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September 2019

The Pirates of Penzance

September 3rd - September 4th

  National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company The Pirates of Penzance Accompanied by a full Orchestra The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations full of memorable melodies you will be humming all the way home. Jam-packed with sentimental, swashbuckling pirates who are really peers of the realm, a completely dotty Major General and a bumbling bunch of hopeless but hilarious policemen, what could possibly go wrong? Frederic, a pirate’s…

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The Yeomen of the Guard

September 4th 7:30 pm

  National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company The Yeomen of the Guard Accompanied by a full Orchestra The Yeomen of the Guard is set in the Tower of London. Colonel Fairfax, a gentleman, soldier and scientist is wrongly accused of sorcery, imprisoned in the Tower and sentenced to be beheaded within the hour. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser he secretly marries strolling gypsy, Elsie Maynard. Jester Jack Point is also in love with Elsie but agrees to…

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The Gondoliers

September 5th - September 6th

  National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company The Gondoliers Accompanied by a full Orchestra The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company returns with a sparkling new production of The Gondoliers. This is a visually stunning show with toe-tapping tunes and glorious, lively dances and has proved to be one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most enduring successes. Marco and Guiseppe, the handsome Palmieri brothers, lead a charmed life as gondoliers in sunny Venice. They can take their pick of the pretty…

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The Mikado

September 7th

  National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company The Mikado Accompanied by a full Orchestra Set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, The Mikado satirises British society, customs and pretensions through a farcical Gilbertian plot brimming with humour. In the topsy turvy world of The Mikado, flirting is punishable by death and Nanki-Poo (the son of The Mikado disguised as a wandering minstrel) attempts to escape from the formidable Katisha and into the arms of his love, Yum-Yum. Meanwhile Ko-Ko,…

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  Conductor: Paul Hoskins Sibelius King Christian II Suite Tubin Double Bass Concerto (soloist: Toby Hughes) Dvorak Symphony No. 8 Over the years Chandos has been fortunate to include some incredibly talented young soloists in our programmes, generally winners of our Young Musician’s Competition. Our soloist in this concert, Toby Hughes, is one of those and here he makes his second appearance with the orchestra. There are not many chances to hear double bass concertos and Chandos is looking forward…

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  RESTORED TO GLORY The story of Clayton & Bell’s fresco decoration introduced with a video presentation by COLIN BROWNLEE Colin instigated and managed the restoration of previously hidden frescos inside St Leonard’s. Dating from 1864, the Victorian church is of national importance, reflected in the Grade 1 Listing. The magnificent decorative scheme was devised by the Reverend James Skinner, and executed by Clayton & Bell. The restoration has been executed by Donald Smith, a highly skilled craftsman. To begin and…

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  Frith Piano Quartet Benjamin Frith piano David Le Page violin Robin Ireland viola Richard Jenkinson cello with John Tattersdill double bass Farrenc Piano Quintet No.1 in A minor, Op.30 Fauré Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.15 Schubert Piano Quintet in A, D.667, The Trout The Frith Piano Quartet was formed in 2001 by a group of likeminded musicians who wanted to explore the wealth of wonderful music written for the piano quartet medium. The group’s founder members included…

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  Join us for this illustrated talk by Joseph Brand, covering the first half of this year's season. Lasting around 2 hours, the talk will be accompanied by recorded musical extracts and will give background information on the creators, performers and production associated with each opera. Joseph Brand's sixty-plus years of opera-going covers some 2000 performances and he has written, reviewed and lectured widely on the subject of opera.  His enthusiasm has taken him to performances throughout the UK and abroad,…

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October 2019

  Armonico Consort & Baroque Players The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble Directed by Christopher Monks A musical evening capturing the enchanted journey through the extraordinary history of the Papacy - trekking through tales of greatness and intellect, whilst stumbling upon Papal times the church would prefer long forgotten. ‘The church in Rome and Italy has inspired some of the greatest choral music ever written, be it Allegri’s ‘Miserere Mei’ to Palestrina’s epic Masses and the incredible works of Monteverdi.…

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  PIANO RECITAL by the distinguished Russian Pianist SOFYA GULYAK Winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition JS BACH - CHACONNE JOHANNES BRAHMS - SIX PIECES Op.118 Dedicated to Clara Schumann FREDERIC CHOPIN - VARIATIONS BRILLIANTES Op.12 SERGEI RACHMANINOFF - FIVE PIECES Op.3 SERGE PROKOFIEV - SONATA NO.7 Op.83 'A formidable artist' - The Guardian Location: Elmslie House, Great Malvern.  WR14 3AG Sponsored by the Family of Oleg Prokofiev and Bernard & Anna Taylor   The Autumn in Malvern Festival…

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