Another fantastic evening is anticipated with the return of Keith Slade with WSO

Such a talented orchestra and you will be able to hear them…

on Saturday 7th July 7.30 p.m. Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra perform a programme of Mendelssohn – Violin concerto, Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo theme for cello, and Beethoven Eroica Symphony. The soloists will be leader, Victoria Lee and Sally Alexander, leader of our cello section. There will be wine and soft drinks at the interval.

Adult £12, Concession £10, children £5 or one child free with each adult ticket. All can be purchased through worcestershiresymphony.org.uk and on the door.

We look forward to seeing you.

Suzuki look forward to returning to Christ Church Malvern 4th August 2018

Flutes and Recorders in Concert presented by the Summer School of 2018 involving students and teachers from across the globe on 4th August 2018 at 7.30pm

Come and join us for a concert of flute and recorder music, the culmination of our annual Summer School at Malvern St James. This year we will be performing “swan and song” music.

Refreshments after the concert.

We look forward to seeing you.

We very much look forward to the return of Michael Bochmann and his Orchestra Pro Anima on Friday 8 June 2018 at 7.30pm.
Come and enjoy a Summer’s evening of wonderful music in the convivial atmosphere of Christ Church Malvern, wine and soft drinks served at the interval.

Friday 8 June 2018 at 7.30pm

ORCHESTRA PRO ANIMA

directed by Michael Bochmann MBE
with Catherine Handley (flute) &
Corinne Frost (cello)

PROGRAMME

Mozart Divertimento in A K298 for flute & strings

Telemann Concerto for 4 violins

J S Bach Suite No 2 in B minor for flute & strings

Debussy Syrinx for solo flute

Ireland Cavatina, Berceuse and Bagatelle for cello & strings

 Mozart Symphony No 30 in D K202

Tickets at £17 & £13 (students half-price and free entry for children aged 10 and under)

from Malvern TIC, 21 Church Street, Malvern WR14 2AA

Tel: 01684 892289



Email: info@visitthemalverns.org


Fire & Passion - A Celebration Of The Music Of Spain & Latin America
Fire & Passion - A Celebration Of The Music Of Spain & Latin America
Fire & Passion - A Celebration Of The Music Of Spain & Latin America

ENIGMA DUO perform Rêves d’Amour

On 15th April at 3.00 p.m. we are thrilled to be hosting this concert, as part of our Sunday afternoon concert programme. Katherine has performed several times at Christ Church and this time it will again be something new for our audience. I hope you are as excited about the programme as we are and feel you want to join us for an afternoon of simply beautiful music by two highly accomplished and respected musicians. I was honoured when Katherine contacted me and Enigma Duo are in such demand that it has been booked for a long time, testament to their popularity. And so, what treats are in store? Rêves d’Amour will include beautiful music by Elgar, Dvorak and Pärt, and melodies from stage and screen including Ladies in Lavender and Scent of a Woman. As ever we will have an interval with refreshments to add to your enjoyment.

Sunday 15 April 2018 3.00pm

Tickets (Available at the door) Adults £12 Students £6 Children Free

Further details available from Angie Green at Christ Church

Katherine Thomas harpinwales@btinternet.com

ABOUT “Enigma Duo”

Laurence Kempton studied violin and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers included Maurice Hasson and members of the Amadeus String Quartet. He left to take up the position of Principal 2nd Violin with the English String Orchestra, where he worked closely with Yehudi Menuhin. He has subsequently played with many of the country’s finest orchestras and world renowned conductors, performing throughout Europe, Africa & Asia. As a soloist he has recorded for both CD and television, and concerto performances have included the major works of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bruch and Beethoven. As a chamber musician he has performed extensively both in this country and abroad, with a variety of performances ranging from broadcasting live on Radio 3 to recitals at festivals throughout Europe, and the intimate setting of hospice wards as far afield as Hong Kong.
Katherine Thomas is a harpist who has performed with artists varying from Bryn Terfel and Rolando Villazon to Katherine Jenkins and the Manic Street Preachers. She has toured extensively as a soloist and with orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera (WNO) with whom she is Principal Harp. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied the harp with David Watkins, Katherine plays the traditional celtic and triple harps as well as the pedal harp. Chamber music is an integral part of Katherine’s work, playing with violinist Laurence Kempton in the Enigma Duo, and joining flautist Sarah Newbold and violist Martin Outram in the Alvor Trio.

Corinne Frost and Janine Parsons
Corinne Frost and Janine Parsons
Fire & Passion - A Celebration Of The Music Of Spain & Latin America

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND AN AFTERNOON IN THE COMPANY OF MICHAEL BOCHMANN AND ORCHESTRA PRO ANIMA – PIANO AND STRINGS

We have had such a fabulous start to our concert season and continue on Sunday 18th March at 3.00 p.m. when we very much look forward to hearing Michael Bochmann and his Orchestra Pro Anima, once more bringing top class music to Malvern. We also can’t wait to hear Tim Sidford again, who, on this occasion will be performing the unmissable Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A K414, the programme also includes Vivaldi, Achron, Debussy, Handel and Ireland.

Sunday 18 March 2018 at 3pm

 

Mozart – Piano Concerto in A K414
Vivaldi – Double Violin Concerto in A
Achron – Hebrew Melody
Debussy – Clair de Lune
& music by Handel and Ireland

Tickets £17 & £13
 (students half-price and free entry for children of 10 and under) from Malvern TIC, 
21 Church Street, Malvern WR14 2AA
Telephone 01684 892289

Promoted by Espressivo www.espressivo.org.uk

Corinne Frost and Janine Parsons
Fire & Passion - A Celebration Of The Music Of Spain & Latin America
Fire & Passion - A Celebration Of The Music Of Spain & Latin America

Fire & Passion – A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF SPAIN & LATIN AMERICA

Sunday 4 February 2018 at 3pm

STELLA SEATON-SIMS – mezzo soprano
CORINNE FROST – cello
JANINE PARSONS – piano
MICHAEL JONES – piano

This exciting programme comprises music from or inspired by Spain and Latin America, including works by Manuel de Falla, Granados, Piazzolla and Turina in various combinations of instruments and voice. This concert is sure to delight with the colour and vibrancy of this music in the hands of highly accomplished musicians who are clearly passionate about it.

Tickets at £12 (students half-price) from
 Malvern Tourist Information Centre, 21 Church St, Malvern WR14 2AA

Tel: 01684 892289

Email: info@visitthemalverns.org

Linda Tolchard - Soprano and Friends

THE LITTLE MALVERN ENSEMBLE TRIO

3.00 pm Sunday 21st January 2018

Clarinet / Saxophone – Mike Halliday
Cello – Natalie Halliday
Piano – Tim Sidford

The music spans 200 years (we are playing it in chronological order!) and we include music with which you may well be familiar and some things that might be new to you. Nino Rota is a well known composer of film music (eg The Godfather pt 2) but less well known for his chamber music which includes this exciting and extraordinary trio. The trio by Peter Schindler is perhaps more unusual. It is scored for saxophone cello and piano and combines jazz (esp Latin) and classical elements in a classical framework. The composer has hinted that he may attend the concert – which is an exciting prospect! Peter lives in Berlin and is well known in Germany as a pianist and composer. This is an accessible and entertaining programme and we will be delighted if you can join us on that afternoon. Tickets are available on the door and refreshments will be served in the interval. A programme of music for clarinet, cello and piano, spanning two centuries.

  • Beethoven: Trio in B flat Op11
  • Elgar: Salut d’Amour Op 12
  • Nino Rota: Trio (1973)
  • Peter Schindler: On The Way (1995)

Further variety comes with Peter Schindler’s trio which is scored for saxophone, cello and piano. Refreshments will be served during the interval. Tickets: £10 on the door, £20 family ticket, £6 student ticket, children 11 and under free.

Linda Tolchard - Soprano and Friends
Linda Tolchard - Soprano and Friends. Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm for Christmas by Candlelight

LINDA’S VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT

Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm for Christmas by Candlelight. Linda Tolchard – Soprano and Friends. We are really thrilled to host this wonderful concert each year which beings such a huge amount of enjoyment and supports such a special charity, close to all our hearts, Megan Baker House. We always think this is our real start to Christmas when we can just sit and listen to the very special Linda and her special musicians. An opportunity to escape the frenetic preparations and truly relax in a warm and cosy environment, all wrapped up in Christmas. All profits to Megan Baker House Charity. Ticket price £15 to include a glass Available from Malvern Theatres

MEGAN BAKER HOUSE

Megan Baker House (MBH) is 100% self funded and relies on the generosity of those who fund raise. It provides invaluable , conductive education sessions for children and adults with motor disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and Acquired brain injury. Through conductive education participants learn how to manage and deal with the difficulties caused by their condition to enable them to lead a more independent life.

Christingle Making At Christ Church Hall Coffee Shop

FRIDAY 15TH DECEMBER 10.00 - 12 noon 2017

It really is quite fun, and it really is easy!! I promise! So why not see for yourself and come along at 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday 15th December and join us in the Friday morning coffee shop at the rear of the Church. There will be coffee and mince pies , of course!! We simply take an orange, make a cut in the top to inset a candle, wrap red tape around it and then, the fun bit! Stick sweeties and raisins and treats on sticks and insert in the 4 “corners” and finally we place the candle in foil and insert. We get a great production line going and it isn’t competitive, I promise! Then come along to our Christingle Service on Sunday 17th December at 4.00 p.m. and see if you can spot the ones you made!! It is a wonderful magical service and also provided valuable funds for the Children’s Society who do amazing work in this country.

Look forward to seeing you

Angie

Christingle Making Christ Church Malvern
Michael Bochmann (violin/director) Orchestra Pro Anima
Sunday 19 November 2017 at 3pm Christ Church, Avenue Road, Malvern Orchestra Pro Anima

Orchestra Pro Anima

SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER at 3pm Christ Church, Avenue Road, Malvern 2017

Michael Bochmann (violin/director)
Tom Martin (double bass) and Nicky Akeroyd (viola)

PROGRAMME
Corelli
Concerto Grosso in D Op 6 No 4
Casadesus
Viola Concerto in C minor (slow movement)
Mozart
Violin Concerto in D K211
Derek Smith
Bachorales for Strings
Bottesini
Elegy for Double Bass & Strings
Elgar
Serenade for Strings in E minor Op 20 Viola Concerto in C minor (slow movement)

Don’t miss the return of this much-loved orchestra playing a delightfully varied programme of music.

£16 and £12 (students half-price & children aged 10 and under free)

from Malvern Tourist Information Centre 01684 892289

Concert supported by The GEMMA Classical Music Trust

www.gemmatrust.com

Malvern Big Band at Christ Church Malvern

SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 7.30pm Something new and different for Christ Church… Malvern Big Band.. We are delighted to announce their first concert at Christ Church. Something new, and an opportunity to enjoy some wonderful playing, reminiscing and relaxing. Wine and soft drinks will be served throughout the evening, please do join us on 9th September at 7.30 p.m. An evening of big band jazz, swing, Latin and more. Music from some of the great band leaders including Buddy Rich, Glen Miller, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and many more. Children 18 and under free with accompanying adult ♫ Refreshments available throughout the evening ♫ Sit and listen or get up and dance! Christ Church, Avenue Road, Malvern Saturday 9th September 2017, 7.30PM Tickets £10 on the door malvernbigband.com

Malvern Big Band

WSO Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra Summer Chamber Concert

Saturday 1 July 2017, 7.30pm Christ Church, Malvern This year sees the third Summer Chamber Concert by WSO to be held in Christ Church Malvern, conducted by Keith Slade and led by Victoria Lee. As in previous years, this concert gives some of the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra’s excellent regular players the opportunity to perform as soloists in a range of concerti.  It also gives the orchestra the chance to play works that require smaller forces than the standard symphonic repertoire. Mozart – Horn Concerto No.4 in Eb – soloist Matt Bradley Reinecke – Ballade for Flute Op. 288 – Eleanor Lee Mozart – Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major – soloist Sarah Vernon Weber – Bassoon Concerto – soloist Richard Tattam Vivaldi – Piccolo Concerto in C Major RV443 – Charles Renshaw Mozart – Symphony No.31 in D Major K300 ‘Paris’ Ticket prices: Adults £12 / Concessions £10 Children: One child free per adult ticket. Additional children £5 For tickets please contact us on our website: www.worcestershiresymphony.org.uk or email: enquiries@worcestershiresymphony.org.uk or purchase tickets on the door

STRINGS FOR A SUMMER’S DAY

‘Soft breezes stir the air’
This quote from Vivaldi’s Summer celebrates our summer season in music. Also in the Baroque Period, we bring Telemann’s Viola Concerto, featuring Helen Roberts, and then move to Haydn’s great D major Piano Concerto with Janine Parsons - two favourite soloists. The spectacular Dance of the Elves for violin finishes this festive programme.
Orchestra Pro Anima
Christ Church Malvern 25th June 2017 3 pm
Michael Bochmann - violin
Helen Roberts - viola
Janine Parsons – piano
Vivaldi        'Summer'
Bach            Air on a G String
Vivaldi        Concerto alla rustica
Telemann        Viola Concerto
Haydn            Piano Concerto in D
D Smith        Elegy for Strings (premiere)
Bazzini        Dance of the Elves
Tickets: £12.50, £17.50
Tickets   Malvern TIC 01684 892289

June Concert Pro Anima

Shoe Box Workshop

SHOE BOXES TO SERBIA A fantastic almost 400 shoe boxes went from Christ Church last December and they joined others collected in Worcester totalling 4,000, to become part of the transportation of almost 40,000 boxes that went to children in need in Serbia. So how amazing is that from 400 to 40,000! This is a quote from a helper delivering “It was heart breaking to see the pain, sorrow, grief, uncertainty, fear, and despair in their eyes, but it was also heart-warming to see the joy, happiness, and genuine thankfulness from the children’s eyes when we opened the big brown boxes containing the colourful presents for them. The children excitedly helped the team leader open the boxes. At this point, the language barrier disappeared and all of a sudden we all spoke smiles, handshakes, hand gestures and tearful eyes. They patiently listened to what the team leader shared with them, learning about God’s love and the hope He has for them in the midst of their despair. One girl got a big shoebox, so heavy she couldn’t carry it by herself! A volunteer helped her open it and when she saw a toy owl and sweets, she beamed with joy!” I hope like us you were moved by this simple act and can help us again this year. We are delighted to be a Church Collection point here in Malvern. It means no difference to you who do the boxes, just that we will collect more boxes from more people!

Summer Fair and Shoe Box Workshop

SATURDAY 3RD JUNE 10.00 - 12.00 A chance to spend the morning browsing our stalls, enjoying coffee and croissants for breakfasts, buying home-made cakes and pasties and preserves to take home and a fabulous array of books, CD’s DVD’s to choose from, We will be joined once again by the Guide Dogs who will have puppies to admire, Maureen Edwards from Worcestershire Cancer Aid, with her beautiful handmade cards and quilts to raise money for this local charity. Spring Fair and Shoe Box Workshop There will also be an excellent stocked Toy stall and raffle. Whatever the weather be assured of a warm welcome inside Christ Church.

June Fair and Shoe Box Workshop
Shoe boxes to Serbia boy
Shoe boxes to Serbia boy

Spring into Summer with The Hills Singers at Christ Church Malvern

SATURDAY 13TH MAY 7.30pm Monteverdi – Mass for Four Voices (1650) Tippett – Five Negro Spirituals Chilcott – I Share Creation Madrigals, love songs and much more! Tickets £10 (students £5) Available from Sarah Musgrave 07715 562311 and Angie Green 07756 722426 or at the door for further information visit: hillssingers.com email: hillssingers@hotmail.co.uk or angie@christchurch-malvern.org.uk Proceeds support Christ Church, Malvern

The Hills Singers have been together for 24 years. The choir has a membership of 25 voices and is based in Malvern. They enjoy performing a varied repertoire which spans a period from the 16th century to present day and often sing unaccompanied. Their programme for 13 May comprises a broad range of music, including Monteverdi’s Mass for Four Voices (1650), Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals and Chilcott’s I Share Creation. The second half of the programme features shorter pieces: madrigals, folksongs and spirituals, with works by Vaughan Williams, Judith Weir, Rathbone and many more. The Hills Singers recently enjoyed a workshop with Simon Berridge (THE SIXTEEN) who said ‘You are a most responsive choir… I have a very busy May, but, when are you performing [Monteverdi Mass for Four Voices (1650) and Tippett Five Negro Spirituals]… if I can make it, I’ll definitely come.’ This will be an evening of serene and uplifting pieces to celebrate the coming of summer; the programme is sure to delight and pour sunshine on the soul. Musical Director, Carol Green, has conducted choirs throughout her career and, in addition to the Hills Singers, currently directs Worcester Young Voices. Carol has devoted much of her professional life to promoting singing in all age groups and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2005 in recognition of her singing work in education, enabling her to travel to Hungary and Canada to study best practice in class and in choir. She now teaches locally and works as an examiner, advisory teacher and vocal animateur. For further information, visit www.hillssingers.com

The Boehm Clarinet and Piano Duo with Viola

APRIL 2ND 2017  3.00 p.m. Christ Church very much looks forward to the return of Louisa and Tim and to meeting, and of course hearing, Daniel in another wonderful afternoon of music in our warm and relaxed venue. APRIL 2ND 2017  3.00 p.m. THE BOEHM CLARINET AND PIANO DUO WITH VIOLA. THE BOEHM CLARINET AND PIANO DUO was formed in 2014 by clarinettist Louisa Davidson with pianist Tim Sidford to perform chamber music from the clarinet repertoire, this will often involve inviting string players as guest artists. For this delightful programme at Christ Church, for clarinet viola and piano, Boehm joined by Daniel Neville on Viola will perform Mozart’s much loved Kegelstatt Trio K. 498, in E-flat major; Schumann Märchenerzählungen, Op.132 [Fairy tales] and 3 Trio pieces by Max Bruch. Tickets £10 Students half price.

The Boehm Duo

Orchestra Pro Anima

SUNDAY 19th March 3.00 p.m.

SAME PLAYERS, SAME VENUE, SAME DIRECTOR, JUST NOT THE SAME NAME! come and see ORCHESTRA PRO ANIMA (formerly playing at Christ Church as English String Orchestra) PERFORM

Directed by Michael Bochmann MBE. We so look forward to another wonderful afternoon of divine music in the warm and relaxed atmosphere of Christ Church with Michael and his players along with Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Bizet, Popper and Warlock. Tickets £16 & £12, students half price from Malvern TIC, 21 Church Street Malvern WR14 2AA

Telephone 01684 892289

Tea, coffee and cakes at the interval.

Look forward very much to seeing you all there to support their first performance under their new name at Christ Church.

Full Programme
ORCHESTRA PRO ANIMA
Directed from the violin by Michael Bochmann MBE
With George Ewart - Violin
Peter Adams - Cello

PROGRAMME
Mozart Divertimento in Bb K137
Bach Violin Concerto in E major
Vivaldi Concerto for 4 violins in B minor
Bizet/Sarasate Carmen Fantasy for violin
Popper Hungarian Rhapsody for cello
Warlock Capriol Suite

Promoted by Espressivo
www.espressivo.org.uk

 

Orchestra Pro Amina - formerly English String Orchestra

The Little Malvern Ensemble Concert

FEBRUARY 26 2017  3.00 p.m.

Something old and something new…

Malvern, of course, is the ideal setting for any performance of a work by Elgar, and Christ Church, clearly a place with a congregation and audience enthusiastic about all things musical, seems the ideal setting for a brand new performance of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. However, this will be a performance with a difference; a new take on the original work. George Morton, conductor and arranger has recently made a new version of this famous work, for chamber orchestra. All the original music is still there, but the forces are reduced from the original symphonic sound to something lighter and texturally more exposed. A challenge for the players and a new experience for the listeners! Elgar / Morton – Enigma Variations (1899) Respighi – Three Botticelli Pictures (1927) Sibelius – Andante Festivo (1922) Conductor George Morton is based in Sheffield and is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Sheffield Rep Orchestra. He has also arranged Holst’s Planets Suite for chamber ensemble in response to a commission from Latitude Music Festival. George’s new realisation of Elgar’s piece was premièred in Exeter in July 2016 and has since had performances in Sheffield and London. Our concert in Malvern will couple the Elgar piece with Respighi’s Three Botticelli Pictures. Sibelius  Andante Festivo The Little Malvern Ensemble (a little ensemble from Malvern, not an ensemble from Little Malvern!) is a newly formed group and this will be its first outing, with George as guest conductor – an obvious choice! The acoustics of Christ Church should be perfect for a small orchestral group such as this. Tickets will be £10 for the performance at 3pm on Sunday 26th February. Tickets are £10,  Family ticket £20, students £6, children 11 and under free, on the door. Tea and cake  will be served during the interval. Don’t miss it!

Ottorino Respighi - Edward Elgar - Jean Sibelius

Services

18th December Christingle Service at 4.00 p.m. a magical start to Christmas week for children old and young. In aid of the Children’s Society. 24th December 8.00 p.m. The first Communion of Christmas with Canon Harold Goddard, at the more worshipper friendly time! 25th December 10.00 a.m. said Holy Communion with Canon Harold Goddard.

Malvern Chase Brass Band

A Magical Candlelit Evening with Linda Tolchard

SATURDAY 10 December Christmas comes but once a year and Linda is back to sing for you and the children of Megan Baker House, a registered charity for children with cerebral palsy. Linda will be joined by her fabulous band of musicians give you all a heart-warming start to the Christmas season with a wealth of beautiful music to touch the heart and put you firmly in the Christmas spirit. So, don’t delay, Saturday the 10th of December it is! Put the date in your diary now and look out for tickets which shall be, if not already, on sale through Malvern Theatres Box Office, price £15 Festive refreshments and good cheer in abundance await you. Can’t wait to see you all again, let’s do it for the children. Linda will have her new album, “Wild Rose” available for sale, beautifully gift wrapped for Christmas presents.

Malvern Chase Band plays carols at Christ Church

Sunday 4th December It always feels like Christmas is nearly here when we have our annual Carols with the Chase Band. SO do come along and start your Christmas with us on Sunday 4th December at 3.00 p.m., Entry is Free, there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Chases Annual Charity, yet to be decided, and Christ Church Building Fund. Mince pies and hot drinks in the interval.

Malvern Chase Brass Band

Christmas Fair

SATURDAY 19 November 10.00 – 12.00 We are looking forward to meeting you all  on 19th November 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. for our annual Fair. We have lots of excellent stalls and  all well stocked. There will be home-made cakes and produce, Raffle with lots of prizes, Gifts, buy your presents early or even treat yourself!  Visit our Household and bric a brac stalls,  a wide selection of cards , including Maureen Edward’s home-made cards in aid of Worcester Cancer Aid plus her fabulous handmade quilts,  so you can buy your Christmas cards too,  books, CD’s, DVD’s, A great Toy stall, and of course our refreshments with coffee and cakes. We won’t be joined by Santa but we will have cute animals on show as the Guide Dogs will be joining us once more at their stall. In short, something for everyone and you can buy lots for  Christmas  all in one place!  Make it a date with friends and family.

The  Somme part of the steel sculpture by Lawrence Walker in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. The height of the panel in relation to the others shows the number of casualties. On the first day of the Somme, July 1st 1916, 20,000 British soldiers were killed.

Christchurch Malvern choir Severn Voices with Musical Director William Coleman

Saturday, November 12th at 7.30pm Christchurch Malvern choir Severn Voices will perform an Autumn concert to commemorate the end of Battle of the Somme. The programme includes movements from Brahms’ German Requiem, choral songs by Ledbury composer, John Frith – A Young Man in April  – (which are to poems by Rupert Brook), and music by Gloucester composers, Ivor Gurney and his friend Herbert Howells. Severn Voices will be joined by soloists, Peter Wilman and Lynn Marie Boudreau from Welsh National Opera, in this centenary musical tribute to all the men who gave their lives in the Battle of the Somme, which ended on November 18th 1916. The concert will also include a new piece, Memorial Ground, by David Lang, which has been specially written for performances all over the country around the date of the end of the Battle of the Somme. We are very honoured that Christ Church is  the venue for such a fitting commemorative concert, many men from our parish appear on our War Memorial, this concert will pay tribute to their memories and all of those who fell in the Battle of the Somme. Admission is £7.50 for adults/accompanied children under 16 are free. Tickets available to order from www.severnvoices.com from the beginning of October, and of course there will be tickets on the door.

Come and Try a Harp at Christ Church

Saturday 24th September Have you always wanted to try a harp? For a fun, free, relaxed day where you can get the chance of a lifetime, meet the harp makers, meet the Pilgrim Harps team, speak to a harpist, hear a harpist and learn how to play. With Refreshments available all day & books and cards to browse For more information 01342 893242 10am – 4pm Free Entry www.pilgrimharps.co.uk Email info@pilgrimharps.co.uk Pilgrims Harps

Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra

Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra return to Christ Church

Saturday 2nd July 7.30pm After its successful visit last year the WSO , conducted by Keith Slade and led by Victoria Lee, is looking forward to bringing its Summer Chamber Concert to Christ Church again this July. The concert is the orchestra’s annual opportunity for some of its excellent regular players to shine as soloists in a range of concerti.  It is also a chance to play pieces that require smaller forces than the standard symphonic repertoire. This year the programme will include: Vivaldi: Double Cello Concerto in G Minor Beethoven: Romance No 2 for Violin and orchestra in G Major Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23 in A Major Tartini: Concertino for Clarinet and Strings Haydn: Symphony No 101 ‘The Clock’ Adults £12 / Concessions £10 / Children: One child free per adult ticket. Additional children £5 Ticket enquiries contact us at  www.worcestershiresymphony.org.uk OR email: enquiries@worcestershiresymphony.org.uk OR purchase tickets on the door

Messiaen Players

Concert at Christ Church for Worcestershire Cancer Aid – The Messiaen Players

Sunday June 19, 3.00 pm Christ Church is very proud to support this very vital local charity and are very grateful to the Messiaen Players for performing. Please do come along and hear them play. The Messiaen Players (Emily Summerlin – clarinet, Sarah Cole – violin, Natalie Halliday – cello, Connor Fogel – piano) are a group from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. They formed with the express intention of performing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Their concert at Christ Church on Sunday 19th June at 3.00 p.m. will also include Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano and the Sonata for cello and piano. Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was a prisoner in Stalag VIII-A from 1940 to 1941. He wrote Le Quatuor pour la fin du temps with the assistance of one of the German guards, Carl-Albert Brüll, who obtained manuscript paper and instruments for him. The first performance was given to an audience of prisoners and guards by Messiaen (piano), Henri Akoka (clarinet), Jean le Boulaire (violin) and Étienne Pasquier (cello) outside on a grim and rainy day. It was 15th January, 1941. The musicians’ instruments were decrepit, the audience was a captive one, of course, but Messiaen later recalled, “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.” Tickets £10 in advance (01684 560715) or on the door Family ticket £20, students £6, children 11 and under free. Enquiries & reservations: info@mikehalliday.com Profits to Worcester Cancer Aid. Worcestershire Cancer Aid