Lunchtime Concert: Lute and classical guitar with Andrew Hurst

Kevin Avebury

Andrew Hurst

Andrew Hurst (aka Kevin Avebury) studied guitar, lute, piano, composition and figured bass at the Royal College of Music.  His specialisation is:  Continuo realisation (keyboard and fretboard), Renaissance and Baroque music history and compositional techniques.  He has performed concerts as a soloist, in duos, trios and larger ensembles.  He has worked with vocal soloists, small vocal and instrumental ensembles, Early Opera companies, cafes, restaurants, street events, festival and pubs! 

On the strength of the success of improvising ‘Voluntaries’ – a 1680s fascination for lute players then – very rarely done in concerts if at all –  at the Crabchurch Conspiracy weekend talks (lecturer Ronald Hutton amongst others) that were held in Weymouth in early March, Andrew will improvise a few more such Voluntaries on the ‘English Theorbo’ .  As it was a musical feature around the time of Judge Jeffreys, he will be doing an improvised ‘character sketch’ Voluntary (literally an improvised piece on a whim!) based on him.  As part of Andrew’s Musical Director Role at the Marine Theatre in Lyme he will also be improvising a Voluntary to depict the tension, high feelings, bitterness, violence, and trauma etc which would undoubtedly have been felt by those involved in the Monmouth Rebellion / civil war also.

Andrew may well be unique in being brave enough to improvise these voluntaries using musical language of the time in concerts or recordings.

There will be other archlute pieces (archlute = ‘English Theorbo’), classical guitar arrangements/ originals and also some 12-string acoustic (fingerstyle) music with a Celtic flavour.

Andrew is a key musician in the Bridport Ukelele Projects production of “Flea!” He is also lead guitarist in the Dorchester based rock band Margot Escargot which is set to release three singles this year.

The concert takes place in the Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Hall on Thursday 3 August 2017 at 1.00pm. The performance is FREE although a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs.

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Lunch Time Concert – Lute and classical guitar and 200 year old Panormo guitar with Kevin Avebury and Bernardo

Kevin Avebury and Bernardo

Kevin Avebury and Bernardo

Continental guitarist Bernardo and Lute player and classical guitarist Kevin Avebury will be performing a lunchtime concert at the Dorset County Museum on Thursday 4 May 2017 from 1pm to 2pm

Bernardo was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne of Russian ancestry, emigrated to Canada in 1967 to return to the UK in 1984.  He graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and for over 33 years been a guitar instructor.

A published composer, Bernardo has scored all ten of Florence Novelli’s children’s plays.  He has also performed as resident guitarist at Thorbury Castle in Gloucester, international holiday shows, the World Wine Fair in Bristol, Military bases, hotels, restaurants and cruise boats.  As one half of “The Continentals Duo” Bernardo has recorded his own compositions and guitar arrangements of international perennial favourites.  Bernardo performs on a genuine, 200 year old Louis Panormo guitar and this concert will include classical Spanish folk, Flamenco and Russian folk songs – balalaika style.

Kevin studied guitar, lute, piano, composition and figured bass at the Royal College of Music.  His specialisation is:  Continuo realisation (keyboard and fretboard), Renaissance and Baroque music history and compositional techniques.  He has performed concerts as a soloist, in duos, trios and larger ensembles.  He has worked with vocal soloists, small vocal and instrumental ensembles, Early Opera companies, cafes, restaurants, street events, festival and pubs!

Kevin is a key musician in the Bridport Ukelele Projects production of “Flea!” this May and has been appointed co-Musical Director for the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis’ July production of “Monmouth”, a play covering the events of the 1685 local rebellion. He is also lead guitarist in the Dorchester based rock band Margot Escargot which is set to release three singles this year.

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Lunchtime Concert: Lute and classical guitar performed by Kevin Avebury

Kevin Avebury

Kevin Avebury

Kevin (aka Andrew Hurst) studied guitar, lute, piano, composition and figured bass at the Royal College of Music.  His specialisation is:  Continuo realisation (keyboard and fretboard), Renaissance and Baroque music history and compositional techniques.  He has performed concerts as a soloist, in duos, trios and larger ensembles.  He has worked with vocal soloists, small vocal and instrumental ensembles, Early Opera companies, cafes, restaurants, street events, festival and pubs! 

On the strength of the success of improvising ‘Voluntaries’ – a 1680s fascination for lute players then – very rarely done in concerts if at all –  at the Crabchurch Conspiracy weekend talks (lecturer Ronald Hutton amongst others) that were held in Weymouth in early March, Kevin will improvise a few more such Voluntaries on the ‘English Theorbo’ .  As it was a musical feature around the time of Judge Jeffreys, he will be doing an improvised ‘character sketch’ Voluntary (literally an improvised piece on a whim!) based on him.  As part of Kevin’s Musical Director role at the Marine Theatre in Lyme he will also be improvising a Voluntary to depict the tension, high feelings, bitterness, violence, and trauma etc which would undoubtedly have been felt by those involved in the Monmouth Rebellion / civil war also.

Kevin may well be unique in being brave enough to improvise these voluntaries using musical language of the time in concerts or recordings.

There will be other archlute pieces (archlute = ‘English Theorbo’), classical guitar arrangements/ originals and also some 12-string acoustic (fingerstyle) music with a Celtic flavour.

Kevin/Andrew is a key musician in the Bridport Ukelele Projects production of “Flea!” this May and has been appointed co-Musical Director for the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis’ July production of “Monmouth”, a play covering the events of the 1685 local rebellion. He is also lead guitarist in the Dorchester based rock band Margot Escargot which is set to release three singles this year

The concert takes place in the Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Hall on Thursday 13 April 2017 at 1.00pm. The performance is FREE although a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs.

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Lunch Time Concert – Lute and classical guitar with guitarist Kevin Avebury

Kevin Avebury

Kevin Avebury

On Thursday 8 December 2016 at 1.00pm. Kevin Avebury presents a programme tracing Christmastide music from medieval times to the present day on lute and classical guitar.

Kevin studied guitar, lute, piano, composition and figured bass at the Royal College of Music.  His specialisation is Continuo realisation (keyboard and fretboard), Renaissance and Baroque music history and compositional techniques.

He has performed concerts as a soloist, in duos, trios and larger ensembles.  He has worked with vocal soloists, small vocal and instrumental ensembles, Early Opera companies, cafes, restaurants, street events, festivals and pubs!

Kevin is also lead guitarist in the Dorchester based rock band Margot Escargot, which is recording in London this December for an EP release early in 2017.

The concert will take place in the Museum’s Victorian Hall on Thursday 8 December 2016 at 1.00pm. This lunch time concert is FREE although a donation of £3 is encouraged to help cover costs.

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Lunchtime concert performance with guitarist Terry Spooner

Terry SpoonerOn Thursday 26th November at 1.00pm, Dorset County Museum is hosting a guitar recital with Terry Spooner, who will be playing an eclectic programme of music including Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Morricone and Granados plus some original pieces and a little jazz.

Terry now lives in Dorset, but has been a professional guitarist and guitar teacher for many years, mostly in and around the London area. His playing incorporates elements of classical, jazz, South American and world music. He has played in such musically diverse venues as The Royal Albert Hall (classical), The Marquee (rock) and Ronnie Scott’s (Jazz). He also plays in the guitar / violin duo Ten String Fever with violinist Jane Miller.

Everyone is welcome at this free concert, although to cover costs, a small donation of £3.00 is requested. The concert will take place in the Museum’s Victorian Gallery.

For further information and other forthcoming events contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Flamenco Guitarist performs at Museum

Roger Cox Flamenco GuitaristOn Thursday 5th November there will be a special lunchtime concert at Dorset County Museum.

Talented flamenco guitarist Roger Cox will perform a Lecture-Recital at the Museum, combining a discussion of the history and meaning of Flamenco with guitar performances of the music.

There will also be a display of photographs and texts about the history of Flamenco to accompany the event.

Roger has been playing flamenco guitar for 25 years and is always happy to share his love of this dramatic music and the Andalusian tradition that is its lifeblood.

The concert will last approximately one hour and is FREE to attend. Everyone is welcome and to cover costs, a small donation of £3.00 is requested. The concert will take place in the Museum’s Victorian Gallery at 1.00pm on Thursday 5th November 2015.

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

International Guitarist, Mike Jennings to perform at Museum

Mark JenningsDorset County Museum is pleased to announce a forthcoming concert by classical guitarist Mark Jennings. The concert will take place on Thursday 30th July from 1.00pm to 2.00pm in the Museum’s atmospheric Victorian Gallery.

Mark has been playing classical guitar for most of his life, having started lessons from an early age. He attended the London College of Music, studying classical guitar performance with Carlos Bonell. As a student Mark performed in many public international master classes hosted by distinguished artists. Since leaving music college, he has enjoyed performing in many parts of the UK.

Mark has enjoyed a variety of successful musical collaborations with other musicians including the Baroque Players, which he co-founded. More recently he has performed as a guitar duo with Peter Rueffer, founder of The Pro Arte Trio and Music Director of the Dillington International Classical Guitar Festival.

The concert is free of charge, but a £3 donation to Dorset County Museum is encouraged. All proceeds will go towards fund-raising for the Museum’s new Collections Discovery Centre.

Find details of our summer events contact the Museum on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

International Guitarist to perform at Dorset County Museum

Mark JenningsDorset County Museum is pleased to announce a forthcoming concert by classical guitarist Mark Jennings. The concert will take place on Thursday 10th July at 1.00pm in the Museum’s atmospheric Victorian Gallery.

Mark has been playing classical guitar for most of his life having started lessons from an early age. He attended the London College of Music, studying classical guitar performance with Carlos Bonell. As a student Mark performed in many public international master classes hosted by distinguished artists. Since leaving music college, he has enjoyed performing in many parts of the UK.

Mark recognizes the importance of being alive to other interests and of having ‘broad horizons’. During the 1990s he combined his enthusiasm for performance with studies at Birkbeck College, London where he was gained a degree in History, Philosophy and Politics. After graduation, his interest in philosophy took him to University College London where he was awarded an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Mark has enjoyed a variety of successful musical collaborations with other musicians including the Baroque Players, which he co-founded. More recently he has performed as a guitar duo with Peter Rueffer, founder of The Pro Arte Trio and Music Director of the Dillington International Classical Guitar Festival.

Mark is currently based at Christ’s Hospital in West Sussex. He continues to enjoy teaching and classical guitar performance, and welcomes invitations to give recitals or to take part in shared concerts, including invitations to perform to help raise funds for charity.

Flamenco Guitarist performs at Dorset County Museum

Roger Cox Flamenco GuitaristOn Thursday 10th April there will be a special lunchtime concert at Dorset County Museum.

Talented flamenco guitarist Roger Cox will perform a Lecture-Recital at the Museum, combining a discussion of the history and meaning of Flamenco with guitar performances of the music. There will also be a display of photographs and texts about the history of Flamenco to accompany the event.

Roger has been playing flamenco guitar for 25 years and is always happy to share his love of this dramatic music and the Andalusian tradition that is its lifeblood.

The concert will last approximately one hour and is free to attend. Everyone is welcome and to cover costs, a small donation of £3.00 is requested. The concert will take place in the Museum’s Victorian Gallery at 1.00pm on Thursday 10th April 2014.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org