Festival 2015

Imogen Cooper CBE (Piano)

Date: Thursday 11th June at 7:30pm Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

The 2015 Northern Aldborough Festival opens with an appearance by the great British pianist, Imogen Cooper.  In the words of BBC Music, her ‘artistic sensibility…reflects a sympathy with the music so intimate and compelling that it seems for the most part to transcend the very concept of interpretation.’  Her exquisite pianism, particularly in works of the classical period, is not to be missed.

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Tom Holland (Historian)

Date: Friday 12th June at 10:00am Venue: Aldborough

Tom Holland announced his emergence as one of today’s most astute and engaging of narrative historians with Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, written in 2003. Since then he has taken on ever more challenging and thought-provoking subjects, and the praise has grown louder. Tom’s other great love is cricket: he has written about receiving batting training from England captain Alastair Cook, and once hit a six. His talk is followed by a game of cricket between his Authors XI and a Festival XI.

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Guy Barker and Ian Shaw

Date: Friday 12th June at 7.30pm Venue: The Old Hall, North Deighton

Award-winning trumpeter, composer and broadcaster Guy Barker joins forces with award-winning jazz vocalist, pianist and broadcaster Ian Shaw in an evening celebrating the fabulous force that is The Cinema. Behind the scenes, the bad, the bitchy, the beautiful, black and white romance, gangland murder and mayhem; Chaplin, Bogart, Baloo and Bond. With no apology, this jazz odd couple present a musical Babylon for all tastes . . . but no popcorn or children! With Guy’s mother an actress, his father a stuntman, and Ian’s childhood an obsessive period of black and white films and musty old Picturegoers handed down from an aunt, this two hour two-hander is a must.

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Opera North Children’s Chorus

Date: Sunday 14th June at 3:00pm Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

Northern Aldborough Festival is proud to be offering one of the first external engagements to the recently formed Opera North Children’s Chorus, whose music director is festival favourite Justin Doyle. This music theatre work based incorporates Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant and some of Handel’s most best-loved arias, providing a fitting showcase for these talented and inspired children.

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Maxim Rysanov (Viola) & Ashley Wass (Piano)

Date: Monday 15th June 2015 Time: 7.30pm Venue: St Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the world’s most vibrant and charismatic musicians. He is principally known for his performances as a violist at international festivals such as The BBC Last Night of the Proms, Edinburgh Festival and Salzburg Festival. He now combines viola with a career as a conductor.

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William Dutton (violin) & Richard Uttley (piano)

Date: Tuesday 16th June at 11:00am Venue: To be confirmed

William Dutton’s striking and mature performance in the string final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in April established him as a violinist with something to say. His accompanist, also from Yorkshire, is the rising star pianist Richard Uttley.

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The Myrthen Ensemble

Date: Tuesday 16th June at 7.30pm Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

The roll call of musicians in the newly formed Myrthen Ensemble reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of young British musical talent. Since its formation in 2012 the invitations from the world’s leading concert halls and festivals have been pouring in, and The Northern Aldborough Festival is truly proud to host this wonderful ensemble’s northern debut

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Hannah Black (flute) & Bethan Semmens (harp)

Date: Wednesday 17th June at 11:00am Venue: to be confirmed

A potential star of the future, the young Yorkshire-born flautist Hannah Black recently graduated from The Royal Academy of Music with the highest awards.

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Martha D Lewis; Trilogy of the Greek Blues

Date: Thursday 18th June at 7.30pm Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

“Driven by a charismatic leader with a voice of clamorous and majestic power …” The Guardian, Lewis leads high powered, spirited top class world and jazz musicians in a 3 part show packed with an evocative nostalgic music journey which begins from shanty towns urban Athens 1910’s 'rembetika' * repertoire; leading to Vintage Europeanized Greek music years of 40’s-60’s reminiscent of the Piaf and Dietrich era; and forwards to Lewis’ CD release, the award nominated ‘Homage To Roza ’an album of contemporary remakes of classic rebetika songs by the early Queen of Rembetika, Roza Eskenazy. Critically acclaimed as ‘Nu Rembetika’ this album is "a stimulating contribution to the margins and borders of World music leading to its own groundbreaking genre". Catch this stunning show, after a triumphant and nationally profiled debut in 2014.'Trilogy of Greek Blues' is all set to be a favorite on the UK festival circuit. *'rembetika' also known as Greek Blues, rembetika sits alongside other world blues like fado tango Chicago blues.

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Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

Date: Friday 19th June at 11.00am Venue: Farnley Hall

The saxophone, one of the most expressive and versatile of instruments, is now firmly established in the mainstream, but it is its capacity to provide a beautiful blend while remaining a distinct voice that has led to saxophone quartets excelling in everything from choral to viol consort repertoire. The Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet is one of the best of the emergent guard, having caught the eye of the newly launched City Music Foundation.

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Tosca (Puccini) – Charles Court Opera

Date: Friday 19th June at 7.00pm Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

Tosca’s heart-wrenching story is a tragic one of love and loss. Though the opera is full of beautiful arias, in one of its best known, Vissi d’arte, Tosca sings that though she has been faithful to the Lord and lived her life as loving as she possibly could, she has still been rewarded with misfortune. Drama, passion and fabulous music – one of the great evenings of opera.

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Last Night Outdoor Concert

Date: Saturday 20th June. Gates open at 5.30pm Venue: The grounds of Aldborough Manor

Details of this concert are in preparation

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