Tarporley & District

Concert Goers

BOOKING FOR THE NEW SEASON HAS NOW CLOSED

Concerts for the Autumn, Winter and early Spring have been planned and booked. Places will only become available if those members who have booked are unable to go. In this case, places will be advertised to members of the Concerts Goers group by e-mail and at the regular Monthly Meeting on the 4th Thursday in the Community Centre. Our programme for the 2019 - 2020 season is as follows:
Thursday 19 September 2019 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - conductor Vasily Petrenko - Dani Howard Coalescence - Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 (pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii) - Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Thursday 10 October 2019 The Bridgewater Hall - THE HALLE - conductor Sir Mark Elder - Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune - Bizet L’Arlésienne Suite No.1 - Elgar Symphony No.1
Saturday 2 November 2019 Venue Cymru, Llandudno – WELSH NATIONAL OPERA – Carmen
Saturday 23 November 2019 Liverpool Empire – Glyndebourne Tour - Rigoletto
Saturday 7 December 2019 CLONTER - The London Adventist Chorale
Thursday 16 January 2020 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA conductor Andrew Manze - Beethoven Prometheus (excerpts) - Mozart Bassoon Concerto (Nina Ashton bassoon) - Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’
Sunday 23 February 2020 Theatr Clwyd - Anthony Hopkins Theatre - Benjamin Grosvenor, piano - Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 Op.7 - Liszt: Ballade No.2 - Liszt: Valses oubliées Nos 1 & 2
Sunday 15 March 2020 Theatr Clwyd - Anthony Hopkins Theatre - Jess Gillam & Zeynep Ozsuca - Britten: Temporal Variations - Poulenc: Sonata FP184
Please scroll down for full details of all of the above concerts.

General information about the group

Concert Goers started up in May 2018. Any member of T & D U3A is welcome to join the group – there is no limit on the number of members we can take, no fee to join the group and no requirement to attend a fixed number of concerts each year. If you would like to join us, please contact the Group Convenor using the link to the right.
Information about forthcoming concerts is circulated to group members by e-mail and displayed on this web site. E-mails about concerts are NOT sent to those members of T & D U3A who are not actually members of the Concert Goers group.
Members of the group are welcome to suggest concerts that might be of interest – the only proviso being that it should be a performance with the primary focus on live music (not musicals or ballets!)
Transport is arranged for each concert – this will usually be a 36-seater coach. The cost of the transport generally adds about £14 to the discounted price of the ticket
The coach leaves from Tarporley Community Centre at 3.15 pm if we are attending a concert in, for example, Liverpool, Manchester or Llandudno. This is to avoid peak time traffic and enable members to have a meal before the performance. If we are going to Clonter, we leave at 4.50 pm in order to arrive about 6 pm, when doors open. Members are also able to board the coach in Kelsall about 10 minutes after our departure from Tarporley
Places may only be secured for a particular concert on receipt of full payment, which should preferably be made by cheque payable to “Tarporley and District U3A”. This may be delivered to the Convenor directly. Alternatively, members can speak to a representative from the group in the Committee Room between 9.45 am and 10.15 am on the day of the monthly meeting

Dates for your Diary
Thu Oct 10th

Thursday 10 October 2019 7.30pm - £45

The Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder conductor
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Bizet L’Arlésienne Suite No.1
Elgar Symphony No.1
The prospect of Sir Mark conducting Elgar’s First Symphony, a work so deeply associated with the Hallé since its premiere by the Orchestra and Hans Richter in 1908, guarantees a major highlight of the season. Elgar said that at its heart it expressed ‘a wide experience of human life with great charity (love) and a massive hope in the future’. Richter regarded it as ‘the greatest symphony of modern times, and not only in this country’. A French first half combines Debussy’s languid, sensuous evocation of the desires and dreams of a Faun, with Bizet’s first L’Arlésienne Suite, brim full of the melodic gifts that characterise the composer of Carmen.

The coach will leave from Tarporley Community Centre at 3.15 pm, picking up members from Kelsall Community Centre about 10 minutes later, thus allowing time for a meal before the performance. A booking will be made for a group meal prior to the performance for those who wish to be included.

Sat Nov 2nd

Saturday 2 November 2019 - £55

Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Carmen

Welsh National Opera

No man can resist the charms of opera’s ultimate seductress Carmen. Carefree and spirited she is determined to keep her independence, so when she enchants the soldier, Don José who sacrifices his old life for her, she is unprepared for the events that will evolve. Bored, she turns her attention to the handsome Escamillo, and Don José’s jealousy erupts into a thrilling finale.
Jo Davies’ new production, set in the recent past, will bring all the passion and drama expected of this iconic opera. Bizet’s alluring music, from the famous Toreador Song to Carmen’s provocative Habanera, exposes the emotion of the characters to create a tension that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Sung in French, with English and Welsh surtitles

The coach will leave from Tarporley Community Centre at 3.15 pm, picking up members from Kelsall Community Centre about 10 minutes later, thus allowing time for a meal before the performance. A booking will be made for a group meal prior to the performance for those who wish to be included. Alternatively, members are welcome to make their own arrangements.

Sat Nov 23rd

Liverpool Empire – Rigoletto - Sat 23 Nov 2019 - £70

The Glyndebourne Tour will visit Liverpool’s Empire Theatre for the first time in its history this November.

Coach to leave Tarporley at 3.15 pm – pick up at Kelsall at 3.25pm.
The Duke has it all: money, power, looks, and any woman he wants – any woman, that is, except Gilda, the innocent young daughter of hunchbacked jester Rigoletto. But when Gilda is kidnapped and seduced by his master, Rigoletto plots revenge – with tragic results.
Verdi’s own favourite opera, Rigoletto is a tragedy of Shakespearean scope, a disturbing psychological portrait of a man caught in a corrupt world, an outsider in a system built on power and privilege. A dramatic score, heavy with menace, includes many of Verdi’s greatest tunes, including “La donna e mobile”. Rising star Christiane Lutz directs Glyndebourne’s first ever production, reimagining Verdi’s classic drama for our own age.

Sat Dec 7th

GOSPEL@CLONTER - Saturday 7th December 2019 - £45

Coach to leave Tarporley at 4.50 pm – pick up at Kelsall at 5pm
Bring your own picnic
“The perfect choir” The Times
Hailed as one of the world’s greatest gospel choirs, the London Adventist Chorale returns to perform their annual Christmas special at Clonter.
The London Adventist Chorale was formed in 1981. Its current principal conductor, Ken Burton of BBC ‘The Choir’ fame, has conducted the choir for over two decades.
Its repertoire over the years has included music in Hebrew, African-American Spirituals, close harmony and western choral music.
The choir has performed in most of the UK’s major performance venues, including Buckingham Palace on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Gold Jubilee, Toronto’s Sky Dome before an audience of seventy thousand, and BBC Proms concerts.
Doors Open 6pm - Performance 7pm - 70 minute supper interval - Performance finishes 10pm

Thu Jan 16th 2020

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic - Beethoven’s Eroica - Thursday 16 Jan 2020 - £48

Beethoven Prometheus (excerpts)
Mozart Bassoon Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’
Andrew Manze conductor
Nina Ashton bassoon
‘If I understood war as well as I understand music, I would conquer him!’ Beethoven admired Napoleon’s ideals, but he hated his politics. Instead, with his explosive Eroica symphony, he blew the world of classical music wide open. One of the composer's most celebrated works, the Eroica symphony is a large-scale composition that marked the beginning of Beethoven's creative middle-period.
Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Manze pairs it with the heavenstorming Prometheus, and teams up with the Orchestra’s own Nina Ashton for something completely different – the playful Bassoon Concerto by the teenage Mozart.

Sun Feb 23rd 2020

23 February 2020 - £35

Theatr Clwyd - Anthony Hopkins Theatre

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

‘Breathtaking’ – The Guardian
‘He commands the stage with aristocratic ease…makes you sigh with joy’ – New York Times
A Gramophone Young Artist of the Year and Classical Brit winner, Grosvenor is a former BBC Young Musician of the Year, now internationally recognised for his electrifying performances, distinctive sound and insightful interpretations.
Programme:
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 Op.7
Liszt: Ballade No.2
Liszt: Valses oubliées Nos 1 & 2

The coach will leave from Tarporley Community Centre at 3.50 pm, picking up members from Kelsall Community Centre about 10 minutes later, thus allowing time for a meal before the performance. A booking will be made for a group meal prior to the performance.

Sun Mar 15th 2020

Sunday 15 March 2020 - £35

Theatr Clwyd - Anthony Hopkins Theatre

Jess Gillam & Zeynep Ozsuca

‘Lustrous tone and winning passion… Jess gave a great show’ – The Times
Saxophone sensation Jess Gillam was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and has featured at the Last Night of The Proms in 2018. She is a regular performer and presenter on BBC radio.
Programme:
Britten: Temporal Variations
Poulenc: Sonata FP184

The coach will leave from Tarporley Community Centre at 3.50 pm, picking up members from Kelsall Community Centre about 10 minutes later, thus allowing time for a meal before the performance. A booking will be made for a group meal prior to the performance.

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