Looking ahead to Beaminster Festival 2019……

Do you like light music?

Very often, when people are asked what kind of music they like, they reply ‘Nothing too heavy’.

If this sounds like you let me draw your attention to 2 specific concerts.

Ferio Saxophone Quartet plays a huge range of music from Bach to Gershwin and you will be amazed at how adaptable the instrument is.    Rule out from your mind’s ear wailing jazz sax – these players can coax the most beautiful blended sounds with Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone, and Bach sounds extraordinarily good.    You may know Sheep May Safely Graze, which was originally a soprano aria, but in this arrangement features the gorgeous chocolate tone of the Tenor.  

Favourite opera and ballet are featured, with a selection from the Nutcracker Suite, including Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  Bizet’s Carmen is given a thorough workout in a sparkling and exciting performance.

Piazzolla has become very popular lately and Ferio play two pieces from Histoire du Tango – you’ll probably recognise them. 

An American in Paris is a great piece and works very well with a saxophone quartet, and Will Gregory’s Hoe Down will leave you breathless!!

Another concert that is very ‘easy listening’ is Emma Johnson’s Clarinet Goes to Town.  Here she is joined by piano and drums and Emma introduces a wonderful programme exploring all the influences of early 20th Century Jazz, including ragtime, cakewalks, habanera and Negro spirituals.

This show is thoroughly entertaining and there will be lots of tunes you’ll know!

If you have never been to a live ‘classical’ concert, why not dip your toe in the water?  For only £10 for Ferio’s Friday Coffee Concert or £18 for Emma Johnson’s evening concert, you can treat yourself to a thoroughly entertaining concert.

Watch this space for further details of an immensely exciting programme!

Lois Pearson, Artistic Director 

Phone: 01308 862943

Email: info@beaminsterfestival.com