swalcliffe Concerts



You are cordially invited to a party at the house of Henry Purcell
in the year of our Lord 1686.  R.S.V.P.

Find out what happens when some of his more distant friends from rural Sweden and beyond
gate-crash the party with their various and diverse instruments and music.


Saturday 6th April 2019 at 7:30pm 
in Swalcliffe Church

There will be a bar, doors open 6:45

Tickets are £14

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Purcell’s Polyphonic Party are a trio of skilled multi-instrumentalists who come together to combine their love of Purcell, Playford, Baroque and the Nordic Noir.  They are equally at home in the dance hall where driving dance rhythms propel the dancers round the floor, or on the concert stage in a more relaxed “parlour” mood.  Their concert set offers a light hearted programme of music mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries, seamlessly blending folk with baroque, Swedish, British and more. Prepare for a humorous fusion of tunes, songs and stories featuring an armoury of unusual instruments including the spinet, nyckelharpa and viola d'amore, with a light sprinkling of accordion, bagpipe, gandola and flageolet for good measure.  Let yourself be transported back to the year 1686 to witness an unusual, but rather wonderful polyphonic party with some astonishingly good music.


John Dipper • viola d'amore, concertina

John is a respected and established performer, composer, teacher and instrument maker, John grew up steeped in the traditions of Southern England. His unique playing style and compositions convey a deep understanding and passion for indigenous culture. John’s passion for vernacular music led to his degree dissertation focusing on the interpretation of field recordings, looking at intonation, tuning and expression.

Vicki Swan • nyckelharpa, bagpipes, flageolet

Vicki studied at the Royal College of Music on the double bass. She also plays the various types of bagpipes, flute, recorder, piano and nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed-fiddle).  On leaving music college Vicki started down the long path of folk music and was only seen on rare glimpses back in classical orchestras. You’ll find Vicki now inhabiting the troll ridden forests playing her Swedish bagpipes, bagging tunes for new books. Vicki holds the Zorn Bronze Award for the traditional playing of Swedish bagpipes and runs workshops and teaches the nyckelharpa around the UK.

Jonny Dyer • spinet, accordion, gandola

Jonny is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, writer and arranger. Classically trained as a pianist and trumpet player, he now specialises in traditional music from the British Isles and Scandinavia; primarily on spinet, accordion, guitar and cowhorn. By default, Jonny is probably England’s leading exponent of the Swedish Kohorn (cowhorn) and was just as surprised as you probably are to find out that forests have the most wonderful echoey acoustic to play the cowhorn in. Go and try it, it’s awesome!

You can find further information on the band and their music at  http://www.purcelltrio.co.uk/


“They have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skilful musicianship”.  The Living Tradition Magazine

“Animated and inventive, not in the least predictable or sterile”  Fatea Records


“An Invitation to Dance”, released 2018 by WetFootMusic, CD: WFM170901
Twelve tracks drawing from the Renaissance collections of John Playford and published in his “English Dancing Master” of 1651, interpreted and given a modern feel via the skills and diverse instruments of this fine band of musicians.

In addition each of the musicians, individually and severally, have many CD releases to their credit.

The Swalcliffe Concerts aim to offer a rich mix of musical styles, enhanced by the wonderful acoustics of St Peter and St Paul, Swalcliffe.  The concerts will raise funds for the church itself and other village projects and charities supported by the Swalcliffe Village Fund.

We have more exciting and varied performances lined up for the future so please look out for further announcements on this page.

Car parking will usually be provided through the kindness of Swalcliffe Park School which is a short walk from the Church, please look out for directions signs and follow the directions of parking stewards as you approach the venue.

The church now has a wonderful new toilet to disabled standards and a small café which should be in operation for concerts serving hot and cold beverages.  The bar of the Stags Head, just across the road, is recommended for those who seek a good “bar’s rest” before or after the performance.

Access to the church is up a flight of stone steps, and unassisted disabled access can be very difficult, however the church now has a Stanley Stair Climber which can take manual and powered wheelchairs up the steps and into the church.  If you would like to use it please give advance notice to the box office number so that we can ensure an operator is available.

TunedIn Swalcliffe: If you wish to keep “tuned in” to future Swalcliffe musical events please email tunedin@swalcliffe.org and we will add you to our mailing list.


The SWALCLIFFE CONCERTS proudly present