Britten Oboe Quartet

Hellens, in collaboration with Espressivo Concerts, is delighted to have engaged the wonderful Britten Oboe Quartet to give a concert in Hellens Great Barn.

The combination of the oboe with a string trio was a creation of Mozart’s genius. Nicholas Daniel (oboe) founded the Britten Oboe Quartet with co-principals of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia; they all bring to this ensemble not only the highest musical standards but also the experience of playing together over many years. resulting in warm, expressive and above all enjoyable playing.

Nicholas Daniel OBE, has long been acknowledged as one of the world’s great woodwind players. He is joined by three distinguished string players, Jacqueline Shave (violin), Clare Finnimore (viola) and Caroline Dearnley (cello). Nicholas came to the public’s attention when, in 1980, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year for his services to music. The programme is still evolving but is likely to include the Mozart Oboe Quartet in F K370, an arrangement of a string quartet by Mozart or Schubert and, possibly, the Cor Anglais Quartet by Jean Françaix.

‘… performances throughout are simply beyond reproach in their keenly communicative instinct, deft aplomb and infectious dedication.’ Classical Ear

Nicholas Daniel – oboe
Jacqueline Shave – violin
Clare Finnimore – viola
Caroline Dearnsley – cello

Programme to be confirmed.

Tickets will be available one month before the event.

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Supported by the Gemma Classical Music Trust

Jenkinson Frith Duo (Cello & piano)

Jenkinson Frith Duo (Cello & piano)

In another Hellens/Espressivo collaboration, the superb Jenkinson Frith Duo
– Richard Jenkinson (cello) and Benjamin Frith (piano) – is scheduled to give a concert in Hellens Great Barn on the afternoon of Saturday 20th November. A member of the Dante Quartet and former Principal Cello of the CBSO, Richard is one of Britain’s most outstanding cellists, a quite exceptional musician who brings out every facet of the cello’s incredible range of colours and emotions. Benjamin is an internationally-acclaimed pianist who has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras but who, here, with Richard, explores his love of chamber music. He is a member of the celebrated Gould Piano Trio. The planned programme comprises three great cello sonatas, Kodaly’s Cello Sonata Op 4, Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No 3 in A Op 69 and Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata in G minor Op 19. Further details and ticket arrangements will be advertised as soon as it is clear whether Covid regulations will allow the concert to go ahead and, if so, what form it will take and what precautions will need to be put in place.

‘… emotional power and technical accomplishment …’ Music Web International

Time of the concert to be confirmed

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PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS FOR ALL – (Hellens Music through the Year)

PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS AT HELLENS FOR ALL

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October 2021, 9am – 5pm

Pianists, singers and string players of all ages and abilities are invited to perform at Hellens, to small and supportive audiences, where they will receive instant feedback and advice from professional musicians of the highest calibre. These informal workshops are designed to nurture confidence, improve technique, and encourage joy in performing. Observers are welcome.

The weekend – from 9.00am Saturday to its conclusion – is to be completely non-competitive, and a number of performers – not necessarily the best(!) – will be invited by the tutors to take part in a public concert in the Great Barn at Hellens on Sunday 31 October at 5.30pm.

The tutors will honour us with an opening concert on the evening of Friday 29th October at 7.30pm.

Tutors
William Howard – piano
Sarah Gabriel – voice
Matthew Denton – violin
Emma Denton – cello

Deadline for applications: Friday 1 October 2021

More information here or contact justinepeberdy@hellensmanor.com.

William Howard – Piano, Matthew Denton – Violin, Emma Denton – Cello


To begin our weekend of Performance Workshops at Hellens we are delighted to showcase our tutors, William Howard (piano), Matthew Denton (violin), and Emma Denton (cello) in this opening concert.

Schubert ‘Notturno’ for piano trio (D897) (10’)
Schumann 12 Etudes Symphoniques Op.13 for solo piano (26’)
Schubert Piano No.2 in E flat major D929 (43’)

Tickets £16
Free to anyone in full-time education

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Big Apple Weekend 9-10 October 2021

Hellens is one of 9 venues over the weekend where events are taking place, with opportunities to enjoy the local orchards, see, hear and smell cider being made and taste many different varieties of apples, local ciders, perries and apple juices.

Events taking at Hellens over the weekend include:

Scything for beginners
Hands-on pressing of perry pears
Leominster Morris dancers
“A Year in the Life of an Old Country Orchard” talk
“Sharpen those Tools” – how to sharpen pruning and horticultural tools
“Modern British Cider” talk
Uke can’t be serious

Visit the Big Apple website for more details of these and the full programme of events at all the venues.

Many events are free; some require pre-booking.

Daniele Rinaldo – Piano

Daniele Rinaldo – piano

Sunday 26 September 2021 6.00pm

“A pianist of extraordinary dramatic flair” (The New York Times), “one of the greatest Italian talents of his generation” (The Voice), “a memorable artist… of remarkable maturity and fantasy” (El Paìs).

The Italian pianist Daniele Rinaldo has already performed in major venues and festivals all over the world, such as “Rising Stars” in Alice Tully Hall, Chelsea Music Festival and Steinway Hall in New York, Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Wigmore Hall, Barbican, St. John’s Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin as well as in the main halls of Paris, Basel, Zurich, Rome, Salzburg and Frankfurt, as well as touring extensively Italy, Germany, Scotland, Spain, Japan, Hong Kong, China and South America.

Ravel Miroirs
Schumann Kreisleriana
Debussy Images Book I

Tickets £16
Free to anyone in full-time education
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William Howard Workshop

An informal workshop day with William Howard, one of Britain’s leading pianists.

This workshop day will give students the opportunity to perform on a superb Steinway concert grand, and to receive an informal master class from William Howard, who will offer advice on performance, interpretation, and technique.
Pianists at all levels are invited to participate if they have a piece prepared for performance/exam standards.
The classes will be divided into three categories, with the masterclasses varying in duration according to the length of the pieces being performed:
1. Grades 1 – 3 (£5 fee for participants)
2. Grades 4 – 6 (£10)
3. Grades 7, 8 and beyond (£15)

Listeners can attend free of charge.
Each student will receive one to one tuition in a master class environment so places are limited. To book on the workshop day, please email name, age and approximate level of ability to justinepeberdy@hellensmanor.com
The closing date for booking is Friday 24 January 2020. Provisionally the plan is to schedule Categories 1 and 2 in the morning and Category 3 in the afternoon. Exact times of sessions will be confirmed on Monday 27 January 2020.

WILLIAM HOWARD, described in The Independent as “a pianist of quite special lustrousness and versatility”, is established as one of Britain’s leading pianists, enjoying a career that has taken him to over 40 different countries.
His performing life consists of solo recitals, concerto performances, guest appearances with chamber ensembles and instrumentalists. In 1983 he founded the Schubert Ensemble, with which he performed for the full 35 years of the Ensemble’s existence. William performs regularly at major venues and festivals in the UK and can be heard frequently on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He has made over forty CD recordings and premiered several dozen new works by leading composers from the UK and abroad. Highlights of 2020 include concerts in the USA, the Czech Republic and around the UK, and the release of a recording of piano works by Howard Skempton, including 24 Preludes and Fugues which William premiered at the Hay Festival in 2019. www.williamhoward.co.uk

William Howard Masterclass

An informal workshop day with one of Britain’s leading classical pianists,open to all piano enthusiasts. Up to nine places are available for intermediate and advanced pianists who wish to perform prepared
repertoire.

Non-playing observers are also very welcome. The teaching sessions will focus on interpretation, performance, and technique, but all participants are welcome to offer other topics for discussion during the day.

 

Performing participants
£75 (to include lunch and refreshments)
Non-performing participants

£30 for the whole day (to include lunch and refreshments) or £10 per session
(9.30am-1.00pm or 2.00pm – 5.00pm to include refreshments, lunch not included).

A!thoughtful, poetic player’
Sunday’Times

‘…a!pianist!of!quite!special! lustrousness! and!versatility…’
The’Independent

‘…the!powerful,!declamatory!playing!of!William!Howard…’
BBC’Music’Magazine

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