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Welcome to Melbourne Festival’s concerts & performances. 2019 is a distant memory, as we are now eagerly anticipating this years programme. As an introduction to 2020 we would like you to join us for a recital by the Apollon Duo on Saturday 7th March at Melbourne Parish Church, tickets are £10 from the Arts Melbourne Gallery or 07990582381 or the link below to our booking office. We look forward to seeing you!

Highlights for 2019 included Comedy night on Friday 13th September with Stephen Grant, Diane Spencer, Carl Jones and Compere Dave Byron. Hothouse Jazz  on 21st September and the Festival ended on 18th October with The Dime Notes in Melbourne Parish Church – great Jazz in a fantastic setting, a fitting end to the Festival!

If you would like to book tickets you can use the online Booking Office below, email info@melbournefestival.co.uk call 07765 819428.

 

Saturday 7th March at 7.30pm – Recital by the Apollon Duo – with Alexander Binns on Organ & Dora Chatzigeorgiou on Violin at Melbourne Parish Church.

Tickets £10 from Arts Melbourne Gallery or 07990 582381

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Some of you might have seen Alexander and Dora perform at October’s A Choir’d Taste concert. They are an extremely talented young duo who will be performing a programme of works for this seldom heard combination of instruments taking us from Johann Sebastian Bach in the 17th Century to William Lloyd Webber in the 20th!

The Apollon Duo was founded in 2015 by violinist Dora Chatzigeorgiou and organist Alexander Binns. Their aim is to perform and promote works for this seldom heard combination of instruments. Together they have performed across the UK in venues which include St Paul’s Cathedral, Peterborough Cathedral, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Derby Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and Waltham Abbey.
Greek violinist Dora Chatzigeorgiou is a professional freelance violinist and teacher based in Derbyshire. She is Strings Teacher at Foremarke School, Viola Teacher at Repton School, Strings Teacher for the Derbyshire Music Hub and Leader of the Derby Concert Orchestra. Prior to moving to Derbyshire, Dora lived in Suffolk where she was an Upper Strings Teacher for the Suffolk County Music Service and Strings Teacher at St John’s College School in Cambridge.
In 2015 Dora graduated from the Orchestral Artistry programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied with Jacqueline Ross. At the Guildhall she has played in many prestigious concerts and projects including performances with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, at Milton Court under the direction of Edward Gardner, and performances as concertmaster for the Guildhall Opera Orchestra. Dora graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in the USA in June 2013 where she studied with Milan Vitek. At Oberlin she was the recipient of the Danenberg Chamber Music Prize. Dora was a member of the Oberlin Orchestra with whom she has toured Asia and the USA (including a performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall), and was concertmaster for the Oberlin Opera Orchestra. Prior to her studies in the USA, Dora graduated with the Greek National Diploma in Violin Performance from the Kodaly Conservatory of Music in Athens, winning the First Prize and Gold Medal, having studied with Georgios Demertzis and Apollon Grammatikopoulos.
Dora has performed as a soloist with the Greek National Orchestra in the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens and the Rostov Symphony Orchestra during the 3rd International Festival. Dora has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra and was previously leader of the Misbourne Symphony Orchestra. As member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) between 2012 and 2016, Dora has toured Europe, the Caribbean and Saudi Arabia, and has compèred concerts and projects with the orchestra in her native Greece.

Alexander Binns is the Director of Music at Derby Cathedral and is the youngest Cathedral Director of Music in England. At the Cathedral he is responsible for the operation of Derby Cathedral Music Department and for directing the Cathedral Choir for services, concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours. Prior to moving to Derby Alexander was Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

In 2015 Alexander graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied the organ with Susan Landale and David Titterington, improvisation with Gerard Brooks, conducting with Paul Brough, choral conducting with Patrick Russill, harmonium with Anne Page and continuo with Terence Charlston. Alongside his studies Alexander held the position of Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral, the Royal Hospital Chelsea and St Marylebone Parish Church. During his gap year, he held the Organ Scholarship at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, where he regularly accompanied and conducted the world famous Chapel Choir and played for many members of the British Royal Family, including at the celebrated Garter Day Service.

Described by the Organ Magazine as ‘one of our finest young players’, Alexander has performed at many prestigious venues including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings and abroad in the Netherlands, Iceland, France, Poland, Ireland, Italy and Germany. He has also performed on RTE Television (Ireland) and BBC Radio Suffolk. As an orchestral player Alexander has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, has toured Europe with the European Union Youth Orchestra, and has worked under the batons of Marin Alsop, Gianandrea Noseda and Trevor Pinnock. He has played continuo with the Monteverdi String Band and has premiered works by leading composers Diana Burrell, Simon Lindley, David Fawcett and Lloyd Coleman. For more details visit www.alexanderbinns.co.uk

Friday 13th September – 7.30pm for 8pm

 

Melbourne Festival Funhouse Comedy Club – Tickets £9

 

Royal British Legion Club, 87 Derby Road Melbourne DE73 8FL

Another great line-up for this popular Festival event which is always a highlight of the programme. Headline is STEPHEN GRANT. He is one of the UK’s funniest, hardest working and most respected comedians. He performs at clubs and corporate events all over the UK and on the international circuit and has taken six critically acclaimed shows to the Edinburgh Fringe. https://www.stephengrant.com/ Supporting are DIANE SPENCER who delights audiences worldwide with her cheeky, dark and often edgy stand-up comedy. A dazzling performer, Diane captivates the crowd with her charming demeanour, cutting wit and skilfully crafted material. https://www.dianespencer.tv/ and Carl Jones with compere Dave Bryon.

 

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Saturday 21st September – 7 for 7.30pm

Hot House Jazz at Melbourne Festival Fringe – Tickets £10, Concessions £5
Sponsored by HIGHFIELD DRINKS GROUP www.highfielddrinksgroup.co.uk

Melbourne Assembly Rooms, High Street, Melbourne DE73 8GF

An evening of inspirational Jazz with the Hot House “Jam Band” and the award winning and internationally acclaimed “Screaming Kicks Big Band” Hot House Music have been teaching young people to play and develop a passion for music since 2002, prepare for a great night experiencing youth music at its best. Find out more about Hot House at #hhontour @HHMusicDerby www.hhmusic.co.uk

 

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Friday 4th October – 7 for 7.30pm

A Choir’d Taste Anniversary Concert – Tickets £10

Melbourne Assembly Rooms High Street Melbourne DE73 8GF

Ten years ago, inspired by the great time they had at Melbourne Festival’s choral workshops, A Choir’d Taste was formed and to put it simply they have never looked back! Melbourne Festival welcomes Melbourne’s talented mixed voice choir returning with a selection of their favourite pieces to bring us a spectacular end to the summer. The performance will be directed by their Musical Director Paul Marshall.

For tickets call A Choir’d Taste 07990 582381 or visit their website

Saturday 5th October – 7 for 7.30pm

A Choir’d Taste Anniversary Concert – Tickets £10

Melbourne Assembly Rooms High Street Melbourne DE73 8GF

Ten years ago, inspired by the great time they had at Melbourne Festival’s choral workshops, A Choir’d Taste was formed and to put it simply they have never looked back! Melbourne Festival welcomes Melbourne’s talented mixed voice choir returning with a selection of their favourite pieces to bring us a spectacular end to the summer. The performance will be directed by their Musical Director Paul Marshall.

For tickets call A Choir’d Taste 07990 582381  or visit their website 

Saturday 5th October – 7 for 7.30pm

Choros Amici presented by The Friends of Melbourne Parish Church – Tickets £10 

Melbourne Parish Church, Church Square, Melbourne DE73 8EN

The Friends of Melbourne Parish Church bring Choros Amici – the Choir of Friends – to Melbourne Festival Fringe. Their mission is to sing music to the highest possible standard, to entertain and inspire audiences, and, above all, to have fun whilst doing it! Former winners of Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year. With licensed bar.

 
For tickets contact 07765 819428 or Book Tickets Online

Friday 18th October – 7 for 7.30pm

LIVE JAZZ at Melbourne Parish Church with THE DIME NOTES    Tickets £10

 

Melbourne Parish Church, Church Square, Melbourne DE73 8EN

The Friends of Melbourne Parish Church and Melbourne Festival welcome The Dime Notes. The Dime Notes dig back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920’s New Orleans jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blues, and forgotten gems of the era from musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton and Red Nichols. A rare chance to hear great jazz in a fantastic setting. Not to be missed! With licensed bar.

For tickets contact 07765 819428 or Book Tickets Online