Peatbog Faeries

Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels
through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century. They are Peter Morrison (pipes and whistles), Ross Couper (fiddle), Tom Salter (guitar), Innes Hutton (bass, percussion), Graeme Stafford (keyboards) and Stuart Haikney (drums).

‘…the ultimate Celtic fusion party band.’ Neil McFadyen

In partnership with Versatile Arts and mu-mu Audio

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Juan Martín – Flamenco Guitar

Flamenco legend returns to Hellens –

Versatile Arts, Mu Mu Audio and Hellensmusic Through The Year host world famous Flamenco guitarist Juan Martín, who returns to the Great Barn at Hellens on Thursday 14 October following a series of sell out performances.

Juan Martín produces sounds that are both melodic and explosive, the visceral power of authentic Flamenco. You’ll be transported to the Classic Spain of Málaga, Granada, Córdoba and Jerez on a journey through the diverse cultures of Andalucia.
Juan incorporates a myriad of influences from the gypsy culture of Rajesthan in Northern India, to the Byzantine chants plus the Hebraic and Moorish laments of Spain’s colonisation of South America – the sounds of Argentina and Cuba also evident in the rumba, guajiras and milonga.
A native of Andalucia, Juan Martín has recorded 20 albums mostly as a composer and has played with the Royal Philharmonic and greats such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Juan has twice been voted one of the world’s top three exponents by ‘Guitar Player’ magazine, and extraordinarily, actually performed for Picasso on his 90th birthday.
‘A giant of the flamenco guitar tradition’  The Times

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English Music Weekend Concert 3: Peter Cigleris, Richard Jenkinson & Mark Bebbington

Featuring Peter Cigleris on clarinet, Richard Jenkinson on cello & Mark Bebbington on piano, this concert is the last in our English Music Weekend bringing together music from some of England’s finest composers of the last 150 years and featuring the première of Derek Smith’s trio ‘Deadly Sins’. Internationally acknowledged as a champion of British music, in particular, Mark Bebbington has been singled out as a pianist of rare refinement and maturity. Cellist Richard Jenkinson of the Dante Quartet has championed British music particularly through his partnership with pianist Benjamin Frith.  Peter Cigleris, a rising name in the clarinet world who has performed widely across the UK and Europe, is notably recognised for his affinity with English music.

PROGRAMME

Finzi Five Bagatelles
Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folksong
Derek Smith Trio: ‘Deadly Sins’ (première)
Delius Romance
Ireland Fantasy Sonata
Peter Wishart Trio

£16/Free for students in full-time education. In partnership with Espressivo.

Special deal: A ticket for £42 is available that covers all 3 concerts in the English Music Weekend

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English Music Weekend Concert 2: Coull Quartet and Mark Bebbington – piano

The second of three concerts celebrating the works of 20th century and contemporary English composers. This English Music Weekend, promoted in partnership with Espressivo, invites leading soloists and chamber musicians (Mark Bebbington, Coull Quartet, Peter Cigleris), who have championed this repertoire over their distinguished careers, to share their love of it with local audiences, in various chamber music combinations. This concert features the Coull Quartet and pianist Mark Bebbington.

Britten Three Divertimenti for String Quartet
Ian Venables Piano Quintet Op.27
Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor Op.84

‘ …the magnificent, seasoned ensemble of the Coull’ – The Strad
Mark Bebbington: ‘ … truly a remarkable pianist’ – The Times

£16/Free for students in full time education.

Special deal: A ticket for £42 is available that covers all 3 concerts in the English Music Weekend

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English Music Weekend Concert 1: Mark Bebbington – piano

We welcome pianist Mark Bebbington to the Great Barn for a solo concert of classical music. This is the opening concert of our English Music Weekend – a series of 3 concerts over one weekend (17 – 19 September 2021) celebrating the works of 20th century and contemporary English composers. This series invites leading soloists and chamber musicians (Mark Bebbington, Coull Quartet, Peter Cigleris), who have championed this repertoire over their distinguished careers, to share their love of it with local audiences, in various chamber music combinations.

Alwyn Sonata all Toccata
Leighton Sonatina No 2
Vaughan Williams The Lake in the Mountains
Matthew-Walker Piano Sonata No 3 ‘Hamlet’, A Bad Night in Los Angeles
Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (Piano Duet with Irene Loh) Three Piano Preludes
Ireland Sarnia: An Island Sequence

In partnership with Espressivo

£16/Free for students in full time education.

Special deal: A ticket for £42 is available that covers all 3 concerts in the English Music Weekend

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Animo

Animo, Martin Bills, Eve Loiseau and Wendy Nieper

Animo (Sarah Waycott – flute, Yanna Zissiadou – piano)
Martin Bills – composer
Eve Loiseau – voice
Wendy Nieper – voice
Award winning composer Martin Bills and Animo have teamed up to offer a concert that transcends musical boundaries and eras. Performing Martin’s song cycle are the celebrated soprano and jazz singer Wendy Nieper, joined by well-known Edith Piaf interpreter Eve Loiseau and accompanied by Yanna Zissiadou. Animo will be performing their own ‘soulful’ repertoire and premiere new compositions written specifically for them. In this concert musical styles meld imperceptibly to allow the music to flow without boundaries.
Seating is unreserved and tickets cost £16.00. Students in full time education: free. Hellens volunteers: £5

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Wye Valley Chamber Music Weekend – Concert

Sun 25th July: 4pm Concert at Hellens with Daniel Tong (piano), Ben Hancox (violin), Cara Berridge (cello), Robin Michael (cello), Krysia Osostowicz (viola). 

Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano in C, Op. 102 No. 1
Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K478
Beethoven Piano Trio in B flat, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’

Wye Valley Chamber Music Weekend – Discovery Day

Sat 24th July 2021: 11am – 5.30pm – Discovery Day at Hellens

A day of performances, discussions and masterclasses with Daniel Tong (piano), Krysia Osostowicz (violin), Robin Michael (cello), Treske Quartet and Ensemble Kopernikus. Includes a light lunch and afternoon refreshments.

Wye Valley Chamber Music was established in 2000 to bring world-class chamber music to beautiful, intimate venues up and down the Wye Valley. Having started as a chamber music retreat for young musicians at St Briavels Castle, the organisation has established itself as an important year-round cultural presence in the Wye Valley.

To include complete performances of:
Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano in A, Op. 69
Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’
Matthew Taylor ‘Tarantella Furiosa’
Debussy String Quartet in G minor
Shostakovich Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67
Daniel Tong and Krysia Osostowicz give the Treske Quartet
and Ensemble Kopernikus (prev. Chagall Trio) masterclasses on:
Brahms Piano Trio in B, Op. 8
Beethoven String Quartet in E flat, Op. 127

EVENT CANCELLED The Kinge’s Musicke

Elizabeth Pallett and students from the Birmingham Conservatoire Early Music Department

This concert by musicians from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire celebrates the Henry VIII Song Book c.1520. This beautiful book is a surviving monument to secular music from the early years of King Henry’s reign. Presenting well-known songs such as ‘Pastime with good company’ and ‘Green groweth the holly’ are three singers from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Vocal Department accompanied by the lute. The concert will also feature the recorder and an instrument very particular to the period, the symphony. This superb repertoire is brought to life under the artistic direction of Elizabeth Pallett.

In partnership with Priory Early Music Society
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Peter Fisher & Margaret Fingerhut

These superb artists, who have distinguished and successful solo careers in their own right, have come together to form a duo whose technical prowess and quality of tone combine to produce performances of vibrancy, beauty and lyricism. Their most varied and imaginative programme spans around 200 years and opens with the famous ‘Spring Sonata’ of Beethoven in the year celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Beethoven Violin Sonata in F Op.24 ‘Spring’
Clive Jenkins Pastorale and Allegro
Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor
Korngold Four Pieces from ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
James MacMillan Kiss on Wood
Ravel Tzigane

Peter Fisher: ‘ … displayed technical mastery and a beautiful lyrical tone.’ Musical Opinion
Margaret Fingerhut: ‘ … one of the most radiantly musical of pianists … ‘ International Piano

In partnership with Espressivo
£16/Free for students in full-time education

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Tickets also available at The Courtyard, Hereford www.courtyard.org.uk 01432 340555