Our 2018 Programme
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Friday 20th April
Memphis Blue - Music of the 50's and 60's
Memphis Blue is a five piece Rock'n'Roll Band based in Northamptonshire. Formed in Spring 2013 their first gig was a huge success and they are now well established on the local pub & club circuit. The band's members include: Rockin' Lee (Lead vocals), Tim (Wild Thing) Drums, Stuart (Ozzie) Rhythm Guitar/backing vocals, Charlie (Bass), Steve (Reedy) Lead guitar/backing vocals. Feel free to bring your own drinks.
This concert is sponsored by the Rev John and Mrs Wendy Evans
Saturday 21st April
Piano Recital - Oksana King
An afternoon piano recital with the Russian born, Brixworth-based pianist, Oksana King. This is Oksana's second Festival recital and she will perform two French Suites by J S Bach, Holiday Diary by Benjamin Britten and Five Australian Landscapes by Vivienne Olive. The afternoon promises some stunningly beautiful pieces from this gifted performer.
Northamptonshire County Youth Brass Band
This is the senior brass band of Northamptonshire's Music and Performing Arts Trust and is widely regarded as one of the best County Youth Brass Bands in the country. Currently conducted by Bradley Turnbull, they perform on the eve of their appearance at the annual National Youth Brass Band Championships. The band, former Champion Youth Band of Great Britain, will perform their programme for the contest and a selection of their current repertoire and will be joined by other instrumentalists from the Music and Performing Arts Trust. If you love brass bands you'll be blown away by this concert.
Sunday 22nd April
At All Saints Church
Transcendental music from the Renaissance and the Modern. This Northamptonshire based early music ensemble was founded in 1983 and is one of the UK’s principal providers of classical and early music concerts outside London. Their programme includes Olive – Stabat Mater, Tallis – Latin Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, Biber – Mystery sonatas, Tallis – Videte miraculum, Morales – Parce mihi Domine, Tallis – Loquebantur variis linguis
Fiori Musicali Choir, Penelope Rapson director.
Buy Tickets £20, Concessions £16, Under 16's £8. The Festival Pass does not provide access to this concert
Wednesday 25th April
"If Music Be the Food of Love" - An Evening of Poetry and Song
Some of our best local singers and musicians present this delightful evening which includes performances by Chloe Willson-Thomas (soprano and the Rector of Brixworth), Gwion Thomas (baritone and singer/songwriter), Juliet Lawson, who will sing three new songs by Stuart Cooper. Kay Soteriou and David Saint provide extracts from Shakespeare's works to celebrate his birthday, which falls during the week of the festival. The John Clare Wind Quintet will perform the winning piece from the Festival's International Competition for Women Composers, as well a new work by Vivienne Olive. Pianist Oksana King. For more details click here.
Friday 27th April
Tedesca String Quartet
A rare opportunity to see this Midlands based String Quartet play pieces by Haydn, Schubert and Finzi. This quartet has rapidly established a reputation for performances of great integrity and it is in increasing demand throughout the country.
Saturday 28th April
Brixworth Festival Orchestra takes the stage under the baton of our Festival Patron, Peter Dunkley. Its aim to raise additional funds for the Gordon Robinson Music Trust, a Northamptonshire based charity that supports the musical studies of numerous talented young musicians from the county. The orchestra will be performing a selection of classical greats including Mozart’s well known Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and his wonderful Flute and Harp Concerto, starring local soloists Graham Tear on Flute and Rowena Bass on Harp. The evening will conclude with Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in A major, a work Beethoven regarded as one of his greatest compositions.
Sunday 29th April
At All Saints Church
Brixworth U3A Songsters, Singing Saints & Brixworth Primary School Choir
This is a free concert. Programme to be announced.
At All Saints Church
'An Old English Fantasy'
We are delighted to welcome back early music specialist, Sarah Small playing her Viola da Gamba. Her newly formed ensemble includes Felix Heuser (Voice), Morag Johnston (Violin) and Gabor Juhasz playing Renaissance Lute and they will perform works by Tobias Hume, Christopher Simpson and John Dowland and women composers of the 16th and 17th centuries. As this concert is close to the date of Shakespeare's birthday, there will also be songs with text from some of Shakespeare's plays. The sharp-eared among you will spot extracts from The Tempest and Twelfth Night. A really unusual concert, not to be missed.