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Music in Country Churches : Music at Minchinhampton – 27 and 28 May 2022
Friday 27 May 2022, 8:00 am to Saturday 28 May 2022, 5:00 pm
The parish church is so important, defining many moments in our lives. Music in Country Churches aims to preserve this heritage. The Charity, set up as a charitable trust in 1989 with the active support of HRH The Prince of Wales, who is still our very enthusiastic patron, arranges series of live concerts in rural churches of exceptional beauty and interest to raise funds for their repair and maintenance. It has given concerts in over 55 churches and raised more than £600,000.
Music in Country Churches begins its 2022 concert season by making its first ever visit to Minchinhampton with two concerts in Holy Trinity Church on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May.
On the first evening, Lotte Betts-Dean (soprano) and James Girling (guitar) will explore the musical connections between Thomas Hardy, Wessex (the ancient Anglo-Saxon territory which incorporated the Cotswolds), and the parish church. Their concert, ‘Thomas Hardy: Wessex Love Songs’, features settings of Hardy poems by Gurney, Finzi, Britten alongside repertoire from the long-established English tradition of music for the lute/guitar and voice by John Dowland and Henry Purcell.
The following evening, the English Chamber Orchestra will present a programme of music with three celebrations in mind: the Cotswolds and the music it has inspired; the birth anniversaries of Gloucestershire-based composers Herbert Howells (130th) and Ralph Vaughan Williams (150th); and the life of Quintin Ballardie (1928-2022), founder of the English Chamber Orchestra. Mared Emyr Pugh-Evans will play the harp in Patrick Hawes’ The Highgrove Suite, a work inspired by the gardens at Highgrove and commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales.
There will be pre-concert talks on both evenings, and drinks during the intervals. The full programmes, timings, and details of performers are available on our website (see below). Tickets will be on general sale from 8 April and we anticipate they will sell fast so don’t delay in booking: visit www.musicincountrychurches.org.uk , or telephone 0333 666 3366.
If you can’t make the concerts, you can help us by becoming a Friend of the Charity and supporting our work of promoting live music and the country church heritage. In return you will receive newsletters, invitations to special events, and priority booking on tickets for our concerts. To join, visit our website: https://musicincountrychurches.org.uk/friends-of-micc/