Concerts 2015/16

Friday 6 November 2015 7pm for 7.30pm – Quiz & Supper evening
The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch

Entertaining fundraising general knowledge quiz plus fish & chips.
Teams of six or fewer, singles and couples accommodated.
£8 pp to include fish & chip supper. Bar available for wine, beer & soft drinks.
Booking essential: marian@midlandsinfonia.co.uk

or text: 07889 147 861 or tel: 0121 447 7040 (Poster)


Saturday 12 December 2015 7pm for 7.30pm – Vivaldi by Candlelight
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch

Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Elgar – Serenade for Strings
Albinoni – Adagio
Paganini – Cantabile
Svendsen – Two Swedish Folk-Melodies
Ireland – Downland Suite
performed by The Midland Sinfonia
Richard Laing, conductor
Rob Jones, leader
with David Le Page, violin
Shulah Oliver, violin (Poster)


Saturday 6 February 2016 7pm for 7.30pm – Brass Delights
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch

Bach – Air from Suite in D and Brandenburg No.2
Saint-Saens – Serenade d’Hiver
Mozart – Horn Quintet
Rossini – Barber of Saville
Dvorak – Humoresque
Eswald – Symphony for Brass
Handel – Water Music
plus Gershwin, Lennon & McCartney, Joplin, Previn and more
performed by The Holborne Brass Ensemble
An entertaining evening of works for brass by the lads in a welcome return to Alvechurch(Poster)


Sunday 28 February 2016 3.00pm – 9th Young Musicians’ Showcase
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
TMS encourages young musicians, 18 years and under, by offering a platform on which to perform on their chosen instrument in front of an appreciative audience.

Molly Clayton, piano • Le Pastour by Gabriel Grovlez
Joseph Stanley, violin • Meditation by Massenet
and Molly on the Shore by Percy Grainger (arr. Kreisler)
Declan Foster, piano and singing • Mazurka in C op.33 no.3 by Chopin
and Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen & EY Harburg (arr. Stapleton)
Rosa Bennett, singing • The Prophet Bird by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
Luke Bond, violin • Concerto A minor – 1st mvt. by Vivaldi
Maanvi Jain, singing • Vergebliches Standchen (Fruitless Serenade) by Brahms
Rosa Bennett and Maanvi Jain …sing a duet • Ascot Gavotte from My Fair Lady by Lerner & Loewe
Niall Simmons, violin • Remembrances from Schindler’s List by John Williams
Lizzie Margetts, singing •  Lascia ch’io pianga by Handel
and Smoke Gets in your Eyes by Jerome Kern
Isobel Cree, piano • Este a szekelyeknel by Bela Bartok
Iain Simmons, violin • Roadrunner by G Vale
Niall Simmons and Iain Simmons … a violin duet • Strollin’ Along by G Vale
Anya Sharma-James, piano • Black Coffee by Sonny Burke
Elliott Penn-Ashman, drums • Noisy Neighbour by Noam Lederman
Tom O’Leary, violin • Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen
Katie Booth, singing •  Glow Worms by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
and Londonderry Air -trad.
Helena Morgan, piano • Minuet & Trio from Sonata in B Flat, No.22 by Beethoven

Our grateful thanks to our showcase sponsors:
St. Laurence Church, venue
John Tyrrell mpta mimit, piano tuning
Keith Woolford, Arch Media

following the performances you are invited to join us for refreshments in The Ark
Details: Marian Barwell 0121 447 7040 or marian@midlandsinfonia.co.uk  (Poster)


Saturday 19 March 2016 7.00pm for 7.30pm – British Chamber Masterpieces
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch

Dvorak – ‘American’ Quartet
Elgar – Violin Sonata
Laing – Violin Sonata
Borodin – Notturno, 2nd Quartet
performed by
Richard Laing & Shulah Oliver, violins

Ruth Woolley, viola
Rebecca Rose, cello
Simon Marlow, piano (Poster)


Saturday 16 April 2016 7pm for 7.30pm – A Spanish Evening
The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
Rossini – Barber of Seville Overture and Largo al factotum

Bizet – Suite from Carmen
Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio
and many more Spanish delights – olé!
performed by The Enigma String Quartet

Charlotte Beresford and Caroline Bodimead, violins,
Ellen Brookes, viola and Elizabeth Garside, cello
To compliment this evening’s concert, the usual refreshments are available during the interval plus sangria and tapas.
 (Poster)


Saturday 7 May 2016 7pm for 7.30pm – Performers of Distinction
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch

Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante
Schubert – Quartetsatz D.103
Schubert – Quartetsatz D.703
Schoenberg – Transfigured Night
performed by
David Le Page and Richard Laing, violins

Adrian Turner and Vanessa Murby, violas
Richard Jenkinson and Rowena Calvert, cellos (Poster)


Saturday 18 June 2016 7pm for 7.30pm – Classical Favourites
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch

Mozart – Horn Concerto No.4
Mozart – Symphony No.5
Mozart – Symphony No.29
Haydn – Symphony No.67
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
performed by
 The Midland Sinfonia

Richard Laing, conductor
with Elspeth Dutch, CBSO principal horn
Not to be missed – this will be Richard’s farewell concert as TMS Music Director and principal conductor, a post he’s held for the last decade.
Part of the Bromsgrove Festival (Poster)