The 6th Maldon Festival of Arts Programme

The programme for the 6th Maldon Festival of Arts, which is to take place from 22nd June - 6th July is now available.

Maldon Festival of Arts' sixth season is truly international, featuring performers from Italy and the USA, as well as celebrated British artists.

22nd June, 7.30pm: Chelmsford Cathedral Choristers in The Golden Vanity and Friday Afternoons plus other items by Benjamin Britten St Mary’s Church

The Golden Vanity was composed in 1966 for performance by the world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir, who commissioned it from Britten and went on to perform it at the Aldeburgh Festi-val. A vaudeville on the old English ballad of the same name, the work's double chorus of trebles tells the story of a sea battle with Turkish pirates, the humble cabin-boy who saves the day, and a treacherous sea-captain who refuses to keep the promise of his daughter's hand in marriage and lets the hero drown. The music is permeated by folk-like shapes that bring to mind traditional English sea-shanties, making it an ideal programme for Maldon. This is the first time Chelmsford Cathedral choir has performed at Maldon Festival of Arts.

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.)


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23rd June, 5pm: Free Event. Robert Wright gives a presentation about his paintings.

Exhibition open from 2pm St Mary’s Church

Robert was formerly Speaker's Chaplain and sub-dean of Westminster Abbey. Since retirement, Robert has become something of a celebrity, with exhibitions around the globe. This exhibition is entitled Finding the Harmonies and is inspired by the writings of Thomas Merton. The event finishes with

23rd June 6pm: Choral Evensong. St Mary’s Choir.

Note: The exhibition will be open at all events at St Mary’s


24th June, 7.30pm: Techtonics. Town Hall

The fabulous all male close harmony group from Imperi-al College, London.

There has been an explosion in groups performing close harmony in the UK in recent years. Praised for their orig-inality and their dance routines, the Techtonics are rightly regarded as one of the best.

They present a wild and varied programme for Maldon audiences.

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.) 


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25th June, 7.30pm: The Malden Connection. All Saints’ Church

An exploration of the links between Maldon and Malden, Massachusetts, including with the famous Washington Family. Presented by local historian, Ste-phen Nunn and featuring American folk song and nine-teenth century parlour music from singers from Caine College for the Arts, Utah State University, USA.

Tickets: £8 (£6 conc.) 


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26th June, 7.30pm: Simon Bell, Organ Recital. 

All Saints’ Church

Simon Bell is one of the UK’s foremost young recitalists. Currently Organist and Master of the Choristers at Tewkesbury Abbey, he was formerly at Southwell Minster and Westminster Abbey. Simon’s programme will entertain organ enthusiasts and novices alike. Featuring Liszt’s Prelude and Fugue on BACH and other favourites. 

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.) 


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27th June, 7.30pm: Beth Spendlove, Violin with Nigel Clayton, piano, St Mary’s Church

Following the huge success of their lunchtime recital last year, this celebrated duo return in a full-length concert.


Brahms, Sonantensatz

Grieg, Sonata in G, Op 13

Strauss, Sonata in Eb Op 18

Beethoven, Sonata in A minor, Op 23

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc) 


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28th June, 7.30pm: Winter Words

Daniel Norman, tenor with Christopher Gould, piano St Mary’s Church

Continuing our celebration of Britten's centenary year with a

performance of his Winter Words. Daniel appeared in the first Maldon Festival of Arts in 2008 singing the role of the Defendant in Trial by Jury in the Moot Hall. The duo's recording of Winter Words was described by Rick Jones in The Times as "gripping the listener" and as displaying a "spellbinding

sombre melancholy". This promises to be an evening not to be missed.

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.) 


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29th June, 7.30pm: St Mary's Choir perform Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Hymn to St Cecilia and other works

Our own St Mary’s choir has become rightly celebrated in Essex and further afield. Hav-ing wowed the Maldon audi-ence with their stunning per-formance of Bach’s St John Passion earlier this year, they give our concluding concert in honour of Britten’s centenary year.

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.) 


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30th June, 5pm: Two Pianos are Better Than One!with Christopher Weston and Alisdair Hogarth, St Mary's, Maldon

These two Essex-based pianists have both become firm favourites with Maldon audiences. This year they join forc-es to perform a programme of music for two pianos, in-cluding an homage to the recently deceased Richard Rod-ney-Bennett, composer of such famous film scores as Death on the Orient Express. The programme includes

Gershwin, Cuban Overture

Richard Rodney Bennett, Divertimento for Two Pianos

Lutoslawski, Paganini Variations

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.) 


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1st July, 7.30pm: Ensemble Mera'ntica Chiara Lucchini, voice; Marco Casiraghi, viela; Clara Zucchetti, percussion and Francesco Motta, lute.

St Mary's, Mundon; the church in the wood.

This talented ensemble from Northern Italy will be perform-ing a stunning programme of Italian music from the four-teenth century on “original” instruments. The choice of a magical venue of the same epoch, lit by candlelight, promis-es to make this an unforgettable concert.

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.)

Please note that this is an historic building. Care must be taken at all time in entering and moving about the building. We regret that there is no disabled access and that there are no toilet facilities at the church. 


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2nd July, 7.30pm: The Chiara Lucchini Trio, The Long Room, Blue Boar

Italy is perhaps the Euro-pean home of jazz, with a huge number of festivals and talented musicians. Following her appearance in last night’s concert, Chi-ara Lucchini shows herself to be extraordinarily versa-tile singing jazz classics and playing sax. She is joined by Clara Zucchetti on vibes and Andrea Quaglia on bass.

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.) 


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3rd July, 7.30pm: Orpheus’ Lute

Raffaele Pe, counter-tenor; David Miller, lute, Chiara Granata, harp St James’ Church, Dengie

The third of our Italian groups this year pre-sent a tribute to

Gualberto Magli, the phenomenally success-ful 17th century Italian castrato. Magli sang in the first performance of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. The programme includes music from this plus music by Caccini, Michi, Ciccolini and other masters of the period.

Raffaele sang in Handel's Dixit dominus for us in 2011. Since then, he has gone on to create quite a stir through-out Europe and, particularly in his home country of Italy. His recent recording of Scarlatti and Porpora has received rave reviews in the UK and Italy.

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.) 


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4th July, 7.30pm: From Broadway to Hollywood, St Mary’s Church

Singers from Caine College for the Arts, Utah State Univer-sity present a programme of favourite songs from Broad-way and Hollywood. This vivacious and talented group of singers caused quite a stir when they visited last year. We are delighted that they are returning for a second visit. Favourite "songs from the shows" sung by the people who know them best!

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc.) 


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5th and 6th July, 7.30pm: Die Fledermaus

(The Bat: sung in English), Johann Strauss URC

Following the sell-out success of last year’s Pirates of Penzance, Hand Made Opera and Caine College for the Arts, Utah State University, collaborate once again in an entertaining fully-staged operetta. This highly entertain-ing show follows the attempt by Dr.Falke to get his own back on his friend Eisenstein who left him, rather the worse for wear, dressed as a bat in the town square. Disguises, mistaken identities and near-misses make this a classic farce but with the addition of the Waltz King’s wonderful music. You’ll leave singing!

Tickets: £15 (£12 conc.) 


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The programme for the 6th Maldon Festival of Arts, which is to take place from 22nd June - 6th July is now available.

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