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Concerts & Events 2019

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Peter Thorogood Birthday Concert

Saturday 1 June, 7.30pm

An Evening with International Concert Pianist PHILLIP DYSON

This evening, the charismatic Phillip Dyson returns to St Mary's with a sensational show blending the concert hall with Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. An evening of irresistible charm and sophistication, recreating the nostalgia and dazzling toe-tapping stylish jazz of the 1920s and 1930s.

Programme includes George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm, Scott Joplin Pine Apple Rag, Billy Mayerl Marigold, and music from the 'Great American Songbook: Jerome Kern Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Irving Berlin Cheek to Cheek, Cole Porter Anything Goes. There is also music by Debussy, Ravel and Satie....and much more!

Phillip Dyson has been described as simply 'brilliant', with a 'wonderful dry, very British sense of humour'. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and Classic FM, tours constantly throughout the UK, and has a great international reputation in Europe and America. He is a Decca Classics recording artist.

"Delicate precision and flawless sensitivity." Pacifica Tribune, California

Ticket price (including wine and canapés) £27.50


Summer Opera Gala

Saturday 20 July, 6.30pm

Note change of time from that originally advertised


Once again Diva Opera will delight with a wonderful evening of arias and ensembles from operas including Madam Butterfly, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Rigoletto and La Bohème plus a selection of lighter songs from popular operettas by Franz Lehár and Ivor Novello and musicals such as Brigadoon, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and My Fair Lady.

Now in their 23rd season, Diva Opera continues to tour throughout the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and France to great critical acclaim. Their performances were recently described ‘A real treat that received a well-earned and never ending standing ovation’. Highlights for this year include performances of Madam Butterfly and The Italian Girl in Algiers at Domaine des Vaux Opera Festival in Jersey, the Festival de la Vézère, Les Musicales de Cormeilles and Festival Nuits de la Citadelle in France as well as numerous performances for fund-raising events around the United Kingdom.

 Catriona Clark  Soprano,  Lousie Mott  Mezzo Soprano, Satriya Krisna  Tenor, David Stephenson  Baritone and Bryan Evans Piano.

Ticket price (including wine and summer canapés) £37.50


Celebrity Lecture

Saturday 7 September, 6.00pm



In this illustrated talk, Alison Smith, curator of the recent Burne-Jones exhibition at Tate Britain, will share some of her insights about the artist with reference to the ideas that informed the exhibition.

Dr Alison Smith is Chief Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Prior to joining the NPG in 2017 she was Lead Curator, Nineteenth-Century British Art at Tate Britain where she worked for eighteen years. She curated the recent Burne-Jones exhibition which tours to Scandinavia later this year.

Her publications include books on Millais, the pre-Raphaelites, Watercolour, G F Watts, and The Victorian Nude.



Flanders & Swann at the Drop of a Hippopotamus

Saturday 28 September, 7.30pm


Michael Flanders and Donald Swann were the biggest musical comedy stars of the 1950s and 1960s. Mud, Mud Glorious Mud (The Hippopotamus Song), The Gnu Song, The Gasman Cometh, and many of their other songs have passed into legend.

This global smash hit of a show pays affectionate tribute to their words and music, mirth and infectious silliness. It stars multi-award winning comedian Tim FitzHigham (BBC Radio 4, TV, and films including Paddington 2) and Olivier Award-winning musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins  (Showstopper).

Ticket price (including wine and canapés) £27.50


FB Pocket Orchestra

Saturday 2 November, 7.30pm



By popular demand the incredible POCKET ORCHESTRA returns to St Mary’s to play in the beautiful Victorian Music Room. These three multi-talented young musicians released their first album in 2012, with the aim of presenting a contemporary slant on popular music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Working backwards from the music of the 1930s they developed a joyous sound that spans a wide range of musical tastes. A unique, toe-tapping experience!

"Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and 'fabulousness' of this era is captured beautifully."  Jazz FM review.

Jenny Russell Contralto/Clarinet, Paul Stevenson Banjo, Oliver Corbin Cornet/Euphonium/Tuba/Accordion

Ticket price (including wine and canapés) £27.50


St Mary's Traditional Christmas Cracker

Saturday 7 December, 7.30pm


Our special celebration of Christmas in words and music with some pleasant surprises chosen from Peter Thorogood’s archive of poetry and prose, including some of this year’s famous anniversaries. Join us in a joyous, reflective, festive programme of songs, carols and seasonal readings.

SUSAN JAMESON and JAMES BOLAM (readers) have made many stage appearances and been seen in many television series, including the BBC’s popular New Tricks.

SUSAN LEGG has won several international awards and is in wide demand for oratorio and opera roles. GILES WHITE sings with the choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and is currently working and singing in musical theatre.

TERENCE ALLBRIGHT (piano) is both pianist and composer, and has accompanied some of the world’s most famous singers, including Dame Felicity Lott and Dame Ann Murray.

Ticket price (including wine and canapés) £37.50

All performances take place in the elegant Victorian Music Room at St Mary's.

Please note that all seats are unreserved.

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