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Saturday 23 September 7.30pm

In the wordless communication that passes between Orcadian fiddler Catriona Price and Peebles harpist Esther Swift as they perform, the strength of their decade-long musical partnership, friendship and shared humour is evident. It’s this depth of connection, and tangible desire to have fun, that gives Twelfth Day its extra edge.

In their own words, this is not so much a duo, but a two person quartet. Their two distinctly different voices, with the fiddle, and the pedal harp, build layer upon layer of a complex and ever-evolving sound, rich with rhythm, harmony and texture.

Twelfth Day are happy to be hard to define. Classically trained, they bring outstanding technical ability as well as an adventurous mix of folk, jazz and classical influences to their compositions and arrangements – blended with the folklore and inspirations of their respective Scottish Highland and Lowland upbringings.


Catriona Price & Esther Swift
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Sunday 1 October 2.30pm

A number of string quartets from the RNCM have performed at the Heron over the years.  Some continue to work together, going on to great things in the music world.

On this occasion we shall be entertained by The Mowbski Quartet, a young and enthusiastic ensemble formed in 2016,comprising recent graduates from the RNCM, winners of the Hirsch prize for chamber music.

  • Emily Mowbray               violin
  • William Chadwick          violin
  • Juliette Kowalski            viola
  • Miriam Brown                 cello
JOSEPH HAYDN String Quartet in B flat major Op 76 No 4 ‘Sunrise’
GYÖRGY LIGETI String Quartet No 1 ‘Métamorphoses Nocturnes’
FRANZ SCHUBERT String Quartet in D minor No 14 ‘Death and the Maiden’


Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 28 October 7.30pm

Following their great success when last at the Heron in April 2015, Café Society, a four piece band specialising in Jazz, Dixieland and hot 20's music, return to perform once more guiding the audience on a musical meander down Memory Lane. This includes 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.

Four piece Jazz Ensemble
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Sunday 5 November 2.30pm

Trio Volant was formed in 2010 and played at the Heron when all three members were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. The Trio regularly give formal recitals and lunchtime concerts in and around Manchester and the North West as well as further afield from Wales to Essex. Past engagements have included recitals for Buxton Festival, Huddersfield Music Society, Harlech Concert Society, Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival and Maldon Festival of Arts amongst others. The Trio particularly enjoy the opportunity to perform the lesser known reed trio chamber music repertoire.

  • W.A. Mozart              Divertimento No 5
  • Henri Sauguet          Trio
  • Gordon Jacob           Trio
  • Georges Bizet           Carmen Suite
  • Paul Pierné               Bucolique variée
  • Cecilia McDowall     Century Dances


Woodwind Trio
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Saturday 18 November 7.30pm

We regret that this event has been cancelled by the performing group.

Four Piece Folk Rock
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Sunday 3 December 2.30pm
HANDEL, BACH PLUS . . . . . . .

Following their visit in Spring 2015, Ann Bond (harpsichord) and Louise Latham (baroque violin) make a welcome return. They are joined on this occasion by Rosy Williams, a talented and versatile young mezzo-soprano in ‘an intriguing classical mixture’ shedding vivid light on this lovely music.

The Biber Ensemble
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Saturday 16 December 7.30pm

Acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews (with special guest Jude Rees) present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and carols.

Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century this is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols, a show guaranteed to delight the hearts of young and old.

Taking in 600 years of music and featuring music and songs played on archaic instruments such as cittern, shawm and rauschpfeife, as well as more familiar instruments such as guitar, flute, oboe and accordion, all helped along by GreenMatthews‘ trademark wit and humour, ‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is the perfect show for anyone looking to recapture the simple Yuletide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer


GreenMatthews Touring
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Sunday 4 February 2.30pm
Grace Macdonald Lily Wilson-Caines
Freya Chambers Simeon Evans

The Carnelian Saxophone Quartet is a dynamic ensemble based in the North of England. They play a diverse repertoire ranging from classical music to folk and pop music. The quartet was formed in September 2015 when they all met at the RNCM, and since this time they have performed at an extensive and diverse range of concerts and events. They have collaborated with other musicians and have developed their own unique sound.

The quartet has performed at many venues in Manchester and further afield. They reached the finals of the Trevor Wye Prize for Woodwind Chamber Music in June 2016 and have recorded Glint by Melissa Douglas which was written for the quartet

Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 17 February 7.30pm

Formed in 2008, these harp and banjo driven electro-folk experimentalists have been building up a loyal following via the old fashioned practice of relentless gigging and modern practice of social network sites. The quality of their music and the vast range of influences, from lone English Oak trees in Gallipoli to Care In The Community, make them entertaining and memorable.

Regulars on the northern folk circuit, in recent years they have expanded their live outreach across the country, helped massively by appearances on BBC Radio and rave reviews in the national and mainstream press.

Doolally Music
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Sunday 4 March 2.30pm
Cressida McKay Frith - Flute Pippa Austin - Oboe
Ellen Tiso - Clarinet Nadia Plummer - Bassoon
Ben Percival - French horn  

Chamber music is one of the major aspects of student life at the Royal Northern College of Music and Prima Wind Quintet was formed in 2014 to take advantage of the exciting opportunities the college offers. All five members are passionate about performing as a group, whether in recitals and masterclasses or as part of educational outreach projects.

In 2017 they were chosen by RNCM to perform in one of its prestigious Spotlight concerts, working with a pianist for the first time to play the well-known Poulenc Piano Sextet. Prima have won The 2016 Art of Chamber Competition, were highly commended in the 2017 RNCM Trevor Wye Woodwind Chamber Prize and took part in a masterclass with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.

Samual Barber  - Summer Music           Gustav Mahler  - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
György Ligeti  - Bagatelles           Jean Francaix  - Wind Quintet
Malcolm Arnold  - Three Shanties           Georges Bizet  - Carmen


Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 17 March 7.30pm

An exciting new collaboration of two wonderfully charismatic guitarists and singer-songwriters. Sally has had a fantastic career spanning over 30 years, collaborating with many bands and musicians

Brooks Williams is a fantastically talented guitarist and beautifully charismatic performer, who is universally loved across the globe and is ranked in the “Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists.”

Brooks writes songs that are a collision of roots and evolution. Rocking. Economical. Ironic. The arrangements are tight, and yet the performances are rich in blues pathos. Walking the line between blues and Americana, he has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, with 23 CDs to his name

Laughing Dog Music
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Sunday 29 April 2.30pm
Lily Whitehurst - Violin Abi Hammett - Violin
Daire Roberts - Viola Gunda Baranauskaite - Cello

Will be performing:

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet Op 18 No 4
Jonathan Dove Out of Time (in five movements)
Maurice Ravel  String Quartet in F Major

The Gaskell String Quartet is an ensemble which has quickly made its mark on the Manchester music scene. As winners of the RNCM Schubert Prize and Hirsch Prize for the performance of Beethoven, they have been awarded a place in the final of the Chris Rowland Chamber Ensemble of the Year competition for high quality chamber music at the RNCM.

They recently made their Radio 3 debut with a performance of Errollyn Wallen's All the Blues I See and will be recording Nicholas Simpson's complete works for string quartet later this year.

Royal Northern College of Music

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