The Foregate Street Blues Band

On Friday 6th May we welcome this great traditional blues band to Ryepiece Barn.


David Bristow played a solo set here at the first ever concert back in 2007 but he is now part of a great three piece band (with Darren DJ Mather and Andy Dent) who are building quite a reputation on the blues circuit.

They’ve just finished recording their debut album ‘Shades of Blues’ and songs from the album will feature prominently at the concert. Here’s them performing one of the new songs ‘Trouble in Mind’ at a recent gig in Birmingham.

Doors open at 7.15pm with plenty of time for you to enjoy a lovely supper before the music starts at 8.00pm.

Tickets available from the usual outlets but also direct from David and Rachel Bristow. Just £10 including supper.


Lynn Arnold & Friends

We have a real treat for you this month. It’s our first ever classical concert and features some amazing musicians playing pieces you’ll know and some that will be new to most of us. Pianist Lynn Arnold (née Carter) will be joined by friends Peter Mallinson & Matthias Wiesner (of the BBC Symphony Orchestra) both on the viola.

Doors open at 7.15pm with plenty of time for you to enjoy a lovely supper before the music starts at 8.00pm.

– Handel: Queen of Sheba
– Telemann: Concerto in G
– Jacob:Sonatina*
– Trad. arr Thorp: Greensleeves*
– Trad. arr Thorp: Fiddling Around*  (*all 2 viola, no piano)
– Bach: Brandenburg No 6


– Bridge: Three Sketches  (April, Rosemary, Valse Capricciese) – solo piano
– Leclair: Sonata for 2 violas
– Prokofiev: Serenade Matinale & Danse aux Mandolines
– Bulakohov: Barcarolle
– Khatchaturian: Masquerade – Waltz

A bit about the artists:

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German-born Matthias Wiesner studied the violin with Ida Bieler at the Robert Schumann Conservatoire in Düsseldorf and the viola with Alexander Zemtsov at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Matthias has won prizes at both national and international competitions including a broadcast on German radio. He regularly appears in festivals in the UK and Europe.

Peter Mallinson enjoys both modern and period viola performance. As a soloist Peter has given many premières including the UK première performance of Sally Beamish’s That Recent Earth for unaccompanied viola, and the world première of Robin Holloway’s Suite en Saga for solo viola – a work he later performed at the Ravenna Music Festival in its original incidental music form.

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Lynn Arnold relishes her performing career in both solo and chamber capacities, delights in her highly sought-after piano teaching in Warwickshire and London and is Staff Accompanist at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department.  Lynn makes regular appearances at concert societies and with orchestras, most recently performing Dohnanyi’s ‘Variations on a Nursery Rhyme’.