PAST PRODUCTIONS 2019/20
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 Cumbrian heritage.
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.
|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|