Concert Series completed, 2009 list of concerts will follow shortly
Saturday 5th April at 7.30 pm
Piers Lane - Piano
|Patron to the Old Granary Piers Lane performs Bach Organ Preludes transcribed by d’Albert, Brahms Opus 118 and Schumann’s exquisite ‘Carnival in Vienna’. Faschingsschwank Aus Wien (Carnival Of Venice) Op.26 is an exciting yet rather unusual piano work in five movements composed in 1839. Although the structure of this piece is more integrated than a Suite, it is not quite a Sonata for Piano. These are five beautifully complimenting movements depicting carnival time.On Sunday 6th April at 1.30pm Piers will give a masterclass at the Old Granary to aspiring students.
Observers are welcome to informally attend and tickets are £5
Sunday 2oth April at 7.30pm
'Katzenjammer' - Piano Duet
FOUR HANDS ON ONE PIANO - MUSIC & COMEDY DUO
The duet performed at the Playhouse last year to a full house and we are delighted to engage them for another opportunity to appreciate their magnificent performance of:
‘Spectacular piano gymnastics, hilarious comic banter and a finale that’s sure to go with a bang all combine as Katzenjammer present you with a show you won’t forget!’
With a modern twist on a traditional genre, Katzenjammer are a piano duo with a difference! They will dazzle you with their own arrangements of Tom & Jerry-inspired Liszt, an explosive Tchaikovsky, and they will have you laughing as they marry together your favourite classics with your top-10 pub tunes! With the resulting tangle of hands and arms, the keyboard is projected onto a large screen so that the mesmerising gymnastic display of their playing can be marvelled at.
You’ve never seen a piano played like this before!
‘The spice of live entertainment!’ The Stage ‘This is what modern variety is all about!’ Ross King, GMTV
‘I laughed so much I had to take my teeth out and put them in my handbag!’ Blackpool Grand
Saturday 24th May at 7.30 pm
The Pro Arte Quartet
Artistic Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Kenneth Sillito (violin) is joined by Hamish Milne (piano), Robert Smisson (viola) and Steven Orton (cello), with music by
Beethoven - Quartet in Eb major Opus 16, Mahler - Piano Quartet single movement and Brahms - Quartet in A major
Saturday 31st May at 7.30 pm
Suffolk Poetry Society - Shubertaid
An Evening of Poetry with Music
Suffolk Poetry is a Society of 130 Poets and poetry lovers.
Shubertaid was the name given to those intimate Viennese evenings when Franz Schubert made music with his artistic friends. Join us to recapture the spirit of those times and hear original works read by the authors then set to music by pianist Holger Aston.
Holger Aston read Modern Languages at Oxford before winning a scholarship to continue his musical studies at the Guildhall. His piano teachers have included John York, Craig Sheppard and Yonty Solomon. He also twice won a scholarship to study with the Russian pianist Alexander Satz in Vienna. Holger was Director of Music at St. Anselms's and Cecelia's Kingsway 2002 – 2004 and is a regular performer with the Lecosaldi Ensemble. He is known in this region as a regular soloist at the East Anglian International Music Festival and through previous appearances with Suffolk Poetry.
Wednesday 4th June at 7.30 pm
Martin Taylor - Jazz Guitar
‘Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He's unbelievable’ - Pat Metheny
Award winning guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognised as the world's foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Sacha Distel, Bryn Terfel and Jamie Cullum. From 1979 to 1990 he toured the world and recorded over 20 albums with the French jazz violin legend STEPHANE GRAPPELLI. Their album with Vassar Clements "Together At Last" won a Grammy Nomination in 1987.
Monsieur Grappelli described him as ‘A great artist, rich in talent and elegance’
Sunday 15th June at 3 pm
Diana Moore - Mezzo Soprano
Christopher Gould - Piano
Following in the footsteps of their critically acclaimed series of English song recitals, Diana and Chris delve into the repertoire of German Lieder and French mélodie to bring you their trademark mix of exciting programming combined with superb musicianship and a sense of humour! Programme to include music by Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Duparc, Faure and a selection of English Song favourites...
'...and evening of song to make you re-think your appreciation of vocal recitals...' Paul Spicer.
Thursday 26th June at 7.30 pm
Pascal Roge & Ami Hakuno
Piano solos and duets
Pascal Rogé exemplifies the finest in French pianism; his playing of Poulenc, Satie, Fauré, Saint-Saëns or Ravel in particular is characterised by its elegance, beauty and delicate phrasing – his name is simply synonymous with the best playing of French repertory in the world today. THE A & R TIMES, JUNE 2005 Onyx/Debussy Preludes Recording
‘Here are all 24 of Debussy’s piano Preludes which paint fantastically subtle musical portraits of nature, exotic far-off places and contemporary life. Rogé’s interpretations have great authority as he studied with a pupil of Debussy. And he is a pianist of subtle touch, able to capture a great range of colours and moods’
Debussy: Preludes Book 1 (solo, performed by Pascal Roge)
Poulenc: Sonata for Piano Duet
Ravel: La Valse Piano Duet
Sunday 29th June at 3 pm
Emma Johnson - Clarinet
John Lenehan - Piano
We are thrilled to welcome Emma and John to the Old Granary, Emma is one of the few clarinetists to have established a busy international career as a soloist. Emma performs across Europe, the USA and the Far East, as well as in Africa and Australia. In Britain she has achieved great popularity, regularly playing to sold-out concert halls.
'…[Emma Johnson] walks onto a concert platform and suddenly transforms herself into an expressive instrument of sublime beauty' - The Guardian
Mozart Variations K581
Schumann Romances op.94
Mendelssohn Clarinet Sonata in E flat
Copland Clarinet Sonata
Tom Johnson Bedtime Stories for Clarinet and narrator
Elgar Canto Popolare
Gershwin arr. Johnson/Lenehan Goodman Medley
Saturday 12th July at 1.30pm
Leslie Howard - Piano Masterclass
Tickets for observers £5
As for the previous masterclass on 6th April you are welcome to observe informally.
Leslie Howard .. is renowned for his masterclasses [in piano, chamber music and song], which he has given in many countries and in several languages, thereby acquiring many young disciples who look to him for advice and encouragement
Tursday 11 th September at 7.30pm
Kathryn Stott & Noriko Ogawa
Two piano recital
Celebrated pianists Kathryn Stott and Noriko Ogawa have joined forces to present a variety of repertoire for two pianos and piano duet. The collaboration was launched with great success in November 2001 with a concert in the NTL Studio as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen's. Stott and Ogawa have given individual concerto and recital performances to outstanding critical acclaim at the world’s most prestigious venues, and have been able to combine their wide-ranging knowledge of the repertoire to create varied programmes
“This performance was masterly and while stunned by the technical brilliance, we also admired the penetrating minds behind the playing”
Mozart - Sonata in D K448
Rachmaninov - Suite No.2
Poulenc - Sonata
Ravel - La Valse
Sunday 5th October 7.30pm
An evening with Rick Wakeman
Rick is resident in South Norfolk and rapidly sold out his Norwich Cathedral concert at Christmas. So be quick to book tickets for the Old Granary as seating is limited! A rare opportunity to see at close quarters one of the world’s legendary performers in a ‘simply acoustic’ programme. Rick tells anecdotes in between solo piano performances of famous works
Saturday 11th October at 7.30pm
Alison Burns - vocal
David Newton - piano
Chris Hill - string bass
Tickets £16 and a post concert buffet supper £15pp
Alison returns to the Old Granary with David Newton a highly respected pianist who has worked with the finest vocalists and instrumentalists in jazz and Chris Hill on bass.
Surrounded by the surfeit of little girl voices prevalent in jazz today, it's almost a relief to encounter a mature but flexible voice like Alison Burns. Beyond the vocal quality is imaginative delivery and interpretation that comes from experience in life as well as performance. The way she weighs and colours the lyrics in her singing place her in rare company. At home in any setting, from festival and theatre stages to small, intimate venues, Alison Burns never fails to touch the audience with her soul-stirring performances. The concert will fearure a range of jazz standards old and new.
To round off the season in a true party atmosphere please do join us for a post concert buffet supper after the concert at 9.15pm
Welcome to our 2008 concert season at the Old Granary.
Once again we are proud to present an array of world famous musicians in a diverse range of concert programmes. Our patron Piers Lane who opens the season with a recital and a masterclass, has assisted in organizing a very special two piano recital with Noriko Ogawa and Kathryn Stott. Other highlights include clarinetist Emma Johnson, celebrated French pianist Pascal Roge with his duet partner Ami Hakuno and the return of the Pro-Arte Quartet lead by Kenneth Sillito. A special song recital is performed by international mezzo soprano Diana Moore, who is familiar to local audiences. A new resident of Norfolk is keyboard legend Rick Wakeman and we are thrilled that a special appearance has been arranged. For a concert of a completely different character we welcome the amazing ‘ Katzenjammer’ piano duet.
For the jazz enthusiasts Martin Taylor is back by popular demand for another unique evening of acoustic guitar, whilst vocalist Alison Burns also returns for our final concert in a trio performance of jazz favourites old and new.
New for this year is the availability of light pre-concert suppers typically a choice of fresh bread, salads and soups. These will be available an hour before the performance.
We would like to extend special thanks to Rosemary and Anthony de Vere and the Board of the ‘Friends of The Old Granary Studio Concerts Trust’ and indeed all the ‘Friends’ whose contributions and fund raising have made some of the concerts possible. Also to our patron Piers Lane, our President Sir Nicholas Bacon and our many friends and helpers who contribute in countless ways.
Andrew and Jill Giller
Proprietors and Artistic Directors of The Old Granary Studio Spring 2008