Concerts and Recitals

Concerts and Recitals for 2019

In January and February, the organ bellows were completely re-leathered. This was a major operation and had never been done since the organ was made in 1889 so it was long overdue.

You can help us keep the organ playing by coming to our concerts, or sponsoring a voluntary. We are also looking for more volunteers to help Julia Matthews with the refreshments and Ian Burgess with the screens at the recitals.

Programme for the rest of 2019-

5 October: The Requiem by Durufle sung by The Parish Choir with ‘on the day’ singers from local choirs.

Programme for 2020

21 March The Imperial Organ (great British organ music including Howells Rhapsodies, Elgar Marches, W.T. Best Fantasia on Welsh Themes, Healey Willan Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue, and Yorke Bowen’s Fantasia played by Jonathan Holmes

18 April ‘Film Night’ with Simon Gregory

16 May An evening with J. S. Bach including the ‘Great’ chorale preludes from Clavierubung Part III and‘greatest hits’ including the famous D minor Toccata BWV 565 played by Jonathan Holmes

27 June Our ever-popular ‘8 Hands on 2 pianos’ with friends Sarah Holmes, Simon Gregory, Matthew Burgess and Jonathan Holmes

25 July An evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with stars of music theatre Rachel Chalkley Gunton and Stephen Chalkley and friends from the Parish Choir.

12 September The annual Patronal Festival Organ Recital. Liszt and his pupils including Liszt’s Fantasia on BACH and Reubke’s Sonata on Psalm 94.

10 October The Brahms Requiem performed by the Parish Choir and visiting singers ‘from scratch’, in the piano duet version with Simon Gregory and Sarah Holmes (piano duet) and soloists from the Parish Choir.

All our concerts are on Saturdays at 7.30pm. They include close-ups of the soloists on ‘the big screen’, refreshments and programme notes.
Tickets cost £8.00 (18 and under, £1). The only exception is for Brahms Requiem visiting singers, when the cost is £10 including hire of score.
Tickets are available on the door.

Advance notice: Jonathan Holmes will be performing the complete organ works of J.S Bach in a series of recitals on Tuesday lunchtimes starting in 2020. The concerts will run from 1.05 – 1.35.
Before the recitals Café Nescot in the Church Hall is available for light lunches during term time from 12noon. Why not come to both?

Further details from Jonathan Holmes
directorofmusic@stmarysewell.com
07825041427

About our Recital Programme

Most of our recitals showcase our wonderful Father Willis pipe organ. You can read more about the organ, and we hope you will come to hear it at one of our recitals.

Sometimes, our recitals take the form of a “come and sing”, open to all. A scratch choir rehearsed and performed Handel’s Messiah in March 2012, shown above.

You can always buy tickets on the door at any of our recitals. So please come along, and we promise you a warm welcome!