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Abbotsholme Arts Society new programme announced

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • The hall at Abbotsholme will play host to a series of concerts by leading artists.

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A NEW season of concerts has been announced for a village arts society.

The 47th season of the Abbotsholme Arts Society will run from September through to May, 2015.

Since its foundation under the inspired directorship of its founder, Gordon Clark, Abbotsholme School has hosted some of the foremost artists of the international music scene and is acclaimed to be one of the leading provincial music clubs in the land.

Set in the beautiful rural setting of the Staffordshire/Derbyshire borders, the concerts mainly take place in Abbotsholme School Chapel where audiences enjoy hearing and seeing artists perform in a close and intimate atmosphere.

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The line-up of concerts for 2014-15 forms another impressive list of internationally famous artists.

Rachel Podger with the chamber orchestra Brecon Baroque opens the season on September 21 with works by Vivaldi and J.S.Bach.

Cuarteto Casals, a String Quartet of exceptional poise and tonal refinement, will play quartets by Mozart, Schubert and Ravel on October 4. Their recently released CD of works by Haydn has received high critical acclaim.

Further chamber music will be presented on November 17 in the shape of the exciting Dutch group,Calefax Reed Quintet who arrange much of their programmes and will include Grecian's American in Paris.

The vocal ensemble Blossom Street, on October 15, offers a wide-ranging and versatile repertoire from the English Renaissance up to the Beatles and will be leading a workshop with members of Abbotsholme School Choir before their evening performance.

Nicholas Daniel, one of the world's leading oboists, with the pianist Julius Drake will play on November 4. While James Ehnes, the Canadian violin virtuoso, will play unaccompanied Bach on December 11, and a rising star from Russia, Boris Giltburg, will perform popular Beethoven sonatas on January 23.

Trio Apaches is a newly formed piano trio of top UK soloists and will include their own transcription of Debussy's La Mer on February 23.

Also lined up for 2015 are Cellophony, on March 22, which is an exciting eight cello ensemble who have been wowing audiences with their dynamic arrangements of well-loved classics, including Barber's famous Adagio and Wagner's Prelude from Tristran und Isolde.

Abbotsholme has always been committed to encouraging the career development of promising young artists and this season will welcome on April 22, the Japanese pianist Aisa Ijiri to play works by Bach, Liszt, Prokofiev and de Falla.

Derby Academy of Classical Dance bring the 2014-15 season to a close on May 10 with an evening of entertainment in the School Theatre. This will be a fund-raising event in support of the Society.

Extra concerts are occasionally added to the Abbotsholme season usually as fund-raising events.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or you can join the Society with a subscription that will provide a saving on all the concerts.

For further information go online to www.abbotsholmeartssociety.co.uk or call Claire Tetley on 01543 263304.

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