St John the Baptist:
Mayfield Parish Church

Mayfield Parish Church

Mayfield Music

Mayfield Music arrange first rate concerts of both classical and contemporary works, usually four in a year, for the community in and around Mayfield. Their concerts have brought established performers of International repute to Mayfield. We are also proud of our record of supporting inspirational young musicians as they start out on their professional careers.

Mayfield Music

About Mayfield Music

Mayfield Music is a music society run by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers who share a wide appreciation of music. Our concerts take place in local venues, often in the beautiful setting of Mayfield parish church

We have been running our successful classical concerts for 12 years which have brought performers of international repute, such as the Ambache and the Martinu to Mayfield. We are also proud of our record of supporting excellent young musicians, like Gemma Rosefield (cello), James Rippingale (guitar), the Boult String Quartet and the Corallia Duo (flute and harp), as they start out on their professional careers.

More recently, events such as Jazz in the Garden, have attracted not only our loyal followers but a wider audience from further afield.

Our concerts are open to all members of the public and our ticket prices are affordable. Concerts are promoted in advance through the local press and radio and at Natural Choice in St. John's Street, Ashbourne.

For tickets and information on individual concerts and how you can support Mayfield Music, email us at [email protected], ring 01335 342114 or see

Our Upcoming Concerts

Sunday 21st October

Mayfield Music present Laura Melda at Mayfield Church at 3:00 pm. Winner of the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Lara Melda plays a beautifully balanced programme including Brahms' Fantasien and Ballades by Liszt & Chopin. Tickets: £14.00 (Students £6) by email: [email protected], by phone: Penny on 01335 342114 or from Natural Choice, St. John's Street, Ashbourne. Also available on the day.

At the age of sixteen Lara Melda won the BBC Young Musician 2010 competition, performing Saint-SaŽns Piano Concerto No.2 in the final round, with Vasily Petrenko and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff. The competition had an international following via television and radio broadcasts on the BBC. Since then she has also performed Mozart Piano Concerto K466 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Lara made her Barbican debut in London with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Paul Daniel, in a performance of Brittenís Young Apollo. Previous concerto performances have included Rachmaninovís 2nd Piano Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Kirill Karabits (The Sage), Mozart K466 and K242 with the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon (Kings Place), the Grieg Concerto with English Sinfonia (St Johnís Smith Square) and Beethoven 3 in a tour of New Zealand with the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand. Amongst many venues over the UK and abroad she has played recitals at the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Les Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad (Switzerland), MecklenburgVorpommern Festival (Germany) and Cadogan Hall (London). Lara made her Wigmore Hall recital debut in 2017 and followed this with another sold out recital there in January 2018. She returns to the Wigmore Hall for a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast in December 2018 and an evening recital in November 2019. Lara Melda performs regularly in Turkey and made her debut at the International Music Festival in Istanbul in June 2011, playing the Grieg Concerto with the Borusan Philharmonic. She has also been presented by the 'Istanbul Recitals' piano series and performed at the Antalya Piano Festival, Bogazici University and Zorlu Center. In 2012 she received the prestigious 'Promising Young Artist' award from Kadir Has University and in 2015 was voted the 'Woman of the Year Arts Award' by Elele-Avon and the Turkish public.

In the summer of 2016 Lara graduated from the Royal College of Music with a first class honours degree, where she studied with Ian Jones. She had begun piano lessons with Emily Jeffrey at the age of six. Lara also enjoys playing chamber music and in 2015 was a scholarship holder under the Imogen Cooper Music Trust.

Melda is most recognised and praised for her Chopin interpretations. A performance of Chopin's 2nd sonata prompted this review: "Unquestionably one of the most outstanding performances of the piece I've ever heard, it evoked its yearning, energy, loneliness, lyricism, fury and gutsiness with playing of stunning precision, technical adroitness and immense, perceptive feeling.

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Do join us - and invite your friends
Inspiring music on your doorstep.
Supported by the Countess of Munster Trust

Our Venues

Our concerts are usually held locally to Mayfield in one of the following three venues

Mayfield Parish Church
Church Lane
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The Royal Oak pub
Hanging Bridge
Mayfield Road
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Mayfield Memorial Hall
Conygree Lane
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Mayfield Parish Church
Church Lane
Church Mayfield
near Ashbourne

Updated: 3 October 2018