Events Listing

Here is the Events List for our 2018 Festival (28th July – 12th August):

London Mozart Players

Concord College

7.30pm

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London Mozart Players
Following their much acclaimed appearance at the 2016 Festival, members of the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra will open this year’s Festival with a programme of music for string sextet by Mozart, Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky.
‘…the kind of joyous, intimate music-making for which Harry Blech founded the London Mozart Players.’ The Times
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Silvester Horne Institute

10.15am

FREE

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Cello Connection

A rare ensemble of 8 cellos!

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Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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Art Exhibition Opening Reception
We are pleased to welcome our Guest Artists, Roy & Jacqueline Abbott, who are based in the heart of the Shropshire Hills. Roy works as an Artist Blacksmith, hand-forging various metals, whilst Jacqueline is a Glass Artist creating original kiln-fired glass items, and Dichroic glass jewellery. The Opening Reception gives you your first chance to see these lovely art works, along with the hundreds of other works from local artists, with most items available to purchase.
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United Reformed Church

10.15am

FREE

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Music for a while

Richard Silk (harpsichord) with Gill Styles (soprano).

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Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
We welcome back to Church Stretton one of the world’s leading guitar quartets, dynamic and innovative players known for their extraordinary ensemble in performance and expansive repertoire.
‘...that customary blend of high-octane virtuosity, relaxed lyricism, tonal richness and perfection of ensemble.’ Gramophone Magazine
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Silvester Horne Institute

10.15am

FREE

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Paul Mocroft & John Jenkin

Paul Mocroft (baritone) & John Jenkin (piano).

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Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!
The life story of Kathleen Ferrier, one of Britain's phenomenal singers of the 20th Century, is captured in this one woman play by professional contralto Lucy Stevens in a unique and engaging performance. Initially discovered as a pianist, Kathleen took singing lessons and became a much loved folk singer and contralto during and after the 2nd World War, dying tragically early. Lucy is accompanied by Elizabeth Marcus on piano.
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Silvester Horne Institute

10.15am

FREE

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Music for piano duet

With Gill Styles & Richard Walker.

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Painting Without Brushes

Church Stretton School

10.30am

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Painting Without Brushes
Painting workshop, led by local artist Rob Leckey. This workshop will allow artists to explore the interesting techniques used by Rob. We are also running this workshop on Wed 8th Aug.
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Onyx Brass

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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Onyx Brass
Formed in 1993 as a uniquely approachable yet serious quintet, Onyx Brass dominates the world of brass chamber music, performing at festivals all over Europe and the USA to huge critical acclaim. Their repertoire ranges from religious music, Bach fugues and ceremonial fanfares to songs from the shows, with jazz numbers from their latest album Onyx Noir thrown into the mix.
‘...easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain’ BBC Music Magazine
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Silvester Horne Institute

10.15am

FREE

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Duo Antipodes

Manus Noble (Guitar) and Jehanne Bastoni (Cello).

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Phil Rickman - In Conversation

Parish Centre

3pm

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Phil Rickman - In Conversation
The Merrily Watkins novels: the pitfalls of creating a new and unique series.
Phil has just published his fifteenth book in the Merrily Watkins series of novels. They are a genre of their own focusing on Anglican vicar Merrily and her role as diocesan exorcist for Hereford. Midwinter of the Spirit (his second book), was televised in 2015 to worldwide critical acclaim.
‘An excellent writer, terrific on atmosphere.’ The Times
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Milena Simovic

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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Milena Simovic
Praised as a “unique talent with wonderful musicality” on a recent multi-country tour, Serbian-born violist Milena has appeared on concert platforms around the globe with renowned conductors such as Sir Colin Davis and Gustavo Dudamel. A rare opportunity to hear music for viola performed by one of the instrument’s finest players accompanied by Russian pianist Olga Sitkovetsky. Not to be missed.
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Silvester Horne Institute

10.15am

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Mark Tocknell, Claire Tocknell & Richard Walker

Mark Tocknell (clarinet), Claire Tocknell (viola) and Richard Walker (piano) will play a variety of pieces including Mozart's 'Kegelstatt' Trio.

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Meet the Artist

Church Stretton School

2pm

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Meet the Artist
Our Exhibition Guest Artists, Roy and Jacqueline Abbott, are hosting a Meet the Artist session. Come along and have a chat about their work with Metal and Glass and the interesting techniques they use. No booking required; normal entry fee applies; 2pm - 4pm.
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All New Blues and Soul Revue

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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All New Blues and Soul Revue
Pay tribute to the fabulous Blues Brothers and boogie on down at the 2018 Church Stretton Arts Festival! Hear all their greatest hits, as featured in both movies - The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000 - plus many more Soul Classics in an all-singing, all-dancing, high energy show with choreography and comedy.
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Robert Plane and the Gould Trio

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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Robert Plane and the Gould Trio
Internationally-renowned clarinettist Robert Plane joins one of the world’s finest piano trios to perform a programme of chamber music including a Schubert Piano Trio, a new work specially written for the ensemble by Huw Watkins and Brahms’ magnificent, autumnal Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.
‘Music-making of the highest calibre.’ The Guardian
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All Saints' Church, Little Stretton

12noon

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Richard Walker

Richard is Assistant Director of Music at St Chad's, Shrewsbury, and also regularly plays here at Little Stretton. Formerly Director of Music at Harrow School, he is actively involved in music-making in Shropshire as organist, pianist, conductor and concert organiser.

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Kosmos

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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Kosmos
The Kosmos trio of violin, viola and accordion have crafted a unique programme inspired by music from around the globe. Wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish and Greek music glide into hot-blooded tango and interpretations of Japanese, Polish or Arabic songs as Kosmos combine western classical music training with the wider understanding gained from extensive travel.
‘telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship.’ The Times
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Painting Without Brushes

Church Stretton School

10.30am

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Painting Without Brushes
Painting workshop, led by local artist Rob Leckey. This workshop will allow artists to explore the interesting techniques used by Rob.
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Teatime Concert - Lizzi Tocknell

Methodist Church

3pm

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Teatime Concert - Lizzi Tocknell
French Horn player Lizzi brought Church Stretton to the nation’s TV screens when she appeared in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 Brass Final. Since then she has played with various London orchestras, including the Royal Opera House and the Philharmonia. Her recital, in which she will be accompanied by Lee Jae Phang, will illustrate the development of the horn and its repertoire. This will be followed by a cream tea in the church hall.
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Truly Yours, C.B.

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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Truly Yours, C.B.
Charlotte Brontë (of Jane Eyre fame) published under the pseudonym Currer Bell (C.B.). Alison Neil's one woman show portrays Charlotte's life using many of her own words, providing an exceptional theatrical treat. Alison has performed here before and returns by popular request.
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Holy Trinity Church, Wistanstow

12noon

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Paul Carr

Paul is an outstanding Birmingham-based organist who has performed extensively all over the world.

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Lee Jae Phang

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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Lee Jae Phang
Malaysian-born pianist Lee Jae Phang regularly performs to high critical acclaim and is in great demand as a soloist and accompanist. Following his recent memorable appearance as a concerto soloist in Shrewsbury we are delighted that he will be giving a solo recital at this year’s Festival.
‘Lee Jae gave a sparkling and note-perfect performance of the concerto, at times leaving the audience gasping at his mastery of the keyboard. Shrewsbury is indeed fortunate to attract such excellent musicians.’ Shrewsbury Choral Society Review
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All Saints' Church, Little Stretton

12noon

FREE

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Harry Fletcher & George Nicholls

Harry and George are two pupils of Paul Carr, both with glittering careers ahead of them as musicians.

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O Duo

Church Stretton School

7.30pm

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O Duo
O Duo’s repertoire spans more than 300 years and is an invigorating mix of popular classics and accessible contemporary music played on two marimbas, vibraphone and a huge array of percussion. Since their first appearance at Edinburgh in 2002 they have gone from strength to strength, giving recitals all around the world, commissioning many new works and inspiring audiences with their virtuosic and passionate performances.
Their evening performance will be preceded by an afternoon workshop for children.
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A Complete and Utter History of Jazz

Concord College

7.30pm

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A Complete and Utter History of Jazz
To bring the 2018 Festival to a memorable close, The Complete and Utter History of Jazz will show us how jazz has changed from 1902 to the present day with many fascinating features along the way. This multi-instrumentalist sextet swaps instruments around with indecent haste and the band members take it in turns to fill in the short gaps with tittle-tattle about the music and musicians who made Jazz magnificent. It’s sure to be hugely entertaining and certainly not to be missed!
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