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February

Friday 1 February, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Concert

For Now I Am Winter: the music of Ólafur Arnalds

 

Florence Nightingale Obote, Melody Brooks violins
Molly Richetta viola
Kenneth Macdonald cello
Daniel Harding piano

 

A special extra ‘wintery’ lunchtime concert. Icelandic composer Arnalds’ exquisite music, arranged for piano and strings, with a sequence of beautiful landscape photography capturing wide spaces and endless skies, by Kent-based photographer and musician, Molly Hollman.

 

T: Free


Saturday 9 February, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

Caritas Chamber Choir
Northern Lights

 

Benedict Preece conductor

An atmospheric choral concert featuring works old and new.

 

T: £10: click here

Tickets sold on behalf of Caritas Chamber Choir


Friday 15 February, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7pm

University of Kent Cecilian Choir and String Sinfonia
Purcell Dido and Aeneas

 


Helen Sotillo Dido
Fleur Sumption Belinda

Daniel Harding conductor

 

A Baroque masterpiece which arguably invented opera in England, Purcell’s ground-breaking drama explores the doomed love of the Queen of Carthage for the Trojan hero. Ranging from Dido’s court to a witches’ coven and the harbour of Carthage, this hour-long semi-staged performance encompasses dramatic choruses, lively dance-tunes and of course Dido’s famous ‘Lament.’

 

T: Full £10 / Students £5: click here

(Please note this performance will contain two brief moments of sequenced lighting)


Wednesday 20 February, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Concert
Philharmonia Chamber Players

 

Adrián Varela, Jan Regulski violins
Gijs Kramers viola
Eric Villeminey cello

 

We begin an exciting week of chamber music in Colyer-Fergusson with four outstanding principal players from the Philharmonia Orchestra. Violinist Adrián Varela leads a string quartet in fugues and chorales by J S Bach, Stravinsky’s Concertino, and his own arrangement of one of Astor Piazzolla’s richest orchestral works. Named after a Uruguayan holiday resort where the composer spent many fondly-remembered summers, the Suite Punta del Este combines Piazzolla’s tango heritage with his love of Baroque and Classical forms.

 

T: Free, with suggested donation £3


Wednesday 20 February, Canterbury Cathedral Quire, 5.30pm

University of Kent Chamber Choir
Choral Evensong

 

Daniel Harding conductor

 

Featuring music by Pelham Humphrey, James Webb and David Truslove.


Friday 22 February, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

Brodsky Quartet

 

Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton violins
Paul Cassidy viola, Jacqueline Thomas cello

 

Bach – Art of Fugue BWV 1080 Contrapunctus 1 and 6
Mozart - Adagio and Fugue in C minor
Shostakovich – String Quartet No 8 in C minor
Mendelssohn – Fugue in E flat major
Beethoven – Grosse Fugue

 

The Brodsky Quartet makes a welcome return to Colyer-Fergusson with another ingenious programme, this time exploring the different ways that composers over the centuries have tackled the contrapuntal complexities of the fugue – from Bach through to the Beethoven’s monumental masterpiece and Shostakovich’s profound eighth Quartet.

 

T: Full £15 / Students £7: click here


Weds 27 Feb, Royal Dockyard Church, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, 7.30pm

Chineke! Ensemble

 

Chineke! was founded in 2015 by the double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, to provide career opportunities for black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians. The Chineke! Ensemble brings a varied programme to the Medway campus, opening with an entertaining arrangement of Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel. Every Chineke! programme includes a work by a BME composer, in this case Florence Price's (1887-1953) String Quartet in G, and the concert ends with Beethoven's Septet which includes the minuet well-known from its use in the composer's G major Piano Sonata Op 49 No 2.

 

T: Full £10 / University of Kent students free: click here

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