Spring 2017 Concerts

Friday 6 January 

Montpellier Duo – Julia Liang  (violin) and Alexander Kirk (piano)

Igor Stravinsky – Divertimento

Ian Venables – Three Pieces

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco – Figaro:Concert Paraphrase of Largo al factotum (from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville)

Friday 20 January

John Jenkin (organ), Paul Mocroft (baritone)

Alessandro Stradella – Pietà Signore

Maurice Duruflé – Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons

Max Reger – Ich sehe  dich in tausend Bildern; Meine Seele ist still zu Gott; Toccata

Louis Vierne – Les Angélus;    I    Au matin   II   A midi    III    Au soir; Carillon de Westminster

Friday 3 February

Cobalt Duo – Fumiko Miyachi and Kate Halsall (piano duet)

A programme of contemporary piano music.

Howard Skempton – Plain Sailing (1993) 2’

Beautifully crafted, this short work conjures up precisely the imagery the title suggests: calm, lilting, melodic, but requiring technical skill.  Despite its apparent tonality, the harmony offers the odd pleasant surprise as one would expect of Skempton’s imitable style.

Egidija Medeksaite – Textile 1 (2006) 10’

It is the first piece, which is transformed from the textile weave. I wrote it during my MA studies in composition in Stuttgart in 2005-2006. Actually, this mapping of textile is very simple; I used its structure in order to get patterns of harmony, while the rhythm remains in the constant repetitions. EM

Graham Fitkin – Aract (1990) 3’

It is short and loud.  The piece opens in C minor, flirts with Eb major in the middle and ends in C minor again.  It’s rhythmic, doesn’t develop its material very much and doesn’t try too hard. GF

Graham Fitkin – Wade and Deacon (1999) 6’

These two pieces are mellow and familiar, yet gently unsettling in places. While his music is sometimes described as ‘post-minimalist’, Graham Fitkin himself mentions sources of inspiration as diverse as Stravinsky, Miles Davis, Webern, Steve Reich, Frank Sinatra and Pet Shop Boys.

Graham Fitkin – T2 (2012) 5’

This has plenty of energy and drive with striking shifts in character, not without moments of nostalgic reflection: a contrast that is right at the core of Fitkin’s music.

David Lang – before gravity 3’

before gravity was written for and premiered by Peter Poston and Andrew Zolinsky, May 6, 2012 New York City.

Fumiko Miyachi Co27(Cobalt) 5’

Co27(Cobalt) is the third work in the series of pieces called Transitional Metal; I have always been drawn to the neatness of the periodic table and the rhythmic drive and clarity of texture inherent my music somehow brought to mind the “metal” connection.  The three other works in the series are Cr24(Chromium) for large ensemble, Au79(Gold) for brass band and Ag47(Silver) for piano duet, all of which feature in the forthcoming portrait album. FM

Friday 17 February

Ivy Lao (violin)  Naomi Bazlov (piano)  young musicians from King Edwards School Birmingham

Bach keyboard partita no. 5  – movements 1, 2 and 3;     violin partita no. 6-  prelude

Beethoven  spring sonata (sonata no. 5 Op. 24) for piano and violin

Chopin  étude for piano Op. 10 no. 3;  nocturne (arranged for violin and piano by Nathan Milstein)

Friday 3 March

Antonio Oyarzabal (piano)   “the inner child” – Schumann  scenes from childhood 

Debussy children’s corner and Ravel mother goose suite

Friday 17 March 

Caroline Modiba (soprano), Robin Bowman (piano)

Richard Strauss an die Nacht; Zueignung; Einerlei; Cäcilie

Mozart alleluia (exultate jubilate)  Puccini o mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)  quando m’en vo (la Boheme) Lehar Vilja (the Merry Widow) Verdi e strano/ah forse lui/sempre libera (la Traviata) 

Frank Bridge go not happy day

Friday 7 April

Henry Fairs   (organ) 

J P E Hartmann  Allegro Maestoso from Sonate in G

Elgar (arr.Brewer) Chanson du matin

Howells Psalm prelude on ‘de profundis’

Schumann Four sketches

J S  Bach  Praeludium in E BWV 566a