Dear Friends,

We are delighted to be planning for a resumption of in person performances and residential courses at Benslow Music from Monday 17 May 2021. As we welcome you back to our first concerts since the latest COVID-19 lockdown, please be assured that your safety and that of our performers and staff is our top priority. You may review what we are doing to ensure that you can enjoy your visit to Benslow Music on our website: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

We will continue to provide our wonderful concerts digitally so you can continue to be a part of our virtual audience.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Benslow Music soon!

Dr Christopher Roberts
Head of Music
Young Artist Platform: Karolina Kubalkova (piano)

Thursday 6 May 2021, 20.00 BST

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 5 in C minor Op 10 No 1

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 6 in F major Op 10 No 2

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 7 in D major Op 10 No 3

Liszt: Vallée d'Obermann in E minor

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Bridget Kerrison (soprano), Tom Caldecote (clarinet) and Trevor Hughes (piano)

Monday 10 May 2021, 15.00 BST

Soprano Bridget Kerrison is a freelance singer based in Hertfordshire and has sung with Ex Cathedra, Birmingham Bach Choir, The Holst Singers, Ensemble Plus Ultra, Armonico Consort and the Philharmonia Chorus as part of their professional singers' scheme. She has sung on recordings with with The Holst Singers, Ex Cathedra, Convivium Singers and the Philharmonia Chorus, including a recording from the Chorus of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony released July 2018. With the Philharmonia Chorus Bridget has toured regularly to France, Spain and Germany including Hamburg’s new concert hall the Elbphilharmone. She has also performed in the Barbican, The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and other UK venues.

Clarinettist Tom Caldecote has worked with various orchestras including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and Orchestra of the Swan on projects ranging from chamber music to tours and broadcasts on BBC radio. He is on the extra list for bass clarinet with the BBC Symphony orchestra and, as a soloist, Tom has performed Weber’s 1st concerto, the Finzi Concerto and the Mendelssohn concert pieces.

A graduate of the Royal College of Music (where he studied organ, piano, and viola), Trevor Hughes has accompanied recitals in the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall, and on BBC Radio 3, as well as in many music clubs over the country, and for over ten years he contributed regularly to BBC Schools Radio music programmes, as keyboards player, musical director, and arranger. As an organist, he has performed in Birmingham Symphony Hall, Leeds Town Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and St John’s, Smith Square, London, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, and on the cathedral organs in Canterbury, Ely, Gibraltar, Norwich, St Alban’s, St Asaph, and Southwark. He has also performed on major organs in America, France (including Rouen Cathedral), Austria (including Salzburg Dom Cathedral), and Germany (including the Elisabethkirche, and University Church in Marburg).

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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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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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Video Library

Like to watch again?

Explore our library of on-demand performances by your favourite artists. Virtual ticket holders can also re-watch performances you booked for again for FREE!

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Residential, Day and Online Courses
Our full 2021 programme of residential courses is now available to view online at - take a look!

Booking for Members for our July to September 2021 courses is now open.  Online and Non-Member bookings for these courses will open at 9am on Monday 10 May 2021 - mark your diaries!
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From our Friends at Brighton Early Music Festival
BREMF Midsummer Season 5 June – 11 July 2021
Brighton Early Music Festival is delighted to be staging a live outdoor midsummer season of 8 events this summer. Programmes range from North Indian music and dance on ancient Hindu myths, via renaissance madrigals on Arcadian stories, to tales from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, accompanied by Mendelssohn’s music.
For full programme and tickets see (booking opens 1 May for Festival Friends & 10 May for all)
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