Summer Music 2012
Recitals over the summer: We have a great programme of Tuesday lunchtime recitals over the summer. Tuesday, 7th August, Glen Dempsey will play all six of Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonatas – a terrific undertaking.
The recital on Tuesday 14th August will be given by Lindsay Stemp, with beautiful works by Elgar, Alain, and Dupre. On Tuesday 21st August, Ian de Massini plays a splendid French programme, and on Tuesday 28th August, we will welcome Nigel Kerry from Our Lady and the English Martyrs.
Orchestral/choir concert Saturday 22 September at 7.30 pm
The main work in the programme will be the 7th symphony of Beethoven, one of his most popular works. All the movements of the symphony are very enjoyable and in particular the second one with its brooding ostinato figure. The finale is one of the liveliest symphonic movements ever written. When it was first performed in December 1813, critical opinion was divided. Friedrich Wieck said that there was a consensus that Beethoven must have composed the symphony in a drunken state and Weber felt that Beethoven was ‘ripe for the madhouse’. However, Wagner called the piece the ‘apotheosis of the dance’ due to lively rhythms that permeate the work.
The other large work on the programme is the Violin Concerto weritten by Adam Pounds and performed by David Richmond, the leader of the Academy of Great St. Mary’s. This was composed in 1990. The piece is in three movements – the outer two are very rhythmic and accessible. The middle movement is more reflective in style and quotes from an earlier sonata for violin and piano.The concert also includes the lively overture from Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ and choral pieces performed by the choirs of Great St. Mary’s.