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April 2017
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Babies & toddlers: What’s that noise?

Wednesday, April 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Toll Gavel United Church, Beverley, Toll Gavel
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9AA United Kingdom
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New Paths performers present a free mid-morning concert designed especially for babies and toddlers - and their grown-ups! Enjoy the sounds of different instruments, see them up close, dance to their music, and join the merry mayhem of a New Paths pre-school concert.

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Introduction to the Baroque

Wednesday, April 19 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Toll Gavel United Church, Beverley, Toll Gavel
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9AA United Kingdom
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Local teenage musicians – the crème of the East Riding’s youth music – receive specialist coaching from resident baroque ensemble Contraband on the aesthetic and style of baroque music, and enjoy playing alongside them. An invaluable day of inspiration with this wonderful repertoire, from the people who live and breathe it.

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The art of performance

Wednesday, April 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Toll Gavel United Church, Beverley, Toll Gavel
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9AA United Kingdom
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Undergraduate music students from the University of Hull receive public coaching and advice from New Paths performers on a range of instrumental and sung repertoire. A fascinating insight into the work that goes into preparing music for performance.

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Babies & toddlers: What’s that noise?

Thursday, April 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
St Nicholas Church, Holmechurch Lane
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0QU United Kingdom
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New Paths performers present a free mid-morning concert designed especially for babies and toddlers - and their grown-ups! Enjoy the sounds of different instruments, see them up close, dance to their music, and join the merry mayhem of a New Paths pre-school concert.

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£8

Organ recital: French connections

Thursday, April 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Bridlington Priory, Church Green
Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire Y016 7JX United Kingdom
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Organist of the American Cathedral in Paris, multiple-prizewinning organ virtuoso Andrew Dewar presents an all-French programme, on Bridlington Priory's spectacular organ - acknowledged to be one of the largest and finest parish church organs in the country. The focal point of this programme is Olivier Messiaen, in the 25th anniversary of his death, and around his music we explore composers connected with him, from Dupré and Widor to Dukas' fantastical 'Sorcerer's Apprentice'.

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£5

Pub lunch

Thursday, April 20 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The Bull & Sun, Bridlington, 11 Baylegate
Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire YO16 7JT United Kingdom
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Join us for a traditional pub lunch in between the organ rectial and masterclass, in The Bull & Sun just outside Bridlington Priory.

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Organ masterclass

Thursday, April 20 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Bridlington Priory, Church Green
Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire Y016 7JX United Kingdom
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Young organ students Asher Oliver, Ben Mills and Paul Greally – some of whom are recipients of the Alan Spedding Memorial Fund bursaries – are put through their paces by festival organists Andrew Dewar and Christian Wilson.

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Talk: Let the Florid Music Praise! A Journey Through 20th-Century British Song

Thursday, April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Peter Harrison Room, Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0DN United Kingdom
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English song expert and Vaughan Williams specialist, Ceri Owen introduces some of the songs by British composers performed at this year's festival. A fine introduction to one of the key programming stands at New Paths this year.

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£12

Opening Night: On This Island

Thursday, April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0DP United Kingdom
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‘Let the florid music praise’ - the opening line of Britten’s On This Island - opens our festival in appropriately celebratory fashion, sung by local-girl-turned-international-singer Claire Booth. Set in front of the great West door, with its carvings of the seasons, we hear Beethoven’s effervescent Spring Sonata and Messiaen’s Trois Mélodies. Brahms’ heartfelt and virtuosic Trio for Violin, Horn & Piano - by turns brooding and uplifting - closes this programme.

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£8

Late-night Bach Cantatas

Thursday, April 20 @ 9:45 pm - 10:30 pm
Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0DP United Kingdom
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We are thrilled to host one of the very first performances of brand-new baroque group Contraband, founded and directed by one of the finest harpsichordists of his generation, Christopher Bucknall. Featuring a hand-picked selection of the best baroque players of Europe, and joining with New Paths singers, Contraband will present a reflective late-night concert of great Bach solo cantatas, in the atmospheric chancel of the Minster.

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£8

A Retrospective

Friday, April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0DP United Kingdom
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This timeturner of a programme travels backwards through life, from its final moments right through to childhood. Jonathan Dove’s rarely-performed gem The End, for tenor and chamber ensemble, is an atmospheric evocation of the end of life, while Brahms’ rich and passionate F minor sonata for clarinet and piano is written in the autumn of his years. Meanwhile, Poulenc’s cheeky Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano is full of youthful exuberance, and Richard Rodney Bennett’s Songs Before Sleep are delightful and humorous settings of familiar nursery rhyme texts.

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Musical Tour of the Minster

Friday, April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0DP United Kingdom
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Music lives in the very stones of this spectacular building, and this is a chance to explore it through music. Pieces have been chosen to reflect particular features of the Minster, and are performed by New Paths musicians in different areas of the building; festival organ students Asher Oliver, Ben Mills and Paul Greally provide processional music as we move from one space to another. Local expert on the building, and cherished son of the town, David Wilson acts as our tour-guide.

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£8

Italian Hour

Friday, April 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
St Mary’s Church, Beverley, North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL United Kingdom
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Join us for a glass of prosecco at this rush-hour concert of music inspired by Italy, the country described by Goethe as the ‘Promised Land’, and eternal source of inspiration for composers. All written by non-Italians, the programme ranges from Bach’s Italian Concerto to Liszt’s operatic Petrarch Sonnets and Mendelssohn’s Gondola Songs. Salute!

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£10

Friday night dinner

Friday, April 21 @ 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Pizza Express, Beverley, 37 North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8BD United Kingdom
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We are teaming up with Pizza Express in Beverley for a meal between Italian Hour and Under the Starry Skies. Sure to be a sociable occasion with other festival goers. Diners will be invited to pre-order any main course from the Pizza Express menu to ensure a prompt dinner service. Have a drink on us – each diner will receive one free drink!

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£12

Under the Starry Skies

Friday, April 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St Mary’s Church, Beverley, North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL United Kingdom
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In celebration of the stunning starry ceiling of St Mary’s, join us for a feast of magical nocturnes. Songs by Schumann and Brahms meet Schubert’s Auf dem Strom – for tenor, horn and piano – and Strauss’ very rare Notturno, the violin joining singer and piano as the voice of death. Night-time adventures with Debussy’s cello sonata, Schumann’s much-loved Fantasiestucke, and Strauss’ Nocturno for horn complete this stunning dream-filled programme. As pianist Graham Johnson writes, “It is only the greatest composers who can create the sound of starlight”.

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Come & Sing: Vivaldi Gloria

Saturday, April 22 @ 10:15 am - 2:00 pm
Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0DP United Kingdom
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Held in memory of Alan Spedding, this popular New Paths event is incorporated into the festival itself this year. Under the baton of outstanding choral director Oliver Walker, you can spend the morning working on Vivaldi’s joyous Gloria. Join with the massed choir of singers from throughout the region and beyond, and with stunning New Paths soloists Ildikó Allen and Helen Charlston, for the concluding performance in the Minster at 1:15pm (open to all).

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For the love of coffee

Saturday, April 22 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
East Riding Theatre House Café & Bar, 10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BE United Kingdom
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Since its discovery, musicians and bohemians alike have been addicted to coffee! Turning the East Riding Theatre's House Café into Café Zimmermann, home of concerts and coffee for Telemann and Bach, we present Bach’s witty short secular Coffee Cantata. The stories of those unable to get through the day without coffee will ring bells for many! Sung in English.

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Exploring Elwell: Tour of Beverley Art Gallery

Saturday, April 22 @ 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Beverley Art Gallery, Treasure House, Champney Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8HE United Kingdom
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Explore the beautiful Edwardian exhibition spaces of the Beverley Art Gallery, with particular reference to the paintings of famous local artist Fred Elwell, in advance of our ‘Inspired by Elwell’ concert at 4:30pm. Dr Gerardine Mulcahy-Parker, Curator of the Beverley Art Gallery, illuminates the works by Elwell in the collection of the gallery.

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£8

Inspired by Elwell

Saturday, April 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BE United Kingdom
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Beverley’s most famous son, prolific artist Fred Elwell (1870-1945), provides the inspiration for this concert, accompanied by projections of some of his images. Elgar’s poignant and nostalgic Piano Quintet, full of longing for a better time, was written in the shadow of the First World War and illuminates the age of Elwell. Elwell’s figurative subjects explore some of the most intimate and personal stages of life, and so are paired with Schumann’s ‘A Woman's Love and Life’. A richly romantic exploration of music and art.

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£12

Gourmet baroque

Saturday, April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BE United Kingdom
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Brand-new baroque group Contraband – featuring some of the finest players in Europe – continue their festival-within-a-festival with this ‘suitcase concert’. Our troubadours each arrive carrying a bag containing their most treasured pieces of music – some of the greatest Handel arias and Bach concerti of the repertoire – and present them to our festival audience. A "Come Dine with Me" of music, each player serving up his or her best, this is sure to be an unmissable Saturday night.

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Festival jazz drinks

Saturday, April 22 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
East Riding Theatre House Café & Bar, 10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BE United Kingdom
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Celebrated jazz pianist George King has played at the most prestigious venues in the world. Tonight he entertains festival-goers in the East Riding Theatre Bar for relaxed jazz piano drinks. An event sure to set you in the weekend mood.

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Festival worship

Sunday, April 23 @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am
St Mary’s Church, Beverley, North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL United Kingdom
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Asher Oliver (organ) and Alex Caldon (trumpet) join the choir and congregation of St Mary’s for its Sunday morning traditional service of Parish Communion. Asher and Alex play voluntaries before and after the service and add a festive flourish to the hymns.

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£8

Organ recital: Orb and Sceptre

Sunday, April 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0DP United Kingdom
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Superb recitalist Christian Wilson, organist at The Tower of London, presents this sparkling programme of music of the British Isles for St George's Day on the fine Snetzler organ of the Minster.  Music of monarchs ranging from the music of Henry VIII to William Walton’s Orb and Sceptre, composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, is set alongside works of Byrd, Purcell and Bairstow. Reaching across the border to Scotland, we hear Mendelssohn’s popular Hebrides Overture, arranged for the King of Instruments. New Paths continues its festival tradition of commissioning new music: Alasdair Nicolson is one of Scotland's foremost composers and this is the world premiere of his first piece of organ music, co-commissioned with Sound Scotland.

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£5

Roast Lunch at the Monk’s

Sunday, April 23 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The Monk’s Walk, Beverley, 19 Highgate
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0DN United Kingdom
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Join us for a traditional Sunday roast lunch including Yorkshire pudding!

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Family concert: The Reluctant Dragon

Sunday, April 23 @ 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BE United Kingdom
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In honour of St George’s Day, come and hear the charming and entertaining tale of The Reluctant Dragon, set to music by UK favourite John Rutter, and performed by New Paths artists. This accessible and engaging performance will appeal to all the family. Arrive from 1:45pm for St George’s Day craft activities. Audience welcome to come dressed up as characters from the story – knights, dragons, princesses, villagers, or St George! The narrator for this captivating show is the highly talented young actress, Rachel Barnes.

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£8

Home and Away

Sunday, April 23 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
St Mary’s Church, Beverley, North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL United Kingdom
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Vaughan Williams’ ever-popular baritone Songs of Travel explore themes of home and travel, setting the tone of longing and belonging for today’s concert. Britten’s arrangements of popular British folksongs were written from America, a homesick nostalgia for the British Isles – while Messiaen’s flute work Le Merle Noir is inspired by the blackbird’s song of his own garden, setting up a life-long fascination with birdsong and nature. Birdsong also features in Dvorak’s American Quartet, full of the folk music of his native Bohemia, but written - like his most popular symphony - “from the new world”.

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£5

Festival supper

Sunday, April 23 @ 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Beverley, North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL United Kingdom
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Ahead of Katy Hamilton’s inspiring talk join us for supper in St. Mary’s Church Hall. A convivial occasion for festival goers before the closing events. The Friends of New Paths will be launched at this event. We extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to become a Friend of the festival.

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Talk: Love in Pen and Ink

Sunday, April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Beverley, North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL United Kingdom
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The music of Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann reflects and celebrates many loves in their lives. Brahms remembered his beloved mother in the Horn Trio; and his love for the clarinet playing of Richard Mühlfeld drew him out of retirement to write sonatas and chamber works. Schumann composed for the love of his beloved Clara Wieck, in his choice of Lied texts and his dedication of works such as the Piano Quintet to the capable fingers of this most talented of pianists. Katy Hamilton, whose talk last year was enormously popular, discusses some of the loves and links between the two men, and the musical century from Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben to Britten’s Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo ahead of the festival’s final concert.

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£12

Closing Concert: 5×2

Sunday, April 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St Mary’s Church, Beverley, North Bar Within
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL United Kingdom
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Two major quintets bookend this glorious closing programme: Mozart’s sublime Quintet for Piano and Winds, one of the masterpieces of all the repertoire, and Schumann’s rapturous Quintet for Piano and Strings. In the middle of the programme we visit two masters of the English song repertoire: Benjamin Britten, in his deeply personal Michelangelo Sonnets, and Gerald Finzi, is his summing up of music and art, ‘To A Poet’.

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