Saints and Sinners of the Marches
‘Saints and sinners are not that far apart’ maintains the Dean of Hereford in this new anthology, which introduces us to some of the many different characters who have influenced this part of the world. In this Three Choirs week, the author selects mainly musicians from the book and
tells their extraordinary stories.
Online booking opens April 5.
The 1662 Legend
The Revd Stephen Williams examines the early history of the Three Choirs Festival. When did it really start and can this debate be resolved?
Online booking opens April 5
'A Bigger Splash: Ralph Vaughan Williams and his 'Sea’ Symphony'
An RVW Society event, this talk will take place prior to the evening’s performance. Refreshments will be served.
Rolf Jordan is an artist and designer based near Liverpool. His art includes a series of portrait busts created in 2000-02, and the solo exhibition of oil paintings and ink drawings entitled 'Inspired by English Music', held in Ludlow during 2007. He is currently engaged in freelance art projects.
Students from the Royal Academy, Guildhall, Royal College & Birmingham Conservatoire
Led by Rachel Podger
Following our very successful brass quintet masterclass last year, we are focussing on period strings for 2012. The students will bring unaccompanied Bach of their own choice on either a period or modern instrument.
Calefax Reed Quintet
Oliver Boekhoorn oboe,
Ivar Berix clarinet
Raaf Hekkema saxophone,
Jelte Althuis bass clarinet
Alban Wesly bassoon
Aimed at 7–11 year olds, this unique and high energy group from Holland strips music down to its bare bones. With the help of some home-made single ‘slide saxophones’, explore how sound is made, how instruments are put together and how pitch is changed. Also hear an extract from ‘The Music Factory’, a mimed musical play for children.
This year Ensemble 360's concert is aimed at 2–7 year olds and another sell–out is expected. Composer Paul Rissmann has written an imaginative and inspirational piece based on the children's book The Chimpanzees of Happytown by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker–Rees and published by Orchard Books.
The Chimpanzees of Happytown is funded by the Grants for the Arts.
Lawson Piano Trio
Fenella Humphreys violin
Rebecca Knight cello
Annabelle Lawson piano
The Trio whisks us round the world with a dance inspired programme – just bring your imagination, ears and a willingness to participate – aimed particularly at 7–11 year olds.
Music by Nathaniel Stookey, text by Lemony Snicket. FREE craft workshops and music in the foyers from 1.30pm. Why not come dressed up in a music-inspired costume?
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Michael Seal, Conductor
Catherine Arlidge, Violin
Nathaniel Stookey, Narrator