Adam Music and Thomas Humphreys are two exciting young British singers forging their way in the Operatic world. Performing at Art in Action for the first time they will give two recitals of Art Song as well as Operatic Arias and Duets. www.adammusictenor.com
Amersham Band is an established brass band that has been a part of the community in South Buckinghamshire for over 170 years. The band offers the full range of brass instruments and a broad modern repertoire. It caters for wide range of talents and is open to players of all abilities and there is a shared passion for making music. The 10 piece brass group is drawn from members of the main band and is ideal for events not requiring a full strength concert performance. The band performs a wide variety of musical styles including new compositions, popular, classical, jazz standards and traditional brass band music. www.amershamband.com
Aristel Skrbic will give a classical recital on the marimba featuring transcriptions of baroque music, his own compositions, and the modern marimba repertoire. He is currently a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music and has previously studied under Dame Evelyn Glenie. Aristel specializes in adapting period music for the marimba and in reviving the improvisatory approach to keyboard playing. www.aristelmarimba.com
Chelys Consort of Viols
A feast of music for three bass viols and theorbo, featuring luscious works by Marais, Forqueray and Nicolai. Chelys are joined for this performance by lutenist and theorbo player Ryaan Ahmed. www.chelys.webeden.co.uk
1. Songs for Tenor for Fun!
Come and help decide which songs (from a selection) will be performed by tenor, Adrian Green and pianist, Noel Skinner!
2. Stanford, Ireland & Friends
A recital of music covering the ‘Renaissance of English Song’ in the early Twentieth Century.
3. Purcell, Handel & Contemporaries
Baroque music by composers living and working in London following the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.
Fife and Strum
Sam Stennett’s passion for guitar playing was inspired by his grandfather, Stan, a great jazz guitarist who shared his love of rhythmic playing and cheeky chops with him throughout his younger years. Sam now tours with Hot club of France inspired gypsy swing outfit, ‘The Schmoozenbergs’ (www.schmusic.co.uk), as well as playing jazz and acoustic folk guitar as an accompanist to singers and instrumentalists.
Nicki decided to be a concert pianist when she was nine – changing her instrument but not her plan! She studied joint flute and piano at the Royal College of Music and went on to perform at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms and on Classic fm as well as free-lance orchestral playing and a lot of entertaining the royal family and their guests. Her interest in folk music began emerge and she toured in South America, played Flamenco with Juan Martin and was in an Irish band ‘Penradin’. Nicki is very enthusiastic about running a village choir, the ‘Wriggle Jigglers’ and the Rockhampton Folk Festival (www.rockhamptonfolkfest.org.uk ).
Jass singer, with Dave Colton, jazz guitar, will perform a selection of Jazz Standards.
The London Trio
The London Trio has built an impressive reputation since their formation in 2000, playing acclaimed concerts throughout the country. The trio combines artistic sensitivity with an energetic and highly polished performance. They enjoy performing various styles and periods of the piano trio repertoire, and have become established through their interpretation of the classical repertoire. The trio particularly enjoys playing Mozart and the most prolific of all piano trio composers, Joseph Haydn. The London Trio will be performing:
- Corelli Violin Sonata Opus 5. No. 4
Adagio, Allegro, Vivace, Adagio, Allegro
- Mozart Divertimento KV 254
Allegro Assai, Adagio, Rondo
- Joseph Haydn Piano Trio in G Hob XV:25, The Gypsy Rondo
Andante, Poco Adagio, Rondo
Maria Camahort Quintet
Maria Camahort Quintet presents a uniquely original project of music by Spanish Composers, sharing with the audience the vivid colours, earthy textures and rhythms of spanish musical art. Their project Iberian Colours is a journey through the relationship between Spanish Classical repertoire and influences from Iberia’s traditional music. ‘An alternative route to the music of Spain’ – Robert Hugill.
Oxford Gospel Choir
Oxford Gospel Events Choir is an enthusiastic group of semi-professional singers specialising in gospel and modern styles, all of whom are members of the 80-strong Oxford Gospel Community Choir. The Events Choir perform at a variety of events including weddings, charity concerts, corporate occasions and have made TV appearances on Ready Steady Cook and BBC’s Last Choir Standing. Members of the choir have also provided backing vocals for artists such as Jools Holland, Supergrass, Ministry of Sound and James Brown to name just a few! In recent months we have enjoyed the fantastic experience of singing for Peter Andre, The Drifters and Susan Boyle at the New Theatre Oxford.
Oxford Horns octet will entertain you with a variety of arrangements of light classical and popular music. This lively Horn Choir was founded by Amy Thakurdas and has over 40 french horn players who love to play horn in large ensembles! You can see the players in the horn sections of many Oxford and London symphony orchestras.
Pavlova Wind Quintet
The Pavlova Wind Quintet is an established Oxford-based ensemble of exceptional musicians with a wealth of experience of playing at corporate and University functions, weddings, garden parties, and formal dinners. The Pavlova also regularly performs full concert programmes across the region. We also provide ensembles of varying sizes – trios, quartets, or wind octets to suit the occasion.
Ealing Symphony Octet
The Ealing Symphony Octet, director Peter Nall, will be performing Schubert’s Octet in F major, D.803. The Ealing Symphony Octet is made up of many of the principal wind & string players from West London’s Ealing Symphony Orchestra & friends. They perform five or six concerts a year in the orchestra’s main Ealing series & three more concerts in Thame.
Radcliffe Brass are Oxford musicians from the Radcliffe Orchestra in Oxford. This 5 piece brass group will be entertaining you with a range of music from nostalgic popular music to jazz classics.
Helena Ruinard is an established violinist and music educator, working with City of London Sinfonia, Sinfonia ViVA, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a host of others, frequently appearing on BBC Radio 3 live broadcasts and enjoying performances in premiere concert halls both in the UK and abroad. As a duo, she and Noel Skinner, a well-known pianist at Art in Action, have been developing their love of the violin-piano repertoire for a year, with an emphasis on the first Viennese school. Their programme today covers a range of moods and emotions through music composed with a light touch.
Westcombe Brass is an exciting and versatile brass quintet based in London.Formed in 2010 the group met at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where they all studied. The group quickly made a name for itself, winning the highly regarded Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition in 2011. Since then members of the group have gone on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. Individually the group are quickly becoming successful young professionals, appearing with such ensembles as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the English National Ballet, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hanover Band, the English Concert, and the Chaos Orchestra, as well as appearing in various amateur orchestras and shows across the country. Together they make a dynamic quintet, able to perform works and arrangements spanning hundreds of years in a variety of different styles.