Live Music Now is a charitable organisation, founded in 1977 by the late Yehudi Menuhin:
- To bring the joy and inspiration of live music to people in our communities who have limited access and
- To support the professional development of outstanding young musicians at the outset of their careers
Live Music Now works with disadvantaged groups who have little or no opportunity to experience the transforming power of music in their lives. The people that they work with and perform for are older people, in failing health, often socially isolated and with dementia; children and adults with learning, physical and communication difficulties; pre-school children and disaffected young offenders within the justice system who need to turn their lives around.
The highly talented young professional musicians have all been specially auditioned and are selected not only for their outstanding musical skills but also for their exceptional abilities to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds. They come from a wide range of musical genres – classical, traditional, jazz, world, rock and pop, and are all trained and mentored by Live Music Now to fulfil their potential in sharing their passion for live music with their diverse audiences. This is a unique opportunity giving invaluable experience and support to musicians on the brink of their professional careers and Live Music Now are proud to see many of their alumni on the international concert stages of the world! Links with sister organisations in Europe, led by Live Music Now Scotland, extend their audiences and professional development role internationally.
With 35 years of experience, Live Music Now has built up a deep understanding of how interactive performances in familiar environments can stimulate and invigorate a wide range of audiences. The benefits are far-reaching and long lasting, whether social, emotional or educational; learning new skills and how to participate; and leading to improved well-being, mental and physical health.
Folk Renaissance III: continuing our look at folk roots in the concert hall
Traditional: Scottish folk songs
Sally Beamish: String Quartet No. 4, “Nine Fragments” (2018) (U.S. Premiere)
Schumann: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Elias String Quartet (Sara Bitlloch, violin; Donald Grant, violin; Simone van der Giessen, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello)
The internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet captivated Da Camera’s audience with their encore of Scottish folk tunes when they appeared in 2017. Now they return with two distinct programs. Over two nights, the Elias Quartet traces the history of British music from Purcell to Britten to esteemed contemporary composer Sally Beamish. Anchoring their programs are two great masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann. Their Tuesday program is the second concert at the Menil pairing folk songs with a contemporary works.
John Armitage Memorial Concert
Songs from the Marshes performed by Selwyn College Choir and conducted by Michael Bawtree
Also features Tallis’s Lights for brass quintet and organ.
Featuring Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith & Paolo Vinaccia
Nordic jazz has its own heroes, and foremost among them are master bassist, Arild Andersen and drummer/percussionist, Paolo Vinaccia. Both are admired as pre-eminent jazz masters, and are strongly associated with impressive jazz music that exploits overlooked possibilities. They collaborate here with Tommy Smith and the SNJO to tell new and original jazz stories spun around Norse legends, and together will exploit the unlimited potential of musical imagery.
Imaginations will run riot as Thor swings that famous hammer and Odin’s thunder rolls high above the roof of Valhalla. Scandinavian jazz increasingly incorporates folk and hymnal elements from Norse music. It is a phenomenon that is often reflected in Scottish jazz, and it’s worth noting too that Scottish folk music shares some Norse heritage. This project will demonstrate that startling new music is still waiting to be discovered, created, heard and shared.
Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421
Sally Beamish: New commission, title to be announced
Schumann: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 41, no. 1
Sandra Porter Mezzo-soprano
Graeme McNaught piano
Bournemouth Chamber Music Society present the Divertimenti String Sextet who will be performing music by:
- Dvorak: Sextet in A major, op.48
- Beamish: Divertimenti
- Brahms: Sextet no.2 in G major, op.36
- SCHUBERT Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”
- SALLY BEAMISH String Quartet NO. 4, “Nine Fragments”
- SCHUMANN Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1