Leading American classical mandolinist, Chris Acquavella makes a special visit to Sandbach to join forces with local harpist Lauren Scott. Together they present a mix of baroque, romantic and accessible contemporary classical music for mandolin and harp in the first of a whistle-stop tour of concerts across the UK.
5:00pm Pre-concert Early Bird meal at La Casa Mia (not included in the ticket)
Why not make an evening of it and book your pre-concert dinner at La Casa Mia who are kindly helping to sponsor the concert series
- 6:30pm Doors open
- 7:00: Spotlight Concert
- Music performed by talented young people from Sandbach
- 7:30 Intermission
- Art Exhibition by Sandbach Art Club
- Raffle in aid of Huntington’s Disease Association
- 8:00 Main Concert
Waltz & Toccata Julian Dawes
Adagio in Eb Beethoven
Elegy (harp solo) Lauren Scott
Harvest of the Quiet Eye Paul Mitchell-Davidson
A Joy of Wild Asses Paul Mitchell-Davidson
La Tristezza D’Inverno Alison Stephens
For Ali (World Premiere) Paul Mitchell-Davidson
Suite Venezolana J.A. Zambrano
A special one off project with U.S/German mandolinist Chris Acquavella to mark 10 years since the passing of mandolinist Alison Stephens, who was the leading exponent of the classical mandolin in the UK. She was the first graduate of mandolin from the former Trinity College of Music, was Professor of Mandolin at Trinity Laban and was awarded a posthumous Honorary Fellowship by them ten years ago. If you listen to ClassicFM radio and hear a mandolin recording, there is a very good chance it’s a recording by Alison!
Lauren Scott & Alison had a mandolin and harp duo for nearly 20 years, going under the name of Duo Mandala, released an Album called “Tapestry” on Black Box label, had many pieces written for them and performed around the UK. Chris Acquavella (who studied and worked with Alison) initiated this project to commemorate the anniversary, and will be joined by Lauren playing pieces written for Duo Mandala as well as other mandolin repertoire associated with Alison.