Lunchtime Concert - 16th January 2019

Our first Concert of the New Year enables us to welcome Polaris Duo. Gillian Blair (saxophone) and Elinor Nicholson (harp) formed the Polaris Duo in 2011 whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and have since been exploring an eclectic range of repertoire and possibilities for this unusual instrumentation. Whilst at the RNCM they both obtained first class Bachelors degrees and Masters degrees with distinction and in 2015 were individually selected as finalists for the prestigious RNCM Gold Medal Competition. The duo have performed regularly around the UK and recently made their international debut in Croatia at the World Saxophone Congress. They have performed at venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Buxton Opera House, Warwick University and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation as well as regularly performing for music societies. They were 2nd prize winners in the British Harp Chamber Music Competition and have been featured in the Lake District Summer Music ‘New Generation Artists’ Concert Series. They were recently named as BBC Introducing Artists and have performed live on BBC Radio 3. The Polaris Duo is dedicated to presenting new music and expanding the repertoire for this uncommon pairing of instruments. They have worked closely with several composers on new works and have given UK, European and World premieres of pieces. Their most recent commissions include compositions by Melissa Douglas and Paul Mitchell-Davidson. They released their debut album; ‘illuminate’ in April 2018. The music featured includes works by Manchester based composers Andy Scott, Rob Buckland and Melissa Douglas alongside arrangements of works by well known composers including C.P.E. Bach and Camille Saint-Saëns. In addition to their work as performers, the Polaris Duo is passionate about education and outreach and has delivered workshops for ‘Classical Kids’ Concert Series and Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra Outreach Programme. They are proud to be artists for Yehudi Menuhin’s ‘Live Music Now’ Scheme. Here is the programme for the January Concert: Song Without Words - Rob Buckland Sonata in G minor - C.P.E. Bach i. Allegro ii. Adagio iii. Allegro Notturno - Gustav Bumcke Sonata for Saxophone and Harp - Andy Scott i. With Energy ii. Relaxed iii. With Purpose Come along and join us on the 16th January - everyone is welcome. The Concert itself is £5, and light lunches are available from mid-day. The buzz and atmosphere over lunchtime is an important part of the whole occasion too. Concert: 1.00p.m. until approximately 1.45p.m./2.00p.m.


Wednesday 20th February, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Sarah Douglas/clarinetAmy Wakefield/piano
Wednesday 20th March, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
A piano recital by Students from Chetham's School of Music
Wednesday 17th April, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from the Royal Northern College of Music
Wednesday 15th May, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from Chetham's School of Music
Wednesday 19th June, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from the Royal Northern College of Music
Prayer for the day
For those living and working in Church Lane, be it within Alderley Edge County Primary School, private homes, or St. Philip and St. James, may they know that we hold each and every one in our prayers during this month.
Events & Services
Sunday 27th January
11:00am - Morning Worship
with Rev. Rob Cotton