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21st July, 2023, 3:00 pm

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Simon Blendis violin
Saoko Blendis piano

An hour of good old fashioned musical pleasure. This husband-and-wife duo pay tribute to Max Jaffa, pre-eminent light music violinist of his generation, who was especially loved in Yorkshire for his 27 seasons performing in Scarborough. Simon (who now plays Max Jaffa’s Guarnerius violin) and Saoko present wonderful salon pieces that had been largely forgotten, a mixture of gorgeous melodies, soulful ballads and electrifying gypsy dances that encapsulate the unique Max Jaffa flavour.

‘Juicy gypsy showpieces, tender songs by Stephen Foster, titbits you recognise but can’t name: they’re all here, delivered with plenty of panache and honest feeling by two musicians who, like Jaffa himself, fully demonstrate the value of taking light music seriously’ The Times

£20 • £5 (UNDER 25)

Helmsley Arts Centre


21st July, 2023
3:00 pm


Helmsley Arts Centre
1 Meeting House Court, Helmsley YO62 5DW + Google Map
PARKING: Use main town carpark TOILETS: Toilet facilities available on site ACCESS: Disabled access available