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Dvorak/Grieg : New !--Bartok Romanian Folk Dances : Carols Jazz & Swing Style
Refine Grieg Holberg and start Scherzo and finale of the Dvorak Serenade- Spend some time exploring the Bartok Romanian folk dances - and enjoy the amazing medley of Carols done Jazz and swing style by David Johnstone. No practice necessary just enjoy this great venue. Wishes Michael

St. Barnabas Church

Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2BD · Cambridge

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Respond by: 11/27/2018
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What we're about

• Our Purpose is to continue to build what is already an enthusiastic and talented group of String players who are Passionate about wanting to Play,and Perform with Sessions which are involving and evolving for all those who join us.

• We have developed out of the Cambridge Strings Play and Perform group to form a Piano Trio, String Quartet and for the new Season "The Cambridge Performers Ensemble" an advanced group capable of playing most of the string repertoire to high standards.

• To enable an eclectic repertoire which so far has covered Baroque, Classical and Romantic Music in various groups. However we have added World Music and Film music ( a recent Concert included Piazzolla - Oblivion and Newly Composed Pieces by 2 Composers within our group).

• To continue to succeed in Our aims to provide Musicians with a different kind of Meetup Session designed give a more focused Playing experience and with the opportunity to Perform at Regular Concerts

To develop a social programme which helps our musical endeavours.

With this in mind we have 2 excellent pianists who support the Trios and quartets and accompany soloist. Also they regularly play solo's at our Concerts. From time to time we invite soloists but in the main source them from within the group.

• For any information or simply to find out a little more about us Contact Michael littlebearmichael@gmail.com or text on 0756 441 8260 or simply go to our website on google.

If you are a violinist, cellist or viola player who wants to experience playing in various groups - solos, duets, Trios, Quartets and more -- then PLAY and PERFORM is for you.- come and try us out !

What have we done !!?-- Music for an International Poetry Festival in Kings College and 2 Concerts in Wesley Church. Formed a Piano Trio , Quartet, and other groups to make great Performances.

Our Past Repertoire has included -

Handel / Halvorson Passacaglia - an amazing duet for violin and cello.

Chopin Ballade No1 - one of the most difficult and well known for Piano solo

Kreisler Prelude and Allegro violin and piano

Bruch- Kol Nidrei for Cello and piano

Sibelius Solo piano sonata

Bach solo cello Suites

Bach - the famous Air

Dvorak American Quartet 2nd Movement

Bach solo violin Partita's

Beethoven Ghost Piano trio.

Piazzolla Tango Oblivion arranged as a piano Trio

New works composed by Ben Davis( our pianist) and Mango Tango composed and played by Veronique Rocka

Works in progress - Bach Flute Suite ,Schubert OP 100, and Op 99, Dvorak Dumky Trio.

FUTURE PROGRAMMES Our most recent Concert was on Saturday November 25th at St Giles Church Cambridge.

Our new programme in 2018 involves some of the best and most popular Pieces from the string Repertoire and we urgently need another VIOLA PLAYER and 3-4 more Violinists and 2 Double bass players.

-- Our New Concert Programme - begins at our 1st session in January and includes 3 Concerts with one being in Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge. Its a good time to join us as we begin our new Sessions and Programmes

These are scheduled for-

Sunday March 11th at St Augustine's Church Cambridge

Saturday March 24th or April 14 at Wesley church Christ's Pieces Cambridge

Saturday 19th May at Great St. Mary's Church Kings Parade Cambridge

Our programme incudes -

Karl Jenkins - Palladio

Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

Elgar Introduction and Allegro

Poulenc Organ Concerto with timpani and strings

Samuel Barber Adagio

Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No 5

J S Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3

String Quartets - Dvorak American and Beethoven Opus 18 No 6

Piano Trios - Shubert Opus 100 and Piazzolla Tangos - Oblivion and Libertango.

Vivaldi - Summer violin Concerto ( from4 seasons) and the Double cello Concerto

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We are keen to try any piece that our Musicians wish to play and we build our programmes on exploring possibilities and being Creative. We source soloists from within the group !!

Please be in touch if you are a violinist ( need 4 more for our large string works and at least one more or viola player. but also will need 2 double bass players.

JOIN us now and into the new year to play in Our new Sessions and Concerts in early March and May.

We have our Sessions at Wesley Church,Christs Piece CB1 1LG ,Cambridge. But Also at St. Augustine's Church Hall in Richmond Road-- both ideal in that theyt provide a number of spacious rooms with excellent acoustics which gives Freedom to Play and Rehearse for our various groups and also provide our Concert platform with a grand piano when required.

We aim to play small Concerts on a non profit making basis with musicians sourced mainly from our members. Some Concerts will be linked with charitable organizations and others with local events and Arts Festivals. In the Past 2 years we have played Music for the Zu Zhimo International festival in Kings ;a Charity Concert in Unitarian Church; and a garden party in Girton !!. and a Charity Concert in the Octagon room. After our Meetups and events we often go to Liutaio,s in Mill Road, or to the Urban Shed in King St to socialize and discuss our programme.W

Our 1st Concert on December 3rd 2016 was a great success and our second on March 25th was even more so - Held in the Octagon Room at Wesley it raised money for the Arthur Rank Hospice. Our latest Concert on November 25th at St Giles with a much bigger programme - which has prepared us to do much more in 2018.

"This is a lovely and talented group of people ( all grade 8 plus with over half with Diplomas or degrees in music) with great passion for their music. "A group who's aims will add something special to the Cambridge Musical Scene."

Come along and try us out ! - Our string repertoire is exciting and incudes some of the best and most popular pieces.This is a good time to join for our next 3 Concerts and beyond. We are located at the Wesley Church - CB1 1LG -at the Heart of Cambridge. This is a good time to join as we are beginning our next Sessions with new programmes and new playing experiences. Michael ( Organizer) contact me on 0756 441 8260 and I will supply any information you require.

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