The Chiltern Youth Chamber Orchestra
May Fayre - Mon 1st May
The annual day out for all the family
With over 34 stalls, exciting entertainment for all ages, penalty shoot-out, bouncy castle, live entertainment, food and more!! Round up the day with the chance to win £1,000. Look forward to seeing you there.
Mon 1st May, 11.00am – 4.00pm.
Holywell Mead on the Rye
Free admission and parking; enter from Bassetsbury Lane.
Harp Recital - Wed 3rd May
A delightful evening of music for the harp, played by Charlie Grimsey, in historic Church House situated in the beautiful Hughenden Valley. Her programme will illustrate the development of music for harp over the centuries.
Wed 3rd May, 8.00pm
Church House, (next to Hughenden Church), Hughenden Park, HP14 4LA.
Tickets: £10, to include interval drink.
Sweeter than Roses - Fri 5th May
William Shakespeare - a celebration
in words and music with Mr Simpson’s Little Consort
Cate McKee : soprano, tenor viol
Lucy Bignel : treble viol
Sue Snell : bass viol
Piers Snell : bass viol
Following on from Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, this performance takes a (less than serious) look at the lesser-known life of Will Shakespeare, all accompanied by period songs and music from or about the plays.
Come and enjoy a special, intimate evening in this picturesque and quintessentially English setting.
Fri 5th May, 8.00pm.
Hughenden Parish Church, Hughenden Park, High Wycombe HP14 4LA
Tickets: £10 also on the door.
John Stainer’s - The Crucifixion
Kathron Sturrock & Benjamin Hughes
Home Front to Home Fires
Festival Folk - Fri 12th May
with Liz Simcock; Dave Ellis and Boo Howard
Liz writes fabulous songs on every conceivable subject, with great storylines and melodies. She is a superb singer and excellent guitar and bouzouki player. ‘ Friday Night Train Home’, her latest CD of the four she has made so far, is a joy. Dave is a brilliant player on both six-string and tenor guitars, and a songwriter to boot, as is Boo, who weaves fantastic acoustic bass lines around beautifully harmonized, self-penned songs. Their songs span Folk, Bluegrass and Jazz, and they have six or seven albums to their credit.
You will really love both performances - tonight Liz will play the first set and Dave
and Boo the second. Enjoy!
Fri 12th May, 8.00pm.
St Lawrence’s Church, West Wycombe Hill, HP14 3AP
Tickets: £10, also on the door.
Concert - Sat 13th May
by Chiltern Camerata
Conductor : Sam Laughton
Clarinet Soloist : Mandy Burvill
Haydn : Symphony No 85 ‘La Reine’
Nielsen : Clarinet Concerto
Arvo Part : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Schubert : Symphony No 5
Sat 13th May, 7.30pm
St Lawrence Church, West Wycombe Hill, HP14 3AP
Tickets: £12, £10 concs. and under 18s free of charge; also on 01494 883112 or from The Record Shop, Amersham; Perfect Pitch, Chesham; Rosehill Instruments, Beaconsfield or Strings of Penn.
Pigotts Afternoon of Light Orchestral
Spring Concert - Wed 17th May
Marlow Community Choir at Borlase
Under their conductor, Gill Dibden, the choir will be performing Haydn’s Harmony Mass in B flat major, the Harmoniemesse, with full orchestral accompaniment.
The programme will also include a series of short popular choral pieces by Stanford, Haydn and Mendelssohn. Soloists will include Gill Ross (soprano), Caroline Fitzgerald (mezzo-soprano) and Christopher Palmer (tenor).
Wed 17th May, 7.30pm
Sir William Borlase Grammar School Theatre, West Street, Marlow SL7 2BR
Tickets: £11 concessions, either on-line at www.mccab.org.uk, or
Silent Film with Live Music
Spring Concert - Sat 20th May
Conductor: John Dunnett
Tchaikovsky : Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No 1 – guest soloist Alexander Karpeyev
Saint-Saens : Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony – Liam Cartwright (organ)
A welcome return of our soloist for this most popular of piano concertos. Alexander is an outstandingly talented performer who has rapidly established himself as concert soloist since settling in the UK.
With its colourful orchestration, including organ and 4 hands at the piano, this Saint-Saens symphony never fails to impress. Organist, Liam Cartwright.
The concert begins with Tchaikovsky’s exciting Polonaise.
Sat 20th May; 7.30pm
All Saints Parish Church, High Wycombe, HP13 6RF
Tickets: £12, concs. £10; £1 piano and organ student under 21, accompanied child free of charge; also on wycombesinfonia.co.uk and on the door.
Pigotts Afternoon of Close Harmony and Classical Orchestra - Sun 21st May
You are invited to join Music Camp Musicians at Pigotts for the informal final run-through of the week-end’s music-making and meet some of the performers afterwards over a cup of tea.
2.30pm: Close Harmony – 45 minutes of Jazz vocal arrangements for full choir and
small groups, followed by:
3.30pm: Classical Orchestra – symphonies by Prokofiev and Beethoven in the
Visitors are welcome to sit-in on either or both run-throughs. Please note the earlier start time.
Also, as Pigotts is a private home, the parking, seating and other facilities are basic, and access for those with disabilities is limited.
Sun 21st May, 2.30pm
Piggots, North Dean, HP14 4NF
Free admission. Parking is at the top of Pigotts Hill
Festival Jazz - Tues 23rd May
In association with Marlow Jazz Club
The Gary Potter ‘Hot Club’ Quartet
Widely recognized as the finest guitarist playing in the Django Reinhardt tradition, the brilliant Gary Potter brings his all-star group to the Arts Festival to recreate the original sounds of the Hot Club of France. Former violinist with Riverdance, Noreen Cullen, adds some Irish charm to the proceedings whilst, very much a star in his own right, second guitarist Nils Solberg, will add a couple of vocals. The very talented Andy Crowdy, on bass, completes this terrific line-up
Tues 23rd May, 8.00pm.
Royal British Legion Hall, Marlow SL7 1NT (adjacent to Marlow Station)
Tickets: £10 on the door, although advance-booking is strongly advised through the Festival Box Office or on 01628 486571.
Tales from Television - Wed 24th May
given by Richard Langridge
“Ever wondered how TV shows get made? Disgusted that mediocre celebrities get paid millions? Got your own idea for a television show?” Richard Langridge, whose own TV programmes have won four BAFTAS and many other awards, previously worked in Television for over twenty-five years, including stints as a commissioning executive for BBC DRAMA, BBC CHILDREN’S, as an independent producer in Australia and SE Asia, and who now teaches and lectures in the UK, volunteers to take you behind the scenes of British television and present interesting and often surprising insights into this billion dollar industry.
Wed 24th May, 8.00pm.
Church House (next to Hughenden Church), Hughenden Park,
High Wycombe, HP14 4LA
Tickets: £8, also on the door (booking recommended)
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
A Serenade to Summer - Sun 28th May
With the Elysian Singers
Conducted by Sam Laughton
Music for all ages by Gershwin, Whitacre, Bax, Finzi, Rubbra, Saint-Saens, Richard Rodgers and Dr Seuss, including Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Stanford’s The Blue Bird.
On the brink of Summer the Elysian Singers return to the glorious West Wycombe Church to inspire and entertain, with music to suit all tastes. The works of Eric Whitacre have become modern classics, to match Stanford’s ‘The Bluebird’ and Faure’s ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’. We dip into English folksong and celebrate the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee with tributes from 1953 by composers and writers with links to Speen. After a surprising detour into Dr Seuss, we conclude with classics by Rodgers and Gershwin from the American Songbook.
Sun 28th May, 6.00pm
St Lawrence Church, West Wycombe Hill, HP14 3AP
Tickets: £12; also on the door.
Poetry at Pigotts - Mon 29th May
Poetry that is new to you.
You are invited to join Princes Risborough’s U3A Poetry Group who will introduce you to works they individually have found and enjoyed during the past year. Please come and participate – or just appreciate.
As Pigotts is a private home, parking, seating and other facilities are basic and access for those with disabilities is limited.
Mon 29th May, 7.48pm (part of the 7.48 series)
Singing Barn, Pigotts, North Dean HP14 4NF
Free admission. Parking is at the top of Pigotts Hill.
“Phantom or Fantasy”? - Wed 31st May
The restless imagination of Walter de la Mare. An illustrated talk given by Sally Brocklehurst.
A sensitive man with ears and eyes attuned to beauty, Walter de la Mare lived through some of the most disturbing times in history, but his rich inner life and imaginings were far more than the escapism many have supposed. Learn more about the philosophy that shaped him and his verse and the penetrating mind
that conceived some of the most chilling stories ever penned.
Wed 31st May, 8.00pm
Church House (next to Hughenden Church) Hughenden Park,
High Wycombe, HP14 4LA
Tickets: £8, also on the door
Chiltern Traditional Arts and Crafts