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February 2018

Taunton Sinfonietta – Beautiful Bassoon

Music for strings with bassoon and clarinet solo (Martin Gatt and Colin Parr). Director Mary Eade soloist in Beethoven Romance in F, Serenades by Elgar and Tchaikovsky, Elgar Romance and Spohr Adagio for bassoon and strings, Beethoven Trio op 11 arranged for bassoon, clarinet and strings. Tickets £15, friends £12, children £1

Somerset Chamber Choir Concert – Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes – Neglected masterpieces of choral music Rheinberger’s beautiful Mass for double choir, with organ interpolations by Bach, Mendelssohn, Reger and Bruckner, followed by Kodály’s haunting yet thrilling Missa Brevis” Discover your new favourite composers! Be enchanted by the ravishing Mass in E flat for double choir ‘Cantus Missae’ by Josef Rheinberger, Liechtenstein’s greatest son, and be moved by the haunting Missa Brevis by Zoltán Kodály. Join Somerset Chamber Choir in the delightful venue of King’s College Chapel for our…

Russian Gala Concert; Sergei Kosov – Balalaika, Iryna Ilaytska – Mezzo Soprano, Yulia Nortbridge – Violin, Ekaterina Shetliffe – Piano.

The performers of this concert are all graduates of leading Russian music colleges who have won prizes and awards for their performances and commitment to music.  They have been entertaining audiences in The Midlands and Devon for several years but it will be the first time they have performed together in Taunton. Sergei Kosov, the balalaika player will be travelling from Russia especially for the group’s February tour.  During his performing career he has worked with many traditional folk orchestras…

Come and Sing Day – Haydn’s Creation

Join us to sing choruses from Haydn’s Creation with Conductor Iain Cooper.  The choruses will be rehearsed during the day before a final sing through.  If you have considered joining our choir this may be just the opportunity to dip your toe into the water!  Registration is 9.30am for 10.00am and the day will finish at 16.00hrs.  We look forward to seeing you.  Price £12 to include hot drinks and biscuits, and sheet music.

March 2018

Blackdowns Early Music Projects: Music of Robert Carver & Ludovico Viadana, Director Andrew Parrott

Tickets will be available soon for this interesting juxtaposition of Early Renaissance ideas contained in the rhythmically complex  Robert Carver Mass Dum Sacrum Mysterium written in about 1510, set against the  Vespers of 1612  by Ludovico Viadana, directed by the distinguished conductor and musicologist, Andrew Parrott

Collegium Singers Concert – The Voice of my Beloved

Music on the theme of love, exploring texts from within and without the ‘Song of Songs’. Music from the C16th and C17th including madrigals by Monteverdi. A focus on the C20th and C21st follows, exploring settings by Grieg, Sibelius and Sandstrom.

The Phoenix Singers – Charity Fundraiser

This will be a charity concert raising funds for St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice. Watch this space for more details!

Taunton Choral Society – St John Passion

Bach’s famous St John Passion in Lent. Venue to be decided but likely to be St James’ Church, Taunton – check back here for more details nearer the time… Premium seating £18 Standard seating £15 (students £9/£7.50)

Wellington Choral Society – Handel’s ‘Messiah”

Music Director, Laurence Blyth, conducts Wellington Choral Society in a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Amici – English Cathedral Music

Details to be announced for this a cappella/organ accompaniment concert which will be a celebration of English cathedral music. Check back here for more details nearer the time!

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