Blackweir Brass gave us a fantastic concert, with moving accompanying poetry narrations by William Kirk.
Even before they could perform, transport problems meant they had to all squeeze into a VW Polo to get here (did the tuba get strapped to the roof-rack?)
There was a Betjemen theme running through the evening, with the quintet reprising 'Hymn to St Cecilia'; arranged previously for Wantage Literary Festival.
'On Leaving Wantage' by Dan Hall was linked with Betjemen's home town poem.
Kamen's 'Quintet' had some lush harmonies; no wonder it's a staple of brass quintet repertoire.
We are always so lucky to have fabulous performers from RWCMD, and this concert continued the fine tradition.
Our first concert of the year was by Chamber Quorum (Trio)—Ruth Watson: oboe, Wendy Quinlan: flute, Jeremy Fisher: piano.
We were treated to a great programme, with pieces from Quantz ('father of modern flute playing'), via Damase (with really gorgeous flowing melodies), a Leybach piano solo with a nice back-story (the score found with Jeremy Fisher's first piano), 'Guillaume Tell Duo' (I failed Billy Connolly's definition of an intellectual: 'someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger').
Works after the interval included the Prelude/Waltz from John Rutter's Suite Antique and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. In all a fantastic first concert, thanks to Chamber Quorum.
Our Artist-in-residence was Hannah Firmin — illustrator & printmaker. A great opportunity to view her finely detailed, colourful prints.
OUR NEXT CONCERT
Saturday 6th July
Enigma Duo, "Music for a Summer evening" — Laurence Kempton (violin) & Katherine Thomas (harp). Artist in Residence Lizzie Harper, natural history illustrator.
Other local concerts
Thursday, 6 June at 7.30 pm
Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema
‘Michael Tippett: The Biography’ - book presentation and film screening
Regular concerts and workshops (details).
Enigma Duo Grand Charity Concert
Sunday 12th May 3.00 pm Priory Centre, St Mary's Priory, Abergavenny
Free Admission with charity collections for seeability.org
BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18
Schubert: Symphony No 9 in C major, D 944 (The Great)
The community-owned Farmers Arms pub adjacent to the church is now offering a pre-concert menu, for details see https://www.cwmdu-music.org.uk/the-farmers-arms.
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Support of the Church fabric
In 2017 St. Michael & All Angels, a Grade 2* listed building, received £800 in fees for our four concerts. In addition we will be able to donate a further £2500, for use in maintenance of the church fabric.