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November 2019

Beethoven Violin Sonatas

Friday 8th November 2019, 7:30 pm

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

Rachel Podger violin Christopher Glynn piano Violin Sonata No 1 in D Major, Op 12 Violin Sonata No 5 in F major, Op 24 “Spring” — Interval — Violin Sonata No 7 in C minor, Op 30 Beethoven learned to play the violin as a boy and mastered the piano as a man. His profound understanding of both instruments, and ability to combine them with astonishing invention and originality, is heard in ten sonatas. Using 19th century instruments that reflect…

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February 2020

Septura Brass Septet: One Equal Music

Friday 28th February 2020, 7:30 pm

Church Lane, Princes Risborough

Giovanni Gabrieli Exultavit cor meum Barbara Strozzi Il Primo de Madrigali Orlande de Lassus Lagrime di San Pietro  – Interval – Felix Mendelssohn Organ Sonata in C minor Clara Schumann Piano Sonata in G minor    Marginalised, neglected, ignored for centuries, and only now coming to the fore. The fate of brass chamber music mirrors that of the female composers of the past. This counterfactual history redresses both balances: placing the music of two female composers, Barbara Strozzi and Clara…

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Come and Sing Tippett Five Spirituals

Saturday 29th February 2020, 11:30 am6:00 pm

St. Mary-le-More, Wallingford

Tom Appleton workshop leader and conductor Explore and sing Michael Tippett's Five Spirituals with the Come and Sing Company and a team of professional soloists. The five spirituals form part of Tippett’s composition A Child of Our Time – an oratorio composed between 1939 and 1941. Immediately before he began the composition, Tippett was undergoing psychotherapy in order to come to terms with his sexuality and to address his self-worth as an artist. The work was also inspired by external events…

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Oliver Soden on Michael Tippett

Saturday 29th February 2020, 5:00 pm

St. Mary-le-More, Wallingford

Gramophone’s review of the first full length biography of Tippett’s life praises Oliver Soden as he ‘brings Tippett to living, breathing life as if he has justwalked into the room’. Join him at the Chiltern Arts Festival Choral Day as he invites us into Tippett’s world and discusses A Child of Our Time, the Five Spirituals and Tippett himself – interspersed with musical performances from the Chiltern Arts Come and Sing Choir under direction of the Come and Sing Company. Please note:…

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The Marian Consort: Singing in Secret

Saturday 29th February 2020, 8:00 pm

1 Thames Street, Wallingford

William Byrd Miserere mei Deus, Venite exultemus Domino, Mass for All Saints Nicholas Strogers Non me vincat, Deus meus Derrick Gerarde Sive vigilem Peter Phillips Salve Regina Martin Peerson Laboravi in Gemitu Meo This programme draws on the rich corpus of music written by William Byrd, England’s greatest Renaissance composer. A devout Catholic, Byrd lived the life of an Elizabethan recusant and he provided a comprehensive compendium of music for the Catholic mass, which in the early  seventeenth century was still…

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March 2020

Youth Music and Arts Day

Sunday 1st March 2020, 10:00 am6:00 pm

Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

FULL DETAILS TO FOLLOW, BOOKINGS WILL BE OPEN FOR WORKSHOPS AND TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE FOR THE SHOWCASE (£5 per adult) FROM NOVEMBER 2019 A day of interactive musical activities for children of all ages, culminating in a showcase from local young musicians. 4pm Local Youth Music and Performing Arts Showcase Performances from: Amersham Music Centre Seniors and Juniors Chiltern Music Academy Mary Hare School Performing Arts Department Tring School Music Department Chiltern Arts Massed Youth Choir led…

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The Phoenix Piano Trio: Into the Silence

Monday 2nd March 2020, 7:30 pm

All Saints Church, High Street, Marlow

Gabriel Fauré Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120 Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in Bb Major, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’ – Interval — Cheryl Frances-Hoade The Forgiveness Machine Jonathan Stone violin Christian Elliot cello Sholto Kynoch piano Piano trios from two composers who lost their hearing and yet continued to compose some of their greatest music sit side by side here, partnered by Cheryl Frances-Hoade’s The Forgiveness Machine — written in response to Beethoven’s famous ‘Archduke’ piano trio. In the beautiful setting of…

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Ensemble Hesperi: Take Note Ensemble

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 1:00 pm

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Tring

The Temple of Apollo: Jacobite Secrets of London James Oswald The Poppy and The Narcissus from 'Spring', Airs for the Seasons Giuseppe Sammartini Sonata VI from 12 Trio Sonatas James Oswald The Caledonian Pocket Companion John Reid Solo II (A Second Sett of Six Solos)  Francesco Geminiani The Last time I came o’er the moor from A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick Earl of Kellie Trio Sonata in C James Oswald The Pheasant’s Eye –The Tulip from 'Spring' /…

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The Piccadilly Revellers: Concert, Cabaret and Dinner

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 7:00 pm

The Gatsby, Berkhamsted

Michael Law cabaret singer Louise Cookham vocals Martin Wheatly multi-instrumentalist Members of the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra 7pm Concert 8pm Dinner Step back in time to the high society events of the ‘20s and ‘30s and join us at the The Gatsby — the perfect setting for an evening of some of the greatest songs of the era, from Gershwin and Cole Porter to Noel Coward, including Mad About The Boy, Miss Otis Regrets, Summertime, and songs recorded by Billie Holiday.…

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Dame Evelyn Glennie in conversation with Katy Hamilton

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 6:30 pm

St Mary's Church, Henley-on-Thames

Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. The Grammy award-winning percussionist, profoundly deaf from the age of 12 and who has honed her awareness of sound to such a degree that she describes her body as a ‘resonating chamber’, talks to music researcher Katy Hamilton about her own journey and her ongoing mission to ‘Teach the World…

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Trio HLK and Dame Evelyn Glennie: Extra Sensory Perception

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7:30 pm

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

This unique collaboration concert sees pioneering Scottish ensemble Trio HLK team up with the world’s premier solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. HLK’s music heavily deconstructs and reconstructs jazz standards, creating intricate new pieces with complex frameworks for improvisation. Their pieces are strewn with rhythmic and harmonic tricks, and their performances deliver an explosive interactive tour de force that distorts the meeting point of the composed and the improvised. The concert will be preceded by a pre-concert talk: Dame Evelyn Glennie…

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Matthew Wadsworth Pre-Concert Talk

Thursday 5th March 2020, 6:30 pm

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

Matthew Wadsworth talks of how his musical journey began with a guitar under the Christmas tree at the age of six and how he grew into being the first musician to develop a system of braille tablature for lute when he fell in love with the instrument whilst studying at Chetham’s. - Step-free access - Toilets available - Car Park available outside the church - Please advise us if disabled parking is required

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Candlelit Lute: Matthew Wadsworth, featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie

Thursday 5th March 2020, 7:30 pm

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

Including music from Dowland, Philip Rosseter and Robert Johnson, Matthew Wadsworth offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with an intimate solo programme. He is joined by Dame Evelyn Glennie as the two musicians present the world premiere of a new Chiltern Arts commission for theorbo and marimba by Stephen Goss – the same composer who worked with Matthew to write the first ever Theorbo Concerto. The concert will be preceded by a pre-concert talk. Tickets…

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Magnard Wind Ensemble: Take Note Ensemble

Friday 6th March 2020, 1:00 pm

St Peter and St Paul Church, Medmenham

Dmitri Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in F sharp major Robert Schumann Selections from Kinderszenen Paul Hindemith Kleine Kammermusik Amy Beach Pastorale György Ligety Six Bagatelles William Byrd Vigilate from Cantiones Sacrae 1589 The outstanding Magnard Ensemble presents a programme that explores overcoming adversity in a number of ways, ranging from political unrest in Soviet Russia, Elizabethan England and turbulent wartime Europe to the achievements of Amy Beach: the first American woman to compose, publish and premiere a symphony. Take Note…

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Danny Driver: Beethoven and the loss of vital senses

Friday 6th March 2020, 7:30 pm

St Mary the Virgin Church, Hambleden

Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin (selections) Gabriela Lena Frank Noctorno Nazqueño Joaquín Rodrigo Suite for Piano – Interval – Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata Op 106 in B flat (‘Hammerklavier’)   Danny Driver piano Focusing on composers who have suffered the loss of a vital sense – be it vision or hearing – Danny Driver creates a programme of music created in the face of adversity, culminating with Beethoven’s magnificent ‘Hammerklavier’ - Step-free access - Toilets available behind the village hall across…

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Salomé String Quartet: Take Note Ensemble

Saturday 7th March 2020, 1:00 pm

Church of St. Michael and All Angels, High Wycombe

Beethoven and the Russian connection Alexander Borodin ‘Nocturne’ from String Quartet No. 2 Dimitri Shostakovich Two pieces for String Quartet Ludvig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, (‘Razumovsky’), No. 3, (“Eroica”) Beethoven wrote the three Razumovsky string quartets in 1806 as the result of a commission by the Russian Ambassador in Vienna. The third quartet in this set is partnered here with music from two Russian composers – Shostakovich and Borodin. Take Note is the…

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City of London Sinfonia: Mozart and Beethoven

Saturday 7th March 2020, 7:30 pm

St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Old Amersham

Ludwig van Beethoven Septet in Eb Major, Op. 20 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Serenade in Bb Major ‘Gran Partita’ Written between 1799 and 1800, the Septet marked the end of Beethoven’s first major output of chamber music. Its style has been said to imitate the lighter side of Mozart’s writing; and here we hear it alongside Mozart’s most technically complex and ambitious wind serenade: the Gran Partita. The City of London Sinfonia, returning to Chiltern Arts for the third year running,…

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