The Classic FM favourites bring some silliness to the Cathedral! Expect Schubert played on a quartet of rubber trout and a dazzling array of improbable pieces played on small clay instruments.
Funny? What do you mean? To the Chuckerbutty Ocarina Quartet, it's all perfectly normal: Schubert played on a quartet of rubber trout, pieces introduced in Japanese, Wagner grand opera seen through the wrong end of the telescope. Blissfully unaware of the limitations of an instrument with a range of just over an octave, they take their small clay instruments through a dazzling array of improbable pieces, played with wit, musicality and occasional bursts of breathtaking speed.
Since their debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, they have appeared in such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Centre in London, and the Festival of Flanders. They were proud to be joined by Sir James Galway, as special guest ocarina player, in their concert for the British Flute Society.
More recently, concerts internationally range from the Okarina Festival in Bled, Slovenia, to the Zagreb Summer Festival in Croatia, Italy’s ocarina festival in Budrio, family concerts in Spain and Germany, the Fun and Classic Festival in Nowy Sacz, Poland and a very successful tour of Japan.
Firm favourites of the UK’s Classic FM radio station, they have introduced thousands of young players to the ocarina with their lively schools concerts and workshops. They have also featured as tutors and given a concert at the renowned Dartington International Summer School in the UK.
The Wednesday lunchtime recitals are free of charge, but donations are invited so that the concert series can continue into the future.
Find out more about our Wednesday summer lunchtime recital series, which runs from 20th July to 7th September.