Classical & Jazz Concerts

Pinner Parish Church

October 2018 - April 2019

Tickets are now available to book online


This autumn has seen the beginning of Music in Pinner Series (mps), a new monthly series of Saturday concerts in Pinner to keep us entertained until spring! It draws together two strands: firstly, something to flow on from Pinner Jazz, whose final concert was in March ’18, after 20 very fine seasons. Secondly, there is an overflow from Pinner Music Festival (PMF); one joy of directing PMF has been to discover so many fine performers who could delight our audiences here.

All but one of the concerts are held in Pinner Parish Church, but that in January will be at Pinner United Synagogue, where two jazz concerts have been successfully held, and where warmth is guaranteed! For our first season I have devised a diverse concert programme (four classical, two jazz and a new work of Music Theatre), each of high quality and great entertainment value; some artists have local connections. And don’t forget that Friends Restaurant offers a great pre-concert menu (supporting mps).

The opening mps concert on 6th October was played by the acclaimed Fidelio Trio, who gave stunning performances of three of the finest piano trios – intimate, yet almost symphonic in scale – by Faure, Ravel and Schubert. Each work was distinctive and brilliantly played - a great and atmospheric start to the season! Our concert on Remembrance Saturday, 10th November, marked the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I and of Sir Hubert Parry’s death, was given by The Carice Singers, directed by George Parris. They gave beautiful and very moving accounts of anthems by Parry, Elgar, Gurney, Howells, Cecilia McDowall and Holst, and Parry’s exquisite Songs of Farewell. The quality of choral singing was exceptional, with ideal balance of the 16 singers.

The third concert, on 8th December, was a truly delightful exploration of classical pieces for alto saxophone, written by or inspired by women, brought to us by Dom Childs and Simon Callaghan (piano). The attentive audience heard a wonderful range of repertoire, much of it unfamiliar, brought to us in fabulous conversations between the two instruments – Dom’s beautiful tone and quite exceptional virtuosity were matched in the brilliant and sensitive pianism by Simon. Of many highlights, I would pick out the gorgeous Sonate by Fernande Decruck, the colourful Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice (especially two: one evoking the souls at a necropolis; the other a frantically buzzing hornet!), as well as the incredible display of Borne’s Fantasy on themes from Bizet’s Carmen. Dom and Simon’s lovely new CD, including many of these works, is coming out in the New Year (Resonus).

For our next concert, The Scott Hamilton Quartet, led by this superb American tenor saxophonist – a Pinner Jazz favourite, will play at Pinner United Synagogue on 19th January, 2019 (NB: starts at 8.00pm). Scott Hamilton’s golden tone, strong sense of melody and engaging style are always winning, as are Pinner’s own Dave Green (double-bass), John Pearce (keyboard) and Steve Brown (drums). We strongly advise you to buy tickets in advance online for this concert, to avoid disappointment, because tickets are going very fast. We cannot guarantee to have tickets available for sale at the door.

On 23rd February, we are really pleased to welcome back to Pinner the Chelys Consort of Viols, performing with local star David Gould (counter-tenor). They present a super programme entitled ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, in which they perform music – by Byrd, Campion, di Lasso, Dowland, Jenkins, Lupi, Marenzio and Ward, inspired by Renaissance paintings by Botticelli, Hilliard, Inigo Jones, Rafael, Tintoretto and van Dyck. The blend of the warm tones of the viols with David’s glorious voice will be wonderful.

Our second jazz concert, on 23rd March, is a very special blend of styles and instruments that is highly appropriate to the MPS. David Gordon (roots in Pinner!) brings his superb baroque-inspired jazz trio (including Alec Dankworth, double-bass) to perform with renowned jazz violinist, Christian Garrick. Their previous joint concerts have been inspirational.

Our final event on 27th April is a new piece of Music Theatre: Mary’s Hand, written by Pinner-born composer Martin Bussey & writer/director Di Sherlock, and performed by dramatic mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin and a trio of instrumentalists. This opened in London in August, to four- and five-star reviews, which noted Clare’s powerful evocation of Mary Tudor, first Queen of England. Apparently, Mary enjoyed games of chance, and she invites you to help tell her story – risking head, heart and soul - in a game of cards!

Overall, this is proving to be a very special mps season. All concerts start at 7.30pm (except January, starting at 8.00pm) with a short interval (except January).

Tickets: £16 (in advance, via this website) or £18 (at door).

Anthony Pinching

Director, Music in Pinner Series

Saturday 6th October 2018

Fidelio Trio

Faure, Ravel and Schubert Trios

Saturday 10th November 2018

The Carice Singers (Remembrance Concert)

Parry, Gurney, Elgar, Howells, McDowall, Holst

Saturday 8th December 2018

Dom Childs (alto sax) & Simon Callaghan

Debussy, Decruck, Sondheim, Beach, Maurice, Bizet-Borne

Saturday 19th January 2019

Scott Hamilton (tenor sax)

with John Pearce, Dave Green & Steve Brown

Saturday 23rd February 2019

David Gould (counter-tenor) Chelys Consort

Music inspired by Paintings - Dowland, Byrd, Jenkins, Ward

Saturday 23rd March 2019

David Gordon Trio with Christian Garrick

Classically-inspired Jazz trio with renowned Jazz Violinist

Saturday 27th April 2019

'Mary's Hand' Music Theatre (Bussey/Sherlock)

Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano) & Trio.

Mary Tudor tells her story in a game of cards - you choose!

Pinner Parish Church
Church Lane
Middlesex HA5 3AA

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