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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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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

 

Two favourite ‘cellists make a welcome return

Julia Desbruslais is once again partnered by her son Tim Posner in a new programme of music for two ‘cellos. There are two chances to catch them, so why not come to both!
Tuesday 22 March at 7.30p.m. in Whitgift House Chapel, South Croydon
Wednesday 23 March at 2.30p.m. in St Mark’s Church Room, Bromley
Non-subscription holders: £10 entry
The friendly, informal atmosphere at these events allows everyone to chat to the musicians, especially during the intervals. We run a donations bar on Tuesday evening with wine, soft drinks and nibbles, and we sell afternoon tea with home-made cakes on Wednesday afternoons. All proceeds go towards sustaining these professional lecture-recitals.
Julia Desbruslais is Co-Principal Cello of the London Mozart Players and recently became the orchestra’s Executive Director. Her son Tim Posner began his cello studies with his mum at the age of seven, and he is currently a pupil of Leonid Gorokhov at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover.

Information: Margaret Archibald (who will also play the keyboard for Julia and Tim) tel: 020 8464 1645; mob: 07970 123105; email: margaret@everyone-matters.co.uk

Our Spring series of Musical Offerings at St Mark’s Bromley continues:

Wednesday 27 April 2016:   Margaret Archibald and John Flinders “Romance and the Romantics” – Passionate Music for Clarinet and Piano

Wednesday 25 May 2016: Jorge Jimenez “Contrapunctus” – Polyphony for Solo Violin

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