Summer Recitals, 2017
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 1912 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 works by Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann.
Saturday, 29 July, 6 pm - FREE
Lily Beatrice Cooper – Cello
Bethenny Hope – 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 has been playing the organ since he was 12 when he began regularly as the organist of Holy Trinity, Poynings. He recently achieved Grade 8 organ with distinction and also has a Grade 8 in piano and trumpet. He is going to the Oundle Young Organists' course in July and working towards his ARCO. He has regular lessons with Andrew Beaizley and loves playing the organ. His Dad Nick is whizz on organ, trumpet and piano too.
Saturday, 9 September, 6 pm - FREE
The Herschel Quartet
Ravel's String Quartet in F Major.
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 has recorded a number of CDs and frequently conducts master-classes. 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.
Saturday, 7 October, 6 pm - FREE
Philip Drew & Wyndcliffe Voices
Philip Bailey - Organist
We're delighted to welcome back Portsmouth's Wyndcliffe Voices with their director Philip Drew, accompanied by organist Philip Bailey. Choral music of the highest standard!
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