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St Martin of Tours Music Festival 2015

This summer’s Festival offers a great line up of artists. Over four weekends in June (6th- 27th) you can experience two completely different piano recitals,   a string orchestra concert including a rare performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, Rossini's 'The Silken Ladder' and the church’s own fine choir singing Choral Evensong. All this takes place in St Martin’s Church, Epsom’s largest historic building and a well-known home to so much great music.

St Martin of Tours Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX

Festival Ticket: £40 (save £10)
Online Booking:
Telephone: 0333 666 3366
Information: 07513 060 179

Saturday 6th June 7.30pm St Martin of Tours, KT17 4PX

Piano Recital by Lara Melda

Lara Melda’s career took off when she became BBC young Musician 2010.  She comes to Epsom to open the St Martin of Tours Music Festival 2015 with a diverse and engaging recital including works by Beethoven, Chopin and Albeniz.  Still in her early 20s, she already has an impressive track record as a soloist and recitalist, appearing across the UK and Europe and gaining an international reputation through television and radio broadcasts. Fizzing with energy she combines youthful enthusiasm with mature artistry. 

£10 Under 12s (accompanied by an adult) free

Sunday 14th June 6.30pm St Martin of Tours, KT17 4PX

Festival Choral Evensong

The choir of St Martin of Tours lead us in the celebration of Choral Evensong - the jewel in the crown of the English choral tradition. They are offering sumptuous and uplifting music to compliment the teachings for the day.

Saturday 20th June 7.30pm St Martin of Tours, KT17 4PX

Melicus String Orchestra

Conductor: Paul Johnson-Hyde
Soprano: Debra Morley
Organist: Iain Macfarlane

Britten Simple Symphony
Britten Les Illuminations for Soprano and Strings
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Poulenc Organ Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani

This fine group of young musicians present works from the first half of the 20th century written for strings alone, or as accompaniment to soloists.  Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony is an example of the composer’s prodigious early talent, as it is based on music he wrote between the ages of 8 and 9. Elgar’s Serenade for Strings is another early work radiating charm, but which is already pointing towards the heights reached in his later works. Debra Morley brings her exceptional lyrical sound to Britten’s setting of French poet Rimbaud’s rather whimsical words in Les Illuminations and Iain MacFarlane puts St Martin’s fine organ through its paces in Poulenc’s all-to-rarely performed concerto.  

£15 Under 12s (accompanied by an adult) free

Sunday 21st June 3.30pm St Martin of Tours, KT17 4PX

Harry the Piano

Endorsed by no less than Stephen Fry and Jonathan Ross, Harry the Piano with his extraordinary talent at improvisation gives a thoroughly entertaining afternoon of music making. Who else can reinvent Michael Jackson as Mozart?!  Audience requests will unleash a seamless stream of creative genius from Harry.  We’ve included tea and homemade cakes to add to the enjoyment.

£10 Under 12s (accompanied by an adult) free

Saturday 27th June 7.30pm St Martin of Tours, KT17 4PX

Opera Holloway
Rossini ‘La Scala di Seta'

Opera Holloway brings to life Rossini’s opera ‘La Scala di Seta’ (‘The silken Ladder’). A wonderful combination of hilarious farce and vibrant music, it brims with song and sentimentality.  On a smaller scale than many of his other operas it fits perfectly into the venue and the young professional singers and musicians of Opera Holloway have the verve and vitality to match the music. The opera is directed by Fiona Williams  and the evening is the closing event of the St Martin of Tours Music Festival 2015. 

£15 Under 12s (accompanied by an adult) free

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