Antony and Friends


Antony and Friends Season 2023 -24


Thanks to all of you who have supported these concerts over the last few years and helped to make them a regular feature in the Todmorden musical calendar!

Antony and Friends concerts take place at the Central Methodist Church in Todmorden and start at 7:30pm. 

Saturday 9 September 2023 at 7.30 pm in the Central Methodist Church in Todmorden

It is a "Summer Orchestra" concert and the performers are all excellent musicians who perform with local orchestras and have been brought together for this event. The orchestra will be led by Andrew Rostron and conducted by myself.

We have a super selection of music for your enjoyment!

In the first half we have an Oboe concerto by baroque composer Albinoni in which our soloist is Christoper Irvin. Keeping with the baroque theme we will also hear an extract from Handel's oratorio 'Solomon' namely "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba". In addition we will perform an arrangement by Tim Benjamin of Handel's keyboard suite in D minor, featuring the familiar and solemn Sarabande.

By way of contrast there is a rather lovely and gentle piece by John Jeffreys, his Bickleigh Idyll.
To complete the first half is Mendelssohn's String Symphony number 10 in B minor composed when he was in his mid-teens, a truly remarkable and assured work for one so young.

In the second half, we will perform the quirky "Capriol Suite" by Peter Warlock and the remainder of the concert will be taken up with Tim Benjamin's arrangement of a suite of music from his opera "The Fire of Olympus", inspired by the music of Handel in particular.

We are making this concert a "pay as you please" (cash) event. There is no entrance charge but we invite you to pay according to what you think is appropriate - so we hope you'll be pleased to do so!!
We are intending to use the proceeds to raise funds for Dementia Friendly Todmorden, a local charity doing excellent work for an increasingly important cause.

Refreshments will be available and we hope to run a raffle as well - so do come along with some money for this worthy cause.


16 September - Marie Claire Breen - soprano - programme to be confirmed

14 October - Rachael Gibbon - clarinet - programme to be confirmed

9 December - Elmet Quintet - Mozart Clarinet quintet



As usual entry is free and a retiring collection will be taken to help defray expenses. And yes free refreshments are back too!

We hope to have details very soon of further concerts.




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