Northern Chords Festival

Northern Chords: Opening Night

St Mary's Church, Whickham

Tickets also available in advance from St Mary’s Parish Church office 9am-12noon Monday-Friday (cash only) and on the door on the night.

Ashley Fripp piano
Benjamin Baker violin
Jonathan Bloxham cello

CHOPIN Selection of Nocturnes
RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit
FAURE Nocturne
LISZT Nuage Gris “Grey Clouds”

This year the Northern Chords Festival explores the theme of ‘Night’. There have been many musical compositions that are inspired by, or evocative of, the night.

The Chopin nocturnes, generally considered among the finest short solo piano works, are beautiful single-movement character pieces. Tonight, ECHO Rising Star pianist Ashley Fripp will perform some of these exquisite works along with a few other composers’ depictions of night. Artistic Director of Northern Chords Festival Jonathan Bloxham and festival regular violinist Benjamin Baker will also be making guest appearances.

“A genuine virtuoso, an astoundingly brilliant and masterly pianist, and his total grasp of the music is a joy to hear.” Thomas Adès

“Ashley Fripp is a pianist of formidable intelligence. Add to that a fearless, loose-limbed technique and a prodigious memory…nand you have a young talent which needs to be taken very seriously indeed.” Birmingham Post

“Disarmingly precocious.” New York Times (of Ashley Fripp)

Tickets also available on the door at St Mary’s Parish Church, Whickham (cash and cheque only).

Venue: St Mary’s Parish Church, Whickham

Part of Northern Chords Festival

Northern Chords Festival is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting North East musical events of the year. Bringing the best young and dynamic talent from across the world to the banks of the Tyne, to perform eclectic and exciting programmes, the festival offers a refreshing...

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