Melling Tithebarn Arts Association - Past Events
The Phil Shotton Saxophone Quartet
June 2017

This quartet brought our season to a resounding finish with virtuoso performances from the light-hearted Lone-Arranger to the technically daunting Celtic Suite.

This was a truly foot-tapping evening of classics old and new that raised the roof and sent our audience home humming.

Thank you to all our members who supported this concert. If you missed it you can find details of the quartet’s future performances at


The Northern String Quartet   May 2017

These four very talented young players gave us a real treat of an evening. Starting with Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Borodin and Karl Jenkins, they demonstrated amazing technical skill and musicianship.

Showing their versatility, they played a second half of music by Gershwin, Lennon & McCartney, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Smiths and Guns N Roses.

What a repertoire for a string quartet and what a wonderful experience for our audience.

Kendal Bradshaw   Soprano      April 2017

Kendal gave us a wonderful performance of classical pieces by Mozart, Poulenc, Schumann, Dvorak , Gounod, Saint-Saens and Vaughan Williams, and followed it with a modern selection from Cole Porter, Gershwin and Lerner & Loewe.

Her very talented accompanist Kirsty Ligertwood made this duo a first class act.

A4 Brass Quartet        March 2017

A fantastic evening of virtuoso performances with music from Elgar, Grainger, Debussy and Bartok also included modern arrangements by Jonathan Bates, Adam Taylor and Chris Robertson. A wonderful mix of
traditional folk music, classical and modern pieces kept us enthralled.

For their future performances see

Melandra Harp & Flute Duo February 2017

The Melandra Harp and Flute Duo presented a superb virtuoso performance at our February concert. The two instrumentalists combined beautifully and the programme was wide-ranging, from well known pieces such as Fantasia on Greensleeves to Six American Sketches by Skaila Kanga.

The evening concluded wit a foot-tapping Czardas by Vittorio Monti. It was a privilege to hear these accomplished performers, and our well attended audience were very apprciative and thrilled by the concert.

AGM                     January  2017

At our AGM we were able to report a good past year, well budgeted finances and outstanding concerts from performers, some of whom were visiting for the first time. Members enjoyed cheese and wine refreshments at the interval.

Red Rosettes Choir

We were entertained by an amazing A Capella choir of 25 ladies who gave a varied programme, including Somewhere over the rainbow and Anything goes, which fully demonstrated their musical abilities. Their obvious enjoyment and dedication was apparent to our appreciative audience. A most enjoyable concert.

St Nicholas Singers            December 2017

Our Christmas carol concert featured the outstanding St Nicholas Singers who treated us to a marvellous selection of festive music, some with audience participation. Readings were supplied by members and a raffle in aid of the Salvation Army was generously supported.

A roaring log fire, mince pies and mulled wine enhanced a wonderful evening.

Bute Clarinet Quartet         November 2016

The Bute Clarinet Quartet is an exciting and versatile ensemble based in South Wales.
Formed in September 2013, the quartet is comprised of graduates from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Members Tom Howells, Daisy Evans, Darius Gray and Katie Hole met during their studies and together have performed recitals across the UK, showcasing a wide variety of clarinet quartet repertoire. 
The group has participated in various competitions, winning first prize in the ensembles category at the National Eisteddfod 2014.
They gave a great programme of music by well known and less familiar composers, demonstrating the range of clarinets in both ensemble and solo performances. The hotpot supper enhanced a very enjoyable evening.

Gravity Percussion           October 2016

Gravity Percussion are an energetic duo based in Manchester. Their performance at the Tithebarn was remarkable for both their musical ability and also the enthusiasm, energy and dynamism presented to our audience

This concert was a first for our association featuring a whole range of instruments such as marimba, xylophone, drums, chimes and many more.

The encore was The Flight of the Bumblebee  which resulted in a rapturous ovation. Certainly an evening to remember.


Phil Shotton Saxophone Quartet      September 2016

Phil Shotton’s talented quartet gave us an evening to remember with classical gems, the Celtic Suite, Ave Maria, and   In the Hall of the Mountain King  played  with  technical  brilliance.  They followed up with a modern selection that included Moon River, Gabriel’s Oboe and Sax in the City. If you missed this foot-tapping extravaganza, catch them when they return in June 2017 with a new programme.

Dean Taylor                June 2016

A comedy drama entitled An Actor’s Apology was brilliantly presented by Dean Taylor. The play told the story of a drunkard actor whose perception of his acting ability was not matched in reality.

Dean Taylor’s characterisation was superb and his ability to involve the audience meant that this was an evening which demonstrated the wide variety of concerts which the Association presents.


Flamenco Music          May 2016

We enjoyed a thrilling evening of authentic Flamenco music from guitarist Glenn Sharp and Flamenco singer Chico Pere.  With tangos, rumbas and folk songs, they took us from Spain to South America with their virtuoso performances of happy, sad and passionate music. They are based  in Manchester, so if you missed them in Melling, check out their website for future performances.

Old Hall Brass         April 2016

Our concert on 15th April featured Old Hall Brass who gave us a wonderful programme of the best of brass band music.

The pieces played covered a wide range, and included works by John Williams, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lennon & McCartney, with a very humorous item by three players of Duet for two cats by Rossini.

The band consisted of 11 members and the sound quality was excellent for the setting of the Tithebarn. Yet again another example of what the Association offers.

Michael Lunts         March 2016

Michael presented our March concert with comedy songs from the 1870s to the 1970s, from Victorian satire and Edwardian music hall, through the Roaring Twenties and the wartime songs of the forties to the humour of the sixties and seventies. Alongside items by Noel Coward, Flanders and Swann, Cole Porter and the Gershwins, he offered up some less well familiar gems from the genre. A real tongue twister was The Elements by Tom Lehrer.

Also included were patter songs by Gilbert and Sullivan, and Michael gave us interesting background information about each item, while making reference to the changes in social attitudes that influenced each decade. A wonderful evening, enjoyed by all.

West Kirby Light Opera Society    February 2016

Our February concert by WKLOS brought us a wide range of songs from the well loved musicals Showboat, The King and I, Land of Smiles, The Merry Widow, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, and My Fair Lady.

A Cole Porter medley followed items from Gilbert aand Sullivan, Sondheim, Gershwin and Jerome Kern classics.

Both chorus and solo artists entertained us with a wide repertoire of wonderful performances throughout the evening. This really was a concert that truly captivated our audience and showcased the talents of this high quality group.

Annual General Meeting          January 2016

This year's AGM was special as we were also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the association. The usual AGM procedures were satisfactorily dealt with, and our chairman Robert Wareing reported that the committee was very confident of the success of the remaining concerts this year, and of the next season 2016 - 2017.
Members enjoyed the interval with wine, cheese and biscuits and bar refreshments, and also a special anniversary cake.

Maghull Parish Handbell Ringers

The evening then proceeded with a brilliant performance by our guests, Maghull Handbell Ringers, whose expertise and versatility gave a ringing finale to a memorable evening.

Southport Bach Choir          December 2015

Our Christmas concert was truly festive and the Tithebarn was a splendid setting for the 30 strong Southport Bach Choir who gave us a performance of traditional carols with some lesser known arrangements. Each carol was introduced by the Musical Director Ian Crawford who gave us interesting backgrounds to the carols. There was audience particpation throughout, and a log fire, mulled wine and mince pies added to a great evening.

Afterwards, we were pleased to be able to donate generous funds of £146 to the very worthy cause of the Salvation Army.

Northern String Quartet         November 2015

In their first visit to the Tithbarn the Northern String Quartet showed their excellent musicianship in a brilliant first half with well known classics by Mozart, Bach, Purcell, Mascagni, Debussy and Elgar.

They followed this in the second half with a variety of styles from modern pieces by Suessdorf, Arlen, Anderson, Lawrence, Sherwin, Gershwin, Jones, Rodgers, Willson and Weiss.

A very enjoyable evening that showed us just how versatile a string quartet can be.

Aughton Male Voice Choir      October 2015
We were delighted to welcome this brilliant choir of over forty singers back to the Tithebarn.

They gave us a wonderful performance of well known songs, including Elvis Presley hits, music from South Pacific and Titanic, a tribute to Matt Monroe, and Gospel songs. 

We heard solo items by the talented soprano, Lynn Jones, and an enthusiastic capacity audience showed their appreciation of this high quality concert.

Chilled Lemons Jazz Quartet     September 2015

A Duke Ellington classic, Take the A Train, used as a signature tune by our guests, The Chilled Lemons Jazz Quartet was a fitting start to an unforgettable evening of well known  jazz standards such as Blue Bossa, A Foggy Day and Fly Me to the Moon together with some lesser known tunes.

Phil Shotton, the saxophone leader won over the audience with  his humorous introductions, and each member of the quartet demonstrated their virtuosity  with solo improvisations.

Altogether a swinging evening! and one which reflects the wide ranging diversity of concerts that the association continues to offer in this, our 40th anniversary year.

Cello and Harp    June 2015

The combination of cello and harp was brilliant. Eleanor Hudson, the harpist, had transcribed the piano  parts to complement the cello, which resulted in outstanding performances.

The first part of the evening consisted of mainly French works by composers such as Debussy, Faure and Saint-Saens. After the interval the emphasis was on Spain and we heard great solos by Georgina Aasgaard and Eleanor Hudson both of whom perform with the Liverpool Philharmonic.

It was yet another memorable evening at the Tithebarn.

Cantique    May 2015
The Association was delighted to welcome back Cantique choir. The programme presented ranged from Madrigals to well known Abba selections and also included The Londonderry Air, The Eriskay Lovelilt, When the Saints Go Marching In, and Bridge Over Troubled Waters, as well as songs performed by the choir for the first time. 

Individual solo items  were outstanding. The hymn, Guide me, O thou Great Redeemer, was accompanied by a trumpet played by a choir member, and an eight year old son of a member played a brilliant Irish tune on the violin. Altogether, another great concert at the Tithebarn.

A4 Brass Quartet - April 2015

A4 Brass Quartet is based at the RNCM in Manchester and is made up from principal players at the Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery, Wingates and Hammonds Saltaire bands.

The performance at the Tithebarn was outstanding, reflecting the virtuosity of the individual players. The concert covered a wide repertoire including pieces composed and arranged by members of the quartet. An interesting introduction to each item was given by the artists. After an enthusiastic ovation a fitting encore to a memorable evening was Molly on the Shore by Percy Grainger.

Words from The Chairman. While at the concert the opportunity was taken to present flowers to Brenda Morrin for her years of hard work to the association, Brenda has stepped down her role as arranger of the artists for our concerts and was not present at the AGM to fully receive thanks.

Once again I would like to thank Brenda and those committee members who have stepped down after many years service to the association .

Regards Bob Wareing

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Scott Robertson

20th March 2015. Our AGM was very well attended. Our meeting coincided with the first day of spring and after the usual AGM formalities and refreshments of cheese and wine we were appropriately entertained by Scott Robertson a classical guitarist who transported us to sunny climes with great renditions by Albeniz, Fernando Sor, Terrega and others as well as some flamenco made famous by Paco Pena.

This evening truly demonstrated the appeal of live performances by talented artists.

Words from the Chairman, This AGM saw a number of our committee members standing down after serving many years in varying capacities. Brenda, Ann, Sheila, Joan, Doreen and Keith who gave total dedication to supporting the association.

I would like to extend my thanks to them all for supporting me in my role as Chair. We will miss the home made biscuits but also the backroom work that was done but we never think about it. So where do we go from here? Well I can assure you that we have changes in the committee structure, but the “Melling Tithbebarn Arts Association “ still has life in it and we will go from strength to strength.

I can confirm that a programme for September 2015 – June 2016 has been agreed and confirmed and should bring to us a range of enjoyable evenings, these will be introduced to you on the website, news letters , and programmes at the last concert of the end of this season. If you feel you would like to get involved as a committee member or helper please talk to us.

Regards Bob Wareing ( Chairman )

Alan Burton

20 February 2015. Our John Hoople Memorial Evening was a resounding success.

In addition to the good food and bar the audience was entertained by Alan Burton our guest singer.

His great vocals and relaxed delivery were well suited to the occasion and featured  popular songs by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, The Drifters, Dean Martin, Dire Straits and many others.

With audience participation, this was a truly nostalgic and memorable evening. 

The Hoghton Players gave us a wonderful evening on 17 October 2014 with their concert version of Iolanthe. 

Sickness among the cast had meant some alteration to the presentation with some inventive last minute re-casting, but this was impressive in its own way and in no way detracted from our enjoyment. The narration was clear and gently amusing, and the singing was as enthusiastic as ever.

Don’t miss our next concert – An evening with Noel Coward and Ivor Novello – on Friday 14 November at 7.30pm.

20th September 2014. The recent concert given by the Birkenhead Opera Touring Troupe was a resounding success.

They gave us a selection of songs from the last 60 years of musical theatre that covered every mood, romantic, jolly, rousing and humerous, and the changes of costume or gown at every appearance added greatly to the delight.

We think the need for it to be held on a Saturday meant that our audience was smaller than usual, but that meant there were extra biscuits for everyone, so that added to a very successful start to our season.

Please remember that we revert to our usual Friday for the next concert on 17th October - the ever popular Iolanthe - and that your £5 membership is due again. Looking forward to our autumn season, best wishes from your committee.

Birkenhead Operatic

Our AGM for 2014 was held on Friday 14 March and proved to be a most enjoyable occasion.

The business was conducted quickly and efficiently. The accounts were explained to everyone’s satisfaction; we were reminded of the excellent concerts we have enjoyed in the past year and informed about some of the concerts to come. The whole committee was accepted for another year of office, and will be joined by two new members.

In the break for refreshments we enjoyed an amazing selection of delicious cheeses, biscuits, grapes and wine or fruit juice. Finally we were treated to an hour or so of fascinating tales of Liverpool past, recounted by Ken Pye, and would happily have stayed for more.

The occasion was attended by 72, a record number, certainly in recent years. Perhaps even more people will come next year!

AGM Buffet

The last concert of 2013, the ever popular Christmas Carol Concert, on 20 December, was very well attended.

The cosy log fire, the excellent mulled wine and mince pies all combined to provide a special seasonal treat, while the Occasional Singers entertained us with a varied programme of carols old and new, and the opportunity for audience participation too.

If you missed it this year, make sure you book early for next Christmas.


Rebelcanto's visit to the Tithebarn - Sunday 4th July 2010

It was a marvellously uplifting evening at the Barn. To hear these wonderful Musicians present a programme of Hebrew songs, Czech folk songs, Negro Spirituals as well as other items drawn from the world of opera was to experience music of the highest quality. We all felt very privileged to be there, and look forward to their next visit to this country.


The Sterling Trio 23rd May 2010

A Beautiful sound rang across the evening with the sunlight casting its long shadows.

These three young musicians made it an evening to recall.
Classic Sound 22nd May 2010

An evening with Classic Sound, "Travelling around the Musicals".

A relaxed evening was had by all, enjoying the musicals of the years present and past.