Langton Concerts

Welcome to 2021

Well, 2020 was certainly a year for the history books, but, in the positive words of the remarkable Capt Sir Tom Moore: “For all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment: the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away.
And this is happening at Langton too.
On Saturday 11 September 2021, we look forward to re-opening the Langton Concerts.
The first Langton Concert took place in September 2010 to celebrate the completion of a couple of years work restoring and conserving much of the inside of the church .  The work had included rehanging the church’s six bells, complete internal redecoration in the original Georgian colour scheme,  restoration of the small Bryceson chamber organ by Goetze & Gwynn and the polishing of some of the fine oak panelling and box pews.
From this small beginning the two annual summer concerts became a regular local feature drawing audiences from as far away as London, Mexico and even Sydney.
The concerts have proved immensely popular with a wide variety of outstanding performers playing excellent chamber music to capacity audiences.  Like so many other people we were very sorry that the programmes were completely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which has had such wide consequences.
We hope that this is all now behind us and are absolutely thrilled that Ensemble DeNOTE, whose performance in May 2020 was cancelled, will come to Langton on Saturday 11 September 2021 to re-open our concert programmes.


We would like to assure our visitors that all proper steps will be taken to conform to the COVID-19 Regulations and Practices in force at the time of the concert.


Note that the concerts have become increasingly well known – leaving very few if any places available on the night.

It is highly recommended to book early to avoid disappointment.


2021 season


Saturday 11 September 2021
6:30 pm
Church of St Peter & St Paul, Langton by Spilsby, PE23 4PU

Ensemble DeNOTE

John Irving (fortepiano), Jane Booth (clarinet), Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin), Oliver Wilson (viola), and Ruth Alford (cello).


Beethoven  –  Piano Quartet in E flat Op.16

Mozart  –  Trio K.498 for clarinet, viola and piano ‘Kegelstatt’

Mozart  –  Grand Quintetto K.361 (the c.1805 arrangement of the Gran’ Partita Serenade)


Followed by canapés and drinks served in the candlelit church
Suggested donation: £20 per person in advance or £22 on the door
Further information from the webmaster, or call 01790 753649.


The Ensemble DeNOTE is an outstanding group of musicians whose musical approach returns to the roots of eighteenth-century performance style, exploring the soundworld of period instruments and integrating the latest scholarly research with a passion for live musical communication.  Ensemble DeNOTE’s performances bring novel perspectives to this music, combining the soundworld of period instruments and playing techniques with a bold expressive approach that goes beyond the notated texts into the world of creative improvisation.   They offer an opportunity to hear classics of the chamber music repertoire played on period instruments, introduced and accessibly explained by the players themselves, focusing on a ‘small is beautiful’ approach to music-making that involves just a handful of performers passionate about exploring the connections between musical expression, the talented ‘cottage industry’ craftspeople who make our reproduction period instruments, and the power of communication in live musical performance.

Ensemble DeNOTE was founded by in 2010 as a resident ensemble at London University’s Institute of Musical Research (IMR) by John Irving, then Director of the IMR.  The Ensemble’s website is here.

DeNOTE’s core musicians are John Irving (fortepiano), Jane Booth (clarinet), Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin) Oliver Wilson (viola), and Ruth Alford (cello).

JohnJohn Irving

Recently described as ‘One of the foremost exponents of the period piano in the UK’, John specializes in music of the later 18th century. International Piano has described his Beethoven playing as ‘Excellent…played with historical awareness and humour’. His most recent solo CD is Josef Haydn Piano Sonatas (Devine Music DMCD005). His Mozart and Beethoven chamber music CDs with Ensemble DeNOTE have garnered 5* and 4* reviews in The Observer, Guardian Classical and Early Music Review – the Mozart playing praised for its lyricism, inventive ornamentation and ‘gorgeously subtle colouring.’

John is Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and previously taught at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. His academic career embraced Bristol University (where he was Professor of Music) and London University (Director of The Institute of Musical Research. An internationally recognized Mozart scholar, he has published six books on Mozart, including an international best-selling biography, The Treasures of Mozart (André Deutsch, 2010) and contributions to the internationally-acclaimed The Mozart Project (a digital book for iPad).


IMG_9902aJane Booth

Jane is a specialist in the early clarinet and chalumeau. Previously Head of Historical Performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, Jane now leads their successful Coaching and Mentoring Department within Guildhall Innovation. In addition to regular masterclasses and international adjudicating, she has pursued a busy international career, playing all over the world with many renowned ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Tafelmusik and The Academy of Ancient Music.

Her repertoire is vast and extends from the works of Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi through to Wagner, Mahler and Debussy – all on historically appropriate instruments. Jane has recorded for Analekta (Canada), ATMA (Canada) and sfz music (UK) and Devine Music (UK) performing Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, solo repertoire for the Basset Horn, wind music by Gossec and Méhul and Lieder by Schubert. Her chamber music discs, Mozart Chamber Music Vols.1 & 2 (Devine Music 2017, 18), and Beethoven and the art of Arrangement with Ensemble DeNOTE (Omnibus Classics, 2015) gained 4* and 5* reviews in The Observer, The Guardian and Early Music Review.


MarcusMarcus Barchum-Stevens

Marcus is co-leader of the Britten Sinfonia and Principal 2nd Violin of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radio 3, played with the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall, and performed chamber music with Freddy Kempf, Peter Donohoe, Paul Lewis, Alina Ibragimova, Leon McCawley,  Paul Watkins, and with Thomas Adès as pianist in music by Adès.

Period performance includes playing with  Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s orchestras ORR/EBS, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Jonathan Cohen’s ensemble Arcangelo, as well as Ensemble DeNOTE. Marcus is also a composer: “Dhyana” for soprano and ensemble was described by George Hall (the Guardian, 2011) as “hugely impressive”.

Oliver Wilson


After reading Classics at Clare College, Cambridge, Oliver studied the viola with Bjorn Sjogren in Stockholm. Since then Oliver has pursued a diverse musical life performing a wide range of repertoire on modern and period instruments. Working with groups such as the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Concert, Oliver has performed repertoire ranging from Purcell to Debussy on period instruments with conductors including William Christie, Simon Rattle and Mark Elder. He has also been guest Principal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has recorded with Classical Opera Company and Arcangelo, as well as with Ensemble DeNOTE. As the viola player of the Welsh chamber collective Ensemble Cymru Oliver has performed widely across the Principality.

RUthpictureRuth Alford

Ruth thrives on a broad musical diet from Baroque to Contemporary, whilst sharing her enthusiasm for music through various educational outlets. She performs and records widely throughout Europe, Far East and America as a principal player and continuo ’cellist with the English Baroque Soloists , Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as chamber ensembles including Brandenburg Consort, Revolutionary Drawing Room, The Music Collection, Fiori Musicali, Florilegium, Configure8 and The Chamber Players.




Previous Langton concerts

September 2010 – Edward Bennett and Andrew Hancock (organ), Clare Douglas (soprano)

May 2011 – Harriet Adie (harp), Caroline Adie (cor anglais & oboe)

September 2011 – Stephanie Oade (‘cello,) Andrew Booth (guitar)

May 2012 – Michael Bochmann (violin), Carol Hubel-Allen (viola), Nella Hunkins (‘cello)

September 2012 – Holly Melia (flute), Catherine Landen (violin) & Ali Vennart (viola)

May 2013 – Calum Robertson (organ & clarinet) & Tom Poulson (trumpet)

September 2013 – Continuum Trio.  Elizabeth Walker (flute), Christopher Poffley (violin), Michael Overbury (harpsichord)

May 2014 – St Martin Singers

September 2014 – Huw Wiggin (soprano saxophone), Ellie McMurray (alto saxophone), Jose Banuls (tenor saxophone), Shevaughan Beere (baritone saxophone)

May 2015 – Orlando Jopling (cello)

September 2015 – Matthew Scott (clarinet), Julia Pusker and Antonia Kesel (violins), Ugne Tiskute (viola), Cecilia Bagnall (cello) (Concert supported by Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme)

May 2016 – Sarah Bennett (flute), Oliver Cave (violin), Luba Tunnicliffe (viola, Peteris Sokolovkis (‘cello)  (Concert supported by Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme)

September 2016 – Eolienne Wind Quintet – Rosie Bowker (flute), Chris Hatton (clarinet), Laura Campbell (oboe), Gregory Topping (bassoon), Sian Collins (French horn).

May 2017 – Hannah Morgan (oboe),  Anne Denholm (harp) (Concert supported by Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme)

September 2017 – Piers Adams (recorders) and David Wright (harpsichord) of Red Priest

May 2018 – Magnard Ensemble  –  Suzannah Clements (née Watson)  (flute),  Mana Shibata  (oboe), Joseph Shiner (clarinet),  Jonathan Farey (French horn),  Catriona McDermid (bassoon).   (Concert supported by Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme)

September 2018 –  Heath Quartet (Oliver Heath and Sara Wolstenholme – violins; Gary Pomeroy – viola; Christopher Murray – cello)

May 2019 – Musicians of the Dreaming Spires (Celia Redgate – flute; Christopher Redgate – oboe; Helen Pitstow – violin; David Lewis – viola; Coral Lancaster – cello)

September 2019 – Ensemble Mirage  (Matthew Scott – clarinet; Alexandra Lomeiko and Rose Hinton – violins; Emily Pond – viola; Michael Newman – cello)


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Visitors to this website may also be interested in the excellent series of autumn, winter and spring concerts put on by the Louth Concert Society.


Please also note the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival website with details of its periodic programmes



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