Doors Open 45 minutes before performance

£15 (Members £12) under 18s - £6

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Sunday 5 February 2.30pm
Encore Opera

Encore was originally formed by a gathering of opera enthusiasts with aspirations to bring opera out of theatres and into local communities, showcasing both established and emerging performers. This unique combination of voices allows Encore Opera to produce a very special and unforgettable sound. The concerts consist of pieces from some of the most famous and well know operas to some of the most obscure. Every concert is delivered with passion, precision and a high level of professionalism that only comes with hours of rehearsal and inspirational music.

Encore Performers
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Saturday 18 February 7.30pm

Tribus is a dynamic contemporary jazz project - led by drummer Senan McCullough - that combines the modern jazz aesthetic with alternative influences, upholding the jazz tradition whilst exploring and expanding the possibilities of what a jazz trio can be. The trio takes inspiration from modern jazz artists such as Tom Ollendorf, Ari Hoenig, and Julian Lage - taking listeners on a journey with their instrumental storytelling. Repertoire consists of fresh original compositions as well as their own progressive takes on jazz standards, all used as the foundation for intense improvisation, rhythmic interplay, and textural experimentation - expect playful grooves, driving swing, and rich soundscapes.

 QuintetThe line-up features some of the most exciting musicians to have come out of Leeds Conservatoire in recent years: Conor Thomas - electric guitar, Woody Hayden - electric / acoustic bass, and Senan McCullough - drums

Contemporary Jazz Trio Tribus
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Sunday 5 March 2.30pm
Viva Wind Quintet

This talented ensemble will be performing a feast of music traversing a variety of styles from classical to opera to sea shanties, with
pieces by Handel, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Walton, Puccini and their own local composer, Howard Lorriman.

Viva Wind Quintet Players are:

Christine Lorriman (Flute)
Christine is a well-respected flautist and teacher in the Lancashire/ Yorkshire area. In 1975 she was awarded a Lancashire County Scholarship to study with Patricia Morris and Atarah Ben-Tovim (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra). She then continued her studies at Huddersfield School of Music with Alan Lockwood (BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra). On completion of her degree Christine was awarded a distinction and the Turner Prize for Orchestral Playing. She is currently principal flute with the Haffner Orchestra, Promenade Concert Orchestra and Lakeland Sinfonia. Since 2001 Christine has been a tutor on the annual international "Flute Kitchen" summer course in Harrogate.

Nigel Atkinson (Oboe)
Nigel is an Architect by profession, practising in Lancaster. During his student days, he played for the Manchester University Orchestra. Nigel has played with orchestras in Cambridge, Reading, Maidenhead and Burford and is as busy with his Oboe playing, as he is with Architecture. He plays regularly in Lancaster, Kendal and with the Promenade Concert Orchestra, Morecambe, as well as with many local Choral and Instrumental Groups.

Janet Barlow (Clarinet)
Janet started playing the clarinet at the age of 9 and was soon awarded a Liverpool Education Authority scholarship to study with Thomas Gilbert (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and also a place in the Liverpool Youth Orchestra. She read music at Birmingham School of Music/Conservatoire studying with Angela Malsbury, principal clarinet of the London Mozart Players. Janet lives in Lancaster and works as a freelance teacher; she is currently principal clarinet with Lakeland Sinfonia, Haffner Orchestra and Promenade Concert Orchestra. In her spare time Janet enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family.

Keith Sagar (Horn)
Keith was a late starter only starting the tenor horn aged 11. Within a year he moved on to the French Horn and went on to study at Huddersfield School of Music followed by a postgraduate course at Trinity College London. Following a year at Bretton Hall Teacher Training college, he started teaching in music services across the North-West of England in a variety of roles including instrumental teaching, teacher training and managerial roles. Keith performs in orchestras across the North and is a founder member of “The Old Brass Rivets” brass quintet. Keith’s main hobbies are eating and drinking!

Jo Wood (Bassoon)
Jo read Music at Huddersfield Polytechnic, studying bassoon under David Chatwin, principal bassoon of the BBC Philharmonic, and Robin Kennard, then co-principal of the Hallé. Jo worked as a freelance player with a number of orchestras including Orchestra da Camera, and the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, Leicester. Jo is a woodwind teacher, visiting schools in Lancashire and Cumbria and she plays regularly with orchestras including the Haffner Orchestra, Promenade Concert Orchestra and Lakeland Sinfonia. In her spare time she enjoys hill walking and gardening.

Viva Wind Quintet Players
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Saturday 25 March 7.30pm
“Witty Ditties”

Chris Green (piano, guitar, accordion) and Sophie Matthews (early woodwinds, flute and saxophone) are modern-day balladeers, specialising in telling stories through song. GreenMatthews are firm believers in the age-old power of narrative song to delight contemporary audiences. Taking their cue from ancient troubadour tradition, they are 21st-century wandering players – touring their self-created shows extensively throughout the UK and Europe. Although their music and tales are rooted in the past, the performance is entirely of the 21st century, immediate and accessible to modern audiences.

In ‘Witty Ditties’ they bring four centuries of chromatic comedy, ranging from bawdy Restoration ballads to stinging Sixties satire. Featuring songs by Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swnn and a host of other lesser-known songwriters, this fun and fast-moving revue will have you rolling in the aisles.


Green Matthews
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Sunday 2 April 2.30pm
Rosamund Brass

Seb Williman (Cornet), Adam Hofland-Ward (Cornet), Georgia Woodhead (Tenor horn) and Alex Barron (Euphonium)

Rosamund Brass was formed in September 2020 by friends who are all currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. The members have all known each other for a considerably longer time however, as some of previously been members of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, as well as other competing youth bands. Members of the quartet have held principal positions with these brass bands and they have have performed in all the major British youth band contests such as the Youth Brass Band nationals and the Youth Brass in Concert championships.

Individually, members have been involved in many projects such as Music for Youth, playing with the Wallberg Band and the Brass Pass Young Brass Award. They are also active members of some of the countries leading brass bands including Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, and Hepworth Band. With these bands, members of the quartet have competed at some of the highest level brass band contests such as the British Open Brass Band championships, Brass in Concert and the British Open Spring FestivaIn March 2021, Rosamund Brass made their debut in the RNCM Play festival, where the quartet performed a piece that was recorded remotely and edited together, allowing them to perform to the public despite the edicts of Covid-19. Since then, the quartet have performed in multiple events and venues such as the 2022 John Golland Award and Leeds Cathedral.

In May 2022, the quartet competed in the RNCM’s annual Philip Jones Brass prize, and despite being one of the youngest groups in the competition went on to win it. The ensemble has also been coached by many leading brass and wind professionals including Richard Marshall, David Thornton, Timothy Barber, Rob Buckland and John Miller. As an ensemble, Rosamund Brass hopes to develop further and explore repertoire available to brass quartets. They want to share their passion for brass chamber music to as develop further and explore repertoire available to brass quartets. They want to share their passion for brass chamber music to as many people as possible. Rosamund Brass appears by kind permission of the RNCM.

Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 15 April 7.30pm

For 15 years Sugarfoot have been bringing a taste of Nashville to the English Lake District and beyond through their rich blend of country covers and original music. Sugarfoot are proud to be part of the country music explosion that's happening in the UK right now.

Covering songs from artists such as; Lady Antebellum, Dixie Chicks, The Shires, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Gretchen Peters, Alison Krauss, Eddi Reader, Carrie Underwood, Kirsty MacColl, Dolly Parton, Amy McDonald, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Sugarland, Martina McBride, Lorretta Lynn, Gretchen Wilson, Fleetwood Mac, Patsy Cline, Trisha Yearwood, Steve Earle, The Rankins, Mumford & Sons, Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert


Country Music
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Sunday 7 May 2.30pm
Piano recital

David Battersby, originally from Lancashire, studied at both the London College of Music and the Royal College of Music winning numerous awards, competitions and bursaries. He then went on to study with Martino Tirimo at Morley College and has performed at venues including Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Leeds Town Hall, RNCM Concert Hall and St. Martin’s in the Fields. Having moved back ‘up north’ he is in demand as a pianist, accompanist and chamber musician, recently giving concerts for Sedbergh Music Festival, with the Eberle String Trio and has regular partnerships with the violinist Julian Cann and soprano Rachel Little. He works as official accompanist for music festivals and competitions and is the accompanist for all four Amabile Choirs, Staveley Choral Society as well as having worked with Cumbria Festival Chorus and Levens Choir. playing works by, Scarlatti, Scriabin, John Ireland and Gershwin.

David Battersby
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Saturday 27 May 7.30pm
Jazz and Blues

Acclaimed jazz and blues guitarist Remi Harris and virtuoso double bassist Tom Moore present an evening of music ranging from the acoustic jazz of the 30s and 40s to the electric blues of the 60s and 70s; influenced by such greats as Django Reinhardt, Peter Green, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and more.

From the age of seven Remi has dedicated himself to a life of guitar. His playing has taken him from busking on the streets of his local towns to performing at many prestigious events and venues around the world, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Buckingham Palace, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, and on national radio and television. Remi has been performing with Tom for over ten years, during which time they have developed a remarkable musical affinity. Since graduating from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Tom has performed around the UK and has appeared at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and The North Sea Jazz Festival, and more recently supporting Jools Holland. The show features an eclectic mix of jazz and blues standards, original compositions, improvisations and new arrangements of familiar tunes. Remi plays a variety of acoustic and electric guitars. The ease and warmth of Remi’s stage presence, together with his virtuoso talent, will have concert goers captivated by his passion for the guitar

Remi Harris / Tom Moore
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Saturday 10 June 7.30pm
Latin jazz

SALISTA are group of Lancaster and South Cumbrian musicians with a shared passion to emulate contemporary South American rhythmic styles. They first began to collaborate in 2019, adapting classic melodies, with the addition of original material. Compositions by Paul Froggatt and Howard Haigh infuse the music with creative jazz harmonies and Spanish rhythmic guitar styles to create an energetic and addictive audience experience. The addition of adaptations of classic melodies from Brazilian and African influences complements the original material. The band has played at Lancaster Music festival and Lancaster Jazz Festival (to an audience of 300, in Sept 2022)

Robin Young - percussion and vocals
Robin Mason – bass
Paul Froggatt - tenor and soprano sax
Pete Moser - trumpet and accordion
Howard Haigh – guitar
Paula Williams – keys
Andy Smith – drums

A wonderful and uplifting way to end the season with friends. BOOK NOW!



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