Voices from Darkness 

9th - 11th November 2018

Our very successful first festival, Voices from Darkness, coincided with the centenary of the Armistice of WW1 and concentrated on chamber works from that period. 

Playing any music of the past we are, in a sense, delving in to the mists of time, and this seems nowhere truer than with that great cataclysm which reshaped society in so many ways. Alongside the music of George Butterworth, who lost his life at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, we presented great works of the chamber music repertoire from both sides of the English Channel. In our final concert we were joined by folk legend John Kirkpatrick in our own new arrangements of songs Butterworth collected in Shropshire in 1907-8.

An electronic copy of our programme is available to view, and contains four specially commissioned articles on the repertoire.

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What the audience said...

"...what an extraordinary and beautiful concert...I hope it's the start of a yearly tradition..."

"...a truly momentous weekend and one I will long treasure..."

"The programme was beautifully put together - a stimulating, moving, challenging combination of pieces..."

Full 2018 Festival programme

Aurora Percussion Duo Delia Stevens and Le Yu

Rhythmic Unity – A World of Percussion

7th December 2019

The Aurora Percussion Duo have made it their mission to redefine the art of percussion; they performed a dynamic recital of spellbinding percussion music, ranging from hypnotic hang drum to the thunder of taiko drumming, from marimba duo to mime,

They also ran a fantastic junk percussion workshop for all ages and abilities. The audience were encouraged to bring any household items and turn them in to percussion instruments.

Kate Symonds-Joy, Pelléas Ensemble,

Aurora Duo & friends

8th December 2019

The fantastic mezzo-soprano Kate Symonds-Joy was joined by two award winning chamber groups, plus Max Mausen & Richard Tunnicliffe for a programme which centred around the Berio Folk Songs. We performed various 20th & 21st century works for unusual combinations of instruments, plus Richard's own arrangement of pieces by Henry Purcell.

 

We were delighted to have a backdrop specially painted for the occasion by local artist Malcolm Temple.