Festival 2017

La Traviata (Verdi) – OperaUpClose

Date: Thursday 22nd June at 7.00pm Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

Olivier Award-winning company OperaUpClose open the 2017 Northern Aldborough Festival with their new production, set in the Jazz Age, of La Traviata. The story of Violetta, a so-called ‘fallen woman’ who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover’s family and future, La Traviata has been thrilling audiences for generations.

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Yevgeny Sudbin

Date: Friday 23rd June at 7.30pm Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

Since bursting onto the scene in 2005 with his debut recording of works by Scarlatti, Yevgeny Sudbin’s playing has attracted the highest awards and superlative reviews from the piano critics. To launch the inaugural ‘Piano Weekend’, The Northern Aldborough Festival welcomes a true modern titan of the piano in performances of works by Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Scarlatti, Scriabin and Medtner.

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Anatomy of a Piano – Will Pickvance (piano /entertainer)

Date: Saturday 24th June at 11.00am Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

An adventure into the world of piano - where they come from, how they evolved and why they make a pretty cool Christmas present. Featuring Bach’s cave piano, Beethoven’s bad moods and a jam with ‘Fats’ Waller.

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James Baillieu (Piano) and The Heath String Quartet

Date: Saturday 24th June at 7.30pm Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

The Heath Quartet, Aldborough alumni and recent winners of the 2016 Gramophone Award for Chamber Music, perform with the young South African pianist James Baillieu, whose extraordinary emergence recently led to the unique distinction of an eleven concert series in his name at the Wigmore Hall. The programme includes Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 59 No. 1.

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The Festival Service – Northern Aldborough Festival Voices

Date: Sunday 25th June at 10.45am Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

Northern Aldborough Festival Voices provide uplifting choral music by Mozart for the Festival Eucharist. Mozart’s famous ‘Sparrow Mass’ (Missa Brevis in C KV 220, ‘Spatzenmesse’) is one of his most joyful choral works, acquiring its nickname from the chirping figures in the Hosannas. Combined with his stunning soprano solo-led Laudate Dominum and his contemplative Ave Verum, the repertoire chosen for this service provides a fitting celebration of the power of music to inspire and uplift the soul.

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Duo Antipodes – Manus Noble (guitar) & Jehanne Bastoni (cello)

Date: Monday 26th June at 11.00am Venue: Farnley Hall, Otley LS21 2QF

The hugely talented and charismatic young Irish guitarist Manus Noble makes a welcome return to the Northern Aldborough Festival, this time partnered with Australian cellist Jehanne Bastoni. The Duo Antipodes perform works by Boccherini, Piazzolla, De Falla, Granados and Manus Noble himself.

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The Marian Consort

Date: Tuesday 27th June at 7.30pm Venue: The Old Hall, North Deighton, LS22 4EW

One of the most talked about young vocal ensembles of the moment makes its debut at Northern Aldborough Festival. The Marian Consort is a young, dynamic and internationally-renowned early music vocal ensemble, recognised for its freshness of approach and innovative presentation of a broad range of repertoire. The ensemble’s blend and beauty of sound will be heard to perfection in a programme built around Allegri's sublime Miserere, composed for Ash Wednesday and featuring the famous (and fearsome) top c's of the soprano solo line.

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Word Play – Gyles Brandreth

Date: Wednesday 28th June at 7.30pm Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

They say all political careers end in tears. In Gyles Brandreth’s case it’s tears of laughter as the former MP and Government Whip, regular on Just A Minute and longest surviving member of the Countdown team, takes us on a rollicking roller-coaster ride around his amazing world of words.

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Michael Bennett (Tenor) and Sandrine Chatron (harp)

Date: Thursday 29th June at 11.00am Venue: The Chapel, Rudding Park, Harrogate, HG3 1JH

One of the busiest English tenors on the international opera circuit makes time in his schedule to present a mouth-watering programme with French harpist Sandrine Chatron of works by Purcell, Dowland, Britten, Berkeley, Sally Beamish and a new commission from Lynne Plowman in the stunning setting of the 19th Century Chapel in the grounds of Rudding Park.

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Close to You: Sinatra and The Hollywood String Quartet

Date: Thursday 29th June at 7.30pm Venue: The Warehouse Recording Company, Harrogate HG3 1GP

This classy reinvention of Close to You, one of the great Sinatra recordings, brings together an ensemble of twelve handpicked musicians chosen for their sound and empathy for this extraordinary music. Among them are jazz luminaries Matt Ford, a regular soloist with the John Wilson Orchestra, Grammy-nominated drummer Matt Skelton, Ronnie Scott’s artistic director James Pearson and the renowned Tippett String Quartet.

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Emma Johnson’s Clarinet Goes to Town

Date: Friday 30th June at 7.30pm Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

Swing fascinates internationally-acclaimed clarinettist Emma Johnson. In her cool new programme accompanied by John Lenehan on piano and Paul Clarvis on percussion she will explore some of the elements - ragtime, cakewalks and spirituals - that fused together an explosion of popular culture in the mid-twentieth century, reaching an apotheosis in the King of Swing, Benny Goodman.

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Last Night Outdoor Concert: Take That vs Westlife (Tributes)

Date: Saturday 1st July, gates open 5.30pm Venue: Grounds of Aldborough Manor, Aldborough YO5 9EP

Imagine the world’s most famous boy bands battling it out on stage? Well, that is exactly what the Northern Aldborough Festival is proposing - or as near as! The Battle of the Boybands is taking place on Saturday 1st July 2017 in the grounds of Aldborough Manor at our traditional show stopper evening. Guests are free to picnic in the grounds and watch the entertainment on the main stage. The evening is capped with a spectacular orchestrated firework display

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