28 – 30 October 2016 Beethoven Quartets
Committee Members Jim Page and Jennie McGregor Smith have also planned, with great excitement, to promote the Dante Quartet to play all sixteen Beethoven Quartets at Bromsgrove's Artrix from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2016. There will be talks by Stephen Johnson, Jessica Duchen and Roderick Swanston, plus Robin Ireland giving a Masterclass with a student quartet, and Steven Cowperthwaite reading The Heiligenstadt Testament.
There will be Gold Saver tickets for the whole weekend plus meals, and Silver Saver tickets without. If you are interested please email Jennie for a leaflet, or look at www.festiveclassics.co.uk which gives full details.
19-21 May 2017 (provisional) – The Ludlow English Song Weekend
It is our intention this time to precede the English Music Festival at Dorchester on Thames by a week. Iain Burnside, the Musical Director, is confident of being able to deliver another riveting programme and we look forward to the details as they develop.
2017 – Joint Ivor Gurney Event
We are very eager to undertake a joint event with the Ivor Gurney Society and this was originally planned for 2016 but two prestigious events are already planned for next year and consequently we have postponed this event until 2017.
Gerald Finzi championed 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 on 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.
One of our Members, the Reverend John Risdon, is Rector of St. Bartholomew’s church, Chosen Hill and is offering to host an event in the church. You may recall that the Sexton’s Cottage just by the church, a favourite spot of Gerald’s.
The cottage is now being refurbished and offers a form of visitor centre which will add interest to the event.
It was felt that we could put on a small concert and a Finzi talk, probably on Herbert Howells, also known to Finzi and Gurney, and who had associations with the area. Thoughts extend to including a formal service of Evensong at the church as well.