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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.



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