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Concerts and other events

2018–2019 season

Welcome to this, our 32nd year of inspiring live performance in Sowerby. We offer up another year of mouth-watering concerts – albeit slightly fewer than usual – but as varied as usual and catering for all tastes.

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Graham Merriam

Concerts Secretary

Concerts start at 7.30pm (unless shown below) in St. Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, UK (directions). For more information on the artists and content of each programme please telephone Graham Merriam on 01845 597058 or 07899 746385 or email

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Everyone is welcome – you may be new to Sowerby Music and maybe also to classical music.

Young listeners – we hope to encourage as many students and children as possible to attend our concerts by offering them FREE admission (18 and under) as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Get concert tickets in person at Thirsk bookshops, by mail from Peter Rush or buy on line. Most concerts are cheaper in advance, but usually there are still some tickets for sale at the door on the night.


Buy now — £10.00

Romance on the Keys

Christian Sandrin, piano Supported by the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme.

Sunday 20 January, 3.00pm

A prodigiously talented Romanian equally at home on the recital or the concerto platform, Cristian will perform music by Haydn, Mozart, Enescu and Ravel.


£11.00 on the door Buy now — £10.00

Around the Horn

by Chris Larkin, chairman of the British Horn society.

Sunday 24 February, 3.00pm

Chris Larkin

Chris Larkin

With 36 years with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and 55 years as leader of the London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble, Chris gives a unique insight into the French horn in all its manifestations.

He brings a boot-full with him of various shapes and sizes and will give us a stimulating talk and demonstration on the complexities and characteristics of this marvelously sonorous instrument.



£19.00 on the door Buy now — £18.00

A 12-stringed Celebration

The Katona Twins - Peter and Zoltan celebrate their 30th year performing as a duo

Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm


Just after we started Sowerby Music the first brochures for the Katona Twins appeared and they are now celebrating 30 years as the premier guitar duo.
With contributions from Albeniz, Granados and Falla, we also look forward to excerpts from West Side Story, a Handel Chaconne and some Piazzolla. A mouthwatering concert.
"The brilliant Katona Twins … Formidable virtuoso technique,  their performances could hardly be bettered for charm, zest, wit and colouristic flair." - Daily Telegraph


£11.00 on the door Buy now — £10.00

Yorkshire and Humber's Finest

Yorkshire Young Musicians

Saturday 11 May, 7.30pm

An update on the prodigious talent within the Yorkshire Young Musicians portfolio of highly talented students. Directed by Penny Stirling

To learn more about Yorkshire Young Musicians, see this video.



£19.00 on the door Buy now — £18.00

Voces8 in Concert

Internationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble. The very best around.

Sunday 9 June, 4.00pm

From 4.30pm on Saturday 8th June, there will be a "Come and Sing" with Voces8 for all abilities and ages. This finish at 8.00pm with a bring-your-own meal in the middle. Nothing to rehearse beforehand, inability to sight-sing not a problem - just come! Voces8 will perform a short selection of pieces at the end.

The press says:

“The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.” Gramophone

“Eight beautifully integrated solo voices... persuasive and committed singing.” BBC Music Magazine Choral and Song Choice

“VOCES8 are undoubtedly gifted.” The Times

With an on-going programme of recordings and live broadcasts, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio. The ensemble is a Decca Classics artist and has released acclaimed recordings that have been at the top of the classical charts. VOCES8 has premiered commissions from Roxanna Panufnik, Alexander Levine, Alec Roth, Ben Parry, Ola Gjeilo, Philip Stopford and Thomas Hewitt Jones. The group also performs bespoke arrangements written by Arranger in Residence, Jim Clements. The ensemble welcomed one of the most celebrated contemporary composers, Jonathan Dove, as Composer in Residence for two seasons from September 2017. As well as a commission planned for 2019 (Jonathan’s 60th birthday year), the associateship will provide mentoring opportunities to emerging composers linked with the group’s education programme

Their repertoire spans Byrd to Bieber, Beethoven to Brahms, BeBop and with the classiest arrangements imaginable.


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