Tag Archives: Classical Music

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”.

Contrapunctus – Polyphony for solo violin

Wednesday 22 June 2016 2.30 – 4.30p.m.

Lecture-Recital in the series Musical Offerings

in the Church Room

St Mark’s Church, Westmoreland Road, Bromley, BR2 0TB

 Jorge’s passion for the violin and for music of the highest quality has led him to direct, conduct and lead international ensembles throughout Europe, giving stylish, authentic performances of  music from Medieval times to the 21st century.

As a soloist, Jorge has toured widely in Europe and South America playing on a 1680 Vincenzo Ruggieri made in Cremona or, as best suits the repertoire,  on a 1797 Neapolitan J&A Gagliano.

Jorge’s engagements in 2016 include guest director of Capella Cracoviensis, assistant musical director at Netherlandse Opera,  musical director and conductor of Wratislavia Cantans Festival Orchestra and Choir, and his new solo programme “Duende” at the Varazdin Baroque Evenings 2016 (Croatia).

Entry to non-subscription holders: £10 on the door

Home-made cakes, tea, coffee and biscuits will be on sale during the interval

Enquiries: 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

Everyone Matters: a company limited by guarantee no. 07450130; registered charity no. 1143445

A view of the trombone from the bottom

 

Wednesday 25 May 2.30 – 4.30p.m.

Lecture-Recital in the series Musical Offerings

in the Church Room

St Mark’s Church, Westmoreland Road, Bromley, BR2 0TB

 

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“…all that tubing”

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. Away from the trombone, Ian has a wife (also a professional musician) and two school age children. When they get the chance, as a family they like to enjoy the outdoors and countries with warm climates!

Entry to non-subscription holders: £10 on the door

Home-made cakes, tea, coffee and biscuits will be on sale during the interval

Enquiries: 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

Everyone Matters: a company limited by guarantee no. 07450130; registered charity no. 1143445