The Hermon welcomes two of the UK’s finest instrumentalists in their respective musical genres as they take you on a fascinating journey through the musical landscape of Spain. In this inspired collaboration, classical guitarist Michael Christian Durrant and flamenco guitarist Samuel Moore explore the intriguing connections and subtle differences that both connect and set apart the world of classical and flamenco guitar. This concert forms part of the 2019 UK launch tour for the duo’s new studio album ‘Guitarra, el Corazon de España’ (Guitar, the Heart of Spain) and includes a pre-concert talk plus Q&A with both musicians!
Praised on BBC Radio 3 as ‘fantastic flamenco guitarist’, Samuel Moore has certainly found his perfect match in Michael Christian Durrant who – lauded by the same radio station as ‘forerunner in the new generation of classical guitarists’ – continues to establish himself as one of England’s finest and most creative young musicians. Both instrumentalists are well-respected for their exceptional playing abilities and likewise for their engaging way of imparting musical knowledge as a matter of genuine interest in their subject and the audience.
In this unique concert experience of inspired solo and duo performances, audiences can hear a vivid selection of music by Spanish composers such as Joaquín Rodrigo, Issac Albéniz and Manuel de Falla performed alongside music from the flamenco tradition, including palos such as Sevillana, Zorongo and Malagueña. The informal pre-concert talk with live demonstrations by the artists offers a wonderful opportunity to gain an understanding of classical and flamenco guitar traditions, learn about their commonalities as well as differences and enjoy the chance to address these two thoroughly approachable experts in their field with all questions that spring to mind!
Pre-concert Talk & Q&A:
doors/bar 4.30pm for a 5pm start; ends 5.45pm
doors/bar 6pm for a 6.30pm start; ends 9pm
There is a limited amount of EARLY BIRD TICKETS @ £13 available!
“Whereas many solo performers are no less and no more than fine musicians, Michael’s introductions and commentaries on works in his programme bring with them an extra level of engagement with his audience. They sat there spellbound as this young musician played and were left panting for more.”
– Professor Roger Richardson/Winchester Cathedral Concert Review
“Masterful … The results are truly special.’
– Jazz Guitarist Kenny Burrell (about Samuel Moore)
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As part of the Hermon’s Education, Arts & Development Talks (H.E.A.D) The Hermon welcomes back to the stage Emily Chappell: endurance cyclist, author and founder member of the remarkable cycle collective The Adventure Syndicate! Look forward to a captivating combined talk & reading from Emily’s new book on the brink of release, followed by a Q.&A. session and book-signing!
Emily Chappell is an author, adventurer and advocate, known for her long-distance bicycle journeys and the words, with which she shares them. Her first book’What Goes Around’ was described by The Guardian as “a lovely lyric poem to the city” and told the story of her years as a London cycle courier – the hidden corners of the city, the honest agony of cold toes and tired legs, the blissful moments when bike and body and city fall into harmony, and the endless encounters with London’s rich and ever-changing cast of characters.
Her second book ‘Where There’s A Will’, due for release on 7th November 2019, follows Chappell’s journey into the curious world of long-distance self-supported bike races, and gives a unique insight into how it feels to race across a continent: cycling through both sunrise and sunset, sleeping only for snatched minutes in fields and forests, navigating through mountain ranges and along remote unpaved roads, and searching out food along the way. Chappell captures the loneliness and unexpected camaraderie of long-distance racing, and intricately describes the moments of joy, despair, confidence and self-doubt that her mind cycles through as she pushes her body to the limit.
An engaging and humorous speaker, Chappell will tell the improbable story of how she ended up winning the 4,000km Transcontinental Race across Europe, read aloud from’Where There’s A Will’ and answer questions about every aspect of cycling and writing books.