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May 2018

Edington Arts: Brahms Requiem

Saturday, 19th May 2018 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Edington Priory Church Edington, Wiltshire BA13 4QJ United Kingdom + Google Map

Edington Arts presents a choral workshop on Brahms’ beautiful German Requiem, led by Ashley Grote, former Director of the Edington Music Festival, and accompanied in the piano duet version of the work by Libby Burgess and current Director of the Edington Music Festival Richard Pinel.

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Schumann Piano Concerto

Sunday, 6th May 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street
Bristol, BS1 5RR United Kingdom
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Tonight’s concert pairs masterpieces inspired by passion and devotion. Schumann’s concerto is one of the high points of the entire Romantic movement, an outpouring of heartfelt melody in which Schumann channelled his longing for Clara Wieck, whose father at first refused him permission to marry her. This much-loved work is followed by Berlioz’s wild and still-extraordinary Symphonie Fantastique, performed by the Bristol Classical Players.

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Berkeley Ensemble Chamber Course tutors’ concert

Friday, 4th May 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Old Rectory, Chaffcombe Somerset TA20 4AH United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

The sixth annual Berkeley Ensemble Chamber Music Course commences with a varied programme given by the tutors. Taking place over the early May bank holiday weekend, participants will spend three days playing chamber music with like-minded musicians in the idyllic surroundings of rural Somerset, whilst receiving coaching from members of the Berkeley Ensemble.

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April 2018

New Paths: The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies

Sunday, 8th April 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BE United Kingdom
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£12

Our Viking journey reaches a starry conclusion with the appearance of Swedish-born mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus, former winner of Cardiff Singer of the World. We are thrilled to welcome Katarina to Beverley to sing Wagner’s stunning Wesendonck Lieder. The symphonic sweep of Brahms’ virtuosic G minor piano quartet ends wildly in gypsy dancing! Bookending these works are two pieces showcasing our wonderful string team: Grieg’s ever-popular Holberg Suite, and Mendelssohn’s glorious Octet, astonishingly composed when he was only sixteen years old.

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New Paths: Songs of Praise

Sunday, 8th April 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
St Mary’s Church, Beverley, North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL United Kingdom
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£8

A beautiful programme for a Sunday afternoon, these pieces are variously Biblically-inspired. Songs by Schubert, Howells and Brahms are pitted against Beethoven’s joyous variations for cello and piano on the popular hymn tune we know as ‘Thine be the Glory’. Baritone Nicholas Merryweather and Jesus College Choir conclude the musical feast with Vaughan Williams’ captivating Five Mystical Songs, in the rarely-heard version for piano and string quartet.

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New Paths: Notes from the Asylum

Sunday, 8th April 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BE United Kingdom
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£8

Vivienne Haigh-Wood’s marriage to TS Eliot was disastrous but she made him as a poet. Premiered in 2013 by today’s performers Clare McCaldin and Libby Burgess, this piece of music theatre tells the story of Vivienne’s life – imagined in her own words – in a staged cycle of six songs. NcNeff’s music alludes to music hall (a favourite of both Eliots) and Andy Rashleigh’s dazzling lyrics are witty and poignant in turn.

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New Paths: Festival Ceilidh

Saturday, 7th April 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Memorial Hall, Beverley, 73-75 Lairgate
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8HN United Kingdom
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£15

An informally presented concert of folk- and dance-inspired music given by the New Paths artists, who include some outstanding folk musicians. The stunning programme ranges from energetic Argentinian tango, to haunting folksong of the British Isles, and traditional music from Scandinavia. Benjamin Rimmer’s recent Rise for harp and string quartet is dreamy and magical, whilst the top-hit toe-tapping Danish music Woodworks will have you itching to dance! And so at 8.30pm we push back the chairs, get out the hay bales, and hand over to Triple Scotch, feted as the finest Ceilidh band in the UK, for two hours of solid barn dancing. Do-si-do!

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New Paths: Freddie’s

Saturday, 7th April 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Toll Gavel United Church, Toll Gavel
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9AA United Kingdom
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The culmination of a major New Paths outreach project with Frederick Holmes School in Hull for children with severe physical disabilities and profound and multiple needs. Come and hear this specially composed piece performed by students alongside New Paths artists.

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New Paths: Free But Lonely

Saturday, 7th April 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BE United Kingdom
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Free

Four festival violinists and Artistic Director Libby Burgess play the FAE Sonata, written as a collaboration by friends Schumann, Brahms and Dietrich, and named after Brahms’ motto Frei Aber Einsam. Alongside this Carris Jones and Nicholas Merryweather sing romantic and light-hearted duets by Brahms.

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New Paths: A Maiden’s Garland

Friday, 6th April 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St Mary’s Church, Beverley, North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL United Kingdom
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£12

The hidden Priest’s Room at St Mary’s Church houses a number of artefacts from throughout the church’s history, amongst which lies the earliest Maiden’s Garland known to exist (c.1680). Maidens Garlands were a funerary memento, honouring with a virgin’s crown the young person who had died without a bridal crown. Carried before the coffin and then hung in church, their origin is thought perhaps to lie in Norse tradition. In response to this history, Schubert’s fiery and profound Death and the Maiden Quartet is partnered with Ophelia songs by Elizabeth Maconchy and Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Maconchy’s daughter Nicola LeFanu, for many years a Professor of Music at the University of York, writes for the unusual combination of soprano and treble recorder, while baritone Nicholas Merryweather sings Schumann’s lesser-known but stunningly beautiful Kerner Lieder.

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New Paths family concert: Stories in Music

Friday, 6th April 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BE United Kingdom
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Free

Come and be swept up in musical tales of magic and fantasy, myth and legend: storytelling in music in many forms. Hear world-class players and singers up close in a programme especially designed for children aged 5-13. A great way to finish the school holidays!

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New Paths coffee concert: Viking Virtuosity

Friday, 6th April 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Toll Gavel United Church, Toll Gavel
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9AA United Kingdom
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£8

Four musical giants of the Nordic region provide the inspiration for this programme, ranging from the best-loved of Grieg’s violin sonatas, to Nielsen’s brooding Wind Quintet, from Stenhammar’s dreamy folk-influenced songs, to Halvorsen’s virtuosic arrangement for violin and viola of Handel’s timeless music.

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New Paths: Footsteps through the Snow

Thursday, 5th April 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St Mary’s Church, Beverley, North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL United Kingdom
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£12

Our Viking theme is strongly represented in this programme, with evocative songs by Sibelius and Grieg, sung by renowned soprano Katherine Broderick. Both composers explore images from Scandinavia’s nature, and the theme of the lost love – and winter’s snow – turning to spring. We are honoured to have commissioned a world premiere from Diana Burrell in her 70th year, generously supported by the Finzi Friends. Written for the combination of mezzo-soprano, viola and piano – familiar from Brahms’ viola songs – her brand new songs present themes of folk music. Folk music was also at the heart of Percy Grainger’s work; he and Grieg met in London and shared a remarkable friendship and artistic affinity, particularly around folk music. We come full circle with Schubert’s late Eb major piano trio, one of the glories of the chamber music repertoire, the middle movement of which is based on a haunting Swedish folk song, and has been described as trudging ‘footsteps through the snow.’

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New Paths: Larkin’ About

Thursday, 5th April 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BE United Kingdom
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£8

This celebration of one of Britain’s favourite and greatest post-war poets, who lived and worked down the road in Hull, combines musical settings of his poems with spoken verse (featuring cherished local actor Malcolm Tomlinson). Two of Larkin’s key influences, Auden and Hardy, also inspired great songs. The Finzi Day festivities run through this special concert with perhaps Finzi’s greatest song cycle, and contemporary settings of Larkin previously commissioned by the Finzi Friends. Larkin claimed “I can live a week without poetry but not a day without jazz”: also in the mix are jazz-infused works by Britten and Ravel.

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New Paths coffee concert: Stories & Sagas

Thursday, 5th April 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Toll Gavel United Church, Toll Gavel
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9AA United Kingdom
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£8

We’re starting the main festival earlier than ever before with a Coffee Concert in the comfortable surroundings of Toll Gavel United Church. Sagas are stories of ancient Nordic history, the first of our Viking references this week, but storytelling is also a fundamental human experience, and this programme presents an eclectic mix of tales and music. As part of our Finzi Day we begin with his Eclogue, full of nostalgically beautiful writing for piano and strings. King Harald’s Saga for unaccompanied soprano, written by Master of The Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, is perhaps the shortest opera in existence, lasting under ten minutes; it tells the epic story of the 1066 Norwegian invasion of England led by King Harald ‘Hardrada’. Our programme takes us on a voyage of legends, from mermen to goddesses, and concludes with Martinů’s witty jazz ballet La Revue de Cuisine.

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New Paths Music 2018

Thursday, 5th April 2018 - Sunday, 8th April 2018

New Paths - of which Libby is Artistic Director - takes place from 5th to 8th April 2018. For further details see www.newpathsmusic.com.

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New Paths babies & toddlers: Listen Up!

Wednesday, 4th April 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Toll Gavel United Church, Toll Gavel
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9AA United Kingdom
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Free

Come and join the country’s finest musicians in a mid-morning concert designed especially for babies and toddlers – and their grown-ups! Enjoy the sounds of different instruments, see them up close, dance to their music, and join the merry mayhem of a New Paths pre-school concert. Hurry to reserve your place in good time; these events are always a sell-out.

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New Paths babies & toddlers: Listen Up!

Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
St Nicholas’ Church, Swinemoor, Holmechurch Lane
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0QU United Kingdom
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Free

Come and join the country’s finest musicians in a mid-morning concert designed especially for babies and toddlers – and their grown-ups! Enjoy the sounds of different instruments, see them up close, dance to their music, and join the merry mayhem of a New Paths pre-school concert. Hurry to reserve your place in good time; these events are always a sell-out.

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March 2018

The Romantic Oboe

Friday, 23rd March 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Multi-faith Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road
Derby, DE22 1GB United Kingdom
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Oboist James Turnbull and pianist Libby Burgess present 'The Romantic Oboe'. Programme to be announced.

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Petite Messe Solenelle

Saturday, 3rd March 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Church of St John the Evangelist, Oxford, 109a Iffley Road
Oxford, OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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Libby returns to guest-conduct the Oxford Bach Choir in Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle and motets by Bruckner.

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February 2018

CantiaQuorum: From Russia with Lunch

Wednesday, 14th February 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB United Kingdom
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CantiaQuorum return to the Colyer-Fergusson Hall. Forget McMafia - how about 45 minutes of Valentine’s Day drama with the CQ trio in the glorious acoustics of the Colyer-Fergusson? Spy some sensational Stravinsky among the Russian regulars, while Romeo and Juliet meet Lyadov’s magical music box. Wake up you sleeping beauties, and come along!

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Music on the Quantocks: Spiegel im Spiegel

Sunday, 11th February 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Kingston St Mary Village Hall, Church Lane
Kingston St Mary, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8HR United Kingdom
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Violinist Fenella Humphreys and pianist Libby Burgess join forces for an afternoon of Music on the Quantocks, ranging from Sibelius to Gershwin, Bartok to Pärt.

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An Oboe’s Journey – travelling across Europe through oboe repertoire

Friday, 9th February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
High Street Methodist Church, Witney Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 6HG United Kingdom + Google Map

Oboist James Turnbull and pianist Libby Burgess take you on a musical tour of Europe, with repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Saint-Saens, Lutoslawski to Kalliwoda!

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January 2018

Song recital

Thursday, 25th January 2018 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
Harty Room, Queen’s University Belfast, University Road
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN United Kingdom
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Soprano Aoife Miskelly and pianist Libby Burgess present a lunchtime recital of Schumann, Walton and Poulenc.

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A tour of Europe in violin & piano

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dunsfold, Godalming, Surrey United Kingdom + Google Map

Violinist Eva Thorarinsdottir and pianist Libby Burgess present a stunning programme of Beethoven, Ravel, Prokofiev and Grieg in an intimate drawing room setting in picturesque Surrey.

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