Events at The Bushell Hall,
Birkenhead School

John Lill JOHN LILL CBE piano
Seventieth birthday recital
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Monday 3 February at 7.30pm
music by Beethoven,
Schumann and Brahms


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Kathryn Rudge,JAMES BAILLIEU KATHRYN RUDGE mezzo soprano
JAMES BAILLIEU piano


Friday 21 March at 7.30pm
Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Tosti,
Roger Quilter and Frank Bridge


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Willian Lloyd THE HYPNOTIC POWER OF MUSIC
A lecture-recital and discussion with
WILLIAM LLOYD, PETER DAVISON
and ALAN MILLS
piano

Wednesday 23 April at 7.30pm
Music by Chopin, Wagner, Schumann, George Lloyd,
Rachmaninov, Liszt and Arvo Pärt


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UNQUIET EARTHUNQUIET EARTH
A sequence of words and music inspired
by Wuthering Heights and poems
by Emily Brontë


Sunday 11 May at 7.30pm
TWO RIVERS ENSEMBLE
Clare Hammond (piano) Jane Wilkinson (soprano)
Suzanne Casey (violin) Kenneth Woods (cello)
Peter Davison (narrator)


music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn,
Walker and Keeling


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Welcome to the Two Rivers Festival 2014.......

In the 2014 series, you will once again discover a blend of the familiar and the new. It is a special privilege to welcome the celebrated pianist John Lill CBE who opens the festival with a recital on Mon 3 February. He marks his seventieth birthday year with the music he loves most by Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms. Returning to the festival for a second visit is the prize-winning young mezzo soprano, Kathryn Rudge, who offers a programme of German Lieder and English song. Now an established opera-star, the Liverpool-born singer is fast developing into one of the finest performers of her generation.

This year we also repeat the successful format of a lecture recital on Wed 23 April. William Lloyd, nephew of the English composer, George Lloyd, will explore the hypnotic power of music through the example of his uncle's life; a journey from wartime shell-shock to the 2013 Last Night of the Proms. Irish pianist Alan Mills also returns to provide the musical illustrations, which will include works by George Lloyd, Rachmaninov, Wagner and others. Our final concert, on Sun 11 May, is a sequence of words and music about the life and work of Emily Bronte, which includes a commissioned work by Robin Walker and the inaugural performance by our newly formed Two Rivers Ensemble.

For attenders who buy tickets for all four concerts, we are offering a 15% discount, and we would encourage you to take up this offer before the first concert in February. Please use our on-line box office by going to the booking page and clicking on the link, or you can call (0151) 651 3095 for telephone booking.

We are once again indebted to Birkenhead School for their generous support in providing such a wonderful performing space, The Bushell Hall, with its remarkable intimacy and excellent acoustic, and for the co-operation of the staff without whom it would not be possible to put on such an ambitious series of concerts. And finally, we look forward to seeing you and your friends at many of our events during the coming season.


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