Lunchtime Classical Recitals

This is a brand new initiative at Otley Courthouse.  Come along on a Thursday and listen to classical music whilst enjoying your lunch and refreshments.  Each recital starts at 1305 and finishes at 1400 Tkts are £5pp and include tea/coffee.  Bringing your own lunch is optional!  Keep checking back to this page for the latest set of events.

Thursday 25th October: Ensemble Chamaleon

Ensemble Chamäleon was founded in 2017 as a split off from the Chamäleon Flute Ensemble by flautists Laura Kox and Jennifer Shepherd. It is a flexible ensemble including at least 1 flautist and any other instrumentalists as required for any particular programme.

This lunchtime recital will feature the pair as a duo, performing their programme „Bach and Beyond“ on various flutes.


Thursday 22nd November: Simeon Walker


Following a decade working as a musician, UK-based pianist & composer Simeon Walker has quickly emerged as a leading light in the burgeoning Modern Classical scene in his own right, following the release of his EP Preface (2016) and his debut full length album Mono (November 2017). Following this, 2018 has seen him complete a successful 8-date European Tour; receive significant radio airplay across BBC Radio 3, 6 Music, World Service & BBC Introducing shows nationwide; and performed at Latitude Festival – all whilst collaborating with other musicians and artists and working on a follow up album.

With three consecutive Official Piano Day playlist features and numerous glowing reviews from across the music world, Walker’s calm, introspective piano instrumentals invite the listener to find stillness and beauty as much in the spaces between the notes as the notes themselves, as musical stories are woven with each tender, intimate performance.

Thursday 13th December: “A Victorian Christmas” with Martha Hayward (Soprano) and Matthew Lazenby (Piano)

An afternoon of long-lost Victorian Christmas songs and piano solos to amuse, entertain and remind us where many of our now common traditions began. Stories of sorrow, joy, merriment and intrigue, this is not a concert to miss. “Accompanied at the piano with a large glass of port.”


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