Sharing a passion for recorded music since 1945
More details of the coming events for the second half of our season, running from November to April. Details of our meetings, costs and venue can be found here.
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Louis Armstrong was a jazz legend whose career lasted five decades. Peter Haines will play some of his famous instrumental jazz classics and also several vocal and duet tracks.
Although Adrian Boult is renowned for being devoted to British music, Paul Davies will look at other aspects and his mainstream repertoire.
Andy Warhol once said we would all be famous for fifteen minutes. Gordon Thompson managed a bit longer. In a broadcast listener’s concert on Classic FM one of his pieces went on to become a real favourite on the station. He invites you to enjoy his choices.
Fugue as a compositional technique and musical form stretches from the early Baroque to our own times and has been used by many composers in a wide variety of compositions. Andrew Mitchell seeks to explain it and illustrate its varied use over the centuries in a number of significant examples.
Korngold’s musical career was divided between Europe and America, emigrating in 1934, his reputation as a composer well-established. Brian Lancaster’s programme will be about his European career from 1910.
Paul Whittle will follow on from the previous programme, including a wide content of music that covers the following: dance, opera, instrumental, orchestral and choral. Some pieces will be familiar and others will be “Off the beaten track.”
Ian Bailey says that, for most listeners, Spanish music of the last century is encapsulated by just two figures, Falla and Rodrigo and a handful of works yet, presented here, is a cross-section of a rich and diverse heritage barely glimpsed in the modern UK concert hall or recital room.
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) has become Denmark’s best known composer, and described as one of the most “playful, life-affirming, and awkward voices in twentieth-century music”. Mark Tyson will share some of his Nielsen discoveries as he has got to know this composer’s vital work.
The presenter, Ashley Dickensen, says ‘In our concert to remember Christ’s Passion are excerpts from John Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’, James MacMillan’s ‘Seven Last Words From The Cross’ plus excerpts from J S Bach. However, evil and suffering do not have the last word – as Gustav Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony’ reminds us.