Friday Night Live with Elizabeth Bass – Friday 6th March 2020 

Concert Programme:

D. Scarlatti (1685-1757) – Sonata in A k.24
Albeniz (1860- 1909)– Torre Bermeja from 12 Piezas características, Op.92
Cras (1879 – 1932) – Deux Impromptus
Andy Scott (b. 1966)- Crossing Waves


Nino Rota (1911-79) – Sarabande e Toccata
Glinka (1804-1857) arr. Balakirev – The Lark
Britten (1913-76) – Suite for Harp Op. 83
‘Overture’; ‘Toccata’: ‘Nocturne’; ‘Fugue’: ‘Hymn (St. Denio)’

Time: 7:30pm-9pm
Venue: The Henry Sandon Hall
Tickets: Adult £12.50, Concession (under 16 or over 60) £10

A Welcome Note from the Music Director at Royal Porcelain Works; Keith Slade:

A huge hello and welcome to the very first season of the Performing Arts at the Royal Porcelain Works. Music has such a wide and varied outreach and here at the Royal Porcelain Works we will seize your imagination with soloists and groups of International and local repute. Our first season promises to be an epic one!

There are concerts throughout the season that will whet the appetite no matter your musical taste, and with the kaleidoscope of different genres and artistes performing, you are certainly in for a treat.

I would like to welcome all ages to our concerts, but particularly young people and individuals who might never have dipped their toes into the Concert arena. I look forward to having the pleasure of your company throughout the series, and hope that your faith will be rewarded by a musical experience that will stay with you forever.

A bit about the artist…

Elizabeth Bass is one of the leading British harpists of her generation and in 2016 became the first British person to reach the final of the prestigious USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington, Indiana and was awarded the Silver Medal.

Other international and national awards include first prize in the 2014 Camac Harp Competition and an international Lyon&Healy Award in 2013. At the Royal Academy of Music Elizabeth was also winner of the Skaila Kanga Harp Prize and was awarded the Lady Theodore Holland Prize after her Final Recital.

Elizabeth studied with Skaila Kanga at the RAM and then privately in Helsinki with Sivan Magen, international soloist, chamber musician and Principal Harp at the Finnish Radio Orchestra.

Elizabeth freelances as an orchestral and ensemble player throughout the UK and has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and for recording sessions at Abbey Road and Air Studios. She has performed at venues including Vienna’s Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and has performed for radio and live television broadcasts. Elizabeth has a keen interest in Contemporary music and has also worked with dedicated contemporary ensembles including the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Lontano.

As a soloist Elizabeth has been invited to perform recitals for many Concert Societies and Festivals across the UK and has performed as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham’s Town Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square and the David Josefovitz Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. Elizabeth is a Live Music Now artist, a scheme founded by the legendary violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, which seeks to bring high quality music to those who might otherwise never experience live music. Elizabeth is also currently an artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and regularly takes bookings for major festivals in the UK both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Elizabeth enjoys teaching and has tutored in a variety of settings including on residential courses for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, for classes and workshops in collaboration with leading higher education institutions such as King’s College, London and as a private teacher in and around her home in North East London.


To book your ticket(s) please go to our website and select the Friday Night Live event you wish to attend. You will be taken through to a PayPal link to either pay by PayPal or enter your credit card details.

Booking is not essential, however it is advised, as we cannot guarantee a ticket to anyone who has not booked prior to the event.

If there are tickets still available on the day of the event, they will be on sale at the box office on the night, 45 minutes before the start of the event.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a refund on your ticket(s), however if you are unable to make the event, please let us know as we may be able to offer to exchange your tickets for another Friday Night Live event at The Hall.

Yes, there is a fully stocked licenced bar to get a glass of wine, a coffee or even some sweets!

The Friday Night Live events are jointly organised between Royal Porcelain Works and our Artistic Director of Music; Keith Slade, who also introduces the evening and sometimes even conducts the performances!

Born in the West Midlands, Keith Slade began his musical journey learning the clarinet from the age of ten.  After reaching the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Woodwind Category, Keith graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music where he was awarded the Hilda Collens’ prize. He furthered his studies under the guidance of Angela Malsbury and Nicholas Rodwell on a postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.  At the RAM, Keith was awarded the Dorothy Grinstead Memorial Prize for the most outstanding postgraduate, the John Solomon Woodwind and Brass Prize and the Morgensterns’ Award.

Keith has extensive experience as an orchestral musician and has worked with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Festival Opera and the BBC Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Richard Hickox, Pierre Boulez and Andris Nelsons. As a soloist, Keith has performed concerti by Mozart, Finzi, Weber and Copland in venues throughout the UK.

Keith was selected to participate on the Colin Metters’ International Conducting Course in 2012.  Recent appointments include Head of Wind and Brass at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School and Head of Woodwind at Oakham School.  Keith has conducted Sinfonia of Birmingham, The National Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, The British Police Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, St Endellion Easter Festival Orchestra and the WorldCon Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s ExCeL Arena. Keith has worked with artists including James MacMillan, Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams and Sarah Fox.

In January 2010, Keith was appointed Music Director of the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra where he has seen the ensemble grow from strength-to-strength; WSO performs several concerts each season and Keith is a regular guest on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester promoting the orchestra and classical music amongst the local community. In 2014 WSO commissioned a new Children’s work in the style of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf entitled The Magic Bojabi Tree which was a huge success. In 2018 WSO performed in Worcester Cathedral in remembrance of the Armistice Centenary. Continuing his passion for music education, Keith worked with primary schools in the area to create a truly remarkable concert. In recognition of his services to WSO, Keith was honoured to be invited by Her Majesty the Queen to a private gathering to celebrate HRH’s Diamond Jubilee in Worcester.

As Principal conductor of Kimichi Symphony Orchestra, Keith received a 5 star review for his performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, “Slade’s rehearsal technique is undoubtedly persuasive, and his beat here was clear, histrionic and totally effectual” (Birmingham Post, January 2018.) He subsequently took the production to the Rudolfinum in Prague, and has since conducted Verdi’s Requiem with KSO which received another 5 stars “performance was spine tingling from the start.”

Keith is delighted to offer his services to the Royal Porcelain Works and help bring something different to our incredible venue and to the city of Worcester.

If you would like to suggest an artist for Friday Night Live, please email and we will see what we can do.

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  • 6th March 2020
  • Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
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Friday Night Live with Elizabeth Bass on the harp

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
6th March 2020


Keith Slade - Artistic Director of Music at Royal Porcelain Works

01905 677399

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Friday Night Live with Elizabeth Bass on the harp

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
6th March 2020