Glossop Music Festival Christmas Concert 2019


Directed by Eva Pórarinsdóttir, violin

with Viv McLean piano

FRIDAY 17 JUNE 2022 19.30 (doors 19.00) | GLOSSOP PARISH CHURCH

We can’t wait to bring classical music back to Glossop with our celebratory Christmas Concert on Friday 10 December. We will be joined by Sophie Rosa, a remarkable young and rapidly rising star on the violin, who stunned everyone when she played at our informal concert at Pico Lounge a couple of years ago. Joining Sophie will be the incredible flautist Amy Yule (principal flute with the Hallé) and our very own phenomenal Benjamin Powell (piano). The programme will include an exquisite Bach Flute Sonata and Richard Strauss’s epic Violin Sonata, amongst other works. This event will not require a ticket in advance and will be free, although if people wish to make a donation to support the Festival, this will be gratefully received. Doors open at 19:00. Simply turn up at the church, take a complimentary drink and find a seat.

Seating: In normal times, Friends can request seats with their names on at the front of the nave but, in order to plan some degree of social distancing, all of you can (and should) do so by emailing if you want to come. Please put in your request of where you would prefer to sit (front, middle, back) by Monday 6 December. Seating will be in order of request with current Friends preferences being allocated first. There will be a vacant seat next to you or your household. You will be escorted to your seat via a one-way circuit past the complimentary bar.

If you can, please wear a mask whilst moving in the church. Once seated you may remove it as you will have difficulty imbibing your complimentary drink.

Sophie Rosa has been cementing her reputation as one of the country’s leading violinists with a string of acclaimed recordings and performances as a soloist, as leader of Sinfonia Viva, and as guest leader of orchestras across the UK. She has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Bridgewater Hall and has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Sophie has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and has released CDs on Rubicon Classics, Champs Hill and EM Records labels to critical acclaim.

Amy Yule has been flourishing in her role as principal flute of the Hallé orchestra, having previously held the same position with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. She is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist, and has appeared as guest principal flute with orchestras including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.  As a soloist Amy was awarded first place in the British Flute Society’s Young Artist competition 2017.  

Since winning the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2010, Benjamin Powell has gained a reputation for intelligent and expressive performances with a strong commitment to contemporary music. He has performed across the UK and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, and song accompanist in venues including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Snape Maltings, Bridgewater Hall, IRCAM (Paris), and Harpa (Reykjavik). In 2014 he was appointed pianist for Manchester’s leading contemporary music group, Psappha, and it has been recently announced that he will take on the role of Artistic Director from September 2022.

Plans are currently being made for a full Summer Festival between 15 and 18 June 2022, which will include an educational programme with schools and various recitals and orchestral concerts. Further details will be announced in the new year.