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Bank Holiday Afternoon Concert 2017

Date: 
Monday, 29 May, 2017
Time: 
2:30 pm
Venue: 
Lauderdale House,
Waterlow Park
Highgate Hill,
London N6 5HG

This is our annual concert where we perform the material we have dug up out of the archives in the last twelve months.

Lauderdale House has just undergone refurbishment and the facilities have been upgraded. This will be a concert in a lovely setting overlooking Waterlow Park.

Perfect for the bank holiday: Spring time music and a stroll in the park.

Aspidistra in Wales

Date: 
Sunday, 21 May, 2017
Time: 
3:00 pm
Venue: 

PLEASE NOTE:

Because of a clash with another local event date and time of this concert had to be changed.

Thomas's Church, Church Street, Dogmaels, Cardigan SA43 3EB

Tickets on the door, £10 including a glass of wine.

Bank Holiday Afternoon Concert

Date: 
Monday, 25 May, 2015
Time: 
2:30 pm
Venue: 

Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG

This is our traditional annual concert on the  May Bank Holiday. Here we play a selection of our latest discoveries in our perpetual search for more Palm Court Greats. The Lower Gallery at Lauderdale House  has excellent accoustics and looks out on some lovely gardens. With the adjacent cafe and the possiblity to have a stroll in the park before or after the concert all options are open to do something uplifting on this Bank Holiday.

Aspidistra Debut at Shelley Manor

Date: 
Saturday, 16 May, 2015
Time: 
7:30 pm
Venue: 

Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth, BH5 1LX

http://www.shelleytheatre.co.uk

This is a concert in the newly restored theatre at the Shelley Manor. An intimate and elegant theatre which once was a private theatre at the home of Mary Shelley. The manor changed hands many times. it was turned into a school and was owned by the local autority. The restored theatre is now the jewel in the crown of the new Shelley Arts Centre, in Bournemouth.

Robert Farnon Society Meeting

Date: 
Saturday, 12 October, 2013
Time: 
16:00
Venue: 

Bonnington Hotel, 92 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4BH

 

This event is organised by the Robert Farnon Society but non-members are welcome to the meeting too; in any case you might like to join the society. The Farnon Society is very active in the promotion of light music and apart from organising interesting meetings they publish an informative journal.  For further information look up www.rfsoc.org.uk

Aspidistra's Edinburgh Festival Debut 10/8/13

Date: 
Saturday, 10 August, 2013
Time: 
19:30
Venue: 

Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ.

In 2013 there were over 2800 shows to choose from at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Over a thousand performances each day. This amount of competition is challenging and fringe audience sometimes struggle to get into double figures. However  Aspidistra was the only group presenting Palm Court Music and the concerts were well attended. Aspidistra gave three concerts, on the 10th 11th and 12th of August.

Bank Holiday Afternoon Concert

Date: 
Monday, 27 May, 2013
Time: 
14:30
Venue: 

Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG

We are back again at Lauderdale House in Highgate. The event will take place in the lower gallery which has excellent  acoustics and a pleasant outlook over the beautiful grounds.

The programme:

The Middy Kenneth Alford

Ballade Pour Adéline Paul de Senneville

Spring Bank Holiday Concert

Date: 
Monday, 30 May, 2011
Time: 
2.30pm
Venue: 

Lauderdale House
Highgate
London
N6 5HG

  • Location Map
Flier 30 May 2011 Programme
  • Jegermarsj - Leif Orvan
  • Little Serenade - Ernest Tomlinson
  • På Vestlandsk Bondestemna - Konrad Grimstad
  • The Sun whose Rays - Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Baseler Leckerli - Fritz Gerhardt
  • Russian Romance - Rudolf Friml
  • The Elephant and the Nightingale - Mario Consiglio
  • Mignon Romanze (Connais-tu le Pays) - Ambroise Thomas

Anne’s Pantry

Date: 
Sunday, 5 September, 2010
Time: 
3.30pm
Venue: 

St Anne's Church
Kew Green
London
TW9 3AA
England

This concert is part of a series of recitals that take place in this lovely church through out the summer.

The concerts last 45 minutes and there is no interval but traditional cream teas are served afterwards in ‘Anne’s Pantry’ known on other days as the church hall.

On the programme, amongst others:

Troldhaugen

Date: 
Sunday, 22 August, 2010
Time: 
3.00pm
Venue: 

Edvard Grieg Museum
Troldhaugen
Bergen
Norway

Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard Grieg, is now a Museum with an adjacent concert hall with spectacular views over the Hardanger Fjord.

Aspidistra will play a selection of music by Grieg and by other composers inspired by Grieg.

Ole Bull

Date: 
Saturday, 21 August, 2010
Time: 
2.15pm
Venue: 

Lysøen
Lysekloster
Bergen
Norway
 

This is concert to commemorate Ole Bull, Norway's most famous violinist (born 200 years ago), in the sumptuous music room of his villa on the small island of Lysøen, near Bergen.

  • Ole Bull was a pioneer of introducing folk music into classical music performances
  • The concert will demonstrate how folk music from different countries has shaped Salon Music since that time

Annual May bank holiday concert

Date: 
Monday, 3 May, 2010
Time: 
2.30pm
Venue: 

Burgh House
Hampstead
London

 

  • Girls In Grey (Charles Williams)
  • Tambourin (Francois-Joseph Gossec)
  • Italian Boat Song (Hermann Lõhr)
  • Romances de la Neva (Barnabas Bakos)
  • Dream o’ Day Jill (Edward German)
  • The Goosetrot (Will Glahé)
  • Musik ! Musik ! Musik ! (Peter Kreuder)
  • That Lovely Weekend (Moira & Ted Heath)
  • Fiddle Faddle (Leroy Anderson)
  • Vilia (Franz Lehár)
  • Stork’s Bills (Philipp Fahrbach Jr.)

A Tribute to Haydn Wood

Date: 
Sunday, 5 April, 2009
Time: 
4.30pm
Venue: 

Bloomsbury
London

Haydn Wood might be best remembered as the composer of “Roses of Picardy” but his claim to fame is much broader.

At age 15, He entered the Royal College of Music in London where he excelled in violin, piano and composition.

He was soon known as a prodigy, 'a bright-looking little lad, all smiles and collar, who plays the fiddle as it were the easiest thing in the world, as easy as eating jam tarts' (The Musical Times, 1 January 1898).

Ealing annual ‘World-Music’ Festival

Date: 
Sunday, 20 July, 2008
Time: 
1.30pm
Venue: 

Walpole Park
Ealing
London W5
 

Aspidistra performance at the Ealing annual ‘World-Music’ Festival.

Aspidistra represented Britain and showed that an interest in ‘World-Music’ already existed in the Edwardian era when a there was a great interest in music inspired by exotic cultures.

In a Persian Market and the Mikado are prime examples of this fashion.

Light Music Society 50th Anniversary Concert

Date: 
Sunday, 26 August, 2007
Time: 
7.30pm
Venue: 

St Paul's Church
Longridge
Lancashire

Musicians from Aspidistra joined many other musicians to form the Celebration Orchestra.

This was a big orchestra, creating a big sound for a big event.

This was the farewell concert of Ernest Tomlinson, after a long and distinguished career as composer, conductor for the BBC, and father figure of the Light Music Society.

Charity concert in aid of “Music in ME”

Date: 
Wednesday, 11 October, 2006
Time: 
8.00pm
Venue: 

National Liberal Club
David Lloyd George Room
Whitehall Place
London SW1

 

The ME in this is in fact an acronym and stands for Middle East.

Music in ME supports preservation of musical heritage in the Middle East and stimulates musical exchanges with other parts of the world.

They are, for example, developing an Arab-Jewish-Palestinian Youth Orchestra, and youth choir and run a series of music camps for Jewish and Arab Children.

They hope to develop understanding between different cultural groups through sharing the joy of music.