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If you are involved in music-making, we are privileged to offer a free publicity service to our local community with concert previews and reviews with weekly columns in printed publications such as the Essex County Standard and Colchester Daily Gazette and a monthly page in Essex Life.

If you have a concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.


Final draft, Classical column 29 Nov (Essex County Standard and Gazette)

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without choral music from John Rutter. He unashamedly composes memorable melodies and these are most evident in his popular choral works, Magnificat and Gloria.  Fresh from its recent trip to France, Tiptree Choral Society will be presenting some of the music it successfully performed jointly with its host French choir, Sotto Voce, including Rutter’s Magnificat. This concert will also be jam-packed with seasonal favourites plus a chance for audience participation.  It all takes place on December 7 in St Luke’s Church, Tiptree at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12 (01206 734625).

 

Tomorrow evening Rutter’s Gloria performed by the Nayland Choir conducted by Emma Bishton. This concert will also include The Call of Wisdom by Will Todd and Sing and be Joyful by Heinrich Schütz. This concert starts at 7pm in St James’ Church, Nayland.  Tickets: £10

The next Suffolk Villages Festival concert is entitled Christmas in Baroque Salzburg, and features the St Henry Mass by Heinrich Biber, the last masterpiece by the great Austrian Baroque composer and his charming Night Watchman’s Serenade, with its chairman the baritone Stephen Varcoe making a cameo appearance. This takes place on Sunday December 8 at 6pm in the historic Grand Hall of Hadleigh Guildhall. Tickets from £12 (01206 366603)

 

How To do Your Best in Guitar Examinations is the title of guitarist Gary Ryan’s pre-concert talk from 6.45pm.  Gary’s concert itself follows at 8pm and includes a wide selection of music. This takes place at The Minories on Thursday December 5 at 8pm. Tickets £12.50 (01206 712437)

 

Don’t forget Stour Choral Society’s concert tomorrow afternoon including Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols.  Tickets: £12 (01206 392820). Next week I’ll include details of another concert including this wonderful work.

 

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Final draft, Classical column 22 Nov (Essex County Standard and Gazette)

Christmas comes early with Witham Choral and its Concert for Advent with soloists Gill Wilson, Elaine Henson and Paul Bloomfield. Members of the Colchester Bach Orchestra will be conducted by Patrick McCarthy, who will also sing the bass solos. The main work is Part One of Handel’s Messiah, which tells of the prophecy of Jesus’ birth and the Angel’s appearance to the Shepherds. The choir will also sing the ever-popular Hallelujah Chorus and there will be music by Bach including Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. A special treat will be Handel’s beautiful Eternal Source of Light Divine for voice and trumpet (heard at Prince Harry and Meghan’s Wedding). This musical Christmas feast takes place on Saturday 30 November at 7.30pm in Witham United Reformed Church, Newland Street. Tickets: £12 (01245 380958) www.withamchoralsociety.org.uk

Another local choir celebrates the season on the same date at its afternoon concert. Stour Choral Society performs excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams plus carols where the audience are invited to sing. Soloists for this concert are Mitesh Khatri, Gary Griffiths, Jonathan Abbott on trumpet, accompanied by organist Stephen Smith and led by Susie Hyman. This concert starts at 2.30pm on Saturday November 30 at Mistley Parish Church. Tickets: £12 (01206 3928200

Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols will also be performed next month on Sunday December 15 in St Andrew’s Church, Earls Colne with Aurora Voices. More news on this coming soon.

Tomorrow evening Mendelssohn’s much-loved masterpiece Elijah, one of the greatest oratorios in choral repertoire, will be performed by Hadleigh Choral Society The choruses, arias and recitatives dramatically tell the story of Elijah, the Old Testament prophet, through various Biblical episodes which feature terrible drought and famine, miraculous rain, mortal resurrection, a contest between gods, a fiery chariot and horses, and ultimately ascension to heaven.
Joining the choir will be soloists Elinor Rolfe Johnson, Siân Cameron, Huw Ynyr , Owain Browne accompanied by the Colchester Symphony Orchestra conducted by Chris Phelps. This takes place tomorrow evening at 7pm, at St Mary’s Church in Hadleigh. Tickets are £15 (01473 823 791)

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Final draft, Classical column 15 Nov 2019 (Essex County Standard and Gazette)

Well-known local violinist Philippa Barton leads many regional orchestras such as Colchester Symphony Orchestra and tomorrow evening she will be leading the Essex Symphony Orchestra in its concert of Russian 20th century music at Christ Church, New London Road, Chelmsford. www.essexsymphony.org.uk Next weekend, Philippa will be the soloist with yet another orchestra in more Russian music.

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is one of the most important works for this solo instrument in the Romantic music era. It is over-flowing with beautiful lyrical themes and virtuosic passages for the soloist. Philippa will be the soloist in this concerto accompanied by the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. This work is contrasted with Brahms Serenade No.1 and it all takes place on November 24 at 6pm in St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury. Tickets: £12 www.sudburysymphonyorchestra.com

Last Summer, Ipswich Symphony Orchestra ended its successful season with a concert also jam-packed with Russian music including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with its President, Noriko Ogawa, as soloist. Its next concert includes Elgar’s Violin Concerto with international soloist Benjamin Baker, contrasting with Dvorak’s Symphony. No.8. Tickets are from £16.50 www.ipswichsymphonyorchestra.org

The 29th Season of chamber music concerts at Colin Kirkby-Green’s The Studio in Brightlingsea takes place next Friday with the music of Beethoven and Mendelssohn performed by the Revolutionary Drawing Room Quartet. Tickets: £15 (01206 304995). This concert is at the intimate venue of The Studio, Mill Street, Brightlingsea and takes place on Friday November 22 at 8pm. Further details on the new season can be found here www.studiomusicbrightlingsea.com

Don’t forget tomorrow night the Colchester Choral Society performs music by Durufle and Bernstein in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Next week will feature more choral concerts taking place in Witham, Mistley and Hadleigh.

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994


Final draft, Classical column, 8 Nov 2019 (Essex County Standard & Gazette)

This month Colchester Choral Society, directed by Ian Ray, presents two contrasting choral masterpieces – Duruflé’s unique Requiem and Bernstein’s rhythmically and vocally challenging Chichester Psalms. The mood of the Requiem, as befits a Mass for the Dead, is largely reflective and solemn with moments of great beauty. Taking a plainsong chant as a starting point Duruflé used Fauré’s Requiem as a model by including important solo parts for organ, mezzo-soprano and baritone. Bernstein described Chichester Psalms: “the most accessible, B-flat major-ish tonal piece I’ve ever written.” The choral work is in three movements based on the text of six Psalms with words of peace and reconciliation sung in Hebrew. This concert takes place on November 16 at 7.30pm in Colchester’s St Botolph’s Church. Tickets: £15 on the door or in advance from Manns Music (01206 572783).

Don’t forget at the same venue tomorrow night at 7.30pm, the Lexden Choral Society has its annual Thanksgiving and Remembrance Concert including Mozart’s Requiem .

Also on November 16 the Essex Symphony Orchestra has its first concert under its new conductor, Robert Hodge, with a programme of Russian music composed during the first half of the twentieth century. Emmanuel Bach is the soloist in Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, which has three movements played without pause; other Russian music performed includes Lyadov’s tone poem The Enchanted Lake and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5. Tickets: £14 on the door or in advance from James’ Dace Music (01245 352133).

Last but not least, the Roman River Festival presents Classical Favourites on Friday November 15 in the Mercury’s pop-up Theatre with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Holst’s The Planets, Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro with award-winnning New Zealand born Samoan soprano Marlena Devoe. Tickets: £27 (01206 573948 )

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Final draft, Classical column 1 November 2019 (Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette0

Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire and this month there are three performances for your delectation!

Lexden Choral Society’s annual Thanksgiving and Remembrance Concert includes Mozart’s great Requiem with soloists Gill Wilson, Elaine Henson, Charles McGlone and Alan Loader conducted by John Chillingworth and accompanied by the Kingfisher Sinfonietta. After the performance of this wonderful choral work, the concert continues with popular orchestral works such as Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (a movement from Holst’s popular orchestral suite, The Planets) and Nimrod from Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme, popularly known as the Enigma Variations. The orchestral works are followed by the solemnity of an Act of Remembrance contrasting with Last Night of the Proms favourites such as Rule Britannia, Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance No.1 and Parry’s Jerusalem.  Saturday November 9 at 7.30pm in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Tickets: £15 (01206 543280)www. lexdenchoral.org

Later in the month, the Maldon Choral Society also performs Mozart’s Requiem coupled with his Coronation Mass. This performance is accompanied by piano duet and directed by Gillian Ward-Russell.  This concert takes place on November 23 at 4.30pm in the United Reformed Church in Maldon.  Tickets £12 in advance (0333 666 3366). 

Earlier this year, the Waltham Singers performed Puccini’s joyful graduation exercise ‘Messa di Gloria’. This month the choir pairs Mozart’s Requiem  with Poulenc’s contrasting Concerto for organ, timpani and strings with Martin Baker, Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, as soloist. The Waltham Singers will be joined by frequent collaborators the St Paul’s Sinfonia and soloists Sarah Power, Alexandra Cassidy, Tom Robson, and Colin Campbell. This concert of Mozart and Poulenc takes place on November 23 at 7.30pm in Chelmsford Cathedral. Further information – www.walthamsingers.org.uk

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994


Final draft, Classical column 25 October 2019 (Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette)

Tomorrow evening the Pimlott Foundation hosts a concert in memory of a much-missed daughter, Dr Sophie Ann Spooner, in aid of The Mathieson Music Trust for the street children of Kolkata. ‘Cellist Anup Kumar Biswas (once a pupil of the Mathieson Trust) accompanied by pianist Yoshiko Endo present a concert of music by Beethoven, Bruch, Brahms and Chopin. Sophies mother Dr Laurel Spooner spoke fondly of her daughter “’This concert is in memory of our beloved daughter Sophie who was working as a children’s doctor when she died so tragically in October 2017. We are fundraising for a cause she would have supported with all her heart were she here with us.” Canapés and drinks will be served at 5pm and the concert starts at 6pm. Seats are reserved by donation telephone (01206 271291).  This concert takes place tomorrow in The Old House, Old House Rd, Colchester, Essex CO6 4EQ 

 Also tomorrow evening the East Anglian Academy presents a Celebrity Organ Recital with Sietze de Vries, one of Europe’s most sought-after and admired organists. Sietze is organist at the world famous Martinkerk in Groningen in the Netherlands where the organ dates from 1450.  This concert  takes place tomorrow evening at 7pm in St Michael the Archangel Church in Framlingham. Tickets: £12 (01728 648571)

 If you are looking for organ recitals closer to home, there are two concerts coming up next month on the marvellous Moot Hall organ at Colchester’ Town Hall.  Early November, there is a unique showing of the famous 1925 film ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ starring Lon Chaney with organ accompaniment by Richard Hills.  He is an internationally renowned organist, who bridges the world of both classic and theatre organs.  This takes place at 7.30pm on November 7 in the Moot Hall, High Street, Colchester.  Tickets: £15 from nigelchapmanwine@btinternet.com

 Later in November, the second lunchtime organ recital in the latest series takes place with Mark Brafield performing a varied programme including Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók, Ronald Binge’s Elizabethan Serenade and The Dambuster’s March by Eric Coates.  This takes place on November 12 at 1pm. Free admission with a retiring collection.

 If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994

 


Final draft, Classical column 18 October 2019 (Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette)

Here is a whistle-stop tour of just a few of the concerts taking place this weekend!

Stour Valley Arts & Music 2019-20 season starts this Sunday with the wind quintet Aurora Ensemble. Members of this group have worked regularly with some of the country’s leading orchestras
and chamber ensembles. Prize-winners at the European Chamber Music Competition the quintet have broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as well as having performed at festivals and venues such as
the Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall. On Sunday the quintet will perform a varied programme including music by Zemlinsky, Malcolm Arnold and Danzi. This all takes place at
4pm on Sunday 20 October in St Mary’s Church in East Bergholt. Tickets: £15 (01206 298426) www.svam.org.uk

In complete contrast the Kelvedon Singers, conducted by Chris Phelps, present ‘Music for an Autumn Evening’ in another beautiful local church. 16th century madrigals, works from local composers, Victorian Ballads and much more will be performed in All Saints’ Church in Feering at 6.30pm. Tickets: £12 in advance (email: sp@base.nitrex.net) or £15 on the door. Don’t forget tomorrow evening Chris Phelps will be conducting the Colchester Symphony Orchestra in a concert including Elgar’s Cello Concerto with soloist Rowena Calvert. Tickets: £15 or free for under 25s (01206 271128) Next month the orchestra will be accompanying the Hadleigh Choral Society in Mendelsohn’s Elijah on 23 November. More on that coming soon!

Over in All Saints’ Church in Wrabness internationally renowned Spanish violinist Jorge Jiménez presents violin recital with music by J S Bach, Scarlatti, Kreisler, Biber and Ysaye. Tickets: £14 (01255 880791).
Last but not least, the Kingfisher Ensemble is back at Lion Walk United Reformed Church for a concert including Beethoven’s Piano Trio No1 and Frank Bridge’s Piano Trio in D minor. This takes place on Sunday at 2.45pm. Tickets: £12 on the door.

Tune in next week to find out about a concert in memory of a much-missed daughter, Dr Sophie Spooner to be held at The Pimlott Foundation’s Old House

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994


Final draft, Classical column 11 October 2019 (Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette)

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Hervey Benham Charitable Trust provides local young musicians the opportunity to perform with an orchestra and tomorrow evening three orchestral soloists have the chance to do just that at the annual young soloist concert.
One of Essex Music Services’ rising stars, Trombonist and Tuba player, Edward Frazer-Brown, recently performed a movement from Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto at the Swinburne Hall accompanied by the Essex Young People’s Orchestra. Tomorrow Edward will perform the complete concerto accompanied by the St Botolph’s Music Society Orchestra. As with all concertos, the character of the solo instrument will unfold from long, cantabile melodies to triumphal flourishes. I am sure that the audience will be spell-bound to hear such beautiful sounds from an often-neglected solo instrument.
In addition to the Tuba Concerto, Karathia King will perform Hummel’s Introduction, Theme and Variations for Oboe and Flautist Viviane Ghiglino is soloist in Reinecke’s Flute Concerto in D. This all takes place at the Hervey Benham Young Soloists concert in St Botolph’s Church, Colchester from 7.30pm. Tickets: £12 (01206 823662)
Over in Witham there is another orchestral concert which may also be of interest. The Colne Philharmonic Orchestra perform Brahms’ Symphony No.2 and Grieg’s Norwegian Dances in St Nicholas Church, Chipping Hill, Witham at 7.30pm.
One-armed professional pianist, Nicholas McCarthy, is in Russia performing with Siberian State Symphony and so his previously arranged concert at the Colchester Arts Centre on Sunday has had to be postponed until next year. You don’t need to travel to Russia to hear Nicholas as he will performing at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on 4 November. (01284 758000)
Tune in next week to find out about more the Kelvedon Singers performing in Feering Church and Spanish violinist Jorge Jiménez at Wrabness Church
If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.


Final draft, Classical column 4 October 2019 (Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette)

Last year, cellist Rowena Calvert performed at the late Roy Teed’s concert celebrating his life, music and presidency of the Colchester Symphony Orchestra.  As part of this concert, Rowena, with Martyn Jackson, gave an exceptional performance of the Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello. Later this month Rowena returns to be the soloist in Elgar’s popular Cello Concerto. This concerto is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire. Elgar composed it in the aftermath of the First World War. Whereas most concertos take time before introducing the soloist, Elgar’s  concerto begins with the solo cello followed by the orchestra.

Rowena has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and Queens Hall as well as making appearances at both the Manchester and Kronberg Cello Festivals and  the Roman River Festival.  Recent engagements have included performances of the Saint Saens, Vivaldi and Elgar Cello Concertos.  Rowena will be performing on an 1824 cello by Bernard Simon Fendt, kindly on loan to her by Nicholas Roberts.

This concert is called ‘Music Associated with London’ and also includes Elgar’s Overture Cockaigne (In London Town) and Vaughan Williams’ ‘A London Symphony’ (Symphony No.2 ).  This popular symphony incorporates the sounds of Edwardian London, including street vendors’ calls, the Westminster chimes and the Strand at night.

The orchestra, as always, will be led by Philippa Barton and conducted by Chris Phelps.  Don’t forget that all those under 25 can come along to a Colchester Symphony Orchestra concert for free and standard tickets cost £15, available (01206 271128) or emailing csosecretary@colchestersymphonyorchestra.org.uk Saturday October 19 at 7.30pm in Colchester’s St Botolph’s Church.

Tune in next week to find out about more orchestras performing in our region this month.

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.

 

Final draft, Classical column in 27 September 2019 (Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette)

Following its sell-out performance last year, Quattro Amici returns to Colchester. The Roman Circus House is the venue for these classical vocalists to perform a programme bursting with music from Bizet to Bernstein and beyond. Tickets are £12 each – including drink and nibbles. Telephone (07415 9852 891). The concert starts at 7.30pm in Roman Circus House, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester.

A few days later, another vocal quartet performs at the final lunchtime concert in the current series at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall . It features Aurora Voices, singing Opera favourites including music from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Handel’s Semele and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Thursday October 3 at 12.30pm. Free admission with a retiring collection.

Dizzying counterpoint and stunning displays of polychoral writing are promised at A Bavarian 16th Century Festival featuring the East Anglian Academy Chamber Choir. The choir and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, directed by Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick, perform music by Hassler, Gabrieli and Orlande de Lassus. This takes place tomorrow evening at 7pm in St Michael the Archangel, Framlingham, Woodbridge. £18 – including Wine and canapés – available on the door. Find out more here – www.eastanglianacademy.org.uk

For one night only, Plácido Domingo returns to the breath-taking Arena di Verona amphitheatre for his anniversary gala evening. 50 years after his debut, he will revisit three of his greatest ever roles in Verdi’s Nabucco, I due Foscari and Macbeth. Watch Placido Domingo’s gala concert at the Odeon Colchester (and other cinemas) on Tuesday October 1.
Don’t forget the Kingfisher Sinfonietta are back at Lion Walk United Reformed Church, Colchester on Sunday after at 2.45pm.

Tune in next week to find out about ‘Music Associated with London’ with the Colchester Symphony Orchestra and Chris Phelps.
If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.


Final draft, Classical column in 20 September 2019 (Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette)

Founded in 2011, the Kingfisher Sinfonietta has become a much-respected orchestra, performing to enthusiastic audiences in East Anglia.
Concerts, in keeping with a challenging historic tradition, are frequently directed from the Leader’s chair. This month the Sinfonietta returns to Colchester with a delightful programme of music including Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Gershwin’s Lullaby, contrasting with Britten’s Simple Symphony. This takes place on Sunday September 29 at 2.45pm.

But before that, this weekend the Kingfisher Ensemble – Beth Spendlove (violin), Yan Yi (viola) Chris Slatter (cello) and pianist, Nigel Clayton – presents music including Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B flat and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor. This takes is on Sunday at 2.45pm. Both concerts take place in Lion Walk United Reformed Church in Colchester. Tickets for each concert are £12.

With the BBC Proms having finished last Saturday with the traditional Last Night of Proms concert, next weekend the Essex Concert Band presents its own Promenade Concert with favourites such as Eric Coates’ Dam Busters March, Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1. This concert is, as always, conducted by Charles Hine and takes place on Saturday September 28 at 7.30pm in Rowhedge Village Hall. Free admission with a retiring collection.

Tune in next week to hear about Placido Domingo’s 60th Anniversary Gala in Colchester, a Bavarian Festival in Framlingham Church and Aurora Voices in Coggeshall.

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.

 


Final draft for the Classical column, 13 September 2019 in Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette.

Reed all about it! Clarinettist Mark Simpson brings two other stellar  musicians to Wivenhoe tonight as part of the final few concerts of this year’s Roman River Festival. Cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, last heard at the festival with Nicola Benedetti three years ago, will also play as well pianist Rick Uttley, making his Festival debut. Music to be performed includes Clarinet Trios by both Beethoven and Brahms. This takes place tonight at 8pm in the beautiful Wivenhoe Church, High Street.

Mark Simpson concludes his Festival residency with a wide-ranging programme of works for clarinet by Berio, Stravinsky and Steve Reich. This concert is in Abberton Church tomorrow at 11am.

20 years ago the Roman River Festival started in St Andrews Church in Fingrinhoe and on Saturday at 6pm it returns there with string
trios by Beethoven, Kodaly and Dohnányi performed by the Veles Ensemble.

Last weekend the East Anglian Railway Museum hosted the 33rd Beer Festival but this Sunday the final Roman River Festival concert takes place with music by Beethoven and Steve Reich. For ticket availability on all of the above visit www.romanrivermusic.org.uk.

More woodwind music can be heard next Friday evening at local composer Peter Thorne’s free concert called Thornathon. The concert is full of Peter’s music accompanied by himself at the piano plus several wonderful local woodwind players – Jeffery Wilson, Mary Blanchard, David Chivers and Samantha Christopher. This concert takes place at 7pm on Friday September 20 in St James Church, Tower Road, Clacton. Free entry with a retiring collection.

Tune in next week to hear about the annual Proms concert from the Essex Concert Band and the first concert for the autumn from the
Kingfisher Ensemble.

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.

 


Final draft for the Classical column on 6 Sept 2019 in the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette

Ian Ray has been Colchester’s Honorary Borough Organist since 1988 and this Tuesday lunchtime he will be performing on the organ housed in the Moot Hall. This concert includes a wide variety of organ music from J S Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in A minor (the ‘Great’) to Paean by 20th century British composer, Kenneth Leighton. In addition to the majestic Edwardian organ, the Moot Hall is also home to a Grand Piano. Ian will also perform piano music by Liszt as part of this concert. This all takes place on Tuesday September 10 at 1pm in Colchester’s Town Hall. Free entry with a retiring collection.
Last Wednesday the Colchester Choral Society, directed by Ian Ray, had its first rehearsal of the term in preparation for its November concert. This concert will include two contrasting choral masterpieces – Durufle’s unique Requiem and Bernstein’s rhythmically and vocally challenging Chichester Psalms. There is still time to join the choir at its regular Wednesday rehearsals to discover these beautiful works. Telephone (07514 440009)
This weekend many Essex musicians will be performing in the Essex Chamber Orchestra’s first concert of the Autumn term. The concert includes Beethoven’s Symphony No.4 and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with soloists Suzanne Loze (violin) and Morgan Goff (viola). This takes place on Sunday September 8 at 7pm in Ingatestone’s Fryerning Community Centre. Tickets £10 on the door or www.ticketsource.co.uk/essexchamberorchestra
The Roman River Festival begins its annual weekend residency in St Mary’s Church, Stoke by Nayland tonight with Come to A Night at the Opera. A quartet of opera singers will perform operatic melodies, duets and ensembles by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and many more. Tomorrow evening the orchestra will perform a varied programme including Sibelius’ Symphony No 5. The Stoke by Nayland weekend concludes with Roman River’s first family orchestral concert. Tickets www.romanrivermusic.org.uk

Tune in next week to read about concert previews for the final weekend of the Roman River Festival and a concert in Clacton of music by local composer, Peter Thorne.

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994.


Final draft for the Classical column on 30 August 2019 in the Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette 

All together now – singing is good for your body and soul. Reports are always being published commending singing in a choir so why not consider joining a local choir?

Clacton Choral holds its ‘Saturday Sings’ tomorrow afternoon where its Musical Director, Gilli Dulieu, introduces the music of Dvorak’s uplifting Te Deum, with its beautiful soaring melodies and music from Brahms’ German Requiem. It is fitting to include music by Brahms in the same concert as he was a mentor to Dvorak. By the way, joining this choir will guarantee a seat to the concert as its last event was a sell-out!  To pre-book your place for tomorrow’s singing day, held at St James’ Church Hall, Tower Road in Clacton-on-Sea from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, telephone 01255 677368. The concert takes place on December 7 at 4pm in the same venue.

The Chelmsford Singers start the term with their annual Open Rehearsal.  This Autumn the choir, under James Davy, will be performing various works including music marking the 80th, 100th and 150th anniversaries of Andrew Carter, David Willcocks and Walford Davies respectively at concerts on November 3, 10 and December 7. The Open Rehearsal takes place on Tuesday September 10 at 7.30pm in The Cathedral School, Victoria Road, Chelmsford.

Other choirs are also getting into their stride next month – Witham Choral starts rehearsals on September 10 at 7.45pm in Witham URC for its concert on November 30 which features music by Bach and Part 1 of Handel’s Messiah. The Ipswich Bach Choir makes a later start on September 25 with Rossini’s delightful Petite Messe Solennelle (nothing solemn there!). These rehearsals are from 7.30pm on Wednesdays at St John’s School , Victory Road, Ipswich.

Tune in next week to read about concert previews for Ian Ray’s next organ recital and music from the Essex Chamber Orchestra.

If you have a forthcoming concert of classical music you would like previewed, contact Liz Leatherdale on 0800 999 6994

 

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