Friday, 6 December 2019

Some where for the weekend: chamber music at the the quiestest place under the sun - Clun Valley Music

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Clun Valley Music was founded by viola player Luba Tunnicliffe and cellist Richard Tunnicliffe to bring high-quality performances of classical chamber music by artists of international standing to Clun and the surrounding villages in Shropshire. Clun, of course, being one of the places featured in A.E.Housman's A Shropshire Lad, where:
 'Clunton and Clunbury, 
Clungunford and Clun, 
Are the quietest places 
Under the sun', 
though it turns out that Housman had no topgraphical knowledge of the area when writing the poems! And, as if to further prove him wrong, this weekend features a pair of concerts at St George's Church, Clun SY7 8JH.

On Saturday 7 December 2019, the Aurora Percussion Duo (Delia Stevens and Le Yu), a pair of young percussionists who describe their mission as 'to create virtuosic, physical and visual experiences which stimulate emotion, inspire imagination and bridge cultural divides'. Then on Sunday, Luba Tunnicliffe's own group, The Pelleas Ensemble (which includes flautist Henry Roberts, and harpist Oliver Wass, whom readers may remember was the harpist in my recent opera The Gardeners) are joined by friends, the Aurora Percussion Duo and Elizabeth Lynch (soprano), for a concert which features songs by Purcell (including Bess of Bedlam) and Berio's Folk Songs, plus music by Debussy, Jolivet and Benjamin Graves.

If you can't make this weekend, then make a note of the 2020 dates when Beethoven is the focus of a pair of concerts.

Full details from the Clun Valley Music website.

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