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Live Lounge -Soundbites

Lunchtime recitals with afternoon tea

Soundbites! — Ongar Music Club's series of lunchtime recitals held in the Ballroom of the Budworth Hall, Ongar at 1:30pm. Soundbites! are usually finished by 3:30pm. There is  a car park opposite with a charge of £1 per hour.

The recitals include a delicious afternoon tea (included in the admission charge) and a chance to chat.

Tickets are just £10 (£8 for club members) and these can be reserved in advance by email from See the about page for details of membership.

Please note that there will be NO admittance to the hall until 1:00pm.

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Tuesday 16th June 2020

Kayleigh McEvoy, sopranoAlisdair Hogarth, piano

Kayleigh McEvoy was the winner of the 2017 Essex Young Musician of the Year competition. We look forward to welcoming her back to Ongar along with the renowned pianist , Alisdair Hogarth (also from Essex).

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Tuesday 19th May 2020

The Stonebridge Trio
Jane Miller
, violinClive Miller, trumpetJohn Garner, piano

A miscellany of delightful music for varying combinations of violin and piano, trumpet and piano and sometimes, all three. Their programme will include music by the king of the tango, Piazzolla, to get your feet tapping!

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Tuesday 28th April 2020

David Silkoff, piano

A welcome return to Ongar by this favourite Essex-born pianist. His programme will include much-loved piano pieces such as Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' and Debussy's 'Clair de Lune'. The recital will finish with a selection of popular songs from the shows.

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Tuesday 31st March 2020

Marianne Olyver, violin • Dominic John, piano

Gypsy Carnival….. Marianne Olyver and Dominic John present a sparkling virtuoso programme of thrilling toe-tapping Eastern European favourites including Monti, Dvorak and Smetana.

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Tuesday 18th February 2020

Dominic Natoli, tenorNicholas Reading, piano

Internationally acclaimed tenor Dominic Natoli and pianist Nicholas Reading present a Valentine’s Day inspired program of melodies from the masters of Italian opera and song including Vincenzo Bellini and Francesco Paolo Tosti.

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Tuesday 28th January 2020


Xander Benham was runner-up in the 2019 Essex Young Musician of the Year Competition. His varied programme will include music ranging from Khachaturian to Erroll Garner’s ‘Misty’.

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Tuesday 17th December 2019

SIMEON WOOD, flautist and entertainer

Anecdotes and humour weave their way through this diverse mix of beautiful music. A Christmas repertoire presented in a light-hearted, informal and captivating way.

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Tuesday 26th November 2019


Janet will be presenting a programme of arias and songs by Puccini, Bizet, Mozart, Novello and Lehar, which she will personally introduce and present ... along with some interesting and amusing anecdotes.

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Tuesday 29th October 2019

THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX'S STRING ORCHESTRA is based at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich. They play for a wide variety of engagements including investitures, royal ceremonies and state banquets.

The Quartet will be playing by kind permission of Major General B.J Bathurst CBE, the Major General Commanding the Household Division. There will be a Raffle, and all funds raised at this concert will go to ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity.

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Tuesday 24th September 2019

ALISTAIR HOGARTH, piano is a past finalist of the Essex Young Musician of the Year Competition and is renowned both as a soloist and a piano-accompanist. He also formed  The Prince Consort — an innovative group of young professional singers.

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Tuesday 10th September 2019


Jessica Edom was runner-up in the 2018 Essex Young Musician of the Year Competition and her pianist, Jamie Cochrane, was the Essex Young Musician of the Year, 2018. They will present an atractive programme of song and lieder.

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Tuesday 25th June 2019

Gregory Walmsley, cello

Gregory began playing the cello at ten and was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he won various prizes including the John Barbirolli Cello Prize. From there he continued his studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey with the Beaux Arts Trio cellist Bernard Greenhouse. In 1993 he gave his debut recital at the Wigmore Hall in London.

After spending ten hot years in Seville at The Maestranza Opera House he returned to join the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003. He now combines his love of solo recitals, chamber music, symphonic and operatic repertoire worldwide. Greg plays a Ludivicus Blasich cello from Trieste.