Amy’s Page

 

During the lockdown, you might like to come to this page to relax and listen to Amy play some beautiful music for you.  There are also some recordings of her accompanying Steven. 

If you have a request, please submit it and she will see what she can do.  Send your request to:

amy.elizabeth.butler@gmail.com


FREE ONLINE CONCERT – THURSDAY 15 APRIL, 1PM – JULIAN JACOBSON, PIANO 

Tune in online next week at 1pm on Thursday 15 April to watch the first free online concert in the Howdenshire Music Project’s 2021 lunchtime concert series. We are thrilled to welcome one of the UK’s most distinguished pianists, Julian Jacobson, to launch this year’s series. Julian’s programme includes two beautiful Arabesques by Debussy, Kapustin’s exuberant, jazz-infused Sonata No. 6, and Mussorgsky’s colourful and vivid piano masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition. This special online piano concert, recorded in Howden Minster, celebrates the project’s wonderful new FEURICH grand piano.

Julian is currently Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire,  and regularly performing throughout the UK and abroad. He has appeared in over forty countries in five continents, has performed as soloist at Wigmore Hall and with orchestras including the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Symphony, and has a large and varied discography for major labels including Chandos and Hyperion.

Click below for a preview of the concert, featuring Julian playing part of the majestic Pictures at an Exhibition: Watch Julian Jacobson Concert Preview

 

The full concert will premiere on the Howdenshire Music Project’s Facebook and YouTube channels at 1pm on Thursday 15 April and will remain viewable on demand afterwards.

Best wishes

Steven


In this Interlude, Howden Minster’s very own Director of Music Matthew Collins performs the joyful and sparkling Prelude in C by German organist and composer Johann Christoph Kellner (1736-1803). The performance features the Minster’s wonderful Rushworth & Dreaper organ – one of the finest in the region.

 
 

Matthew Collins studied the organ with Christopher Gray (Truro Cathedral) and Roger Tebbet (Selby Abbey) and was appointed Director of Music at Howden Minster in 2009. Oratorio credits as director or accompanist include Messiah, Stabat Mater (Poulenc), Requiem (Fauré, Duruflé and Rutter) and Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini). In addition to his church and choral work, Matthew is Head of Music at the De Costa Academy of Singing, York.


For Julian Musik

 
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) ~ Revolutionary Étude, played by Amy Butler
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDXld9r5mOU
 

 
For Alan Lee
 
Amy has recorded this lovely piece of music for Alan – “The Robin’s Return” by Leander Fisher.   It was Alan’s third choice.  Amy refused to play”Blaydon Races” or “Cushie Butterfield”.
 
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_O0iCAKku8
 

 
 

Another gem from Steven and the Howdenshire Music Project

 

Harry hails from Beverley and has been playing the violin since the age of three. He spent five years in the National Youth Orchestra, working with conductors including John Wilson, Edward Gardner and Marin Alsop, and is currently a student at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Professor Rodney Friend. Harry plays an English violin by renowned Yorkshire violin maker John K. Empsall (1856-1910) and W E Hill bow, both lent to him by the Royal Academy of Music.

We will be releasing more Interludes over the coming weeks, so do please keep an eye on this mailing list. You can also follow the Howdenshire Music Project directly on YouTube and Facebook to keep up to date with all our latest news and musical offerings.
Stay safe and best wishes

Steven


 
An experiment that the Howdenshire Music project have put together.
 
Hull-born Thomas Bertolotti is an award-winning young cellist. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Alfredo Piatti (Chair of Cello) and Josephine Knight, he has been based since 2018 in Milan at the Academia Teatro alla Scala, where he is principal cello. Thomas made his professional concerto debut aged just 19 performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra to great critical acclaim. 
 
Although they are 25 miles apart, (Tom is in lockdown near Hull having returned 8 weeks ago from Italy and Amy is in Saltmarshe), they have managed to put together (edited by Steven) a preview of their Howden Minster Lunchtime concert ‘A Cello at the Opera’ to be held on 20 August at 1pm (fingers crossed!).
 
They have never worked together before nor rehearsed!

 
 
 


Amy’s requests

Two Amies play, “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, especially for Malcolm Sparks.

 

Amy plays The Entertainer, Scott Joplin,  for John Cross and family

 

Amy plays Jelly Roll Blues for BMVC Bass Section

 

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And by way of contrast:

Requested by David Cross – Great Balls of Fire.  David is very pleased though he has complained that she didn’t put her boot on the keyboard:

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In vain, my good Amy (joke)

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