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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 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. Ensemble Cosmopolitan has also been invited to join the ChoiMan Company young artists classical music scheme. Ensemble Cosmopolitan is delighted and grateful to receive the generous support of June Emerson Wind Music through their Launchpad Prize

Composers in the programme, which we shall provide in greater detail when available, will include: Ibert, Nielsen and Danzi

Ensemble Cosmopolitan appear by permission of the 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.

Trio Volant
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Saturday 14 December 7.30 - 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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