The new season’s programme has now been finalised and will soon be printed for distribution. You can see a copy of the brochure here ahead of publication. The committee has put together an excellent programme with two outside speakers and one, for the first time, from the Delius Society. We have one ‘live’ music evening as well as presentations on a wide range of topics from Society members themselves.
Meeting arrangements are as before and parking is easy. New members are always welcome – we’ve had several this year – and if you want to come along to an evening without commitment, there is a small fee of £3 to help with our expenses.
Existing members: if you can do anything to help promote events that would be appreciated.
The first evening will be on Monday 19 September.
David Davies and friends performed live for the Society on Monday and their programme was as follows:
Next meeting is a live performance
Yes, we are the ‘recorded’ music society but this is an exception. Members will recall a previous evening at which David Davies performed on the keyboard. Now we are delighted to see him return for an evening of baroque music played by David and some friends. These include David Morgan and Sue Wyatt (violins), Sally Reid (‘cello) and David himself who will be on the harpsichord. It will be more than just the music as there will be some explanation about the music and the instruments.
The programme includes works by familiar composers including Boyce, Bach, Handel and Corelli as well as some less well know composers such as Veracini, Krieger, Leclair and Finger.
For non-members, tickets on the door will be a modest £2 for the evening.
7.30 on Monday 29th February at the rear of the Guide’s Centre. Details of how to find us is on the ‘Find us’ tab. Parking is easy and free. We look forward to seeing you. Space is limited so please arrive in good time.
The last meeting of the Recorded Music Society, which took place on 16 March, was a further break from tradition as there was – and there is no other way to put this – no recorded music. Instead we had local keyboard player David Davies (photo) play organ pieces and he called his talk Brought down from the attic: rarely heard organ works played live on the piano.
David played a wide range of pieces from composers stretching back to Tallis in the sixteenth century and a piece from the Robertsbridge Codex which is from the fourteenth. He explained something of the history of the organ noting that the pedal was a late arrival to these shores, in fact not until something like 1840 did any appear. All organs were destroyed by Cromwell is another interesting fact.
Among the pieces was one of Mozart’s ‘epistle sonatas’ which may have contributed to his dismissal from Salzburg because, famously, it was too long. Other pieces included Walton’s music for Richard III and an Air by Samuel Wesley who was the first to spot how important the music of Bach was. A really interesting programme – and we didn’t miss the CDs.
The list of music played:
|Anon||Organ Estampie in the Robertsbridge Codex: the earliest surviving music written specifically for the keyboard|
|Tallis||Hymn: Iste confessor|
|Sweelink||Toccata in the Aeolian mode|
|Gibbons||Prelude in G|
|Walton||Elegy from music for Richard III|
|Frescobaldi||Gagliarda Terza from the second book of toccatas|
|Locke||Voluntary 3 from Melothesia|
|Pachelbel||Fugue in D major|
|JS Bach||Fughettas on Vom Himmel Hoch und Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ|
|Couperin||Kyrie of the Convent Mass|
|Stanley||Voluntary op 7 No. 5|
|Boyce||Voluntary in D|
|Lidon||Sonata para organo con trompeta real|
|Mozart||Epistle Sonata 15|
|Beethoven||Prelude through all the twelve keys op 39|
|Wesley, S||Air and Gavotte|
|Brahms||Chorale prelude on Es ist ein’ Ros entsprugen|
|Elgar||Vesper Voluntary 5|
|Ferguson||Kellow Pye Variations and Scherzo|