SPECIAL CONCERT FOR NATIONAL QUAKER WEEK
Roza Bene (harpsichord) Byrd the bells; Quadran pavane and galliard Tomkins pavanes and a galliard Louis Couperin chaconne in C
Thomas Tomkins of Worcester was composing the pieces in this programme during the same years as the origins of Quakerism, which took place in this part of the country. In addition to some of his most serene pieces, Roza will play the “sad pavan for these distracted times” written two weeks after the beheading of King Charles I in 1649.
Roza Bene is a Hungarian harpsichordist resident in England since 2015 and who has made a special study of early English harpsichord music, winning many prestigious prizes e.g. Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize (London), the Leamington Music Prize, and the Town Hall Symphony Hall Prize (Birmingham) Recently she has been studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire and performing with orchestras in both Great Britain and Hungary.
Jack Dolan (tenor) Robin Bowman (piano)
Mozart misero, o sogno (concert aria) Finzi a young man’s exhortation; the sigh Schubert an den Mond Bellini bella Nice, che d’amore Faure poeme d’un jour Donizetti tombe degli avi miei….. fra poco a me ricovero (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Jack Dolan began his musical life whilst at school as a rock and blues guitarist. However, by the age of 15 he was performing in amateur musical theatre productions. Regular singing lessons with Claire Surman from this time onwards awaken him to the excitement of the standard classical repertoire. At the conservatoire, where he studies with Maureen Brathwaite, he has performed in a wide range of staged opera scenes, and took the lead role of Raoul de Gardefeu in a complete staged performance of Offenbach’s la vie parisienne . Outside the conservatoire he performs as soloist with a network of choral societies and orchestras, and will shortly perform Mozart’s Requiem with Michael Seal in Birmingham Symphony Hall, and Purcell Dido and Aeneas in Malta. He won second prize in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s esteemed Mario Lanza Opera Prize.
Samuel Bristow (organ).
A brilliant young Birmingham organist performs
Buxtehude Praeludium in d minor Byrd Fantasia in a minor
Wagner (arr.Liszt) Pilgrim’s Chorus
Tchaikovsky (arr.Samuel Bristow) Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Walter Hilse in Memoriam: Duke Ellington F E Bache Introduction and Allegro
F E Bache was another brillliant young Birmingham organist, who died at the age of 24 in 1858.
More about Samuel Bristow
Formerly organ scholar of Cirencester Parish Church, and then Coventry Cathedral, Samuel is currently organ scholar at St. Philip’s Cathedral Birmingham. A final-year student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, he studies with Henry Fairs and Daniel Moult.
He was a finalist in the 2017 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, and has broadcast on BBC Radio 4, BBC WM Radio, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, and recently made an appearance on BBC One’s “Songs of Praise”. In September 2019 he will take up the organ scholarship at Salisbury Cathedral.
Recent recital engagements include the cathedrals of Truro, Bristol, Portsmouth and Glasgow, Blenheim Palace, Orgelpark Amsterdam, and St Petri Kirche inHamburg. Future concerts include St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Blackburn Cathedral and St. George Hanover Square, London.
Eric McElroy (piano)
Ravel valses nobles et sentimentales Bax piano sonata no. 2
For our concert that is nearest to the date of the signing of the armistice 100 years ago, Eric McElroy will play major contributions to the solo piano repertoire written roughly a hundred years ago during the decade of the First World War.
This recital is a return visit by the brilliant young American pianist who recently gave us Bax’s first piano sonata in one of our lunchtime concerts.
For further information about Eric please look at his website www.eric-mcelroy.com
Claire Bowman (soprano) Robin Bowman (piano)
A recital of songs based around the themes of evening and night.
Purcell evening hymn
Armstrong Gibbs a song of shadows; five eyes; silver
Howells King David Warlock the night
Debussy nuit d’étoiles Fauré clair de lune
Mozart deh vieni, non tardar (le nozze di Figaro)
Schumann Zwielicht; im Walde; Frühlingsnacht
Bachelet chère nuit
After gaining undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Claire undertook further study with Pierre Bernac, and since then has been performing up and down the country, including at the Wigmore Hall in London, and the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton.
Paul Carr (organ)
a CHRISTMAS organ recital.