There’s nothing like listening to a concert in an intimate setting, where you’re so close to the musicians you can feel the music resonating through your body. Stapleford Granary have four such concerts running through July. The music ranges from the ever-popular Vaughan Williams to an alternative chronology of the guitar from 17th century Scottish lute manuscripts to Romanian folk dances.
Saturday 9th July
‘The Dance Continued’ is a selection of songs. In addition to those English favourites, Finzi, Holst and Britten, the concert showcases the wonderful songs of Cambridge born composer Stephen Wilkinson (1919 – 2021). What makes this concert special is that it’s curated by the composer’s daughter, mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson and performed by her together with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Markland.
Saturday 16th July
Sean Shibe is a classical guitarist. His concert spans time and continents, from 17th century Scotland and 18th century Germany to 20th century Paraguay and Brazil and 21st century Israeli and American jazz. This collection is an indication of how versatile and innovative he is.
Wednesday 20th July
The Goldfield Ensemble celebrates 150 years since the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams with his Quintet in D and his much-loved Six Studies in English Folk Song. These well-known tunes are shared between the cello (Sophie Harrison) and clarinet (Kate Romano). The programme is rounded off with the Brahms Horn Trio (performed by Ben Goldscheider, Nicola Goldscheider and Richard Uttley).
Friday 22 July
Accordionist Miloš Milivojević and cellist Clare O’Connell join together for an interesting and varied programme. It ranges from Eastern European with Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances and Vlasov’s Five Sights on Country Gulag to five pieces by South American composer Astor Piazzolla, who took the tango out of Argentinian dance halls and into the world’s concert halls.
“As ever,” says Stapleford Granary’s CEO, Kate Romano, “we’re delighted to bring world class performers and thoughtfully curated programmes to the Granary – a winning combination that lends itself so well to the warm intimacy of our concert hall and its beautiful acoustic.”
Tickets for the concerts can be booked via Stapleford Granary’s website.
Stapleford Granary is owned and operated by the Association for Cultural Exchange, a registered charity fostering cultural understanding.