EVM Updates, March 2020
Regrettably due to the current situation, our concerts scheduled for March 27th, May 9th and 10th have been postponed. However we are still 'open' for teaching and are giving online lessons both on Zoom and Skype until the restrictions are lifted. Please send us an email or ring if you'd like to set things up. (email@example.com or Michael 07947104286, Katharine 07810196215
Additionally, Michael is offering 20 minute online one-to-one `voice gym` sessions....keeping voices going during the isolation period. Please get in touch if you`re interested.
EVM January 2020
Firstly we wish all our lovely supporters a very Happy New Year, with our thanks for helping to make our first year so special! We have been very busy since the last update in August. Firstly we were delighted to be asked to perform at Askham Hall in September in their lovely Bank Barn. Our early evening concert was followed by a delicious meal in their amazing Allium restaurant (recently awarded a Michelin star) which we were delighted was sold out.Then in October we were very pleased to welcome here jazz pianist and song writer Jilly Jarman who has been so helpful and supportive to us in finding our musical feet in the area. We also welcomed here a very enthusiastic group from the local U3A and gave them a special morning concert followed by tea and biscuits. In November we had fun collaborating with colleague Mary Tyers (recorder and baroque flute) in our Baroque Fireworks programme and very much enjoyed putting together a seasonal selection of music focusing on Fireworks Day and 1605. We were booked out quite quickly for that one. Finally for the year we organized a Christmas concert Noel sing we, initially just in the evening but it proved so popular that we did an afternoon matinee too, which was also booked out several weeks in advance. (insert photos here). It was lovely to see our Music Room transformed into a winter wonderland, and everyone was very complimentary about them. We are now beginning to plan for the year ahead and looking forward to some new collaborations, including the Penrith Singers, a concert in the magnificent setting of Hutton-in-the-Forest for Cumbria Rural Choirs, and later in the year with the Herdwyck Consort for their special 20th anniversary celebration concert in Grasmere. We`ll also be back at Askham Hall for two concerts, plus of course our own house concerts here, beginning with Awake sweet love on 16th February. Meanwhile, on the domestic front we are turning our attention somewhat to the next big project, Ella`s Cottage, our one-bedroom holiday let which at the moment is at the planning stage but we hope to get cracking with that as soon as possible. Lots to do!
EVM updates, August '19
It`s been a hectic few months since the Art Trail in June, mainly spent preparing for a fund-raising concert at Crosthwaite Church in Keswick on 3rd July, and our Opening Concert here in the Music Room on 7th July. There were loads of unfinished jobs to do (still are) including painting, filling, sanding and cleaning but we were delighted that we had all seats reserved 3 weeks before the concert, and even had to start a waiting list, so we were delighted with the enthusiasm shown by all our lovely new friends and neighbours. We were delighted too that our good friend and colleague Ian Gammie was able to join us for the concert so our programme featured a first half of favourite pieces, and the second focused on a selection of songs from our recently released CD The Rowan Tree- Songs of many shades.We set up a DIY bar in the hallway and the audience generously donated for the music and refreshments.
Drinks party during the Art Trail
Opening concert, 7th July
On 20th July we welcomed Kinfolk to the Music Room for a warm-up concert before their appearance at the folk festival, Music on the Marr in Castle Carrock the next day. We welcomed another capacity audience, changing the ambience somewhat with some rather effect strip lighting casting shades of pink on our white walls.
Kinfolk, 20th July
Since then we have enjoyed another appearance at Scalesceugh Hall with a new programme, All in a Garden Green, featuring music by Purcell, Lawes, Couperin among others. We also gave another performance of Tamsin Jones` piece The Good-Morrow, written especially for us, which we first performed in Keswick on July 3rd.
We were delighted to welcome here for a few days, our good friend Abby Wollston who brought her magnificent nyckelharpa, and played some traditional Swedish folk tunes solo and in duet with Michael on violin. It all sounded wonderful in the lovely acoustics of our Music Room.
Abby and her nyckelharpa
Abby and Michael
We are now looking forward to our next concert in the wonderful Bank Barn at Askham Hall, a fabulous Grade I listed building, perfect for 17th and 18th century music.
Askham Hall flyer
15th - 23rd June
Eden Valley Open Studio and Art Trail
We will be open daily from 10am - 5pm (closed Wednesday 19th) so do pop along and say hello! Live baroque juke box, and tea and coffee available. Delighted to be joined by landscape artist Lionel Playford who will be exhibiting a selection of his work, and demonstrating his painting skills.
EVM updates, May '19
We have been working hard over the last few months doing a myriad of jobs to our music room. Michael plumbed in a downstairs washbasin and toilet while Katharine has been filling, sanding and painting. The mezzanine floor will be sanded in a week or so, and the final floor laid at the end of May - all hopefully in time for the Eden Valley Open Studios and Art Trail in June. There is still a lot to do but we are inching forward!
Monday 25th March 7pm-10pm
We were delighted to be invited on to The Arty Show, Radio Cumbria with Helen Millican. The time flew by, and it was lovely to chat to the amazing composer Ella Jarman-Pinto, and poet Julie Carter.
EVM Updates February '19
Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Carlisle-based composer Dr Tamsin Jones for writing a piece especially for us... The Good-Morrow is a setting of a John Donne poem, published posthumously in 1633, and is written in a 'New Baroque' style. Tamsin is an incredibly gifted musician and the piece is very tranquil and evocative. We'll be giving it it's first performance later in the year.
15th - 18th February
Very much looking forward to our imminent recording project in our Music Room with Ian Gammie, guitar, and recording engineer Alex Tinlin.
EVM Updates January '19
We were delighted to be featured in an article in the highly popular Cumbria Life magazine.