Chipping Sodbury Music Society aims to bring together lovers of different types of music and musicians in a friendly, convivial atmosphere.
Chipping Sodbury Music Society
UK Registered Charity No. 1005346
Tuesday - 12 NOVEMBER 2019
Supported by the Countess
of Munster Musical Trust
this Italian classical guitarist
and composer continually enthralls
his audiences all over Europe with
the quality of his interpretations and performances. A
wonderful night is promised.
Michael Butten ~ guitar
Born in Berkshire, Michael Butten studied at Junior Academy, where he twice won the Lower Strings Prize, before being awarded a scholarship at the Academy to continue his studies with Michael Lewin.
In his first year he won the Julian Bream Prize, adjudicated by Julian Bream, and, when leaving the Academy he was awarded the David Russell prize. On completing his BMus degree with first class honours, he received from the Academy one of the Regency Awards for Notable Achievement and in June 2014, as a postgraduate with a scholarship from Help Musicians UK, he became the first guitarist ever to win the R.A.M. Club Prize.
Notable among his solo engagements have been concerto performances at the Malcolm Arnold Festival in Northampton, the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo with the Berkshire Youth Orchestra and the Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra, concerts with the Berkeley Ensemble at The Forge and in the City of London to celebrate the music of Malcolm Arnold, and recitals and festivals in Germany, Italy, Holland, and Belgium. He also recorded the Malcolm Arnold Serenade with the Chamber Ensemble of London for their CD 'A British Serenade'. After performing at Kings Place for the London International Guitar Festival, he was selected to tour the UK on the IGF’s Young Artist Platform.
Having been, for several years, leader of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, Michael has remained highly active in chamber music, regularly collaborating with Academy guitarists, singers, wind players and string quartets; his musical interests have extended from performing with the Manson Ensemble in Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse to learning the theorbo for a Royal Academy Opera production of Il Giasone by Cavalli under the direction of Jane Glover. With the tenor Oliver Johnston he has appeared in masterclasses with the late Robert Tear and in 2014 was invited to present, with the tenor Julian Gregory, a programme for the Lennox Berkeley Society; this was soon followed by his participation at the Academy in a special concert of all Berkeley’s music involving the guitar, which drew warm critical acclaim in the Daily Telegraph. He has also performed with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, at Endellion Music Festival with tenor Mark Padmore, and as part of Tetra Guitar Quartet at the Iserlohn Guitar Festival in their last ever concert.
Of particular interest to Michael is the often neglected guitar music of British composers, British renaissance lute repertoire and the link often found between the music of both eras. He is currently preparing a solo recording devoted to the music of John Dowland.
Tuesday – 3 DECEMBER 2019 - 7.30pm
Roaring Fork Wind Quintet
Now in their tenth year
together, the Roaring Fork
Wind Quintet are delighted
to be returning to Chipping
Sodbury with a selection of
classics new and old,
guaranteed to get your toes
tapping! This is a group of
musicians who so obviously love what they do.
Tuesday - 11 FEBRUARY 2020 - 7.30pm
This is another return visit, by popular request. You can look forward to a superb evening with this distinguished, award winning
quartet, known for their diverse programming and passionate interpretations.
Tuesday -10 MARCH 2020 - 7.30pm
Annabel Knight - flute and recorder
Robin Bigwood – harpsichord
are baroque chamber musicians who
first visited us in 2012. They delight in sharing their passion for the music of this lavish, intimate and extravagant musical period.
Tuesday - 7 APRIL 2020 - 7.30pm
Bristol Chamber Choir
Looking forward very much to
their return visit to CSMS, the
choir, which regularly
performs early music as well
as 20th century works, will be
singing Bach’s ‘Jesu Meine
Freude’ followed by a mix of
madrigals and part songs in lighter mood.
Tuesday - 5 MAY 2020 - 7.30pm
“Long Story Short”
Shirley Smart Jazz Trio
Shirley Smart – cello
John Crawford – piano
Demi Garcia Sabat – drums/percussion
Shirley Smart is one of the UK’s most
versatile and creative cellists, at home
in Classical, Jazz and Middle Eastern
music. This will be an exciting evening
of diverse music infused with dynamic
Photos from our concerts in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
We are very grateful to
Hobbs House Bakery
39 High Street
for agreeing to sell tickets
for all our concerts.
. . . . .however, Chipping Sodbury is delighted and very grateful to Michael Butten for stepping in to the breach and is going to provide us with an excellent concert on Tuesday.