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2017 / 2018 events

Soirées   &   'Music at Lunchtime'

Also   -   Shostakovich, his Life and his Quartets
advance notice for October 2018
Friday 26th October to Sunday 28th October, 2018
at Artrix, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Presented by Festive Classics
Dante Quartet will perform all 15 Shostakovich String Quartets
Speakers include Stephen Johnson, Elizabeth Wilson, Roderick Swanston,
David Rudkin and Alan George
The weekend will include a masterclass run by Robin Ireland with students from
Birmingham Conservatoire, and a showing of Tony Palmer's 1987 film 'Testimony',
introduced by David Rudkin
A pdf of the leaflet can be downloaded here
For further information, email Jim Page or telephone 01527-872422
Soirées, in private homes
By invitation only
Soirées are still being considered for the 2017 / 2018 season, but may not be undertaken
'Music at Lunchtime' events at the New Guesten Hall, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
- all presented as part of Bromsgrove Festival 2018
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'Music at Lunchtime' events will be on Wednesdays commencing at 12.00 noon,
with lunch following at 1.00pm
Click here for ticket and other details of 'Music at Lunchtime' events
Wed 20 Jun 2018 'By George!'  -  Actor/singer and pianist Michael Lunts  -  We welcome back Michael to cast a witty eye on Englishness in comedy songs.  Musical offerings from Noël Coward, Gilbert and Sullivan, Flanders and Swann and other masters of the comedy song, provide an affectionate and often hilarious foray through the quirks of a people who do not always take themselves as seriously as those stiff upper lips suggest!  Michael Lunts' website
Wed 27 Jun 2018 The Tedesca Quartet  -  A joint presentation with Bromsgrove Concerts of this Midlands-based professional quartet.  The programme will be Haydn's String Quartet in D Minor Opus 42, Frank Bridge's Three Novelletten, and Mozart's String Quartet in E♭ K.428.  Tedesca Quartet's website
Wed 4 Jul 2018 'Gems of G&S and More'  -  Joanna Goldspink & friends  -  We are delighted to welcome Joanna back for a third time to present a delightful cocktail of songs from G&S and other light opera.  Her previous concerts thrilled packed audiences.  Joanna Goldspink's website
Wed 11 Jul 2018 'Beethoven & Mozart'  -  Players from the Orchestra of St John  -  Beethoven's Septet is a lighthearted work, more like a serenade and written for the unusual combination of clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass.  The Mozart Horn Quintet was written for horn, violin, two violas and cello - another unusual combination, and is a lively and entertaining work.  Orchestra of St John's website
Wed 18 Jul 2018 'Bach & Kodály cello solos'  -  Richard Jenkinson  -  Richard is well known on the local, national and international music scene.  He will perform Kodály's Sonata for Solo Cello, which is full of Hungarian folk music and considered to be the instrument's most challenging work.  Richard will also perform the beautiful Bach Cello Suite No.1, which needs no explanation.  Richard Jenkinson's website

Festive Classics gratefully achnowledges the generous support for this series from
the Bromsgrove Institute Trust and Margaret Goode.

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

Dmitri Shostakovich, by Arturo Espinosa Dmitri Shostakovich
by Arturo Espinosa
(more infomation) Michael Lunts, 'Tickling the Ivories' Michael Lunts Tedesca Quartet Tedesca Quartet Joanna Goldspink, sporano Joanna Goldspink Richard Jenkinson, cello Richard Jenkinson