Hello. Harold here. New Year greetings to all, and welcome to part two of our season!
I want to mention first of all the sad passing away of Tony Lake one of our faithful members across the years.
Our January concert on the 18th is dedicated to the memory of another faithful member of the club Sir Norman Lindop. We are grateful to his widow, Jenny, for helping us to hire the magnificent Villiers Quartet again to play the Beethoven Quartet. Opus 59 No.2 … the choice of her family, and, as Sir Norman would have wished, this will be presented as a Lecture Recital. After a warm-up with the single movement ‘Quartetsatz’ by Schubert – tantalisingly short as he was not able to complete the work, members of the Quartet will take us on a tour through the major themes of the Beethoven work for the rest of the first half of the concert. Duly fortified by cup of tea, we will enjoy the entire quartet during the second half of the concert. This will prove to be a memorable occasion so please bring as many friends and family as possible!
By contrast on February 15 we have a chance to hear Jazz again played by our faithful friends, Andrei Pytaleu , piano and Tom Pederson, bass. For those who are not yet jazz converts these players are superb in their field. Our pianist is himself a classically trained pianist and this is evident in his style of jazz. Not only his jazz CDs but his latest classical CD will be on sale at the concert. .
Back to the classical music and on March 15 we have the return of Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola, who is now Professor at the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban with top class accompanist, John Lenehan.
Her press reviews are ecstatic….she will play English Romantic music -
What could be more fitting for this instrument!
I do hope you enjoy these concerts ! If you have ideas of music for the next season please tell me and especially attend the annual general meeting after the February concert. New members are always welcome….
Harold Chaplin, Chairman