Iris Axon Concert Series, Acton Hill

Entering its 11th year, the Iris Axon Concert Series welcomes Richard Boothby (founder of the Viol Consort, Fretwork, and Professor of the Viol at the Royal College of Music) on September 4th at 4pm playing the newly discovered solo sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). Richard is an international virtuoso viol soloist. This promises to be an outstanding concert. The Viol was popular in Elizabeth I’s time and is noted for its reedy tone. A member of the guitar family, it has frets and is played like a cello with an underarm bow. During the eighteenth century a considerable solo repertoire developed in both Germany and France.

On October 2nd we welcome Haruko Seki, piano, who has performed internationally including the Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square. She has also recorded for the BBC and German television. The Times has commented on her playing as “bathed in tonal beauty”. This is Haruko’s first appearance at Acton Hill and we are delighted she has accepted our offer to play. This will be a concert to remember.

On November 6th Helen Karikari, the British born Ghanaian operatic soprano will delight us with a programme of Romantic arias and songs. Helen trained at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and has performed internationally in America, Japan and Chile. She has also appeared at Opéra de Baugé in France and Hampstead Garden Opera. Helen is a rising star and you will fall in love with her rich voice.

Do come along and join us in this series which runs until June 2017– the first Sunday of every month (except January) at 4pm-5pm. Entry Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00, children £2.00. There are crèche facilities available.

Download the full list of this season’s concerts. Programme details for each concert will be published on the Acton Hill Church website as they become available.

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