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Saturday 22 September 7.30pm

The Stillhouse line-up features mandolin, guitar, double bass and vocal trio, presenting original songs and instrumental material with roots in bluegrass and contemporary folk. Together, they have created a captivating and complex sound characterised by melodic original songs alongside soaring mandolin, guitar and bass-led instrumental pieces and beautiful songwriting.

2017 marked the first anniversary of the band, as well as the release of their first EP, ‘Love is the Weight’, which they have been busy sharing with their burgeoning audiences across the UK and are looking forwards to releasing their first full length album in 2018.This trio cause a stir with their wonderful musicianship and superb well-arranged material, completely captivating their audience from the first note.

Laughing Dog Music
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Sunday 7 October 2.30pm
Robin Hill – Classical Guitar and accompaniment

Born in Yorkshire, Robin’s first instrument was the violin, before he started to play and study the guitar at music college, later participating in master classes with the eminent Venezuelan guitarist, Alirio Diaz.

In 1997 Robin performed Joaquin Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (under Carl Davis) to an audience of three thousand. The same year he gave the premiere of his own 'Concerto Primavera', with the same orchestra and to date has composed four other concertos - three for guitar and one for piano.

Robin has collaborated with artists as diverse as Luciano Pavarotti, Lesley Garrett, Russell Watson and American soprano Denise Greaves to British rock bands Deep Purple and Jethro Tull and has toured extensively with the American jazz/soul singer, Madeline Bell. His musical travels continue to take him all over the world.

Robin Hill
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Saturday 20 October 7.30pm

Nick Drake is one of the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters, recording three Albums between 1969 and 1972, but almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National Treasure.

A number of years have passed since singer/guitarist Keith James first introduced his beautiful series of concerts entitled ‘The Songs of Nick Drake’. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in live concert form. The result has been well over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1,500 shows at venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain – even the Glastonbury Festival.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’  - The Independent

Keith James
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Sunday 4 November 2.30pm

Lucy Nolan and Becki McIlroy founded the Chroma Harp Duo in 2016 when they met during their postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. They are passionate about expanding the harp duet repertoire and were invited to give the European premiere of Paul Patterson’s harp duet, ‘Scorpions’, a piece for which they were awarded first prize in the ensemble class at the Camac Harp Competition in London and the UKHA prize for the best performance of a work by a British composer.

Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 17 November 7.30pm

Pianist and entertainer, Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and song-writing skill of that most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward, who said of himself “I am an enormously talented man and there is no point in denying it”. Born in 1899, Coward was an actor, writer, composer, director, producer and, in later life, painter – excelling at them all.

Peter will remind us of his dazzling wit and perform such gems as - A Bar on The Piccola Marina, Don’t Let’s Be Beastly To The Germans, Mrs Worthington, There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner and Mad Dogs & Englishmen.

'A splendid evening's entertainment' The Noel Coward Society

Beyond Eternity Productions
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Sunday 2 December 2.30pm
William Chadwick - Violin Cleo Annandale - Violin
Rebecca Stephenson - Viola Eleanor Bone - Cello

The Anella Quartet is a newly-formed ensemble studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, although three of their number have performed at The Heron before. They receive regular coaching from distinguished musicians including Donald Grant and Pavel Fischer. All four members of the quartet have enjoyed performing with professional orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.

The quartet were the joint winners of the 2018 RNCM Weil Prize in March, the winners of the 2018 Hirsch Prize in November and recently performed in the 2018 Christopher Rowland RNCM Chamber Ensemble of the Year Prize.

PAVEL HAAS  String Quartet No 2, Op 7 ‘From The Monkey Mountains’
JOSEF SUK Meditation on the Old Czech Hymn ‘St Wenceslas’ for String Quartet Op 35a
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK String Quartet No 14, Op 105
Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 15 December 7.30pm

A satirical look at the festive season in the company of classic exponents of the comedy song.  Don’t take your Christmas preparations too seriously – why not take a little time out from the shopping and the Christmas card lists to enjoy this light-hearted look at the annual seasonal shenanigans?

Michael Lunts, pianist, actor, singer and well-known comedy song entertainer delves into the archives for some classic musical and comic material from the hey-day of satire, all of it given a seasonal twist to offer a much-needed smile to the stresses of Christmas.

Alongside songs from such masters as Tom Lehrer, Jake Thackray, Paddy Roberts, Noel Coward and Donald Swann there are seasonal offerings from Ogden Nash, John Betjeman and other great wits. Michael also serves up a few songs of his own and pulls one or two other surprises from his musical crackers!!

Michael Lunts
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Saturday 19 January 2.30 & 7.30pm

Combining the vocal harmonies of Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson with sixteen instruments between them and their outstanding musicianship, as they present uplifting and inspiring performances to provide a fabulous evening of unforgettable music.

​This show takes us back to the era of PEACE, PROTEST & LOVE with uniquely arranged classic songs such as “Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Imagine’, ‘The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, ‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘All you need is Love’ and many more.

​When Dylan, Baez and friends sang their songs of peace, protest & love, “times certainly were a-changin’..”

Andante Live
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Sunday 3 February 2.30pm
The Camira Wind Trio

Camira are a professional wind trio of recent postgraduates of the Royal Northern College of Music, comprising Flute - Emily Doan, Clarinet - Emma Haughton and Bassoon - Charlotte Curwen. They are passionate about bringing live music to the North West and in particular to more rural areas and new audiences. Their programme to launch our Spring Chamber Music Season will comprise:-

                        Ibert - Cinq Pièces en Trio Rosy Wertheim - Trio
  Milhaud - Suite d’apres Corrette  Brubeck - Take Five are. E. Haughton
  Canteloube - Rustiques Bizet - Carmen suite arr. A. Cooper
  Stravinsky - Pastorale arr. Q. Maganini Gebauer - Trio Concertante op. 32
  Hérold - Clog Dance arr. L. Portus  
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Friday/Saturday 15/16 February 7.30pm
Hot Fingers Trio, with Spats Langham & Emily Campbell

A different programme performed on each evening

Returning, once more, by popular demand following visits in 2015 & 2017, Tom ‘Spats’ Langham has become one of the most talked about names on the UK jazz circuit. With his virtuoso performances on acoustic guitar, banjo and ukulele and his ‘to die for’ vocals and easy wit he is the perfect front man for ‘The Hot Fingers Trio’ who perform an eclectic mix of vintage acoustic string music; hot jazz of 1920’s New York, sophisticated 1930’s swing, the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt and early blues of Lonnie Johnson.

Emily Campbell is a regular addition to Hot Fingers. She began singing during her school years and continued through to post-graduate training at Trinity College of Music. She has adapted her classical background to the darker styles of jazz, and although influenced by such greats as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Lee Wiley, Emily has her own unique style

Beyond Eternity Promotions
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Sunday 3 March 2.30pm
John Mills & Cobie Smit

Cobie took up the guitar early in her childhood and went on to study full-time at the conservatories of Rotterdam and The Hague, later becoming established as one of Holland's leading young players.  She and John married in 1984 and spent three years in New Zealand from 1985-88 teaching and performing widely both there and in Australia. Cobie performed the Rodrigo Concerto with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has recorded for Philips.  She now teaches at both Downside Abbey and Millfield School in Somerset and Salisbury Cathedral School in Wiltshire.

John Mills is a former student of John Williams, Julian Bream, and the Spanish legendary guitarist Andres Segovia.  A graduate of the Royal College of Music, he has been active on the concert scene for 56 years, including tours in North America, Brazil, Europe, Scandinavia, and SE Asia.  He was a Professor at The Royal Academy of Music for twenty years, and Head of Guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff for nearly thirty years. 

Their programme will include music by Bach, Schubert, Piazzolla, Albeniz and Granados, in addition to music from England and South America


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Saturday 16 March 7.30pm
Kit Holmes

Kit Holmes: vocals, guitar & fiddle
Al Greenwood: guitar

Kit Holmes returns to the Heron so that you may enjoy another uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle playing. Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have delighted audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge.

The Observer described Kit’s music as, ‘Macy Gray meets Nick Drake,’ and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of rootsy-blues and folk from Kit and guitarist, Al Greenwood, who will be joining her for this performance.

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Sunday 7 April 2.30pm
Lily Neill - Harpist

Virtuoso harpist Lily Neill recently re-located from the USA – via Ireland, Finland and Lithuania and is now delighting audiences around the UK with her faultless technique and varied repertoire.

Any pre-conceptions about harp music dissolve into her melting pot of dynamic compositions and exquisite arrangements of music. Her repertoire encompasses tangos, ragtime, harp, harpsichord and lute classics, as well as traditional music from Ireland and northern Europe alongside her own compositions. She is rightly recognized as one of the country’s most talented, eclectic and innovative harpists. Few musicians – let alone harpists! – perform such a varied programme.

Lily Neil
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Sunday 5 May 2.30pm

Klezmer-ish is what happens when four classically trained musicians let their hair down, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound. Through exploring music from all sorts of musical and cultural backgrounds Klezmer-ish take us on a musical journey through klezmer, tangos, gypsy jazz, Irish fiddle music, Italian folk music and much more.

What makes them special is the rigorous nature of working in a full-time orchestra (they are all members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and their individual backgrounds and passions as people and musicians. There is so much to explore and the incredible diversity of their repertoire is pretty unique.

All the music is original and arranged by the band.

Laughing Dog Music
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Saturday 18 May 7.30pm
Simon Kempston

A unique talent performing thought-provoking, evocative original songs in a wonderfully intimate manner. His beautifully crafted, folk-tinged material showcases his incredible, distinctive and intricate fingerstyle guitar work, an exciting blend of the folk-baroque, blues and classical styles, and his gently nuanced, compelling tenor vocals.

An inspiring poetic lyricist, Simon's live performances are intense and impassioned, the subject matter chiefly Scottish, yet with universal appeal. This concert is not to be missed.

'One of Scotland's very best singer-songwriters' (Sunday Herald).

'Stunning talent' (STV).

'Beautiful tunes, infinitely talented' (BBC Radio 3).

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