Oundle Music Trust will present a rich and wide-ranging season of Music in Quiet Places concerts, in venues in Oundle and Geddington this autumn.
Introducing street songs from Shakespeare’s time, taking in music and poetry from the front during World War One and culminating in music from a Schubert-based folk/rock band this is a wonderfully diverse and engaging programme from the Trust’s new Artistic Director, Kenneth Richardson.
“This varied and unusual line up of concerts is my first Music in Quiet Places series,” he explains, “and should appeal to a broad audience. I hope it might tempt some who maybe think classical music is not for them to come and try it out!”
Launching the season on September 26 at 7.45pm in St Peter’s Church in Oundle will be ‘Letters from the Front’ – a combination of songs inspired by a world at war with letters from soldiers at the front, performed by Adam Sullivan (tenor), Joseph Padfield (baritone) and Gavin Roberts (piano).
The events of four long years during WW1 inspired an outpouring of extraordinary words and music from some of the greatest writers and composers of the age - on both sides of the conflict - Butterworth, Elgar, Fauré, Gurney, Hindemith, Korngold, Poulenc, Puccini among many others. But, as well as poetry and music, these years also produced writing of a more intimate and personal nature as young soldiers wrote letters to keep their families in touch with life on the front line. Read by young men from Oundle and Prince William schools, this evening is a tribute to all of the fallen and to those left behind.
On October 10 in the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Geddington at 7.30pm folk/early music specialists Alva will entertain the audience with street songs from Shakespeare’s time. In those days the streets were full of singers, competing to be heard. With cries and songs they spread the latest news, spun fabulous tales or sold their wares. They even brought Shakespeare himself to the streets with ballads telling gripping tales of King Lear and Titus Andronicus, or the mad pranks of Puck.
A captivating cast of Shakespearian characters make an appearance during the programme together with fairies, ghosts, goblins, and even the devil himself, in this concert which celebrates the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth.
And to round off the autumn season will be the wonderfully inventive Schubert-based folk/rock band, The Erlkings. Comprising three classically trained multi-instrumentalists, The Erlkings will perform new arrangements of Schubert’s finest songs in fresh and original English translations. Equally comfortable in an elegant concert house or a smoky beer hall, The Erlkings are the only group around getting audiences dancing to Goethe and Schiller.
The band was founded by American baritone and classical guitarist Bryan Benner after finally discovering a way to mix his passion for modern songwriting and his love of Schubert Lieder. Bryan joined forces with Austrian percussionist Thomas Toppler and Austrian cellist/brass specialist Gabriel Hopfmueller and thus The Erlkings were born. Taking place on November 7 at 7.30pm in Prince William School hall, Oundle, this is one concert not to be missed.
For more information contact the box office on 01832 274734 or visit www.oundlefestival.org.uk.