A reminder of what we look like, with thanks to Chris Dowsett for the video!
Programme for 2018
29 March: 19.30: Recital of Music for Oboe and Piano with David Cowley and Bryan Evans
Works by Jacob, Lutoslawski, Daelli and Howells. As principal oboe of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (1979–2016) and professor of oboe at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (1979–2012), David Cowley is one of the leading oboists in Great Britain and is well known to BBC television, radio and internet audiences around the world. David is a Buffet artiste and plays a Buffet Greenline Prestige oboe.
9 -11 June (10.00-17.00): Ayot Art Show (Preview Night Friday 8 June) See our sister page www.ayotartshow.co.uk
Sunday 17 June: 100 Years of Musicals 100 Years of Musicals will take you on a journey through some of the most iconic shows and songs of the last century, including the work of Rogers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim. Tracing the origins of the modern musical from the post war Music Hall to the Broadway and West End of today, the evening will provide a varied and exciting insight into the development of the genre, with some very good tunes along the way. Beth Clarence (right) Beth is an actor, singer and theatre maker who graduated with an MA in musical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music last year. Prior to this she attended the University of Exeter where she specialised in directing and devised theatre. Credits include; Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Royal Academy of Music), Lucky Stiff (Union Theatre) and A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre). Benjamin Frölich (right) Born in Switzerland, Benjamin graduated from the Musical Theatre MA at the Royal Academy of Music London in 2017, other training includes StageArt Musical&Theatre School Zurich and University of Arts Zurich. Coming Up: Alexander Fleming The Mould that changed the world(Edinburgh Festival) Credits: Lead vocalist Best of Musical Starnights (European Tour),King Ferdinand of NavarreLove’s Labour’s Lost(Hackney Empire), Ensemble Mack&Mabel(Hackney Empire), Ensemble Bernstein’s Candide(Cadogan Hall), Ensemble Disney’s Broadway Hits(Royal Albert Hall), Duke/Sorcerer Boys of Syracuse(Royal Academy of Music), Guardian Angel TEST-The Rock Opera(Basel-Switzerland), Latimer/Bean/Barrett Titanic(Thuner Seespiele - Switzerland), Man1 Songs For A New World(Zurich-Switzerland), Orlando Double Orlando Paladino(Operahouse Zurich), Urs Luzerner Mordnacht(Lucerne Switzerland), Ensemble The Gondoliers (Pocket Opera Zurich) Tom Arnold Tom is a Musical Director, composer, lyricist and writer who recently graduated from the University of Exeter. Credits include productions of Sweeney Todd, Gypsy and The Producers. Tickets £10; wine available
Saturday 30 June 19.00 : Felici Opera Company “The Three Sopranos” Another chance to enjoy the delighful programme performed by Felici's "Three Sopranos". A selection of exquisite, moving and comic arias, duets and trios from favourite operas, operettas and musical theatre in the beautiful environment of the Palladian Church at Ayott St Lawrence Tickets adults £15 (including complimentary glass of prosecco); £5 children In support of St Lawrence building restoration Felici performers: Jessica Wiley, Zoe Jasko and Jennifer Carr (pictured above)
Sunday 1 July 13.00: Kimpton Village Choir Kimpton Village Choir led by Tim Armstrong-Taylor will be holding a 'Palladian Picnic' - a summer concert in the grounds of the beautiful Palladian Church. Please bring a picnic from 1pm onwards, and enjoy listening to the choir and guest musicians. Pimms and soft drinks will be available, and in the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the church. Adults £5 / Children £1
Saturday 14 July 19.30 : League of Harmony The League of Harmony, consisting of Rosemary Edwards (baroque cello) and Mike Parker (single action harp) will be performing at Ayot St. Lawrence church on Saturday 14th July at 7.30 pm. We play on authentic 18th century instruments and shall be presenting an intriguing selection of sonatas and duos by a group of composers who were working in London around the time the church was built, finishing, we hope, with a little touch of France to acknowledge Bastille Day! One of our composers, Giambattista Cirri, a leading cellist in his day who shared a concert with the young Mozart, describes his sonatas as “In an easy Pleasing Taste” and we hope that that applies to our whole programme! The running time will be about 2 hours, including an interval when drinks will be served. We shall be presenting a selection of sonatas and duos composed around the time that the church was built, in the late eighteenth century, played on authentic instruments of the period. The running time will be about 2 hours, including interval, when drinks will be served. Tickets £10.00
Saturday 11 August 19.30: Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir Established in 1935 by expatriate Welsh miners who had moved to the WGC area for work, the choir has continued to maintain high standards of choralsinging whilst holding on to its roots. It still includes a number of Welshlanguage songs in its repertoire. The vast majority of the choir's repertoire is sung in English, and ranges through spirituals,traditional pieces, songs from the shows and arrangements of modern numbers. Nearly all the choir's engagements support charitable fundraising, with venues ranging from village halls, churches and day-care centres to theatres, rugby clubs and catedral. Tickets: £10; £8.00 for "Friends of the WGC MVC".
Sunday 12 August 13.00: Patronal Lunchtime Concert by Eden Consort The Eden Consort is delighted to return to the Palladian Church for the Patronal celebrations of St Lawrence, and will be singing an eclectic mix of sacred and secular music, with maybe some madrigals, and the possibility of a spiritual or two. Remember to bring your picnic/garden chairs/blankets for afterwards! Donations to be shared between the Consort and the Church
Saturday 8 September 18.00: Fayrfax Consort The 8 voices of the Fayrfax Consortdirected by David Ireson inSEPTEMBER SONG. Join us for a celebratory drink at 6 pm for a 6.30 pm concert. Tickets £12 from Hazel on 01582 832312 or 07860 352396
Sunday 16 September, time tbc: Mrs H G Wells
Following last year's interesting dramatical exploration of the life of Charlotte Shaw (wife to Ayot St Lawrence's own George Bernard Shaw), do come and see this: a short play based on the the writings and experiences of Mrs H G Wells. This is being staged in conjunction with the H G Wells Society and Shaw's Corner, and is written and performed by Alexis Ward and Helen Tierney.
Saturday 13 October 19.30: A Harvest Festival of Wine (Tasting) with Mark Buckenham
Friday 19 October 19.00: St Petersburg Voskresenije Choir (see the You Tube clip below)
The choir was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg and since then has been performing in the UK, France, Austria, Germany and Italy. In Russian it sounds "Voskresenije" which translates into English as Resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are 9 female and male vocalists in the choir – some of the best current students and graduates from Music Conservatory of St. Petersburg. Some of our vocalists are the same year on year, such as Anatoliy Artamonov who has been performing in our choir for over 25 years. He has a very deep and unique voice, currently the lowest voice in the whole of St. Petersburg. He can reach as low as a G Contra Octave (49.00 HZ) and impresses an audience every time he sings. In 2017, the choir performed in a number of UK churches including St.David’s Cathedral, Christ Church Ebbw Vale, Blessed Sacrament Church Leicester, Rosslyn Chapel, St.Francis of Assisi in Aberdeen and Dornoch Cathedral.
More details to follow: ticket price likely to be £15, with additional donations to help the choir with their costs in the UK much appreciated.
Our services take place USUALLY on the second Sunday off the month at 11.30. Please note that our service in June takes place a week later than usual owing to the Art Show, so this year will be on Sunday 17. You could book yourself in for lunch at the lovely Brocket Arms, originally the monastic quarters for the old, now ruined church a short stroll away 01438 820250.