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Pipes and Winds

Gales are forecast and we are planning to make February even more blowy with a festival of woodwind.

Oboe: Joel Raymond visits Music Matters on Tuesday 9 February at 7.30p.m. when he will perform on Baroque and Classical oboes, and  demonstrate his oboe-making equipment, allowing us to see how a log of wood can be transformed into a musical instrument.

Flute: Rachel Brown brings flutes to Music Matters on Tuesday 23 February; her focus is flutes in the time of Bach, but a flute from the Renaissance is also promised and an early French Baroque flute. Rachel has recently released a new Bach disc and we will get to hear tracks from this album as well as a performance live of the Bach Solo Partita.

Oboe and Clarinet: At Musical Offerings on Wednesday 24 February at 2.30p.m. Katie Clemmow and Margaret Archibald will explore the way in which oboe and clarinet have played alongside one another in orchestral and chamber music for more than three centuries.

Pipes were on display back in December when William McVicker, Curator of the Royal Festival Hall Organ, came to Whitgift House Chapel to play the little chamber organ resident there. IMG_20151201_204737

It was fascinating to be allowed to see the innermost workings of the organ behind its elegant façade, and to hear William explain how each individual pipe has its own character and tone colour dependant on the materials used and its size. IMG_20151201_204209

Music Matters Spring 2016

Radiating warmth, Whitgift House Chapel welcomes music lovers to the Tuesday night Music Matters. Our friendly group is always pleased to see new members, whether signing up for the full series or popping along for a single evening.

The spring season kicks off on Tuesday 5 January with Ian Fasham, Bass Trombone, the first of two brass players in the spotlight, followed on Tuesday 19 January by Pip Eastop, Horn.

Ian Fasham started off his musical life as a tenor trombone player at the age of 11. From the start he was fascinated by the look of the bass trombone (with all that extra tubing) and the sound of the low notes that it could make. He joined Kent County Youth Orchestra at the age of 13, and was loaned his first real bass trombone! He developed an early passion for opera, and now  works regularly with Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Garsington Opera.  He has been the bass trombone player of the London Mozart Players since 1985.

Pip Eastop has raised the dangerous art of playing the natural horn to a new level. In 2014 with the Hanover Band he gave a series of performances and made recordings of the full set of Mozart’s four Concertos. These were released in January 2015 on Hyperion Records label and instantly became an international best seller, hitting No. 1 on the Classical Music Charts.

 Music Matters Spring Season 2016

Whitgift House Chapel, 76, Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR2 6AB

Tuesdays, 7 for 7.30 – 9.30p.m.

Tuesday 5 January: Ian Fasham A view of the trombone from the bottom

Tuesday 19 January: Pip Eastop Mozart and the evolution of the Horn…Pip attempts to demystify the strange musical properties of long conical tubes

Tuesday 9 February: Joel Raymond The oboe man shows how to make, repair and play Baroque and Classical oboes

Tuesday 23 February: Rachel Brown Flutes from the Baroque

Tuesday 8 March: Katie Clemmow and Margaret Archibald The oboe and clarinet – side by side through the centuries

Tuesday 22 March: Julia Desbruslais and Tim Posner – mother and son return with a new programme of music for two ’cellos

Wine, juice, sparkling water and nibbles will be available at the break. Donations are invited and help support this series of lecture-recitals. Please bring your own tea or coffee if you prefer a hot drink.

£10 per lecture-recital

Subscription £48 for six lecture-recitals available in advance or on the first evening

Klezmer Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December

There are two chances to catch Lesley Schatzberger’s Klezmer presentation, at Whitgift House Chapel, Croydon on Tuesday evening 15 December at 7.30p.m. and at St Mark’s Church Room, Bromley on Wednesday afternoon 16 December at 2.30p.m.

Margaret Archibald will be playing bass clarinet to support Lesley in several performance items. The customary wine and nibbles on Tuesday and afternoon tea on Wednesday will perhaps have a Christmas flavour – well, you would expect it, wouldn’t you!

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Lesley Schatzberger

Lesley Schatzberger pioneered historical performance alongside being involved in a broad range of music-making. She has played all over Europe, the USA and Japan, both as an orchestral player and chamber musician – often in Stockhausen’s chamber group. She teaches at the University of York and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Entry to non-subscription holders: £10 0n the door. Donations towards interval refreshments go towards supporting these lecture-recitals and helping to keep them on the road.

Enquiries to Margaret Archibald 020 8464 1645; 07970 123105; margaret@everyone-matters.co.uk

The Whitgift House Organ, Tuesday 1 December

Whitgift Chapel organ: a church or domestic instrument?
William McVicker leads us through the organ repertoire, from the earliest known piece of organ music through to Wesley in the nineteenth century. There will be some audience participation and a chance to brush up on your history and an exploration of how the pipe organ works. Church or domestic instrument? Come and find out.

7 for 7.30p.m. in the Chapel at Whitgift House, 76, Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR2 6AB

Mozart Gala on period basset horns, South Croydon, Tuesday 17 November

This strange instrument is just one of three playing in consort on Tuesday night!
This strange instrument is just one of three playing in consort on Tuesday night!

Music Matters Gala Night presented by the

Shackleton Trio

Lesley Schatzberger, Ingrid Pearson and Margaret Archibald

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Whitgift House, 76, Brighton Road, South Croydon CR2 6AB

in The Chapel, 7 for 7.30 – 9.30p.m.

Music by Mozart, Stadler, Druschetzky and Abbé Vogler

on Basset Horns of the period

Entry to non-subscription holders: £20

An interval bar will serve refreshments

with Cava, Spanish wines and Tapas

Bar donations help to support our Music Matters series

Finding Whitgift House Chapel

Whitgift House stands in the grounds of Whitgift  School, but with its own gate on Brighton Road. Do not go up the hill to the school. If you are standing on the drive facing the house, you will see to the left of the house a large wrought iron gate leading through into part of the garden. The chapel is accessed by going into the garden through this gate, and then going through the very first door on your left.

Violin and Harp mini-tour in Bromley and Croydon

Nicoilne Kraamwinkel and Rosanna Rolton, mum and daughter, charmed audiences during seven concerts over three separate days in late October. They performed “Conversation Pieces” in four nursing homes and day centres, entertained the guests at the Sanderstead Decorative and Fine Arts Society Annual Lunch, and gave two full-length lecture-recitals for “Music Matters” in Whitgift House Chapel, South Croydon and for “Musical Offerings” in St Mark’s Church, Bromley.

“We were very impressed with Nicoline and Rosanna playing the harp and violin beautifully this afternoon”, wrote the Administrator of Fairlight and Fallowfield Nursing Home in Chislehurst. “Our residents thought that the music was wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed it. In addition it was lovely how the musicians interacted with the residents in terms of them being provided with a ‘menu’ of music to choose from, and being told a little background to the pieces.”

“The music session this morning was a great success”, echoed the Activity Co-ordinator at Bertha James Day Centre in Bromley, ” and one I hope we can repeat”.

Here are the musicians in action in the Church Room at St Mark’s Church, performing music from Baroque to Tango, and sharing anecdotes with a delighted audience assembled for the second in our new series of “Musical Offerings” in Bromley:

Tea-time treats at Bromley South
Tea-time treats at Bromley South

The home-made tea loaf and chocolate cake seemed to go down well at the break, and the apple cake containing old-fashioned garden Bramleys seems to have been a particular success. In fact, a couple of large buckets of this year’s huge Bramley harvest taken to the church enabled quite a few of the audience to take apples home with them too!

Music for Violin and Harp – a mother and daughter duo

Tuesday 20 October: Nicoline Kraamwinkel violin and Rosanna Rolton harp introduce their duo programme at Whitgift House, 76, Brighton Road, South Croydon CR2 6AB in The Chapel; doors open 7 for 7.30 – 9.30p.m.

Just to whet your appetite for Tuesday’s lecture-recital of music for violin and harp, here are some pictures of Nicoline and Rosanna in action in day centres in Kingston recently:
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Nicoline Kraamwinkel, Dutch born, studied in the Hague and London. She has worked with many of the chamber orchestras in London, is a member of the London Mozart Players and works for Garsington Opera. Her performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam was televised. She is a founder member of the Chagall Piano Trio.
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Nicoline’s daughter Rosanna Rolton is an advanced student at the Royal College of Music. She is a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra with whome she has toured widely throughout Europe and has won many competitions, most recently the International Harp Competition in Italy. Rosanna is currently making her first CD and has already given many recitals including in the Royal Festival Hall and at last summer’s Three Choirs Festival, and also in Italy.
If you have to miss Tuesday at Whitgift House then you might like to catch Nicoline and Rosanna in Bromley on Wednesday 28 October at 2.30p.m. for Musical Offerings in the Church Room at St Mark’s Church, Westmoreland Road, BR2 0TB when afternoon tea and home-made cakes will be served.
Entry to non-subscription holders is £10 on the door and contributions towards the refreshments help to support these lecture-recitals.