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An Author Event with Miriam Halahmy: The Emergency Zoo
Saturday, 11th March, 2:30pm
The Great Hall, New Street, Oundle, PE8 4GH
Recommended for 7 - 12 year olds.
Miriam is an experienced writer and poet whose work has been met with great praise. She has published four novels and three collections of poetry, as well as short stories and education resources. Her young-adult novel, Hidden, was a Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week and nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
Miriam leads creative writing workshops and is a frequent guest at literary festivals, conferences, schools and universities in the UK and on the Continent.
Her latest novel, The Emergency Zoo, was published in May 2016 and is inspired by real events during the Second World War, when around 750,000 pets were destroyed at the start of the war. When twelve-year-old Tilly and her best friend Rosy find out that their pets will be taken to the vet to be put down, they decide to take action. The two girls come up with the idea of hiding them in the woods and when other children find out and start bringing their pets, their secret den turns into an emergency zoo.This is a touching tale of courage, resourcefulness and camaraderie in desperate times, as well as a stirring defence of animal welfare. A lovely, emotional book.
Miriam is based in London.
This event is sponsored by Oundle Veterinary Surgery.
An Evening with Matt Dickinson, award-winning writer and filmmaker.
Saturday, 11th March 2017, 19:30
The Great Hall, Oundle, PE8 4GH
Matt Dickinson is best known for his award winning novels and his documentary work for National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, Channel 4 and the BBC.
Matt was one of the climbers caught in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. In the pre-monsoon Everest season of 1996, amid the worst weather conditions on record, Dickinson made a successful ascent of Mount Everest's notorious North Face, with Alan Hinkes, Britain's foremost high-altitude climber.
He became one of the first British film-makers to film on the summit and return alive, and his film called Summit Fever has now been seen by more than twenty million people worldwide. It is acclaimed as a compelling story of human triumph and disaster. His written account of the same expedition, The Death Zone, has been published to critical acclaim in more than fifteen different countries.
Recently Matt has started writing fiction for teenage readers. His debut thriller series Mortal Chaos was well received by critics and readers alike. Matt has followed this up with The Everest Files, a dramatic and popular trilogy set on the world’s highest mountain. Lie Kill Walk Away is his latest teen thriller. When he’s not writing, Matt tours the UK, speaking at schools and colleges and inspiring a new generation of adventurers.
Saturday, 11th March 2017
19:30 - 21:30
Oakham School Chapel, Oakham
Paul Hilliam - Conductor
Barry Collett - Conductor*
Eduardo Vassallo - Cello
Diego Vassallo - Violin
Peter Davis - Organ
Weber- Euryanthe Overture*
Brahms - Double Concerto for violin and cello
Holst - A Fugal Overture
Elgar - Sursum Corda*
Elgar - Air de Ballet* (First performance since 1882)
Elgar - Cockaigne Overture*
For the Sinfonia's 40th Anniversary Concert in March, Eduardo Vassallo (our Musical Patron) is joined by his son Diego for a special performance of the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello by Brahms.
We are delighted that Barry Collett, the Rutland Sinfonia's founding conductor will also be taking part in the concert, conducting music by the composer most associated with the Sinfonia, Sir Edward Elgar. The programme features one of Elgar's early works, 'Air de Ballet', previously listed as 'lost' and which has not been performed since 1882! 'Sursum Corda' was written for a special service to welcome the future George V to Worcester Cathedral and is scored for strings, brass and organ.
The concert begins with Weber's Overture to his opera 'Euryanthe' which was first performed in 1823, includes Holst's brilliant 'A Fugal Overture' and ends with 'Cockaigne', Elgar's ebullient depiction of Edwardian London.