Our concert season runs from September to April with seven concerts per season. Concerts are held at St. Mary's Primary School in Tickhill and occasionally at the Parish Church. Our popular musical recitals span classical repertoire, jazz, folk and world music, all performed by professional musicians.
Join us on the 12th April for the final concert of the season, an Opera Gala Evening. Clare Wheat (soprano) is joined by Sally Perkins (mezzo-soprano), David Watkin Holmes (tenor) and Thomas D Hopkinson (bass) with Jonathan Gooing (piano) to perform operatic highlights. For more details, click on the 'upcoming performers' thumbnail.
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A thrilling end to the season! Here is Adrian Hattrell's review of yesterday evening's concert.
An enthusiastic audience at Tickhill Music Society was treated to a night at the opera by four maestros at the last concert of the season – Clare Wheat (soprano), Sally Perkins (mezzo soprano), David Watkin – Holmes (tenor) and Thomas D Hopkinson (bass). They were brilliantly accompanied by Jonathan Gooing at the piano, who also gave informative and entertaining introductions to each group of songs.
The group took the audience on an operatic journey, starting with Handel and finishing with Britten. The pieces were not delivered in statuesque fashion but were acted out, with (for example) Rodolfo and Mimi from La Bohéme continuing their duet out of sight as they left the make-believe garret. For any not familiar with opera the concert was an insight into the delights of this art form; for opera buffs it was an opportunity to revel in familiar arias by Verdi, Mozart and Puccini.
The evening was rounded off with a rousing encore in the form of the toast to champagne from Die Fledermaus, which perfectly captured the mood of the audience.
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Adrian Hattrell's review of our March concert
A piano recital at Tickhill Music Society always attracts a good audience, and the recent performance by the young French pianist Emmanuel Despax was no exception. Parisian by birth, but resident in England from a young age, he presented a programme of monumental works from the 19thcentury, starting with “Prélude, Choral et Fugue” by César Franck. This is a challenging piece, written by an organist for the piano, and requiring the performer to execute a great deal of work with left hand crossed over right. Despite resembling a test piece, this was carried off with apparent ease.
The Franck was followed by a piece in similar mould by Franz Liszt, “Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata”. A torrent of notes was navigated effortlessly, and the contrasting quiet passages were treated delicately.
The second half was occupied by a single work, Schubert’s B flat Sonata, composed a month or two before his death. This was more familiar territory for the audience, and presented a safe haven after the storms of the first half. Emmanuel played with calm mastery and received deserving applause for a commanding performance. ... See MoreSee Less
Adrian Hattrell's review of our latest concert. It says it all!
The trumpet shall sound
Music lovers sometimes think they have heard everything. The audience which assembled at Tickhill Music Society to hear a performance by the trumpet player Matilda Lloyd could be forgiven for settling comfortably in their seats to hear the opening numbers composed in 18th century Italy. Little could they imagine that by the end of the evening they would have been taken on an exhilarating journey encompassing all the intervening periods and many different continents and finishing with a piece written in 2014 commemorating the First World War – of which, more later. All was delivered with great verve, as you would expect from a former BBC Young Musician of the Year, who also demonstrated pure lyricism where it was needed, as in Faure’s “Après un rêve”.
In all of this Matilda was ably abetted by the pianist Leo Nicholson, who not only showed great skill as an accompanist but also midway through each half gave Matilda a break by playing two piano solos – one by Scarlatti and the other by Gershwin.
It was the contemporary piece, “Seven Halts on the Somme”, which caught the audience’s attention. First they were told to expect something synaesthetic (i.e. the composition of the music was stimulated by the perception of colour), and a special effect was created by Matilda playing into the strings of the piano while Leo held down the sustaining pedal. If this might sound alarming, the overall impression was of a young musician at the top of her class, capable of sensitivity as well as the pyrotechnics one expects from a brass player.
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5 months ago
Green Matthews with Jude Rees on Friday, 7th December when a good time was had by all. Review to follow shortly but here in the meantime are some pics, one of which shows raffle prizes including the floral arrangement kindly donated by Tickhill's Flower Hill.
Review by Adrian Hattrell
A Christmas Carol
(a folk opera)
Most people have heard of Scrooge, even if they have never read “A Christmas Carol” or any other work of Charles Dickens. What is certain is that they have never experienced the story in the form of a folk opera, which is what was presented to Tickhill Music Society by the group calling itself GreenMatthews and Guest (Chris Green, Sophie Matthews and Jude Rees).
The players set the scene with a medley of Victorian carols, music hall songs and folk songs, accompanying themselves on an astonishing range of period instruments, which were variously blown, plucked and squeezed.
This was followed in the second half by the group’s presentation of A Christmas Carol, with the lyrics written and the music composed by Chris Green, using variations on the traditional tune of God rest you merry, gentlemen. The whole evening was enthusiastically received by the audience, especially the couple who had travelled from Rochdale for a second hearing. ... See MoreSee Less
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