Zoltan Ensemble concert
Our concert from the Ensemble proved well-worth the wait (re-arranged from a date in March when there were deep snow drifts in the lane up to the church).
Lowri Porter (violin), Roz Gladstone (cello) and Nancy Johnson (viola) were joined by David Chadwick (violin). The programme began with Haydn String quartet Op. 76, no. 1 in G major, then Webern's lyrical Langsamer Satz. Lowri gave some background and re-assurance on this "non-scary" work—composed during a hiking trip with his wife-to-be. No caution needed; some of our most moving moments this year have been from 20th/21st century composers. And this beautiful work was no exception.
A skilled and energetic Beethoven String quartet, Op. 59 no. 2 in E minor brought this brilliant evening to a close.
Our Artist-in-residence Jane Bennett showed a selection of sea and landscape oil paintings, together with prints created from gelatine plates.
Trio Volant concert (JULY 2018)
We had a fine concert from Trio Volant, an interesting and varied programme, including Mozart and a Beethoven rare foray into woodwind work-Trio in C, op 87. Then there was a dazzling Trio by Polish-born, US refugee and post-war French citizen Alexandre Tansman—the 1st movement 'Dialogue' really demonstrated the church acoustic. The final piece was Cecelia McDowall's 'Century Dances'—which has five dances themed from 18th century Allemande via Tango to the contemporary Last Dance; the first occasion on which FCM concert-goers have been exorted 'If you did bring glow-sticks, now's your chance'. We missed out there… could have sold them during the interval.
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.
Our next concert
Saturday, September 29th, 2018, 7:30pm
Gwent Chamber Orchestra
Programme: Mozart; including Sinfonia Concertante in E♭ major, K364 — soloists Julia Watkins (violin) & Stephen Broom (viola), Warlock, Haydn.
Philippine, a civil engineer by training, has been sculpting and making jigsaw puzzles since 2002.
For me, sculpting is a language like poetry, saying something while leaving the intensity of interpretation to the reader. I try to say things that touch me in life, concepts, ideas, feelings. At the moment, I am reflecting mostly on strength and fragility, power and vulnerability"
Other local concerts
Sunday, 7 October at 3.00 pm St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye
The Voskresenije Choir of St Petersburg.
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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.