Assembly Rooms Swaffham
£12 / £9 members
under 18’s free
Tickets available on the door for every event or in advance from Ceres Bookshop (01760 722 504) and The Green Parrot (01760 724704) in Swaffham.
Enquiries: 01366 328648
“Musical Offering” is a recently formed ensemble drawing together friends who have worked in professional chamber orchestras based in London and abroad over many years. Their aim is to show the rich diversity of music and styles from the Baroque and Classical periods, and to share the heart-warming enjoyment of the wealth of music from that time.
Graham Cracknell was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Subsequently, after commencing professional playing with the major symphony orchestras in London he proceeded to smaller chamber groups, including the London Mozart Players which he guest led, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of St Martins. He was invited by Trevor |Pinnock to join the English Concert, which prompted a decision to explore period instrument playing. Among many such groups, he has been a member of, and occasionally led, the English Concert, the English Baroque Soloists, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
Alison Cracknell studied violin at the Royal College of Music and was a member of the inaugural year of the European Baroque orchestra. She has toured and freelanced with many Early music groups including The English Concert, The Academy of Ancient Music and The Hanover Band. Alison now lives in Norfolk and performs and teaches in the area.
Maria Dervish studied at the Purcell School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded the Dudley Cookes chamber music prize. Maria has freelanced throughout the UK and abroad and played regularly with the LCO, RPO, D'0yly Carte and Opera Holland Park. Maria currently lives in Hertfordshire where she continues to freelance and teaches for Hertfordshire music service.
Judith Brearley was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music and later studied with Andre Navarra. She has freelanced with many London Orchestras and was a member of the Royal Opera Orchestra Covent Garden. Judith is much in demand as a cello teacher and a chamber music player, and is a member of the group 'Face2Face'. She is married to a professional viola player and they have 4 grown up children .
Andrew Durban studied with double bass virtuoso Gary Karr at the Hartt School of Music in the US and then at the Royal College of Music. His professional career has included playing with the London Classical Players, the Academy of Ancient Music, Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. As a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Andrew has toured in many parts of the world and also taken part in many of our great British festivals including the BBC Proms, at the Southbank and Glyndebourne Opera House, the Edinburgh Festival and many international festivals including and New York Lincoln Centre’s Mostly Mozart Festival.