March News

We have been very lucky to access funding from the Arts Council Lottery Fund to manage a project in four Worcester Schools this summer.

Our Croome Four Seasons project will celebrate the 300th birthday of Capability Brown, with a visit to Croome Park, and follow up work with the Four Seasons composed by Brown’s near contemporary, Vivaldi.

The children will be encouraged to produce their own seasons in garden design, in workshops led by Kate Fawcett, Claire Horacek and Micaela Schmitz.

The project culminates in a showcase event and a concert in College Hall, Worcester Cathedral, on Friday 24th June which will include a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as well as Bach’s concerto for 2 violins and another Vivaldi Concerto for 2 violins and cello, to be given by Worcester’s very own period instrumental ensemble; The Musical and Amicable Society.

Another workshop is taking place in Hagley R.C. School in April when Ruth Hopkins from K’antu will be presenting a workshop based on the subject of women composers in Tudor times. This too will be followed by a concert later in the summer… more details later.

Our festival is nearly upon us and I need to tell you that car parking in Cornmarket Car Park just outside St Martin’s, Cornmarket costs only £1 from 7pm. So our start time of 7.15pm for each concert neatly brings you to the door just in time!!

And news of a new series of early music concerts in the Old Chapel Baptist Church, Tewkesbury during the summer, will be available at our concerts… so be sure to pick up a flier!

I hope to see you at some of these events.

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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