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
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
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. There will also be an excellent stocked Toy stall and raffle. Whatever the weather be assured of a warm welcome inside Christ Church.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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
SUNDAY 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 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.
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.
ORCHESTRA PRO ANIMA
Directed from the violin by Michael Bochmann MBE
With George Ewart – Violin
Peter Adams – Cello
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
The Little Malvern Ensemble Concert
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26th 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!
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.
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.
Severn Voices – a concert to commemorate the battle of the Somme 1916
Saturday, November 12th at 7.30pm at Christchurch Malvern choir Severn Voices
with Musical Director William Coleman – 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.
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.
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
Worcestershire & Dudley Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride
Saturday 10th September
Christ Church is open all day 9.30 – 4.00
For visitors & cyclists
Come and look inside our beautiful victorian church
Refreshments, books, cards, cd’s, dvd’s & gifts.
With Refreshments available all day & books and cards to browse
Suzuki returns to Christ Church
Saturday 6 August 7.30 p.m.
The Suzuki Flute and Suzuki Recorder Summer Students are delighted to be playing at Christ Church again this year. They will be working together from 3rd August to prepare for the performance on 6th August. We have teachers from Brazil, Holland, Finland, Italy and the UK leading the music and encouraging the children. Please do come and listen to their beautiful playing, the concert starts at 7:30pm. Entry is free, but donations gratefully received for Christ Church Roof Appeal.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
OR purchase tickets on the door
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:
Proﬁts to Worcester Cancer Aid.
Shulah Oliver, Rebecca Rose and Tim Sidford unite
for an evening of Piano Trio music
Saturday 7 May, 7.30pm
Well established Worcestershire musicians, Shulah Oliver, Becky Rose and Tim Sidford, have been brought together by a love for the piano trio repertoire. Graduates of the Royal College of Music, all three are prize-winning musicians who enjoy successful careers, and between them have performed at prestigious venues across the UK, including London’s Wigmore Hall and St James’ Palace. They will make their trio concerto debut together later this year, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.
Tickets are £10 and are available on the door.
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
Christ Church Calendar
Christ Church Book Sale
We will also be holding our usual Book Fair and refreshments every Saturday.
From 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 miday
Friday Coffee Anyone?
Our Friday Coffee Shop has been a tradition for a long time now. The late Mary Parry and Vicky ran it for many years and then Kathleen Mc Quillan took over a few years ago, ably assisted by Vicky and David. It is a source of companionship to many in Malvern and we feel it is even more important in the current days to keep this tradition going. when social contact has probably been affected by social media. For a very modest donation you can enjoy company, cakes, coffee and scones and biscuits. Nothing can beat a “natter” over coffee, it’s good to talk not Tweet!