2013 - 2014
C O N C E R T
S E R I E S
The King of Instruments Philip Scriven on the Mander Organ in Cranleigh School Chapel Over the last two seasons Organist in Residence Philip Scriven has performed the complete organ works of J. S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann. This year his series of Tuesday Lunchtime Recitals continues with nine themed programmes which will also include the complete organ works of Cesar Franck.
Recitals commence at 12.45pm ADMISSION FREE (no tickets required)
Tuesday 10th September Rule Britannia Music from the British Isles, including works by Wesley, Stanford and Elgar
Tuesday 1st October Baroque showcase including works by J. S. Bach, Handel and Purcell
Tuesday 5th November Organ Fireworks Music suitable for the date, including works by Handel, Widor and Simon Preston
Tuesday 3rd December Christmas Crackers including works by Corelli, Messiaen and Leroy Anderson
Tuesday 14th January Forget the Feet! Organ music written for manuals only, including works by Byrd, Brahms and Naji Hakim
Tuesday 4th February Preludes and Passacaglias Music from Germany, including works by J. S. Bach, Buxtehude and Reger
Tuesday 18th March French Fancies Music written by organists of Notre-Dame in Paris, including works by Vierne, Widor and DuprĂŠ
Tuesday 6th May Invitation to the Dance including works by J. S. Bach, Planyavsky and Noel Rawsthorne
Tuesday 3rd June A Song of Sunshine including works by Vierne, Yon and Hollins
Thursday 19th September
Oompah Brass In this special musical event aimed at a family audience of all ages, the award-winning ensemble 'Oompah Brass' show just why they have become such hugely popular musical entertainers in recent years. The players are all engaging music educators in their own right and their repertoire of popular tunes arranged for the ensemble of two trumpets, French Horn, trombone and tuba is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's face. The group have appeared on BBC TV, Radio and throughout the UK. They also join us in the evening as our entertainment for Cranleigh's first 'Oktoberfest' (see next event.) "Fantastic. They left me breathless!"
"Absolute genius! Their version of Bohemian Rhapsody is even better than the original. Shaun Keaveny, BBC 6 Music
Prep School Chapel: 4.30pm ADMISSION FREE (no tickets required)
Thursday 19th September
with Oompah Brass It may be a couple of weeks early, but we invite you to kick off this year's Concert Series a little differently. Join us for a splendid Bavarian evening in the 'Oktoberfest' style with traditional Bavarian food and, of course, German beer. Entertainment is provided by the multiple award-winning and criticallyacclaimed 'Oompah Brass' ensemble: the world’s leading exponents of ‘Oom-pop’ – Bavarian-style re-workings of songs such as Guns and Roses’ ‘Paradise City’, Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. In the regular line-up of two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba, they have performed in iconic venues across Europe such as the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland and the Hammersmith Apollo. They were the first band to perfom live in the new Olympic Stadium in London and their annual performances at the Edinburgh Fringe attain five-star reviews. "Totally spectacular, thrilling."
Danny Baker, BBC Radio London
"Legends in Lederhosen - they rock - so good"
Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2
"Who would have thought Dolly Parton, Queen, Abba and even AC/DC could sound this good when played in oom-pah style. They are our pick of the week." The Sunday Times
Ticket price includes food and one drink. A cash bar will sell a variety of German beers and soft drinks. Why not get a party of friends together and enjoy this event as a group - Lederhosen optional! For catering purposes tickets must be booked by Wednesday 11th September and will not be available on the door.
Dining Hall: 7.30pm Tickets: £20 (£16 concessions)
Wednesday 16th October
Aquarelle Guitar Quartet Recognised as one of Britain’s leading chamber music groups, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is an innovative young ensemble known for its extraordinarily dynamic performances and expansive repertoire from the Renaissance through to the present day, including their own arrangements of a wide variety of popular music. The quartet has performed extensively in major venues including the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Bridgewater Hall. Their engagements have taken them throughout Europe, most recently visiting Germany, Spain, Denmark, Greece and Ireland. They have performed as part of the Last Night of the Proms and have also given live broadcasts on Radio 3 and Classic FM. In 2011 they were appointed “Artists in Residence” at the Harrogate International Festival. Formed originally at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1999, the quartet has been seminal in developing the guitar quartet medium, with commissions from leading international composers. "This British ensemble seems incapable of playing with less than a glorious range of sound, perfect ensemble and exquisite taste. This is superb playing and the music is ravishing." (5-star review) Time Out magazine "If an ensemble of four players can give a traditional string quartet a run for its money in terms of abundant technique and breathtaking artistry, it is the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet." International Record Review
Merriman Music School: 7.30pm Tickets: £12 (£9 concessions)
Wednesday 13th November
Kantlin-Weaver Duo with musicians from the Merriman Concert Orchestra
L'Estro Armonico Bach: Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043 Prokofiev: Sonata in C major, op. 56 Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor from ‘L’Estro Armonico’ Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa Kevin Weaver is Head of Strings at Cranleigh School. Together with his wife, the acclaimed Finnish violinist Leena Kantlin, they perform an imaginative selection of works for violin duo and string ensemble from the last three centuries. Vivaldi’s aptly-named ‘L’Estro Armonico’ (‘Harmonious inspiration’) has been described as "perhaps the most influential collection of instrumental music to appear during the whole of the eighteenth century”. The works certainly made an impression on J.S. Bach, who studied, transcribed and synthesised Vivaldi’s procedures into his own compositional voice before writing his much-loved ‘double’ concerto in D minor. Prokofiev's C major sonata also draws inspiration from the Baroque era, adopting a slow-fast-slow-fast blueprint typical of the period. The four movements are characterised as being lyrical, playful, fantastic and violent in turn. The contemporary composer Arvo Pärt responds to his Baroque forbears by replacing the harpsichord with the experimental tone colours of a 'prepared piano' which has had its sound altered by placing objects on or between the strings, making for fascinating effects.
Emms Centre: 7.30pm Tickets: £12 (£9 concessions)
Sunday 8th December
Choral Concert A Night at the Opera Mozart: Overture The Marriage of Figaro Verdi: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco Puccini: Arias from La Bohème Verdi: Drinking Song from La Traviata Bizet: Toreador's Song from Carmen Borodin: Polovstian Dances from Prince Igor and
Gounod: Messe Solennelle 'Saint Cecilia'
Katie Bird (soprano) Luis Gomes (tenor) Nicholas Warden (bass) Cranleigh School Concert Choir Cranleigh Choral Society Merriman Concert Orchestra conductor
Speech Hall: 7.30pm Tickets: £16 (£12 concessions)
Tuesday 28th January
Tom Hollister and Christopher Woodham (percussion) Most young children gain experience of working with percussion instruments in class music lessons but few continue to develop these skills to the highest professional levels. Many friends of Cranleigh Music will remember the huge contribution made by Tom Hollister throughout his time at Cranleigh School as a superb percussionist. Tom now continues his studies at the Royal College of Music and we are delighted to welcome him back to perform alongside his justifiably proud teacher Chris Woodham for this special teatime concert suitable for the whole family. Chris and Tom will perform on a wide variety of tuned and non-tuned instruments showing the versatility required of percussionists and the huge amount of fun to be had!
Prep School Chapel: 4.00pm ADMISSION FREE (no tickets required)
Wednesday 29th January
Philip Scriven (organ) Sounds Symphonic including:
Verdi: Grand March from Aida Holst: Mars from The Planets Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite Walton: Crown Imperial Saint-Saëns: The Swan from Carnival of the Animals Tchaikovsky: Finale from Symphony No. 4 The organ is the only solo instrument remotely capable of capturing the scale and sonic range of a full symphony orchestra and a great deal of orchestral music has been transcribed for the instrument. Philip Scriven here scales the heights of the symphonic repertoire in dazzling arrangements of some of the world's most popular orchestral music and demonstrating the full capabilities of the splendid Mander Organ in Cranleigh School Chapel.
Chapel: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions)
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Have you ever noticed that in fairytales the characters so often have to go into woods or forests to achieve their goals? Imagine the chaos that would ensure if they all met and got mixed up in each other's stories. This is the essence of the brilliantly witty and entertaining musical by Stephen Sondheim based on the book by James Lapine. Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack (and the beanstalk), Cinderella, to name but a few, all seek their heart's desire in the woods but find those desires questioned and put to the test. And what would a fairytale be without a witch to add to their problems?
Monday 10th to Thursday 13th February Speech Hall: 7.30pm
Tickets: ÂŁ10 (no concessions) available from Wednesday 8th January
Wednesday 5th March
David Briggs (organ) The Phantom of the Opera on the silver screen! Cranleigh's Gothic Chapel by candlelight is a wonderful setting for a most unusual big-screen showing of one of the greatest silent movies ever made: Rupert Julian's classic Phantom of the Opera. Released in 1925, the film stars Lon Chaney in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, committing murder and causing mayhem in an attempt to force the management to make the woman he loves a star. David Briggs, one of the most highly accomplished recital organists in the world, is renowned for his dazzling improvisatory skills. He accompanies the film, capturing the mood and atmosphere of the cinematography and presenting cinema as it used to be in the early years of last century,
David Briggs is currently Artist in Residence at St James' Cathedral, Toronto and has a busy international recital schedule. We are honoured to welcome him to Cranleigh on one of his increasingly rare visits to the UK.
“I have never heard a more thrilling performance and you may quote me to the ends of the earth (and beyond).” Carlo Curley, international organ virtuoso
"No doubt those who attended David Briggs' recital at Sydney Town Hall and had not heard this artist before came along expecting to hear just the usual high standard of performance that one associates with the incumbent of a major British cathedral. Few would have expected such stunning virtuosity, technical competence and musical excellence, the like of which has rarely been heard over the last decade or so... a consummate artist." Sydney Journal, Australia
Chapel: 7.30pm Tickets: £14 (£11 concessions)
Sunday 27th April
Gala Orchestral and Choral Concert Farewell to Guy Waller Richard Saxel (piano) Cranleigh Voices Cranleigh School Concert Choir Merriman Concert Orchestra conductor
Marcus Pashley Guy Waller, Headmaster of Cranleigh School for the last seventeen years retires at the end of this academic year. A passionate musiclover, Guy has personally selected a programme of vocal and orchestral works for this farewell concert which have been an important source of inspiration for him.
Vaughan Williams: An Oxford Elegy Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K.466 Schoenberg: Four Songs from Gurre-Lieder Mozart: 'Soave sia il vento' trio from Cosi fan tutte Rodgers and Hammerstein: Selections from South Pacific
The programme takes the journey from the pastoral nostalgia of Vaughan Williams's setting of poems by Matthew Arnold, through the elegant intensity of one of Mozart's finest piano concertos and the ecstatic love of Waldemar and Tove in extracts from Schoenberg's late-romantic and large-scale masterpiece Gurre-Lieder. The evening is brought to a joyful conclusion with the wonderfully tuneful music from one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's best-loved Broadway shows.
GLive, Guildford: 7.30pm Tickets: ÂŁ18, ÂŁ14 Booking for this event must be done directly through the GLive Box Office: Tel: 0844 7701 797 or online at www.glive.co.uk
All concerts (with the exception of 27th April) take place at Cranleigh School or Cranleigh Preparatory School. The Speech Hall is situated at the left-hand end of the main School buildings; the Chapel is to the right. The Merriman Music School is situated directly behind the Chapel and the Emms Centre beyond that. Cranleigh Prep School Chapel is on the Prep School campus directly opposite the Senior School main entrance. There is ample parking and wheelchair access at all venues.
Concessionary rates apply to senior citizens, children (who are not pupils of Cranleigh School or Cranleigh Prep School) and students in full-time education. Subject to availability, tickets may be purchased on the door at each event unless otherwise indicated but advance booking is recommended. For advance booking and season tickets please pull out the booking form (centre pages) and return with a cheque made payable to 'Cranleigh School' and a stamped, addressed envelope to:
SEASON TICKETS For the many who are regular supporters of the Concert Series, season tickets (excluding Into the Woods and the G-Live concert Orchestral and Choral Concert) are excellent value at ÂŁ85 (full price) and ÂŁ65 (concessions). This represents a saving of over 20% on individual ticket prices.
Mrs Diana Pettifer Ticket Secretary Cranleigh School Horseshoe Lane Surrey, GU6 8QQ
Tel: 01483 273666 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that Cranleigh School is not handling ticket sales for the concert at G-Live on 27th April. Booking details can be found on the advertisement.
Friday 9th May
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Encore: The Winners of the Cranleigh Music Competitions In events throughout the year, Cranleigh musicians compete in the instrumental and vocal categories of the Helen Wareham and Prep School House Music Competitions. This special concert features the winning performances. Audiences at this annual event are always stunned by the extremely high standards of musicianship on display. Now it's time once again to congratulate and celebrate the success of this year's winners in an evening of high quality musicmaking from these highly talented youngsters. Ticket price includes champagne and canapés after the concert. (Parents of pupils invited to perform receive two complimentary tickets.) Please note: this is a black tie event.
Emms Centre: 7.30pm Tickets: £12 (£9 concessions).
Friday 13th June
Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet) with Philip Scriven (organ)
The Trumpet Shall Sound Music by Handel, Mozart, Haydn, John Stanley and Howard Goodall Rounding off this year's series is top international virtuoso artist Crispian Steele-Perkins, one of the world's best known trumpet soloists. Indeed, his playing is heard across the nation weekly on the theme music to BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow'. Crispian's purity of tone and artistic subtlety have received critical acclaim for more than three decades and in a stellar career, in which he long been regarded as the world's leading player of the Baroque trumpet, he has worked with countless international conductors, orchestras and singers. His recording of Handel's Let the bright seraphim with Dame Kiri te Kanawa will be known to many, as will recordings made with James Bowman, Emma Kirkby, Bryn Terfel and Lesley Garrett. Crispian is accompanied by Philip Scriven in a popular programme for the classic combination of trumpet and organ.
Chapel: 7.30pm Tickets: ÂŁ12 (ÂŁ9 concessions)
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. ~William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice