October 2016

Susie Simpson Trio  -+-  Scottish Ensemble Sextet  -+-  Scottish Ballet  -+-  Old High Music

Cremona String Quartet  -+-  Highland Decorative and Fine Arts Society  -+- A Fitful Sea 

Liz McLardy and Friends  -+-  ballrtLORENT  -+- Robin Michael plays Bach Cello suites 

William Howard piano  -+-  Scottish Opera  -+-  Primrose Piano Quartet

Film Screenings (RSC, NT, ROH and Branagh Theatre)

 

Welcome to the October 2016 Newsletter of the selection of delights for you to enjoy as the evenings draw in and the leaves turn into glorious colours.  Plenty to browse, so make yourself a cup of coffee and plan the month ahead.

 

AT ONE WITH MUSIC

SUSIE SIMPSON TRIO

SPECTRUM CENTRE THEATRE, INVERNESS

FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER at 1.00pm

At One With Music is delighted to welcome back Susie, Gillian and Jock for another lunchtime session of toe-tapping Scottish dance music, played by three of Inverness’s most popular dance musicians.  The perfect way to unwind in the middle of the day  -  and don’t forget the tasty treats in the Hidden Gem Café within the Spectrum Centre.

Doors open at 12.30pm.  Admission £6 for Adults and £1 for Children.

http://www.boatofgarten.com/o/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/TOMS-logo-2.jpgSCOTTISH ENSEMBLE SEXTET

THE OSPREY MUSIC SOCIETY

BOAT OF GARTEN COMMUNITY HALL

THURSDAY 6th OCTOBER at 7.30pm

 

Strauss : Sextet from Capriccio Op. 85                                            

Brahms : String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op, 18

INTERVAL

Schoenberg : Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

 

This programme, performed by members of this highly prestigious group, is part of a short tour of venues including Glasgow Cathedral, Wigmore Hall, and Boat of Garten!

Richard Dehmel’s poem, Verklärte Nacht, depicts two lovers walking through a shadowy forest.  By the light of the moon, the woman reveals a dark secret: she is carrying another man’s child. Schoenberg’s dramatic, emotionally-charged setting of the poem caused controversy at its 1902 premiere, due not only to its taboo subject matter but also because of the actual notes  -  his forward-thinking harmonic palette was met with outrage. Today, the piece is celebrated as one of the composer’s most melodic and accessible pieces  -  dark, tense, atmospheric, chromatic and dramatic in equal measure.

Brahms’ sextet is quite simply a stunning piece of music. Its second movement, regularly used in film and TV, contains some of the most beautiful chamber music written for strings.  And the Sextet from Capriccio is, equally simply, one of the most lush and beautiful pieces of music composed by Richard Strauss.

Tickets:  £14 members: £16 non-members:  School pupils – comp

Contact Ann Napier on 01479 831213 or 07850 752757 or ann.nap@btinternet.com

 

 

SCOTTISH BALLET

DOUBLE BILL

EMERGENCE and SIBILO

EDEN COURT EMPIRE THEATRE

7th and 8th OCTOBER at 7.30pm

A riveting, dark-hued work that casts a swarming, scurrying group of dancers, insect-like, in an eerie universe; Emergence presents the full company on stage creating spectacular formations and is set to a hypnotic electronic score by Owen Belton.

It won four Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Choreography, Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition by Owen Belton.

Sophie Laplane’s singular style mixes humour with inspiration from everyday emotions and situations. With original music by Alex Menzies aka Alex Smoke, Sibilo demonstrates Laplane’s joyful and unrestricted style in a celebration of the power and versatility of dancers’ bodies and of movement in all its forms.

 

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or on-line at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

 

 

STEPHEN DOUGHTY

ORGAN RECITAL

OLD HIGH CHURCH, INVERNESS

SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER at 12 noon

Stephen Doughty enjoys a varied career as a freelance musician. He is Chorus Master of Belfast Philharmonic Choir and has been Musical Director of the East Lothian-based Garleton Singers since 1994 during which time they have embarked on four foreign tours, most recently to Munich. Stephen is Organist and Director of Music of St John’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, also directing the Choir who sing the full range of choral services and who have recorded a CD, Sing the Seasons. The choir has given a number of premieres and on Easter Sunday this year the choir and congregation gave the first performance of his new setting of the mass for Eastertide, the Missa Paschalis. As a freelance conductor he works regularly with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. He plays harpsichord/organ continuo and orchestral piano with all the Scottish orchestras.

Stephen’s programme for Music in The Old High covers the years from the 17th century composer John Hingston, via J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Henry Smart and William Faulkes to the 20th century organ specialists, Francis Jackson, Kenneth Leighton and Denis Bedard.

Entry to the recital is by donation at the door from 11.30am.

 

QUARTETTO DI CREMONA

MUSIC NAIRN

NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE

SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER at 7.30pm

Cristiano Gualco and Paolo Andreoli (violins), Simone Gramaglia (viola) and Giovanni Scaglione (cello).

 

Internationally renowned for their "extremely mature and lyrical sound" (Strad Magazine), the Quartetto di Cremona now graces the stages of the most prestigious venues.  Their focus and intensity brings life to music from the "tight blend and immaculate voicing" of their Brahms to the "sleek and elegant" dynamic contouring of their Mozart (Strad).

The Quartet was formed in 2000 at the Stauffer Academy in Cremona and continued their studies with Hatto Beyerle.  In 2005 they received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

Building on their early successes, the Quartet has played to critical acclaim at the most important venues and festivals in Europe including at the Beethoven Haus and BeethovenFest Bonn, Konzerthaus (Berlin), Klara Festival (Brussels), Mecklenberg Vorpommern Music Festival, Båstad Chamber Music Festival, Turku Music Festival, Handelsbeurs (Gent), Moving on Music Festival (Northern Ireland, recorded by BBC Radio 3), and numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall (London).

 

Their programme for Music Nairn is :

Haydn String Quartet in G Op 77 No 1

Mozart String Quartet No 22 in B flat major K589

Beethoven String Quartet No 15 in A minor Op 132

 

Tickets (Members £15, Non-members £19.  Students £3) can be booked on line through the Music Nairn website www.musicnairn.org.uk

 

 

 

 

http://www.hdfas.org.uk/Images/nadfaslogo1.jpgHIGHLAND DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY

THE ULTIMATE WALL DECORATION

SMITHTON CULLODEN FREE CHURCH

THURSDAY 13th OCTOBER at 2.00pm

 

An illustrated talk about the Tapestries of the Courts of Europe, Ancient and Modern, by
Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace.    Her lecture introduces some of the most important sets of tapestries in Europe.    She explores the designs and craft of tapestry and why it has been the most expensive form of artistic expression until recent times.

 

 

 

THE BIRSAY DRAMA GROUP AND FRIENDS FROM ORKNEY

A FITFUL SEA – REMEMBERING HMS HAMPSHIRE

BOAT OF GARTEN COMMUNITY HALL

SUNDAY 16th OCTOBER at 7.30pm

 

The piece was commissioned to commemorate the sinking of HMS Hampshire on 5th June 1916.  With Lord Kitchener on board, the warship was sailing from Orkney towards Russia after the Battle of Jutland, when the ship struck a German mine, sinking within 15 minutes and with the pursuant death of all but twelve crew members.  Several conspiracy theories surround the loss of the ship and its famous passenger, the Secretary of State for War, but a recent dive expedition licensed by the Ministry of Defence, in order to record the historic wreck and war grave, has suggested that the sinking was indeed caused by a mine explosion.

 

The tale is narrated via words and poems written by Pam Beasant from Stromness, with a beautiful melancholy added to the script by traditional songs written by Sarah-Jane Gibbon, brought up in Harray, and by fiddle music, some of which was specially commissioned for the presentation.  One particular piece, ‘Kitchener’s’, was composed by Kristan Harvey from Birsay, who won the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2011 and who currently performs with Blazin’ Fiddles and Fara.

 

The evening will lead the audience on a journey through time from 5th June 1916 when HMS Hampshire began her fateful journey, through until 1926 with the erection of Kitchener’s memorial high above the stormy seas at Marwick Head, east of Dounby in Orkney.  The events will unfold through eye-witness accounts, the recollections of survivors, the Admiralty and local people. 

 

All the performers hail from Orkney, and Boat of Garten is looking forward to extending them a warm welcome when they come to stay and to re-enact their performance which proved such a success at the St Magnus Festival in June.

Tickets: £10:  School pupils – comp.  Contact Ann Napier on 01479 831213 or 07850 752757 or ann.nap@btinternet.com

 

 

Musical Chairslores (1)

  LIZ McLARDY and FRIENDS

  MUSICAL CHAIRS CONCERT

  NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE

  SATURDAY 21st OCTOBER at 7.30pm

 

  Being the justifiably proud owner of one of the finest soprano voices in      the Highlands, Liz McLardy has brought together some of her friends, Anna Merrouni (piano), James Ross (clarinet etc) and Robert Wallace (accordion) to present an evening of music and song featuring the incomparable Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss and a selection from The Threepenny Opera with words by Berthold Brecht and music by Kurt Weill, as well as some tango, piano duets and a touch of Glenn Miller.  It is bound to be a night to remember.

 

Tickets (£10) on the door or from Nairn Community and Arts Centre Box Office on 01667 453476 or from lizmclardy1@gmail.com or 07746 951151

 

 

 

 

 

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SNOW WHITE

EDEN COURT EMPIRE THEATRE

25th and 26th OCTOBER at 7.30pm

Following the success of Rapunzel, the Newcastle-based balletLORENT return to Eden Court with their spellbinding, retelling of Snow White.

This brand new dance theatre production is the second in their trilogy of fairy-tale adaptations and is described by artistic Director, Liv Lorent, as being full of darkness and light, like the very best fairy-tales often are.

This mystical adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy-tale has been re-imagined by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy with music from Doctor Who composer Murray Gold.

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or on-line at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THE BACH SUITES FOR SOLO CELLO                               

ROBIN MICHAEL

SPECTRUM CENTRE THEATRE

FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER at 1.00pm

Born and raised in Fife, cello maestro Robin Michael takes time off from his roles as principal cello in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique and the Paris based Les Siècles for his third visit to  musicinverness and At One With Music.  Robin plays the Bach Cello Suites No 1 in G major, BWV 1007 and No 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 in the Spectrum Centre at 1.00pm and this evening at 7.30pm in Smithton-Culloden Church, Murray Road he completes the cycle with No 2 in D minor BWV 1008, No 3 in C major BWV 1009, No 4 in E flat major BWV 1010 and No 6 in D major BWV 1012.

Admission to the 1.00pm concert costs £6 for Adults or £1 for Children.  This is payable at the door from 12.30pm and there is no advance booking for this concert.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for the musicinverness concert online at www.invernesschambermusic.com and use the “Book Online” link.  You may also purchase your tickets through Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www,eden-court.co.uk.  If you attend the At One With Music lunchtime concert and bring your programme ticket with you to the musicinverness concert in Smithton-Culloden Church you will receive a £2 discount from the normal price of £15 for Adults or £13 for Eden Court Friends.

THE BACH SUITES FOR SOLO CELLO

ROBIN MICHAEL

SMITHTON-CULLODEN CHURCH AUDITORIUM on FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER at 7.30pm

Suite No 2 in D minor, BWV 1008;  Suite No 3 in C major, BWV 1009;  Suite No 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 and Suite No 6 in D major, BWV 1012.  See above for ticket details.

Image result for william howard pianistWILLIAM HOWARD

MUSIC NAIRN

NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE

SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER at 7.30pm

 

William Howard is established as one of Britain’s leading pianists, enjoying a career that has taken him to over forty different countries. His performing life consists of solo recitals, concerto performances, guest appearances with chamber ensembles and instrumentalists, and regular touring with the Schubert Ensemble of London, Britain’s leading group for piano and strings and winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble.

His solo career has taken him to many of Britain’s most important festivals, including Bath, Brighton and Cheltenham, and he has been artist in residence at several others. He has performed many times in the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank in London and has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3. For many years he has been invited to perform and teach at the Dartington International Summer School. 

William Howard’s programme for Music Nairn is:

Mendelssohn : Rondo Capriccioso,

Liszt : 4 Song Arrangements (Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt),

Schubert : 2 Impromptus Op.90,

Two Contemporary Love Songs (tbc),

Chopin : Sonata No.3 in B minor

 

Tickets (Members £15,  Non-members £19.  Students £3) can be booked on line through the Music Nairn website www.musicnairn.org.uk

 

 

 

And a quick look at the first few days of November.

 

 

An Invitation to Opera HighlightsSCOTTISH OPERA

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by MOZART

EDEN COURT EMPIRE THEATRE

1st, 3rd AND 5th NOVEMBER at 7.15pm

A welcome return to Inverness and the Empire Theatre for this sparkling production of Mozart’s masterpiece directed by Sir Thomas Allen.

Once charming, Count Almaviva has become a scheming bully who spends his days pestering the serving girls.  Figaro, his head of staff, is engaged to Susanna, but Almaviva has a particular soft spot for her and is doing everything he can to delay their wedding.  Figaro, Susanna and Rosina, the Count’s disillusioned wife, conspire to expose his schemes but then Figaro’s old foe Dr Bartolo turns up.  And he has a revelation of his own to tell…

Scottish Opera’s five-star production of Mozart’s irresistible masterpiece is directed by the great British baritone, Sir Thomas Allen, and is full of humour, subtlety and wit. Mozart’s bubbling, energetic score shows him at his theatrical best – with a true genius for getting to the heart of the drama, and each character. The gorgeous period designs provide the backdrop for a comedy of social revolution and change that is as relevant today as ever.

Timothy Burke (Tuesday 1st and Thursday 3rd November) and Tobias Ringborg (Saturday 5th November) conduct an exciting cast including former Jette Parker Young Artists Samuel Dale Johnson and Anna Devin (Don Giovanni 2013).  Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Ben McAtee is Figaro.

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or on-line at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

 

THE PRIMROSE PIANO QUARTET

LUNCHTIME IN PARIS

SPECTRUM CENTRE THEATRE

FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER at 1.00pm

The distinguished and award-winning Primrose Piano Quartet of Susanne Stanzaleit (violin), Dorothea Vogel (viola), Andrew Fuller (cello) and John Thwaites (piano) have very kindly added a lunchtime concert for the Inverness audience to a Scottish tour, before returning in April 2018 for a full length evening performance.  They will be playing the Jean Francaix String Trio and the Ernest Chausson Piano Quartet.

Usual At One With Music arrangements.  Doors open at 12.30pm.  Concert starts at 1.00pm and lasts for just under an hour.  Admission : Adults £6.  Children £1.

 

FILM DIARY

SELECTED LIVE AND ENCORE SCREENINGS

READ MORE AT WWW.EDEN-COURT.CO.UK

 

 

Sunday 2nd and Thursday 6th October at 7.00pm in La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Royal Shakespeare Company Live (and Encore)

CYMBELINE by William Shakespeare

Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him.  But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both.  Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers.  Melly Still directs Shakespeare's rarely performed romance.

 

 

Tuesday 4th October at 7.00pm and Sunday 9th October at 1.00pm in La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

National Theatre Live (Encore)

THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Rory Kinnear is Mack the Knife in a new version of this landmark twentieth-century musical, recorded live from the stage of the National Theatre.  Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic musical theatre piece is adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Rufus Norris (Everyman, London Road).  As London's East End scrubs up for the coronation, Mr and Mrs Peachum gear up for a bumper day in the beggary business, at the same time keeping tight control of the city's underground – and their daughter’s whereabouts. With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond) as Macheath, alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.

Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour.  If you are not too concerned by this caveat, having been at the original live screening, I can thoroughly recommend this production.

 

 

Wednesday 12th October at 7.00pm in La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Royal Shakespeare Company Live

KING LEAR by William Shakespeare

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. Misjudging his children's loyalty and finding himself alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point.

RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher plays King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare in this, one of Shakespeare's most epic and powerful plays, directed by RSC Artist Director Gregory Doran.

There will be Encore screenings of this production of King Lear in La Scala Cinema, Eden Court on Sunday 16th October at 7.00pm, Tuesday 18th October at 7.00pm, Sunday 23rd October at 1.30pm and Monday 31st October at 7.00pm.

 

 

Monday 17th October at 6.30pm in La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Royal Opera House Live

COSI FAN TUTTE by W. A. Mozart

How much do you love your partner?  How much do you trust them?  And can they trust you? Mozart’s classic opera Così fan tutte puts two pairs of lovers to the test – with great music but distinctly unexpected results.

For this new production, director Jan Philipp Gloger creates a richly theatrical world as the playground for this quirky comedy, where two men try to woo each other’s partners for a bet. Don Alfonso – the puppet master of this experiment in love – is here a theatre director who uses all the sets, props and tricks of his trade to invent new scenes to challenge the lovers’ affections.

This lively, youthful and imaginative take on one of the world's best-loved operas is performed by a cast of rising stars conducted by Semyon Bychkov.  Corinne Winters and Angela Brower play the two sisters, Daniel Behle and Alessio Arduini are the two friends, with Johannes Martin Kränzle as Don Alfonso and Sabina Puértolas as Despina.

There will be an Encore screening of this production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in La Scala Cinema, Eden Court on Saturday 22nd October at 2.00pm.

 

 

Thursday 27th October at 7.00pm in La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Plays at the Garrick / Branagh Theatre Live

THE ENTERTAINER by John Osborne

Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborne╩╝s modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.  Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as Archie Rice in the final production for the current Plays at the Garrick season.

 

Well, that’s it for October.  I trust you did not let your coffee go cold.  Hope to see you at some of these events.