Summer Recitals, 2016
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.
From the middle of April 2016 we are having to rest the organ from recital duty as we have building works in the church and the organ has to be covered in polythene to protect it from the dust. Our recitals this year therefore will be of everything but the organ!
Before the building works, however, we have time for one big fundraiser for the Bevington organ. In February, James Richardson-Jones of the Duplex Pipe Organ and Blower Company very efficiently replaced our rattling old Rockingham blower with a sturdy refurbished BOB X10B from the 1950s. This was a major work, which has been funded in large part by a generous donation of £4,000 from the Friends of St Mary's and monies raised from previous organ recitals. But we've still got some way to go before we complete the fundraising, and we have a few tidying up jobs to do on the console as well.
We are therefore hugely grateful to D'Arcy Trinkwon, international concert organist, who has kindly offered to play a celebration recital for us on 15 April to help us complete this round of fundraising. Please join us for this very special and enjoyable evening, which will show off the Bevington to its best capacity and help it to shine even better in the future.
Friday, 15 April, 7.30 pm - £10/£8 (conc)
An evening with D'ARCY TRINKWON
with special guest GREGORY MOORE, tenor
Renowned concert organist D'Arcy Trinkwon inaugurates our newly installed blower with a glorious selection of pieces from Frescobaldi , Zipoli, Reger and Bach, along with the sonorous majesty of Gregorian chant, sung by Gregory Moore, and interpreted for the organ by Tournemire, Langlais, Litaize and Demessieux. And it is all rounded off with the ringing out of Henri Mulet's exhilarating Carillon-sortie.
Sunday, 22 May, 6 pm - FREE
Isabel Gray, soprano, with James Reed, piano
Songs by Barber, Gounod, Cherubini, Purcell, Caccini and Mascagni
Saturday, 11 June, 6 pm - FREE
The Herschel Quartet
Beethoven and Elgar
Saturday, 9 July, 6 pm - FREE
The Symphonic Wind Orchestra of North London
Saturday, 10 September, 6 pm - FREE
Matthew Draper (oboe) & Carolyn Hextall (piano)
Carolyn Hextall (piano) has held the position of Director of Music at Brighton College Prep School for 8 years. She studied Piano Accompaniment at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Joyce Woodhead and completed a PGCE at Homerton College Cambridge. She is an accomplished pianist and has worked extensively as an accompanist for examinations and recitals.
Saturday, 22 October, 6 pm - FREE
Rhonda Browne, mezzo soprano
with Andrew Macmillan, piano
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