Cherubim Music Festival ’17 in September is a weekend of vibrant music performed by enthusiastic young professionals. With a love for classical and musical audience, this year Cherubim Music Trust are making a big effort to engage a younger audience with kids this year, offering free tickets to under 13’s and teen tickets just £5.
Cherubim Music Trust is a national charity that loans top quality orchestral instruments to top quality music students. But because founders Clancy & Maxwell Steer live in Tisbury, once a year the Trust gathers most of its 30 musicians together in Tisbury to perform as an orchestra – this year directed by Wiltshire violinist William Benham, former leader of the Northern Sinfonia.
On Friday 8 September (7pm) Percussion at the Edge features Sam Wilson in a dynamite program complete with computer light show by RCA graduate Sam Steer. A serious performer, Sam Wilson has a lighter side and is one half of the comedy hiphop duo Abandoman who won the Sunday Times Edinburgh Fringe award in 2014 and toured with Ed Sheeran. Sam has had the loan of Cherubim’s £15,000 marimba for the last five years. Contrasted by a short set of harp music played on the Cherubim concert harp by the impressive young Heather Brooks from the Purcell School.
Saturday 9th night (7pm) Summer Music – Autumn Sunlight is a must for classical music lovers. As well as a rich feast of popular music, including Handel’s Water Music, Bach’s Fourth Brandenburg Concerto there will be two beautiful impressionistic works for harp and orchestra by Debussy & Ravel played by Heather Brooks.
Two more unusual performances: Stephen Dodgson’s Pastoral Sonata featuring the guitar of Daniel Bovey. Gillingham-born Dan was lent his first guitar by Cherubim 12 years ago, and now after study at the Royal Academy of Music he is one of the rising stars of the guitar world who recently returned from a solo concert tour of the West Coast. The evening will also see the premiere of Michael Maxwell Steer’s Lament for Jo Cox for string orchestra.
Most of the £200,000-worth of instruments will be on display this weekend and two of the most historically interesting will be heard together for the first time. This year the Trust has bought a valuable 1756 German violin with a memorial donation to accompany their unique 1828 English cello. These instruments are both strung with gut, rather than steel and will be heard at their best with the harpsichord in Vivaldi.
Also before the concert there will be half an hour of jazz on the vibraphone by the recent awardee Diogo Gomes from the Royal Welsh College.
Sunday 10th afternoon (4pm) Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Marvellous Music – Performance is at Victoria Hall, Tisbury High St.
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Marvellous Music is for kids of all ages – and children are actually free. Rebecca Kenny leads a spell-binding journey through the magical world of Roald Dahl’s stories with exciting new music composed by Paul Patterson and Martin Butler expressly for the Magnard Wind Ensemble, directed by Cherubim Musician Joseph Shiner.
Give your child the gift of music, sponsored by Country Child Magazine! This is an opportunity for children to enjoy stories and performances they’re used to, wrapped around the kind of music they may not be so familiar with. The show lasts just over an hour.
There really is something for everyone here. Tickets are available from here & Tisbury PO.