ONE of classical music’s most famous solo percussionists is getting ready to perform at Douai Abbey later this month.
Dame Evelyn Glennie, who has performed worldwide including the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, will be teaming up with the Arion Orchestra for an evening of music at the Upper Woolhampton Abbey.
The programme includes Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia and Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto transcribed for vibraphone.
Also on the programme is Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings Arranged for Orchestra and Dompierre’s Les Plasisirs.
Dame Glennie is a regular on television with appearances on everything from Songs of Praise to Sesame Street. She has also presented her own programme, Soundbites.
She also collects percussion instruments – at the last count, she had more than 1,800 – and is always on the look out for new ones.
The concert takes place on Saturday, March 9 from 7.45pm. Tickets cost £18 with concessions available.
They can be booked by calling the box office on 08455 218218 or logging on to www.cornexchangenew.com.
This is not the only concert to be hosted at Douai Abbey this March.
Next up, the Newbury Choral Society will present a concert for Holy Week.
Music will include Dvorak’s Mass In D, Eben’s Prague Te Deum and J S Bach’s O Jesus Christ Mein Lebens Licht.
The concert will take place on Saturday, March 23 from 7.45pm.
Tickets cost £15 or £5 for children and can again be bought via the Corn Exchange box office.
A free concert for Good Friday will see the Douai Abbey Singers perform. Starting at 8pm, the event will feature music and reflections suitable for the solemn day and help focus on the Easter weekend.
For more details on these concerts, log on to www.douaiabbey.org.uk.
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