Music in Neston

2019 NESTON MUSIC FESTIVAL

26 April to 25 May

MANY OF LAST YEAR’S EVENTS WERE SELL-OUTS.  SOME ARRIVALS AT THE DOOR HAD TO BE TURNED AWAY.

EARLY BOOKING THIS YEAR IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Friday 26th April             

THE WEST END SONGBOOK

7:30 at Parkgate & Neston United Reformed Church, Parkgate Road

Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust Musicals is an award winning musical theatre society who perform across the North West. As part of the Neston Festival, soloists and members of the company will be performing a range of much-loved West End and Broadway songs, from well-known composers, including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Leowe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine/soft drink and nibbles

from Morning, Noon, Night, High Street, Neston OR 0151 336 3170

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Saturday 27th April       

MUSIC OF HANDEL’S ENGLAND

7:30 at United Reformed Church, Parkgate Road

The Wirral Baroque Players are a local group with close ties to the Wirral Symphony Orchestra.

While Handel became the pre-eminent musician and composer in England in the early 18th century, following the Hanoverian succession, he was only one of many successful composers whose music was played in Britain at that time.  This evening’s concert will include a range of pieces representative of musical life in England at this time.

Tickets £10 from Paisley Grey, High Street, Neston OR Mozkitos Coffee Shop, Mostyn Square, Parkgate OR Nicholls Ice Cream Shop The Parade, Parkgate OR Parkgate Society (sponsors), 0151 336 4461

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Wednesday 1st May

MUSIC FOR A SUMMER’S EVENING

7:30 at St Thomas’s Church, Mostyn Square, Parkgate

Laura Jellicoe and Paul Janes

Something for everyone in this concert of music for flute and piano –  including music by J S Bach and Schubert,together with some gems from the French Impressionist composers, some lighter classics and some surprises!

Laura and Paul divide their time between playing for major orchestras in the North West, including RLPO, BBC Philharmonic and Halle, and teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music

Tickets £10 from Mozkitos in Parkgate

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Friday 3rd May               

IN THE MOOD

7:30 at Neston Civic Hall, Hinderton Road

The Northern Rhythm Big Band 

Formed in 2015 by local Trumpeter Mark White, the band draws on some of the Northwest’s finest Big Band musicians.

The band specialises in playing popular Big Band classics from Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more and featuring vocal numbers by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble etc.

The band  features singers Laura Steventon and Andy Bayley

Tickets £12 from  Mark White on 0151 6487212 or 078555 12008

OR at the door strictly subject to availability

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Saturday 4th May           

MEMORABLE MUSIC

7:30 at Neston Parish Church, High Street

The Port Sunlight Orchestra returns to the Neston Festival with a varied programme of light classics, including movements from the Peer Gynt Suite and other string music by Edward Grieg, as well as captivating excerpts from Edward German’s overlooked ‘Merrie England’, Arthur Sullivan’s lively ‘Mikado’ and Georges Bizet’s famous ‘Carmen’.

The evening will also feature favourites by composers Eric Coates, Ronald Binge and Fritz Spiegl.

£10 at the door

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Friday 10th May             

District Rotary Clubs’ Young Musicians

at 7:30 at Neston Parish Church

The Rotary Young Musician Competition is a National Competition, and we present the winners from our District, which covers Wirral, North Wales, and parts of Cheshire, Southport, and Liverpool. Last year’s concert showed off some amazing talent from the area, ad this year’s promises to do the same. The highest placed instrumental players and singers will present a mixed concert, and we hope to have Harpist Angharad Huw, Cornet player Peter Clough, and Classical guitarist Jerome Ness,  as well as a wide ranging repertoire of  song.

£8 AT THE DOOR

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Saturday 11th May       

Ludwig Thuille Piano Sextet and more ….

2:00 PM (note time)  at Neston Parish Church, High Street

Ivory Winds came about when three instrumental teachers from the King’s School, Chester, decided they would like to play chamber music together and so recruited another two players to form a wind quintet. Surviving two changes of personnel, they meet regularly to explore the repertoire, enjoying music old and new (and flapjacks at half time!). Having discovered the further delights of sextets, they now alternate meeting as five with meeting as six and in recognition of the addition of the piano, chose their name.

The programme features the Thuille piano sextet, along with a piano solo and wind quintets.

£5 at the door

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Sunday 12th May

The Roots of Popular Music

7:30 at Neston Town Hall, High Street

The FB Pocket Orchestra explores a repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. They began playing together through an interest in exploring this heritage and aim to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th century onwards.  Much of the beauty of this repertoire lies in the subtle interaction of traditional instruments, banjo, cornet, accordion etc. Their aim is to entertain with music from a time when life was much simpler!”

Tickets £11 from Allister & Simpson Opticians, High Street, Neston

OR Paisley Grey, High Street, Neston

OR  Pat on 0151 353 1928 / Janet on 0151 336 5478

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Wednesday 15th May     

Reid Between the Lines

7:30 at St Thomas’s Parkgate

After their success in 2018, we are delighted to welcome back the stylish vocalist Sue Reid  with Keith Singleton (guitar), Robin Thomas (piano), Alan Jeffs (bass guitar) and John Fogg (drums).  On this occasion Brian Hall will guest on vocals. They will perform a varied programme of swinging jazz classics and sensitive ballads from the Great American Songbook

Tickets £7 from Paisley Grey, High Street, Neston OR Mozkitos Coffee Shop, Mostyn Square, Parkgate OR Nicholls Ice Cream Shop The Parade, Parkgate OR Parkgate Society (sponsors), 0151 336 4461

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Friday 17th May             

OPERA DUDES

at 7:30 at Neston Library

From a seriously straight performance to Il Divo meets Morecambe & Wise, these fabulous tenors offer an evening of opera, swing and show songs, featuring music from Buble, Alfie Boe and Pavarotti.

Sponsored by The Friends of Neston Library

Tickets £10 from Neston Library 0151 337 4670

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Saturday 18th May and Saturday 25th May

The Organist Entertains

12:30 (note time) at Neston Parish Church, High Street

The organ is perhaps the most complex and demanding instrument to learn, so the Rotary Club of Neston are pleased to present two young organists who are studying the instrument.

Today’s organist is Daniel Greenway.

There is a great shortage of organists so we hope you will support them, and that they will complete their studies and be able to take up positions in a few years.

£5 (including refreshments) at the door

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Saturday 18th May       

A Handbag of Harmonies

at 7:30 at Neston Parish Church

A Handbag of Harmonies is an all women community choir set up in 2000 with the aim of making music together and having fun. Led from the start by Matt Baker, their inspirational Musical Director, now assisted by Erin Elston, ‘The Handbags’ have taken part in competitions, most recently the Llangollen Eisteddford in 2014. They have appeared on television, in ‘Last Choir Standing’ in 2008, and taken a musical play written especially for them, on tour in 2013. They have formed international friendships through choral exchanges: Italy in 2015 with Il Coro Calycanthus di Treviglio, and Belgium in 2018 with ‘LÉcho de Spy, a choir from Namur.

Tickets £10 from Moskitos Coffee Shop, Mostyn Square, Parkgate

OR At the door strictly subject to availability

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Wednesday 22nd May   

Sounds of New Orleans

at 7:30 at Neston  Cricket Club, Parkgate Road

Dale Storr is a master of the music of the latter day New Orleans piano greats. From Fats Domino, Professor Longhair (Roeland Byrd), Allen Toussaint, James Booker to Dr John (Mac Rebennack). You will hear the melange of music that is New Orleans, barrel house, jazz, blues, boogie and classical, as we hear tales of the city’s greats with captivating piano and vocals, so a treat is in store

Tickets £7.50 from  Neston Cricket Club 0151 336 4199

OR Paisley Grey, High Street, Neston OR Mozkitos, Mostyn Square, Parkgate

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Friday 24th May             

The Original Panama Jazz Band                           play Chicagoan Sounds

at 7:30 at Neston Civic Hall, Hinderton Road

With the Original Panama Jazz Bands well-loved numbers will also be featured tunes from what became the Chicagoan jazz group, who got their inspiration from the New Orleans musicians in Chicago in the 1920s.  They played numbers such as ‘Sugar’ and ‘China Boy’. Eddie Condon became their front man and a club owner. Others included Jimmy McPartland, Bobby Hackett, Mezz Mezzrow, Pee Wee Russell, Benny Goodman, and Jack Teagarden, and in the UK Alex Welsh carried on the flame. The band will be joined on vocals by special guest Sue Reid.

Tickets £7:50 from Paisley Grey, High Street, Neston

OR Neston Civic Society 0151 336 5478 OR Northern Lights 0151 336 2515

Sponsored by Neston Civic Society in aid of Northern Lights

Saturday 25th May

The Organist Entertains

12:30 (note time) at Neston Parish Church, High Street

The organ is perhaps the most complex and demanding instrument to learn, so the Rotary Club of Neston are pleased to present two young organists who are studying the instrument.

Today’s organist is Simon Cheung .

There is a great shortage of organists so we hope you will support them, and that they will complete their studies and be able to take up positions in a few years.

£5 (including refreshments) at the door