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Sunday 1 September 2.30pm

Ed Heslam (classical guitar) performs his own arrangements of old Cumbrian tunes, together with Jean Altshuler (harp). Enjoy a delightful trip back into time with these two superb musicians as they play music from their ever expanding repertoire of old and new Cumbrian music.

The concert promises to be an uplifting and entertaining mix of music from our rich

Canteloube        - ‘Rustiques’ 1st Movement

Beethoven         - Variations on ‘Là ci darem la mano’ from Don Giovanni

Mozart                 - Divertimento No 4 439b

Mozart                 - ‘Voi che sapete’ from the Marriage of Figaro

Milhaud               - Pastorale

Beethoven         - Trio in C

Cumbrian heritage.

Canteloube        - ‘Rustiques’ 1st Movement

Beethoven         - Variations on ‘Là ci darem la mano’ from Don Giovanni

Mozart                 - Divertimento No 4 439b

Mozart                 - ‘Voi che sapete’ from the Marriage of Figaro

Milhaud               - Pastorale

Beethoven         - Trio in C

Cumbrian Duo
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Saturday 21 September 7.30pm

Tales of mermaids in cages, lone English oak trees in Gallipoli, cuckolded mole catchers and Victorian houses of ill-repute, are amongst the wide-ranging influences of one of East Lancashire's most unique and award-winning musical offerings. The multi-instrumentalist trio, Harp & A Monkey, promise poignancy, laughs and memorable songs; a truly enjoyable and unique show.

Described as "fantastic and fascinating" by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 and voted best band in the 2017 prestigious folking.com awards, they feature a wide variety of material from the past ten years, all included in their three albums.

Harp & A Monkey
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Sunday 6 October 2.30pm
Kaja Nowak - violin Natalia Kotarba - violin
Diede Verpoest - viola Julia Kotarba - cello

Having played with one another in many different combinations, the four met as a quartet during the 2018 Resonances Festival Academy, where they were coached by Elisabeth Kufferath and Philippe Graffin, and again at the Rencontres Internationales Musicales d'Enghien, where they participated in masterclasses with Amy Norrington and David Waterman.
Soon after they went on to take part in the 4th International Music Competition Triomphe de l'Art in Brussels, where they were awarded the Grand Prix as well as the Special Prize for the alumni of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.
From January 2019 they joined the String Quartet Studio at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, working closely with violinist Donald Grant (Elias Quartet) and members of the RNCM’s Chamber Music faculty.
They will perform: -

JOSEPH HAYDN String Quartet in C major Op 20 No 2
FELIX MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in A minor Op 13 No 2
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No 15 Op132
Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 19 October 7.30pm

LE CAFE PARISIEN is a musical and cultural journey through the streets, cafes and terraces of Europe, expect to hear Hot Club Swing, Classical Themes, adventures into Romani and Celtic Music, and vintage Songs, all delivered with a fresh new twist. A veritable melting pot of astounding musicianship and novel arrangements, all delivered with a sense of warmth and fun to make for a cracking night’s entertainment!

Andy Lawrenson Trio
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Sunday 10 November 2.30pm
Lok-yin Hui   -   flute Jessica Vinson  -   oboe
Michael Choi  -    clarinet Robert Mehlig    -  French horn
Leonardo Bizzotto  -   bassoon  

With members whose backgrounds include Hong Kong, Korea, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Britain this group's name reflects the international nature of its membership. Under the guidance of Laura Jellicoe and Stefano Canuti, the ensemble has performed in various concerts, masterclasses, and competitions since its formation in 2018. Notably, the quintet performed in a masterclass presented by the Haffner Wind Ensemble and was recently awarded the Fewkes Woodwind Chamber Music Prize.
They will perform: -

GYÖRGY LIGETI Six Bagatelles
CLAUDE DEBUSSY Suites No 1 and No 2
PAUL TAFFANEL Wind Quintet in G minor
JACQUES IBERT Trois pièces brèves
CARL NIELSEN Wind Quintet Op 43
Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 16 November 7.30pm

Winter Wilson hit 2018 at full speed with the stunning new album “Far Off on the Horizon”, and a tour with folk rock legends Fairport Convention. Their 2019 schedule maintains the momentum, including tours of Australia, Canada and Europe, plus the release of “Live & Unconventional”, an album recorded live on the tour.

Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, often hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with sometimes hilarious tales of life on the road. Kip (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) "she simply has a voice to die for” (John Roffey, Maverick Magazine),whilst Dave (vocals, guitar and banjo) is now rightly recognized as being amongst the top tier of British songwriters, with his songs covered by some of folk's "greats". Singing out for the underdog in glorious harmony and a hatful of laughs for good measure.

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Sunday 1 December 2.30pm

Tom Evans - Clarinet; Richard Beards - Bassoon; Beatrice Hubble – Oboe

Trio Volant, are a Manchester based woodwind trio who have performed at The Heron twice before. They came together in 2010 while studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and regularly give recitals and lunchtime concerts in and around Manchester and the North West as well as further afield.

The Trio particularly enjoy the opportunity to perform the lesser known reed trio chamber music repertoire and the individual members share a wealth of solo and orchestral experience, performing with various orchestras throughout the UK.
They were awarded The Dorothy Parkinson Memorial Award for Young British Musicians 2017 and are currently Recommended and Selected Artists for Making Music 2019-2020.

They will be performing:-

Canteloube        - ‘Rustiques’ 1st Movement
Beethoven         - Variations on ‘Là ci darem la mano’ from Don Giovanni
Mozart                 - Divertimento No 4 439b
Mozart                 - ‘Voi che sapete’ from the Marriage of Figaro
Milhaud               - Pastorale
Beethoven         - Trio in C

Trio Volant
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Saturday 14 December 2.30 - Admission £7.50, Members and under 18s £6.00.

Ladies of Note are an enthusiastic local group of singers, celebrating modern songs from a variety of styles including
traditional, folk, film music and classic pop. The group is led by Kate Thompson, and they have raised money for
many local charities over the years. Here they are in festive mood.

'A real feel good afternoon'.

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Saturday 21 December 7.30pm

A retelling of Charles Dickens’ most iconic novella – the tale of how flinty-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes several ghostly visitations over the course of a cold and bitter Christmas Eve and awakes the following morning transformed into the epitome of the Christmas spirit – warm-hearted, generous and loving. This heartwarming tale is presented entirely in narrative song, using brand-new lyrics set to traditional English folk and carol melodies.

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Sunday 2 February 2.30pm

The Roth Guitar Duo, Sam Rodwell and Emma Smith, who return to the Heron by popular request were formed, through a shared love of chamber music, in 2014 whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Sam and Emma always strive to create interesting and varied programmes of interest to any music lover, ranging from Renaissance to newly commissioned and unpublished works.

The Roth Duo have played at venues and festivals throughout the U.K. including: St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, Cardiff Guitar Festival, Nanpantan Festival and Ribfest. They have been invited to perform to The Bridgewater Hall on many occasions, for a variety of concert at this prestigious venue.

The programme will include works by : -

Peter Maxwell Davies; Alessandro Marcello; J.S. Bach; Steve Reich; Yvonne Bloor; Nigel Westlake; 
Napoleon Coste; Mario Castelnuovo –Tedesco; Toru Takemitsu;  Astor Piazzolla; Manuel De Falla.

Roth Guitar Duo
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Saturday 22 February 7.30pm

As they enter their 52nd year in 2020, the Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have consistently received worldwide accolades over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recordings that seemingly can't improve ...yet continue to do just that.

The Tannahill Weavers began to attract attention when founding members Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie added the full-sized highland bagpipes to the on-stage presentations, the first professional Scottish folk group to successfully do so. The combination of the powerful pipe solos, Roy's driving guitar backing and lead vocals, and Phil's ethereal flute playing breathed new life into Scotland's vast repertoire of traditional melodies and songs.

Tannahill Weavers
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Sunday 1 March 2.30pm

The Komorebi Saxophone Quartet was formed in September 2019 at the Royal Northern College of Music. Connor O’Toole (soprano), Kezia Lovick-Jones (alto), Sarah Austen (tenor) and Tasuku Noguchi (baritone) are under the tutelage of the esteemed saxophonist and RNCM Deputy Head of Chamber Music (Wind, Brass and Percussion) Rob Buckland. As well as performing solo recitals and concertos, they are all keen chamber musicians and have performed in a number of chamber groups during their time at the RNCM. The Quartet are looking forward to performing a varied programme at the Whitworth Art Gallery in January 2020 as well as their visit to the Heron Theatre in March 2020.

The Quartet will perform an interesting and exciting programme of music by: -




Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 21 March 7.30pm

Deco Delight, a five piece band originally formed by a group of musicians from the North West to play as a Quartet were later joined by Gerry Clayton on bass. They recreate the sound of music from 1920s 30s and 40s era. The band comprises accomplished musicians who have experienced all styles of music during their lifetime and return to The Heron following their acclaimed gig here in 2016.

  • Rosie Harrison Reed & Vocals

  • Gerry Clayton Bass & Vocals

  • Pete Lindup Trumpet, Trombone & Vocals

  • Lawrence Marshall Banjo & Guitar

  • Peter Eddowes Percussion

Deco Delight
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Sunday 5 April 2.30pm

The Eberle String Quintet was formed in 2017 by a group of like-minded string players from the North West of England who love the rich sonorous nature of the string quintet genre and feel moved to dive deeply into and to share this marvellous repertoire with audiences in the locality.


  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quintet No. 3 in C major K515

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams Phantasy Quintet

  • Felix Mendelssohn String Quintet No. 2, Opus 87

Eberle Quintet
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Saturday 25 April 7.30pm

Adele first met John in 1980 when she auditioned for his dance band (The Dave John Band).  The band played many Northwest venues including Mecca dance halls, until 1997 when the band split up, leading to the formation of this duo known as Secret Combination. Since then John has been teaching piano in their home town of Bolton and then in Windermere where they moved in 2006.

John and Adele now perform mainly in hotels in the South Lakes area with piano or keyboard, as a duo, covering vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Randy Crawford, and many more.

John and Adele Howarth
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Sunday 3 May 2.30pm

The Quora Flute Quartet is an up and coming ensemble, based in Manchester, of four flautists from three countries within the UK and beyond.
They met in 2017 at the Royal Northern College of Music where the quartet was formed and were highly commended in the College’s Fewkes Woodwind Chamber Music Prize in 2019.


Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 23 May 7.30pm

Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden, return to their Irish roots for this intimate musical evening – Pat from Belfast and Dave from Dublin. You can expect some well-known songs, some you may never have heard of, but they will all reflect the Irish spirit in its many forms – nostalgia, romance, emigration, politics, sentimentality, loss, regret, humour, etc..

The songs have all been selected because they say something that resonates with Pat and Dave musically and lyrically. Between songs you will also be regaled with stories from their days in Ireland throughout the years.

Isosceles Theatre Company

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