Music is one of the mainstays of Crowborough Arts and we pride ourselves on the range of what we offer. From small, intimate salon events to larger concerts at The Crowborough Centre, we present professional level performances from both local and national musicians.
As a not-for-profit organisation we often able to invite performers from outside of the mainstream, for example, our hugely successful evening with the monks of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Tibet and the ZRI band who played Hungarian gypsy music alongside pieces by Brahms.
We also present regular intimate chamber concerts by international musicians at our private Green Lane Music Room, and these have included the local early music duo Etrusca, the Amphion Quartet, Baroque Unwrapped with members of the Chamber Music Orchestra of Europe, pianist Daniel Tong, cellist Robin Michael, the Aurora Trio, guitarist Laura Snowden and many more.
Music also plays an important role in our larger performance events. For example, at our recent production commemorating The Great War a full choir sang selections from ‘The Armed Man’ by Karl Jenkins as well as popular songs of the era from members of the cast.
We have also held music-related workshops including an opportunity for participants to try out West Gallery Singing and an Introduction to Reading Music. In the pipeline Is a songwriting workshop.
We are always on the lookout for experienced local musicians who would like to run workshops for us. Contact us today if you can help.
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Review: Guitar Recital by Eleftheria Kotzia
The skill and brio of Ellie’s performance on 17th February gave so much pleasure to the audience, who loved her relaxed manner and insightful introductions to each piece she played.
We were taken on a tour of the Mediterranean, with music, sometimes personal - sometimes political - from Greece (Ellie’s homeland); Iran, a Persian Ballad - an exquisite jewel-like love song with much use of harmonics; France, arrangements of two French songs; and of course, Spain. The well known ‘Asturias’ by Albeniz and fiery ‘Invocacion y Danza’ by Rodrigo displayed much use of tremolo and rasgueado Flamenco technique, which gave the music a dramatically different dynamic and true Spanish flavour.
It was an exciting evening, and with several Greek and Greek speaking members of the audience there was a lot of animated post-concert discussion.
Angela Vernon Bates
Crowborough Arts Welcomes the Return of Cellist Robin Michael
On April 20th Robin will return to give a solo cello recital at Green Lane Music Room. This will be his third visit, but his first solo recital here. He will play:
We do sell out quickly and tickets must be pre-booked so don’t delay!
The Suites for unaccompanied cello by Johann Sebastian Bach are some of the most frequently performed and recognisable solo compositions ever written for cello and were probably composed between 1717 -1723.
Due to the works' technical demands, étude-like nature, and difficulty in interpretation they were little known and rarely publicly performed until they were revived and recorded by Pablo Casals in the early 20th century. Each suite is in six movements, Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Galanteries, and Gigue.
Zoltán Kodály wrote his Sonata in B minor for solo cello, Op. 8, in 1915. It was first performed in 1918 and published in 1921.
It is among the most significant works for solo cello written since Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites.
The sonata is in three movements:
"Michael played with fervour, graceful finesse and great sensitivity" The Strad
"Thank heavens for the passionate conviction of the cellist Robin Michael" The Times
“This is one of those rewarding recordings that makes you totally reassess music from the mainstream repertoire." The Guardian