Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

The final concert in our 2017 season will be an evening of festive music by the wonderful young singers of the Cantores Choir.  We will be in for a treat!  What better way to start the Christmas celebrations.

The concert will be held at Toddington Village Hall, Leighton Road, Toddington LU5 6AN and will start at 7.30 pm.  Tickets cost £10 (concessions £8) for non-members and £7 (concessions £5) for members and will include seasonal refreshments.

The Albany Piano Trio consisting of Gemma Sharples (violin), Verity Evanson (cello) and Pippa Harrison (piano) performed a delightful selection of music by Haydn, Schumann, Bingham and Clarke.  Lovely to hear pieces not often played  – a real treat!


Our President, Adrian Boynton once again treated us to a wonderful evening of music.  The concert featured Emily Haig (soprano), John Macdomnic (trumpet) and Addison Wray (clarinet) with Adrian Boynton (piano) playing a glorious programme of music for a summer’s evening.







Peculi8 are a real delight and offer a repertoire which ranges from Mozart to Billy Joel.  As usual, they provided a fun-filled evening of glorious music.

We were treated to a fabulous concert by 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 are joined by leading double bassist Dave Whitford, and percussionist Tim Giles.

Nick and Nikki both also happen to be products of the Bedfordshire Music Service so, during the day of the concert, they held workshops for local young musicians who came and performed a short piece with the quartet in the evening.   We have some very talented young people in this area.  I’m sure we will hear more from them in the future.

We welcomed back this very talented duo who gave us a wonderful concert of musicAmong 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.