Concert News – December 2015

Following the sell-out success of the last two concerts in St James Church by folk duo Ninebarrow and by the Ridgeway Singers & Band, three more concerts are already booked for the first few months of the New Year.

First arrivals in February are the Imperial College String Ensemble who are coming from their London base for a weekend workshop in Purbeck culminating in an afternoon concert in Kingston on Sunday, 14 February, starting at 3pm. Since its formation in 2004, the ensemble, or ICSE for short, has established an enviable reputation for quality with concerts in London and on tour, many of them for charity.

March sees the much-anticipated return of The Hermitage Ensemble from St Petersburg who are due to perform on Thursday, 31 March at 7.30pm. They created quite a stir on their last visit here three years ago, attracting a capacity audience to hear their interpretations of Russian sacred music and folk song steeped in the inimitable Russian choral tradition.

For both these concerts, admission will be free but there will be a retiring collection to help preserve the Grade 1-listed St James Church with its fine acoustic. Interval refreshments will be served.

The third concert, which will be ticketed, will be given on Friday, 22 April at 7.30pm by Northern Harmony, an acclaimed vocal ensemble from the USA who will be on tour here under the auspices of Artsreach. Audiences will be treated to harmony singing in various traditional styles from Georgian to Gospel, a repertoire developed by the group over the many years since its first incarnation in 1993.

Robin Stringer

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