2019



Sunday 3rd November           3pm   (please note start time)

AMIT YAHAV    (piano)

MENDELSSOHN:Fantasy in F sharp minor, Op 28 

SCHUMANN:Fantasy in C major, Op 17

CHOPIN:Nocturnes in Bb minor, F min & B maj

CHOPIN:Polonaise - Fantaisie in Ab, Op 61

CHOPIN:Three Mazurkas, Op 50

CHOPIN:Fantasy in F minor, Op 49

Amit Yahav graduated with honours from the Royal College of Music. He won the Anthony Lindsay prize and the Brooks-van der Pump prize. He was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Northwood - Ruislip Concerto Competition and was First Prizewinner at the International Israeli Competition in London. He has received high praise for his interpretations of Schumann and Chopin, including several acclaimed recordings, and is currently conducting doctoral research into the latter, with the support of the RCM's Polonsky Award. Amit's Milton Keynes recital features the piano fantasy of the nineteenth century, culminating in Chopin's great Fantasy in F minor.

Admission by programme at the door £12 (conc £11, child £1) 


Sunday 10th November     6pm

CHORAL EVENSONG FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH  

directed by Adrian Boynton     Led by Revd Tim Norwood

A beautiful service reflecting the season of All Saints, All Souls & 

Remembrance, with music by Tallis, Stanford, Ireland and Rutter.

Retiring Collection

 

Monday 11th November        7.15pm

MUSICAL MILESTONES:The English Revival

SIR ARTHUR BLISS & E.J. MOERAN

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

For 22 years Sir Arthur Bliss filled the role of Master of the Queen's Music with flair and energy. His early Stravinskian phase gave way to works in a bold, post-Elgarian style, vigorous and rich in texture. Some of his best music is to be found in his chamber-works, notably the Clarinet Quintet, written for Frederick Thurston, and Oboe Quintet for Leon Goossens. His sense of drama and vivid musical imagery find their truest outlet in the ballets 'Checkmate' and 'Miracle in the Gorbals', and the excellent film score 'Things to Come'. Outstanding later works include 'Meditations on a Theme of John Blow', and the Cello Concerto. In contrast to the Bliss brilliance, we experience the warmhearted lyricism of E.J. Moeran in his Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, Symphony in G minor and Violin Concerto.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door

 

Saturday 23rd November          1pm (please note start time)

CRISTIAN GRAJNER DE SA (violin)

MARINA NADIRADZE (piano)

BEETHOVEN:Violin Sonata in G, Op 96

BRAHMS:Scherzo in C minor

KREISLER:Two Miniatures

DEBUSSY:Violin Sonata in G minor

PAGANINI:Two Caprices

SARASATE:Zigeunerweisen

"His performances reflect a huge musicality, depth of interpretation 

and technical expertise" [Vienna International Competition 2019]

Cristian was a finalist in BBC Young Musician 2012. He won 1st Prize in the inaugural 'Graba' International Violin Competition 2015. Last year he was one of seven violinists chosen to perform the semi-final stage of the George Enescu International Competition, and earlier this year was awarded the Gold Medal with High Distinction at the 1st International Vienna Competition. He has appeared at some of Europe's most celebrated festivals and academies, including the Sommerakademie Mozarteum, International Holland Music Sessions and Academia de Musique, Lausanne. Cristian is joined in this recital by outstanding accompanist and multiple prize-winner Marina Nadiradze, whose playing was recently compared by The Independent to that of the great Mitsuko Uchida. 

Admission by programme at the door £10 (child £1)


Thursday 28th November   7.15pm 

EXPLORING MUSIC:The Romantics

BERLIOZ: (ii)The Mature Years

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

Berlioz's Requiem is on a huge scale. It calls for 16 timpani, and brass bands in the four corners of the church!  Yet in some ways it is an intimate piece, and there are moments of exceptional beauty. The dramatic symphony 'Romeo and Juliet' (which greatly impressed Wagner) is full of delightful moments that wonderfully capture the atmosphere of the play. Two works of 1854 reflect different aspect of Berlioz's art - the ceremonial 'Te Deum', very much in the grand manner, and the gentle, homely oratorio 'L'Enfance du Christ'. His last two compositions also offer striking contrasts. The Shakespearian comic opera 'Beatrice and Bénédict', and the great epic 'The Trojans', a work of immense proportions, drawing together many of the creative threads from Berlioz's life. 

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door