This afternoon’s concert welcomed the arrival of Spring with a selection of dance music. Our audience appreciated the sounds we made, especially the Waltz time pieces, and were very generous in contributing £200 towards our chosen charity.
One of our violinists has taken up the cause of research into and support for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and has today celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary. She has asked for donations to The Alzheimer’s Society rather than gifts to celebrate her and her husband’s aniiversary. Her blog on the subject is very touching and very thought provoking – have a look at http://susanelkin.co.uk/articles/category/life/alzheimers-blog/.
This year sees the Sacconi Quartet return to Folkestone for their twelfth Chamber Music Festival. Joining them are some very special guests, including the extraordinary pianist Tom Poster in Korngold’s sumptuous Piano Quintet and the eminent violist Philip Dukes in Beethoven’s tempestuous ‘Storm’ Quintet, Op. 29. The Sacconi will also direct a hand-picked string orchestra from the Royal College of Music in a thrilling concert, including John Woolrich’s haunting Ulysses Awakes, for viola and strings, andBartók’s Divertimento for Strings– one of the greatest essays in the genre. Other repertoire includes works by Mozart, Haydn, Grieg, and Schubert.
You can sing in this performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s highly successful comic opera in two acts, which took the mickey out of politics, the Navy and social class. Download the application form by clicking on hms pinafore application to sing
This Monday evening saw us combining with Ashford Community Choir to give a Concert at Revelation St. Mary’s, Ashford in support of the Woodchurch Riding Group. The sense of excitement was evident from the moment we started setting up: we had had only one rehearsal with the choir, which in itself was great fun, and we had never heard them sing their choral pieces.
The evening started with the choir singing three songs, and we then launched into a selection from the Nutcracker Suite, and the half finished with choir and orchestra combining for “Somewhere In My Memory” from the John Williams score of “Home Alone”. The second half saw more choral pieces, and then a succession of carols, including a medley written by our own Gill Booker – who also adapted several of the other pieces – sung by the choir and accompanied by the orchestra.
The very capable leadership of both Karen Hill and Gill Booker kept both amateur ensembles in the right places, the songs were accompanied by Wendy Heaton on the piano, and a substantial audience of supporters seems to have thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Hopefully this will be the first of many joint efforts between these two groups. And so Christmas begins…
Footnote: the evening raised £994 for the charity!