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30th October

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Newbury & District
Arts Association
The Marriage of Figaro

  2 Nov - 3 Nov

The Marriage of Figaro

7:30pm

In this production of Mozart's upstairs/downstairs classic, Downton Abbey meets Whitehall farce, as Figaro, the count's valet, attempts to get married to his sweetheart Susanna before his master can get his lascivious hands on her. His increasingly desperate stratagems to preserve his fiancee's honour lead to multiple mistaken identities, cross-dressing, secret assignations, locked doors and much hiding in cupboards and jumping out of windows before the situation is resolved. All sung in English, with orchestra, to Mozart's scintillating score.


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The Marriage of Figaro

  4 November

The Marriage of Figaro

2:00pm

In this production of Mozart's upstairs/downstairs classic, Downton Abbey meets Whitehall farce, as Figaro, the count's valet, attempts to get married to his sweetheart Susanna before his master can get his lascivious hands on her. His increasingly desperate stratagems to preserve his fiancee's honour lead to multiple mistaken identities, cross-dressing, secret assignations, locked doors and much hiding in cupboards and jumping out of windows before the situation is resolved. All sung in English, with orchestra, to Mozart's scintillating score.


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Howells and Muhly - Concert

  4 November

Howells and Muhly - Concert

7:30pm

As we all prepare to change the clocks, Janet Coxwell is fine-tuning with The Cecilia Consort the music for their forthcoming winter concert, which will be held at one of their home venues - St John's Church - on Saturday 4 November at 7.30pm.



The concert, titled Howells & Muhly, will feature sacred choral pieces by two contemporary composers - one English and one American - who, although separated by a generation and an ocean, share a tradition of church singing.



Herbert Howells, an English composer, organist and teacher, was born in the reign of Queen Victoria and composed some of the finest twentieth-century Anglican church music. He was also profoundly influenced by the work of the Tudor composer Thomas Tallis and of his friend Ralph Vaughan Williams. He died in 1983.



Nico Muhly, born two years before Howells' death and raised in New England, is a young musician who considers himself a classical composer but also embraces a variety of other genres: he has written film scores and an opera, played in live performances with rock groups and has also collaborated with Philip Glass and Björk.



Of her choices for the programme, Janet Coxwell, the Consort's Musical Director, says: "The work of Howells is a well-established element of the Consort's repertoire. We shall sing his Requiem, Hymn for St Cecilia and Like as a Hart desireth the waterbrooks. His Requiem was written in part as a memorial to his son, Michael, whose death at the tender age of nine Howells found it very difficult to come to terms with."



"Muhly's work, however, has not previously featured in our concert programmes. We shall be singing his Bright Mass with Canons, written just 12 years ago and premiered in St Thomas Church in New York. Heavily influenced by his time as a chorister, the piece nods in the direction of Byrd and Weelkes - music much to the Consort's taste - and is also influenced by Howells in style."



The Cecilia Consort is a 40-strong, mixed-voice choir directed by Janet Coxwell, which sings two or three concerts a year in and around the Newbury area.



The programme will finish with the Consort's rendition of Howells' arrangement of the hymn, All my hope on God is founded (to the tune Michael, another tribute to his young son). The Consort will be accompanied by well-known local organist and accompanist, Steve Bowey.



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Continuing this week

Old Chapel Textile Centre

  5 Sep - 2 Dec

New programme of workshops and classes

10:00am

We have an exciting new programme of workshops and classes for the autumn at the Old Chapel Textile Centre.  



The programme covers a wide range of topics including sewing, dressmaking, embroidery, smocking, patchwork, quilting, spinning, braiding and more.  Take a look at our website for more details or contact us at: www.nationalneedleworkarchive.org.uk / octc@live.com / 01635 38740. Free parking, Tea Room.


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West Berkshire District Council