June News

Our next important event is creeping up fast: the Croome Four Seasons project is in full swing in four primary schools in Worcester, and the culmination will be a performance in College Hall, Worcester Cathedral on Friday 24th June.

The Musical and Amicable Society, who performed so well at our festival and who have recently played the three very successful Bach Concerts in the Cathedral, will be performing for us once more. The programme includes a performance of The Four Seasons by Vivaldi when a different soloist will be stepping out from the ensemble for each season. And in addition they will be playing Bach’s concerto for two violins in D minor (BMV1043), Wassenaer’s Concerto Armonico no 1 in G, and Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso op 3 no 8.

The concert will be preceded by an exhibition of artwork and compositions by pupils from four Primary Schools (Northwick Manor, Redhill, St Barnabas and Kings St Albans). Their work has been inspired by a trip to Croome Park, one of Capability Brown’s first designed landscapes….and  the Four Seasons by Vivadi who at about the same time as Brown was describing the natural world in music.

Tickets for this event are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/355894 and are £15 (£5 students under 18 ) or £20 for 2, or £25 for a family ticket (there is a charge for this service).

Two other outreach projects are drawing to a close; the Redditch Peace and Conflict through Music project is on course for a presentation in Pitcheroak School, in July. And after the collaboration with Hagley R.C. High School earlier this term, a follow up concert is scheduled, when Ruth Hopkins from K’antu will perform songs by women composers with her accompanist on lute and theorbo, at a lunchtime concert at 1pm in Old St Martin’s, Cornmarket on Friday 19th August as part of the Worcester Festival.

We are also very busy re vamping our website as well as programming next year’s festival, so there’s never a dull moment!

Finally if you are a keen viol player you may be interested in a consort class which has recently started in the Elgar School of Music, run by Hetti Price, who also teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire. The recorder class also flourishes under Andy Watts’ guidance (he also teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire), and  a Baroque choir has also recently been formed at the school so if you are interested in any of these then contact the Elgar School (elgarschoolofmusic.org.uk or 01905 28613) where Early Music is beginning to flourish.

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Author: Barbara Dunn

Barbara trained as a teacher and worked for most of her career in Primary Education, eventually serving as a headteacher in Reading and then in Worcester, before taking early retirement. She has been involved with Worcestershire Early Music from its beginning, delivering workshops and organising concerts and the Pride and Prejudice Ball. Barbara is an enthusiastic amateur musician, playing regularly in many different formal and informal gatherings. She performs with the Gloucester Waits on flutes and recorders