May 2022 Festival – Applications OPEN!

We are delighted to announce that the Pennine Spring Music Festival will return in May 2022! It will run from 30th May – 4th June and we do hope that you will join us. Members both old and new are very welcome. Applications are now OPEN for those who already had confirmed places for 2020. For new members, we look forward to welcoming your applications from 16th October at: https://www.penninespringmusic.co.uk/join-us/

The programme will include:

Beethoven. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Vaughan Williams. The Wasps Suite
Mendelssohn. Symphony No.3

Ensemble for 4 horns (for our orchestral horn section)
Vocal duets (for a duo from the choir)
Wind quintet (for winds from the orchestra)
Finzi. In Terra Pax ( for choir and baritone solo)
Solo spots for baritone and piano soloists

Rutter. Gloria (for choir and brass)
Beethoven. Piano concerto No.3
Shostakovitch. Symphony No.1

We look forward to seeing you there, and please spread the word to make this the best festival yet!

2022 Festival plans

Dear Members and Friends,

I can’t quite believe this is the second year in a row that we’ve had to cancel our lovely Pennine Spring Music Festival. We were very much hoping that the situation with Covid would have improved sufficiently for us to go ahead this year. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and it’s very sad to think we should be in Heptonstall this week.

We will go ahead with our festival in its usual format beginning Monday May 30th 2022. We have decided to carry over the programme chosen for 2020. It would be lovely to make PSM 2022 an even bigger success than usual so please start making your plans now and encourage family and friends to join us as players, singers or audience members. By then it will have been a very long time since we could sing and play together and I’m sure it will be a very joyful occasion.

The committee and I wish you a very happy summer and hope you and your families stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Regards,

Diana (Chair)

Pennine Spring Music

June 2021 Festival postponed

It is with huge regret and disappointment that we are having to postpone the festival in June 2021.

After consulting the Government “roadmap” and also checking the guidance from Making Music, it has become apparent that although we would be allowed to rehearse in a venue of a suitable size, each person would have to be socially distanced, there could be no social mixing and we would have to observe strict one-way systems. Whilst people may be allowed to travel, there is no guarantee that hotels and B&Bs will have re-opened so members may find it difficult to stay and to find catering. Similarly, international travel may not have recommenced. The most worrying aspect is that if recovery is delayed by even 2 weeks we would have to cancel at the last minute.

For these reasons we have had to accept that our lovely festival is not viable at the moment. The committee will reconvene in a few weeks’ time when it is a little clearer how things are progressing against the anticipated timetable, to make a decision about the timing of the next PSM.

We very much want to keep PSM alive so will arrange Zoom sessions to mark the dates we should have been together. Further details will be provided in due course.

We hope that you and your families are keeping well and to see you again very soon.

2021 festival programme announced

Despite ongoing restrictions, we are thrilled to announce that we hope to run a festival in 2021 – albeit shorter than usual. We’re planning to run a three day event with separate rehearsals for choir and orchestra between Wednesday 2nd and Saturday 5th June (we’re allowing four days to accommodate separate rehearsals).

The programme is as follows:

For the choir:

Beethoven ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from ‘Christ on the Mount of Olives

Schubert: Mass in G D.147

For the orchestra:

Brahms: Saint Anthony Variations (Variations on a Theme by Haydn)

Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3

So if you’re interested in joining us, please let us know by emailing: penninespringmusic@gmail.com

2020 Online Festival Activities

Next week would have been the beginning of PSM 2020 and although the idea of us gathering on Monday in Heptonstall is somewhat hard to imagine at the moment, we thought it was important to mark the occasion and look forward to what will be PSM 2021!

We will be in touch throughout the week and do keep an eye out on our website and social media pages, where we hope to showcase some of the music we would have been playing and plan to play next year! Find us at www.penninespringmusic.co.uk, on Facebook @penninespringmusic and on Twitter @MusicPennine.

The climax of the week will be a “Zoom social” on Saturday 30th May from 7-8pm, so please put that in your diaries.

Most importantly, we hope that all our members are safe and well at this worrying time. We look forward to hearing from you.