Cooper Hall - Classical Music Venue
programme ARCHIVE
Previously at Cooper Hall...
Sir Willard White
  An Early Evening with Sir Willard White
  We are absolutely thrilled to welcome one of the best-loved and most versatile opera stars of the last 40 years, Sir Willard White. His illustrious career has taken him to the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, collaborating with conductors, directors and orchestras of the highest calibre. Sir White will be accompanied by Eugine Asti.
  Sunday 27 October
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Jess Aszodi
  Opera Unbound with Jess Aszodi
  The human voice is opera’s most basic ingredient. In this concert the vocalist alone will run amok through the vivid wilderness of repertoire for voice alone. Jessica Aszodi is known for her adventurous performances, and for this show, will take the audience on a rollercoaster through time and timbres.
  Thursday 17 October
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Dominic Aldis Trio
  Dominic Alldis Trio
  The Dominic Alldis Trio is one of the most exciting jazz piano trios in the UK. Their repertoire encompasses jazz arrangements of familiar classical themes, folk songs and childhood memories as well as popular jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.
  Friday 5 July
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Kate Williams' Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio Finding Home
  Kate Williams' Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio Finding Home
  An award-winning team of leading UK artists: pianist/composer Kate Williams and vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio perform a collection of songs, old and newly co-written, for jazz trio, string quartet and voice.
  Sunday 7 July
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Cooper Hall Piano Trio
  Cooper Hall Piano Trio
  Cellist Torun Stavseng is joined by leading Swedish pianist Anna Christensson and violinist, Erikka Maalismaa to perform a rich and varied programme with works by Beethoven and a contemporary composition by Gregor Riddell.
  Tuesday 9 July
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  Fusing the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland and her Scottish roots with London’s eclectic music scene, Namvula blends African sounds and rhythms with Latin, jazz and folk into uplifting and emotive songs.
  Saturday 13 July
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Earlier in 2019
Musical Theatre Workshop
  Musical Theatre Workshop with Morag Mclaren
  Enjoy being part of a small, supportive group whilst you explore and develop a chosen musical theatre piece to present to the group and a small audience of invited family and friends at the end of the day. Broadway to West End…the choice is yours!
  Saturday 8 June
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An Evening with Claudia Huckle and William Lacey
  An Evening with Claudia Huckle and William Lacey
  British contralto Claudia Huckle studied at the Royal College of Music, London, the New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music. William Lacey is a conductor of wide-ranging musical interests. At the centre of his repertoire are the operas of Mozart.
  Thursday 6 June
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Linda Kitchen
  Opera Lives - An Audience with Linda Kitchen

Pants creator and director, Linda Kitchen and internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Louise Winter who is currently performing at Covent Garden, began their opera careers together at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

  Thursday 28 March
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Iyad Sughayer - Piano Recital 
  Iyad Sughayer - Piano Recital 

A Charity Fundraiser for Fair Frome & The Richard Wainwright Prize for Young Pianists.  Iyad Sughayer, who is now quite a familiar face to Frome music lovers, will give his first piano recital at Cooper Hall. We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a wonderful musical evening and having your support in raising funds for two very worthy causes.

  Thursday 14 March
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Singing workshop
  Going Solo Singing Workshop with Morag Mclaren

As a professional singer herself, Morag McLaren understands only too well the importance of presentation and performance skills, and shares her knowledge and experience with warmth and generosity in a structured and supportive environment.

  Saturday 23 February
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Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore
  Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore

Exploring Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Ash Khandekar, David Price, Morag McLaren and young, professional singers.

  Thursday 7 February
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Principle Players - Aurora Orchestra
  Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra

One of the most dynamic and creative forces in orchestral music today, Aurora returns after last year’s sold-out concert to perform a selection of Chamber music including piano works by Fauré and Mozart.

  Thursday 31 January
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Principle Players - Aurora Orchestra
  Gospel Singing Workshop with Daniel Thomas

Brighten up a dreary January with some soulful and joyful singing! We are delighted to welcome Daniel Thomas to Frome to lead a full day  gospel singing workshop for all abilities.

  Saturday 26 January
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O'Hooley and Tidow
  O'Hooley and Tidow 'Winterfolk'

To kick start the festive season, we are delighted to welcome back ‘one of British Folk's mightiest combinations' (MOJO), O'Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their latest album 'WinterFolk Vol 1', produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker.

  Wednesday 5 December
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Siobahn Miller
  Siobahn Miller

One of the foremost Scottish folk singers, Siobhan Miller is an exceptional talent. Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song has won her the title of Scots Singer of the Year an unprecedented three times at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, as well as the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track.

  Tuesday 13 November
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Storytelling in Opera
  Storytelling in Opera

Opera has a unique way of telling a story. We restart season 4 of CHOC on 25th October, when Morag has invited back pianist Ella O'Neill and soprano Daisy Brown to explore the importance of text and narrative in opera.

  Thursday 25 October
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Sanskriti Shrestha
  St Cecilia's Day

For our annual St Cecilia Day concert we welcome back Gregor Riddell and Torun Stavseng presenting a thrilling eclectic programme alongside [BirdWorld ‘other half’/drummer] Adam Teixeira and Nepalese tabla player Sanskriti Shrestha made up of traditional and original compositions encompassing world, folk, jazz and contemporary music.

  Sunday 14 October
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Cara Dillon in Concert
  PANTS! Who wears the trousers in your opera?

Cross-dressing, gender-bending operatic trouser roles are explored in this British Premiere of Pants!

  Friday 6 / Sunday 8 July
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Cara Dillon in Concert
  Clare Hammond Solo Piano Recital

Acclaimed as a pianist of “... amazing power and panache.” The Telegraph, Clare has devised an imaginative programme for her return visit to Frome.

  Tuesday 10 July
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Hattie Briggs - Live and Acoustic
  Hattie Briggs - Live and Acoustic

Influenced by Foy Vance and Jeff Buckley, her crystalline vocals, and insightful lyrics resonate across all ages, rekindling old memories and capturing imaginations. Combined with catchy melody lines and a cheeky, charismatic stage presence.

  Saturday 14 July
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Erin Alexander and
  On a High Note

We are delighted to present the premiere of 'On A High Note', a one-woman production devised and performed by Erin Alexander that tells the story of soprano Graziella Sciutti, the last true soubrette.

  Thursday 7 June
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Songs from the Shows - Vocal Workshop with Morag McLaren
  Songs from the Shows Vocal Workshop with Morag McLaren

This brand new workshop is aimed at anyone already involved in musical theatre groups wanting to develop a role or for anyone who would like to start performing! Following the success of last year's “Singing Sondheim” workshop, we are expanding  the repertoire to include the broad spectrum of  favourite show tunes!

  Saturday 3rd March
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Going Solo - Vocal Workshop with Morag McLaren
  Going Solo Vocal Workshop with Morag McLaren

The 6th year running for this popular course open to former participants and absolute newcomers, all of whom will be  encouraged to gain skills and confidence when singing alone.

  Saturday 10th February
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The Aurora Chamber Ensemble with Shai Wosner
  The Aurora Orchestra Principle Players with Shai Wosner

The versatile pianist Shai Wosner joins Aurora Principal Players for an eclectic programme which includes one of the greatest works in the canon of chamber music.

  Thursday 8th February
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Bizet's Carmen
  Bizet's Carmen
  A Cooper Hall Opera Club Event

This month's meeting of CHOC we will explore Bizet's much loved opera, Carmen. With Ash Khandekhar editor of 'Opera Now' magazine hosting; David Price on piano, and singers Morag has chosen and coached performing excerpts, we're in for a passionate and fiery evening!

  Thursday 25 January
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Benjamin Goodson
  Choral Singing with Benjamin Goodson

Come along an enjoy a day singing Faure's Requiem with Bath Camerata's new Musical Director, Benjamin Goodson.

  Sunday 21 January
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Morag McLaren - Taking the High Road
  Morag McLaren 'Taking the High Road'

Experienced professional performer and our Creative Director, Morag McLaren wraps up the festive season and welcomes in the New Year in true Scottish style with a new programme drawing on a career which encompasses everything from opera to cabaret and from improvisation to one woman shows.

  Saturday 6th January
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St Cecilias Day
  Opera Cocktail

We'll be kicking off the start of the festive season with a bit of a party event, so feel free to get the sparkly frocks out! With a Champagne Cocktail Bar and fun packed evening ahead, tickets are expected to sell quickly, so do be quick off the mark!

  Saturday 2nd December
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St Cecilias Day
  St Cecilia's Day

A very special St Cecilias' Day Concert this year is once again curated by Gregor Riddell who is delighted to welcome members of the Gagliano Ensemble, fellow members of London Contemporary Orchestra and principal cello with Aurora Orchestra, Torun Stavseng. They will be joined by Cooper Hall Bursary Award winner Soprano, Erin Alexander.

  Sunday 12th November
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Dame Felicity Lott
  Opera Club: Lucy Stevens 'Whattalife!'

We launch season 3 of our Opera Club with something rather different and special. We are delighted to welcome Lucy Stevens to perform Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! This new one woman play with music tells the story of the great English contralto, whose voice and recordings are treasured to this day.

  Thursday 26th October
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Kairos Theatre - It Shoulda Been You (poster)
  Kairos Theatre 'It Shoulda Been You'

The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature, his mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle “Here Comes the Bride!

  28 September - 1 October
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Dame Felicity Lott
  Gala Evening with Dame Felicity Lott

To officially open this year's Frome Festival we are delighted to present a Gala Evening Recital with Dame Felicity Lott. Accompanist Eugene Asti. Renowned soprano Dame Felicity Lott presents an eclectic and accessible programme of German, French and English songs by composers ranging from Schumann, Offenbach and Britten to Noel Coward.

  Wednesday 5th July
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Dame Felicity Lott
  The Empty Chair

Join TROUPE in a playful musical adventure for families, exploring themes of friendship, loss and change. The Two Persons find their world turned upside-down by the mysterious silence of an empty chair.

  Saturday 8th July
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Dame Felicity Lott
  Iain Ballamy & Huw Warren

Ballamy and Warren create a moving and compelling programme based on their shared love of music from many disciplines. Their concert programme spans both centuries and continents ranging from classical works by Dowland, Chopin and Butterworth through to early and rare English folk songs, re-workings of classic Jazz standards, Brazilian masterpieces and their own contemporary original works.

  Sunday 9th July
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Elena Kiseleva
Anna Hashimoto
  Kiseleva/Hashimoto Duo

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we wish to announce that cellist, Tatiana Chernyshova is unable to perform with pianist, Elena Kiseleva at Cooper Hall during the Frome Festival. However, we are very excited that the third member of their Rheinhart Trio, clarinetist Anna Hashimoto has kindly stepped in as a worthy replacement.

  Tuesday 11th July
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Dame Felicity Lott
  Orfeu ed Euridice
  A Cooper Hall Opera Club Event

After the presentation of Handel opera at our last meeting, we move on to explore a change in style for our next opera club when we look in detail at Gluck's opera based on the myth of Orfeus.

  Thursday 8th June
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Morag McLaren - One Woman Show - Rotary Club
  Morag McLaren'S One Woman Show
  with support from Yvonne Lawley

Frome Selwood Rotary present an evening's musical extravaganza featuring Morag McLaren in her original One Woman Show.

  Thursday 25th May
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Stephen Sondheim
  Baroque Workshop Presentation
  A Cooper Hall, Iford Arts Collaborationt

Following an intensive weekend of workshops exploring the Baroque style of singing with Rosa Mannion and Morag McLaren, four of Iford's artists will present a selection of arias ahead of their production of Handel's Jeptha as part of their 2017 programme.

  Sunday 2nd April
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Christopher Gillet
  Christopher Gillet
  A Cooper Hall Opera Club Event

We are thrilled to welcome Christopher Gillet to host our March Cooper Hall Opera Club event, hot from his most recent performance in Billy Budd at Teatro Real in Madrid last month.

  Thursday 16 March
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  International Women's Day Concert
with O'Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery and Grace Petrie

Coven are a collective of three of the British folk scene’s finest, most formidable and forthright female acts, taking to the stage to celebrate International Women’s Day in a week of unforgettable concerts.

  Sunday 12 March
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Stephen Sondheim
  Singing Sondheim
  1-Day Vocal Workshop with Morag McLaren

After several of our supporters asked if  Morag McLaren would tailor a workshop for a small group to find out what it really requires of a singer to interpret and present the work of Stephen Sondheim her answer was an enthusiastic “Yes!”

  Saturday 4 March
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Morag McLaren teaching a vocal workshop
  Going Solo with Morag McLaren
  1-Day Vocal Workshop with Morag McLaren

As a professional singer herself, Morag McLaren understands only too well the importance of presentation and performance skills, and shares her knowledge and experience with warmth and generosity in a structured and supportive environment.

  Saturday 11 February
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  La Boheme
  A Cooper Hall Opera Club Event

This month's event will be hosted by Opera Now's Editor, Ash Khandekar and Morag McLaren

We are delighted to welcome 2 of Iford Arts singers, Alison Langer and Jonathan Cooke who will  will sing excerpts alongside our Cooper Hall Bursary Award recipient, Erin Alexander and Adam Maxey.
  Thursday 26 January
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Morag McLaren
  Annual Event
  “Vintage McLaren” Tickets £38 to include a 2-course meal and wine. Support Erin Alexander. Pianist Nathan Martin.
  Saturday 17 December, 7.30pm
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Jason Rebello
  Jason's new solo album “Held” is receiving massive critical acclaim. One of the most inventive pianists in the UK.
  Sunday 11 December 4.30pm
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Laura Jurd
  Rising star of the British Jazz Scene
  ‘Together, As One’ is the third album (as a leader) from British award-winning trumpet player, composer and band-leader Laura Jurd. It is her debut with newly named band Dinosaur featuring Laura’s regular collaborators, friends and creative cohorts Elliot Galvin, Conor Chaplin and Corrie Dick.
  Sunday 23 October
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Wenche Losnegard
  The Norwegian Connection
  A household name in her native Norway we are delighted to welcome vocalist Wenche Losnegard to perform in a brand new collaboration to celebrate St Cecilia’s day.
This event always crosses cultures and musical genres and is part of our ongoing support of emerging musicians from outside the uk, reflecting an ongoing link we are developing with Norway in particular.
  Saturday 19 November
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Harpeth Rising
  A Frome Festival Event
  Frome has taken these three American performers to their hearts and they make a welcome return to town with their unique style of mountain music, or Chamberfolk as they describe it.
  Sunday 16 October
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Rosa Mannion Masterclass
  First Cooper Hall Opera Club Event for Season 2
  A Cooper Hall Foundation & Iford Arts New Generation Artists Collaboration Masterclass with Rosa Mannion. Four of Iford Arts New Generation Artists will be participating in a public master class with acclaimed vocal coach, Rosa Mannion. Singers – Aoife O'Connell, Bethany Kallan Remfry, Matthew Sprang and Tristan Stocks. Pianist – Oliver Gooch, Programme Director – Iford Arts New Generation Artists.
  Sunday 25 September
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Mission Impossible Band
  Funk and Soul Picnic Fundraiser for Dorothy House
  Bring a picnic, enjoy the garden and terrace at Cooper Hall, and maybe even shake your thing to the funky groove of West London based Mission Impossible Band.
  Friday 22 July
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1 - 10 July
Weekend in the country
  A Weekend in the Country
  Songs of Sondheim and Bernstein
  A weekend getaway at a country house in Somerset transforms the lives of five people forever. Expect high drama and the full gamut of emotions in this stunning Musical Review with the songs of Sondheim and Bernstein.
  Friday 1 & Sunday 3 July
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Madame Viardot's Salon
  Madame Viardot's Salon
  A Salon Musical
  Enter a world of formidable women, controversial poetry, gossip and intrigue. Welcome to the Parisian home of celebrated 19th century singer Pauline Viardot, brought to life through theatre, song and chamber music.
  Thursday 7 July
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A Taste of Spain
  A Taste of Spain
  Elena Riu and Clare Sanabras
  Mompou’s wonderful Songs and Dances were written between 1921 and 1962. Elena Riu on piano and Clara Sanabra using vocals and an array of instruments including harmonium, oud, charanguito, bagpipes and harp.
  Saturday 9 July
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  ft. Alex Stuart
  Creating a unified sound that blends the inspirations of modern jazz, world music, contemporary classical, rock and electronic, Adam Teixeira, Gregor Riddell and Alex Stuart join forces to weave together an engaging programme of original compositions.
  Saturday 9 July
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Tamsin Waley Cohen
  Tamsin Waley Cohen
  Huw Watkins Piano
  Programme information soon.
  Sunday 10 July
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Werther at Cooper Hall Opera Club
  A Cooper Hall Opera Club Event
  We are rounding off a hugely successful first season of our Opera Club to tie in with the live screening of Werther from the Royal Opera House. Showing at local cinemas later in the month (27th), we are taking Jules Massenet's drame lyrique as the theme for this month's opera club presentation.
  Thursday 9 June
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John Rowlands-Pritchard leading our Gregorian chant workshop
  Gregorian Chant Choral Workshop with John Rowlands Pritchard
  A day of chant, an entertaining, informative and enjoyable experience structured around the monastic hour services. Using at first simple recitation in English it includes also some of the rich heritage of more adventurous Latin chant. Experience and sing Gregorian chant in a friendly context.
  Saturday 16 April
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A Cooper Hall Opera Club Event
  An Evening with Greg Eldridge
  A Cooper Hall Opera Club Event
  Join Australian-born director Greg Eldridge as he discusses life working at an elite opera house and shares some stories from behind-the-scenes at one of Europe's landmark theatres.
  Thursday 17 March
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Sian Penlington African Singing Workshop Frome
  with Sian Penlington & Alex Miles
  Join us for a day of spine-tingling harmony and foot-stomping rhythms singing uplifting traditional songs from a range of African cultures. Exploring the rich sounds and rhythms of this vast continent using authentic West African drums and percussion.
  Saturday 5 March
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Jane Harris Singing Workshop at Cooper Hall, Frome
  Singing Workshop with Jane Harris
  Songs to warm your heart & lift your spirits in the dark time of the year and look to the coming of spring.
  Saturday 20 February
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The 2nd Cooper Hall Variety Show
  The 2nd Cooper Hall Variety Show
  ...a Frome Festival Fundraiser

Our Creative Director Morag McLaren is introducing to Frome one of her other, Impropera jobs. Presenting an evening of good food, good company and much laughter to support the work of Dorothy House Hospice.

  Sunday 7th February
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Going Solo - Vocal Workshop with Morag McLaren
  'Explore Your Voice' Workshop with Morag McLaren
  Morag McLaren understands only too well the importance of presentation and performance skills, and shares her knowledge and experience with warmth and generosity in a structured and supportive environment.
Saturday 23 January
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Pip Utton as Dickens
  Charles Dickens reads 'A Christmas Carol' featuring Pip Utton
  A Charity Fundraiser for Dorothy House Hospice

Dorothy House Hospice Care

Come and join Charles Dickens for a reading of A Christmas Carol with Pip Utton. Victorian dress optional!

  Saturday 19th December
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Morag McLaren - Impropera Christmas Cabaret
  Morag McLaren Christmas Cabaret with Impropera aid of Dorothy House Hospice Care

Our Creative Director Morag McLaren is introducing to Frome one of her other, Impropera jobs. Presenting an evening of good food, good company and much laughter to support the work of Dorothy House Hospice.

  Saturday 12th December
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St Cecilia's Day at Cooper Hall
  St Cecilia's Day Concert 2015
  Gagliano Ensemble, feat' Gregor Riddell, Cello and Torun Stavseng, Cello

Our annual St Cecelia's Day concert is curated each year by cellist and composer, Gregor Riddell.

  Sunday 22nd November
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Neil Cowley Trio
  Neil Cowley Trio
  ‘Jazz for Radiohead fans’

Rip-roaring riffs, hook laden tunes and thrilling climaxes sit side by side with heart shattering musical whisperings and turned the concept of the piano trio on its head.

  Sunday 1st November
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O'Hooley and Tidow
  O'Hooley & Tidow
  Support: Dexters Extra Breakfast

Playing a mixed set from their acclaimed album, “The Hum” and a selection of songs from their Summat's Brewin' tour.

  4th October 2015
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Ash Khandekar
  Cooper Hall Opera Club
  Inaugural Event

Join us on Thursday October 1st at 19:30 for our first official Opera Club event with the support and invaluable input of international magazine 'Opera Now' editor, Ash Khandekar. 

  1st October 2015
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Ingolfsson and Stoupel
  Judith Ingolfsson and Vladimir Stoupel
  Piano & Violin Recital

Judith Ingolfsson and Vladimir Stoupel are both soloists with strong profiles, who search passionately for new paths in the intimate atmosphere of the chamber music recital, and have devoted themselves to the cultivation of unusual repertoire.

  25th September
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Cooper Hall Garden Sculpture
  By Jeeves
  Kairos Theatre Group Present...

Alan Ayckbourn's adaptation based on the novels of PG Woodhouse with music by Andrew Lloyd Weber.

  September 2015
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Cooper Hall Garden Sculpture
  Open Garden & Sculpture at Cooper Hall
  in aid of Dorothy House Hospice Care

A truly special event ...come rain or shine!

Bring a picnic, view the fabulous exhibition of sculptures and enjoy smooth jazz piano with Keith Harrison-Broninski of Frome Jazz Club.

  If the weather proves inclement, we can take our picnics inside.
  Friday 24th July
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3rd - 12th JULY
Cosi Fan Tutte
  The Cooper Hall Emerging Artists Opera Workshop in collaboration with Bath Phil
  This year, Mozart's much loved comic masterpiece, Cosi fan Tutte can be experienced in a beautiful, intimate setting in the grounds of Selwood Manor. Encompassing sublime music, love, lust, desire and deception, the opera os played out in a modern setting, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Directed by Morag McLaren, founder of Cooper Hall and Patron of Frome Festival.
Friday 3rd, Sun 5th & Sun 26th July
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Odysseus Piano Trio
  Odysseus Piano Trio
  Clare Hammond, Piano; Sara Trickey, Violin; Gregor Riddell, Cello
  One of Britain's most exciting young, classical trios play in the sublime acoustic of Cooper hall.  After studies at Cambridge University and IMS Prussia Cove, and extensive chamber music experience with a number of ensembles, Sara, Gregor and Clare have established the Odysseus Piano Trio.
Wednesday 8th July
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Francesca Lanza
  Coloratura in Duo
  Francesca Lanza - Soprano
Augusto Valenca - Tenor
Anna Barbero - Piano

Cooper Hall present a delicious taste of genuine Italian flavoured opera with an authentic programme of “coloratura” arias for soprano and tenor combined with interesting and entertaining duets. Coloratura, literally “colouring”, from Latin colorare “to colour” is a style of singing usually in opera that contains a lot of high notes sung very fast.

Friday 10th July
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Maurizio Minardi Trio
  Maurizio Minardi Trio
  Maurizio Minardi, piano; Nick Pini, double bass; Jason Reeve, drums
  Reminiscent of Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Avishai Cohen, The Bad Plus, Nino Rota, Yann Tiersen, Michael Nyman and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Maurizio's intimate and expressive sound is defined by a daring and unique combination of genres from baroque to minimalist jazz fired up with splashes of tango and rumba.
Saturday 11th July
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Jeremy Burnham
  Jeremy Burnham, Shropshire Lad
  A one-man play about the life and poetry of A.E. Housman
  A funny, moving story, told by Housman himself, about his relationship with the two brothers who were the loves of his life – a love that ‘dared not speak its name’ at the time, and whose loss inspired him to start writing poetry.
Sunday 12th July
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Singing Workshop
  Uncover your Voice & Sing your Heart Out
  Singing Workshop with Jane Harris & Rachel Acworth

Enjoy a special singing workshop led by Rachel Acworth, specialist voice development tutor, and Jane Harris, Director of Songways. OPEN TO ALL including those who think they cannot sing.

Develop the range & resonance of your voice
Increase confidence & release tension
Discover the therapeutic benefits of singing healthily
Feel & hear the difference in your own voice
Sing your heart out with others in glorious harmony
Accessible & supportive, inspiring & uplifting

Saturday 28th February
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Going Solo - Vocal Workshop with Morag McLaren
  'Explore Your Voice' Workshop with Morag McLaren
  Morag McLaren understands only too well the importance of presentation and performance skills, and shares her knowledge and experience with warmth and generosity in a structured and supportive environment.
Saturday 7th February
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Going Solo - Vocal Workshop with Morag McLaren
  A Frome Festival Fundraiser

Martin Dimery and Morag McLaren will be joined by  some of the very best talent living locally and the evening will be hosted by comedian Tim O'Connor. The Cooper Hall Variety Show the has attracted Internationally acclaimed singer Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman, which provides a rare opportunity to hear  the person Q Magazine describe as “Quite possibly the worlds most beautiful female voice" in the wonderful acoustic of this intimate venue.

Sunday 1st February 2015
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Morag McLaren
  Morag McLaren One Woman Show
The Leading Ladies (Support)
Following a sellout success last year, Morag returns with a brand new show from her unique and hilarious cabaret repertoire, supported by The Leading Ladies and pianist, Nathan Martin.
Saturday 13th December
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Teixeira/Riddell & Streifenjunko
  Teixeira/Riddell  &  Streifenjunko
Cooper Hall presents two unique instrumental ensembles exploring musical styles ranging from jazz, electronic, improvisation, experimental and percussive groove. Canadian/British duo Teixeira/Riddell combines the diverse sounds of the cello with polyrhythmic drum kit, West African rooted kalimba and ambient electronics. Norwegian duo Streifenjunko presents the subtle interaction between muted trumpet and tenor saxophone.

This event promises to offer the perfect antidote to the bleak British winter with ethereal atmospheric soundscapes and subtle instrumental colours combined with rhythmic intricacy.
Sunday 23rd November
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Troupe Collective
  Troupe Collective: 'A Hundred Years since World War I'
For those of you who enjoyed Catherine Carter playing The Mother and Witch in our production of Humperdinck's fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel during this year's Frome Festival, there is an opportunity to see her performing once again as part of the Troupe Collective.
Sunday 2nd November
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  The accordion is probably most closely identified with folk music from Eastern Europe and South America, but Martynas Levickis aims to prove that it can make all kinds of music, everywhere.
Sunday 28th September
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Kaz Hawkins
  Underground for years as a secret songwriter, Kaz Hawkins is one of the biggest performers to come out of Northern Ireland, locally called “A Vocal Force” on stage, she envelops the fighting spirit of a true powerhouse singer.
Thursday 18th September
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4th - 14th JULY
Hansel and Gretal - A Fairytale Opera
  A Fairytale Opera
  Cooper Hall present their Emerging Artists Opera Workshop in collaboration with Bath Philharmonia, Directed by Morag McLaren and Conducted by Jason Thornton. Humperdinck's interpretation of Grimm's classic tale of Hansel and Gretel.
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John Law and Iain Ballamy
  Of Night and Light and the Half Light
  Multi award-winning, internationally-acclaimed ECM artist and Frome resident, Iain Ballamy teams up with Europe-wide acclaimed pianist/composer John Law to present an evening of acoustic music, featuring their own compositions, as well as a couple of well-known and lesser known classical masterpieces.
  Thursday 10th July
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  Acoustic four-piece Salt House is the meeting of four distinct musical minds on the Scottish scene. Their highly current sound is earthy, deep-rooted, yet eagerly progressive, built from grassroots folk with contemporary influences.
  Saturday 12th July
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Torun Stavseng and Anna Christensson
  Piano Recital
  An Internationally flavoured classical recital rounds off this year’s Frome Festival events at Cooper Hall. As Swedish pianist Anna explains: “We will play pieces from four countries. All of the four pieces share a quality of creating their own dreamed worlds. From the sun-gilded opening of Pohádka; the passionate, romanticism of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke; the velvety darkness of Webern’s Kleine Stücke to the virtuosic Shostakovich Sonata, with its contrasts between the brutal and the endlessly romantic.”
  Sunday 13th July
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Ash Khandekar - photo by Benjamin Ealovega
  Let's Talk Opera
  with Ash Khandekar, The Editor of 'Opera Now' Magazine

As a pre Frome Festival taster, we welcome Ash Khandekar who will give an accessible and entertaining discussion prior to our in house production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel - a collaborative production between Cooper Hall Emerging Artists Opera Workshop and Bath Philharmonia.

  Sunday 29th June - FREE EVENT!
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  left: Ash Khandekar (photo by Benjamin Ealovega)
Jane Harris - Singing Workshop
  Lift up Your Voice
  Jane Harris Singing Workshop

Come and sing with Jane Harris for a day of uplifting harmonies, joyous singing and moments of glorious tranquility all in our beautiful space. Relaxed, fun and rewarding, open to all, no need to read music.  All music will be taught by ear on the day.

  Saturday 7th June
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Elena Riu - Piano Recital - World Music - Frome
  Elena Riu 'The Ancestors'
  Piano Recital
  In May, Cooper Hall hosts a concert with a completely different flavour from Venezuelan born Elena Riu who will perform a dynamic Hispanic programme.  The Ancestors is a lively and colourful selection of works which trace the influences and confluences between Spanish and South American music and beyond through a range of composers from Bach to the present day.
  Sunday 11th May 2014
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Kyoto Hashimoto Piano Recital in Frome
  From Carnegie to Cooper Hall...
  Kyoto Hashimoto
  Piano lecture recital (WHEN B'S DANCE)

Internationally acclaimed pianist Kyoko Hashimoto plays Cooper Hall. This is a rare opportunity to hear this legendary pianist and  teacher, Gyorgy Sebok describes as “ extraordinary musical talent of the finest of her generation” in a much more intimate space.

  Friday 21st March 2014
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Shakespeare Rattle and Roll at a music venue in Frome
  Musical Revue based on the songs and verse of William Shakespeare.
  Shakespeare Rattle & Roll
  A Frome Festival Extra Event
  Festival Director Martin Dimmery presents his One Man Show to Festival Friends and Supporters old and new. Come and banish some winter blues at our fundraiser to support our annual Festival. A much loved  highlight of the town's cultural calender.
  Sunday 9th February 2014
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Explore Your Voice - Going Solo Vocal Workshop with Morag McLaren
  Explore Your Voice at Cooper Hall presents...
  Going Solo
  Vocal Presentation Workshop with Morag McLaren

Following on from the very successful first Going Solo workshop last year, Cooper Hall Creative Director (and recently appointed Patron of the Frome Festival), Morag McLaren will be facilitating another day's course in February for anyone who would like to gain skills and confidence when singing alone.

  Saturday 8th February 2014
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Su Hart Singing the Forest Awake
  Singing the Forest Awake
  1-Day Vocal Workshop with Su Hart
  Learn beautiful chants and experience the unique interlocking melodies and rhythms of the Baka Pygmies, hunter-gatherers of the Cameroonian Rain forests with Su Hart, Natural Voice Practitioner and singer with Baka Beyond.
  Saturday 18th January 2014
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Tre Voci
  On St Cecilia's Day
  To celebrate St Cecilia's Day, Cooper Hall invited British Norwegian cello ensemble Tre Voci.
  Friday 22nd November 2013
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Jason Rebello - Jazz at Cooper Hall
  An Evening with Jason Rebello
  Intimate Jazz at Cooper Hall
  We were thrilled to start our jazz programme at Cooper Hall with an intimate performance by one of Britain's finest, young pianists. 
  A Dorothy House Fundraiser
  Saturday 5th October 2013
  past event
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Benny Gallagher Songwriting Workshop
  Benny Gallagher Songwriting Masterclass
  As part of our education programme, Cooper Hall presented a unique opportunity for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced Songwriter to hone their skills in the company of legendary Singer- Songwriter Benny Gallagher.
  Sunday 22nd September 2013
Benny Gallagher Concert in Frome
winter mountain
  Stay Young - Benny Gallagher Unplugged
  Supported by Winter Mountain
  As part of our education and performance programme, we welcomed Benny Gallagher to Cooper Hall for a weekend of peformance  and song-writing.
  Saturday 21st September 2013
  We were delighted to welcome Winter Mountain as supporting act. This Cornish/Irish duo, Joseph Francis and Martin Smyth, perform a melodic mix of folk and rock with a modern edge, citing influences such as Crosby, Stills and Nash and Simon and Garfunkel. They're debut album on Charcoal records available on Itunes - click here to listen. Watch them perform on Youtube. 
Ashley Wass at Cooper Hall in Frome
  Ashley Wass in Concert
  Frome Festival Concert
  Ashley Wass is a truly first class pianist who delights audiences the world over. Ashley performed Beethoven, Six Bagatelles, Op. 126; Barber, Sonata for Piano and Liszt, Annees de Pelerinage, Book 1.
  Saturday 13th July 2013
Stephen Marquiss
  Stephen Marquiss - Piano
  Frome Festival Concert
  Stephen Marquiss played favourites by Rachmaninov, Schubert and Chopin, traversing the whole range of human experience from earthy passion to transcendence. Ephemeral jewels by Purcell and Marquiss opened the programme.
  Saturday 13th July 2013
Olivia Chaney
  Olivia Chaney in Concert
  Frome Festival Concert
  ‘A star in the making’ - The Independent. Olivia Chaney is emerging as one of the most original musical talents of her generation. A multi-instrumentalist with a soaring ethereal voice, she has impressed critics by marrying quintessential Englishness with a contemporary twist. Olivia has collaborated with artists including Serafina Steer, The Unthanks, and Trembling Bells. Her EP, produced by Leo Abrahams, was released in February 2013 on Rough Trade, i-tunes and Amazon.
  Thursday 11th July 2013
The Turn of the Screw
  Benjamin Britton's 'The Turn of the Screw'
  Frome Festival Event
  Cooper Hall hosted a sell-out performance of what many consider to be Britton's most perfect and musically subtle opera, 'The Turn of the Screw', as part of Frome Festival 2013. Inspired by the location and grounds, Morag felt Selwood Manor offered the ideal backdrop to stage a small scale production of The Turn of the Screw and would be the perfect opera with which to launch The Cooper Hall Emerging Artists Opera Workshop and make her debut as a director.
  Friday 5th & Saturday 6th July 2013
Woody Mann - Guitar Masterclass
  Woody Mann Guitar Masterclass
  Continuing our policy of attracting professional artists from all over the world to play at Cooper Hall welcomed New York based guitarist and singer/songwriter, Woody Mann to run this special workshop.
  Sunday 16th June 2013
Woody Mann - Live and Acoustic
  Woody Mann - Live & Acoustic
  Blues, Roots & Jazz Guitar
  Woody Mann is a New Yorker who played an enticing mix of American acoustic blues, roots and jazz guitar - played with passion and a deep sensitivity to his music with an easy, laid-back style. He's a sublime, warm, witty and hugely talented singer/songwriter.
  Sunday 16th June 2013
Elena Kiseleva and Tatiana Chernyshova
  Classical Music Double Bill: A Recital for Cello
and Piano
  Tatiana Chernyshova &  Elena Kiseleva
  The Tatiana Chernyshova/Elena Kiseleva Duo is a young vibrant ensemble that is rapidly making a name for itself. Both having started education in Moscow, Elena and Tatiana have formed a duo whilst pursuing busy individual careers.
  A Frome Festival Fundraiser
  Sunday 12th May 2013
Eugene Asti
  Classical Music Double Bill: The Romantic Piano
  Eugene Asti  &  Simon Kent
  A weekend of classical music in aid of the Frome Festival featuring an evening of nineteenth century masterworks performed by the pianists Eugene Asti and Simon Kent. The programme features a selection of Brahms’s beautiful late piano works and Chopin’s famous “Funeral March” Sonata in B-flat minor.
  A Frome Festival Fundraiser
  Saturday 11th May 2013
Lane Arye - Releasing creativity
  Unintentional Music
  Releasing Creativity & Transforming Stage Fright
  Friday 26 - Sunday 28 APRIL 2013
  American practitioner Lane Ayre integrates process psychology and musical skills in an in depth and individual approach to facilitating musicians in the art of performance. 
Going Solo Vocal Presentation Workshop
  Going Solo  
  Vocal Presentation Workshop with Morag McLaren  
  Saturday 2nd February 2013  
  A one day vocal presentation workshop with Morag McLaren for a small group, to work on and develop a favourite song, with the opportunity of refining presentation and performance skills. The workshop will culminate in an informal presentation to a live audience of family and friends early the same evening, with a suggested audience donation of £5 to support The Dorothy House Hospice.  
Torun Stavseng and Gregor Riddell
  A Celebration of the Cello  
  Gregor Riddell and Torun Stavseng  
  Wednesday 23rd January 2013  
  For those of you who enjoyed Gregor Riddell's cello playing in December, here is another opportunity to hear him perform alongside Norwegian cellist, Torun Stavseng.  
Hang gig at Cooper Hall - December 2012
  Hanging Out at Cooper Hall  
  Cevanne, Gregor Riddell, Manu Delago & Rob Lewis  
  Friday 14th December  
  Three eclectic composers meet to create a unique sound influenced by Armenian melodies, electronic beats and contemporary classical music.
“the most intriguing musical fusion I’ve heard” Richard Morrison, The Times
JULY 2012
Tamsin Waley-Cohen at Cooper Hall Friday 13th July 2012
  Artist in Residence Recital  
  Tamsin Waley-Cohen  
  Friday 13th July (1pm)  
  Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Artist in Residence, Violin, playing Bach – Partita D minor and Bartok – Violin Sonata.  


Tamsin Waley-Cohen
  Violin & Piano Recital  
  Tamsin Waley-Cohen  
  Thursday 12th July (8pm)  
  Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Artist in Residence gives her first recital playing
Vaughan Williams - Lark Ascending and Elgar - Violin Sonata.


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