Concerts, Tours and other bits and pieces


A RISKY BUSINESS - An introduction to the art of improvisation, ornamentation and decoration.
22 May 2010 at St Mark's Church, Leamington Spa - 10am to 5pm

Paula Chateauneuf is conducting a day workshop on the above, sponsored by MEMF (Midlands early Music Forum). Paula recently received great acclaim for the Southbank Centre's "Take the Risk" weekend of early improvisation, which she curated, including several broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

In this workshop Paula will introduce various topics based on 16th and 17th century guides to improvisation, and participants will be encouraged to throw away inhibitions and just have a go! All types of singers and instrumentalists are welcome.
If you are interested please contact Mike Ashley on or 01564-778631


Dear Friends,

If you live or happen to be visiting the U.K. at the end of this month then you can maybe catch us on our 4 date tour..

29th April LONDON more info30th April MALVERN more info1st May SOUTHWELL(near Nottingham) more info2nd May NORWICH more info

We will be playing lots of new material from our forthcoming CD NYMPHIDIA and a few of our old favorites.

It is back back in the UK in July to play at the Winchester Festival (16th july) and Aust (17th July) and for a longer tour in September including 2 performances at the Ripon International Festival and the Saltaire Festival, where we will be presented by the Early Music Shop.

We are very proud and generally chuffed that we have been chosen as one of the recommended artists by the UK organisation Making Music for the 2011-2012 season of their Concert Promoters Network. Each year the Making Music Concert Promoters' Committee chooses a number of ensembles and soloists, in recent years these have included such renowned early music ensembles as London Baroque, Joglaresa & Charivari Agréable.

In June we are of to Paris, in September we are playing a series of concerts in Croatia and Slovenia and then of to Denmark in October.

We will also be playing 3 concerts as part of the RUHR 2010 European capital of Culture in Germany - Gelsenkirchen (7th June & 12th November) & Essen (11th July).

In between these trips we are working on 2 new CD projects that we hope to release in September 2010 and early 2011. For those of you that do not have our last CD "Laydie Lothians Lilte", we only have a few left and when they are gone...that's will never agin be released in this form...ever again!

There is a new video at YouTube from our concert in Mülheim, Germany a few weeks ago...

Plus a tiny one minute video of bits and bobs from a fun night we had in Copenhagen...

Hope you are all healthy and wellt, doing "what thou wilt" to your hearts content..

All the best


Come watch the 2010 Second London Mandolin Festival Concerts!
Due to the success of the 2009 Festival concert the London Mandolin Festival returnsUniting voluntary plucked string players all over London in one mass orchestraPromoting plucked string instruments and the ailing Mandolin and Guitar groupsShowcasing the range and beauty of music for Mandolin OrchestraFrom Folk to Klezmer to Contemporary, Japanese to Cuban
The theme for the 2010 Second London Mandolin Festival is "Rumba: Rhythm + Dance"where the Rumba rhythm is featured in 4 of the orchestral pieces out of 6 Will you determine the 2 the pieces that do not contain the Rumba rhythm??
Sunday 23rd May 2010, two concerts 3:00PM - 5:00PM and 6:00PM - 8:00PM At St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate cnr of Holborn Viaduct and Giltspur Street EC1A 9DENear tube stations Farringdon, St Paul's and opposite City Thameslink station.
Students £5, Concession £8, Non-Concession £10Book your tickets now as the concert may sell out on the day!Email for more details


Our next concert is at The Point in Eastleigh on Saturday 1st May 2010 and we are pleased to welcome the Vida Guitar Quartet, details as follows:-

The Vida Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists of exceptional ability and virtuosity sharing a passion for chamber music. After their spectacular debut at the first World Youth Guitar Festival in 2007, the quartet have already built a reputation as one of the world's most exciting guitar ensembles.
Consisting of established players such as the world famous Eden Stell Guitar Duo, Mark Ashford and Helen Sanderson, all four became friends while studying together at music college. What started as just a bit of fun has developed into a seriously good music experience that should not be missed.
Their programme will include works by Bellinati, Turina, Falla, Attaingnant and Bizet

VENUE: The Point Eastleigh (1 mile M3/J13 or 1mile from M27/J5)
DATE: 1st May 2010 8pm
TICKETS: £12.00 (usual concessions £10) Box Office 023 8065 2333

Many thanks
Lynn Beckwith
Publicity Officer Southampton Classical Guitar Society 01489 589235

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