Music In Dorking For February
4th at 6.45, opera screening at Dorking Halls, £17.50, 01306 881717
4th II th 18th 25th at 8.30, Watermill jazz at Aviva social club, £18-21, 07415 815784
6th at 5.00, Dorking Chamber Orchestra at St Nicolas, Great Bookham, £12, 01306 877176
6th at 12.00, lunchtime recital at St Martin’s, free, 01306 884229
13th at 2.30, Puccini concert screening at Dorking Halls, £ 16.50, 01306 881717
21st at 3.00, Heath string quartet at Dorking Halls, £20, 01306 740619
The concert season seems a little quieter than usual in February; however there is still some good music to be enjoyed. We have the first of a series of three concerts by the Heath string quartet, one of the most exciting young string quartets around and who have performed widely throughout the UK and Europe to great acclaim. Their series features all three string quartets of Tchaikovsky and this concert begins with his first quartet. We know Tchaikovsky better for his orchestral music and his ballets, but his three string quartets are fine works and this is an excellent opportunity to hear all three of them. This first concert also features quartets by Mozart and Beethoven. The remaining two concerts will follow in March.
The Dorking Chamber Orchestra, playing in Great Bookham, has a concert entitled ‘Basically Baroque’ and including music by JS Bach, CPE Bach, Albinoni, Carelli and Vanhal. JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.4 is very well known, as is Carelli’s Christmas Concerto, and the other items will introduce you to further glories of the baroque period.
At the Dorking Halls there is a live screening from the Royal Opera House of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece La Traviata, containing some of his finest music. There is also a screening of a concert given by the great tenor jonas Kaufmann in Milan last year. Kaufmann sings the music of Puccini – some of the greatest and most deeply emotional music in Italian opera – and also talks about Puccini the man and musician. This concert caused a sensation in Italy at the time and is now being broadcast more widely; it promises to be both informative and enjoyable.
Watermill jazz meets every Thursday at the Aviva social club. This month’s performers are: the Liane Carroll trio (4th), Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra (I I th), Malija (the Lockheart/Noble/Hoiby trio} (18th), and the Gordon Campbell quintet (25th). And finally, this month’s lunchtime concert at St Martin’s church is given by Richard Buck’s brass trio.