Lunchtime Concerts

Light lunches available from 12 noon, concert performances commence at 1.00pm

Admission by Programme - £5.00

Our 2016-17 series ended in June, us having enjoyed a wonderful array of Concerts during the previous months, and being able to support not only the Church funds but also a variety of charities month on month. After a break in July and August we commence the 2017-18 series on 20th September with a Concert by Juniper Ensemble (Anna Rosa Mari - flute, and Eira Lynn Jones - harp). We look forward to seeing you there for what promises to be a most relaxing and interesting opening Concert to ease us back into things after the summer.

The Greek flautist ANNA ROSA MARI is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of
Music, where she gained a Distinction in her studies as a student of Richard Davis
and Wissam Boustany. She has received a number of scholarships and awards.
These include a full scholarship from Onassis Foundation and the RNCM; first prizes
in the Mediterranean Youth Competition; the Mozart G Major Concerto Cadenza
Prize at the International Flute Convention in Manchester; and Recital Prizes from
the RNCM. Whilst still a student, she was appointed solo flute of the Chamber
Orchestra of the Greek National Opera in Athens.
Currently based in the U.K., Anna Rosa has freelanced with the BBC Philharmonic,
the Hallé Orchestra and Malta Philharmonic, amongst others. Her interest in
contemporary music has led to invitations to perform a soloist at the International
Stockhausen Festival at the Onassis Cultural Centre. She has also performed with
the Manchester contemporary ensemble ‘’Psappha‘’.
She regularly gives solo recitals and collaborates with chamber groups. A recent
review from the King’s Lynn Festival said "...enthralling playing that captivated the
audience". As a concerto soloist she has performed a Vivaldi concerto tour with the
European Union Chamber Orchestra in Egypt and, whilst there, gave masterclasses
at the Cairo Conservatoire.
With interests spanning all musical genres, Anna Rosa has done session work and
recordings for albums of artists including ‘Flux Pavilion’. She has performed in the
Orchestra of West End’s 'The Lion King - The Musical' UK Tour, playing flute,
piccolo and a range of ethnic wooden bansuri flutes and panpipes.
Her keen interest in Outreach and Community projects has resulted in creative
workshops and performances for Hallé Education and Music in Hospitals. She has
also worked as part of El Sistema in Greece, presenting programmes in refugee
camps. In India, her work with children living in extreme conditions highlighted her
passion to promote music to a wider audience.

Welsh harpist EIRA LYNN JONES is a versatile musician, who has a passion for
creativity and originality. Her eclectic career ranges from orchestral work, recordings
and commissions to chamber music collaborations. She is known for her informative
and engaging presentations to audiences.
As a student at the Royal Northern College of Music, Eira won numerous awards,
including the Guinness Foundation Scholarship and an I.S.M. Performer Award,
which led to her BBC Radio 3 debut on the "Young Musicians’’ series. Further studies
with Kathleen Bride at the Manhattan School of Music in New York led to a Masters
Degree. Invited to join the Manhattan Contemporary Music Ensemble, she premiered
new works for harp, which ignited her subsequent passion for researching interesting
and varied repertoire. She did indeed take her harp to the party, and performed at
Carnegie Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre of Performing Arts and
Creativity, and even on top of the Empire State Building!
On returning to the UK, she was appointed Principal Harp with Northern Ballet
Theatre, and now regularly freelances with the UK's leading orchestras, including
Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Opera North, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester
Camerata and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Eira is also widely recognised as one of the UK's leading harp teachers, and is Head
of Harp at the RNCM. She is dedicated to inspiring young musicians and has been
Guest Tutor in Denmark, USA, Greece and Sweden. This autumn she will lead a
series of workshops in Iceland.
She achieved notable success with her solo album ‘... from within’, which is a mix
of classical and folk pieces, on both pedal harp and clarsach: "I love the album..a
diversity of music, a very accomplished technique, and your heart coming through"
(Alan Stivell).
From performing at the Hollywood Bowl to under the much loved ‘’Dippy’’ dinosaur at
the Natural History Museum; from appearing in Coronation Street to performing for
HRH Prince of Wales in Spain; from recording with the heavy metal band ‘’Venom’’ to
accompanying Kiri te Kanawa; from directing the music of John Cage for 20 harps to
leading the RNCM Young Harps Project, Eira is an engaging performer, who enjoys
presenting the magical sounds of the harp.

Recital Programme
Entr'acte                         J. Ibert
Suite Antique                 J. Rutter
Intermezzo:                   H. Andriessen
3 Fragments:                W. Lutoslawski
Greensleeves                V. Williams
Danse Grecque              J. Mouquet.
The Garden of Adonis  A. Hovhaness
Can't Stop to Talk          J. Marson

 

 

 

Dates

Wednesday 18th October, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Edward Robinson / BaritoneDennis Tjiok Piano
Wednesday 15th November, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from Chetham's School of Music, Manchester
Wednesday 17th January, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Kell Wind TrioAlastair Roberts / fluteGeoffrey Smith / clarinetIan Harvey / bassoon
Wednesday 21st February, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
A piano recital by members of the McLachlan family
Wednesday 21st March, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
A violin recital by Students from the Royal Northern College of Music
Wednesday 18th April, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
A piano recital by Leif Kanar-Lidstrom, a student of the Royal Northern College of Music
Wednesday 16th May, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from Chetham's School of Music, Manchester
Wednesday 20th June, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from Chetham's School of Music, Manchester
Prayer for the day
For the various Housegroups starting up once again, new themes to follow, new ways of doing things possibly, but still maintaining the fellowship and strength these opportunities provide when we come together in these small groupings.
Lunchtime Concerts

Our next Lunchtime Concert will be on Wed 18th October at 1:00pm with Edward Robinson / BaritoneDennis Tjiok Piano .

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