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
The Gwent Chamber Orchestra / ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE Graham and Paul Davis—pyrography and wood-turning
Saturday 28th September
Other local concerts
A WEEKEND CELEBRATING 100 HAY MUSIC CONCERTS Saturday, 13 July - CoMA London Ensemble - conductor Gregory Rose (details).
Regular concerts and workshops (details).
BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Mahler's Symphony No 1 in D and, with Martin James Bartlett, Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No 2 in F.
The Farmers Arms
The community-owned Farmers Arms pub adjacent to the church is handy for pre-concert suppers and drinks. (01874 202132).
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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.