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.
Please note that there will be NO admittance to the hall until 1:00pm.
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.
Dominic Natoli, tenor • Nicholas 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.
XANDER BENHAM, piano
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’.
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.
JANET FAIRLIE, soprano • CHRISTOPHER DUCKETT, piano
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.
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.
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.
JESSICA EDOM, soprano • JAMIE COCHRANE, piano
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 sopng and lieder.
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.