Events and Shows, In The Cooler, Interviews, NCCR

“In The Cooler”, 7-9pm Friday 19th July, rpts 8-10am Sunday and 2-4pm Monday..

So, what to expect “In the Cooler” this week..??

With 20th July being the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, expect some related music!! We might even get to hear about life on Mars!! It’ll be an outer space kind of segment, and I hope we are not “spaced out”!!!!

Our resident poet , Paul Curran, will certainly have something for us “out of this world” in his contribution ….

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And bringing us down to earth, did you know that Paganini came to Cheltenham, and created a bit of a stir???

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And be sure that the following guest will create a stir too!!
Studio guest Sadie Dyer will tell us all about the Moreton Vintage Fair and Motor Show on 3rd August 2019….

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Expect some good music and chat….

I shall look forward to welcoming you all “In The Cooler” (www.nccr.co.uk)  Friday 7pm- 9 pm…

Friday Night is “In The Cooler” night!!

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NCCR “In The Cooler” Friday, 7 – 9pm, 10th May 2019.(www.nccr.co.uk)

On this week’s show: Repeated Sunday 8-10 am, Monday 2-4 pm……(www.nccr.co.uk)

OK.. if you can’t wait for the repeat..Listen Again HERE (available 7 days!!)

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Bootleg Shadows 100519 at NCCR

Keith Smith and Tony Cole.(The Bootleg Shadows..well 2/5 !!)

Featured items and guests:
Shipston Wool Fair -25-27 May 2019 (with Bob Armstrong)

Brown Sheep

Winchcombe Arts & Music Festival 20-27th May (with David Banks)


Raymond Martinez is at Burford, exhibiting his art works in support of Cecily’s Fund….at Burford’s Warwick Hall in aid of Cecily’s Fund..25 May 2019 9:00am to 26 May 2019 5:00pm

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…..and…

Paul Curran with “Poets Corner”..well, a few minutes of it

The whole piece is here.….

So, be sure to listen  in..on Friday 7-9pm, or when repeated on Sunday (8-10 am) and Monday (2-4pm) or at any time (until Friday 17th) on Listen Again!!

www.nccr.co.uk

Events and Shows, In The Cooler, Interviews, NCCR

NCCR “In the Cooler” Friday 15th March 2019

Update” At some point Paul Curran gives a turn in “Poet’s Corner”…should be fun..

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(Paul Curran)

Tina Lee  will tell us about the Bretforton event in support of Cancer Research where Daniel Eades will be performing..

 Hugh Phillimore shares information about the forthcoming Cornbury Festival on 5-7th July 2019..which will feature The Specials, Elkie Brookes, Beach Boys, Paul Carrack,KT Tunstall, Steeleye Span, Echo and the Bunnymen, Alfie Boe……………

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Will Gater -author, astronomer, broadcaster,TV presenter –  tells us about the Cotswold Conservation Board’s “Dark Skies Initiative” launching at Guiting Power on Saturday 16th March…

Will Gater. (Copyrights acknowledged)

Lorna Fitzgerald (former Eastender!)  is excited with her role in the touring Alfred Hitchcock play“The Lady Vanishes” which is at Malvern (19-23 March.)

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Lorna Fitzgerald.(Copyright Acknowledged)

The Classic Thriller Theatre Company are to present The Lady Vanishes UK Tour based on the 1939 Hitchcock Classic Film.

The Lady Vanishes UK Tour

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And Daniel Morden (The Devil’s Violin creates and performs music and storytelling shows that receive standing ovations and evoke passionate responses from its diverse audience and positive reviews from arts professionals.) looks forward to the event at Postlip  on 22nd Mar ’19 at Postlip Hall, Gloucestershire.
www.postliphall.org.uk for tickets

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Daniel Morden, Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Sarah Moody.(Copyrights acknowledged)

News: “Secret Worcestershire “ event at Broadway Tower (with Steve Burrows & Michael Layton)… Saturday 16th @ 10am (postponed from 02/02)

 ..and congratulations to Caroline Ardron and team at Cotswold Clubhouse!

Cotswold Clubhouse have been shortlisted for a So Glos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Award!

They say: “Our category is “Family Day Out Venue of the Year 2019″. We join some wonderful venues in the shortlist, and we are honoured to be a part of them, as we are still such a young business.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to us are the customers, friends and family of Cotswold Clubhouse, and we want to thank all of you for supporting and visiting us. We have a favour to ask….could you PLEASE take a little time out to vote for us?

All you need to do is follow the link below, register on the So Glos website (you don’t have to subscribe to emails from them, though they can be a good read!) and then continue on to the Awards page and place your votes. We are the Second category to vote for!”

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Vote at: https://www.soglos.com/awards

So, be sure to listen in on Friday 15th (7-9 pm) rpt Sunday 8-10 am and Monday 2-4pm

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2019 Elgar Festival to Celebrate Centenary of Cello Concerto.

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A four-day Worcestershire music festival, headlined by world-leading classical musician Rafael Wallfisch, is to celebrate Britain’s greatest composer, Sir Edward Elgar from the 30th of May to the 2nd of June, 2019.

At the heart of this summer’s Elgar Festival is the Cello Concerto, performed by the renowned artist in a gala concert at Worcester Cathedral to mark the centenary of the composer’s last masterwork.

And with the theme Elgar for Everyone, organisers are determined to engage people of all ages and walks of life in the legacy and music of Worcester’s greatest son. A jam-packed programme of activities includes the chance to play one of the great man’s own pianos.

Inaugurated last year as a two-day event and immediately gaining Critic’s Pick status with The Guardian and The Times, 2019’s festival has now expanded to four days, reflecting the bid to champion Sir Edward to as wide an audience as possible.

For Raphael Wallfisch the festival’s ethos couldn’t be better demonstrated than through the Cello Concerto, which was conceived during the dark years of the First World War as (he) Elgar recuperated from an operation. However it was initially a flop.

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Raphael Wallfisch (London 20 March 2013)

“Elgar was to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra and the young British cellist Felix Salmond but the rest of the programme at the Queen’s Hall that October 1919 was conducted by, Albert Coates, who was in fact my wife’s grandfather,” says Wallfisch. “Coates took the bulk of the rehearsal time, and a mere 30 minutes were left for the concerto.

“The performance was not good and the orchestra unprepared. The public and critics were puzzled and unsure about the new work and Salmond never played it again.
“It took a number of years and distance from the Edwardian era and World War 1 to realise how powerfully evocative and nostalgic the music is. I am greatly looking forward to performing this now beloved work in Worcester with the ESO.”

The June 1 gala evening, also sees a first-time collaboration between the English Symphony Orchestra and Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir, for Donald Fraser’s acclaimed choral arrangement of Elgar’s Sea Pictures, and Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony. Other festival concerts include performances from professional chamber choir The Proteus Ensemble, Elgar and Debussy sonatas from violin virtuoso Zoë Beyers and pianist Philip Moore, and a song recital featuring the original voice and piano version of Elgar’s Sea Pictures.

Alongside this busy programme are educational workshops, talks, poetry readings, a new version of the Elgar Trail, a Cello Day for families and young people and an Elgar for Everyone Family Concert (in Henry Sandon Hall) at Malvern College.

Elgar Festival Artistic Director Kenneth Woods, says:

“Every once in a while, we need to step back from a very popular work like the Cello Concerto and remind ourselves of why it resonates so deeply with so many millions of listeners. We want the 2019 Elgar Festival to create the conditions whereby even the most jaded Elgar fan can hear this most personal work with fresh ears.

“Elgar’s Cello Concerto was my pathway into the world of this great composer whose music has had such a profound influence on my life. “From my first encounter with it as a young cellist in America, it cast a spell on me, and after all the times I’ve since played it, heard it and conducted it, its power and honesty continues to amaze me. To conduct this 100th Anniversary performance in Elgar’s hometown with Raphael, in the shadow of the Malvern Hills, whose profile helped inspire the work’s opening melody, is more than a dream come true. I would never have dared dream something so crazy, so unlikely. I can’t wait.”

For a complete listing of events and booking information, go to www.elgarfestival.org or visit the event’s Facebook page.

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NCCR “In The Cooler”…Friday 8th February 2019 Rpt Sunday 10th 8-10 am

Listen to the repeat of Friday’s “In The Cooler”…

  1. Phil Capaldi tells us all about the NewGrass Cutters, who will be at Evesham Arts Centre soon!(16th February 2019)
  2. Michael Omer explains the “Music in Stow” Festival
  3. Dave Wade updates us on Winchcombe Live, especially the Blues Weekend , scheduled for April..
  4. Sybil Ruscoe recounts her varied journalistic and broadcasting career, to date! (formerly with Radio 1 !)

…and whatever else comes to hand before Friday!!

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With Michael Omer, Sybil Ruscoe and Phil Capaldi..

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The NewGrass Cutters.(Copyrights acknowledged)

 

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English Symphony Orchestra Bring Music of Wagner’s Epic Ring Cycle to the Swan Theatre,Worcester.(ESO)

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Matthew Sharp, Stacey Rishoi, Brennen Guillory & Kenneth Woods.(Copyrights acknowledged)

Worcestershire audiences will have a rare chance to hear some of the grandest music ever written, sung by some of the most powerful singers in the world, on the 16th of February, when the English Symphony Orchestra, hailed as the International Orchestra of Elgar Country, perform Act One of Richard Wagner’s opera The Valkyrie (Die Walküre) in Worcester’s Swan Theatre under the baton of Kenneth Woods.

Considered by many to be the most perfect act in all of opera, Act One of The Valkyrie opens the second part of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, and tells the story of the arrival of a mysterious stranger in a house haunted by tragedy and violence. “It has everything in it – redemption, love, hope, fear, loss, reunion and conflict,” says Kenneth Woods, the ESO’s Artistic Director since 2015.

Wagner was a composer known for composing epic works requiring enormous musical and technical resources, and his complete Ring Cycle, originally intended to be played over four nights, contains well over sixteen hours of music, and were written for an orchestra of over 100 musicians. In its complete form, The Valkyrie is an opera of nearly four hours duration which forms Part Two of the Ring Cycle.

“There is an inherent contradiction in Wagner’s music between the enormity of its scale and the intimacy of its content,” says Woods. “Act One of The Valkyrie, which is often done by itself, has only three characters, and it all takes place in one room of a house. We thought it would be very powerful to emphasise the intensely personal quality of this drama by bringing it into a smaller theatre where the audience can get much closer to the singers. In most opera theatres, there is a huge orchestra pit between the characters and the audience. Here, the connection is as close as we can make it, with the singers standing in front of the orchestra. Even for an avid opera-goer, this may be the closest one ever gets to sit to a great Wagnerian singer in full flight.”

The ESO have brought together an international cast for this performance. American mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi was winner of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Norman Treigle Award from New York City Opera. Among her many successes are Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Pittsburgh and Virginia symphony orchestras; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Virginia and National symphony orchestras, and her engagement by Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic for the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Four Seasons. Ms. Rishoi sings the role of Sieglinde. “Sieglinde’s story is one of self-discovery and renewal,” says Rishoi. “The opera begins with her trapped in a loveless and abusive marriage, and by the end of Act One, the choices she’s made and the actions she’s taken have not only changed her life, they have set in motion the end of the gods themselves.”

Tenor Brennen Guillory sings Siegmund, the mysterious stranger who arrives unannounced in the midst of a terrible storm. Guillory made his UK debut with the Orchestra of the Swan singing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in a performance recorded for SOMM Recordings which has drawn worldwide praise, and he has previously sung Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the ESO in 2014. “Wagner envisioned a new kind of singer to portray the epoch-shaking heroes his music dramas depict,” notes Kenneth Woods. “He wanted his principal tenors to have a power and depth to their voice that was previously unknown in music, hence he described this ideal voice type as a “heroic tenor” (“Heldentenor”). Even 150 years later, real Heldentenors are rarer than an honest used car salesman. There have been times when even the greatest opera houses in the world couldn’t find a true Heldentenor, but Brennen is the real thing, one of only a handful in the world these days.”

Rounding out the international cast is ESO Associate Artist, Matthew Sharp, who sings the role of Sieglinde’s cruel husband, the hunter Hunding. “Hunding is not a sympathetic person at all,” says Sharp. “His relationship with his wife is depicted as being very deeply abusive and manipulative, but he sees himself as an honourable man living by a clear moral code. In the end, Hunding’s respect for the law, rather than his brutality, becomes Siegmund’s undoing.” Sharp is one of the UK’s most versatile musicians, equally acclaimed as a bass-baritone and cello soloist. His recording of music for solo cello and orchestra by Hans Gál with the ESO was a “Disc of the Week” in both The Times and the Guardian and was recently named a “Recording of the Year” by MusicWeb International.

For this concert, the ESO will be using the acclaimed version of Wagner’s score for chamber orchestra by Francis Griffin. “Wagner wrote for a huge orchestra of over a hundred musicians, where Griffith’s version uses about thirty,” explains Woods. “Of course, using smaller forces changes the sound of the orchestra, but while one loses some depth and grandeur, there is possibly more directness and intensity from the orchestra, and more of the vocal colour and nuance of the singers comes through. And the contribution of every player in the orchestra really, really counts.”

The first half of the concert sees Wagner in gentler spirits as the ESO musicians play his popular “Siegfried Idyll.” The work was written as a birthday present for his wife, and premiered in a surprise performance at sunrise in their house on her birthday. The work takes its title from the name of their newborn son, Siegfried, himself named after another character in the Ring Cycle: Siegfried, son of Siegmund and Sieglinde.

The ESO is the official orchestra of the City of Worcester and the Orchestra in Residence of The Elgar Festival, and resident orchestra of Worcester Live. This concert is generously supported by Arts Council England and the Bransford Trust.