29 June 2014 – Tardebigge – Celebrating English Song
Finzi Friends Committee Member, Jennie McGregor-Smith also organises three Sunday afternoon events in the summer filled with English Song, talks, tea and cakes. The Artists are of the highest standard and quality is never an issue but your entertainment is, and Jennie goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure it. For instance, on 29 June 2014 we are to be entertained by Nicky Spence (tenor) and Simon Lepper (piano).
This is followed on Sunday 20 July 2014 by Elizabeth Atherton (soprano), Robert Plane (clarinet) and Michael Pollock (piano). This programme will include the Song Cycle On Wings of Love by the celebrated Composer, familiar to our Tardebigge audience, Mr Ian Venables.
Finally, on Sunday 17 August 2014 you will not be disappointed to hear Mark Stone (baritone) and Sholto Kynoch (piano). The programme will include Dominick Argento's The Andrée Expedition.
12 July 2014 – Ashmansworth day and AGM
We are pleased to inform you that this date has now been fixed in the calendar and a full day’s programme is in the process of being arranged. John and Helen Skinner have kindly offered their home, The Tithe Barn, which is a short walk from Ashmansworth Church, as a venue for lunch and tea.
Gavin Roberts - piano, who was so impressive at Ludlow, will be joined by Jennifer Witton - soprano and Elliot DeVivo – clarinet. Their programme will include Howells Clarinet Sonata; Finzi Bagatelles No. 3, Carol and No. 5 Fughetta; and Vaughan Williams, a selection from his Studies in English folk song. In addition there will be songs by each of these composers, the choice of which is still to be confirmed, and John Sanders In Praise of Gloucestershire.
In addition, we are delighted to have in the programme Roderick Swanston, another larger than life character who also spoke at Ludlow and was thoroughly entertaining, such is his wealth of knowledge and fascinating delivery.
The programme will take the following form:
Tickets for the day will be £35 and will include lunch and tea. Friends are also asked to consider bringing a pudding to help us indulge ourselves fully.
We look forward to seeing as many Friends as possible joining us at this event and don’t forget, we will take the opportunity to hold the AGM at the same event.
Tickets can be obtained by sending a cheque and a sae to Eric Hazelwood, 37A High Street, Morcott, Oakham, Rutland LE15 9DN
2 August 2014 – Three Choirs Festival - Worcester
Finzi will be represented on this final Saturday of the Three Choirs week in both afternoon and evening performances. Consequently, as is our tradition, we would love to complement this occasion by inviting Members and friends to join us for High Tea at 5.30 pm in the Boathouse venue adjacent to the cathedral and overlooking the river. Our Chairman Paul Spicer will be launching his new book on the composer Sir George Dyson. Paul will also give a talk on Dyson and the work that went into producing the book. He will also be happy to sign copies of his book at the event.
Tickets are available via the Three Choirs Festival booking system and at £13.50 each, including light bites, are little more than the cost of a regular Three Choirs talk.
29 – 31 May 2015 Ludlow - English Song Weekend
The Ludlow English Song Weekend is being established as our most prestigious event and consequently it has been decided to increase the frequency and we are aiming for every two years instead of three. In addition, it has been reduced to an extended weekend to make it more attractive to visitors, a more achievable timescale for most people.
This date has now been fixed and venues booked but naturally, the programme is still in development. An eclectic mix of composers, compositions, artists and performances as usual but still time to renew acquaintances and friendships old and new.
2015 – Joint Ivor Gurney Event
The Ivor Gurney Society are keen to undertake a joint event with the Finzi Friends because of the natural close relationship Finzi had with the music and poetry of Ivor Gurney. Finzi very quickly recognised the worth of Gurney’s output and put considerable effort into ensuring it was brought to public notice. It is proposed that an event takes place at Chosen Hill near Gloucester because of the significance it had to Finzi, the inspiration for ‘In Terra Pax’ and of course his love of the location. Details of the day and calendar dates have still to be finalised.
2016 – Joint Tardebigge Event
As most of you must be aware, Committee Member Jennie McGregor-Smith organises three Sunday recitals in the Summer at Tardebigge Church near Bromsgrove. They are invariably song cycles from early 20th Century composers and to feature Finzi on one of those occasions would be a natural choice. You will be invited to join in this Finzi Friends related event and once again, details of the proposed programme and exact dates will be published in due course.
2016 - Three Choirs Festival - Gloucester
2016 will be the 60th anniversary of Finzi’s tragically early death and there are plans to mark this occasion at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester. It is our intention to have the traditional Marquee Lunch and we are seeking to have as much of Finzi in performance as we can secure and we are approaching the organisers accordingly.