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Concert 1: Sansara Vocal Ensemble – Fayrfax Quincentenary

Robert Fayrfax Quincentenary
Sansara Vocal Ensemble   
Robert Fayrfax & Josquin des Prez

Sunday 24th October will be the 500th anniversary of the death of Robert Fayrfax, who is regarded, before Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, as one of the fathers of English Church Music. Described as “the leading figure in the musical establishment of his day” and “the most admired composer of his generation”, his work was also a major influence on John Taverner, as well as Tallis and Byrd. This concert, presented by Sansara, contrasts works by Fayrfax with that of his contemporary, the Frenchman Josquin des Prez, who died the same year on 27th August.

Sunday 24th October 2021 - 14:30 & 19:00
Tickets £25 includes seat, refreshment, programme sent by email and single entry into raffle
Tickets available ONLY online. No tickets will be on sale at the church before each recital

Booking a single seat will automatically block any immediately adjacent seat. Should you require more than two seats together, which are in line with social distancing regulations, please email the box office first at: ssemk@gmx.com

Concert 2: Linda Nicholson ~ Beethoven Bravura

Towards Beethoven 250 – 2
Beethoven Bravura
Linda Nicholson   Fritz fortepiano
Beethoven

The actual date of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth in Bonn is not known but he was christened on the 17th December 1770. His first published work, a set of keyboard variations, was published when he was only thirteen. This programme explores works from all three periods of his compositions, Opus 2, No.2 first published in 1796 and dedicated to Haydn, the Eleven Bagatelles composed between the 1790s and 1820, only becoming published as the full set in London during 1823. Opus 57, from his middle period, was only given the name Appassionata when published posthumously in a four-hand version. One of his greatest and most technically challenging piano sonatas, this sonata was considered by Beethoven to be his most tempestuous piano sonata before the Hammerklavier Sonata some thirteen years later.

Saturday 20th November 2021 - 14:30 & 19:00
Tickets
 £25  includes seat, refreshment, programme sent by email and single entry into raffle
Tickets ONLY available online. No tickets will be on sale at the church before each recital

Booking a single seat will automatically block any immediately adjacent seat. Should you require more than two seats together, which are in line with social distancing regulations, please email the box office first at:  ssemk@gmx.com

Concert 3: Consone Quartet ~ Sick Genius Reveries

Towards Beethoven 250 - 3
Sick Genius Reveries
Consone Quartet
Agata Daraskaite   violin
Magdalena Loth-Hill   violin
Elitsa Bogdanova   viola
George Ross   violoncello
Onslow / Beethoven

George Onslow, only the second Honorary Fellow of the Philharmonic Society of London (after Mendelssohn), was a prolific French composer of English descent, his first six quartets composed before receiving any formal musical education. Opus 8 was written shortly after commencing tuition in Paris. In all he wrote some seventy-one works alone for string quartet or quintet combination. He was famously quoted as saying "The last quartets of Beethoven are mistakes, absurdities, the reveries of a sick genius....I would burn everything I have composed if I someday wrote anything resembling such chaos".  Beethoven’s Opus 135 was the last major work he completed a few months before his death. Finding difficulty to come to terms to write the final movement, where is the inscription, "The difficult resolution”, and later, “Must it be? – It must be, it must be!”, Beethoven wrote, “Here, my dear friend, is my last quartet. It will be the last; and indeed, it has given me much trouble.” After the torments of the previous few quartets, there is only a strange partial resolution from a composer who was probably then well aware of his own mortality.

Saturday 4th December 2021 - 14:30 & 19:00
Tickets
 £25  includes seat, refreshment, programme sent by email and single entry into raffle
Tickets ONLY available online. No tickets will be on sale at the church before each recital

Booking a single seat will automatically block any immediately adjacent seat. Should you require more than two seats together, which are in line with social distancing regulations, please email the box office first at:  ssemk@gmx.com

Concert 4: Trio Goya ~ Almost Opus One

Towards Beethoven 250 - 4
Almost Opus One
Trio Goya
Kati Debretzeni    violin
Sebastian Comberti    violoncello
Maggie Cole   fortepiano
Beethoven

Whilst not Beethoven’s first compositions, his three trio sonatas, written when he was twenty-three, were those works he regarded as most substantial (and marketable) enough to fill out a first major publication, despite Haydn’s concern that the third was far too bold and maybe with some jealousy, too “Beethovian”.

Thursday 16th December 2021 - 14:30 & 19:00
Tickets
 £25  includes seat, refreshment, programme sent by email and single entry into raffle
Tickets ONLY available online. No tickets will be on sale at the church before each recital

Booking a single seat will automatically block any immediately adjacent seat. Should you require more than two seats together, which are in line with social distancing regulations, please email the box office first at:  ssemk@gmx.com

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