Friday Night Live with English Symphony Orchestra – Friday 22nd November 2019 

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 Friday Night of LIVE Storytelling with…

Zoë Beyers – violin
Kenneth Woods – cello
Ben Humphrey – narrator.

The art of storytelling is one of humanity’s oldest. But what happens when you bring the spoken word together with the power of music?

Ben Humphrey, Acting Artistic Director of Worcester Live and one of Worcestershire’s most acclaimed thespians will lead the audience through an evening of myth, mischief and adventure, from laugh-out-loud funny to tear-in-your-beer tragic, from the mundane to the surreal. He’s joined by the ESO’s acclaimed Leader, violinist Zoë Beyers, and the orchestra’s Artistic Director, who trades his baton for his cello bow for the evening.

Family friendly, but aimed at all ages.

Programme to include

David Yang – Lubin from Chelm
– “At home Lubin lived, with his mother. Now Lubin was a bit of a schlemiel, who sat around at home all day… not doing nothing.” This is a hilarious Klezmer adaptation of the traditional English folk tale, Lazy Jack, full of virtuoso fiddling and earthy melodies.

Jay Reise – The Warrior Violinist
– A soulful and beauitful setting of one of humanity’s most ancient myths dating back to Ancient Egypt, it tells the story of a young man who goes to war to win the hand of his love and comes back a different man.

Andrew Waggoner – The Emperor’s New Clothes
– Set brilliantly to quirky and angular music, it recounts the tale of a vain emperor surrounded by sycophants who is brought down to earth by the innocence of a small child. As a parable for the foibles of leadership and power, it seems to get more relevant every day!

Gerald Levinson – Three Fables
– Based on three short, fantastical poems by the brilliant and reclusive American poet Robert Lax. Their whimsical touch belies a profundity matched by the fiendishly virtuosic music. The poems are “Alley Violinist,” “Problem in Design,” and “The Old Magician.”

David Yang – The Matzoh Ball Man
– “Run, run as fast as you can…. You can’t catch me, I’m the Matzoh Ball Man.” More Klezmer-inspired madcap adventures from David Yang.


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.

  • The Henry Sandon Hall
  • 22nd November 2019
  • Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
  • 01905 677399

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Friday Night Live with English Symphony Orchestra

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

Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
22nd November 2019


Keith Slade - Artistic Director of Music at Royal Porcelain Works

01905 677399

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Friday Night Live with English Symphony Orchestra

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

Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
22nd November 2019