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CHAMBER MUSICIANS OF LONDON

CHAMBER MUSICIANS OF LONDON

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CHAMBER MUSICIANS OF LONDON
WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER | 7:30pm
WESTMINSTER THEATRE | KEELE UNIVERSITY


The Chamber Musicians of London return to Keele University for a special concert in the memory of George Pratt, the founding Director of Music at Keele University. George was instrumental in developing University orchestra, choir, and Chapel Choir, designing and installing Keele's first chapel organ, establishing the Lindsay Quartet, Keele Concerts (with John Kolbert), and finally the Music Department in which he was first Senior Lecturer and then Head. George Pratt established the International Chamber Music Summer School at Keele, so it is fitting that the Chamber Musicians of London will lead this special concert to remember George.


Diana Cummings Violin
Richard Muncey Viola
Nick Stringfellow Cello
Karen Radcliffe Soprano
Michael Bell Piano


PROGRAMME
Schubert 4 Canzonas D688
Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano op 47 (Kreutzer)
Brahms 2 Songs for voice, viola and piano op 91
Schumann Piano Quartet op 47

Alongside this concert to remember George, we invite donations to support the continued restoration and refurbishment of the Keele Chapel Organ and revival to its place as a flagship instrument for Keele. George brought music to life, enhancing the campus experience for our Keele community over several decades. Thank you for joining with us to recognise George's contribution to Music at Keele. If you wish to make a donation please visit: https://epay.keele.ac.uk/donations

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FITZROY QUARTET

FITZROY QUARTET

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FITZROY QUARTET
WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2018 | 7:30PM
WESTMINSTER THEATRE, KEELE UNIVERSITY


Winners of the 2016 Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition and Finalists in the 2017 Royal Overseas League the Fitzroy Quartet were formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 by 4 award winning musicians from Italy, Spain and the UK. They are Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy for 2016/17 and are also Associate Ensemble at Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2015 quartet won the Wolfe Wolfinssohn Quartet Competition for their performance of Beethoven's String Quartet Op.135 and were awarded the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize for outstanding contribution to the Royal Academy the same year. They were also the St Peters, Eaton Square Prize Winners for 2015/2016. Notable collaborations include Octet performances with the Brodsky, Doric and Piatti Quartets.


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FODEN'S BAND: HOLST - THE PLANETS

FODEN'S BAND: HOLST - THE PLANETS

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FODEN'S BAND: HOLST - THE PLANETS
WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2017 | 7:30PM
KEELE UNIVERSITY CHAPEL

Keele University Astrophysics have teamed up with Keele Concerts Society and Foden's Band to present an out of this world concert. All seven movements of of the Planets Suite will be performed, accompanied by a short talk and the most breathtaking Hubble Space Telescope images for each of the planets. The evening will conclude with the search for new extrasolar planets and then Into The Unknown...

PROGRAMME:
Lovatt-Cooper Enter The Galaxies
Holst The Planets
Sparke Music of the Spheres and Into the Unknown

Around the world Foden’s Band is a trademark that musicians associate with inestimable class and musicianship. The Band has recently received a major awards from both Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Most recently the band have cemented themselves as one of the leading Brass Bands in the world. Keele Observatory will be open specially after the concert and, weather permitting, the audience will be able to view planets and other spectacular night-sky objects using the Observatory's historic Grubb refractor.

CONDUCTOR: Michael Fowles
SPEAKER: Dr John Taylor, Lecturer in Astrophysics at Keele University

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K’ANTU

K’ANTU

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K’ANTU ENSEMBLE
WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 2018 | 7:30PM
NEW VIC THEATRE, ETRURIA RD, NEWCASTLE ST5 0JG


Songs & Dances of Renaissance Europe
K’antu Ensemble transports audiences back in time with a musical tour of Renaissance Europe visiting some well-known, as well as some of the more obscure, musical landmarks. Playing a variety of beautiful replica instruments in exciting, imaginative arrangements, sometimes with vocals and always with rousing percussion this concert will make you want to dance.
The ensemble strives to breathe new life into early music, taking this wonderful genre into the modern world while keeping the historical approach that makes this music so special. Their concerts are always original, lively and fun, with the occasional serious, sombre moment.


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KABANTU

KABANTU

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KABANTU
WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2018 | 7:30PM
WESTMINSTER THEATRE, KEELE UNIVERSITY


Mixing world, folk, jazz and classical, Kabantu's compositions don't meet purist genre definition. Reigniting traditional songs written over the last century, everybody in Kabantu uses their voice to sing, scat and stutter alongside their instruments, which includes percussion, double bass, cello, violin, guitar and banjo. Kabantu, means 'of the people', in a hybrid of Sotho and Zulu from South Africa – the birthplace of cellist and vocalist, Abel. Yet it's cosmopolitan Manchester and the group's experiences in the city that is their ultimate inspiration for forming Kabantu. They embrace the inclusivity they feel living in the north's chief city.


Delia (percussion) and Katie (violin) are BBC Young Musician and BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalists. Delia & Abel are both RNCM Gold Medal Winners, the highest platform available to soloists.


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KEELE BACH CHOIR

KEELE BACH CHOIR

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KEELE BACH CHOIR
SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017 | 7.30PM
KEELE UNIVERSITY CHAPEL


Gioachino Rossini's Petite messe solennelle


Rossini described his small solemn mass as the last of his Péchés de vieillesse - his sins of old age: a last testament, composed in 1863, more than 30 years after he'd ended his career in opera. The mass was written for a small choir with piano and harmonium accompaniment. It is solemn - a serious religious work - but with delightful touches from a man who remained a theatrical composer to the end.
Conductor: Neil Taylor

Tickets: £12 at the door (£10 in advance) £5 full-time students, free for children 16 and under.
Tickets available: KBC Ticketline 07971 794915, Keele Box Office (telephone or online) and choir members.
www.keelebachchoir.org.uk

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MARMEN QUARTET

MARMEN QUARTET

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MARMEN QUARTET
WEDSNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2017 | 7:30PM
WESTMINSTER THEATRE | KEELE UNIVERSITY


Marmen Quartet are the current holders of Music In The Round's 'Bridge' scheme. They perform regularly in venues around the UK and internationally. Founded at the Royal College of Music, London, they consist of Johannes Marmen, Ricky Gore, Joshua Hayward and Steffan Morris. Since its formation, the Marmen Quartet has enjoyed masterclasses with Shmuel Ashkenazi, Rainer Schmidt, Eberhard Feltz and Johannes Meissl, as well as regular coaching sessions with Simon Rowland-Jones and the late Peter Cropper. Having recently been appointed Associate Ensemble at Birmingham Conservatoire, they will work regularly with Oliver Wille.


Recent highlights have included collaborations with Ensemble 360 and the Sacconi Quartet, a two week residency with Aldeburgh Music and live appearances on 'Swedish Radio' and 'BBC In Tune'. Marmen Quartet are Ensemble in Residence with Salomon Smith Chamber Music Society until 2018.


PROGRAMME
Schubert Quartettsatz, D.703 (10')
Mozart String Quartet in G major, K.387 (35')
Ravel String Quartet in F major (35')


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NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA

NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA
WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018 | 7:30PM
KEELE UNIVERSITY CHAPEL


We are excited to welcome the National Youth Jazz Orchestra back to Keele University Chapel following their popular visit in 2015. NYJO has helped launch the careers of many of the UK’s most renowned musicians, including Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Mark Nightingale, Laura Jurd and Gwilym Simcock, as well as Dave Arch (leader of the Strictly Come Dancing band). Recent highlights of the flagship band’s concert diary include a yearly residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, performing with Gregory Porter at Buckingham Palace, a major European tour with the German (BuJazzO) and Dutch (NJJO) National Youth Jazz Orchestras, a televised performance at the BBC Proms and repeat appearances at the EFG London Jazz Festival.


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THE NORDIC FIDDLERS BLOC

THE NORDIC FIDDLERS BLOC

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THE NORDIC FIDDLERS BLOC
WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH 2018 | 7:30PM
KEELE UNIVERSITY CHAPEL


The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc comprise Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland). Individually they are regarded as three of the finest young fiddle players currently working in the international folk music scene, while collectively they are now finding themselves increasingly in demand across the world due to this unique collaboration. Norway, Sweden and Shetland have three of the richest fiddle traditions in the world, with documented historical links going back hundreds of years. The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc seek to bring those historical links and traditions alive and present them in a new, exciting, dynamic and meaningful fashion, while nevertheless remaining faithful to the roots of each tradition. While blending the individual styles together they never-the-less allow each distinctive flavour to unfold into a combined sound that’s unique, intense and invigorating, while their live show is peppered through with significant amounts of onstage good humour and banter into the bargain.


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VOCES8

VOCES8

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VOCES8
WEDSNESDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2017 | 7:30PM
KEELE UNIVERSITY CHAPEL


“The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.” Gramophone Magazine

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the world’s most versatile and best-loved singing groups. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. We welcome the group back to Keele following their sell-out visit to Keele Chapel in 2014. VOCES8 will bring a programme of Choral Dances including madrigals, jazz classics and works by Benjamin Britten, JS Bach and William Byrd.


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XUEFEI YANG

XUEFEI YANG

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XUEFEI YANG
WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER | 7:30PM
WESTMINSTER THEATRE, KEELE UNIVERSITY


Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Hailed as a musical pioneer - her fascinating journey began after the Cultural Revolution, a period where Western musical instruments & music were banned. Xuefei was the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, & became the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist on the world stage. Xuefei returns to Keele following on from her hugely popular concert here in 2015-16.


J.S. BACH Lute Suite in A minor, BWV 995
SOR Introduction and Variations on a theme by Mozart
XU CHANGJUN (arr. Xuefei Yang) Sword Dance
Interval
RODRIGO Invocation and Dance
REIS Three pieces: Uma Valsa e Dois Amores, Eterna Saudade, Xodo da Baiana
Two pieces from Black Orpheus: Morning at Carnival & A Felicidade (arr. Roland Dyens)
PEREIRA Bate-Coxa
GAROTO Gente Humilde & Lamentos do Morro


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MONGOLIAN KHÖÖMII OVERTONE SINGING

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Come along to any 5 Wednesday evening concerts between November 2017 - March 2018 giving you the flexibility to choose which concerts you attend across the entire season.
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GOLD Subscription - Concerts at Keele 2017/18

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Entry to all 10 Wednesday evening concerts. A saving of £60 for entry to the whole season. Plus £1 off all additional full-priced tickets.
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Student Membership - Concerts at Keele 17/18

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Student membership to attend all 10 concerts as part of Concerts at Keele 16/17.
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