For the first part of 2014, we have organised concerts on the first and third Fridays of every month, as follows:
Friday 17 January
Vivien Chasey (violin) and Robin Bowman (piano).
Chanson du Matin – Elgar
Vocalise – Rachmaninov
Arabian Song from Sheherezade – Rimsky-Korsakov
Sonata in G, opus 13 – Grieg
Vivien Chasey is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She played for 10 years with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and is administrator and founder member of “Small is Beautiful – Music”, an organisation dedicated to sharing classical music in intimate venues.
Rpbin Bowman was Head of Academic Studies, and later Head of Vocal Studies, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In retirement he works for the Woodbrooke Quaker Studies Centre and Birmingham Conservatoire. He is one of the organising team for the Bournville lunchtime concerts.
Friday 7 February
Hannah Davey (soprano), Jack MacNeill (clarinet), Melissa Morris (piano)
“The shepherd on the rock” – Schubert
Songs with clarinet – Spohr
Contemporary works for voice and clarinet
Friday 21 February
James Brawn (piano).
Piano sonata in D minor, opus 31, no 2 (“The Tempest”) – Beethoven
Etudes – Chopin
Preludes – Rachmaninov
Friday 7 March
Jean Gubbins (cello) and some of her cello pupils.
Friday 21 March
Elizabeth Ryder (soprano) and Robin Bowman (piano)
Nacht; die Nachtigall – Berg
The goat paths, Under the greenwood tree – Howells
Ich will dir mein herze schenken (St. Matthew Passion) – J S Bach
Apparition – Debussy
C, Fêtes Galantes – (Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon) – Poulenc
Je veux vivre (Roméo et Juliette) – Gounod
Friday 4 April
Florian Zschucke (organ)
Music by Buxtehude, Purcell. Howells. Mathias and Bach (passacaglia in C minor).
Florian Zschucke was born in 1988 in Saxony, in the southeast area of Germany. He studied church music in Halle, achieving a distinction award in his degree. In Halle he took organ lessons with Martina Böhme and improvisation lessons with Christiane Bräutigam and Daniel Beilschmidt while continuing his piano studies which he had begun at an early age. He is currently studying organ under Henry Fairs at the Birmingham Conservatoire on a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service). A central focus of his studies is on British organ music. After returning to Germany in summer 2014 he will be studying organ with David Franke (of St. Wenzel’s Church in Naumburg). Previous performances have been with the university organist of Leipzig, in Thomaskirche and Nicolaikirche. As an accompanist he has worked with numerous soloists, choirs and instrumental ensembles in central Germany. He has undertaken further work and experience in recorded film music, Jazz and popular music.