2014-2015

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2014-2015

2014-

2015

Blackburn

Musical Events

At BlackburnCathedral


LUNCHTIME CONCERTS, AND THE YEAR AT A GLANCE

Lunchtime Concerts

Lunchtime concerts take place at 1pm on Wednesdays throughout the year, featuring the

Cathedral’s internationally-renowned 1969/2002 Walker/Wood organ played by organists from

the UK and further afield, as well as vocalists and instrumentalists. Admission is free, and the

Cafe in the Crypt is open for light lunches before and after the recitals. Details are subject to

changes – see www.blackburncathedral.com for full listings. Please also note that while work on the

Cathedral Development continues, recitals will last only 30 minutes.

Concerts detailed in bold below are listed at greater length later in this brochure.

September 2014

10 1pm Samuel Hudson Blackburn Cathedral

17 1pm Ian Hare Lancaster University

20 7.30pm The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2014

with a pre-concert talk at 7pm

24 1pm Brant Nuttall piano

October

1 1pm Marco Lo Muscio International concert organist

8 1pm Christopher Beaumont Aberdeen

15 1pm Ivan Numerov viola & Samuel Hudson piano

22 1pm Alexander Hamilton Oundle for Organists recital prize-winner

November

8 7.30pm The Renaissance Singers’ Autumn Concert

12 1pm Nigel Morris St Chad’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Birmingham

15 7pm Tragedy on Darwen Moor & Faure’s Requiem

19 1pm Ben Horden York

26 1pm Joseph O’Berry Blackburn Cathedral

December

6 7pm Blackburn Music Society: Handel’s Messiah

13 7pm Blackburn Cathedral’s Christmas Spectacular Gala Concert

31 7pm New Year’s Eve ‘Champagne’ Concert

January 2015

7 1pm Shaun Turnbull Blackburn Cathedral

14 1pm Hilary Punnett Lincoln Cathedral

17 from 1.30pm Blackburn Cathedral Appeal Sponsored Sing-a-thon

21 1pm Justin Miller Worcester Cathedral (formerly Blackburn Cathedral)

25 6.15pm Oliver Messiaen’s La Nativite du Seigneur

28 1pm Imogen Garner mezzo-soprano & Fenella Haworth piano

31 7pm Sing Together Teachers’ Concert

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February

4 1pm Matthew Edwards Paisley

11 1pm Marco Corbett-Weaver piano

12 7.30pm Rosemere Cancer Foundation Valentine’s Concert

25 1pm Paul Carr Birmingham

March

4 1pm Ben Giddens St Bartholomew the Great, London

10 7pm Robert Costin plays Bach’s Goldberg Variations

with a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

11 1pm Jack Spencer Rochester Cathedral

11-14 various Sing Together Music Outreach Concerts

N.B. These concerts take place at King George’s Hall in Blackburn

18 1pm Jill Turner mezzo-soprano & Charles Edmundson piano

21 7.30pm Blackburn Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

25 1pm Samuel Hudson Blackburn Cathedral

April

1 7.30pm The Renaissance Singers’ Holy Week Concert

22 1pm Joseph O’Berry Blackburn Cathedral

29 1pm David Pipe York Minster

May

6 1pm David Brindle St Silas, Blackburn

13 1pm Joshua Stephens Royal Northern College of Music

20 1pm Paul Dewhurst Pontefract

22 7pm The Choristers Entertain

30 7.30pm The Renaissance Singers at 50!

June

3 1pm Michael Pain Bolton Parish Church

10 1pm Melanie Jones ‘cello

13 7.30pm Blackburn Music Society Spring Concert

17 1pm Shaun Turnbull Blackburn Cathedral

24 1pm Pierre Zevort Concert organist (France)

27 7pm Summer Gala Concert: The Last Night of the Proms

July

1 1pm James Kealey Royal Holloway University (formerly Blackburn Cathedral)

8 1pm Blackburn Cathedral Choral Scholars

15 1pm Samuel Hudson Blackburn Cathedral

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Introduction

INTRODUCTION

It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the 20142015 Friends of

Blackburn Cathedral Music season brochure. Though this fresh season will no doubt have its

own character – one which will be defined by both the dreamy harmony of Eric Whitacre’s

Sleep in the Renaissance Singers’ Autumn Concert and the celebratory atmosphere of the

Last Night of the Proms – the season shares its aims with those that have gone before it.

Not only does each FoBCM season aim to present our audiences with a wide variety of

musical events performed to the highest level, but sight is never lost too of the importance of

presenting our singers (and particularly our young choristers and scholars) with a breadth of

opportunities and experiences. By supporting the Friends of Blackburn Cathedral Music, either by

becoming a patron, or simply by attending our concerts, you are enabling us to continue to offer

this rich experience to the next generation of musicians. And believe me – it’s experiences such

as taking part in our magical Christmas Spectacular concert which become defining moments in

the formative years of our young musicians. Whatever developments in school curriculums and

teaching practices, there is nothing more important than ensuring access to these opportunities

continues to be available. And with your help, that is exactly what is available here at the Cathedral.

So, it is my pleasure to offer my sincerest thanks to all who support music here at

Blackburn Cathedral in any and every way, and offer special thanks to our Friends,

Patrons, and Sponsors who do so much to enable our musical visions to be realised year

on year. I hope too that you will enjoy attending the events listed in this brochure. We’ll be

marking the season of Remembrance in this, the Centenary year of the outbreak of WWI,

with a concert including Fauré’s Requiem, alongside the world première of a work by local

composer David Mellor. We’ll also be welcoming a host of Wednesday lunchtime recitalists, as

well as Blackburn Music Society, and Blackburn Symphony Orchestra, who will be performing

Saint-Saens’ ‘Organ’ Symphony and the sumptuous Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams.

Read on for more information!

So, whichever events you are able to attend this year, I look forward to welcoming you to the

Cathedral very soon.

Samuel Hudson

Organist and Director of Music

Artistic Director, FoBCM

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Samuel Hudson


Concerts

CONCERTS

Saturday 20th September, 7.30pm

with a pre-concert talk at 7pm

The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2014 – The Voice of the Turtle Dove

Recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles, The Sixteen and Harry

Christophers present a stunning programme from the golden age of Renaissance

polyphony with music by English composers John Sheppard, Richard Davy and William Mundy.

Tickets: £10 - £25 (booking fees apply)

King George’s Hall, 0844 847 1664

or The National Centre for Early Music on 01904 651485 or at www.ncem.co.uk

Saturday 8th November, 7.30pm

The Renaissance Singers’ Autumn Concert

Choral Music of America

The Renaissance Singers present a programme of choral music by leading American composers,

past and present. The concert will include works by Morten Lauridsen, Samuel Barber’s own choral

arrangement of his Adagio for Strings, and Eric Whitacre’s electrifying and atmospheric work,

Cloudburst.

Tickets: £10 (under 16s free) from King George’s Hall Box Office,

in person or on 0844 847 1664

Saturday 15th November, 7pm

Tragedy on Darwen Moor: A world première by local composer David Mellor

The story of three boys who died in a blizzard on Darwen Moors in 1917 inspired David Mellor

to write a tone poem which is now being performed for the first time publicly. The concert also

features Mellor’s Peace Anthem and Fauré’s Requiem.

The Appeal Choir of Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Music Society

St Barnabas CE Primary School Choir

The Northern Chamber Orchestra

David Mellor and Samuel Hudson conductors

Tickets: from £5 available at www.blackburncathedral.com, or from King George’s Hall Box

Office, in person or on 0844 847 1664

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Saturday 6th December, 7pm

Handel’s Messiah

Blackburn Music Society present their annual performance of Handel’s great masterpiece.

A seasonal must every year!

Soloists include:

Philippa Hyde soprano

Emma Stannard mezzo-soprano

Louis Hurst bass

Blackburn Music Society

The Lancashire Chamber Orchestra

Tom Newall conductor

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions, students free). For more information including ticket purchase

and availability, please see the Society’s website: www.blackburnmusicsociety.org.uk

Saturday 13th December, 7pm

Christmas Spectacular Gala Concert

The Choirs of Blackburn Cathedral present their ever-popular Christmas Gala Concert,

promising to be a highlight of your festive season! Enjoy Christmas classics as

well as this year’s centrepiece – Vaughan Williams’ Fantastia on Christmas Carols.

The Choirs of Blackburn Cathedral

Local School Choirs

The Northern Chamber Orchestra

Samuel Hudson conductor

Tickets: from £5 available at www.blackburncathedral.com, or from King George’s Hall Box

Office, in person or on 0844 847 1664

Wednesday 31st December, 7pm

New Year’s Eve ‘Champagne’ Concert

See in the New Year in style with an hour of entertaining music and a glass of fizz!

A perfect way to start your New Year celebrations!

Ben Fourie french horn

Samuel Hudson organ and piano

Tickets: £10 (under 16s free) from King George’s Hall Box Office,

in person or on 0844 847 1664

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2015

Saturday 17th January, 1pm – 4pm

Blackburn Cathedral Appeal Sponsored Sing-a-thon

Blackburn Cathedral

Appeal

The debut of this event last year raised a four-figure sum for the Cathedral Appeal – thank

you to everyone who sponsored a choir member, made a request, or conducted a piece!

This year we aim to beat our record! The Appeal Choir will gather from 1pm to 4pm to sing

through any requested piece from our music library. Help us raise even more for the Appeal

this year by coming and making a request, or sponsoring a choir member, or maybe even two!

Free entry – donations welcome!

Sunday 25th January, 5.30pm

Olivier Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur

Christopher Stokes organ

Blackburn Cathedral

Appeal

The nine meditations making up Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur (The Nativity of the Lord) are

brought to life on the cathedral’s colourful and powerful organ by Christopher Stokes (Manchester

Cathedral’s Organist and Master of the Choristers). Both instrument and acoustic are a perfect match

for Messiaen’s work, which is so closely entwined with his own Christian faith, and the inspiration he

drew from the story of the birth of Jesus. Birdsong, plainsong, and further inspiration from the stained

glass windows of a Grenoble church near where Messiaen composed the work are also distilled into

the music, and all these elements combine to form his distinctive and inimitable compositional style.

Free entry, with a retiring collection to support the work of the Cathedral Appeal.

Saturday 31st January, 7pm

Sing Together Teachers’ Concert

Following it’s spectacularly successful inaugural year in 2014, the teachers’ concert returns in

2015! Join the teachers from schools involved in this year’s Sing Together music outreach project

as they take centre stage and show the children how it’s done! Performing a selection of the

songs from this year’s programme, and some of their own choice too, this concert will prove how

dedicated our teachers are to promoting music in their schools, so come and show your support!

Tickets: £5 on the door only

Thursday 12th February, 7.30pm

Rosemere Cancer Foundation Valentine’s Concert

This fundraising concert is the pinnacle of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation Valentine’s Appeal and

features Classical crossover singer Camilla Kerslake, Blackburn People’s Choir, Flautist Sarah Broomhead &

a local secondary school band. The compere for the evening will be BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore.

Tickets: from £5. For more details call: 01772 522913, email info@rosemere.org.uk or

visit www.rosemere.org.uk/valentine

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Wednesday 1st April, 7.30pm

The Renaissance Singers’ Holy Week Concert

Join the Renaissance Singers for an evening of music and readings for Holy Week. This

year the concert features Buxtehude’s mesmerisingly beautiful Membra Jesu nostri – a

sequence of seven short meditations each named after a part of Jesus’ body on the cross.

The Renaissance Singers

The 18th Century Sinfonia

Samuel Hudson conductor

Tickets: £10 (under 16s free) from King George’s Hall Box Office,

in person or on 0844 847 1664

Friday 22nd May, 7pm

The Choristers Entertain

The boy choristers present an hour of music – choral, instrumental, ensemble, and solo – in a

fundraising concert for the Cathedral Appeal.

Tickets: £10 (under 16s free) on the door only

Saturday 30th May, 7.30pm

The Renaissance Singers at 50!

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Blackburn Music Society Spring Concert

The Renaissance Singers, founded by John Bertalot as ‘The Blackburn Bach Choir’ celebrate their

50th year in 2015, and plan to do so in style! The choir will present a celebration concert to mark

this milestone, inviting back former members, and also inviting previous directors to come and

take the helm of the ensemble once again!

Tickets: £10 (under 16s free) from King George’s Hall Box Office,

in person or on 0844 847 1664

Saturday 13th June, 7.30pm

Magnificat Pergolesi

Pulcinella Suite Stravinsky

Four Seasons Vivaldi

Gloria Vivaldi

Blackburn Music Society

Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra.

Tom Newall conductor

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions, students free). For more information including ticket purchase

and availability, please see the Society’s website: www.blackburnmusicsociety.org.uk

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Saturday 27th June, 7pm

The Last Night of the Proms – Summer Gala Concert

The Proms come to Blackburn once again in a thrilling and rousing conclusion to the

season! The choirs of Blackburn Cathedral present a programme of music for a summer’s

evening, including Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying Chichester Psalms, as well as classic

Proms repertoire. Come dressed for the occasion, and be sure to have your flag at the ready!

The Choirs of Blackburn Cathedral

The Northern Chamber Orchestra

Samuel Hudson conductor

Tickets: from £5 available at www.blackburncathedral.com, or from King George’s Hall

Box Office, in person or on 0844 847 1664.

GENERAL INFORMATION

How to buy tickets

Information about obtaining tickets for all concerts in this brochure is

provided in the listing of each event. For many concerts, our main box office is that at King

George’s Hall. There, customers can pay for tickets in person or over the phone, and

select their seats based on the seating plans submitted for each individual event.

Friends of Blackburn Cathedral Music are eligible for priority booking for certain events. If you

wish to become a Friend, or wish to be added to our mailing list, please contact Linda Bruce on

01254 503 082 (Tuesday to Thursday, 10am – 2.30pm) or linda.bruce@blackburncathedral.co.uk

Car Parking

We are unable to offer parking facilities at the cathedral for the duration of the Cathedral

Development Project, and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Public car parking,

including a secure car park in the shopping centre, is widely available within walking distance of

the Cathedral.

Cathedral Development Project

As work on the Cathedral Development Project continues, any necessary

changes to the events on this brochure will be advertised in advance on the cathedral’s

website. Please continue to bear with us as we complete this vital and visionary building

work which will transform the life and heart of the Cathedral and town over years to come.

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Getting Involved

There are many choirs at the Cathedral, and we are always pleased to hear from

potential new members. If you are interested in joining one of our ensembles or would

like more information about what’s involved, please visit the Cathedral website, or

contact Linda Bruce on 01254 503 082 or linda.bruce@blackburncathedral.co.uk

Lantern Voices: boys and girls age 4 – 10, directed by Gill Fourie and Helen Burton

Boys (from age 7) and Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir: directed by Samuel Hudson

Cathedral Girls’ Choir: from age 8, directed by Samuel Hudson

Young People’s Choir & Schola Cantorum: age 13 – 21, directed by Shaun Turnbull

The Cathedral Consort: an adult liturgical choir, directed by Samuel Hudson

The Renaissance Singers: an adult choir attached to the Cathedral, directed by Samuel Hudson

The Cathedral Choirs can be heard at regular weekday and weekend services on almost every

day during school term time. Please consult the Cathedral Music List, published on a monthly

basis, for more information. Choral services on Sundays during term time are as follows:

9am Parish Communion

Sung by the Young People’s Choir

10.30am Cathedral Eucharist

Sung by the Cathedral Choir

4pm Choral Evensong

Sung by the Cathedral Choir

General Notes

All information included in this brochure was correct at the time of printing. All

details are subject to change and cancellations. Such changes will be

advertised on publicity for individual concerts, and online at www.blackburncathedral.com

All concerts and events run by the Friends of Blackburn Cathedral Music are to raise funds to

support the musical life of the Cathedral.

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