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Sun, 28 Apr


Martin Read Hall, Alton College,

Festival '24 - Come & Sing, Come & Play!

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Festival '24 - Come & Sing, Come & Play!
Festival '24 - Come & Sing, Come & Play!

Time & Location

28 Apr 2024, 11:00 – 20:00

Martin Read Hall, Alton College,, Alexandra Rd, Alton GU34 2HU, UK


About the Event

Come & Sing, Come & Play!

This MRF Festival event will appeal to those who are curious about contemporary music and want practical opportunities to explore it.

Do you sing or play? Are you age 14 or up?

Join our Festival Ensembles and explore accessible new choral and instrumental music.  

Our theme this year is: Togetherness

Opportunities include: 

Come & Play...

our Performer-in-Residence, Toril Azzalini-Machecler, BBC Young Musician finalist, percussion, will lead a Percussion Workshop;

our Flexible Ensemble will explore arrangements of 2 Tangos by Astor Piazzolla, and 2 pieces by our alumni: Roots - Carrot Music by Pernille Faye, and a new piece by Felix Sladen-Jewell.

All instruments are welcome. Moderate sight-reading ability.

Come & Sing...

our Scratch Choir will explore pieces Martin Read's catchy folksong: 'On the Steps of the ButterCross', and 21st Birthday Greetings by Ella Laughton, alumnus. 

Moderate sight-reading ability required.

Dr Pande Shahov will direct ensembles.

Each ensemble will perform at the 1-hour early evening concert, from 6.30pm

Also in the concert, Toril Azzalini-Machecler will give a 2nd performance of each short commission for solo percussionist, by our 4 award-holders. These will have been premiered at the Royal College of Music, in March. 


Tea / coffee provided.

Bar - wine / fruit juice, will be open during your pre-concert picnic. Donations to MRF. 

10.30 Tea / coffee

11:00  Flexible Ensemble - The Ormond Room, Mike Grey Building

12.30  LUNCH

13:00  Scratch Choir - Martin Read Hall

14.30  Tea / coffee

15:00  Percussion workshop - Martin Read Hall, led by Toril Azzalini-Machecler.

16:00  tea / coffee

16:30  Composer-performance masterclass  - audience welcome. Comments on the pieces by our award-holders & alumni by our composer-mentors.

17:30  PICNICS with bar - donations to MRF

18: 30  Early evening Concert

19.30  End of concert


  • Participant - sing & / or play

    Age 14 and up in education are FREE. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Register for the Percussion Workshop by the end of March.

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    • MRF '24 personnel

      MRF award-holders, alumni composers, ensemble directors, performer in residence, mentors, trustees, patron.

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