Harlaxton Manor concerts will celebrate JS Bach anniversary

Nicolette Moonen and Medea Bindewald will perform at Harlaxton Manor.
Nicolette Moonen and Medea Bindewald will perform at Harlaxton Manor.
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Three concerts in aid of the British Red Cross are to be held at Harlaxton Manor.

The ever popular concerts, which will celebrate the 330th anniversary of the birth of famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach, will be held in the magical setting of the Great Hall and start at 7.30pm.

The Harlaxton Summer Music 2015 programme opens on Friday, May 1, with Chameleon, featuring recorder player and soprano Janet Forbes, with organist and harpsichordist Douglas Hollick.

A very talented musician, Janet is back in the UK following six years of undergraduate and postgraduate study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Douglas is well known as a leading expert on early keyboard instruments and has worked with Janet for many years.

They will be playing music by Bach in the context of predecessors and contemporaries.

Then, on Friday, May 22, the baroque violin of Nicolette Moonen and the harpsichord of Medea Bindewald will take you on a musical journey from Leipzig to London, featuring music by Bach and family members.

Nicolette is a leading violinist in the world of early music and has formed a partnership with Medea, a German harpsichordist living in the East Midlands,where her husband is a history lecturer at Loughborough University.

Nicolette and Medea have just released a CD of music by the French 18th century composer Duphly, which has received some critical acclaim and achieved a ‘Cinque de Diapason’ award by the French Diapason magazine.

The third and final concert in the summer series, on Friday, July 3, will see Richard Tunnicliffe perform a programme of Bach and earlier music on Baroque and modern cellos.

One of the most accomplished cellists of our time, Richard will be playing music by Reger and Hindemith, who were inspired by Bach, during the second half of his concert.

Tickets for each concert are £10 (concessions £8) and they are available from the British Red Cross area office on 0845 054 7171. Tickets can also be reserved at www.redcross.org.uk. For disabled access contact the Red Cross.

On each evening, the conservatory and gardens will be open from 6pm, and for the first time this year tours of the house are being offered before the concerts. The tours last half an hour and start at 6.15pm. There is an additional charge of £4 if you wish to go on the tour.