A RE-WORKING of a classical piece is coming to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre when one of the town's most popular ensembles makes two visits in a month.
On April 25, in a triple classical bill, Manchester Camerata's charismatic music director Gábor Takács-Nagy directs Grieg's Holberg Suite, based on eighteenth century dance forms and awash with charming melodies. He is then joined by Christian Ihle Hadland, one of Norway's most exciting young pianists, for Mozart's Piano Concerto no.12, an early work performed here with just string orchestra.
Finally, Rodion Shchedrin's memorable work for strings and five percussionists is a reworking of Bizet's Carmen – think all Bizet's tunes dressed in differently coloured clothes – dramatic, entertaining and incredibly witty.
The performance will be preceded by a performance at 6.30pm called Find Your Voice. Members of Camerata's youth programme will share their new piece of political theatre, expressing their view of modern 21st century Britain and the issues affecting young people.
Carmen Re-worked starts at 7.30pm.
On May 23 Camerata present The Yellow-Hammer's Song. Talented pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor joins leader Giovanni Guzzo and principal cellist Hannah Roberts in Beethoven's Triple Concerto.
Gábor Takács-Nagy will bring his unparalleled musical imagination, emotional depth and sizzling energy to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Legend has it that Beethoven's famous motif came to him from a yellow-hammer's song as he walked through Prater Park in Vienna.
Also on the programme will be a miniature masterpiece by Camerata's 2013/14 Sound and Music composer-in-residence Laura Bowler. Again there will be a pre-concert performance at 6.30pm with the main programme starting at 7.30pm.