Concerts come to village churches

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This year’s programme of Music In Quiet Places has just been finalised.

The Music In Quiet Places scheme brings professional classical concerts to rural venues in Aylesbury Vale.

This year there are seven concerts in May and June, performed in some of the district’s most idyllic settings. The programme has been devised by Buckingham-based musical director Robert Secret, who also masterminds the Buckingham Summer Festival.

Music In Quiet Places is run by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) to bring rural communities togetherand allow people in villages to enjoy professional concerts.

For people who don’t live in the village, it is a great reason to discover beautiful newplaces in the Vale of Aylesbury.

Each concert is preceded by a heritage walk around the village , led by a local historian. The walks are free and open to all, whether attending the concert or not.

The first concert is at the Church of St John the Evangelist, in Radclive, at 7.30pm on Saturday, May 4.

Mezzo soprano Sophia Gretch will perform haunting arias with the Maurizi String Quartet and harpsichordist Peter Ward Jones.

Jeremy Howarth will lead a village walk starting at the church entrance at 6.30pm

Tickets from Sally Howarth, The Manor, Radclive. Call 01280 815555.

On Saturday, May 18, the Church of St Mary and St Nicholas, in Chetwode, hosts a performance by harpist Elen Hydref and the Maurizi String Quartet, at 7.30pm.

Kenneth Cooper will lead a village walk starting at the church entrance at 6.30pm.

Tickets from Caroline Taylor, Rosehill Farm, Chetwode. Call 01280 847292. Email caroline@clifford-taylor.net

On Saturday, June 1, at 7.30pm, a concert takes place at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, in Padbury.

Trumpeter Stephen Cutting performs with members of the Orchestra Of Stowe Opera and harpsichordist Peter Ward Jones, conducted by Robert Secret, in a concert including music by Corelli and Vivaldi with trumpet concertos by Telemann and Torelli.

Julian Hunt will lead a village walk starting at the church entrance at 6.30pm.

Tickets from John Wrigley. Call 01280 814199. Email johnwrigley54@gmail.com

The Church of St Martin, in Dunton, is the setting for the Maurizi String Quartet’s performance of music by Dvorak and Dohnányi at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 8.

Nick Primmer will lead a village walk starting at the church entrance at 6.30pm.

Tickets from Karen Willsher, 4 Carrington Close, Dunton. Call 01525 242099. Email karenwillsher@hotmail.com

For the full programme, see www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/leisure-culture/arts-culture/music-quiet-places

A brochure will be be available shortly in local leisure centres, libraries and tourist information centres.