2019


Sunday 20th October         6pm

A CHORAL CELEBRATION  OF SCOTLAND

THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH 

Directed by Adrian Boynton   Led by Revd Wendy Carey

Join us for a glorious celebration of Scottish composers, hymn writers and poets, with fine examples of Scottish choral writing, old and new, beautiful arrangements, of Scottish melodies and the beautiful music of the Iona tradition. The service includes Adrian Boynton's original composition 'An Iona Blessing' his arrangement of 'A Touching Place', and music by the great Scottish composer of our day James MacMillan.

All are welcome.  Freewill offering

 

Monday 21st October        7.15pm

MUSICAL MILESTONES:The English Revival

ARNOLD BAX & GEORGE BUTTERWORTH

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

Arnold Bax is one of Britain's neglected treasures. His orchestral tone poems - 'Tintagel', 'In the Faery Hills', 'The Garden of Fand', and others - are among the finest of any of the English late romantics. His seven symphonies, luxuriantly scored and full of romantic melody, contain, to quote Michael Kennedy, "far too much good music to deserve their current total neglect." His chamber works are beautifully crafted for the instruments, and there are some exquisite short choral pieces. George Butterworth demonstrated exceptional promise as a composer before his untimely death in the trenches at Pozieres in 1916. Tonight we hear his 'The Banks of Green Willow' and 'A Shropshire Lad'. 

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door


Thursday 31st October    7.15pm 

EXPLORING MUSIC:150th Anniversary Celebration

BERLIOZ: The Early Years

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

Among the early Romantic masters Berlioz stands apart - a musician of extraordinary flair, grand ideas and a formidable sense of drama. Tonight we feature his early songs, the 'Messe Solenelle' (recently rediscovered after being lost for more than a century and a half), the first concert overtures, the dramatic cantata 'La Mort de Cleopatra', the epoch-making 'Symphonie Fantastique', which won him the Prix de Rome in 1831, the beautiful song cycle 'Nuits d'été' and the autobiographical symphony with viola solo 'Harold in Italy'. A feast of great music.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door