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2021 events

'Music at Lunchtime' events at the New Guesten Hall, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
- all presented as part of Bromsgrove Festival 2021
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As the coronavirus pandemic caused all the 'Music at Lunchtime' events for 2020 to be cancelled,
we are reinstating the concerts for 2021 and a Risk Assessment has been undertaken to ensure the concerts are conducted in a safe manner.
Major safety points are:
Socially-distanced seating for the audience will be laid out.
Doors will be open at each end of the hall to ensure air is flowing.
Lunches and/or drinks will not be provided, as social distancing at tables would be impractical.
To avoid personal contact, tickets will only be available in advance, and not on the door.
Concert programmes will be available by download before each concert, but not at Avoncroft.
Click here for ticket and other details.
Wed 30 Jun 2021 'Quirkish Delight'  -  Actor/singer and pianist Michael Lunts  -  Returning for his sixth time - always to full audiences - Michael serves up for your delectation a confection of deliciously witty comedy songs.  The entertainment is timeless, quintessential musical cabaret, drawing on the very finest comedy songs in the English language, from both sides of the Atlantic, from Tom Lehrer to Noël Coward, Cole Porter to Flanders and Swann.  To mark VE Day, Michael will include some of the comedy songs made famous by ENSA, the wartime entertainment troupe, who spent the war 'fighting for a laugh', while keeping up the spirits of a country fighting for its survival.
In advance of the day, a concert programme pdf will be here for download
Michael Lunts' website
Wed 7 Jul 2021 'Hush!'  -  Papagena  -  We are privileged to be able to present the five world-class, stunning voices of Papagena.  They have been live on BBC Radio 3 and guests on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour.  They have performed to full audiences across the country and at The Three Choirs Festival in 2019.  These five voices deserve a full audience again at Festive Classics, as they had such rapturous appreciation on the last two occasions.  Even if you think this is not quite your style of music, you cannot avoid being in awe of the flawless perfection of their sound - without props, microphones, fuss or gimmicks.
In advance of the day, a concert programme pdf will be here for download
Papagena's website
Wed 14 Jul 2021 'The Romantic Era'  -  The Orchestra of St John Trio  -  Alastair Moseley (piano), Charlotte Moseley (violin) and Tim Stidwill (horn) will perform various works from the romantic repertoire, starting with the Franz Strauss Fantasy on waltzes by Schubert - a solo with lovely rubato passages, technical difficulties and a dramatic end.  This will be followed by three violin solos - two by Elgar and Wieniawski's technically-challenging Scherzo Tarantelle.  The concert will end with the wonderful Brahms Horn Trio, full of passion and outbursts of drama.
In advance of the day, a concert programme pdf will be here for download
Orchestra of St John's website
This concert is generously supported by Margaret Goode
Wed 21 Jul 2021 'Bach to Bernstein'  -  Sennet Brass Ensemble  -  You will be taken on a journey through the ages.  Arriving to the sounds of Bach, and with the help of hosepipes and a hand horn, you will go on a light-hearted trip through the history of western music with pieces by Vivaldi, Mozart, Elgar and Bernstein.  Since its formation in 2002, the members of Sennet Brass have continued to work together, enjoying the opportunity to present high-quality performances within longstanding friendships.  As freelance musicians, they have performed with many UK based orchestras, including the CBSO, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Swan and the English Symphony Orchestra.  Members can also be found hidden in theatre pits performing in shows, musicals and in pantomime at many venues around the Midlands.
In advance of the day, a concert programme pdf will be here for download
Sennet Brass Ensemble's website

Festive Classics gratefully achnowledges the generous support for this
lunchtime series from the Bromsgrove Institute Trust.

To enquire about 'Music at Lunchtime' events, or for any other query, please email us.

Michael Lunts, 'Quirkish Delight' Michael Lunts Papagena Papagena Orchestra of St John Trio, Alastair Moseley (piano), Charlotte Moselely (violin), Tim Stidwill (French horn) Orchestra of St John Trio Sennet Brass Ensemble Sennet Brass Ensemble