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Russian Events London : Russian Folk Music - Family Concert

Balalaika and button accordion are coming to Richmond!

Enjoy the wonderful folk concert of Russian folk music on Friday 3 March in the theatre of RACC (Parkshot, Richmond, TW9 2RE). Performing are passionate player and balalaika collector Bibs Ekkel and his trio

Bibs Ekkel is regarded as one of the foremost balalaika players in the West - a fact which, along with his being entirely self-taught, makes him something of a celebrity in Russia, where he is regularly invited to perform. His style elevates the balalaika to the stature of concert instrument while never losing close ties with the instrument's rustic heritage. He has entertained Royalty as well as ordinary folk in a long career covering concerts, cabaret, recordings, films, radio and TV appearances in Europe, Russia, Poland, China, the Middle East, the US and Canada.

When someone mentions Russian music, first things that are most likely coming to one's mind are classical pieces from Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov, Prokofiev, and others. Only a handful of people are familiar with a musical tradition where these musical titans were finding inspiration and where they were themselves saying roots of their talent have come from.

The concert will be performed two times on that day:

It is intended as an introduction to the wonderful world of Russian folk instruments and music, where the artists will share their passion with the audience. The concert is interactive and children will have a chance to ask questions, participate in the concert itself and even touch and play the instruments!

Programme

  • 6:45 door opening
  • 7:00 pm concert in two parts with interval
  • Duration 1 h 45 min

Tickets from £10 per person. Book here goo.gl/NsMuPy

Venue

Richmond Adult Community College - Parkshot

Event Sponsor

Russian Events London

March
Friday
3
4:30pm  

Russian Events London : Russian Folk Music

Balalaika and button accordion are coming to Richmond!

Enjoy the wonderful folk concert of Russian folk music on Friday 3 March in the theatre of RACC (Parkshot, Richmond, TW9 2RE). Performing are passionate player and balalaika collector Bibs Ekkel and his trio

Bibs Ekkel is regarded as one of the foremost balalaika players in the West - a fact which, along with his being entirely self-taught, makes him something of a celebrity in Russia, where he is regularly invited to perform. His style elevates the balalaika to the stature of concert instrument while never losing close ties with the instrument's rustic heritage. He has entertained Royalty as well as ordinary folk in a long career covering concerts, cabaret, recordings, films, radio and TV appearances in Europe, Russia, Poland, China, the Middle East, the US and Canada.

When someone mentions Russian music, first things that are most likely coming to one's mind are classical pieces from Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov, Prokofiev, and others. Only a handful of people are familiar with a musical tradition where these musical titans were finding inspiration and where they were themselves saying roots of their talent have come from.

The concert will be performed two times on that day:

It is intended as an introduction to the wonderful world of Russian folk instruments and music, where the artists will share their passion with the audience. The concert is interactive and children will have a chance to ask questions, participate in the concert itself and even touch and play the instruments!

Programme

  • 6:45 door opening
  • 7:00 pm concert in two parts with interval
  • Duration 1 h 45 min

Tickets from £10 per person. Book here goo.gl/NsMuPy

Venue

Richmond Adult Community College - Parkshot

Event Sponsor

Russian Events London

March
Friday
3
7pm  

TwickFolk : FOXGLOVE TRIO: English and Welsh musicians unite with songs from around the British Isles

Join us for a St David's Day concert. Patrick, Ffion and Cathy bring together a wealth of talent and diverse backgrounds. Cathy Mair is a music teacher who limits herself in the trio to singing, and playing cello and guitar. Ffion Mair was awarded Best Celtic Folk Singer at Llangollen Eisteddfod 2011; she plays the whistle and brings a bit of bodhran to boot.

Patrick Dean plays melodeon, cello and concertina; he is also part of ceilidh band 'The Spring Heeled Jacks'.The trio's performances contain self-penned songs, traditional songs and pieces that merge music and lyrics old, new, borrowed and blue (to borrow a phrase).Last time we invited the Foxgloves to TwickFolk, Cathy was unable to join them, so we're looking forward to the full line-up joining us this year.

Thevideo above is from 18 April 2015 at The Slaughtered Lamb in London, while below is a song from August 2015 at the Ty Gwerin (folk house) at Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru (the National Eisteddfod of Wales) in Meifod, mid Wale:

£10 + £1 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

March
Sunday
5
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : FOXGLOVE TRIO: English and Welsh musicians unite with songs from around the British Isles

Join us for a St David's Day concert. Patrick, Ffion and Cathy bring together a wealth of talent and diverse backgrounds. Cathy Mason is a music teacher who limits herself in the trio to singing, and playing cello and guitar. Ffion Mair was awarded Best Celtic Folk Singer at Llangollen Eisteddfod 2011; she plays the whistle and brings a bit of bodhran to boot. Patrick Dean plays melodeon, cello and concertina; he is also part of ceilidh band 'The Spring Heeled Jacks'.The trio's performances contain self-penned songs, traditional songs and pieces that merge music and lyrics old, new, borrowed and blue (to borrow a phrase).Last time we invited the Foxgloves to TwickFolk, Cathy was unable to join them, so we're looking forward to the full line-up joining us this year.%0A%0AThe video above is from 18 April 2015 at The Slaughtered Lamb in London, while below is a song from August 2015 at the Ty Gwerin (folk house) at Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru (the National Eisteddfod of Wales) in Meifod, mid Wales:

£10 + £1 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

March
Sunday
5
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : HARP AND A MONKEY: Electro-folk storytellers

They made their London début at TwickFolk in 2015, and it's great to welcome them back after two years that have seen their star rise across the country.

The harp 'n' banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.

Since their last visit, the band's third album, , was released in July, 2016, as part of their ongoing project (part-sponsored by Arts Council England and The Western Front Association) to mark the centenary of the First World War. The band have been performing new material and re-worked traditional songs (which strive to challenge stereotypes of the conflict) in unusual venues related to the war on British shores. The album has received outstanding reviews, with the likes of The Observer describing it as . Support from BBC Radio 2 has been substantive, including sessions and interviews with Clare Balding (Good Morning Sunday) and Mark Radcliffe (The Folk Show).The video above is from a 2015 performance at The Met, Bury, where our roving talent scout foirst saw the band. Below is an older clip from The EST Donkey Sanctuary in Gorton, August 2012.

£3 (+30p booking fee)

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

March
Sunday
12
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : HARP AND A MONKEY: Electro-folk storytellers + Jenni & Richard

They made their London début at TwickFolk in 2015, and it's great to welcome them back after two years that have seen their star rise across the country.%0A%0AThe harp 'n' banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.%0A%0ASince their last visit, the band's third album, , was released in July, 2016, as part of their ongoing project (part-sponsored by Arts Council England and The Western Front Association) to mark the centenary of the First World War. The band have been performing new material and re-worked traditional songs (which strive to challenge stereotypes of the conflict) in unusual venues related to the war on British shores. The album has received outstanding reviews, with the likes of The Observer describing it as . Support from BBC Radio 2 has been substantive, including sessions and interviews with Clare Balding (Good Morning Sunday) and Mark Radcliffe (The Folk Show).The video above is from a 2015 performance at The Met, Bury, where our roving talent scout foirst saw the band. Below is an older clip from The EST Donkey Sanctuary in Gorton, August 2012.You may have seen and Richard Carter playing a few times at TwickFolk last year. This will be their second support slot for us. Jenni's songs have often been compared to those of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, combining folk, jazz, blues, country and more than a little hint of rock n roll, with raw emotional lyrics. With this classically trained pianist with strong theatrical leanings, every song is a story.

£3 (+30p booking fee)

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

March
Sunday
12
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : ENDYMION ENSEMBLE

  • Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452
  • Ravel: Mother Goose Suite (arr. Nissen)
  • Beethoven: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, Op. 16
  • Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds

"The brilliant Endymion" (The Sunday Times) exists to deliver world-class performances of chamber music throughout London, the UK and abroad. It nurtures the UK's most dynamic and original composers, inspire younger and new audiences and champion mixed chamber music of all genres, through performance, commissioning, recording and promotion.

Since Endymion was formed in 1979 from a group of outstanding National Youth Orchestra students, it has built a secure reputation across a broad and often adventurous repertoire and won a strong following among audiences throughout the UK and abroad, touring in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Finland and Mexico. Unusually for chamber groups so well established, Endymion retains most of its original players. These performers now number among the best soloists and chamber musicians in Europe, including Mark van de Wiel, Stephen Stirling, Melinda Maxwell, Michael Dussek and Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE. Performing together for over thirty years, Endymion has been called one of the few chamber groups as much at home with Mozart as with Birtwistle.

Endymion has made a speciality of 20th century music theatre and chamber opera, including collaborations with the Royal Opera House's Garden Venture, Women's Playhouse Trust and Opera Factory, with which it undertook a European tour of Dido and Aeneas and Curlew River in 1995.

Endymion has appeared at most of the major British festivals, giving its tenth Proms performance in 2014, and was in residence at Blackheath Concert Halls for several years. Recent appearances at Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Kings Place and at the Cheltenham and Spitalfields Festivals have included works by Kurtag, Simon Holt and Simon Bainbridge, premières by Vic Hoyland, Philip Cashian and Brian Elias and an Elisabeth Lutyens portrait concert. A retrospective of Anthony Gilbert's music featured a dozen especially composed musical tributes by distinguished contemporaries, including Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr, Colin Matthews and Anthony Payne. Endymion's collaborations with the BBC Singers have included world premières of Giles Swayne's Havoc (Proms, 1999) and Edward Cowie's Gaia (2003), as well as the UK première of Birtwistle's Ring Dance of the Nazarene at the 2004 Proms ("startling virtuosity from all concerned" - Daily Telegraph).

A particularly successful (and much imitated) innovation is the wide-ranging series of Composer Choice concerts staged by Endymion at the Southbank, which have included Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen, Gavin Bryars, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Judith Weir, John Woolrich and Michael Berkeley.

In June 2009 Endymion celebrated its 30th Birthday at Kings Place with the Sound Census festival. Alongside a celebration of classical chamber music repertoire, 20 British composers were commissioned to write new works for Endymion. These were recorded for release by NMC Recordings. This disc will join a host of other recordings by Endymion including works by Lutyens, Stravinsky, Britten and Magnus Lindberg and (with the Dutton label) York Bowen, Edmund Rubbra, Thomas Dunhill, Lennox Berkeley, Erno Dohnanyi and Zdenek Fibich.

Endymion is committed to outreach projects with all sectors of society, through work with young children (RPS Award-nominated Sound Census project in 2009), aspiring musicians and adults with mental health difficulties (featured in the BBC documentary "I love being mad"). Music Teacher Magazine ran a profile of the Sound Census project, concluding it was "fearsome and spirit-raising in equal measure... proof of just what can be achieved at this level of music education".

In 2011, a major collaboration with EXAUDI vocal ensemble included performances at Southbank Centre, Sound Festival Scotland and Wigmore Hall, (where Endymion will be returning next year as part of the Wigmore series), the premieres of four new commissioned works by young British and Irish composers, and programmes focusing on Morton Feldman and Arvo Pärt. 2011 also featured Goodbye Stalin! - a three-day festival of chamber music by Shostakovich and Schnittke at King's Place - and the UK premiere of Elliott Carter's Clarinet Quintet.

In February 2014 Endymion celebrated its 35th Birthday at Kings Place with a weekend of concerts focused on Brahms chamber music for wind and strings, as well as a programme of music for flute, viola and harp. Two of these concerts were part of the "Top 50 Chamber Classics Unwrapped" series, presenting favourite works voted for by readers of BBC Music Magazine. A performance of Steve Reich's "Desert Music" with the BBC Singers in Milton Court, was repeated at the 2014 BBC Proms to great acclaim.

Venue

St Margarets Catholic Church

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

March
Tuesday
14
7:45pm  

Richmond Orchestra : Spring concert

Richmond Orchestra performs:

  • Ibert: Flute Concerto (soloist: Emma Halnan)
  • Nielsen: Helios Overture
  • Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G Major

Further details at www.richmondorchestra.org.uk

Venue

St Stephen's Church

Event Sponsor

Richmond Orchestra

March
Saturday
18
7:30pm  
ROSpring2017

TwickFolk : Singaround: bring a song or two, join in, or just come and listen!

One of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: "All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story."If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about."Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won't be a microphone.

"We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old - and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses."

Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.

£10 + £1 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

March
Sunday
19
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : Singaround: bring a song or two, join in, or just come and listen!

One of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: "All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story."If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about."Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won't be a microphone."We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old - and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses."Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.

£10 + £1 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

March
Sunday
19
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : WORRY DOLLS: Liverpudlian Americana, shipped via Nashville

A duo born out of the joint talents of Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones, who met in Liverpool when they were 18, both on their chosen path of becoming solo singer songwriters, and both falling under the spell of 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'. They set off together making music as Worry Dolls, blending the tender urgency of Zoe's Irish-influenced voice with the fiery integrity of Rosie's vocals and rhythmic guitar. Zoe transferred her finger-picking skills to ukulele, followed by Earl Scruggs-style banjo, motivated by players like Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks) and Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons).Rosie grew up singing and playing a variety of instruments in a music-filled household in Devon, picking up guitar after finding an old nylon-string under the stairs. A huge turning point came at 13 after hearing Michelle Branch whilst watching an episode of Buffy, who then became her musical muse. As a teenager, Rosie's musical diet was a mix of punk bands & angsty singer songwriters, finding country through a friend's copy of Ryan Adams' 'Heartbreaker'. Inspired by the shared DIY ethos of both punk & country, she started playing the harmonica and writing country songs, born from boredom in her Devonshire heavenly country existence. At 17, she wrote a song called Tennessee about wanting to live in Nashville and get her heart broken so that she could write songs like the ones she loved.

Zoe, whose family originate from Liverpool and Ireland, was raised in a small village in Kent by her mum. She inheriting music from her parents who, although separated, were both performers which resulted in a childhood spent back and forth between her mum's theatrical rehearsals and her dad's club gigs. Discovering her own voice at 7, she went on to channel her ideas into poems and a'cappella songs, as well as starring as the lead villain in school productions. At 12, she started learning to play her dad's old Spanish guitar to accompany herself, drawing inspiration from Eva Cassidy and Joni Mitchell; the songs poured out.

The pair move down to London and visited Nashville, where they worked with TwickFolk friends The Wild Ponies (who you already recognised in the video above), and recorded their début album, produced by Neilson Hubbard. The results will be available in 2017.We only ever put live videos on the web site, and have broken that rule because I couldn't find one of the new single from the new album, and you deserve to hear it. Below is one that meets the unbreakable rule, from the Sebright Arms in 2015.

£11 + £1.10 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

March
Sunday
26
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : WORRY DOLLS: Liverpudlian Americana, shipped via Nashville

A duo born out of the joint talents of Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones, who met in Liverpool when they were 18, both on their chosen path of becoming solo singer songwriters, and both falling under the spell of 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'. They set off together making music as Worry Dolls, blending the tender urgency of Zoe's Irish-influenced voice with the fiery integrity of Rosie's vocals and rhythmic guitar. Zoe transferred her finger-picking skills to ukulele, followed by Earl Scruggs-style banjo, motivated by players like Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks) and Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons).Rosie grew up singing and playing a variety of instruments in a music-filled household in Devon, picking up guitar after finding an old nylon-string under the stairs. A huge turning point came at 13 after hearing Michelle Branch whilst watching an episode of Buffy, who then became her musical muse. As a teenager, Rosie's musical diet was a mix of punk bands & angsty singer songwriters, finding country through a friend's copy of Ryan Adams' 'Heartbreaker'. Inspired by the shared DIY ethos of both punk & country, she started playing the harmonica and writing country songs, born from boredom in her Devonshire heavenly country existence. At 17, she wrote a song called Tennessee about wanting to live in Nashville and get her heart broken so that she could write songs like the ones she loved.%0A%0AZoe, whose family originate from Liverpool and Ireland, was raised in a small village in Kent by her mum. She inheriting music from her parents who, although separated, were both performers which resulted in a childhood spent back and forth between her mum's theatrical rehearsals and her dad's club gigs. Discovering her own voice at 7, she went on to channel her ideas into poems and a'cappella songs, as well as starring as the lead villain in school productions. At 12, she started learning to play her dad's old Spanish guitar to accompany herself, drawing inspiration from Eva Cassidy and Joni Mitchell; the songs poured out.%0A%0AThe pair move down to London and visited Nashville, where they worked with TwickFolk friends The Wild Ponies, and recorded their début album, produced by Neilson Hubbard. The results will be available in 2017.The top video is the first single from the new album, courtesy of Under The Apple Tree. Below is a track from the 2015 'Burden' EP

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The Cabbage Patch Public House

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TwickFolk

March
Sunday
26
7:45pm  

Twickenham Choral Society : Words and Music: Parry Songs of Farewell and motets

Words and Music: Parry Songs of Farewell and motets by Macmillan and by Poulenc with readings by well-known actor, Timothy West.

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Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Twickenham Choral Society

April
Saturday
1
7:30pm  
20170209 Flyer Easter PoulencMacMillanParry

TwickFolk : GILMORE & ROBERTS: Contemporary folk/acoustic duo celebrating 10 years of recording

Combine award-winning song-writing with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their début album in 2008.Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. She joined folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady in 2006, and in 2011 was invited to be part of a new line-up of The Albion Band. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared on stage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.

Jamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in a musical family - his sister Kathryn Roberts is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007 and more recently formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr's Sweet Visitor Band and Blackbeard's Tea Party amongst others.2015 saw the release of their fourth album, 'Conflict Tourism', which appeared on several end-of-year Best Album lists and received national airplay on both BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6music. Produced by Mark Tucker and featuring Matt Downer (Jamie Smith's Mabon), Phil Henry (Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) and James 'Hutch' Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), Conflict Tourism packs a considered punch from start to finish.

£11 + £1.10 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

April
Sunday
2
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : GILMORE & ROBERTS: Contemporary folk/acoustic duo celebrating 10 years of recording + Louis de Beaumont

Combine award-winning song-writing with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their début album in 2008.Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. She joined folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady in 2006, and in 2011 was invited to be part of a new line-up of The Albion Band. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared on stage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.%0A%0AJamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in a musical family - his sister Kathryn Roberts is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007 and more recently formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr's Sweet Visitor Band and Blackbeard's Tea Party amongst others.2015 saw the release of their fourth album, 'Conflict Tourism', which appeared on several end-of-year Best Album lists and received national airplay on both BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6music. Produced by Mark Tucker and featuring Matt Downer (Jamie Smith's Mabon), Phil Henry (Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) and James 'Hutch' Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), Conflict Tourism packs a considered punch from start to finish.

£11 + £1.10 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

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TwickFolk

April
Sunday
2
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : ASHLEY FRIPP (PIANO)

  • J S Bach: English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
  • Adès: Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face
  • Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année: Italie

British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls, having performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia. Recent highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie Cologne, Bozar (Brussels), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Cité de la musique (Paris), Hamamatsu City Concert Hall (Japan), the Megaron (Athens), Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Gulbenkian Auditorium (Lisbon) and the Konserthus (Stockholm).

He has won prizes at more than a dozen national and international competitions, including the coveted Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Diploma of Outstanding Merit at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, 1st Prize at the Brant International Piano Competition, Semi-Finalist Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition, The Worshipful Company of Musicians' Prince's Prize, 1st Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Piano Competition and 3rd Prize at the Concours Européen de Piano (France). He was chosen as a 'Rising Star' by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), and has also performed in the Edinburgh, Brighton, Chipping Campden, Bath and City of London Festivals. A frequent guest on broadcasting networks, Ashley has appeared on BBC television and radio, Euroclassical, Eurovision TV and the national radio stations of Hungary, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Portugal. He has collaborated with a variety of well-known conductors including Semyon Bychkov, James Judd, Vasily Petrenko, Robertas Aervenikas, Hilary Davan Wetton and Peter Stark.

Ashley Fripp studied at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Emily Jeffrey and recently graduated with a Masters degree and Artist Diploma, both with distinction, from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Ronan O'Hora and frequently with Richard Goode. The Guildhall School also awarded him the Premier Prix and Lord Mayor's Prize.

Ashley Fripp's CD recording of both Chopin Piano Concertos is available on the Spektral Records label.

Venue

St Margarets Catholic Church

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

April
Tuesday
4
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : REBECCA PRONSKY (USA): New York songwriter with a West-Coast sound

When Rebecca and Rich Bennett last played TwickFolk in 2013, your correspondent was still an audience member, rather than volunteer. I was so excited by Rebecca's music that I bought all three albums, burbled excitedly at how fab she was and not long after became a volunteer. So yes, I'm bringing them back, and they have a new album: The previous album brings to mind the Stevie Nicks album that never was, while having a distinct Brooklyn edge that Ms Nicks would never reach.

Rebecca has been singing since she was in elementary school and added songwriting to her repertoire around age 16 when she picked up the guitar for the first time. She went on to study Ethnomusicology and jazz at Brown University and came home to Brooklyn with a diploma and a demo CD. She soon met guitarist and composer Rich Bennett, who has been her musical partner and co-producer ever since. In 2015, Rebecca and Rich launched , a recording studio and music education space in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where they both teach, record, and inspire musicians of all levels.

Rebecca has been featured on NPR's Song of the Day, WFUV Sunday Breakfast, BBC Scotland, and BBC 6. She has twice been a regional finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong competition and her songs have appeared on television shows such as Breaking Amish, Usta Usta, and 90210. She recently appeared singing on an episode of NPR's "This American Life."Her website lists Rebecca's favourite albums, and while Joni Mitchell gets several mentions, Stevie Nicks is not on there. Which leaves me slightly baffled, but still excited to be welcoming Rebecca and Rich back to TwickFolk.

The video at the top is from a May 2013 house concert in Bend, Oregon, posted by John Michaelson. Adrian Tyte posted this next video from two months earlier

£3 + 30p booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

April
Sunday
9
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : REBECCA PRONSKY (USA): New York songwriter with a West-Coast sound

When and Rich Bennett last played TwickFolk in 2013, your correspondent was still an audience member, rather than volunteer. I was so excited by Rebecca's music that I bought all three albums, burbled excitedly at how fab she was and not long after became a volunteer. So yes, I'm bringing them back, and they have a new album: The previous album brings to mind the Stevie Nicks album that never was, while having a distinct Brooklyn edge that Ms Nicks would never reach.

Rebecca has been singing since she was in elementary school and added songwriting to her repertoire around age 16 when she picked up the guitar for the first time. She went on to study Ethnomusicology and jazz at Brown University and came home to Brooklyn with a diploma and a demo CD. She soon met guitarist and composer Rich Bennett, who has been her musical partner and co-producer ever since. In 2015, Rebecca and Rich launched , a recording studio and music education space in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where they both teach, record, and inspire musicians of all levels.

Rebecca has been featured on NPR's Song of the Day, WFUV Sunday Breakfast, BBC Scotland, and BBC 6. She has twice been a regional finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong competition and her songs have appeared on television shows such as Breaking Amish, Usta Usta, and 90210. She recently appeared singing on an episode of NPR's "This American Life."Her website lists Rebecca's favourite albums, and while Joni Mitchell gets several mentions, Stevie Nicks is not on there. Which leaves me slightly baffled, but still excited to be welcoming Rebecca and Rich back to TwickFolk.

The video at the top is from a May 2013 house concert in Bend, Oregon, posted by John Michaelson. Adrian Tyte posted this next video from two months earlier

£3 (+30p booking fee)

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The Cabbage Patch Public House

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TwickFolk

April
Sunday
9
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : Easter Singers' Night (with stage, lights and PA system)

Another of our popular singers' nights - giving our regulars a chance to perform on stage with amplification and lighting.

Expect anything from sea shanties to psychedelia, with a mix of original songs, traditional songs and covers of well known songs, less known songs and some performers will take requests on the night.

For performers, a spot on a Singers Night consists of two songs (or maybe 3 very short pieces). Performing on stage in front of an expectant audience puts us firmly in the spotlight and necessitates more practice and preparation.

To assist in the process our more experienced regular performers and volunteers are happy to offer assistance to help prepare those for whom the step up from the singaround to the darkened stage may be daunting.

For example: we'll be happy to help unaccompanied singers choose a suitable pitch (or even accompany them if they prefer). We'll aim to set up the stage from 6.30pm and if time allows there should be the opportunity to have a run-through using the microphones. So, please come prepared with everything you need...capo, picks, guitar strap and most importantly PLEASE to paraphrase Bob Dylan "know your song well before you start singing"

If you have any questions please email via the website. We hope that the most successful spots may eventually get the opportunity to progress to a full support spot (usually 25 mins- 5 songs)

£3 (+30p booking fee)

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

April
Sunday
16
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : Easter Singaround: bring a song or two, join in, or just come and listen!

One of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: "All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story."If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about."Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won't be a microphone."We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old - and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses."Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.

£10 + £1 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

April
Sunday
16
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : MATT GORDON & LEONARD PODOLAK (UK/CAN) - Old-Time traditional fiddle and banjo music

If you saw the last Show of Hands Albert Hall gig, or the Cecil Sharp House Project 2014 at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, then you'll know how lucky we are to have playing at TwickFolk. Steve Knightley is a big fan, and they're back in the country for another Show of Hands extravaganza and a short tour.%0A%0AMatt Gordon is a great Fiddler, Clogger, Hambonist, and Harmonica player. He toured in the 80s and 90s with the Fiddle Puppet Dancers, taking part in the London debut of Riverdance, and participating in festivals around North America and Europe, with that group.%0A%0ALeonard Podolak has been touring full force for the last 22 years mostly with the bands Scruj Mac Duhk, and then the Juno/Grammy Award winning The Duhks, who have played at Cambridge, Shrewsbury, and the Eastleigh (now Wickham) Festivals. He is a critically acclaimed 5-String Claw-hammer banjo player, and is known for putting together wonderful combinations of musicians, often creating a full, but new sound in what ever project he touches.%0A%0AThe video above is from a 2012 appearance supporting Show of Hands in Exeter. Below is another Songs From The Shed video:

£3 + 30p booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

April
Sunday
23
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : May Day Singaround: bring a song or two, join in, or just come and listen!

One of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: "All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story."If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about.

"Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won't be a microphone. We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old - and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses."

Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.

£12 + £1.20 booking fee

Details

Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

April
Sunday
30
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : May Day Singers' Night (with stage, lights and PA system)

Another of our popular singers' nights - giving our regulars a chance to perform on stage with amplification and lighting.%0A%0AExpect anything from sea shanties to psychedelia, with a mix of original songs, traditional songs and covers of well known songs, less known songs and some performers will take requests on the night.

For performers, a spot on a Singers Night consists of two songs (or maybe 3 very short pieces). Performing on stage in front of an expectant audience puts us firmly in the spotlight and necessitates more practice and preparation.

Most of our performers play the guitar, but we will give a warm welcome to any other instruments, and of course to unaccompanied singers. If you feel like bringing something really to play then please arrive early and make yourself known so that we can help you get the best possible sound from your instrument.

To assist in the process our more experienced regular performers and volunteers are happy to offer assistance to help prepare those for whom the step up from the singaround to the darkened stage may be daunting. For example: we'll be happy to help unaccompanied singers choose a suitable pitch (or even accompany them if they prefer). We'll aim to set up the stage from 6.30pm and if time allows there should be the opportunity to have a run-through using the microphones.

Please come prepared with everything you need...capo, picks, guitar strap, (guitar) and most importantly PLEASE to paraphrase Bob Dylan "know your song well before you start singing"If you have any questions please email via the website. We hope that the most successful spots may eventually get the opportunity to progress to a full support spot (usually 25 mins- 5 songs).

£12 + £1.20 booking fee

Details

Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

April
Sunday
30
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : STEVE TILSTON: Great British songwriter

It's been too long since last played at TwickFolk, so here he is.

Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic and has been turning out quality albums ever since. and Such and Such all featuring first-class song-writing, quintessentially English in style and typically Tilston, marking him out as one of this country's finest writers. Whilst the instrumental is testament to his guitar virtuosity. Though known as a songwriter, Steve has always had an ear for the tradition and included new interpretations of old favourites on his original recordings. was his first "all-traditional" album; with unique arrangements of timeless classics. There's also a "best of" anthology, and a live album recorded on tour with Fairport Convention.

Steve's last solo album, earned him the FATEA Male vocalist of the year award for 2015; while his new album with Jez Lowe: is garnering rave reviews.

The writer of the classic songs and the award-winning , is also a published author. Steve's first novel is an historical tale set in Bristol and the New World, full of colourful characters. It's a mighty good read and has been enjoyed by the likes of Bob Dylan no less! The first video is at the Chapel Art Centre Bath 3rd April 2016; the second from Southdowns Folk Festival in Bognor Regis on 24th September 2016

£11 + £1.10 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

May
Sunday
7
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : STEVE TILSTON: Great British songwriter

It's been too long since last played at TwickFolk, so here he is.

Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic and has been turning out quality albums ever since. and Such and Such all featuring first-class song-writing, quintessentially English in style and typically Tilston, marking him out as one of this country's finest writers. Whilst the instrumental is testament to his guitar virtuosity. Though known as a songwriter, Steve has always had an ear for the tradition and included new interpretations of old favourites on his original recordings. was his first "all-traditional" album; with unique arrangements of timeless classics. There's also a "best of" anthology, and a live album recorded on tour with Fairport Convention.

Steve's last solo album, earned him the FATEA Male vocalist of the year award for 2015; while his new album with Jez Lowe: is garnering rave reviews.

The writer of the classic songs and the award-winning , is also a published author. Steve's first novel is an historical tale set in Bristol and the New World, full of colourful characters. It's a mighty good read and has been enjoyed by the likes of Bob Dylan no less!The first video is at the Chapel Art Centre Bath 3rd April 2016; the second from Southdowns Folk Festival in Bognor Regis on 24th September 2016

£11 + £1.10 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

May
Sunday
7
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : CORINNE WEST (USA): Californian Americana

California songwriter returns to TwickFolk after several years absence. Corinne is a poet, a tunesmith, a visionary and an utterly stellar performer. Her music evokes the eternal stories of mystic troubadours, while speaking to the sonic sensibilities of a modern audience.

A very well-established figure on the acoustic roots scene, West has recorded five critically-acclaimed albums and has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. Her distinctive style is marked by lush vocals, pristine guitar and bold lyricism that reflects grit, discerning optimism and a far-reaching reverence for space and time.

She is equal parts angel and outlaw, delicate and fierce. Her current release "Starlight Highway" has received rave reviews globally including from The Daily Telegraph's Martin Chilton, who selected "Starlight Highway" as one of the top records in 2016. Relix Magazine says West has "A voice of Gold," while The San Francisco Chronicle boldly states "a singer with an angelic voice."And, just by the way - check out Corinne's web site for some lovely metalwork - especially the fireplaces. Can't imagine she'll be bringing any to TwickFolk, though.

Corinne will be accompanied by cellist Dirje Childs.

Online - £11 + £1.10 booking fee On The Door - £11

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

May
Sunday
14
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : BRITTEN OBOE QUARTET

  • Moeran: Phantasy Quartet
  • Schubert: String Trio in B flat, D471
  • Lennox Berkeley: Oboe Quartet
  • Mozart: Adagio, K580a
  • R R Bennett: Arethusa
  • Lutosawski: Bucolics
  • Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F, KV370

Nicholas Daniel founded the Britten Oboe Quartet together with his colleagues and co-principals of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia; they all bring to this ensemble not only the highest musical standards but also the experience of playing together over many years, resulting in warm, expressive and above all enjoyable playing. Their aim is to bring music of the highest quality to audiences and to explore lesser-known repertoire, both British and from abroad, as well as playing standard classics such as the Mozart oboe quartet.

Their repertoire includes oboe and cor anglais quartets by Britten, Berkeley, Knussen, Elgar, Krommer, Francaix, Gordon Jacob and Elisabeth Lutyens. Their imaginative programming embraces repertoire other than the oboe quartet, often including string trios, solo works such as Britten's Metamorphoses after Ovid or other chamber music combinations.

They relish the challenge of programming a well-balanced and attractive concert in line with specific themes and can be sure to find something new and interesting for every concert.

Recent concerts include performances at the Gregynog, Swaledale, Champs Hill and Wimbledon Festivals, Brighton Dome and King's Place in London. 2015 saw the quartet perform at the RNCM in Manchester, and in Sheffield and Nottingham. Future concerts include Bury St Edmunds, and in 2016 the quartet will record their first disc.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

May
Tuesday
16
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : GUILDHALL SCHOOL POSTGRADUATE FELLOWS ENSEMBLE

AGM at 7.45pm followed by a free concert at about 9pm Richmond Concert Society is proud to continue an annual event which allows subscribers to be involved in the creation of new music.

Students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) will be invited to submit compositions to a reviewing panel. The chosen composer will then be commissioned to write a new piece, especially for the Richmond Concert Society, to be performed by an ensemble of GSMD postgraduate fellows.

The ensemble will perform a short concert after the AGM, in which the new composition will be featured along with established repertoire.

We hope to continue this as an annual event, making the Richmond Concert Society an integral part of the creation of tomorrow's music and the discovery of tomorrow's talent.

This initiative has been made possible by a bequest from Mary Ryan. The winning composer will receive the Mary Ryan Richmond Concert Society Composition Award, bringing with it not only a financial incentive but, perhaps more importantly, a performance before an appreciative and enthusiastic audience.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

July
Tuesday
18
7:45pm