James Reynolds

On Friday 11th November we were delighted to welcome pianist, composer, song writer and all round renaissance man James Reynolds.


James writes music for all sorts of settings from TV soundtracks, to advertisements for the likes of Crisis and for use in plays and various other dramatic productions. He’s also somehow found time to record two albums full of beautiful Erik Satie-esque piano pieces.

There was lots of discussion about what James should play and sing for us in November. We hoped we’d come up with a programme that would have something for everyone….piano pieces, folk songs for guitar and voice and then something very special to finish off the evening……with the Queensgate Quartet emerging from the audience to sing some incredibly varied acapella songs.

You can hear lots of James’ music on his website here or on his Soundcloud page here.

This piece, called Butterfly, was featured in an episode of the tv drama Poirot.

This is a piece called Life in Slow Motion that was used in a video promoting an arts project backed by Crisis.


Doors open at 7.15pm with plenty of time for you to enjoy a lovely supper (by inhouse chef Bev Faulkner-Gant) before the music starts at 8.00pm.

Tickets are available from Ettington Stores or by emailing us to reserve at ryepiecebarn@gmail.com . As usual they are just £10 including supper.

You can even get tickets online now from WeGotTickets. Pay online, print off your ticket and bring it along on the night. 5 people did it for the Fleetwood Cave concert….worked a treat. Just follow this link.

NB It really helps with catering if we know a few days in advance how many are coming along.  

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’.