Live Music at The Firs
Here at The Firs we believe everyone should have the chance to experience music. We are lucky enough to have some talented musicians who believe this too, who are able to give up their time to share their passion with you.
Musical Box of Delights - A Cello and Piano Recital
This well-established duo is a joyful collaboration of two inspiring artists renowned for their colourful interpretations of some of the greatest works for cello and piano.
This scintillating duo will entertain you with a musical box of delights including works by Hadyn, Elgar, Breval, Schubert-Arpeggione, and a rarely performed arrangement of a work by Elgar - Sursum Corda.
Programme to include;
Haydn Minuet in C 4' , Breval Sonata in G 11' (or Mendelssohn Variations Concertante), Elgar Sursum Corda 8' , Chanson de Nuit 5', Schubert Arpeggione Sonata 25' and Encore - Forvantan 5' .
Performing Friday 22 November at 1pm tickets are £8 and pre-booking is advisable through emailing Kirsty.Bothma@nationaltrust.org.uk or ringing 01905 333 330.
Cellist Corinne Frost was a member of the Philharmonia orchestra for seven years, and today is co-principal cello in the ESO as well as an active soloist and ensemble player. She was instrumental in establishing the ESO’s widely praised series of Care Home Concerts and serves as a Governor of the Elgar School of Music. Corinne is an Associate of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and enjoys teaching both at Marlborough College and privately.
Pianist Janine Parsons completed her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, having gained a B Mus (Hons) degree and a Post Graduate Diploma. She studied piano with Frank Wibaut and Professor Malcolm Wilson. As soloist she gave her debut recital at the Purcell Rooms, London and has since given concerto performances including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Chopin’s piano concerto no 1 with The Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra; Haydn’s piano concerto in D Major with Volante Strings and Mendelssohn’s concerto in A Minor with the English String Orchestra.
Here we come a’Carolling with Corinne
Our resident Cellist Corinne Frost, who our regulars will recognise from her monthly ‘An Audience with Corinne’, will be performing a Christmas themed special - “Here we come, a’Carolling with Corinne”.
Come and hear Corinne playing Christmas music on her cello and singing Christmas songs. There will be plenty of opportunity to join in. Bring your friends along to get into the Christmas spirit on Friday 6 December at 12 noon. This is a free concert but donations are warmly welcomed.
“It’s a privilege to bring live music to The Firs and to be a part of The National Trust’s guardianship of Elgar’s Birthplace. The Carice Room has a lovely acoustic and seats 50-60 people. There’s a coffee shop, pretty gardens and of course the Birthplace cottage. Altogether a place to visit regularly for live music, history, refreshments and lots more!” says Corinne Frost.
A Celebration of Christmas by The Hills Singers
Come along on Sunday 8th of December at 2pm for a feast of seasonal music with The Hills Singers. They will present a programme comprising a wide variety of music, including well-loved carols and popular Christmas songs, with the opportunity for full audience participation. So, bring along your family for a Sunday afternoon full of Christmas cheer.
Husband and Wife duo, Alan and Heather Fairs, were joint winners of the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Festival, Days Competition. They have since performed many song recitals throughout the country. Appearing at the Three Choirs Festival, the Pump Room in Bath and Wigmore Hall in London, amongst other places.
The duo will be performing at The Firs, for your pleasure on Saturday 25th January with the recital starting at 12pm. Come along with family and friends for this free performance and experience Alan’s Baritone and Heather’s piano accompaniment for yourself. Donations are warmly welcomed and go towards the musicians and The Firs.