Autumn 2018 concerts


October 5    


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.  

October 19

Jack Dolan (tenor) Robin Bowman (piano)                                                                 

Mozart misero, o sogno (concert aria)  Finzi a young man’s exhortationthe 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.

November 2

Samuel Bristow (organ).

A brilliant young Birmingham organist performs

J S Bach Toccata in E  BWV 566  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.

November 16

Eric McElroy (piano) 

Ravel valses  nobles et sentimentales   Bax  piano sonata no. 2

Two major contributions to the solo piano repertoire written roughly a hundred years ago during the decade of the First World War.

A return visit by the brilliant young American pianist who recently gave us Bax’s first piano sonata in one of our lunchtime concerts. 

December 7

Claire Bowman (soprano) Robin Bowman (piano)

A recital of songs in English French and German based around the themes of evening and night.

December 21  

Paul Carr  (organ)

a CHRISTMAS organ recital.