Patrick: A performance with Pictures, words and Music.

We will be presenting an event at Bourne End Library on the 30th of May to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the library. This will include our musical adaptation of Patrick the popular children's book by the well known author/illustrator Quentin Blake. Kids aged 3-7 will be enthralled by Patrick's adventures as he takes the music of his violin to magically transform everything around him. Please contact Bourne End Library for further details.

 

Come Sing and Play: Opera in a day Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell

Arrive at 9:30am, rehearsals start at 10:00am with a performance at 6:00pm. £20 per participant, including hire of musical score. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee available at 5:00pm with a performance to the public at 6:00pm.

To book your place, please complete the form below. Tickets are limited and bookings are subject to availability.

Only one application form per person please!

Register Here (pdf viewer required)

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April 11th 2017 St Mary’s Church, The Hidden Gem, Manchester 1pm

First performance of 14 Meditations on the Stations of the Cross by Marisa Cornford

for viola and piano by the Cornford Duo

Inspired by the paintings of the Stations of the Cross by the late British artist Norman Adams

‘It was a honour to play the piece at the Hidden Gem surrounded by the paintings of the Stations of

the Cross by Adams. We were fortunate to have the son of Norman Adams present and he spoke

to the audience before the recital. The church was full and many people came up to speak about

the pieces afterwards.’ Marisa

Second performance Saturday April 15th Christ Church, Marlow 7.30pm

Cornford 14 Meditation on the Stations of the Cross

Part Fratres

Britten Lachrymae

Joachim Hebrew Melodies including poetry readings by Anthony Lewis and arrangements of

the Hebrew Melodies by Dan Cornford

dan and piano

Wooburn Festival - Loddon Piano Quartet

Friday 7 October 2016, 8:00pm

St. Paul's Parish Church, Wooburn, HP10 0PW

Following on from Dan & Marisa Cornford’s marvellous concert in 2015 (Piano & Viola), they return to the Wooburn festival as the Loddon Piano Quartet.

The Loddon Piano Quartet was formed in the summer of 2015 and stems from friendships forged at the Royal Northern College of music in the mid 1980's. Their careers include many years with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and the Royal Opera House. They have always had a keen and mutual passion for chamber music and the decision to form the Loddon Piano Quartet crystallised when they were invited to appear as guest artists for the 2015 Battle Festival.

More information can be found here

Tickets £16 , £10 rv (restricted view), student £8, £5 rv

Welcome to the wonderful world of Patrick!

Sunday 9th October 2016, 2pm

Christ Church URC Marlow, Oxford Road, Marlow,SL7 2NL

When he plays his violin, the most extraordinary things start to happen: fish can fly, cows can dance and trees grow cakes instead of apples. There's fireworks and fun and colours everywhere, when Patrick performs his magical tunes.

Join viola player Dan and pianist Marisa as they give a live musical performance of Patrick alongside big screen projections of illustrations by Quentin Blake.

Please visit http://www.concertini.co.uk/ for further details and information on how to book tickets for this event.

Gurney and Friends in Wartime

Saturday 28 May 2016, 8:00pm

Tenor Rogers Covey-Crump and The Lodden Quartet: Cormac Browne – violin, Dan Cornford – viola, Roberto Sorrentino – cello and Marisa Cornford – piano. Performing Gurney selected songs, Howells Piano Quartet in A minor, Finzi Prelude and Fugue for String Trio, Gurney Ludlow and Teme

St Lawrence’s Church, West Wycombe Hill, HP14 3AP

Tickets: £12 on the door

Lunchtime Recital "The Viola from Bach to present day"
Wednesday 18 May 2016, 1:10pm

Viola player Dan Cornford presents a recital of works for solo viola and discusses its development as a solo instrument from the Baroque through the classical and romantic periods and into the modern era. The program will feature ssolo suites by J.S. Bach, Max Reger and Ernest Bloch. More information can be found here.

Union Baptist Church, Easton Street, High Wycombe, HP11 1NJ

Free admission

Loddon Piano Quartet with Jacobine van Laar 26th March 2016

A remarkable evening, both for the quality of the performances and the range of music that they covered - from the Baroque to the 20th century.

After opening with songs by Ivor Gurney and Vaughan Williams, the main piece in the first half was the first Piano Quartet by Gabiel Fauré, Op 15 in C minor, which the composer worked on and revised over a period of almost ten years. Typical of Fauré's middle years, it is a luminous work with a generally optimistic feel and great refinement of texture, and the quartet's playing of it was a real joy. The church's Bechstein grand piano, played by Marisa Cornford, really seemed to suit this music.

After the interval things took a whole new direction. Arvo Pärt's "Mozart's Adagio" was new to me and I really enjoyed what might be described as a "decomposition" of the earlier composer's work. It was followed by more Pärt, the movingly romantic and deeply sad song "Es sang vor langen Jahren", in which Jacobine van Laar's sumptuous tone was accompanied by Dan Cornford on viola and Cormack Browne on violin.

Another complete change of gear took us to a final section of works by JS Bach, for which Marisa took to the organ console. The pieces included an arrangement of the Trio Sonata No 1 for organ which, as Dan explained, lent itself to being split up into four individual parts. Jacobine then returned to the stage to sing arias from Bach's cantatas, with the accompaniment of the quartet and underpinned by Roberto Sorrentino's cello continuo.

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