Smörgåsballad – Songs and Tales from the Land of the Midnight Sun

Wednesday 19 May 2021, 20.00 BST

Smörgåsballad is an evening of music and tales from the Sweden. Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer take you on a journey where you find out about the tradition of the Easter Witches, what happens if you pick seven different wild flowers and put them under your pillow at Midsummer, the real meaning of the midsummer majstång and participate in some traditional drinking songs in celebration of the crayfish. A visual treat for the eyes and the ears be transported to the land of the midnight sun and enjoy some "nordic noir tales" and fall in love with the heroes and heroines.

And this is where the hint of Nordic noir creeps in with the chilling stories of Easter Witches, a Swedish version of the Pied Piper and feuding magicians. Plus a murder ballad that might be considered too grim even for an episode of Wallander.

The Smörgåsballad is brought to life with accompaniment of traditional Scandinavian music on the Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), Swedish säckpipa (bagpipes), willow flute kohorn (cow horn), accordion and guitar.

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Ilario Ferrari Trio

Thursday 20 May 2021, 20.00 BST

Ilario Ferrari is an Italian born jazz pianist and composer who will be presenting his brand new UK jazz trio album "Childhood Memories" after a successful debut performance at the Lauderdale House in London.

Together with Katie Patterson on drums and Charlie Pyne on double bass they will accompany us in a journey through a series of musical portraits inspired by memories of the composer’s childhood in southern Italy, many of which deeply resonate with the historical moment we are all living in.

An incredible balance between fearless jazz improvisations, meditative atmospheres, structured compositions and sounds from the Mediterranean culture, the Ilario Ferrari trio's "Childhood Memories" is a romantic, searching, tender work but swinging when it needs to be.

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Young Artist Platform: Tomas Matos (piano)

Thursday 27 May 2021, 20.00 BST

Mozart: Adagio in B minor

Chopin: Polonaise Op 44

Liszt: Waldesrauchen

Chopin: Ballade No 2 in F major

Ravel: Jeux d´eau

Granados: Allegro de Concierto Ginastera - Sonata No 1

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Bingham String Quartet

Friday 28 May 2021, 20.00 BST

Butler: Songs and Dances from a Haunted Place

Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major Op 18 No 6

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Hertfordshire Festival of Music: Florian Mitrea

Sunday 6 June 2021, 18.00 and 20.30 BST

Pianist Florian Mitrea makes a welcome return to Benslow Music as part of the 2021 Hertfordshire Festival of Music with three master works of the piano repertoire by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. The programme includes a world premiere by Alan Mills.

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Tedesca String Quartet

Wednesday 9 June 2021, 20.00 BST

Beethoven: String Quartet in F major Op 18 No 1

Brahms: String Quintet in C minor Op 51 No 1

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