• 9th Nov 2021
  • 1:00pm
  • £0.00

about this event

We are delighted to have a new instrumental duo at Cranleigh
Arts with renowned classical harmonica player Phil Hopkins joined by pianist
Lindsay Bridgwater.

The classical (or chromatic) harmonica is very much an
instrument in the classical stable; and of course also in jazz and the blues,
as witnessed by Cranleigh Arts Patron Paul Jones.

Phil Hopkins:

Phil Hopkins is a harmonica player, percussionist and musical director who has played in more than 120 London theatre productions spanning the West End, National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal Shakespeare Company. He also has the distinction of having played for film, tv and theatre shows which have won all the major US and UK awards – Oscar (Iris), Emmy (Oklahoma!), Golden Globe (Wolf Hall), Tony (Boeing Boeing), BAFTA (Only Fools and Horses, Wolf Hall) and Olivier (multiple including Sweeney Todd and Assassins). Phil is well-known for his unusual double of harmonica and percussion and has had bespoke parts written for him many times, such as that for Trevor Nunn’s production of Gone with the Wind ​with Phil's harmonica and percussion part arranged by Tony award-winning Broadway orchestrator William David Brohn. Phil's long career has seen him work with some of the most distinguished names in the business including Stephen Sondheim, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Tim Rice.

Phil is regularly asked to coach actors who need to play harmonica for shows and has worked as harmonica consultant for many West End plays including Girl from the North Country (Old Vic and Gielgud) and One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre, Broadway and Theatre Royal Haymarket) and has recently recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Lindsay Bridgwater:

Accompanist Lindsey Bridgwater has thirty years experience as a professional accompanist/organist/continuo and orchestral keyboard player and has worked regularly with the Philharmonica Orchestra. He studied Music at Cambridge University, acquiring a degree and various diplomas on the way. Whilst at Cambridge, he was Musical Director for the famous Footlights Revue. His past is littered with performing credits from Ozzy Osbourne to Buckingham Palace and The Vatican. The diversity of his musical interests is underlined by his having performed on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, and 4!


Sonata no 2 in Eb for flute arranged for harmonica – J.S.Bach

Apres Un Reve / Berceuse (op 16) – Gabriel Fauré

Suite from Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin

Movie Medley – Midnight Cowboy, Dances With Wolves (John Barry), The Entertainer (Scott Joplin)

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring – J.S.Bach

Golliwog's Cakewalk – Claude Debussy

Lunchtime concerts at Cranleigh Arts

Enjoy fine chamber music during daylight hours in our series of monthly lunchtime concerts. These performances offer a vibrant selection of performances by young international professionals in the intimate setting of our Jack Wagg auditorium. Seating will be informal and unallocated, and performances around 40 minutes long.

Cranleigh Arts is a charitable community arts venue. We are delighted to present this series of live performance for the enjoyment of all.

If you wish to support our work, you are invited to give what you can afford by means of retiring collection in the auditorium in favour of Cranleigh Arts (reg charity no. 284186) or via the website https://cranleigharts.org/donations/

This classical lunchtime concert is supported by Informed Choice Financial Planning.


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