Saturday 14th December 7.30 p.m.
Our Christmas By Candlelight Special Concert In 2019
This year the proceeds will go to local charity - Malvern Special Families and Christ Church is delighted to support it once more. We really say that this is the beginning of our Christmas , a perfect way to unwind and forget all the rushing, sit and immerse yourself in the magic of Linda and her musicians, the amazing Tim Sidford and the amazing Catherine Handley. Our "bar" will be open all evening to add to your enjoyment and you will be assured of a really warm welcome.
Sunday 24 November at 3pm
MICHAEL BOCHMANN MBE AND ORCHESTRA PRO ANIMA
Always a highlight at Christ Church and a pre-Christmas treat as well and with the Corelli Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 8 ‘Christmas’ we should all start to be feeling in the Christmas spirit. As Michael says we have a wonderful concert to look forward to so please do join us and there will be our usual welcoming refreshments at the interval to make the afternoon all the more enjoyable on Sunday 24th November at 3.00 p.m.
Tickets £17 & £13
STUDENTS HALF PRICE AND FREE ENTRY FOR CHILDREN AGED 10 AND UNDER
Tickets available from Malvern TIC, 21 Church Street, Malvern WR14 2AA, 01684 892289
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ORCHESTRA PRO ANIMA directed from the violin by Michael Bochmann MBE
with Thomas Martin (Bass), Eleanor Cooke (violin) and Nicky Akeroyd (viola)
Sunday 24 November 2019 at 3pm
Vivaldi ‘Winter’ from The Four Seasons
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 8 ‘Christmas’
Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
Bottesini Gran Duo
Mozart Divertimento K 138
A MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL
As well as favourites from Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Bruch, Orchestra Pro Anima’s next concert at Christ Church features the double bass in Bottesini’s famous Gran Duo for violin and bass. I’m thrilled to be playing this with Tom Martin who, like Bottesini, is a bit of a renaissance man! As well as his work with LSO and New York Philharmonic, he also makes double basses. Bottesini started by being a violinist and then switched to the bass when he found out he could get a scholarship to study, as he had no money. Later he composed operas and many works for the bass.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Violinist Eleanor Percy and pianist Irina Lyakhovskaya 22 September 2019
We welcome back Eleanor and Irina 22nd September at 3.00 p.m.
And we can’t wait. We know a fabulous afternoon awaits as, after hearing Eleanor and Irina last year, the audience immediately started saying, “when will they be back?” So, here we are, a year on and here they are.
If you missed their last visit to Christ Church, Malvern born violinist Eleanor Percy and pianist Irina Lyakhovskaya have been performing recitals together since 2000. They gave their Wigmore Hall debut in 2005 to critical acclaim and have since returned to perform there several times. They have given concerts at many of Europe’s leading venues, including the Southbank Centre, St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Porto Coliseum and the Smetana Hall in Prague. Their work has been broadcast on BBC television and radio and featured on Classic FM. They have recorded works the complete Mozart Sonatas for the Melodiya label.
We can anticipate a glorious afternoon with a programme that includes works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Franck, see the programme our back page.
CHRIST CHURCH ARE VERY HAPPY TO WELCOME MIDSUMMER MALVERN
Midsummer Malvern 21-30 June 2019
The underlying theme to this year’s community civic week is MUSIC but there is much more as well. This year we will be raising money to give St Richard’s Hospice as we are supporting their Build 2020 programme.
We start the Week with a Czech evening to celebrate our twinning connection with Marianske Lasne in the Czech Republic. A get-together to taste, drink and enjoy music and film.
There is a walk from Rosebank Gardens to the Beacon, following the Piper. Bring a picnic and enjoy the views from the top and music to fill the air. This event is one of many in support of St Richard’s Hospice so hopefully the evening will be a lovely summer one and many people will come.
There is a local Community Choirs concert in the Forum – we have such talented choirs in our area. There are two musical events being performed by Malvern St James and Malvern College. The finale of Midsummer Malvern will be at The Cube when the Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and Combo Sapiens from Barcelona will show us what the younger generation can do. A family event, with food available for purchase, this should be a great relaxed evening.
AND AT CHRIST CHURCH
Elgar and the Novelist
27 June at 7.30pm
Timothy Day and Sue Gee discuss two novels. Gerontius, by James Hamilton-Patterson, reimagines Elgar’s journey up the Amazon in 1923. In Sue Gee’s Trio, Elgar’s piano pieces called Dream Children weave their way in and out of the story. Join us for a delightful evening of words and music.
Sue Gee is the author of many novels, including two set on the Welsh borders: The Hours of the Night and The Mysteries of Glass. Trio is her most recent, about the lives of three young musicians in 1930s Northumberland. She lives in London and Herefordshire.
Timothy Day, who lives in Plas Gwyn, Elgar’s house in Hereford, is a musician and cultural historian. His most recent book was published in 2018, I Saw Eternity the Other Night: King’s College, Cambridge, and an English singing style.
This is a week packed full of events put on by the community of Malvern, visits to places of interest, chance to find out more about places in Malvern, where to enjoy a cream tea, there is something for everyone. Sporting events are happening – a cricket match and a cycle ride!
HILLS SINGERS RETURN TO CHRIST CHURCH MALVERN
Saturday 11 May at 7.30
It will be very nice to welcome the Hills Singers back on Saturday 11 May at 7.30 with a lovely programme of Finzi, Tallis, Bach, Vaughan Williams, Ireland and more.
We are especially pleased to welcome back Corinne Frost on cello who frequently delights us with her playing at many concerts here at Christ Church Malvern.
Refreshments will be available and all adding to the an enjoyable evening in Christ Church Malvern.
Musical Director - Carol Green with Corinne Frost - cello
Penny Vere - piano
Zielinski Vox in Rama
Tallis - Lamentations 1& 2
Ola Gjeilo - Sincerity (O magnum mysterium)
J S Bach - Fürchte dich nicht
Vaughan Williams - Six Studies in English Folk Song (cello)
and songs by Finzi, Ireland, Elgar, Macmillan and Britten.
Tickets £10 available from Angie Green 07756 722426
Sunday 7 April – 3pm
Sunday afternoon with Michael Bochmann OBE and Orchestra Pro Anima
directed from the violin by Michael Bochmann MBE with Stella Seaton-Sims (mezzo) and Michael Jones (piano)
A programme of music inspired by the Natural World, including Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ from The Four Seasons; the ‘Air’ from Handel’s Water Music; Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No 9 (‘Swiss’); Holst’s Brook Green Suite; Casal’s ‘Song of the Birds’ and Ireland’s ‘A Downland Suite’ plus a short selection of songs on this theme.
Tickets: £17 & £13 (students half price and free entry for children aged 10 and under) From Malvern TIC on 01684 892289.
STARTING MARCH WITH A BIG BAND CONCERT!
Saturday 16 March – 7.30 pm
Those of you came to the last one will remember what a truly happy and relaxing evening it was, so we are thrilled to have the MALVERN BIG BAND play again at Christ Church on Saturday 16 March at 7.30 p.m.
It really is an evening not to be missed, a very relaxed cabaret style concert with drinks available throughout the evening and that fabulous Big Band sound, what more could you want?
Featuring special guest vocalist GARRY RUTTER.
Playing a selection of Big Band classics by the Jazz greats including Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others, plus swinging vocals as sung by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and many more!
Tickets are £10 and £5 for children , available on the door.
Come and join us in the intimate and welcoming surroundings of Christ Church.
Saturday 2 February 7.30 p.m.
Black Pear Symphonic Winds Concert - A celebration of English Music
BLACK PEAR SYMPHONIC WINDS, Saturday evening 2 February 7.30 p.m. when we are delighted to be the venue for their debut in Malvern. SO, enjoy a Saturday evening out to brighten up the dull February evenings, this is something to lo forward to. Tickets are available on the door £10, children £5 and we will serve wine and sparkling non-alcoholic drinks during the interval, all adds to a very enjoyable evening.
Programme including music by:
Ralp Vaughn Williams, Gustav Holst, Arthur Sullivan, Malcolm Arnold and Martin Ellerby.
Conductor Colin Farlow
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With their debut performance in Christchurch, Malvern, this exciting new ensemble brings a fresh flavour of high-quality music. Like the Black Pear, the ensemble is synonymous and unique to the county. BPSW aims to build upon Worcestershire’s legendary musical heritage with performances of original music for Wind Orchestras at the highest standard. In addition to this, BPSW endeavour to create their own legacy by developing educational links throughout the county.
BPSW provides the opportunity for instrumentalists of wind, brass and percussion to perform original wind orchestra repertoire as part of a, semi-professional ensemble. They are certainly a group to enjoy live in order to experience the full power of this exciting, new wind ensemble and the challenging music they perform with talent, quality and a formidable dynamic range.
The concert on 2nd February includes a range of works celebrating English composers including Malcolm Arnold, Arthur Sullivan and Gustav Holst. The programme also showcases modern day, English composers who specifically create works for the genre of Symphonic Wind ensembles including a piece by Martin Ellerby, ‘Elgar Variations’, written as a tribute to the famous Worcestershire composer, Edward Elgar.
Thursday 13 December 7.00 p.m.
Linda Tolchard – Christmas by Candlelight Concert – with Tim Sidford and her other wonderful musicians
Anyone who has already been to our simply glorious Christmas Concert already know what a truly special evening it is and it raises vital funds for Megan Baker House. The evening will begin with glass of champagne served with canapés, homemade mince pies and wine will be served during the interval.
Tickets at £22.40 (Including 12% booking fee) each and will be available from Malvern Theatres Box Office 01684 892277
Orchestra Pro Anima with Tim Sidford on Sunday 18 November
We are delighted to welcome Michael Bochmann and Orchestra Pro Anima once again to give us a mixed programme of music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. The event is on Sunday 18 November at 3pm and is the re-scheduling of the concert which was originally to take place last March but which had to be cancelled due to snow. Tickets purchased for that concert are still valid, so please bring them with you.
As well as works for string orchestra, the programme will include Mozart’s beautiful Piano Concerto in A K414 with acclaimed Malvern-resident pianist Tim Sidford, who will also be giving a performance of Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Vivaldi’s Double Violin Concerto in A minor, Handel’s Pastoral Symphony (from ‘Messiah’) and Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No 10 also form part of this lovely afternoon of music. It is also a wonderful opportunity to see the extremely talented Tim Sidford, perform once again at Christ Church too, and with the sublime Mozart.
OPA, Tim and Christ Church very much look forward to welcoming you all and there will be coffee and cakes served at the interval to add to the enjoyment.
Tickets are £17 and £13 from the Tourist Information Centre on 01684 892289.
10.45 a.m. Our Remembrance Sunday Service
6.30 p.m. Battles Over – A special service to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1
We join with hundreds of Churches in the United Kingdom and ring the bells out for peace in unison. Do join us, on this very special occasion.
6.40 p.m. Prayers at the War memorial.
2018 marks a special anniversary in our history. As we stand here today, joining with hundreds of Churches, to contemplate all the sacrifices made 100 years ago and reflect on the names listed on our War memorial.
6.55 p.m. Last Post, followed by a time of refection.
7.00 p.m. Reveille.
7.05 p.m. Bells – to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1.
RINGING OUT FOR PEACE
Another opportunity to experience wrap, fill, joy! On 20 October from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERINCE – WRAP, FILL, JOY!
Saturday 20 October between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon during our Saturday Book Fair we will be, once more, filling boxes for the children to receive. We have items to go in but any donations very welcome, we need soft toys and knitted hats and gloves especially please.
Wrap, fill, joy, experience it! On 29 September from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon
When you help with Christmas Shoe Boxes for children in Eastern Europe and beyond.
Dare I just whisper the Christmas word? I think I might just be allowed, as this is what Christmas is all about for many of you who share in the passion we have for filling shoe boxes to go to children far and wide. Children who never stop being grateful all year long for a strangers generosity. It gives them hope and comfort, knowing they are not forgotten. It is terrible to hear of the children receiving boxes for the first time, meaning it is the only present they have had in their lives, but so nice to think of those who had one last year and look forward to with anticipation, just like we are used to anticipating good things ourselves at Christmas.
All this just doesn’t happen without a lot of work and planning. So we ask you to join us to make a start on this year’s collection. We have some boxes already wrapped, we have some “fillings” as well and we have an abundance of enthusiasm! Let us work together, you can even take your box home to finish off. Should you be able to bring things along we need the following:
Toothbrushes and paste, bars of soap and face cloths, notepads, pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons, pencil cases, balls, small toys and small soft toys, sweeties (not chocolates). So, we have to think small as in size but big as in numbers as we aim for more than 500 this year.
Join us at 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 on Saturday 29 September where we will also have refreshments at our regular Book Fair.
Sunday 23 September 3pm Malvern born violinist Eleanor Percy, along with Russian pianist, Irina Lyakhovskaya, present an afternoon of superb music
Their work has been broadcast on BBC television and radio and featured on Classic FM. They have recorded works by Prokofiev and Brahms for the IMLab label and the complete Mozart Sonatas for the legendary Melodiya label. Eleanor says “being a violinist from Malvern, I couldn’t resist the urge to play the Elgar Sonata which is very close to my heart. It combines a wonderful blend of majesty and intimacy which brings the Malvern Hills to mind every time I play it.” They have also included music by local composer, Ian Venables. His Three Pieces for Violin and Piano were the first works he composed after he moved to Worcestershire in 1986 and were his first artistic response to this inspirational environment. Also on the programme is Mozart’s exuberant C major sonata and the mighty ‘Kreutzer’ sonata by Beethoven. This extraordinary work is widely considered one Beethoven’s greatest masterpieces. So, all you need to do is join us at our popular venue of Christ Church and where you will be richly rewarded with a truly delightful programme .
Tickets £12/ Students half price, are available on the door and can also be reserved by e mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
More information: www.percy-lyakhovskaya.com
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.
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.
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)
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
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 email@example.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.
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
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
SORRY CONCERT CANCELLED – DUE TO SNOW
Musicians unable to reach Christ Church Malvern due to snow.
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
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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’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
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)
Concerto Grosso in D Op 6 No 4
Viola Concerto in C minor (slow movement)
Violin Concerto in D K211
Bachorales for Strings
Elegy for Double Bass & Strings
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
Malvern Big Band at Christ Church Malvern
SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 7.30pm 2017
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
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
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 2016
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 2016 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. 2016
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 2016
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.
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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 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!