Music Club Concerts

Wed 4th December at 7:30pm
Christmas at Le Cafe Parisian

The Andy Lawrenson Trio

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

LE CAFE PARISIEN is a musical and cultural journey through the streets, cafes and terraces of Europe, expect to hear Hot Club Swing, Classical Themes, adventures into Romani and Celtic Music, and vintage Songs, all delivered with a fresh new twist.  A veritable melting pot of astounding musicianship and novel arrangements, all delivered with a sense of warmth and fun to make for a cracking night’s entertainment!

“One lady said it was like sitting outside a French cafe in the sunshine, you must have made a good impression to achieve that effect in winter in a village hall!”  . . . .

"Last night... you came, played and conquered our hearts with a magical display of musicianship and charm. . .

The Andy Lawrenson Trio has been working together since around 2012, Andy now manages and gigs extensively with the trio, runs music workshops and teaches violin and guitar in North Yorkshire. Andy learned to play the violin through busking on the streets of Europe, Scandinavia, England, Scotland and Ireland.
Paul Grainger started playing the double bass comparatively late in the day yet has quickly become an in-demand player on the North East scene and further afield.
Simon O’Byrne has been a professional guitarist for over two decades. His accomplished guitar playing celebrates the style and swing of the jazz-genius Django Reinhardt, mixed with a flamenco flourish and echoes of the great Paco de Lucia.

Sponsored by:Pigott & Hall

Wed 8th January 2020 at 7:30pm
The Hermes Experiment with Oliver Pashley

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

Winners of the Tunnell Trust Awards 2017, Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015/16 and winners of Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands 2014, The Hermes Experiment is a contemporary quartet made up of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass. Capitalising on their deliberately idiosyncratic combination of instruments, the ensemble regularly commissions new works, as well as creating their own innovative arrangements and venturing into live free improvisation. The ensemble has commissioned over 50 composers at various stages of their careers.

Sponsored by a member of the Club

Wed 19th February 2020 at 7:30pm
The Odora Trio with Sophie Hindson

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

This is a change of venue from some earlier information

The Odora Trio was formed in 2016 at the Royal Academy of Music. In May 2017 the trio were prize winners at the Isaacs and Pirani piano competition at the Royal Academy of Music. Since then, the trio has been under the guidance of eminent professors such as Andrew West, Richard Lester, William Fong, Adrian Brendel and members of the Doric Quartet. The trio looks forward to performances in Nottinghamshire, Oxford University, Canterbury Music Club, Elgar’s Birthplace and at Hay music festival in the summer. 

Sponsored by Brigadier Charles Smith

Wed 18th March 2020 at 7:30pm
The Kanneh-Mason Duo

Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano)
Braimah Kanneh-Mason (violin)

Venue: ChristChurch, Finkin Street

The Music Club has also formed close ties with the KANNEH-MASON family which culminated with Sheku performing with his sister ISATA so successfully in the final concert of the 2017-18 season. ISATA, who has just signed a record deal with Decca, now returns to perform with another member of this hugely talented family, her brother BRAIMAH. He studies at the Royal Academy and has already given critically acclaimed performances. There could not be a better way to end our 90th anniversary season.

Sponsored by Duncan & Toplis

Sat 25th April 2020 at 7:30pm
The 'Parnell Phil' with Ghiulnara Raileanu, soprano

90th Annivesary Bonus Concert
Ghiulnara Raileanu (Soprano)
Alistair Parnell (Saxophone)
Philip Robinson (Piano)

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

The group will perform a wide range of inspiring music including dramatic Operatic arias, jazz tunes and classic melodies, as you've never heard them before.

Ghiulnara Raileanu was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, in 1984. She attended the College of Music “St. Neaga" (2004), and subsequently graduate and alumnus of the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts, Chisinau (2008), studying with the professor Tatiana Busuioc, Master of Arts.

Her notable roles includes title roles such as: Floria Tosca in “Tosca” by G. Puccini, Countess Rosina Almaviva in “The marriage of Figaro”, Desdemona in “Otello” by G. Verdi, Mimi in “La Boheme” and Liu in “Turandot”, etc.

Alistair Parnell and Phillip Robinson formed ‘The Parnell Phil’ in 2010 after collaborating on various projects together in the East Midlands. Both graduates of the Royal College of Music, they each bring a wealth of musical experience to draw on in styles from Baroque. 

Their aim is to rediscover music that is often well known but present it in either a new arrangement, or with a new combination of instruments. Organ, Harpsichord, synthesiser, alto and soprano saxophone, and the fascinating Electronic Wind Instrument as well as voice combine to create a refreshing but accessible programme of music, suitable for all ages and tastes all presented in their own lively and informative style.