Wednesday 7th February 2018Saturday 10th February 2018

Holy Trinity, Penn Street

INSTALLATION The first sound and art installation from Chiltern Arts commemorates the final year of the First World War centenary, using recordings of poetry written during the war. Working with Chilterns residents, we will also present a number of artworks focussing on memory, inspired by personal events and the events and impact of the Great War. If you'd like to contribute to our Sound and Art Installation, click here to find out more Exact opening times of installation to be…

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A4 Brass Quartet

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 1:00 pm

Holy Trinity, Penn Street

TAKE NOTE Chiltern Arts supports talented emerging ensembles by offering them a platform in its innovative and exciting Take Note concert series. The outstanding young players of A4 Brass, the second of the 2018 Take Note ensembles, bring their trademark virtuosity and wit to a resounding programme, with celebrated works by Percy Grainger and Anton Bruckner. With arrangements by all four members, this exceptional group are constantly exploring new possibilities and colours for brass ensemble, and their lively and informal…

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Wheel of 4Tunes – Brodsky Quartet

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 8:00 pm

All Saints Church, High Wycombe

FAMILY EVENT A unique concert for all the family by a great string quartet! The four-piece programme will be created from a selection of 40 of the Brodsky Quartet’s favourite pieces by spinning a wheel before each is played. The music will all be kept at the quartet’s feet throughout the concert and each piece will be picked out as it is selected. Featuring anything from Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven to Britten, Elgar and Mendelssohn as well as a selection…

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Rowan Pierce and Academy of Ancient Music

Academy of Ancient Music & Rowan Pierce (soprano)

Thursday 8th February 2018, 1:00 pm

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Tring

The Academy of Ancient Music are renowned worldwide for their stylish and spirited performances. Joined here by rising star soprano, Rowan Pierce (winner of this year's Grange International Singing Competition), they present some of the greatest solo cantatas by Bach alongside two concertos by Vivaldi, the Italian composer he admired so deeply, to create an irresistible programme of Baroque masterpieces. Programme Bach – Ich geh und such mit Verlangen Vivaldi – Concerto for strings in G minor Bach – Weichet nur…

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Voices Appeared: The Passion of Joan of Arc – The Orlando Consort

Thursday 8th February 2018, 8:00 pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Edlesborough

CINEMA & LIVE MUSIC An intense experience awaits as we journey to medieval France to witness the trial of Joan of Arc: a silent movie classic, accompanied by intricately beautiful live choral music from The Orlando Consort. Condemned unseen in France on its release, vilified by the Catholic authorities and even banned outright in England, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film, "La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc" (1928), is widely recognised as a masterpiece. The award-winning Orlando Consort have crafted a stunning soundtrack…

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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

Piper's 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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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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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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