Classical Music at the Heart of The Atkinson’s Music Programme

Classical Music at the Heart of The Atkinson’s Music Programme

The Cake and Classical lunch time concerts have become a key part of The Atkinson’s daytime programme and this season we bring the full orchestra to help us countdown to Christmas!

This autumn The Atkinson again launches its new season of 45 minute concerts to delight all music fans. In partnership with L’Orchestra dell’ Arte and other ensembles, individuals and musicians the aim is to bring high quality but accessible classical music to the venue.

The lunchtime concerts take place on the first Monday of each month with a different ensemble performing followed by refreshments of cup of tea and a piece of cake.

The programme running from September to December includes, L’ Orchestra dell’Arte’s  Around the Horn on Monday 5 September. Get to know more about the amazing French horn, from its early appearance to the present day and enjoy a diverse selection of great music from a quartet of these wonderful instruments. Kenneth Taylor, Bruce Hebblewhite, Angela Petit-Jones, Chris Pople.

Monday 3 October we welcome Andrew Gregory: The Silver Dial, a collection of 12 original piano pieces, based on the story of an English soldier who goes to war and takes with him a silver pocket watch, which has the power to contain and recall twelve special memories – people, places, feelings – which the soldier knew before departing for the battlefield. The twelve pieces blend imagined memories a First World War soldier might carry with him on the battlefield (such as Riversong or Aurora), pieces which evoke actual experiences he might have had at the time (White Cliffs or Letter From Home) and particular memories of Andrew’s own family life (Into The Trees or Esther’s Favourite Place).

On Monday 7 November join us for Beethoven’s Opus 16, his Quintet for Piano and Wind. Composed in 1796 and said by some to be modelled on Mozart’s work for the same combination. What will be your opinion? Stephanie Howard and dell’Arte’s wind soloists are really looking forward to performing this pillar of the repertoire  just for you.

Our December concert Let’s Hear it for the Viola  on Monday 5 December sees the combination of clarinet and piano you can hear the famous Kegelstatt Trio by Mozart, KV498. Written in 1786 it is in the key of Eflat major, a favourite of many composers. Cathy Perkins, Valerie Warr and Stephanie Howard join together to highlight this lovely work (and a little surprise!)

All concerts start at 1pm and tickets are £11 (season tickets are £38). To book please visit or call our Box Office team on 01704 533 333.

For the first time on Sunday 11 December  the venue will see the full  L’Orchestra dell’ Arte players come together with their conductor Edward Peak , joined by soloist Kathryn Rudge, and the Choir of Holy Trinity Church, Southport  for a very special concert – Sounds of Christmas.

Sounds of Christmas is packed full of fantastic melodies, with something for everyone. The orchestra will be playing sections of the ballet music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, probably some of the greatest ballet music ever written. They also delve into the sparkling world of Old Vienna with polkas from the Strauss family and they won’t forget to include standard fayre such as Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride.

Soloist, Kathryn Rudge, star of the opera stage, will add her own thrilling contribution to the evening when she joins the orchestra in some of the best-known seasonal music.

The audience will get plenty of opportunity to exercise their vocal cords as the chorus members will join the orchestra and audience for traditional carols, well-known Disney hit songs and other Christmas standards.

Tickets for Sounds of Christmas are on sale now for £15 (£10 under 16s).To book please visit or call our Box Office team on 01704 533 333.

It’s the perfect way to see in the festive season!


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Cake and Classical

Around the Horn

Monday 5 September


£11 (includes cup of tea and piece of cake)


Cake and Classical

Andrew Gregory: The Silver Dial

Monday 3 October


£11 (includes cup of tea and piece of cake)


Cake and Classical

Beethoven’s Opus 16

Monday 7 November


£11 (includes cup of tea and piece of cake)


Cake and Classical

Let’s Hear it for the Viola!

Monday 5 December


£11 (includes cup of tea and piece of cake)


L’Orchestra dell’ Arte

Sounds of Christmas

Sunday 11 December


£15 (£10 under 16’s)

Posted on 22 August 2016 under General news

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