Heritage Film Evening – Stamford & Chichester

As part of Midsummer Malvern, Malvern Civic Week 2018, we are delighted to be playing host to a Heritage film evening on Friday 22nd June at 7.30pm under the title

‘Stamford (1st Conservation Area) and Chichester’, two of his English Country Towns

– by Alex Clifton Taylor

Tickets £5.00

Please note that bookings for tickets are not available via Elmslie House, but as for many of the Midsummer Malvern events, through www.ticketsource.co.uk

Payment will be via debit or credit card. They will email you a ticket which should then be printed off, however, tickets may also be available on the door.

For further information, please consult the Malvern Civic Society’s website:

www.malverncivicsociety.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Simon Deeley’s Blue Haze Quartet play . . .From the Blue Hills. Saturday 27th May 7.30pm

Simon Deeley and the BLUE HAZE QUARTET
Listen to eleven original compositions by jazz pianist Simon Deeley in styles ranging from the lively Latin-jazz of On a Wing and a Dance through the ‘in-the-groove-jazz’ of Soul of the West to gentle reflective ballads such as Ballad of the Blue Waters, now all recorded on the quartet’s new CD.
Take time out and come and enjoy listening to the vibrant and evocative From the Blue Hills.
You can pre-listen on both Sound Cloud and YouTube.
Simon will be here on Saturday 27th May, with music kicking off by 7.30pm

Tickets are available below via Pay-Pal and are £10 for Adults and £6 for Students (please scroll to the end), or alternatively you can buy them through www.eventbrite.co.uk.

Alternatively you may also buy tickets through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) and Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern. NB – for tickets bought via Pay-pal, to save on postage costs/admin time, we keep all tickets here to be collected on the door on the night.

The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

The timings for this performance differ slightly from our usual running times – so doors will be opening at 7.00pm for an 7.30pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 9.30pm.

And here’s a little more information about the Band:

In 2014 Simon moved from the West Midlands to the Welsh Borders.

Now living in a new area, he had to forge new playing links, and the new partnerships he formed lead to the formation of the Simon Deeley Quartet in 2015.

One of the main reasons that Simon formed the quartet was, that he wanted to have a group that would perform mainly his own compositions. Certainly in the last few years, composing has come to be the most important area of his career.

In 2016 this quartet recorded the album Crossing Borders, and toured it, going to venues in the Border and Mid Wales area.

By the beginning of 2017 two members of the quartet had had to drop out due to logistical reasons, and so Simon formed another quartet, this time with the brilliant, dynamic saxophonist from Abervergavenny Martha Skilton and Ian Cooper, bass, a stalwart of the Brecon jazz scene and Brecon Festival regular. They joined the Hereford based drummer Charlie Russell from the original quartet. With Simon in the piano chair, this then was the line-up of the new quartet.

The choice of the name Blue Haze Quartet came from Simon’s observation of the hazy-blue colouring of the distant hills of his new border home, a place,which he feels has had a strong, positive effect on his creative out-put.

The new band began rehearsing in the Spring of this year, and then in August they recorded the album From The Blue Hills. The album is made up of eleven of Simon’s recent compositions.


Simon Deeley’s Blue Haze Quartet Tickets



Blue Magpie Contemporary Craft Fair – RE-SCHEDULED

After the recent snow meant we had to postpone the March Fair – I’m delighted to announce that we are now looking to re-arrange this for the weekend of July 14th & 15th – when hopefully the only adverse weather condition we might encounter is rain!

More information will be coming soon . . .

However, if you are a maker wishing to apply to take part please complete the following
application form:

Blue Magpie Contemporary Craft Fair Registration – July 14th & 15th 2018

Keith James – The Songs of Nick Drake, Friday 4th May @ 8.00pm

Keith James brings to Elmslie a haunting and immaculately crafted concert – The Songs of Nick Drake

This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake – Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch.

Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style.

Nick Drake is the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day.

After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure.

An important book, Remembered for a while has been recently released, written by his elder sister, Gabrielle Drake. This volume throws light on almost everything attributed to Nick’s brief career as a songwriter and recording artist as well as on many corners of mystery and supposition.

A number of years have now passed since singer/guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake.

At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine

www.keith-james.com

Tickets are available here (below, via Pay-pal) and are £10.00 in advance, but rise to £12.00 on the night.

Alternatively tickets for all music performances are available via Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) and Carnival Records, both on Church Street, Great Malvern and also online and direct to your mobile phones via www.eventbrite.co.uk

NB – for tickets bought via Pay-pal, to save on postage costs, we keep all tickets here to be collected on the door on the night. The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Usual running times are that the doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

Hope to see you then!


Songs of Nick Drake Advance tickets



Lowri Evans – Saturday 19th May

Two of my absolute favourite artists” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

Acclaimed roots duo singer-songwriter Lowri Evans & guitar ace Lee Mason hail from West Wales but their music touches a universal nerve.

Their latest record, A Little Bit Of Everything, is a stunning career retrospective especially recorded to celebrate their first 10 years as a creative partnership.

For fans it is an awesome reminder of just how good Lowri’s songs are and for newcomers to their cause an introduction to the sublime chemistry Lowri and Lee uncork on stage.

Lee’s beautifully judged guitar playing and subtle harmonies have been integral to Lowri’s music from the outset. This time out he receives equal-billing as together they perform nuanced acoustic interpretations of some of Lowri’s most popular tunes.

This is Lowri and Lee as fans like to hear them. As their star continues to soar A Little Bit Of Everything catches the duo cresting a wave that has carried them to acclaim beyond their home country and into the hearts of fans around the UK, into Europe and across the waters to the USA.

Lowri and Lee have performed sessions for Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 show, played alongside the likes of Glen Tilbrook, Steve Tilston, Cara Dillon, Martin Simpson and Seth Lakeman
and have appeared at festivals including Cambridge, Greenman, Underneath the Stars, Summertyne Americana.

www.lowriandlee.co.uk

https://twitter.com/lowrievansmusic
https://www.facebook.com/Lowri-Evans-Lee-Mason-88398228520

Tickets are available here (below, via Pay-pal) or if you are passing the house, we always have tickets here too, so do please call in!

Alternatively tickets for all music performances are available via Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) and Carnival Records, both on Church Street, Great Malvern and also online and direct to your mobile phones via www.eventbrite.co.uk

NB – for tickets bought via Pay-pal, to save on postage costs, we keep all tickets here to be collected on the door on the night. The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Usual running times are that the doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

Hope to see you then!

Lowri Evans Advance tickets



Adam Sweet – Friday 8th June @ 8.00pm

“Adam Sweet’s one of those undiscovered talents that, if there were any justice, would have been swept up by Jools Holland’s researchers long ago.”
— Acoustic Magazine

“Adam’s gift is timeless, and his is the sort of voice you’ll want to live with, the sort that’ll only get deeper and stronger as the years wear on.”
— The Blues Magazine

“He is simply among the most original and visionary young musicians currently on the cusp of widespread discovery ”
— Alan Hackett

Adam first picked up a guitar aged 7. He took to it quickly, but the primary school guitar classes didn’t exactly set his imagination on fire. A brief foray into classical guitar also failed to provide the spark he needed, but his interest in the guitar continued to gently smoulder into his early teens. It was at this point that Adam was taken to see his first ever gig when The Hamsters came to play the Marine Theatre in his hometown of Lyme Regis, and suddenly things began hotting up. Inspired by this first live experience, and with the help of some of his Dad’s old records, he began unearthing the classic rock riffs and driving blues of the 60s and 70s that he had been missing out on. It didn’t take long to form his first band with a couple of likeminded classmates and by the age of 15 they were performing regularly on the local circuit. In the years that followed Adam could regularly be found recreating the music of his new-found guitar heroes around the South West of England. Since those early days bands have come and gone but Adam has steadily honed his craft and found his voice, and with well over 1,000 gigs under his belt is now successfully carving out a solo career.

His debut album ‘Small Town Thinking’ was released on Devon based label NEO Music at the turn of 2013/14. With his acoustic guitar providing the foundation, and a collection of songs crafted in collaboration with award winning stalwart singer/songwriter Steve Black, Adam and producer Alan West built the album from Alan’s modest East Devon studio, calling on Alan’s good friend and Nashville based producer Thomm Jutz to add a little extra magic in the form of some of Music City’s finest session players. The album steadily gathered critical acclaim throughout 2014 with plays on BBC radio as well as Blues, Rock and Roots stations around the world. Adam’s “timeless” gift earned him a feature in Classic Rock’s Blues Magazine as ‘One to Watch’, and the rave reviews of the album included a full 5 star rating and ‘Album of the Month’ in Guitar Techniques Magazine, praising the album for offering a “whole new perspective on the (blues) genre”.

Adam’s latest release, ‘Take Your Time’, is a stripped back acoustic offering that perfectly captures the essence of his acclaimed one-man shows. The 5-track EP, performed and produced solely by Adam, again features material co-written with Steve Black, as well as a track written with founder member of Level 42, Boon Gould. Tracks from the EP have received airplay on Blues, Roots and Americana shows in both the UK and Europe, and have been featured heavily on BBC Introducing throughout 2017. Acoustic Magazine declared in their review of the EP that “if there were any justice, (he) would have been swept up by Jools Holland’s researchers long ago”, and veteran music journalist Alan Cackett hailed Adam as “simply among the most original and visionary young musicians currently on the cusp of widespread discovery ”.

Adam is a regular fixture around West Country venues and has built a solid and loyal following in the region, whilst at the same time continuing to take his music to new audiences further afield every year. In this respect 2018 is set to be his best yet, with bars, clubs, concerts and festivals booked across the UK and Europe for both for his solo-acoustic and full-band shows.

‘Take Your Time’ EP reviews:

“Wonderful rock, blues and roots guitar and very classy arrangements.” (Album of the week 26/01/17)
Laurel Canyon Music

“The combination of Sweet’s sparkling songs and the economy of his playing cannot fail to impress.”
Acoustic Magazine

“Adam Sweet is a master at deftly balancing richly detailed songwriting with intensely emotional, soulful vocals and expertly piercing guitar work.”
Alan Cackett

“With Adam Sweet’s expressive voice, artful guitar playing and his own simple production, Take Your Time fits in perfectly alongside the ever burgeoning British Blues scene and the singer-songwriter market.”
Rocking Magpie

“The vocals are just beautiful. If you haven’t heard ‘Take Your Time’ then we invite you to take your time & listen again!”
BBC Introducing in Devon

https://youtu.be/s-BEGeVcKac

Tickets are available here (below, via Pay-pal) or if you are passing the house, we always have tickets here too, so do please call in!

Alternatively tickets for all music performances are available via Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) and Carnival Records, both on Church Street, Great Malvern and also online and direct to your mobile phones via www.eventbrite.co.uk

NB – for tickets bought via Pay-pal, to save on postage costs, we keep all tickets here to be collected on the door on the night. The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Usual running times are that the doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

Hope to see you then!


Adam Sweet – Friday 8th June



Dom Pipkin – Saturday 23rd June

“The UK’s best-kept piano secret”

Piano from London, soul from New Orleans.

With a change of tempo, we’re delighted to announce that Dom Pipkin is returning to play the Bechstein at Elmslie!

Dom is a celebrated jazz pianist – and a New Orleans Jazz Professor! So as well as simply breath-taking playing, you can look forward to hearing insights of what it is to play there, aswell as the history of the Jazz legends that have come out of New Orleans.

“The best New Orleans band never to come from Louisiana” – Rocking Magpie.

“Lighting up the British RnB scene” – Paul Jones BBC2

“I can’t hold a candle to this guy…” Jamie Cullum.

“…a highly impressive pianist…Fans of Diz Watson, Jon Cleary and Dr John, as well as their late predecessors, should keep an eye out for this band.” Jon Taylor – “Blues In Britain”

www.dompipkin.co.uk

Tickets are available here (below, via Pay-pal) or if you are passing the house, we always have tickets here too, so do please call in!

Alternatively tickets for all music performances are available via Malvern TIC and Carnival Records, both on Church Street, Great Malvern and also online and direct to your mobile phones via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Get your tickets early and qualify for the Advance price of £10.00 – or wait and buy on the door on the night for  £12.00.

NB – for tickets bought via Pay-pal, to save on postage costs, we keep all tickets here to be collected on the door on the night. The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar!

Usual running times: Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance finish around 10.00pm.


Dom Pipkin tickets



Vocalise – Sunday 1st July @ 3.00pm

Vocalise

Sunday 1st July 2018, 3.00pm

Elmslie House, 8 Avenue Road, Great Malvern, WR14 3AG

Flute – Nicola Shorland

Piano – Tim Sidford

£10 adults, £5 children

Two local musicians, familiar to Elmslie House concert goers, return for a summer afternoon’s concert.

The drama and lyricism of song in music for flute and piano.

Our programme will include arias, laments and ballades by Rachmaninoff, Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Tickets are available here (below, via Pay-pal) or if you are passing the house, we always have tickets here too, so do please call in!

Alternatively tickets for all music performances are available via Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) and Carnival Records, both on Church Street, Great Malvern and also online and direct to your mobile phones via www.eventbrite.co.uk

NB – for tickets bought via Pay-pal, to save on postage costs, we keep all tickets here to be collected on the door on the night. The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Hope to see you then!


Vocalise tickets



Deborah Rose and Mari Randle – Saturday 7th July

Harmony and haunting melody weave together in the voices of Deborah Rose and Mari Randle, a sound created by guitars with a strong sense of story and magic.

Making a welcome return to Elmslie House, they are “a unique duo not to be missed” Radio 2

In the meantime, here’s some info on these two lovely ladies:

The collaboration began in February 2015 drawn together by their interesting contrast of tone and harmonic lean. They debuted together on Deborah’s second album “Wilde Wood,” featuring Mari’s musical family “The O’ Farrell’s Frolicks” and Americana trio “Grey Wolf, a meld of rhythm and joy.

Deborah and Mari toured extensively giving birth to new songs and recordings, which brings into focus Mari’s soul/rock/blues colours with Deborah’s etherea. The songs chronicle the interconnectedness of their experiences, their mutual love of nature, landscapes, and spiritual musings on the cycles of life, birth and rebirth. Theirs is a rare and timeless sound reminiscent of Kate and Anna McArrigle, the duo create powerful and original songs, performed with energy and beauty that transcends musical genres.

Deborah Rose has sung in the company of Ralph Mctell, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention and Jimmy Webb. She has performed on Terry Wogan’s Radio 2 for the 50th anniversary of late singer Eva Cassidy. Her first album, “Song be My Soul” is a collection of words set to music from Rossetti to Blake and features a Welsh Male Voice Choir.

Mari Randle is lead singer and writer in alternative rock group Vault of Eagles and family folk band The O’ Farrells Frolicks. She is a self-taught musician and writer, exploring any means of self-expression including poetic writing as well as lyrical and vocal experimentation, working very much from the soul as opposed to the head. The music of Vault Of Eagles is powerful, visceral, angular and exposed.  The band have earned the respect of musicians and critics alike over the past four years, touring venues and festivals over the UK and Europe.

Deborah and Mari’s new album is co-produced by Maartin Allcock in Harlech, Wales, who has worked with Yusuf Stevens, Beth Neilsen Chapman, and Beverly Craven. He has also worked extensively with Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention.

Tickets are available here (below, via Pay-pal) or if you are passing the house, we always have tickets here too, so do please call in!

Alternatively tickets for all music performances are available via Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) and Carnival Records, both on Church Street, Great Malvern and also online and direct to your mobile phones via www.eventbrite.co.uk

NB – for tickets bought via Pay-pal, to save on postage costs, we keep all tickets here to be collected on the door on the night. The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Usual running times are that the doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

Hope to see you then!


Deborah/Mari tickets



Photograph – courtesy of Lorraine Poole Photography

Healing Sacred Sound Journeys at Elmslie House

“A truly wonderful experience – I am totally blown away”

Following the success of the previous Gong Baths & Sound Meditation sessions Antony and Angie have already run at Elmslie House, they are now looking to hold regular monthly sound journey meditations at Elmslie House in Malvern on the following dates:

Sunday 13th May

Sunday 10th June

Sunday 22nd July

Sunday 19th August

Sunday 23rd September

Sunday 21st October

Sunday 11th November

Sunday 9th December

“This is such a special venue to be surrounded with sacred sound!

Underfloor heating means you are warm and snug wrapped in your blankets. The wooden floor maximises the vibrations of the singing bowls and gongs , transporting you into delightful dreamscapes and inner journeys of tranquility”.

When Antony and Angie join forces at Elmslie House you will have the healing vibrations of 5 gongs – 3 gongs in front of you and 2 behind you, creating a truely surround sound experience ♥

We are so sure that you will love this sound journey and want to come again that we are offering those coming to Elmslie House for their first session half the usual price. Come along and try something new!

* Reduce stress & anxiety
* Reduce Chronic Pain
* Connect to your higher self and Angelic guides
* Help release stuck energy and blockages in the energy body
* Induces a deep state of relaxation
* Promotes restful sleep
* Promotes mindful living and heart connection
* Space for inner journeying and visualisation

All money payable in cash on the night but please mark yourself as ‘going’ on the Facebook event or message me to secure your space.
The room is large but we would still like to keep an eye on numbers attending.

What should I bring?

Please bring either a yoga mat or sleepping bag to lie on , a cushion or pillow for your head and a warm blanket to wrap yourself in during the meditation. If you have problems lying on the floor you are welcome to bring your own comfy chair or recliner to sit back in . Bring an extra cushion for your back or knees if you wish.


Just lie back and relax as we take you through a gentle meditation followed by an hour of sublime sound and vibrations.

* Due to the powerful vibrations of the gongs this session is not suitable for those with heart conditions or pacemakers , ladies in the first trimester of pregnancy or those suffering from acute mental illness. If in doubt please message us for more info.

Antony Blakmore :

Gong Practioner and follower of the Shamanic Path. Antony has 3 beautiful Paiste Gongs including two which are vibrationally aligned to the planets Venus and Mercury which work on the Heart and Throat Chakras.
FB page : https://www.facebook.com/thespiritsong/

Angie Latham :

An Intuitive energy healer Angie plays the Gong , full chakra note sets of Tibetan and Crystal Singing Bowls , Shamanic Drum and other instruments for healing and self transformation.

* Due to the strong vibrations of the instruments this event is not suitable for those with heart problems or pace makers , severe mental illness , sound sensitive epilepsy or for ladies in the first trimester of pregnancy. If in doubt please message for more information and advice.

To reserve a space or for more info please contact Antony on 07890 582421

www.facebook.com/thespiritsong/

 

 

 

NEW – Pilates Rehabilitation, Thursdays at 11.30am

Pilates-therapy offers Pilates classes to all levels from beginner to advanced and specialist classes for Rehabilitation.

We have a new Rehabilitation class starting at Elmslie House on Thursday mornings.

These classes are taught by a Chartered Physiotherapist and are for people with a variety of injuries and health issues.

We have clients wanting to improve backpain, some who have had surgery such as knee or hip replacements, or some who are simply wanting to stay active and mobile as they age.

The classes are small, safe and effective.

If you would like more information, please contact Julie Ladd (Chartered Physiotherapist) direct on 07903 9019456 or look at the website www.pilates-therapy.com

‘Preserving the Precious’ – Weekend workshop with Kathleen Murphy

24th & 25th March 2018

‘Preserving the Precious’

Over the course of the weekend you will create a unique, handstitched textile piece which will house or incorporate those small, precious things we hang onto; shards of broken pottery, a shell, a scrap from a favourite dress, a handwritten note or a feather. We will look at a variety of methods (layering, wrapping, applique and embroidery techniques) to decoratively preserve your precious items in fabric and thread. To personalise your piece you therefore need to bring a collection of small items you’d like to ‘preserve’. Additional found objects will be available for you to dip into. Our beautiful setting for the weekend will be Elmslie House on the slopes of the Malvern Hills.

Skill level: suitable for those with some previous hand sewing experience.

10am – 3.30pm each day. £130 per person. Includes materials, refreshments & sweet treats.

To book contact kathleen@murgatroydandbean.co.uk or 07971 684573

 

Designer-Maker Craft Market

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Saturday 21st November, 11.00 – 5.00pm

Join Sue Bibby (embroidery), Guy Butcher (furniture), Sharon Curtis (printmaker & hand-cut paper), Ruth Green (screen prints, gifts) Emma Hardicker (limited edition prints, fabric), Sarah Pinnell(fretwork), Geraldine Poole (textile artist), Josie Seymour-Jones (ceramics), Julia Smith (jewellery), Metalsmiths Claudia Petley & Paul Shepherd, Rae Stevens (art & illustration), Sarah Walker (lampshades) and more for an opportunity for a pre-Christmas purchase.

(NB – for those of you who have been asking about where to buy the prints that are in our WC – Emma Hardicker is the lovely lady who designs and prints these and I’m delighted to say that she is one of the makers who will be here selling work).

Make the most of your visit with tea, coffee and home-made cakes and seasonal goodies available throughout the day.

All of that – and its FREE ENTRY!

There is a wealth of creative talent, locally and nationally – and this is just the beginning – next year we are hoping to offer monthly Designer-Maker Craft Markets at Elmslie.

‘Blue Magpie’ is my enterprise to Promote Designer Makers – look out for the logo for future events!

NEW – VeraFlow Classes – Thursdays at 7.00pm

Moving you to find your True Flow

What is VeraFlow?

Dance, stretch and find your true flow in this class like none other you have ever experienced.
VeraFlow is just what you need to feel completely relaxed and content. Find your true flow in body and mind as you stretch your body and train your mind to the rhythm of the music.

This is you time. Time out in your day to get a clear head, to get focused on the here and now and to get in control.

You’ll leave feeling like you’ve had a full body massage, with your muscles strengthened yet relaxed and loose.

There is no need to live with pain in your body. Once you experience the release you find in VeraFlow you won’t look back.

Classes are run by Sarah Clarke. Here’s a little about Sarah:

Having danced all my life and then trained to a professional standard, dancing is all I know how to do and all I want to do!

I taught children and adult dance classes for many years including ballet, tap, street dance, lyrical, etc.

In recent years I have moved more into the fitness side of dance, I have been teaching Zumba for the past 6 years and Aqua Zumba for 3 years.

VeraFlow is something new and completely different to anything else around, plus this is the first class in the whole of Worcestershire!!

If you would like any more information please contact me on 07977 778635 or email rootsofrhythm@yahoo.com

Core * Pilates * Strength * Balance Classes – Thursdays at 9.15

We are delighted to welcome instructor Wendy Green to Elmslie. Wendy says: “Being a local girl I’m very lucky to have always worked in the Malvern area I have been an Exercise to Music instructor for 28 years teaching a variety of Fitness Classes Having now started classes in the beautiful surroundings of Elmslie House my aim is to have small groups where you feel comfortable, at ease and able to interact. We incorporate the fundamentals of Core Pilates with a lovely fusion of Stretch and Balance. This fusion of elements helps promote wellbeing by improving core strength and posture through a series of low repetition, low impact stretching and conditioning exercises. The class will provide a complete body workout, helping your mind and body to work in harmony. You will leave the class feeling relaxed and a smile on your face”. Classes are held every Thursday morning at 9.15 (pre-booking is essential) For any information and to book a class call Wendy on 07790 101470

SongS P A C E… with Julia Palmer-Price (Fridays 11.00 – 12.00)

SongS P A C E…

A class for singers of all ages and abilities to come and find, explore, re-discover and develop their unique voice; through seasonal sing-a-long songs, chants, hymns, hums and perhaps a lullaby or three, in the awesome acoustic of the concert hall; with songstress Julia who believes everybody can sing!

…is A C E! Guaranteed to put a smile on yer face.

FRIDAYS 11am till 12noon
@ E l m s l i e House ~ £5
Contact Julia 07807 287095

Songstress Julia Palmer-Price (alias Ju-la-la) professional cellist, pianist, composer and teacher, came to Malvern after playing Jimi Hendrix with Nigel Kennedy in 1999, the pinnacle of a colourful career. A former resident at 8 Avenue Road, The (then) Grove (2000-2013), Julia and her late-husband Philip often opened their house as a Performance Arts venue and Julia conceived her Cello’ScooL, which, now 16 strong, regularly returns to perform at Elmslie House.

Julia has been singing since the cradle and welcomes All to enjoy SongS P A C E. Intended as a tonic! Classes begin by connecting with the breath adding gentle movements designed to get energy flowing; then, after tuning in with carefully chosen chants, Sol-fa (so good!) is introduced to train the inner ear, refine listening and pitch control; have fun learning well or little known, fave tunes, old and new, with some of Julia’s own compositions thrown in for good measure; till relaxing maybe with a meditation to finish.

As long as we live, there is never enough singing. ~ Martin Luther

Yoga with Three Counties Yoga

Sue has been practising yoga for 26 years. Little did she know that attendance at a local yoga class because of a need for relaxation was going to lead quite so far! She has studied and continues to study with several schools of yoga, for example Iyengar, Viniyoga and most recently Sivananda, but has not settled with any particular tradition. She is currently concentrating on Mahamudra meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition and is developing an interest in the healing yoga of that tradition. ? Sue has been a yoga teacher for over 20 years. She has concentrated mainly on setting up and teaching private mixed ability, adult classes but has very broad experience in teaching students of all ages, some on a one to one basis. She is committed to bringing yoga within the reach and understanding of all. Her specialisations include themed teaching and aspects of breathing, anatomy and physiology. Classes: Tuesdays ?13.30 – 14.30 Mixed Ability Yoga Wednesdays 11.00 – 12.15 Mixed Ability Yoga 18.30 – 19.45 Mixed Ability Yoga Contact details: Sue Hayles :07815 946362 ??Email :sue@threecountiesyoga.co.uk Please visit www.threecountiesyoga.co.uk to find out more

Chi Kung with Max Mainini

If you are looking to develop your sense of calmness and relaxation in an increasingly fast paced world, or to help keep your body and joints healthy, then chi kung is something you will enjoy.

What is it?
Roughly translated to ‘energy work’, practising Chi Kung enhances the flow of chi (vital energy) through the body. The exercises are often slow, gentle and flowing, and may take the form of static postures, slow movements and special walking exercises. These are often inspired by nature and help keep the body supple, invigorate and enhance body function and as well as helping to develop mental clarity and inner stillness.

Join a class….

Here on Mondays from 6.30-7.30pm

on

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30/1
6/2
13/2
20/2
27/2

To book a place, please see

Chi Kung Malvern
www.chikungmalvern.co.uk
or call Max on 07976239855

The classes are perfect for beginners and those with experience.

Classes with Carrie Kidman Beeson

Formerly an instructor with Fiesta Fit, Carrie has now branched out on her own and regularly teaches the following classes at Elmslie:

Fitness classes in Pilates, Latin Dance and interval training.

Ante and postnatal specialist but all ladies welcome.

Classes for men and couples coming soon!

Please contact Carrie to book a place on 07990658743 or carriebolton2005@yahoo.co.uk

Somatics Basics of Movement Classes – Tuesdays 5.45pm

Sarah Stevens will be running her Somatics class to keep your moving more freely and painlessly.

What does one learn in a Somatics class/workshop?

Somatic education classes focus on your experience of your bodily senses. For example, “What do feel when you move that part of your body?” During each movement, you will bring attention to what it feels like to relax a muscle as well as which muscles are used in the movement. Keeping your attention on the sensations involved in the movement is a key component in gaining voluntary control over the sensory-motor system to more effectively engage and relax the muscles as necessary.

You will be coached to make all movements slow, engaging their complete attention in the movement. To help maintain focus, most movements are done lying on the floor to take out the need to use one’s attention to balance freeing the mind to focus its attention solely on the movement. This makes the class accessible for most levels of physical ability. If you have further questions whether this class is appropriate for your needs, please contact me.

Class sessions and workshops may vary in theme, but are designed to be part of a well-rounded curriculum when practiced on a regular basis.

The principles of Somatic Education are based on neuroscience and how the brain and muscles work together and offers gentle and easy exercises that are appropriate for all fitness levels and results in greater ease in movement.

For those unfamiliar with somatic education, other closely related modalities relying on similar principles include neuromuscular rehabilitation and the Thomas Hanna’s methods.

Appropriate for:

• Seniors with arthritis or chronic tension or stiffness
• Those recovering from injuries
• Athletes/dancers/fitness enthusiasts/musicians, etc. who depend
on fine-tuned physical movements
• Yoga or other mind-body movement practitioners/instructors
• Those interested in medication-free ways to prevent and alleviate pain,
chronic tension, and stiffness, or facilitate postural corrections.

Class notes:

Bring to class: yoga mat, blanket, or exercise pad to lie on and an open mind for learning.
Note: Most of the exercises will be done lying on the floor.

There are only 12 places on each date, to book your place please contact Sarah at sarahstevens69@hotmail.com or visit www.sarahstevenstherapies.co.uk