Hot on the heels of Grayshott's world premiere concert on national radio channel ClassicFm on 6 December, comes a recent piece in the Daily Express newspaper. In an article headed "O Come All Ye Faithless" - on page 13, the author gently chides the nation for only going to church at Christmas time.
But the piece shows how St Luke's Church Grayshott is bucking the trend. For 15 years, St Luke's has been 'packing them in' to hear regular concerts with top artists from the classical world, including Violin Superstar Nicola Benedetti and composer Sir Karl Jenkins in person. "It’s a great venue and the acoustics are fantastic" writes the Express, quoting Grayshott Concerts’ founder Peter Harrison ...
The Premiere of Sir Karl jenkins's Miserere (Psalm 51) featured three of the world's most sought-after ensembles including: Polyphony Choir (making their second appearance in Grayshott), Britten Sinfonia Orchestra (in Grayshott for the first time), Iestyn Davies (regarded as one of the foremost counter-tenors in the world), all under the baton of choir-director supreme, Stephen Layton.
The line-up also included soloists, Zands Duggan (percussion), Abel Selaocoe (cello) and Alis Huws (harp). The concert was recorded by Classic FM for broadcast at a later date.
We were thrilled to be joined by John Suchet, the presenter of Classic FM’s flagship weekday-morning programme, who proved to be a thoroughly charming host for Jamal Aliyev's performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme in September 2019.
Jamal, aged just 26, is a 'BBC Introducing Classical Artist' and winner of numerous international awards. As well as the Variations, he also performed a new piece especially composed for him by our patron Sir Karl Jenkins which received its premiere at the concert.
The programme also included Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, Mendelssohn's popular Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream together with one of Mozart’s best-loved Symphonies, No.35, 'The Haffner'.
Before joining Classic FM, John Suchet was best known as one of the country's most popular television newsreaders and newscasters. With a lifelong passion for classical music, he is an acknowledged expert and writer on major composers including Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. John also stayed on to sign copies of his books, including 'Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed' published in 2018.
The event was sponsored by Applegarth Farm and Surrey Oaks Wealth Management, to whom we express our gratitude for their crucial support.
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Grayshott rising star Shoshanah Sievers plays for residents of Huntington House, Langham Court
Shoshanah was accompanied by her duo partner Parvis Hejazi and played a selection of movements from: J. S. Bach- Solo Violin Sonata No.1 in g-minor, BWV 1001, W. A. Mozart- Sonata for Piano and Violin in e-minor, KV 304, J. Brahms- Piano and Violin Sonata No.3 in d-minor, Op. 108, followed by M. Ravel arr. for Violin and Piano by S. Dushkin- 'Rigaudon' from Le Tombeau de Couperin and M. T. v Paradis- Sicilienne in E-flat major.
The event was part of the BBC Music Day
BBC Music Day is the UK wide, annual celebration of the power of music to change lives, with two thousand events across the UK and over a hundred broadcasts on TV, Radio and Digital.
This year BBC Music Day took place on Thursday 26th September with events and broadcasts across the week.
The theme this year was music and wellbeing; the power of music to inspire, bring us together and make a positive impact.
Grayshott Concerts host World Premiere
On Friday 29th November 2019 Grayshott Concerts hosted the World Premiere of Sir Karl Kenkin's latest recorded work. St Luke's Church Grayshott was chosen above top international venues to stage this World Premiere that was recorded by Classic FM for future broadcast.
It's another first for Grayshott Concerts ! John Suchet, the presenter of Classic FM's flagship weekday-morning programme hosted our event on Friday 13th September 2019. An acknowledged expert and writer on major composers including Beethoven and Tchaikovsky John introduced the works performed and provided an insight into the background of the composers and their works.
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Virtuoso violinist, Ruth Rogers, Leader of London Mozart Players (our orchestra in residence), joins Sebastian Comberti, Principal Cellist LMP and Howard Shelley, international Pianist and Conductor Laureate LMP for a rare performance of Beethoven's celebrated Triple Concerto for Violin, Piano and Cello.