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Summer 2017

9 Jul 2017, 7:30 p.m.
St Paul's Royton, Church Street, Royton, Oldham, Lancashire OL2 5JS
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Marco Bellasi


Rachael Gibbon

This is a portrait of Rachael Gibbon Rachael comes from Oldham and she was brought up in the Saddleworth area. She studied at The Royal Northern College of Music, where she gained a first class degree with Principal Study in Academic Studies and she won an Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship for further study. She completed a Ph.D on the operas of Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) at The University of Manchester.

Rachael has performed concertos in Yorkshire, Berkshire and Dorset and she regularly plays chamber music with her quintet, the Elmet Quintet and with various trios, including the Leonora Trio, consisting of piano, cello and clarinet. She is a soloist each year at Charterhouse Summer School of Music and has performed on both the clarinet and piano in a wide range of lunchtime concert series in the North West.


Bernhard Henrik Crussel: Clarinet concerto #2 in F minor

Laura Rossi: Somme100 FILM

Somme100Film is an international project to mark the 100th Anniversary of the famous WW1 Battle of the Somme.

From July 2016 through July 2017 the project aims to co-ordinate 100 live orchestral performances of the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme, shot by Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell, with the acclaimed new score by UK composer Laura Rossi, commissioned by the Imperial War museum.

A live performance is a unique and memorable way to present this historic documentary film, shot during the battle itself, and watched by over half the adult UK population on its release in 1916—a box office record not broken until the release of Star Wars in 1977.

Professional, amateur and youth orchestras have been taking part in this project staging performances in a variety of venues.

The music for this piece is by Laura Rossi. The music was commissioned by the British Imperial War Museums. Performed by arrangement with Faber Music Ltd, London.

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