Jan 012014
 

Margaret Archibald’s 65th birthday
CELEBRATION CONCERT
Monday 3 February 2014
7.30p.m.

Concert photo

More than 150 people turned up to support Margaret, Julia, John and Everyone Matters. It was quite a party! The musicians gave their services, the composers of our two premières donated their works, the refreshments were all gifted, and after paying for the venue hire (less an unexpected special birthday discount) a magnificent sum in excess of £500 was raised for work in special schools, nursing homes, day centres and the wider community.

St Sepulchre without Newgate

Margaret Archibald clarinet
Julia Desbruslais ’cello
John Flinders piano

Programme:

Première: from Suite“To my Father” Nick Planas
for basset clarinet and piano
Nick’s “Suite”, twenty years in the planning and written in tribute to his father Ted, is played tonight on the first instrument made by Selmer in discussion with Ted after he created his pioneering basset clarinet for Alan Hacker’s legendary Mozart performances.

Sonata in C, Op.119 2nd movement, Sergei Prokofiev
for ‘cello and piano

Première: You Could Hear the Olive Trees Groan Michael Omer

for clarinet and piano
Michael ‘s new work, especially written for the occasion, is inspired by themes of re-growth and re-birth, and in particular by a lithograph by Colorado Springs artist Richard Mello; it pictures a gnarled olive tree that has endured all kinds of weather and survived.

Trio in A minor, Op.114 Johannes Brahms
for clarinet, ’cello and piano
Enquiries regarding Everyone Matters to Margaret Archibald: 020 8464 1645; 07970 123105; margaret@margaretarchibald.com

Profits from this event went to Everyone Matters for its concerts and music-making workshops in special schools, nursing homes and day centres.

Jan 092013
 

Mozart, Mellow Jazz and Metal at The Green Dragon

Perhaps it should be expected that an organisation calling itself “Everyone Matters” should embrace a wide range of musical tastes. This was certainly the case at our fundraiser on Saturday 15 December when we took over the room upstairs at the Green Dragon pub in Croydon’s High Street. It has to be said that some of our audience flowed to and fro between the downstairs bar and the upstairs music venue as the night progressed from classical elegance through mellow jazz to heavy metal and the decibel level increased steadily. The raffle was popular with some great prizes including several donated by Lush of Croydon and by Time Bomb to add to those generously contributed by our trustees who did a magnificent job twisting arms in the sale of the ubiquitous cloakroom tickets.

The evening started promptly at 7.30 with Mozart’s sublime Quintet for clarinet and strings, followed by the “circus music” finale of Weber’s Quintet in which Margaret Archibald was joined by Nicoline Kraamwinkel, Janice Gillard, Mickey Posner and Julia Desbruslais. After much shuffling of gear, including setting up of amps and shifting a mightily heavy keyboard into place, Jazz & Dave treated everyone to a string of old favourites including The Girl from Ipanema, All of Me and, in tribute to Dave Brubeck who passed on to the jazz band in the sky in early December, Take Five. The line-up included on keyboard Rob Archibald, Margaret’s son and a huge supporter of Everyone Matters, with James Wilde on guitar,  Simon Fitzpatrick on double bass doubling bass guitar and Sam Rhodes on drums. After another pause for further shuffling and distribution of earplugs to those experienced in such events (by no means a reflection on the quality of the music!!) the audience joined in head-banging with Profane and the Sacred, a Southern-tinged metal group of blood and thunder who had most generously leapt into the breach at less than twenty-four hours notice when a member of the previously advertised headline band suffered a disastrous kitchen injury that put paid to any playing in the short term.

The serious business of the evening was to raise funds for our work with children at The Children’s Trust in Tadworth where we are currently engaged in delivering a project to explore textures in a quest to make and perform on simple percussion instruments. The project is about to start in January at The Surrey Teaching Centre and we hope to raise sufficient funds also to deliver it at The School for Profound Education where we presented “Mood Music” last year. Thanks to the generosity of Esther, Manager of the Green Dragon and a wonderful hostess for our event, we raised £255 on the night from bucket donations and the raffle and further donations are arriving from those who would have liked to join us but were unable to do so. Above all thanks are due to Laura Allen, whose idea it was to hold this event, who booked the bands, designed the poster, liaised with local businesses and got the news out there via Twitter and Facebook, altogether a noble effort.

 

Dec 102012
 

We are holding our Christmas Fundraiser this Saturday and we’d love to see you there!

With music from all genres, there is something for everyone!

Celebrations kick off at 7:30pm on Saturday 15th December at the wonderful Green Dragon Pub in Croydon (http://goo.gl/maps/12SQI) . Entrance is a donation of £2.00, and you will be getting a lot of BANG for your BUCK.

See you on Saturday!

 

Saturday 15th December 2012