FIRST LIGHT FESTIVAL 2023
2023 CONCERT DATES
FOLLOWING THE SOLD OUT RECITAL SERIES AT LEISTON ABBEY, A NEW SET OF CONCERT DATES WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON, INCLUDING EXCITING NEWS ABOUT FIRST LIGHT FESTIVAL 2023!
British violinist Noel Vine studied with Frederick Grinke, Manoug Parikian, Beth Spendlove and Glyndwr Parfitt.
He has performed with many of the UK's leading symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and session orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, London Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of St Johns Smith Square, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Musical Solutions Ltd,
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Of London, London Session Orchestra.
He is leader of City Strings Orchestra and the Universal Film Orchestra and has been guest leader for Millennia Ensemble, London Concert Ensemble,
and the Academy of St Thomas.
A prolific session musician, his recording credits are vast, from major film and TV soundtracks, to pop, rock and dance records and has worked with a diverse array of high profile artists such as Madonna, Goldie, Spice Girls, Take That, Morcheeba, David Gray, Morcheeba, Oasis, Paul Weller, Gabrielle, Brand New Heavies and many more.
In 2018 he began a new recital concert series #ClassicalChill bringing short tailored concerts to a new audience.
Classical Chill concerts provide a perfect soundtrack to 'take time out from busy lives' and stop for a moment.
Accompanied by cool abstract mood lighting and projections to enhance the experience.
Works from Bach, Vaughan Williams, Grieg and more, plus new contemporary works from Nicolas Brittel, Philip Glass, Arvo Part, Nico Muhly and Max Richter.
Music for the mind and soul. You can find out more by clicking here.
A musician who refuses to be defined by a single genre and with an imaginative and adventurous approach to presentation and programming, Noel has a wide-ranging musical background from Trip Hop collaborations with Dave Tipper (The Critical Path) to Drum and Bass mixes with Goldie with further string fusion projects
with Pressure Drop, Mo Wax, Asian Dub Foundation and Way Out West. He is an advocate of contemporary and experimental music and equally at home with the core classical repertoire as well as enjoying fresh new improvised works including a special Classical Chill outdoor concert at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk containing a
45 minute totally improvised soundscape.
Collaborating with concert pianist Andrew Quartermain, they created the album Classical Chill VOL 1 - 9 tracks totally improvised in 1 take.
2021 -2022 sees the #ClassicalChill series continue in residence at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk and also performances at the Ludlow Festival and Leeds International Concert Season at the prestigious Leeds Town Hall. He was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society award in 2021 for the ClassicalChill series which was one of the first concerts to resume in the UK after lockdown, helping bring classical music to an audience that had been unable to attend concerts.
New dates for 2023 to announced soon.
'A beautiful programme from start to finish,
with exquisite playing in the Vaughan Williams and Arvo Part particularly....glorious textures and sound..'
'A stunning tone is both sweet and full-blooded....The Philip Glass was a triumph..'
'A perfect evening and a sold out concert in the stunning St Andrews Church Marlesford with violinist Noel Vine performing his Classical Chill concert series to a delighted audience. Captivating playing, stunning intonation and musical phrasing, the soaring tones of the Lark Ascending echoed in the church accompanied beautifully by pianist Andrew Quartermain.
Music to follow from Bach, Elgar, Arvo Part and Max Richter all performed with tenderness and yearning expressiveness.
The aim of the concert was to relax and unwind but it went further than that.
Simply beautiful playing and a perfect selection of music.
Bravo. More please...'
'The Max Richter was a particular highlight, performed with passion, sensitivity and flair. A real joy....'
'A warm evening in the ruins of Leiston Abbey, a still calm night, beautiful sky and an unforgettable concert. Noel Vine (violin) and Andrew Quartermain (piano) set out to perform an entire 45 minute set to accompany the night sky, complete with perfect abstract mood lighting.
What followed was simply sublime, with stillness in the air and haunting melodic tunes echoing around the 14th Century site.
A truly special event for the sold out audience all wrapped up warmly. A real treat...'