2018 VIKING FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENT
"Blizzards of Steel - The tale of the Last Viking"
Peter Carrington-Porter has given performances at St Helen in conjunction with the Viking Festival for four consecutive years. From Staffordshire, Peter has a long history of both performing and directing in amateur and semi professional works but his particular interest is in the recreation of the skills of the travelling storyteller. So for his costumed performance the church is darkened and candlelit to represent the hall in which Peter entertains with his dramatic recall of a famous legend. After 3 consecutive years with sell-out performances of "Beowulf" Peter returned last year with this new work detailing the life of Harald Hardrada (the Viking leader killed at Stamford Bridge 1066) in true "saga" style. A huge success he returns with it twice more.
At 7pm on Thursday 15 February and at 6pm on Friday 16 February. Doors open 30 minutes beforehand. New arrangements this year = Entry by "Pay at Door" £5 cash per person (accompanied children FREE)
2018 CONCERTS & RECITALS
Thursday 22 March "Here comes the Sun" An informal "Lunch Bites" concert at 1.00pm by "Cansing" , the City of York Council workplace choir who rehearse in St Helen every week. Do come and join them as they sing a programme of songs on a theme of sunshine and positivity to welcome Spring. FREE with a retiring collection.
Wednesday 11 April A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm given by Rachel Cawte (mezzo soprano) accompanied by Marcus Brigham featuring beautiful pieces by Vaughan Williams, Schumann, Britten and Faure. . FREE with a retiring collection.
Friday 27 April .A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm by "Musicke in the Ayre" making a welcome return to St Helen for a third consecutive season. Entitled "Breaking barriers in the Baroque" the concert is a celebration of some of the earliest professional female composers and singers in the 16th century Italian courts and will feature Din Ghani on vihuela, lute and baroque guitar with three sopranos, Helen Atkinson, Carmel Edwards and Marie Lemaire. FREE with a retiring collection.
Saturday 5 May An evening charity concert at 7.30pm in memory of York clarinettist Alan Hacker and in aid of Save the Children. The programme features Jonathan Sage (basset clairnet) and the Keats String Quartet and includes works by Mozart, Glazunov, Mendelssohn and Sholdice. Tickets available at the door at £10 (under 16 at £5).
Saturday 2 June Anafternoon concert at 4.00pm given by Norwegian choir "Kvammakoret". On tour in the UK they will be offering a wide ranging propgramme to entertain. FREE with a retiring collection
Friday 8 June A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm given by the Iowa City West High School (USA). 40 talented singers chosen from the school's 5 choirs are on tour to Ireland and the United Kingdom. They will present a programme of their choice inspired by the Festival of Ideas theme "Imagining the Impossible" FREE with retiring collection.
Friday 15 June A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm given by Galina Vale, a guitar virtuoso whose performances combine a charismatic stage presence and dynamic playing style with an unusually wide ranging and technically demanding repertoire including classical music. Galina gave two recitals in 2017 and we are delighted to have her return with a programme inspired by the Festival of Ideas theme "Imagining the Impossible" . FREE with a retiring collection.
Monday 25 June A lunchtime concert at 2.0-0pm given by "Skoyern", our second Norwegian choir for 2018. Founded 30 years ago and with 100 members this choir has a large touring group visiting us in York. We look forward to an exciting programme taken from their repertoire. FREE with a retiring collection
Friday 6 July A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm given by the Blair Mertens Duo who have performed around the UK and in Japan. Classical saxophonists Gillian Blair and Nathan Mertens, accompanied by pianist David Gibson, bring to York their exciting programme of new works by Zach Browning (USA), Lucy Arnstrong (UK) and Andy Scott (UK) together with arrangements of works by well known composers. FREE with a retiring collection.
Saturday 28 July An afternoon concert at 2.30pm given by the Phoenix Singers from Birmingham. Details to follow. FREE with a retiring collection.
Wednesday 1 August A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm. Pianist Paul Wilkinson specialises in improvisations. Featuring beautifully crafted melodies Paul creates his own compositions and explores and interprets the music of others, including a few popular songs that you will recognise. FREE with a retiring collection
Friday 14 September A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm on the St Helen organ given by Jeremy Blandford. The programme features works by 7 composers, including JS Bach, Buxtehude, Pachebel and Pergolesi. FREE with retiring collection..
Saturday 15 September A Pipe and Tabor concert at 7.30pm as part of the International Pipe and Tabor Festival which is coming to York to support the Mystery Plays. The Festival concert will feature performances from our guest musicians and the cream of the Taborers Society. The programme will include early and contemporary music along with re-enactment displays and morris jigs. Doors open at 6.30pm. Refreshments available. See also http://www.pipeandtabor.org
2018 Organ recital programme In association with the York District Organists Association (YDOA). Two recitals per month will be given.(May to September).
At St Helen. All on Wednesdays at 1.10pm for about 45 minutes
23 May 2018 John Scott Whiteley Organist Emeritus York Minster
27 June 2018 Marilyn Harper Christ's Chapel of God's Gift, Dulwich
25 July 2018 Jeremy Lloyd York Minster
22 August 2018 William Fox Magdalen College Oxford
26 September 2018 Michael Haynes Hexham Abbey
And at St Martin. All on Thursdays at 1.10pm for about 45 minutes
10 May 2018 Robert Sharpe York Minster
14 June 2018 Philip Paul York Central Methodist
12 July 2018 Tim Jones York
9 August 2018 Tim Hone All Saints Pavement York
13 September 2018 Jeremy Blandford Svolvaer Kirke Lofoten Norway
Last reviewed/updated 27.4.18 (A&M)