Join us on Wednesday 22 November at 6:00pm in Howden Minster for a fantastic FREE celebration of Portuguese and British music, history, food and drink! With Steven Goulden (tenor), Dr David Blackmore, author, Graziana Presicce & Amy Butler (piano duo).
6:00pm – Reception with delicious free Portuguese canapés courtesy of Ventura’s, and a paid bar run by The Saddle and Glass serving wine, port (of course!), spirits, beers and soft drinks.
6:30pm – Performance begins! Including Vaughan Williams’ spine-tinglingly beautiful ‘Fantasia on Greensleeves’, the *world premiere* of a dazzling new ‘Fado Fantasy’ by award-winning composer Frederick Viner, an appearance by Dr David Blackmore, author in full 18th century historical costume, and beloved British folk songs including Tom Bowling and Over the Hills and Far Away.
In partnership with Howdenshire Music Festival
Booking optional but highly recommended:
Or telephone 07743 448123
Delicious free Portuguese canapés, courtesy of Ventura’s
Wine, port (of course!), spirits, beers and soft drinks will be available to purchase from the bar, run by The Saddle & Glass
6.30-7.30pm: PERFORMANCE
LUNA PIANO DUO: pianists Amy Butler & Graziana Presicce
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Greensleeves
Eduardo Burnay – Fado Burnay
Sérgio Azevedo – Promenades (selection)
Edwin York Bowen – Four Pieces, Op. 90
Frederick Viner – Fado Fantasy (*world premiere*)
David will appear in full historical costume to give an entertaining short talk about the British in Portugal during the Napoleonic Wars
Much-loved British folk songs including Tom Bowling and Over the Hills and Far Away
You are warmly invited to stay and enjoy more refreshments after the performance!
Graziana Presicce recently gained her PhD in Music Performance from the University of Hull. In May 2023 she was the soloist in Franck’s Les Djinns with Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. She also recently gave the recorded premiere of works by the Hull-born composer Ethel Leginska, alongside baritone Lee Tsang, featured on BBC Radio 3.
Amy Butler studied with British concert pianist Martin Roscoe and gained a first class masters degree from the University of Oxford. Recent performance highlights include Stratford-upon-Avon Music Society, Wye Valley Chamber Music, North Westmorland Arts, Warwick Arts Centre, Weymouth Chamber Concerts and the Guild of Musicians and Singers (London).
Steven Goulden studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has appeared as a soloist at venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St David’s Hall (Cardiff) and the Royal Festival Hall (London). He has sung under the baton of some of the nation’s finest conductors including Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Mark Elder.
Dr David Blackmore FSA is a retired museum professional, having spent much of his working life at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. He holds a PhD in military history, is a keen historical re-enactor, and is the author of four non-fiction books. David is also the creator of the fictional ‘Wellington’s Dragoon’ series, which follows the exploits of young Lisbon-born cavalry officer Michael Roberts.

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