17 March 2018 Finzi Talk by Martin Bussey to the Elgar Society, Southern Branch.
This is a Winchester city centre event and will commence at 2.00 pm. Our Chairman, Martin Bussey, has been invited to give a talk to the Elgar Society Southern Branch and his theme will be “Gerald Finzi - Music, Metaphysicals, Apples and much more”. Martin will explore a wide range of Finzi material and will include musical extracts to illustrate his talk. Martin writes:-
“Gerald Finzi was one of the twentieth century’s most distinctive musical voices; in the generation which followed the pioneering path taken by Elgar, Finzi found new modes of expression, most notably through his deep knowledge of 17 th and 18 th century writers and musicians. He set many significant writers of earlier centuries with unerring perception and expression, such as Traherne, Wordsworth and Hardy, as well as taking a keen interest in his contemporaries. His diverse interests included planting an orchard to preserve a wide range of types of apple, as well as stimulating amateur musicians to explore a range of lesser known composers. This talk explores Finzi’s wide range of interests, his links with other British composers and his contribution to English song.”
6 – 8 April 2018 – The Ludlow English Song Weekend Theme and Early Plans
Current plans are being formed round an Irish-Celtic theme. Intentions are that highlights will include Ailish Tynan in the opening concert and Ann Murray leading the masterclass. The Carice Singers, under George Parris, will perform a choral concert. Music by Ulster-based composers will be included, including a new work by Philip Hammond and also a new cycle by Martin Bussey on the subject of the Dublin Easter Rising of 1916.
It is planned that Judith Bingham will return to work with the Young Composers in a continuing feature of these weekends. Warlock’s The Curlew will feature along with other pieces using string quartet, flute and cor anglais. Katy Hamilton will again lead the panel discussions. As this year’s Evensong had been successful, it was proposed that it will be included next year as a non-ticketed event. Seating for the larger numbers will be prepared. It is hoped that ticket prices will be similar to this year and in response to popular demand identified in the survey at last year’s event, words will continue to be provided for the songs and a single sheet summary programme would be provided for people attending only one concert.
The Finzi Friends will support a ‘Welcome Reception’ in the Gallery where friends can meet and where it is proposed to hold an exhibition of artists’ work.
14 July 2018 – Ashmansworth
Arrangements are well underway for next year’s bi-annual event. This time we will meet in the village hall where the ever-hospitable residents of Ashmansworth feel they are more easily able to cater for us. Indeed, it provides a safe haven if it’s a rainy day, enabling our programme to go ahead despite any weather.
Here our AGM will take place as usual and this will be followed by Martin Lee Browne’s talk before lunch on the Newbury String Players. (Please see the appeal for material in the ‘Notices’ in Section 1 of this Newsletter!)
We will have our usual lunch in the hall which the folk of Ashmansworth will prepare for us once again and this will be followed by a stroll up to the church for an afternoon recital (cars available for those needing transport). We are hoping to include a clarinet recital with piano accompaniment, to be confirmed in the New Year. We will publish more in the April 2018 Newsletter along with applications for tickets.
Further events in 2018
Martin has suggested at our Committee Meetings that we consider something for September/October next year and we are therefore considering a Masterclass on Finzi Songs. Venues for this event are being considered either in the south, closer to London, or in Birmingham, venues we have not considered before. Once again you are invited to watch this space in the next Newsletter.