CONCERTS

2019 programme

Monday 6th May  10.30am5pm – seminar: The Importance of Tuning for Better Performance. For more details, telephone 01342 850594.

Sunday 26th May – 4pm – Jong-Guyng Park (piano) and Katy Johns (violin). For tickets, telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 18 free. Includes post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

Saturday 8th June – 4pm (guided tour of the house available at 2pm/tea 3:15 pm)  Alexandra Kremakova (harpsichord). For tickets, telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 18 free. Includes post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

Saturday 22nd June  4pm (guided tour of the house available at 2pm/tea 3:15 pm)  Ralitsa Penkova (piano), celebrating the bicentenary of the Hammerwood Broadwood piano. For tickets, telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 18 free. Includes post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

Saturday 6th July  4pm (guided tour of the house available at 2pm/tea 3:15 pm) – Alessandra Testai (voice) and Richard Black (piano) – outdoor/picnic concert (weather permitting). For tickets, telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 18 free. Includes post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

The programme will include:

  • La Serenata and other songs by F. P. Tosti (1846-1916)
  • Songs on poems by Ada Negri, by O. Respighi (1879-1936)
  • San Basilio, I Pastori by I. Pizzetti (1880-1968) Three Blake Songs by J. Armstrong (1926)
  • Also songs by G. Rossini (1792-1868)
  • E. Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948)
  • M. Castelnuovo –Tedesco (1895-1968)
  • D. Apivor (1916-2004)

Alessandra Testai was born in Livorno, where she began her singing studies at the age of 16 at Liceo Musicale Pietro Mascagni.

She then continued in London, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has her musical roots in the varied traditions of Italian song – opera, classical recital repertoire and the popular songs of the street and countryside. She has sung solo roles in opera and oratorio throughout Europe, and has given lectures and classes in Italian Song at major music colleges in Britain.

Forthcoming engagements include recitals with her lutenist husband Robin Jeffrey in Tuscany and in England.

Richard Black’s work as a pianist takes in opera, the symphony orchestra, chamber music and song recitals. He has helped rehearse operas from Purcell to the 21st century. He is a familiar face at opera auditions, and he frequently accompanies students of every voice and instrument at colleges in London.

In performance, Richard has played for singers at the Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square, as well as in New York, Paris and Luxembourg. He has accompanied a wide range of instrumental works and played in a variety of chamber ensembles. He has accompanied on several CDs and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Richard is also an experienced recording engineer, producer and editor.


Saturday 20th July – 3pm (guided tour of the house available at 2pm/tea 3:15 pm)  charity event: The National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain in collaboration with the Orpheus Centre Trust:

Outdoor/picnic concert in aid of the Orpheus Centre Trust, a Surrey-based charity which improves and confidence and independence of severely disabled young adults through the performing arts. Sponsored by the National Youth Harp Orchestra and P & W Marquees. Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival!

NB: tickets for this event office is now open for this event. Please book tickets on the Orpheus Centre website.

Saturday 28th September  4pm  Emily Gray (voice) and Gerard Cousins (guitar). For tickets, telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 18 free. Includes post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

Further details of this year's concerts, including programmes and recitalist biographies, will be published soon.

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