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2016 / 2017 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 preliminary leaflet will be published in October 2017
For further information, email Jim Page or telephone 01527-872422
 
Soirées, in private homes
By invitation only
3.15pm for 3.30pm - the autumn soirées will be 'Teatime Soirées'
£15 including a drinks reception and post-concert buffet
 
Sun 6 Nov 2016 'Tuba Spectacular'  -  Stuart Birnie  -  Everyone loves the lowest instrument in the brass section of an orchestra, with its visible dominance and its rich low voice.  Stuart, Assistant Head of the Music Education Service in Birmingham, will illustrate the variety of music written for the tuba and give us an insight into its history and versatility.  Stuart is a member of the British Tuba Quartet.
Sun 11 Dec 2016 'Woodwind Serenade'  -  Arioso Winds  -  Start your Christmas with a lovely programme of varied music from classical to jazz and Christmassy bits and pieces to get us all in the mood.  This woodwind quartet of freelance performers and teachers has been entertaining audiences around the area for private and commercial events since its formation in 1995, and has gained much praise for carefully selected programmes and presentation.
Arioso Winds' website
'Music at Lunchtime' events at the New Guesten Hall, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
- all presented as part of Bromsgrove Festival 2017
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'Music at Lunchtime' events commence at 12.00 noon, with lunch following at 1.00pm
Click here for ticket and other details of 'Music at Lunchtime' events
 
Wed 21 Jun 2017 'Tickling the Ivories'  -  Actor/singer and pianist Michael Lunts  -  Once more, we welcome back Michael - this time for a smile-inducing, laughter-engendering entertainment, as he works his way through ten decades of musical wit.  Alongside songs by Noël Coward, Flanders and Swann, Cole Porter and the Gershwins.  Michael Lunts' website
Wed 28 Jun 2017 The Syska Flute Quartet  -  Providing an entertaining and informative programme of music from many genres on a range of flutes from piccolo to bass.
Wed 5 Jul 2017 'Mendelssohn's Octet'  -  Sinfonia Friends  -  Performed by an octet from the Sinfonia of Birmingham.  This Octet was written when Mendelssohn was only 16, as a birthday present for a friend.  This is one of the most brilliant in the repertoire for chamber strings, and epitomises the perfection of Mendelssohn's light and tuneful music.  Sinfonia of Birmingham's website
Wed 12 Jul 2017 'Nuns and Roses'  -  Papagena  -  'La crème de la crème in the crowded a cappella space' (The Fringe Review, Edinburgh)  -  After Papagena's rapturously successful Lunchtime Concert in 2016, we are excited to welcome the five singers once more.  Papagena's website
Wed 19 Jul 2017 'Brass Delights'  -  Holborne Brass Ensemble  -  Members of this well-known Midlands brass group have performed with many notable orchestras such as the English Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Symphony Orchestra, the CBSO and other ensembles such as the Black Dyke, Foden’s and Desford brass bands.  They will be presenting a high-quality and entertaining programme in their own, inimitable style.  Holborne Brass Ensemble's website

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) Tuba Tuba Spectacular
photo: Barton F Branstetter Arioso Winds wind quartet Arioso Winds Michael Lunts, 'Tickling the Ivories' Michael Lunts The Syska Flute Quartet The Syska Flute Quartet Papagena a cappella group Papagena Holborne Brass Ensemble Holborne Brass Ensemble