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