PAST MUSIC PRODUCTIONS 2018/19
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.
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.
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
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.
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
|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|
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!!
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’..”