Our next concert will be from the Nick Smart & Nikki Iles Quartet. Nick Smart (trumpet) and Nikki Iles (piano) are leading jazz musicians who have performed all over the World. They both hold prominent positions in music education; Nick is Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, and Nikki teaches at every major London Conservatoire including the Academy. They both also happen to be products of the Bedfordshire Music Service so, during the day of the concert, they will be holding workshops for local young musicians who will come and perform a short piece with the quartet in the evening. They are joined by leading double bassist Dave Whitford, and percussionist Tim Giles. (This concert will be promoted as part of the Toddington Village Festival so early booking is recommended).
The concert will take place at Toddington Village Hall, Leighton Road, Toddington, LU5 6AN at 7.30 pm on Saturday, 22nd April 2017.
Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions) for non-members, £7 (£5 concessions) for members. Tickets will be available at the door but, as we are expecting this to be very popular, tickets can be bought in advance from Punch Opticians, 18 High Street, Toddington, LU5 6BY
We welcomed back this very talented duo who gave us a wonderful concert of music. Among pieces ranging form Bach to Renie-Esquisse they included works by Haydn to celebrate his birthday which falls at this time of year The celebrations continued with a birthday cake. A treat for all the senses!
Alexander Pullen (marimba) and Jasmine Brown (Saxophone), joint winners of the 2016 Young Musician Competition, accompanied by their very talented siblings Harry Brown on saxophone and Nick Pullen on guitar gave us a varied and stimulating concert. We will be seeing much more of these very talented young people in future without a doubt.
Caritas Harmony Choir gave our Christmas concert on Saturday, 3rd December 2016 in St George of England Church, Toddington. It was a wonderful evening which prepared us all for the festive season in style.
Well! What a treat we had. Seven excellent young musicians competing for our annual award. They were all wonderful and our adjudicator had a very hard time trying to decide the winner. In fact, he felt that two of them were so good that the first prize should be shared by them. Alexander Pullen (playing the marimba) and Jasmine Brown (playing the saxophone) were the worthy winners and will give a concert at our AGM next February. Don’t miss it!
Alan Durman provided us with a wonderful evening of the music of George Gershwin, arranged for the piano, based around Gershwin’s visits to and shows produced in London. Alan has had a lifetime interest in Gershwin and while researching for a book on the composer’s visits to London came across the music for piano selections from the shows being produced. He enjoyed playing these arrangements of Gershwin’s melodies and, in some cases, they were the only way of hearing music from forgotten shows. These had never been recorded and Alan realised that, if he wanted to listen to them, he would have to record them himself – which he has done. These recordings have featured on Classic FM.
It was a fantastic evening described by one of our members as “both educational and entertaining” while another member of the audience commented that she felt that she had had “a real night out!”. Alan talked about Gershwin’s visits to London in the 1920s and played piano arrangements from shows such as Mayfair & Montmartre, Primrose, Lady be Good, Tip-Toes, Oh, Kay! and Funny Face. A real trip down memory lane.
Cristian Grajner De Sa (violin) and Susana Gomez Vazquez (piano) provided our first concert after the summer break. They provided a wonderful selection of music including Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 “Spring” and Debussy’s Violin Sonata in G Minor. A real treat.
Our President Adrian Boynton provided an evening of music with guests Holly Cook (flute) and Addison Wray (clarinet). The wonderfully varied music spanned the periods from the 18th to the 20th century and was a real treat.
Cantores Choir from Luton, accompanied by Peculi8 gave us another fabulous evening of music. This young choir always provide a wonderful concert and their enthusiasm is infectious.
On Saturday, 19th March 2016 we welcomed back the Reigate Wind Quintet formed of professional orchestral musicians, who have performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC NOW, Britten Sinfonia and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. The performers will be Helen Bennett – Clarinet, Anna Durance – Oboe, Stephen Nicholls – Horn, Daniel Emson-Jukes – Bassoon and Gemma Emson-Jukes – Flute. Their programme included the Quintet by Carl Nielsen, La Chimnee De Roi Rene by Milhaud and Kleine Kammermusik fur funf blaster by Paul Hindermith. What a splendid evening! You can learn more about this group by visiting their website