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Lantivet Duo @ Challow Park
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lantivet Duo @ Challow Park | East Challow | England | United Kingdom

Upcoming Concerts at the Hall at Challow Park

Saturday January 19th, 2019, at 7.30pm.

The Lantivet Duo; Anna Brigham (violin) & Brendan Musk (piano)

  • J. S. Bach, C min Sonata BWV 1017
  • George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess selections arr. Heifetz
  • Johannes Brahms, Sonata in G major
  • Bela Bartok, Romanian Dances

The Lantivet duo first played together in the basement of a piano shop in west London. Over a feast of Lebanese mezze, they decided that they should do it again in some more exotic venues.

Anna and Brendan both enjoy a varied life as freelance musicians. Anna is a member of the Florian quartet, and has appeared with groups such as the Dante quartet and the 12 ensemble. She loves projects that interact with audiences in different ways. Recent chamber projects include a complete sensory immersion for a blindfolded audience, and school workshops where children created their own story in response to a Beethoven string quartet. She also plays regularly with a number of orchestras, including the Philharmonia and Halle, and can be heard on the soundtracks to the Smurfs, the Mummy, and upcoming Attenborough documentary, “Our Planet”.

Brendan was a winner at the Moray International Piano Competition, and went on to study music at Cambridge, where he held an Instrumental Award for Chamber Music. Brendan loves accompanying and coaching students for exams, as well as being a committed teacher. When not moonlighting as pianist for the Lantivet duo, Brendan spends his days playing the trumpet. He specialises in baroque trumpet and pop/funk music. This has taken him to an eclectic mix of venues, from the Wigmore Hall to Pizza Express!

Anna and Brendan are both members of the Multi-Story Orchestra, doing concerts and outreach projects in car parks with the aim of making music enjoyable for as many people as possible. Inspired by this, the Lantivet duo try to promote an atmosphere of inclusiveness and creativity in their performances.

Future Concerts in 2019:

  • Sat Feb 16 Simon Watterton (piano) includes Schumann “Carnival” & Beethoven F minor Sonata.
  • Sat March 16 Paul Turner (piano) includes Schubert “Wanderer” Fantasie & Beethoven Sonata in C maj.Op.2.
  • Sat May 11 The Pavlova Wind Ensemble play Schubert’s great Wind Octet.
  • Sat June 8 David Michel (piano): programme to be confirmed
  • Sat July 13th The Florian String Quartet play Britten’s stunning 2nd quartet

Tickets and Times:

Unless stated, all concerts start at 7.30pm and are usually finished by 9.30 -10pm.
Tickets are only available on the door and are priced at £12, under 18yrs go free.


Parking is available at King Alfred’s Academy, which is opposite Challow Park.
There is parking available at Challow Park for those less able.

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Woodlands Country Music Club @ Woodlands St Mary Village Hall
Jan 19 @ 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Woodlands Country Music Club @ Woodlands St Mary Village Hall | Woodlands Saint Mary | England | United Kingdom

Join us on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Woodlands St Mary Village Hall to enjoy some of the finest live country music artists on the scene.  The events are open to all and include a large membership from The Lambourn Valley and Hungerford area.  The group is a friendly bunch who enjoy great music and dance.

To find out more please contact Rose & Dave Hawkins on 01488 72715

To kick off the year will be Mike McCoy on Saturday 19 January!

Saskia @ ACE Space
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm



Saskia describes her songs as “a little too meaningful to be pop, and a little too contemporary to be folk”.  What we know is ACE Spacers who saw her supporting the Jaywalkers loved her music and we immediately booked her, along with her band, for this headline slot.
Saskia is a 26 year old independent English singer songwriter from London who tours the folk and acoustic scene year round. Frequently compared to Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy for her pure, clear voice and nu-folk style repertoire, her music blends the classical simplicity of folks songs with contemporary moods, melodies and meaning.
Previously one of the worlds youngest Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapists with a practice on Harley Street London, in 2014 she left it all behind to pursue a career in music. She has since had three releases, run three successful crowdfunding campaigns and won a substantial arts council grant to tour her debut album Gentle Heart (2016).

Saskia’s website

+ Jon Wilks

Jon Wilks is a music journalist, guitarist and singer of traditional folk songs. While he’s perhaps better known for his guitar skills and his work on the Grizzly Folk website, his live shows are an amusing mix of folk song performance and conversation, throwing in tidbits of weird and wonderful information about the original singers and collectors that he has come across during his journalistic research.

The folk music press had these lovely things to say about his debut album, Songs from the Attic…

  • “His love for folk music manifests itself throughout this lovely album.” – Folk Radio UK
  • “Songs From the Attic is a genuine, carefully considered album which is made with a lot of heart. It deserves to be noticed.” – Bright Young Folk

Jon Wilks website

Tickets: £12 (£10 Early Bird – by 5 January or when limited tickets have been sold if earlier)

Tickets are available locally in advance from Hogan Music with no booking fee or click here to buy tickets from wegottickets

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The ACE Space bar usually stocks draught ale eg Good Old Boy (£3.50 pint), bottled / canned beers, lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Interval drinks may be ordered in advance. Note bar is cash only.

Seating is normally informally grouped around tables in the main hall. Come early for the best choice of seats.

N.B. Due to nearby construction work, there is no car parking and very restricted turning capacity at the venue so please use the nearby car parks (£2 for the evening) or look for on-street parking other than in St Nicholas Road, so as not to inconvenience local residents. Most parking spaces in Bartholomew Street are free after 6pm.

8pm start  (Doors open: 7.30pm)

Burns Night at the Queens Arms, East Garston @ Queens Arms
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm
London Haydn Quartet @ St Lawrence Church
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
London Haydn Quartet @ St Lawrence Church

Hear the amazing London Haydn Quartet at St Lawrence’s Church.

In 1799 Haydn was writing his last quartets just as Beethoven was writing his first. Haydn’s F major quartet, written with the humour and eloquence that earned him his reputation as the greatest composer of quartets, a grand masterpiece full of inspired invention. Beethoven’s B flat major quartet, firmly rooted in the grammar established by the monumental legacy of Haydn andMozart, but unmistakably uttered through the new dramatic narrative of the young composer.

A style so severe in its departure, it marks the time as a turning point in chamber music and surely would have contributed to Haydn’s sudden retirement from the genre. Accompanying these two works, one of Mozart’s last quartets, written with the cellist king of Prussia in mind. For the occasion, Mozart borrows a particularly egalitarian style of quartet writing from Haydn to achieve this typically tuneful and operatic quartet. Presenting these works from this trio of original string quartet masters is the London Haydn Quartet.

Having dedicated themselves to the traditions of music from this era, they perform the world over from London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Their recordings of the complete Haydn quartet cycle on the Hyperion label have been met with international acclaim.

The Blue Bishops – live music @ The Croft Hall
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Blues but definitely on that rocky edge. Join us for one of our classic cafe format evenings with great music. Over the years The Blue Bishops have built a reputation both for their studio albums and live performances. Acknowledged as one of the best live bands on the circuit, on first seeing them at the Bishopstock Festival in Devon back in 1999, Robert Cray remarked ‘I will have to watch my back’. Radio 2’s Paul Jones has called their studio work ‘Superb’ and the music press has consistently praised the calibre of their recordings and live shows.


How Shostakovich Changed My Mind @ The Croft Hall
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
How Shostakovich Changed My Mind @ The Croft Hall

‘There’s something about hearing your most painful emotions transformed into something beautiful..’ The old Russian who uttered those words spoke for countless fellow survivors of Stalin’s reign of terror. And the ‘something beautiful’ he had in mind was the music of Dmitri Shostakovich.

BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson – “the authoritative British voice of classical music” (Michael Tumelty) – will be talking about the power of Shostakovich’s music during Stalin’s reign of terror, and looking at the extraordinary healing effect of music on sufferers of mental illness. He asks how is it that music that reflects pain, fear and desolation can help sufferers find – if not a way out, then a way to bear these feelings and ultimately rediscover pleasure in existence?

Johnson will draw on his own personal experiences, and the talk will be complemented by pieces of Shostakovich’s music. Afterwards he take will be happy to take questions from the audience and sign copies of which will be available to buy on the night.

“Stephen Johnson is one of our most sensitive and thoughtful music critics, and this book, written from the heart about a composer whom he loves and admires, will prove to be a landmark in the understanding of its subject” – Sir Roger Scruton

Tickets from Hungerford Bookshop or on-line at

Wantage Band at The Beacon @ The Beacon
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Wantage Band will perform at The Beacon in Wantage on Saturday 9th February.

The guest soloist for this performance will be Owen Farr, Besson Ambassador and main tester for tenor horn.

The show will begin at 7:30pm.  Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for students/seniors and £6 for under 16s and can be purchased from the website or by phoning 01235 770378.

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Faustus @ St Lawrence's Church, Hungerford
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Benji, Saul and Paul return to give you their unique take on English folk music.

Faustus us a English tradition folk trio, nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, featuring three of the leading lights of their generation of folk artists: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

‘Death and Other Animals’ received the 2017 German Critics Award (Schallplatenkritik Bestenliste) in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter/World Music category. It has received at 2018 nomination for the Maltzhaus Plauen Music Music Prize.

Faustus have been touring with The Tranports, a revival and reworking of Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera, which has received stunning reviews and five stars from the Guardian. They are working alongside the University of Exeter on a collection of 19th century texts from the Lancashire Cotton Famine, one of their musical settings having recently featured on BBC Radio 4.

’One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian

The Songs of Leonard Cohen – Keith James @ The Croft Hall
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.

The chilling announcement of Leonard’s passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. A Man of Grace. Our World misses him very much!

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving close to 400 concerts to well over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain

Included in the concert are Cohen’s well known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are Keith’s dramatic and absorbing performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence.

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’  Sunday Times

Contemporary Young Musicians @ The Croft Hall, Hungerford
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Showcasing the stars of tomorrow.

Once again local young musicians and students from the Academy of Contemporary Music will get the opportunity to perform in an intimate cafe setting. The line up has yet to be finalised, but Beth George the
star of our last concert will be performing. Beth is a singer, songwriter and pianist with influences of Birdy and London Grammar. She uses a loop pedal to create beats and harmonies for original songs as well as to put twists on covers.

If you want live, modern music in a chilled-out setting look no further. Bring a group of friends along to catch the stars of the future. Bar available.

See for details of performers nearer the time.

Live Music: The Zoots The Sounds of the Seventies @ The Beacon
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Live Music: The Zoots The Sounds of the Seventies @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom


Join The Zoots for their unforgettable live show, as they explore the monster sounds of T.Rex, Queen, Bowie, Abba, The Sweet, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, and other amazing Seventies legends!

From Glam Rock to Prog Rock, Motown to Disco – there’s something for everyone – you can’t help grooving to The Sounds Of The Seventies!