Helen Mirren is The QueenThe Queen is coming to Marlborough, as Kennet Valley Arts Trust prepares to bring world class live theatre to the Town Hall, via the magic of the big screen.
On Thursday, May 16, Marlborough Downs Live will stream This House, by James Graham, live from the National Theatre, followed by The Audience, broadcast from the Gielgud Theate in the West End, starring Helen Mirren, on Thursday, June 13.
Jo Del Mar, of Kennet Valley Arts Trust, explained: “The idea to live screen theatre, opera and ballet was initiated by KVAT looking to develop its current film audience and provide an alternative cultural offering.
“We hope people will attend and show support for what KVAT is providing for Marlborough.
“The longer term plan is to provide a cinema in Marlborough and with evidence that audience numbers are increasing for film and live screening, KVAT can prove a need for a cinema.”
Full event details can be found on our What's On calendar.
Rachel AllderTeenage singing sensation Rachel Allder has taken another step towards performing onstage at the 02 Arena in London, in a competition which aims to find Britain's next big music star.
Rachel (13), who performs under the name Rea, flew through the regional finals of the Teen Star competition at Fareham last Saturday, with a self-arranged acoustic version of the dance anthem Titanium by vocalist Sia and producer David Guetta, which reached number 1 in the charts in 2011.
The St John's schoolgirl will now compete at the regional final at the Guildhall Theatre in Portsmouth on Saturday, May 18.
And success on the south coast will win Rachel, who lives in Burbage, a place in the final at the 20,000-capacity 02 Arena in London in front of a judging panel made up of big names from the music industry.
Photo: Rainer KoehlAt the age of five she was accepted at Moscow’s renowned Gnessin School of Music. In November the young Russian pianist Anna Zassimova will be playing at St Peter’s Church, Marlborough in the second series of Brilliant Young Pianists.
She will be one of the second series’ virtuoso pianists each of a different nationality and all from the new generation of international recital stars.
Made possible with renewed sponsorship by Oare businessman Robert Hiscox and Hiscox Insurance, the series will present four young pianists and a recital by Charles Owen who has worked with Dr Nick Maurice to secure these top-flight performers.
Like the first series – which ends on June 30 with a recital by twenty very young Suzuki piano students from London – the second series will be put on by Dr Maurice and David Du Cros of the St Peter’s Trust. The Marlborough Brandt Group and the Peter’s Trust will share the proceeds.
For these recitals St Peter’s holds about 180 people. And it has a Yamaha grand piano that draws praise from performers and audiences alike. It was reconditioned by Bath Pianos before the first Brilliant Young Pianists series.
The first series has proved very popular – for one concert extra chairs had to be put out, but no one was turned away. The audience has been drawn from as far away as Guildford.
Leading off the second series on Sunday, September 29 will be the outstanding young Chinese-American pianist Jessica Zhu. Born in Shanghai, she moved with her family to Texas when she was eleven.
She made her orchestral debut in 2006 playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3 with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 she won warm praise for her Wigmore Hall debut.
She is currently on a Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying under Paul Roberts and Ronan O’Hora. Go to her website to hear Jessica playing.
The second recital in the new series (Sunday, November 10) will be by the young Russian virtuoso Anna Zassimova. She gave her first public recital aged fourteen and a year later gained the certificate of honour at the 1st Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow.
She has played with Moscow Philharmonic Society and given solo and chamber music concerts in Minsk, Prague, London and Warsaw.
In 2009 she released a CD of ‘Russian music at the turn of the twentieth century’ under the title ‘Forgotten Melodies’. In 2011 she followed it with her CD featuring a variety of Chopin’s piano music, and last year with a recording of Brahms sonatas for clarinet and piano.
For a preview of this virtuoso pianist you can hear – and watch – Anna playing Chopin’s Polonaise No 1 in C sharp minor Op. 26 in the Baroque splendour of the Kloster library at Bad Schussenreid.
The audience at St Peter’s Church on Sunday, January 26 will hear the young Azerbaijani pianist Gunel Mirzayeva (pictured left). Now aged twenty-six, Gunel was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is based in London. In 2006 she began her Bachelor of Music studies under Ronan O’Hora at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is now studying there for a Master’s degree.
Gunel is especially interested in Bach’s keyboard music. She has performed throughout Europe – including performances at the House of Commons and the Barbican Hall. On her website you can read her repertoire and hear her play.
The next concert (Sunday, March 9) will be a break from the Brilliant Young Pianists, featuring a slightly older brilliant pianist who started out as a young pianist in Marlborough: Charles Owen.Charles Owen
He was the founder of the St Peter’s Brilliant Young Pianists series and at some time has taught all the pianists in the second series except Anna Zassimova.
Charles first played in Marlborough when he was nineteen. He is now firmly established as one of Britain’s foremost concert pianists and is Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School.
He wants to give his most brilliant students the chance to perform before the kind of Marlborough audiences he relished when he was starting out as a solo recitalist.
The final recital of the second series (Sunday, May 11) will be given by the South African born pianist Ben Schoeman (pictured left) who is already regarded as one of his country’s foremost pianists. Ben received his Master of Music (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria.
He is now studying for his doctorate at London’s City University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Christopher Wiley and Ronan O’Hora. He has played in many of the most prestigious concert halls from Lisbon to Berlin via the Wigmore and Barbican halls.
There is more about him on his website and hear him and cellist Anzél Gerber play Strauss’ Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major Op 6.
That’s another outstanding musical festival for Marlborough – with five dates for the diary and all of them full of promise.
In our What’s On calendar Marlborough News Online will carry details of the programme for each recital and when tickets go on sale - as soon as they are known
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