15 of the best Guildford International Music Festival 2015 events
PUBLISHED: 06:15 16 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:29 16 March 2015
An opportunity to see world-class music in some unusual locations, as well as at tried and tested favourites, Guildford International Music Festival 2015 hits the right notes in March with everything from choral classics to rock 'n' roll. In March's Surrey Life magazine, Matthew Williams highlights a few of the more unexpected venues - and here's the best of the rest…
March’s Surrey Life magazine showcases a few of the quirkier Guildford International Music Festival 2015 events at Watts Gallery, St Martha-on-the-Hill, Hatchlands Park, Loseley Park, The Boileroom and Holy Trinity Church. Here’s the best of the rest…
1. Folk singer Alasdair Roberts at The Electric Theatre on Friday March 13, 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 in advance
2. With their new album featuring vocals from Jono McCleery, Joe Neman and Jamie Woon and set for launch this month, Portico head to The Boileroom on Friday March 13, 7.30pm. Tickets: £15
3. This year’s brand new GSA Singers launch into their 2015 performances at the Electric Theatre on Saturday March 14, 5pm and 8pm. Tickets: £12
4. The Vida Guitar Quartet provides the finale to Guildford Guitar Day on Saturday March 14, 7.30pm at University of Surrey’s Performing Arts Centre. Tickets: adults £8; concessions £6; under 18s £2
5. An evening of British folk songs is presented by The Music Institute Folk Club at The Guildford Institute on Sunday March 15, 7.30pm. Tickets: £11 on the night
6. The UK premiere performance of Crimson! sees the Delta Saxophone Quartet perform a King Crimson inspired concert at University of Surrey’s Performing Arts Centre on Sunday March 15, 7.30pm. There will be a pre-concert talk (6pm) with Bill Bruford, the band’s drummer for 25 years. Tickets (talk admission is free with concert ticket): adults £15; concessions £13; under 18s £2
7. Poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan and Olympic composer Luke Carver Goss present a night of poems, music and improvisation at the Electric Theatre on Tuesday March 17.7.30pm. Tickets: adults £10; concessions £8; under 18s £2
8. From Bach to Broadway, Total Brass perform at the Royal Grammar School on Wednesday March 18, 6pm. Tickets: adults £6; concessions £4; under 18s £2
9. Guildford Fringe Theatre Company presents Hits From The Musicals at the Electric Theatre on Wednesday March 18, 7.30pm. Tickets: £13.50; concessions £12.50
10. The Way of the Drum with the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers at the Electric Theatre on Thursday March 19, 7.30pm. Tickets: adults £10; concessions £8; under 18s £2
11. An Evening of Song with Sir Richard Stilgoe and Orpheus Centre musicians at Ivy Arts Centre on Friday March 20, 5.30pm. Tickets: adults £8; concessions £6; under 18s £2
12. To mark the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a free Lewis Carroll Walk led by Guildford Town Guides takes place on Saturday March 21, 3pm. The walk ends at St Mary’s Church, where there will be a Wonderland family concert at 5pm. Tickets: adults £8; concessions £5; under 18s £2
13. 2014 British Jazz Awards winner Steve Waterman supported by the University of Surrey Big Band at the Electric Theatre on Saturday March 21, 7.30pm. Tickets: adults £12; concessions £8; under 18s £2
14. Playing the Human Game, poetry and music with Alfred and Adrian Brendel, on Sunday March 22, 3pm at University of Surrey’s Performing Arts Centre. Tickets: adults £8; concessions £6; under 18s £2
15. Pianist Lucy Parham joins the Orchestra for Guildford, the Southern Pro Musica, for their first performance at the Yvonne Arnaud, in a special event to mark the end of this year’s festival on Sunday March 22, 7.30pm. Tickets: stalls £25; circle £22; under 18s free.
Need to know:
This is just a small selection of the many events being held as part of Guildford International Music Festival, which runs from Friday March 13 to Sunday March 22. To book tickets, call 01483 444334 or visit the festival’s official website: guildfordinternationalmusicfestival.co.uk
And a few more Surrey music tales
• Surrey music stories from The Beatles and The Surrey Delta to Mumford & Sons and Disclosure
• Visit Leith Hill Place - childhood home of Ralph Vaughan Williams
• In the four years that John Lennon lived in Weybridge from 1964, The Beatles cemented their status as the world’s biggest band.
• Ringo Starr is a keen photographer and has a house in leafy Cranleigh.
• The Faces’ Kenney Jones owns Hurtwood Park polo club in Ewhurst and singer Mick Hucknall lives by Burhill Golf Course in Walton-on-Thames.
• Status Quo's Francis Rossi is happy living the quiet life in Purley's Webb Estate.
• Discover life down The Farm with Genesis' Mike Rutherford.
• Recording studios: the now closed Strawberry South studio in Dorking was opened by 10ccs Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart, in 1976, and is said to be where parts of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder’s Ebony and Ivory were recorded.
• Ginger dreadlocked Surrey songsmith Newton Faulkner once worked at Fanny’s Farm Shop near Redhill.
• The Manfreds' Paul Jones organises star studded and intimate concerts in Cranleigh every Christmas