Wind, Waves & Water Colours – Photography exhibition March 5th – 16th

We are delighted to bring you the exquisite work of local photographer Colleen Donaldson in a collection of images taken around the theme ‘Coast’:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what Colleen says about the collection:

“The decision to portray my impressions of coast for an exhibition is based on two influences, one being childhood memories of summer days spent at the seaside and two, the overwhelming inspiration I felt when first viewing the coastal water colour paintings created by the 18th and 19th century water colorists, JMW Turner, David Cox, John Brett etc.  For me the coast provides an infinite variety of subject matter and never fails to inspire me..

With these influences in mind I set out to produce a body of work which, I hope, portrays the very spirit of coast. And yet the subjects presented only merely touch on the infinite variety of subjects available at the coast. Mood & movement, tone and texture elemental features specific to coastal regions, features which I have tried to capture. My subjects are about the seaside, a swirl of water a ripple of colour, people at waters edge, old relics such as lighthouses, romantic reminders of times past, modern day breakwaters cutting graphic shapes in the sea. For me subjects which will always intrigue and inspire.

On some of my images I have used long exposures to create a more sublime effect to the surface of the water, a quality I feel provides a more painterly effect ad evokes a sense of mystery and romance to the subject. I try to steer away from cliched subjects, however there are times when a much photographed subject is overwhelmingly tempting but when it comes down to it the mage is ones own interpretation at that particular moment in time. 

A little about myself.    

I have been taking photos for many years and am essentially self taught.  

I began taking photos with film cameras but because the industry was very rapidly moving into a digital era and because I was working as a commercial and wedding photographer it was essential that I adapt to this technological revolution.  

As a favorite genre ‘Landscape” dominates my interests.  I am a member of the Royal Photographic Society and I gained an Associateship in 2015.  For a number of years I sent my landscape photos to a photo Agency in London who in turn sold my photos to magazine companies and educational publishers.   I have, recently, had work accepted by the Midland Salon in one of their International exhibitions.      

 

OPENING TIMES

Due to classes running during the week mornings, we have decided to open the house only on the following dates and times:

Monday 5th March: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Tuesday 6th March: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday 8th March: – open after the Watercolour class from 3.30pm – 5.00pm 

Thursday 9th March: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday 10th March: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Saturday 10th March – 11.00 – 4.00pm

Sunday 11th March – 11.00 – 3.00pm

Monday 12th March: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Tuesday 13th March: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday 14th March: – open after the Watercolour class from 3.30pm – 5.00pm 

Thursday 15th March: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday 16th March: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Magpie – Contemporary Craft Fair – Saturday 3rd March

The Blue Magpie is returning to Elmslie ahead of Mothering Sunday – on Saturday 3rd March from 10.30 – 4.30 with FREE ADMISSION – and as always, with the aim of Promoting and Supporting Designer-Makers to bring you the very best in UK Contemporary Art and Craft.
This time we have 17 exhibitors in a mixture of both local makers and some from further afield, some new and some returning faces, but all with one thing in common – they all produce beautiful, original and wonderful work!

As usual, the bar at Elmslie will be transferred into a cafe for the day, offering a selection of home-made cakes, savouries and light refreshments, teas and coffees throughout the day.

And here are the makers . . . ! Watch out as more will be added over the next few days – there are 17 makers in total, but first up is Worcester-based Mercedes Pearson, whose work I first came across last summer:

Mercedes Pearson

Artist / Designer

I trained as a Graphic Designer at West Thames College and worked in publishing for many years, designing a variety of magazines and highly illustrated books.

Working with text and images has inspired me to create my artworks. Using acrylics, coloured pencil and collage, each picture is interwoven with text from my favourite poems and stories. Last year I exhibited at The Hive, ‘Every picture tells a story’ as part of Beeline storytelling.

As part of ‘Portfolio 17’, I took part in Worcestershire Open Studios and hope to do so this year. I am involved in a number of design projects; designing booklets, fliers, a community magazine and logos for local organisations. Three years ago I designed the logo for The Worcester Show, an annual event held in Gheluvelt Park in August.

I am available for commissions.

See more of Merecedes’ work at:

http://www.mercedespearson.com

 

 

 

Wendy Houghton

Ceramics

My interest in clay has evolved over the last thirty years or so from the use of pots in the kitchen, to making functional pieces as a hobby and more recently as a fascinating material that allows playful flexibility and numerous opportunities in sculpture and decorative wall pieces.

Working principally in porcelain paper-clay, I make simple shapes, components, to use as building blocks for my sculptures and repetitive motifs for framed pieces.  With the repetitive nature of each piece and a quiet restrained colour palate, my work reflects a calm contemplative mood that I associate with traditional women’s craftwork such as knitting, sewing and embroidery.

Magnified images of plant-life that expose the fascinating patterns within its growth have inspired me to investigate the simplest of shapes; to structure abstract forms that suggest our natural world.  Flimsy rings or discs of pure white porcelain or porcelain paper-clay form the components; the building blocks for these objects that I build and grow.  I hope to encourage those childlike moments of wonder – the visual and tactile joy of the simplest things that surround us.

http://www.wendyhoughton.co.uk

 

 

Rhian Wyman Design

Rhian is a young enthusiastic textile designer based in the Royal Forest of Dean. All products are designed, hand woven, darned, washed and tentered by Rhian herself, using traditional techniques throughout. Contemporary designs and colour placements are influenced by Rhian’s interpretation of surrounding environments that she finds inspiring. High quality yarn is sourced from the UK, creating truly British Luxury handmade products.

After graduating with a BA Hons Degree in Textile design, Rhian undertook a year of internships with several established designer makers. This lead to her becoming a weaving assistant for Sioni Rhys Handweavers. This journey helped her to gather techniques, skills and experiences enabling Rhian to design and develop her own brand of high quality woven goods.

Since starting her own product range in March 2017, Rhian has exhibited at Made by Hand, Wales at Cardiff City Hall 2017, Solva Woollen Mill (Pembrokeshire) Christmas Fair 2017 and will be at Made by Hand, England at Cheltenham Town Hall March 2018.

https://www.rhianwymandesign.co.uk

 

 

Clare Wainwright

Glass

Clare has been working with glass for about eighteen years, beginning with  Tiffany style (copper foiled) work before learning the techniques of glass fusing.

Her work in small to medium sized decorative items typically holds a contemporary feel through the use of inclusions such as shells, glass nuggets and other found items.

These are frequently supplemented by the use of acid etching and the fusing of images and patterns into the glass. With inspiration drawn from the sea, her use of glass set into driftwood is a stunning combination. Clare has also created a beautiful range of fused dichroic glass jewellery.

 

Clarewainwrightglassart.co.uk

Clare wainwright stained glass art (on Facebook )

 

Shelley-Faye Lazar

Hand painted silks and wools

Shelley’s joy of colour has its outlet with silk and wool scarves and shawls, for you to wear and enjoy. She experiments and perfects various painting skills to achieve a vibrant mix of colour resulting in a unique, individually made piece.

Shelley trained as a Graphic Designer and extended her talents to textiles, following a successful career in tapestry and embroidery.

Her pieces enhance and flatter the wearer and become treasured, like jewellery – and they keep you warm!

Facebook – Shelley Faye Lazar

Twitter – @SFLazar

Instagram – shelley_faye_lazar

shelleyfayelazar@mac.com

www.shelleyfayelazar.com

 

 

Sarah Nicol

Ceramics & Textiles

Sarah Nicol is actually a textile designer with a BA (hons) in surface pattern from SCAT in Taunton 1996 and then an MA in textiles from Bath in 2008.

In 2009 she wandered into her partners pottery and asked if she could paint a pot or two. And their little business was born. She painted the design she had been making in her textiles. The mat slip and soft colours echoing the natural dyed linen and wools she favours in her pillows. The original collection was inspired by a two day train journey from LA to Seattle. She drew a 12 metre scroll as the countryside and flashed before her and those quickly noted shapes became simple folk art designs.

In 2016 she started to develop a new range. Fish. Working with fish is been a favourite since she was 12 and was taken on the snorkelling holiday in Kenya. A few years later her art A-level included a two term fish project this set a love of drawing fish into a lifelong passion. The first year of her MA it was dedicated drawing and embroidering fish so, although it came naturally to paint them on the pottery it is only now they are ready  to be launched as a range.

http://www.sarah-nicol.com

 

 

Mariette Voke

The paintings and drawings are about beauty in everyday things, favourite china, shoes, cotton reels and cutlery, the memories and recollections that they spark. I love to focus in on the small things, buttons, pins, lettering, and imperfections, creases, chips and cracks.

I began collecting vintage clothing, from jumble sales, as an eccentric teenager in the late seventies. I love to paint dresses and jackets linking them with objects to tell stories about where a dress came from or what happened on a day it was worn.

I work in both oils and watercolours, liking them both equally for their very different qualities, choosing the medium that seems to best suit the subject. I stretch my own canvases in a traditional way, using raw linen, zinc tacks and rabbit skin glue. My watercolours use the contrast of precise pencil drawing and a loose and fluid colour. I paint most days, often working on two or three pictures at a time, for variety, one standing up at an easel and another sitting down at my drawing board.

Originally from Bristol, I have lived in the Forest of Dean for almost thirty years, with potter, Nigel Lambert.

Mariette Voke February 2018.

https://www.mariette-artist.co.uk

 

Sasha Louise Rae

Textile Design

I live and work in the shadow of the beautiful Malvern Hills, a place which gives me constant inspiration.
I create bold and lively prints of birds and natural forms using simplified images to express character and movement.
You can find my website      @www.sashalouiserae.com
                      my Instagram   @sashalouiserae
                      my etsy store     SashaLouiseRaeDesign

 

 

Ali Tregaskes

Ali is a designer/maker based in Herefordshire creating a distinctive etched and oxidized, one-off range of silver jewellery. The funky jewellery collection carries an appealingly honest and rugged element, which is solid, classy and often attractive to both men and women. Alis’ love of photography and textured surfaces becomes central to the pieces; nature, architecture, coast and poetry are used for her inspiration to adorn the work.

Ali studied as a mature student at Hereford College of Art, gaining a distinction for her sculptural metalwork. The metal evolved and pared down over time into the sculptural silver jewellery; the silver etching has largely been self-taught. The techniques Ali employs mainly include acid etching, oxidizing, saw piercing, soldering and granulation.

Ali is a member of Worcester Guild of Contemporary Craft as well as the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craftsmen.

f/b: alitregaskesjewellery
instagram: @alitregaskes

 

Sarah Pinnell

Fretwork

“Sarah Pinnell fretwork started as a hobby in 1995. Since then the hobby has grown into a flourishing business, but is still run very much from home, with all finishing of the wood completed on the kitchen table!!

I use mainly native British hardwoods, including English oak and European oak, cherry, maple and beech. Inspiration for wall plaque designs come from nature, with fretwork tree silhouettes being a source of fascination for me. Each piece is individually cut from one piece of wood using a fretsaw, with no two pieces being identical. All wall plaques are hand sanded and hardwoods finished with 3 coats of oil. I also offer a range of puzzles, all cut on the same machine.  These are mainly cut from solid oak and again have the same oak oiled finish which is completely safe for children.”

 

www.sarahpinnellfretwork.co.uk

 

Jewels Williams

Porcelain

I am a porcelain potter.  I throw porcelain vessels enriched with oxides and slips that depict the coastlines of my childhood.  Inspiration comes from the merging of sea and sky, water and sand. Porcelain is demanding, it encourages intuition and integrity.  The combination of inspiration and material drive my work forward, resulting in constant subtle changes.  Each pot stands as an individual but it is the culmination of the pieces before that prevent it from being static and promote further development.

I throw porcelain vessels enriched with oxides and slips that explore my fascination with coastlines.  Inspiration comes from coastal divisions where the sea leaves traces on the sand in undulating ripples and from the ever changing line between sea and sky. 

I make individual pieces alongside groups and small installations. The forms are the landmarks of my childhood.  The material I use is versatile and beguiling and I enjoy every aspect of every process from inception to the final ceramic form.  

jewelswilliams@hotmail.co.uk 

www.jewelsporcelain.com  

 

 Jane Hickman

Batik paintings

For more than 20 years Jane Hickman has been painting using the Batik technique.This process allows the artist/designer to control coloured dyes when painting on a woven material such as silk or fine cotton. Water based dyes are used in conjunction with hot liquid wax to determine where colours appear in the painting.

In 1986 she set up her studio in the Herefordshire countryside. Since that time she has developed her work and sells through Galleries,Craft Shows and Flower Shows. If you look through the following web pages you will see that her main subject is flowers. Her interest in Flower painting is reflected in her love of gardening.

In the beginning, she sold only original Batik paintings but over the past 20 years she has published a range of greetings cards and a separate range of prints. Her latest venture has involved having her designs printed onto silk, velvet and wool fabric to produce an extensive range of scarves.

 

 

https://janehickmanbatik.com

 

 

Gabi & Nick Ward

Potters

Nick and Gabi Ward are designer makers of handmade ceramics. Nick studied Studio Pottery at Harrow School of Art. Gabi studied Textiles and Ceramics at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham. They went on to design and create work for the international interiors market. In recent years they have returned to their craft origins and are selling their work through galleries. Their current work includes thrown, decorated earthenware using figurative and abstract images inspired by natural form. By using the hand drawn technique of sgraffito and painting the pots with stained slips they achieve a contemporary finish.

They work together in their stone barn in rural Herefordshire

 

 

 

 

 

nickandgabiward@btinternet.com

Sam Hemming

Handmade Designer Glass and Gemstone Beadwork Jewellery

Sam Hemming creates unusual and individual pieces of designer jewellery using Egyptian, African and Native American techniques. Taught basic beading techniques by an expert American Beadworker/Designer, she has been developing her craft and individual style ever since.

She has sold work in the Fine Jewellery Dept of Liberty’s of London, with the WGDC, (Worcester Guild of Designer Craftsmen), and at high quality exhibitions throughout the UK. She also has work in select galleries throughout the country.

http://www.samhemming.co.uk

 

Danielle Flowers
Contemporary Craft

Artist Bio

Danielle was born in the rural, market town of Ludlow, Shropshire. Her keen love for woodland walks, has greatly inspired her connection with the natural elements. In turn, informing her three dimensional, material explorations throughout her studies at Ludlow College and Hereford College of Art and Design. Flowers graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University, School of Art and Design in 2016 with a first class BA (hons) Artist, Designer, Maker, and since has set up as a young entrepreneur in the create industry.
Danielle handcrafts contemporary, wood turned home décor and jewellery, from the rural surrounds of Ludlow, using native timber sustainably felled in Shropshire. Juxtaposing the unique grains of British hardwoods, with raw silver, brass and leather to create timeless statement pieces.

Inspired by the primitive connections and relationship of material and process, encapsulating the transitional state of change between elemental materials; Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water. Flowers strives to create balance and harmony between material qualities and their aesthetic values. Engaging with the rhythmic and meditative process of woodturning, with the aim of preserving traditional craft processes and highlighting contemporary British craftsmanship.

Web:  www.dflowersmaker.co.uk
Email: dflowersmaker@gmail.com
Telephone: 07854818414
Facebook: @dflowersmaker
Instagram: @danielle.flowers_maker

Commissions Welcome

 

Jill Pargeter

Printed Textiles and Gifts

My work is inspired by folk art and the Arts & Crafts movement and it combines my love of history, nature and poetic verse.

I produce hand drawn designs which are then screen printed onto fabrics and board to produce a range of decorative objects for the home – each piece is made by my own hands from original designs, to printing, stitching and finishing.

I have been working as a print maker and designer for over 30 years after studying printed textiles at Manchester Polytechnic, working in a textile design studio in London and then running my own greetings card and gift wrap design business. I now enjoy creating objects which satisfy and amuse me and I hope that you like them too.

http://www.jillpargeter.co.uk

 

Boho Buffalo

Boho Buffalo is no ordinary brand of fashion accessories….it is the very essence of wanderlust, modern bohemianism and sass … because the Boho Buffalo customer is no ordinary woman.

Boho Buffalo is a brand of luxury fashion accessories born from the travel experiences of Welsh surface designer Emma-jayne Lloyd.

Inspired by the most beautiful and cultural destinations on the globe, the sumptuous products are hand made in Wales from a UNIQUE combination of genuine leather hide & dichroic glass. Traditional leatherwork techniques are amalgamated with modern bohemian fashion trends to create a stylish range of jewellery and bags which include Swarovski crystals, hand printing and beading.

The Valleys born designer was inspired to create Boho Buffalo after two years of living on the island of Mallorca. The intense beauty of the island and modern boho chic of spanish women was the catalyst for developing a new and exciting brand of Boho-Chic fashion accessories.

‘I was initially introduced to leather work in Marrakesh, where I spent an entire night in a basement watching young brothers making bags for the family to sell at the market the following morning. When I moved to Mallorca I sourced leather scraps from the many shoe factories on the island, bought an old leather sewing machine from an elderly shoe maker and the journey began there!’

‘The dramatic coastline of Wales had always been a significant inspiration in my work but the vibrant bohemian vibe of Ibiza & Mallorca impelled me to incorporate more embellishment and playful colour combinations.  My travels in the USA, Far East and Morocco are also clearly illustrated in the collections which incorporate intricate patterns, vivid turquoise gemstones, imprinted leather hide & jewel tone crystals & glass. The intention is to transport the wearer to exotic, happy places with my lovingly made pieces.

https://www.bohobuffalo.com

 

Botanical Illustration Classes – NEW – for Wednesdays 2.00 – 3.30pm

Do you enjoy plants & flowers?
Would you like to learn how to draw and paint them realistically?
Then join a short, friendly course in:

Botanical Illustration  

An introductory course in realistic drawing & painting of plants & flowers.

Discover the art & the science of plant illustration, through observation, short talks & demonstrations, whilst learning basic art skills to create a plant picture.

The first ‘taster session’ is free, followed by four 1.5hr sessions to build up skills on Wednesday afternoons 2.00p.m. – 3.30p.m.

All you need to bring to the taster session is an HB pencil, smooth white paper (e.g. copier paper) and an eraser.

To book a place contact Mary on:

01684 568288  or

0776 101 7802 (text & phone)

 

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

Tutor: Mary Brewin (PGCE)

Dates: Wednesday 28th Feb, & 7th, 14th, 21st 28th March

Time: 2.00p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Cost: come to a FREE taster class on 28th February & sign up to next FOUR classes for £32

A Tribute to Debussy – with Marie-Louise Taylor on Mothering Sunday – Sunday 11th March @ 4.00pm

Join us this Mothering Sunday for a very special recital to celebrate the centenary of Claude Debussy, who died in March 1918.
Pianist Marie-Louise Taylor will be performing the Debussy Preludes and illuminating them with readings and poetry. She will also be playing, in the second half of the recital, some of Debussy’s most popular pieces – Clair de Lune, Reflets dans l’eau & Arabesques, ending with the complete Pour Le Piano.

Pianist Marie-Louise Taylor studied at the Royal Academy of Music and later on scholarship to Hungary.
Marie-Louise has performed in venues nationwide and in Europe as soloist and accompanist and has appeared on Radio 3.
As a  highly respected  teacher, Marie-Louise has taught for the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Welsh College of Music, the RNCM junior school and  is currently on the staff at the Chetham’s School of Music and teaches for Chetham’s International Summer School for Pianists.
In 2017, Marie-Louise joins the panel of the  Dudley International Piano Competition.
As this performance falls on Mothering Sunday, we will be offering Tea, Coffee & Cakes both before the recital and during the interval, making it a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Doors will open at 3.30pm, for the recital to begin promptly at 4.00pm.
There will be a short 20 minute interval from approximately 4.45pm, will the recital due to finish at 5.40pm.

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.

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).


A Tribute to Debussy tickets



Coffee Concert: Sean Shibe guitar (Malvern Concert Club) – Friday 6th April

We are delighted to be playing host to this, our first Coffee Concert, organised by Malvern Concert Club here on Friday 6 April –  10:30 for 11:15 am with Sean Shibe with a programme of:

• Scottish lute music from the Rowallan and Straloch manuscripts (c.1695 – 1702)
• J S Bach Lute Suite No.2 in A minor, BWV 997 (originally in C minor)
• Villa-Lobos Prelude No.1 in E minor
• Villa-Lobos Prelude No.3 in A minor
• Villa-Lobos Prelude No.4 in E minor
• Villa-Lobos Etude No.8 in C sharp minor
• Villa-Lobos Etude No.11 in E minor

‘From the very first note he plays, Sean Shibe immediately draws in the attention of the audience… Sean Shibe created a magical atmosphere; he seems to intimately understand the meaning behind every note which he plays.’

This was the opinion of Classical Guitar Magazine on Sean’s recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2014. Malvern Concert Club is delighted to engage Sean Shibe for its second daytime concert of the 115th Season, on Friday 6 April.

Born in Edinburgh in 1991, Sean Shibe studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and with Paolo Pegoraro in Italy. At the age of 20 he became the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. He was selected by YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) in 2015. Last year his softLOUD project premièred to critical acclaim at the East Neuk and Edinburgh International Fringe Festivals. He also undertook a tour of China and Delphian released his first solo CD of English music. Engagements this season include debut concerts in Japan and Germany. As a soloist he appears with the Scottish Ensemble and records with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Please note: A new venue

In a change from previous seasons, Malvern Concert Club is presenting this recital in a new venue for the Club, Elmslie House, Avenue Road, Malvern; and in the form of a ‘Coffee Concert’. Coffee will be served at 10.30am with the recital at 11.15am, without an interval.

Ticket Information
Tickets (strictly limited numbers) are available from Membership Secretary, Simon Payton at our Malvern Theatres concerts on 25 January, 18 February and 15 March.

Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

To contact Simon at other times,

please visit https://malvern-concert-club.co.uk/contact-us/.

There is limited on-street parking for Elmslie House in Avenue Road and Albert Road South, but we recommend using the nearby Malvern Hills District Council car parks in Priory Road or the former Council Offices in Avenue Road. The two-hour resident’s parking disc will cover the length of the concert. By train, Great Malvern station is about five minutes’ walk.

Dame Laura Knight Society – Friday 23rd March

Friends of Dame Laura Knight Society present

“Trials and Tribulations”

An illustrated talk by Harry Fletcher

Harry Fletcher explores the development of techniques, materials and the influence of other artists on the styles of Dame Laura Knight.

Friday 23rd March 7.30pm

Elmslie House, 8 Avenue Road, Malvern WR14 3AG

Tickets on the door:  £5 members £8 non-members

Refreshments available
www.lauraknightmalvernhills.co.uk

Tel: 01684 561592

Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier – Saturday 17th March, @ 8.00pm

The Oxley – Meier Guitar project are delighted to be performing at Elmslie House as part of their 2018 UK tour.

This gig will be a part of their third extensive tour (since Feb’17) promoting their new double-album, ‘The Colours Of Time’ – a development from their previous release, ‘Chasing Tales’.

On both of these albums, Oxley and Meier shared writing duties throughout, bringing to the fore their diverse influences and interests in ‘orchestrating’ various guitars. When playing live, they aim to recreate their broad palette of sounds, bringing at least ten differing guitars with them (nylon 7-string, steel string, fretless, 11-string fretless, sitar-guitar, 12 string, etc.).

Having clocked up hundreds of concerts together throughout the UK and Europe over the last five years, they perform with an almost uncanny empathy in their interplay. Expect lush and scintillating soundscapes ranging from Turkey to Brazil!

“not just a guitar album to love, a jazz album to savour but a joyous album of music that reaches toward a goal beyond – Jazzwise★★★★

“When it comes to empathy, this duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection” – The Observer ★★★★

“these two resourceful maestros reach out to a wide audience”– The Guardian ★★★★

 

Pete Oxley~ Guitar

Pete began his musical career in Paris in the mid ’80s before relocating to the UK in 1997. Shortly afterwards he opened The Spin jazz club in Oxford which in 2012 won the Parliamentary jazz award as ‘The Best Jazz Venue In The UK’.

Pete regularly performs with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Chris Garrick, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’Higgins, Bobby Wellins, John Etheridge and his own band Curious Paradise.

He has now released 14 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his original compositions. As a composer, Pete was recently selected as one of only a handful of British jazz musicians to have his compositions included in the definitive ‘European Real Book’ (Sher Music).

www.peteoxley.com

 

Nicolas Meier ~ Guitar

With his unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nick has toured extensively around the world with his band the Meier Group, sharing the bill with some of the biggest names in jazz including Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau.

This wonderful band (featuring sax maestro Gilad Atzmon) won the overall prize for ‘best band’ at the Juan-les-Pins jazz festival! His recent album Kismet is a wonderful heady mixture of Flamenco, jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern music.

His prodigious jazz talent is matched by his other great passion: playing heavy metal guitar in his scorching group ‘Seven7’. Nick was, for the last three years, guitarist in guitar supremo, Jeff Beck’s band, with whom he toured all over the world, performing at major venues and festivals. Hehas recently recorded a stunning album with the A-lister rhythm section of Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) and Vinnie Coliauta (Sting, Frank Zappa etc.).

www.meiergroup.com/oxley-meier 

“Oxley and Meier, two outstanding players…a worthy addition to the guitar duo Hall of Fame.” – Bebop Spoken Here, March 2015

“the playing empathy levels are set sky high…Nothing is impossible in terms of the advanced harmonic intuitive flair” – Marlbank, March 2015

.”…The music always communicates with a feeling of spontaneity, passion and enjoyment.” – Herald Scotsman, March 2015.

“Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier are two outstanding guitarists…The quality ofthe two guitarists shines through on the recording” – UK Vibe, March 2015.

“Chasing Tales has a very spontaneous, largely optimistic feel to it. It is very enjoyable.” – London Jazz News, March 2015.

“Here’s a fret fest that shouldn’t be allowed to slip under the radar.” – Jazzwise, April 2015

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!


Oxley-Meier Guitar Duo Advance tickets



Tyler Massey Trio, with support from Dave Onions, Saturday 7th April

Tyler Massey Trio is a dynamic new group founded on the evocative songs that American-born guitarist/songwriter Tyler Massey wrote for his “American Nightmare EP”, which he co-produced with bassist Alex Knight.

Tyler and Alex started playing live shows, and, after the addition of remarkable percussionist Eric Hej, the trio was complete.

Their spontaneous style and natural energy was apparent from the first time they played at their spiritual home, The West Malvern Social Club, and was solidified during their first “proper” gig together at the storied Red Lion Folk Club in King’s Heath.

Tyler’s evocative, often brazen, 21st century folk songs feature throughout their set, alongside a couple of surprising covers.

tylermassey.com

And to support the Trio, is:

Dave Onions

Dave’s musical history started as a 17 year old, playing in a three piece progressive blues band, Anubis, then followed periods with Mo Birch Band, Little Acre and Four on the Floor.

Dave currently performs as a solo artist, playing acoustic guitar and mandolin. He has released three solo albums, where he plays acoustic, electric and bass guitars, mandolin, banjo, and various other instruments.

Dave’s acoustic guitar style is uniquely percussive – that and his own finger-picking techniques and self-penned material adds up to an electric mix defying comparison or categorisation.

Influenced by life, the world and what’s happening in it, his songs are delivered with conviction, humour and a helping of well placed cynicism.

daveonions.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 (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!


Tyler Massey Trio with support from Dave Onions



Kenny White with special guest Deborah Rose – Saturday 14th April

Astonished audiences often ask KENNY WHITE after a live performance, “How come I’ve never heard of you?” when in fact, the pianist, singer/songwriter, producer and arranger has been very well known in the NYC recording scene for decades.

He comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical journey. LONG LIST OF PRIORS, his aptly named new album, is the latest collection of original songs: indelible snapshots of the human condition, from heart-wrenching to hilarious and observed with the precision of a diamond cutter.

As on his past recordings, Kenny White’s work in the studio enabled him to assemble a who’s who of musicians and guest artists, including David Crosby, Peter Wolf, Larry Campbell, Amy Helm and Catherine Russell, along with his regular band featuring the dexterous Duke Levine on guitar, shape-shifting Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live) on drums, and the masterful Marty Ballou on bass. Now add the horns, strings, and other surprising arrangements, and LONG LIST OF PRIORS is a refreshingly original and multi-layered singer-songwriter recording.

White spent five song-less years before catching the first spark that would soon lead to LONG LIST OF PRIORS. Kenny says, “As usual, this became a deeply personal record for me. A chronicle of how the heart copes with the passing years, these tumultuous times, and the struggle to find simplicity in a complex world. It took being able to tune out the noise and interference of that world before I could hear what was inside me. That’s the trick. I also wanted to make a pure ‘sounding’ record. Where you can lose yourself in the sonic landscape and feel like you are in the room with the musicians and singers.”

Born in New York City and raised across the river in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Kenny White began his career in the 1970s, touring exclusively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor, with whom he opened Linda Ronstadt’s legendary, “Living in the USA” tour. He then became a fixture in the NYC studio scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio, beginning with “The Unsinkable Taste of Cheerios,” nearly seven years of Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat of America” campaign, and countless ads for the Coca Cola company. Commercial work enabled White to direct artists as renowned and varied as Gladys Knight, Ms.Ronstadt, Mavis Staples, Ricky Skaggs, and Aaron Neville. He even was tapped to conduct a portion of the London Symphony Orchestra for a series of commercials for Greyhound bus lines.

White worked on many film soundtracks as a contributing writer/musician including Message in a Bottle, Where the Heart Is and four films by Indie-director laureate, John Sayles. His piano solos set the scenes throughout the beloved A Walk on the Moon, which often gets a resurrection on the anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. Kenny also appears on dozens of recordings of other musicians, including Marc Cohn’s platinum debut album.

Whenever he could break free from the four walls of the recording studios, Kenny would often support other musicians in live concerts. After being hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, White chose, in 2001, to devote himself to making his own album, one that not only showcased his talent as a musician, but also as a lyricist. Friends such as Cheryl Wheeler invited White to tour as an opening act on behalf of his first album, UNINVITED GUEST.

Both the album and White’s skill on piano and guitar, coupled with his warm and charming on-stage personality were met with critical acclaim. An early copy of his follow-up record, SYMPHONY IN 16 BARS, landed in the hands of Judy Collins, who then signed him to her own Wildflower Records label, releasing the CD in 2005. She often invited White to open her concerts. The standing ovations he received in those large concert halls, encouraged White to follow up with the EP, NEVER LIKE THIS. His subsequent recording, COMFORT IN THE STATIC, was released in 2010 to wide-ranging praise, landing on many “Favorite Album of the Year” lists. The late Pete Fornatale declared on his WFUV-FM show, Mixed Bag, “I know by June what my favorite album of the year is. I cannot imagine hearing a more riveting or compelling recording between now and December. It’s all locked up.”

Kenny White’s record producing credits include Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-nominated song, “I Don’t Know Why,” as well as the last four solo CDs for Peter Wolf, formerly with the J. Geils Band: FOOL’S PARADE, SLEEPLESS (named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”), MIDNIGHT SOUVENIRS, which debuted at #45, and the 2016 release A CURE FOR LONELINESS, which reached #23 on the Americana chart in its first 6 weeks. Kenny often joins Wolf’s Midnight Ramblers band on tour, honing his celebrated rock & roll keyboard skills, and to play onstage alongside his own LONG LIST OF PRIOR musicians, Duke Levine and Marty Ballou.

The productions with Wolf afforded Kenny the opportunity to work with an array of guest artists including Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne, Steve Earle, Neko Case, and to record a track side by side with Keith Richards.

White’s music has been discovered in the UK and Europe, and he recently traveled to Livorno, Italy, to accept the International Songwriting Award at the Annual Premio Ciampi music festival. He often attracts an intriguing patronage to his concerts. Robert Plant was recently sighted in rapt attention at one of White’s solo shows in the UK and Jackson Browne, the same, at one of Kenny’s L.A. shows.

He still, from time to time, tours with Judy Collins throughout North America and performs the duet “Veterans’ Day” on her recent BOHEMIAN CD. He often shares a stage with his good friend Cheryl Wheeler, appearing on her live recording, GREETINGS, which he also produced. And though he has all but given up his days as a sideman, in 2014, he accepted an offer by none other than Tom Jones to play in his ‘soul quartet’ for a sold-out, three week US tour.
Kenny is currently touring in support of LONG LIST OF PRIORS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1U1xs1bOBQ

Deborah and Kenny met at a Judy Collins concert at Birmingham Town Hall in 2010, and have supported the sixties folk legend in concert in the UK and worldwide.  It is a tradition that every year they tour together in the 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 (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!


Kenny White with Special Guest, Deborah Rose Tickets



Silver Siren: A Homecoming Cabaret. Livia King & Tim Sidford – Saturday 21st April

Malvern-born soprano Livia King returns to Elmslie House after 8 months on the high seas as a performer for Silversea Cruises, singing everything from the Beatles to Brindisi, to perform a homecoming cabaret.

She trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she was a prize winner in the 2016 Ashleyan Opera Prize and she has been a frequent soloist with the Jenny Lind Singers here at Elmslie in recent years.

Accompanied by pianist and fellow Elmslie House regular, Tim Sidford, Livia will perform a programme of art song, cabaret, musical theatre and opera featuring Grieg, Mozart, Fauré, Britten, Kurt Weill, Noel Coward and Stephen Sondheim.

Local musician Tim Sidford is fast becoming a stalwart of Elmslie  – as he is not only a freelance pianist, but a violinist and music teacher. He has performed extensively across the UK , most notably at London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. He is a member of the Estrilda Piano Trio and the Boehm Clarinet Duo, and is in regular demand as an accompanist. In fact he was last here in the guise of The Ensemble Ebano!

Tim reached the BBC Young Musicians Semi-Finals aged 15, and went onto study at the Royal College of Music, where he took his degree and Postgraduate Diploma.

Tim has a passion for music education, and currently teaches in three school including Malvern St James. He has given numerous educational and outreach performances,encompassing a wide range of musical styles, and delights in taking music into the wider community.

Please visit www.timsidfordmusic.com for more information

Livia’s eclectic education and career includes a Classics degree from the University of Cambridge, an 8-month stint as a full time cocktail waitress, being a news anchor for a community radio station, an Advanced Certificate in PR, postgraduate studies in vocal performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she was a prize winner in the 2016 Ashleyan Opera Prize and, most recently, singing everything from the Beatles to Brindisi for Silversea Cruises.

Livia’s singing credits are equally diverse: she sang the title role of Iolanthe (G&S) at the Cambridge Arts Theatre for HRH Prince Philip in 2009 but more recently she shared the stage with rock legend, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame at a Rotary Charity Gala!

Full operatic roles include: Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge) and Yum Yum (The Mikado). In musical theatre, Livia has played Cosette (Les Miserables), Desiree (A Little Night Music) and Ensemble in Jerry Springer: the Opera.

Livia has a particular passion for cabaret music. She looks to artists such as Ute Lemper, Teresa Stratas and Melinda Hughes for inspiration and counts Kurt Weill, Francis Poulenc and Stephen Sondheim among her favourite composers.

Livia always aims to create performances full of wit and pathos in an intimate atmosphere.

Her shows are both intellectual and deeply personal as Livia takes a keen interest in the stories behind songs and their creators but is also ready to share the events of her life that make a song meaningful to her.

Because of this, Livia’s concert programmes can include everything from witty Noel Coward, to romantic Grieg via Paris, Weimar, Hollywood, Broadway, the West End and the operatic stage. No genre is off-limits. If the melody speaks and the text sings, so will Livia!

 

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).

Doors will open at 7.00pm for this performance for the recital to begin at 7.30pm.

Please note -we have included half price tickets for CHILDREN – by which, we mean those who are under the Age of 16. Many thanks

Hope to see you then!


Silver Siren: A Homecoming Cabaret tickets



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) 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!

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”

Antony and Angie will be holding 2 more immersive sound journey meditations at Elmslie House in Malvern on Sunday 11th February  and Sunday 11th March with a view to holding them once a month throughout 2018.

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

Normal exchange for our joint events is £15 but we are offering a special half price ‘taster’ offer for this February event with a view to holding them once a month at this venue . This means you can come and experience our joint sound journey for just £7.50 !

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.
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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

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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

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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