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Alistair McGowan - Introductions to Classical Piano

After the success of his piano album (released through Sony Classical) and his tour in 2018, Alistair McGowan is back with the show that brings together all his talents.

Alongside tracks from the album, Alistair will play some other short classic piano pieces: from Gershwin to Grieg, Mompou to Mendelssohn, Satie to Schubert. Join Alistair as he talks a little about the history of each piece, the composer and his own connection to the music.

WHY? Expect a lot of beautiful music (with the odd mistake!), some interesting stories and a sprinkling of his trademark impressions.

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Credit: Sony
Music Photograph: Christopher Dunlop

Alistair's Website

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Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock and more

Jo Edworthy (mezzo-soprano) with David Alexander (piano) and Benjamin Aldren (clarinet) - perform songs by Debussy and Sondheim as well as Schubert’s beautiful Shepherd on the Rock.

Hear singer, piano and clarinet in different combinations in an evening of music both familiar and a surprise.

WHY? Beautiful intimate music performed by virtuosos

Courtyard Theatre
£15, MMS members £10

Maidenhead Music Society's Website

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The Linos Piano Trio

First Prize winner of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Linos Piano Trio of piano, violin and cello is increasingly recognised as one of Europe's most creative and dynamic trios.

The trio possesses a colourful and distinctive musical voice and was praised for its ‘slow-burning, gripping performance’ by The Strad. Their programme includes trios by Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel.

WHY? One of Europe’s best piano trios plays exquisite music

Courtyard Theatre
£17, MMS Members £12

@LinosPianoTrio
@nordenfarm

Linos Piano Trio's Website

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The Guido Spannocchi Trio

Guido Spannocchi is a Vienna born London based saxophonist currently about to release his third album. His previous albums Ahead Only in 2017 and Terms & Conditions in 2018 have gained him international press reviews and radio airplay.

Together with his trio, Guido has toured through Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France and the UK and has had a major tour in Brazil. He also hosts several regular nights in renowned Jazz clubs in London.

Collected during childhood, as well as various tours, the repertoire and compositions focus on eastern European lullabies combined with Brazilian and world rhythms in a unique harmonic structure. These come to life particularly through the interplay of the band members. Consisting of alto saxophone, double bass and drums - this ensemble is as fragile as it is transparent and never ceases to take the listener on a journey through uncharted territory.

WHY? ‘An exciting deep jazz album creating a real buzz’ Paul Bradshaw, Worldwide FM

‘Wonderfully real jazz’ Christian Bakonyi, Austrian National Radio OE1

‘A modern day Ornette Coleman’ Tony Kofi

‘The perfect antidote’ Tamsin Snow

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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Matthew Read Trio

Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches for music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play.

Drawing influence from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motianand many more, the group bring a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio.

Featuring Benedict Wood (guitar), Arthur Newell (drums) and Matthew Read (double bass).

WHY? ‘Proof indeed that the British Jazz scene at the moment is in incredible form’ Chris Philips, Jazz FM

‘Lean yet supple, song-like melody is the chief feature here, set in service of a mature, diversely inflected quality of storytelling’ ★★★★★ Jazz Journal

‘This is definitely a trio on which to keep a sharp eye’ ★★★★ All About Jazz

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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St John’s Chamber Orchestra Summer Concert

Wouter Valvekens (piano)
Katie Mazur (violin)
Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)

Rossini Overture The Thieving Magpie
Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor
Dvorak Romance for violin, Op.11
Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 (Italian)

The summer orchestral concert features one of the most popular of all piano concertos, played by a leading young Belgian pianist, and Mendelssohn’s most radiant symphony.

WHY? Featuring a witty Rossini overture and a touching rarity by Dvorak

Courtyard Theatre
£18 (£16.50 conc) (£5 under 18s)

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Luke Kempner - House of Faces

Comedian and Impressionist Luke Kempner hosts an ultimate reality show where no one is off limits.

Expect celebrities, politicians and even royalty going head to head in Luke’s hit show; House of Faces.

As seen and heard on Celebrity Big Brother (Channel 5), The Imitation Game (ITV), The Royal Variety Performance 2018 (ITV), The Week That Wasn’t (Sky One), Murder In Successville (BBC3) and The Now Show (Radio 4).

WHY? 'A remarkable talent for impersonations’ ★★★★ Telegraph

‘Gloriously funny’ Independent

‘Blummin genius’ Dawn French

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@LukeKempner
@nordenfarm

Luke's Website

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Spring
Wed 9 Jan – 13 Feb, 27 Feb – 27 Mar and 3 Apr – 8 May (exc 6 and 10 Apr)
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Thur 10 Jan – 14 Feb, 28 Feb – 28 Mar and 4 Apr – 9 May (exc 7 and 11 Apr)
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Summer
Wed 15 May – 12 Jun, 19 Jun – 17 Jul and 24 Jul – 21 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Thur 16 May – 13 Jun, 20 Jun – 18 Jul and 25 Jul – 22 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Spring
Wed 9 Jan – 13 Feb, 27 Feb – 27 Mar and 3 Apr – 8 May (exc 6 and 10 Apr)
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Summer
Wed 15 May – 12 Jun, 19 Jun – 17 Jul and 24 Jul – 21 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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