Series of concerts

Retorica EMN-160526-090245001

Retorica EMN-160526-090245001

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The highly anticipated series of concerts for Music in Quiet Places starts on Thursday, June 2 with a performance from Retorica at St Andrew’s Church in Irnham at 7.30pm.

Retorica brings together two exceptionally talented players to explore the richly expressive repertoire for the violin duo. Their programme explores music by star Baroque composers and includes the entertaining Gulliver Suite, a set of virtuosic dances following the journey of Swift’s hero.

On Thursday, June 30 at 7.30pm, the concert series continues with the Aquilae Duo at St John the Baptist’s Church in South Witham.

This atmospheric programme is inspired by the natural wood timbres of the flute and harp, in their most primitive form, and the music created during the impressionist and expressionist periods.

Stamford-based Eleanor Turner and Canadian artist Lisa Nelsen bring an infectious mutual enthusiasm to this repertoire. Both are soloists and recitalists with international careers; Lisa is proud to represent Yamaha flutes and Eleanor is a Salvi Harps artist.

The Melrose Quartet then takes the third concert in the series starting at 7.30pm on Thursday, July 14 at St James’ Church in Aslackby.

The Melrose Quartet takes a bold approach to old and new English songs and tunes, with powerful treatment of traditional material 
alongside some of the best modern song-writing in the genre. Comprising leading musicians in the folk world, the quartet was nominated for Best Group in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards; Nancy Kerr was voted Singer of the Year in the 2015 Awards.

The penultimate concert in the series takes place at St Peter’s Church in Claypole starting at 7.30pm on Thursday, July 28 featuring The Ebor Singers. The Ebor Singers explore ‘night music’ from the evening service of Compline to the golden period of Tudor polyphony with settings by Matthew Harris and John Rutter to mark this year’s Shakespeare anniversary.

Renowned for their sparkling performances and recordings, the group is the North’s most exciting vocal ensemble.

The series finale coincides with Gravity Fields, being held on September 22 at 7.30pm, when St Wulfram’s Church hosts the internationally acclaimed Red Priest Viva Baroque.

To book tickets visit the online booking facility at www.guildhallartscentre.com or call the bookingoffice on 01476 406158.