Summer Recitals, 2017
Stop Press - Autumn Plus Recitals!
Lovely news. We've had so many people ask to do recitals at St Mary's since the arrival of our new piano, that we're stretching the series well into Autumn. Scroll down for news of our additional recitals in late October and November. At this rate we'll soon be having to call it the Four Seasons Recitals.
The St Mary's Summer Recitals, initially all organ, were started in 1999 by our organist Bill Sibbey. He died suddenly on 8 December 2013, having already planned the 2014 series, which we ran in tribute to the many years of passionate and dedicated service he gave to St Mary's and the wider world of organ music.
Since then we've grown the series to include a wider range of music, while still keeping some slots to show off our superb Bevington organ. We weren't able to have much organ music in 2016 because of building works, which necessitated our covering it in polythene, so we're looking forward to dusting it off and showcasing it again later on this year.
Before then, however, we have some other recitals lined up for early Summer 2017. Most of the recitals are free and include complimentary refreshments afterwards, but we do ask people to contribute what they can in a retiring collection. We are very excited this year to be welcoming a new concert-worthy piano to St Mary's - a 1904 Bechstein grand beautifully reconditioned by Brighton piano man David Ingledew. It will enhance our music provision magnificently, but it is a big investment for us and we need to fundraise energetically to pay for it. If you can help fill our fundraising baskets at our recitals, please do!
Saturday, 8 April, 6 pm - FREE
Ivana Peranic - Cello
Bach's Cello Suites no. 2 in D Minor and no. 5 in C Minor
Saturday, 8 July, 6 pm - FREE
Katherine Nicholas – Soprano
Janet Ormerod – Mezzo-Soprano
Carol Alderson – Flute
Nick Andrews – Piano
Baroque music for voices, flute and piano including Purcell's Sound the Trumpet and Strike the Viol and Bach's flute sonata in E major BWV1035.
Saturday, 29 July, 6 pm - FREE
Lily Beatrice Cooper – Cello
Beth Gallimore – Piano
Music by Boccherini, Brahms and Van Goens.
Saturday, 12 August, 6 pm - FREE
Jamie Andrews – Organ
with Nick Andrews – Trumpet
Jamie Andrews is currently studying at Dorothy Stringer High School and is is in year 10 (aged 15). He recently achieved Grade 8 organ with distinction and also has a Grade 8 in piano and trumpet. His Dad Nick is whizz on organ, trumpet and piano too.
- Coe Fen ('How shall I sing that Majesty')
- Allegro assai, from Sonata 4
Johann Sebastian Bach
- 2nd movement from 3rd Trio Sonata
- Die guldne Sonne
- Prelude du Deluge
- Le jardin suspendu
- Still wie die nacht
- Sonata No. 2 in C Minor
Saturday, 9 September, 6 pm - FREE
The Herschel Quartet
Mozart - String Quartet no. 20 in D major, KV499
Mendelssohn - Four Pieces for String Quartet, Opus 81
Saturday, 23 September, 6 pm - FREE
Nick Andrews and Brighton Voices
The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn.
Scored for piano/organ accompaniment.
Sunday, 24 September, 6 pm - FREE
Gedymin Grubba - Organist
Gedymin Grubba was born in 1981 in northern Poland. He is an international organist, composer, conductor performing about 100 concerts each year around the world. He is the Director of the International Festival of Organ Music in the Cathedral in Pelplin.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
- Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major
- Concerto in A (after Vivaldi)
- Passacaglia in C
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
- Sonata No. 3 in A Major
Saturday, 30 September, 6 pm - FREE
Sophie Atalar - soprano
Laura Whitbread - mezzo soprano
Solo songs and duets by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Chaussons.
Saturday, 7 October, 6 pm - FREE
Philip Drew & Wyndcliffe Voices
Malcolm Keeler & Philip Bailey - Organ
Let all who have breath, Praise the Lord. We're delighted to welcome back Portsmouth's Wyndcliffe Voices with their director Philip Drew, accompanied by organist Malcolm Keeler and Philip Bailey for a programme ranging across different musical interpretations of the psalms. Choral music of the highest standard!
Sunday, 5 November, 3.30pm - FREE
Natalia Uchitel - piano
A short (musical) history of Romanticism.
- Robert Schumann - Two Romances, Op. 28
- Johannes Brahms - Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
- Frederic Chopin - Nocturne in C-sharp minor
- Edvard Grieg - Lyric Pieces, Op. 12
- Sergei Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau no. 6 in A minor, Op. 39 'Little Red Riding Hood & The Wolf'
Saturday, 11 November, 6 pm - FREE
Arlene Rolph - soprano
Johan de Cock - piano
A truly luscious song recital redolent with the fruitfulness and sweet decay of summer's fading into autumn. Soprano Arlene Rolph and pianist Johan de Cock bring us a gorgeously rich programme of songs by Handel, Berlioz, Strauss, Mompou, Britten and Cole Porter.
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