Hinckley Choral Union
Update 11/05
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Live Music in Hinckley
Hinckley has a number of live music performances in the town. They will suit all tastes. Below is a list of some of the events:

SMARTS - St Mary's Arts

SMARTS puts on four lunchtime performances each year. It features local artists and students and performers from the Birmingham Conservatoire. There is always a high standard. The concerts run on Wednesday lunchtimes at
St Mary's Church, Hinckley from 1.00pm to 1.45pm and are well worth attending. There is a nominal entrance fee or you can buy a block booking for all four concerts in the year for a reduced fee.

For 2022 the programme is:

Wednesday 8 June - Kata Skupien (Piano). Kata is a classical pianist based in Birmingham. She was born in Poland and her playing has been deeply influenced by the music of Frederick chopin. She is a teacher and coach and holds a Teacher of Music at the Priory School in Birmingham. Her programme will include pieces by Mozart, Schumann and Chopin

Hinckley Music Club

Hinckley Music Club also have a series of evening concerts, their programme is:-

Saturday 9th July - Victor Lim (Piano), Holy Trinity Church, Hinckley at 7pm.

Victor is a South Korean-British pianist and following his first public appearance in BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 has performed in the UK, Europe, China, Singapore and South Korea. He trained at Wells Cathedral School then at the Royal Northern college of Music as an ABRSM scholar and was the winner of the prestigious RNCM Gold Medal in 2021. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music where he graduated with a Dip RAM and received the Christian Carpenter Prize for best final recital. Victor's programme will include works by Haydn, Chopin, Bach and Grieg.

Saturday 17th September - Verity Morris (Clarinet) & Elizabeth French (Piano), Holy Trinity Church, Hinckley at 7pm.

Verity is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (AGSM) and as a postgraduate studied at the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM & Advanced Music Diploma). She plays clarinet in the Bardi Symphony Orchestra and is principal clarinettist of De Montfort University Orchestra and Leicester Symphony Orchestra. Elizabeth was an undergraduate at Durham University before completing a MMus specialising in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2021 she won the MIMC Young Artist of the Year award in Canada and completed her LRSM Performance Diploma in the same year. Their programme will include works by Gershwin, Hurlstone, Bernstein, Bliss and Horovitz.

Saturday 12th November - Madeleine Pickering (Violin) & John Paul Ekins (Piano), Holy Trinity Church, Hinckley at 7pm.

Madeleine is a British violinist and violist and enjoys a varied musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and director, and these have taken her to leading festivals such as the BBC Proms and Young Euro Classic, Berlin. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, winning all the major prizes for her instruments. She plays a violin by Giovanni Pistucci c.1800, generously loaned to her by the Harrison-Frank Foundation in association with J&A Beare.

John Paul is a piano recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician giving performances throughout the UK and Europe. He has been broadcast on the BBC, Romanian national television and radio and on Polish television. John Paul graduated from the Royal College of Music with First Class Honours and later from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Master of Performance (Distinction). Their programme will include works by Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc and Saint-Saens.

Monday 12th December
- Mosaic Chamber Choir, Holy Trinity Church, Hinckley at 7pm.

Mosaic is a chamber choir who specialise in ‘a cappella’ repertoire for eight voices. The choir was formed in 2007 by a group of singing friends who perform regularly around the East Midlands, singing a wide repertoire of classical and popular music from the 16th to the 21st century. They enjoy everything from Bach to the Beatles and specialise in less frequently performed pieces. Their concert programmes normally reflect their diverse musical tastes. They love to perform in buildings with beautiful acoustics and in the process have helped to raise thousands of pounds for national and regional charities. Their programme will include mainly Christmas music through the ages.

Admission to the concerts (on the door): Adults £12, Students £5, Children free. However, as an incentive to encourage more people to attend our concerts, for the first concert (on Sat 9th July) admittance will be free but with an opportunity to make a voluntary donation at the end of the concert.