Leighton Buzzard Music Club : Tim Lowe and Stephen Gutman

On Saturday 26th March, 2011 LBMC presented the climax of their current season: their annual concert sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme. The Scheme puts excellent young musicians and concert organisers (such as LBMC)  in touch with each other. Each organisation gets to choose one artiste – rather like a boxContinue reading “Leighton Buzzard Music Club : Tim Lowe and Stephen Gutman”

LBMC: An evening of musical tapas with Hannah Marcinowicz and John Reid

  On Saturday 26th February 2011 those very clever people at Leighton Buzzard Music Club brought us two more talented young musicians: Hannah Marcinowicz with her saxophone and John Reid playing the piano. The underlying theme of the concert was Spanish, although the composers came from many lands and several different centuries. The mellifluous sound HannahContinue reading “LBMC: An evening of musical tapas with Hannah Marcinowicz and John Reid”


Anyone who’s read through the LBMC reviews I’ve posted on here to date will have noticed some variety in the formatting. Trust me – they left Word formatted identically. But somehow they’ve arrived here as twisted and deformed versions of their lovely selves. The principal bugbear is the disappearance of double spacing between paragraphs. IContinue reading “Technicalities”

LBMC: Alexander Ardakov (2010)

The evening of Saturday 18th September was the start of Leighton Buzzard Music Club’s autumn season. The season’s brochure promised both quality and variety – in particular the Russian pianist booked to open proceedings: Alexander Ardakov.  Ardakov has an impressive discography, plays on Radio 3 betimes and holds a professorship at Trinity College of MusicContinue reading “LBMC: Alexander Ardakov (2010)”

Galliard wind ensemble

Wind ensemble a real blast! On Saturday 17th of April, the Galliard Ensemble gave the final concert in Leighton Buzzard Music’s current season. The ensemble comprises five players: Kathryn Thomas on soprano and alto flute and piccolo; Katherine Spencer on clarinet; Paul Boyes on bassoon; Owen Dennis on oboe and Richard Bayliss on horn. TheContinue reading “Galliard wind ensemble”

LBMC: Claire Jones, harpist

The golden girl with the harp On Saturday 20th February 2010 Leighton Buzzard Music Club presented an evening of harp music by Claire Jones, currently harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales. On entering the theatre one found the stage dominated by Claire Jones’ magnificent golden ‘Salvi’ harp, romantic and ethereal, albeit some seven feetContinue reading “LBMC: Claire Jones, harpist”

LBMC: Boyan Ivanov and Olivia Cram

On the 12th of November 2011 we had the pleasure of hearing two talented youngsters from faraway places (he: Bulgaria, she: Australia) playing music from two centuries and five countries. Boyan Ivanov and Olivia Sham met when each gained a prestigious Making Music Phillip and Dorothy Green Award, and are a fine musical fit. MrContinue reading “LBMC: Boyan Ivanov and Olivia Cram”

LBMC: Mélissa Kenny, harpist

January is a long and dreary month – so it was particularly pleasant to hear Mélissa Kenny play her beautiful harp on Saturday the 28th of January under the aegis of the excellent LBMC.   The young musicians who grace the Library Theatre stage usually just sit down and get on with it. LBMC alwaysContinue reading “LBMC: Mélissa Kenny, harpist”

Edinburgh try-outs

Various chums are bravely heading off to do their Thing in Edinburgh this summer. Next week – 26 July – Fay Roberts is trying out her material at the Hackney Attic in London E8.  Check it out online. More about that when I’ve been. Last night was the Milton Keynes try-out gig of McNeil andContinue reading “Edinburgh try-outs”

Leighton Buzzard Music Club : Iain Farrington’s concert ‘A night of light’

On Saturday 17th of March  Iain Farrington made a welcome return to Leighton Buzzard to play a light classical programme. But not the naff, light classical one gets in lifts. Dear me no. Farrington began with his own arrangement of the ‘Sailor’s Hornpipe’, which immediately demonstrated his liking for ‘a good tune’ and a light,Continue reading “Leighton Buzzard Music Club : Iain Farrington’s concert ‘A night of light’”