Kuglhupf for Brahms

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Just out of the oven – my “practice” kuglhupf, baked in my new fluted tin while I was practising the clarinet part of Brahms’ wonderful Quintet Op.115.

To share German and Austrian sausages, cheeses, wines and of course freshly home-made kuglhupf, and to hear this glorious music, come along next Tuesday!

Tuesday 21 March 2017, Music Matters Gala at Whitgift House, 76, Brighton Road, South Croydon CR2 6AB in the  Chapel, 7.30 – 9.30p.m.

Exploring Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet 

Nicoline Kraamwinkel and Martin Smith violins, Mickey Posner viola, Julia Desbruslais ’cello and Margaret Archibald clarinet

Entry to non-subscription holders: £20 on the door.

All donations for interval refreshments will  go towards the continuing development of Everyone Matters and especially our “Music Matters” series of lecture-recitals.

Music Matters Spring Season 2017

Music Matters is back on Tuesday nights for its spring season in the Chapel at Whitgift House .

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Paul Sherman launches our Spring series of Music Matters at 7.30p.m. on Tuesday 10 January with an exploration of the extraordinary life, music and times of the Bohemian baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka.

Paul, seen here in silhouette,  enjoys a busy career playing double bass in a wide range of period, modern and contemporary orchestras and as a soloist. A member and regular principal player with the English Chamber Orchestra Paul has toured and performed with them in over 40 countries and until recently coordinated the orchestra’s outreach activities.

The Music Matters Spring Season continues on Tuesdays fortnightly:

  • 24 January: Alison Hayhurst “The New-fangled Flute (1847-style)”
  • 7 February: Margaret Archibald “Birds in music”
  • 21 February: Nicoline Kraamwinkel and Rosanna Rolton “51 Strings – Music for Violin and Harp Explored”
  • Tuesday 7 March: Julia Desbruslais and Tim Posner “Cellists’ Choice”
  •  Tuesday 21 March: Gala Night – Nicoline Kraamwinkel, Martin Smith, Mickey Posner and Julia Desbruslais string quartet with Margaret Archibald clarinet “Brahms Quintet in B minor, Op.115 explored and performed”
  •  Tuesday 4 April: William Carter “From the Royal Courts of Europe, Renaissance and Baroque music for the lute and guitar”

Entry on the door: £10; Gala Night 21 March £20; subscriptions available.

A couple of images from December 2016:

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6 December: Margaret Archibald and Katie Clemmow packing up under the tree at the end of their December lecture-recital exploring “Imitation” from traditional rounds to retrograde canons.
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20 December: Gerald Place sings an early 17th century setting of Shakespeare with Margaret Archibald accompanying on his 21st century electronic superior digital positif organ.  Home-made mince pies, welcome as a seasonal addition to the interval refreshments, were quickly demolished.

 

Searching for Shakespeare’s Songs

Lecture-Recitals

Music Matters 7.30 – 9.30p.m. on Tuesday 20 December 2016 in the  Chapel at Whitgift House, 76, Brighton Road, South Croydon CR2 6AB

Musical Offerings 2.30 – 4.30p.m. on Wednesday 21 December 2016 in the Church Room at St Mark’s Church, Westmoreland Road, Bromley BR2 0TB

Most of us know a couple of songs from Shakespeare’s plays, but is it the music Shakespeare himself would have known? Singer Gerald Place traces the detective work undertaken over the last century to find the truth. This fascinating talk is illustrated with Gerald’s own recordings and live performances accompanying himself on the viola da gamba.

In a varied career Gerald has sung everything from Byrd to Berio and his broadcasts range from BBC Radio Three to Radio Penguin in Siberia. He has made a special study of the renaissance composer-prince Carlo Gesualdo, including an Italia Prize-winning film for German director Werner Herzog, “Death for Five Voices”. Most recently he has edited and recorded all of Shakespeare’s songs for Naxos International with lutenist Dorothy Linell.

Entry to non-subscription holders: £10 on the door. Refreshments including home-made mince pies will be available at the break (donations invited)

Enquiries to Margaret Archibald, Artistic Director, Everyone Matters, 21, Stone Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 9AX Tel: 020 8464 1645; Mob: 07970 123105

E-mail:  margaret@everyone-matters.co.uk  Website: www.everyone-matters.co.uk

Blog: www.passporttomusic.wordpress.com  Twitter: @EM_Charity

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Benslow – bringing musicians together

Seven musicians, amateur and professional, met as a group for the first time on Monday evening 31 October. By Wednesday afternoon they were performing in local nursing homes. Where could this happen? … at Benslow Music Trust, of course!

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Bill Bates, our percussionist, had made arrangements of popular standards exactly to suit the line-up. Clarinets were in the majority, with course leader Margaret Archibald joined by Craig Maxwell who featured especially on bass clarinet, Sue Young doubling on B flat and E flat alto, and Chris Timmis holding the principal clarinet part. Judy Wang had brought her flute all the way from Taiwan especially to take part in the course at Benslow, and ‘cellist Jane Richardson doubled on voice and keyboards in an ensemble that was remarkable for its flexibility.

20161103_1224470As always, coping with the luggage was a problem. Percussion for audience participation in the Latin American number added several bags to the total on this occasion…

20161103_122435…and getting Bill’s kit from Benslow to each nursing home made it necessary to allow at least half an hour before and after each concert for setting up and taking down.

Concerts at Elmside Methodist Nursing Home, Symonds House (Leonard Cheshire Disability), St Catherine’s Nursing Home and Benslow Nursing Home completed our tour. All the care centres are now old friends, and we were given a warm welcome at each one. Thanks to Benslow’s collaboration with Everyone Matters our concerts seem now to be well established in Hitchin care homes as an annual event. “It was a brilliant experience”, wrote the Activity Coordinator after the performance at Elmside, “and we loved the way everyone interacted with the residents”. The response from Benslow Nursing Home was simply “Thank you so much to all for a magical afternoon”.

Music Matters Autumn 2016

It was lovely to see Whitgift House Chapel filling with lots of familiar friendly faces at the start of our new Music Matters season on 13 September. Nicoline Kraamwinkel and I set feet tapping with a programme of dances that started in medieval Europe and finished in New Orleans, our musical journey taking in Russian Jewish Klezmer and Argentinian Tango.

Richard Suart has chosen to call his presentation on Tuesday 27 September “Generally G&S” or “I should Ko-Ko”, a typically Gilbertian double title.  Richard has recently completed a run of performances of “The Mikado” at the London Coliseum in the latest revival of English National Opera’s hugely successful production. If you look carefully at this picture of Richard as Ko-Ko the Lord High Executioner,  a role that Richard has made especially his own, I think you may be able to see the “little list” poking out of his pocket!mikado-2012-3-134

The full autumn series of Lecture-Recitals at Whitgift House, 76, Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR2 6AB in The Chapel, 7 for 7.30 – 9.30p.m. costs just £64. It’s not too late to take out a subscription, or you can simply pay £10 on the door on each occasion.

Tuesday 27 September: Richard Suart “Generally G&S” or “I should Ko-Ko” – an evening of reminiscence and song, with baritone favourites from the operettas accompanied by Margaret Archibald at the keyboard.

Tuesday 11 October: Jorge Jimenez “Contrapunctus” – Polyphony for solo violin.

Tuesday 25 October: Alan Shellard and Margaret Archibald “Two of a Kind” – costumed clarinettists in marches and much more.

Tuesday 8 November: Alan George “Beethoven’s last quartets: absolutely contemporary for ever!”

Tuesday 22 November: Stephen Bingham “Lines and Loops” – for violin, electric violin and live-looping.

Tuesday 6 December: Katie Clemmow and Margaret Archibald “Imitation” – exploring a favourite device in the composer’s armoury.

Tuesday 20 December: Gerald Place “Searching for Shakespeare’s Songs”  – Gerald sings songs Shakespeare would have known, accompanying himself on the viola da gamba.

There is a second chance to hear Richard Suart, Alan Shellard, Stephen Bingham and Gerald Place who will each appear the next day in our 2.30p.m. Wednesday afternoon series of Musical Offerings at St Mark’s Church Room, Bromley.

Details from Margaret Archibald: 07970 123105;  margaret@everyone-matters.co.uk

 

Clarinets coming home – Everyone Matters at Benslow Music Trust

Year after year each return to Benslow feels to me like another coming home. The house wraps round me as I walk into the hall, I promise the reception team yet again that this year I really won’t lose my room key, and it’s hugs all round as clarinet players convene for another intensive weekend of non-stop playing: clarinet choir, clarinet ensemble, clarinet masterclass, clarinet recital and, this year for the second time as part of the David Campbell Clarinet Weekend, the Everyone Matters group working towards performances in local Hitchin care homes. My clarinet colleagues David Campbell and Ian Scott are on board this year to share coaching the Everyone Matters group as they prepare to perform in the homes, and pianist John Flinders is also on hand to work through the clarinet solos that several of our group plan to perform at our Monday community concerts with me accompanying at an electric keyboard that is already stowed in my car for the care homes that don’t have pianos.

It is so easy now for me to set up the care centre concerts, as all the venues welcome us as old friends and are eager for us to return. This year it was Leonard Cheshire Disability that chose to host our Monday morning concert at Symonds House, where our welcoming audience included a number of staff and residents who had seen some of us in previous years. The intimacy of the room encouraged a very informal atmosphere throughout the concert, with lots of questions from our audience including a fascinating discussion initiated by one of the wheelchair users who asked the thought-provoking question “Why do the clarinets all sound different?” initiating a rewarding discussion in which each player was able to explain some of the details of their own reed, mouthpiece and instrument set-up as well as touching on the differences between individual approaches to tone production.

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Linda, Rosemary and Cathy have all played in Hitchin care centres previously, and at Highbury Rise following the afternoon concert Linda found a gentleman who had been born near her own Croydon home, enabling the two of them to share reminiscences of Thornton Heath ponds, leading to him telling the story of how he ran away to sea at age 15.

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Chris plays folk fiddle as well as clarinet, flute and recorder, and he offered us a welcome interlude from wall-to-wall clarinets with two Irish jigs for which he wrote out a shadowing harmony part for me as a duo accompaniment.

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It’s a big ask for a group of amateur players to come together with only short rehearsal time, as part of a densely timetabled weekend, to put together an informal concert programme from scratch, and this group managed it magnificently. The Activities Co-ordinator at Highbury Rise, where many of the residents are living with dementia, wrote afterwards, “Music has a wonderful effect on the brain and evokes memories that may have been forgotten”, and the Volunteer Co-ordinator at Symonds House summed it up: “A lovely concert for a Monday morning”.

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