Live at St Wilfrid's

"Live at St Wilfrid's" organises an interesting and varied programme of classical music concerts which are held in the historic parish church.  To find out more about the programme for 2017 and obtain tickets for any of the forthcoming concerts please follow this link.  A short summary for the year is below.

 

ALL CONCERTS START AT 7.30pm  Telephone: (01925) 263183 - 266208 - · 262792   Postal bookings to Joyce Walker  6 Sharon Park Close, Grappenhall, Warrington WA4 2YN. Please make cheques payable to Live at St Wilfrid's!

 

Tickets priced: £15 and £5 (children). Please enquire for the cost of Patrons’ tickets, which guarantee a reserved seat.Purchase from: Broadbents Ladies Shop -Stockton Heath, Conway Phillips Opticians -Buttermarket Street, GrappenhallCommunity Library, Hughes Pharmacy -Knutsford Rd Grappenhall, Pentangle-Latchford and Lymm Electric -Bridgewater Street.   You can also pay on the door.

 

Thursday 9 February Jennifer Pike

Since winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition aged 12, Jennifer has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. In demand as soloist and recitalist all over the world, she is known as an artist of exceptional integrity anddepth, whilst her ability to ‘hold an audience spellbound’ (The Strad) has established her as one of the most exciting artists performing today. Tonight Jennifer looks back on her Polish and British Musical heritage with pianist Tom Poster in a programme ranging from Paderewski to Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending.

Saturday 11 March Craig Ogden

Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music. Craig has performed concertos with all of the main UK orchestras plus many abroad. He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major venues and collaborates with many of the UK’s top artists and ensembles. He has presented on BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia). We are delighted to welcome him back to St Wilfrid’s.

 

 

 

Thursday 20 April Centenary Theatre Company

This local theatre group based at the Brindley Theatre, Runcorn was formed over 100 years ago and continues to present high class shows and plays. Tonight they sing a selection of entertaining songs from the shows and Gilbert & Sullivan favourites. 

Saturday 20 May Chetham’s School of Music

Our annual chance to hear young professional musicians of the future from the internationally renowned music school from Manchester. The enthusiasm, skills and professional approach of the young players is always a delight.

 

 

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Thursday 22 June Leyland Band

One of the most sought after brass ensembles on the concert platform, Leyland Band regularly performs in all parts of the UK, with frequent international appearances. Founded in 1946, Leyland celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016 and has forged a reputation for quality performance coupled with innovative and engaging repertoire.  

 

Thursday 14 September Kosmos Ensemble

Harriet MacKenzie (violin), Meg Hamilton (viola), Milos Milivojevic (accordion) The Kosmos Ensemble is redefining classical and world music. Sophisticated jazz, wild gypsy fiddling and emotive Jewish music glide seamlessly into hot-blooded tango and Greek melodies alongside interpretations of Japanese, Polish and Sephardic songs. ‘I defy you not to be mesmerised.’ (Richard Morrison, chief music critic, The Times.)

 

Thursday 12 October Swingshift Big Band

 

 

 

Thursday 16 November 

Gildas Quartet

Christopher Jones (violin), Gemma Stephens (violin), Kay Stephen (viola) and Anna Menzies (cello). Praised for a ‘refreshing approach’ and ‘exciting precision,’ the Gildas Quartet is emerging as one of the ‘must hear’ new string quartets. The quartet enjoys a busy concert diary in the UK and Europe, has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed live via video link in New York’s Carnegie Hall.