PAST MUSIC PRODUCTIONS 2014/15

Friday/Saturday
12/13 September
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Gordon Giltrap

We are delighted to welcome Gordon back to open our new season. He is one of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK and has developed his own unique style, much copied, but never bettered. As he coaxes incredible melodies from his instruments; you almost suspect a second pair of hands.

No two concerts are ever the same and he continues to delight his audiences and satisfy his fans with his most well loved hits, as well as explaining the history of his many different guitars. His beautiful compositions cross all musical genres and are presented with wit, charm and unbelievable talent.

“Gordon Giltrap is one of an elite few, who truly have become legendary in their field in their own lifetime. I am proud to call him my friend.” Brian May (Queen)

Sue Webster Music
Saturday
4 October
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Far Away Places

On their welcome return to the Heron, the Sydney based, Janet Seidel Trio perform on a theme prompted by the title track of their new CD Far Away Places, a 1940s hit song evoking the yearning to be whisked away to another time and space. The notion of musical wanderlust was ever a romantic one and never more so than in the early stages of the age of international travel.

With the Trio's natural bent for finding a fresh sound within a retro style, their repertoire takes in a mix of vintage songs and new compositions to transport the audience on a nostalgic journey, featuring Janet's unique and personal vocals and the rich acoustic guitar / ukulele and double bass of Chuck Morgan and David Seidel


The Janet Seidel Trio
Sunday
19 October
at 2.30pm
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The Ebonites

The Ebonites are a new and exciting clarinet ensemble founded by Abi Barnett, comprising freelance clarinettists from across Manchester. The group performs on the whole family of clarinets from the Eb clarinet to the contrabass clarinet, producing a breadth of different colours.

A versatile ensemble, The Ebonites frequently perform the standard choral clarinet repertoire around the country in many recitals as well as performing at the Manchester Single Reed Summer School. They perform regularly as soloists, ensemble, and orchestral musicians and have an impressive range of experience in performance with Manchester Camerata and The Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras.

Saturday
15 November
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The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ

NO! NOT THE MIGHTY WURLITZER but a nine piece ensemble of Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Cello, Violin, r Saxophone, Trumpet and Vocals. Working with both music and film visuals this band layer up richly textured harmonies and hypnotic rhythms, all set to archive footage, collected and edited to reflect each piece.

In addition to BBC Radio 6 Music THE WONDERFUL SOUND OF THE CINEMA ORGAN have played at many festivals and venues throughout the country and notably at Islington's esteemed Union Chapel and the Natural History Museum!

"The texture is both fresh and alive and a magical spell is woven, with the fluidity of their arrangements drawing upon the more traditional aspects of manouche jazz, Afro-American gospel and southern soul, they also manage to harness these influences to the beat of an altogether different, more modern, drum"

Laughing Dog Music
Sunday
30 November
at 2.30pm
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Wendy Nicholas & Barry Sharkey

Once more the grand piano will be in situ, as former Westmorland Orchestra conductor, Barry Sharkey and Wendy Nicholas, Head Teacher at Beetham Primary School and the orchestra's Principal Bassoon play 'music four hands'.

Their programme will include a wide ranging choice of music from Dvorak's Scottish Dances to Debussy's well known Petite Suite, Norwegian Dances from Grieg and a sensuous Russian waltz from Khachaturian's 'Masquerade' ballet. Gershwin makes a welcome appearance as does Beethoven's friend Diabelli, with the afternoon rounded off with a Sleigh Ride or two.
Friday
19 December
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A Victorian Christmas

A fun and festive celebration of the Yuletide our ancestors would have known. Acclaimed historical entertainment company, Blast From The Past, provide an evening of music, song, stories and drama from the time of Dickens and Hardy.

They invite you to join them in favourite carols as well as introducing you to more obscure, but no less beautiful, festive songs from the 19th century. There’s a Christmas tale of the Court of King Arthur – a figure revived in the Victorian era by Scott and Tennyson, with damsels in distress, deeds of chivalry, an epic quest and of course a happy ending.

“A memorable and atmospheric start to the festive season…. wonderful!’” Lichfield Arts

Blast From the Past
Saturday
24 January
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Quicksilver in Concert

We welcome the return of musical duo QuickSilver. Vocalist Hilary Spencer and guitarist and songwriter Grant Baynham will again dazzle audiences with their unique blend of music and mirth. QuickSilver so enjoyed their first visit to the Heron that they returned in 2007 to perform their acclaimed show "Make 'Em Laugh! One Hundred Years of Comic Song" and took the opportunity to make a live recording which became their third CD.

Grant's years as a national broadcaster on shows such as BBC1's iconic "That's Life!" with Esther Rantzen, coupled with the dazzling voice of Hilary Spencer, lead singer with international trio Artisan, promises an evening of sparkling entertainment - just the thing to banish those winter blues

Hilary Spencer & Grant Baynham
Sunday
8 February
Matinée 2.30pm
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The Florian Quartet

The Florian Quartet is committed to intimate and spontaneous performances of a rapidly expanding repertoire. Driven by a shared enthusiasm for Haydn’s quartets and the spirit they embody of ‘intelligent conversation between four intelligent people’, the members strive for freshness and honesty of expression with each new interpretation.

Formerly known as the Aomori Quartet, the members of the Florian Quartet read music at the Universities of Oxford, Leeds and Birmingham before meeting as postgraduates at the Royal Northern College of Music.

They continue their studies with Professor Laurence Dreyfus in Oxford and James Boyd and Catherine Manson of the London Haydn Quartet.

Royal Northern College of Music
Saturday
21 February
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MAIA

In line with our aim to bring an eclectic mix of different, but accessible, music to The Heron on a monthly basis, we have booked Maia, an alternative acoustic folk group from Leeds with their genre busting mix of sweet, stunning, vocal harmonies, punctuated by echoing banjo, guitar, shimmering mandolins, spooky brass and keyboards.

MAIA have a radiant varied sound with a brooding sense of adventure and streaks of pop eccentricity.

After 3 years of live show experience and support to the likes of Anais Mitchell, The Low Anthem and The Unthanks, the group are continuing to receive huge praise and a great following for their fantastic live shows.

"Youthful, spirited, richly atmospheric and intelligently off-centre, alternative, folk pop"
Yes you can enjoy it all !

Laughing Dog Music
Sunday
8 March
Matinée 2.30pm
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Jess Gillam

Jess Gillam is a young saxophone player from Ulverston, who started playing saxophone aged 7. She was a woodwind finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014 and was awarded the BBC Walter Todds Bursary for showing exceptional promise in the competition.

She studies at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music with Ruth Bourn, where she has won awards for demonstrating outstanding talent, performing in concerts for them all over the North-West. She is a member of the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain.

Jess enjoys performing a mixed classical and jazz repertoire and recently performed the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto with the Ealing and the Worthing Symphony Orchestras.

Junior Royal Northern College of Music
Saturday
21 March
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Singing Up A Storm

Kimber’s Men have been ‘Singing up a Storm’ since 2001, though they are more than just a 'shanty group' and their repertoire ranges through nautical ballads and broadsides to modern songs of the sea.

Following successful tours last year, which brought them incredibly enthusiastic receptions in Denmark, Ireland and across Britain, audiences are still raving over their delightful harmonies. They featured in BBC TV’s “Sea Songs”, on Christmas Eve a couple of years ago. Invited to appear on C4’s “Sunday Brunch” in October they were back again in December and were one of the top ten most popular acts to appear on the show.

Kimber’s Men
Saturday
18 April
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Café Society

Café Society is a four piece band specialising in Jazz, Dixieland and hot 20's music. They love to guide their audiences on a musical meander down Memory Lane, including jazz standards, some rather unusual, rarely heard, tunes plus The Charleston and The Pasadena, in addition to tributes to such stars as Al Jolson, Noel Coward and even George Formby.

Café Society
Sunday
3 May
Matinée 2.30pm
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A4 Brass Quartet

This quartet comprises principal players from the Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery, Wingates and Hammonds Saltaire bands.

The group has a unique blend of instruments, comprising Cornet, Tenor Horn, Baritone and Euphonium, which provides a more mellow sound than the standard brass quartet.

In May 2014 they won the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Prize, awarded by the RNCM and a month later, were crowned the winners of the Chris Rowland RNCM Chamber Ensemble of the Year Award. The latter has never previously been awarded to a brass group, or an ensemble comprised entirely of first year students, making this a huge achievement for the quartet.

In view of the groups unique line-up of instruments, much of their repertoire is composed and arranged by their members, Jonathan Bates and Chris Robertson, all produced specifically for the ensemble’s performances.

Royal Northern College of Music
Saturday
16 May
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Blueflint

The sound of Blueflint is defined by the sublime close harmonies of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson whose voices are accompanied by a five-piece line-up intertwining banjos, fiddle, piano, electric guitar, double-bass and drums in raw, honest and beautifully-crafted songs, imbued with a strong alternative folk flavour.

Blueflint have previously released two highly acclaimed albums and having been awarded funding from Creative Scotland, Autumn 2014 saw Blueflint record their new album ‘Stories from home’ with renowned producer Paul Savage (King Creosote, Mogwai, From Scotland with Love), which is now released and featured on this national tour.

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