Aug 052016
 

John Morris, to whose memory we dedicated our July 2016 “Conversation Pieces – Words and Music uniting the Generations”, gave many hours of administrative time during his retirement years to the Croydon Performing Arts Festival. He was a passionate advocate of the Festival’s Asian Music section, and I think he would have been especially delighted that the second phase of our memorial project this year featured a 14 year old veena player, Malathy Nithiyananthan.

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Malathy was able to come and play just at our last performance at Woodcote Grove House, and we were all thrilled to see this large and beautiful instrument at close quarters as she carried it round the room to show everyone before playing a beautiful raga-inspired piece.

Our other two young musicians for the full two-day project on 19 and 20 July were 15 year old Carol Leader who played flute in the ensembles and a Chopin Nocturne as piano soloist, and 16 year old Joseph Mackley, who played mostly alto saxophone in our programme but who also played his French horn, played a piano solo, and truly enchanted everyone when he sang “Some Enchanted Evening”.

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Ian Fasham, just emerged from an intensive run of Garsington Opera, was able to join Margaret Archibald to lead the rehearsals and to give a sonorous bass to the ensemble numbers flexibly scored for flute, clarinet, saxophone or horn, and trombone. Given this line-up we needed to create some of our own arrangements and to make imaginative use of pre-existing ones. We put in a solid three-hour rehearsal at Red Court Nursing Home, where we were offered free use of a spare lounge all morning to prepare for our concert there that same afternoon. By the time we were eating our picnic under a garden sunshade we had come up with a programme ranging from a Marenzio Madrigal and a Monteverdi Canzonetta to favourites from the West End, film and TV.

We had picked two of the hottest days of the year for these concerts, and after a short rehearsal and morning concert next day at Beth Ezra Trust we were once again grateful for the offer of a shady patch in the garden to eat our picnic. Then it was just a short drive round the corner to Woodcote Grove House, where a few residents from Orford House across the lawn were able to join us in the elegant lounge for the last concert of the series.

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“I had hoped that the project would be fun and different”, wrote Carol, “and it certainly was! As well as playing music, I particularly enjoyed talking to the elderly residents at the 3 care homes to learn about them and their story”. Joe had offered us a wide selection of choices from his repertoire and we particularly wanted him to share two of the most popular items. Later Joe wrote “Your choice of ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ provided great joy and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ put big smiles on everyone’s face. My expectations were exceeded as we made them happier than I had anticipated. Talking to the residents following our concerts was a wonderful opportunity to find out what they enjoyed and hear about the very interesting and varied lives that they have had. It was a very enjoyable two days and it really made people happy”.

Thanks to the generosity of John’s many friends, over the four days of our project two separate groups of young musicians from the Croydon Performing Arts Festival have rehearsed with their professional colleagues and performed alongside them in six of Croydon’s care centres for older people, and we very much hope that this year’s collaborative project will be the first of many.

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Jul 082016
 

A lovely picture from David in our audience last Tuesday at Cherry Orchard Centre…

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…celebrating the music in our concert for flute, clarinet, trumpet and ‘cello.

Everyone Matters is mounting a four-day project this July in memory of John Morris who worked tirelessly over many years as a volunteer administrator for the Croydon Festival of Performing Arts. The project “Conversation Pieces – Words and Music uniting the Generations” was chosen in discussion with John’s family and friends to celebrate music’s power to bring people together regardless of age or circumstance.

Our first two days took place on 4 and 5 July when 18 year-old flautist Daniel Jacob-Ormson and 17 year-old trumpeter Nick Smith, both Festival prize-winners, rehearsed and performed alongside clarinettist Margaret Archibald and ‘cellist Julia Desbruslais in concerts of Baroque, Classical and traditional music. We started our day with a full morning of rehearsal in the Chapel at Whitgift House, working up a programme of Baroque concerto and trio sonata movements by Caldara, Corelli and Reinhart, a “London” Trio by Haydn, a Church Sonata by Mozart, our own arrangement of the famous Tambourin by Gossec, and traditional tunes including the “Pugwash” hornpipe, the glorious “Danny Boy” appropriately played by Dan on the flute, and the Keel Row briefly featuring the piccolo.

Our first concert on the Monday was at the South Croydon Centre, where we offered post-luncheon entertainment to some 20 older people for whom the Centre provides support, company and hot meals. After a good chat over cups of tea all round, we popped back across the road to give our second concert in the newly refurbished and extended Community Room at Whitgift House; it was good to see so many friends from previous visits to this continuing care community in our audience, including a number who also attend our Tuesday night Music Matters lecture-recitals in Whitgift House Chapel, and a former trombonist who especially enjoyed meeting fellow brass player Nick:

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Tuesday morning began with a short top-up rehearsal followed by our concert at Cherry Orchard Centre that provides day opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. The 50-strong audience ranged from people in their 20’s to others in their 80’s, a lovely reflection of the project’s primary aim to bring the generations together in a shared enjoyment of music. Finally we were off to Wilhelmina House, playing in their new lounge where thankfully we started our afternoon performance just as the bulldozers outside ceased work for the day!

We asked our young colleagues what they most enjoyed about the project; for Nick it was”playing with an ensemble of such a high standard” and for Dan “the response, it was a nice surprise to see how much the audience enjoyed it”.

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Jun 152016
 

Wednesday 22 June 2016 2.30 – 4.30p.m.

Lecture-Recital in the series Musical Offerings

in the Church Room

St Mark’s Church, Westmoreland Road, Bromley, BR2 0TB

Jorge’s passion for the violin and for music of the highest quality has led him to direct, conduct and lead international ensembles throughout Europe, giving stylish, authentic performances of  music from Medieval times to the 21st century.

As a soloist, Jorge has toured widely in Europe and South America playing on a 1680 Vincenzo Ruggieri made in Cremona or, as best suits the repertoire,  on a 1797 Neapolitan J&A Gagliano.

Jorge’s engagements in 2016 include guest director of Capella Cracoviensis, assistant musical director at Netherlandse Opera,  musical director and conductor of Wratislavia Cantans Festival Orchestra and Choir, and his new solo programme “Duende” at the Varazdin Baroque Evenings 2016 (Croatia).

Entry to non-subscription holders: £10 on the door

Home-made cakes, tea, coffee and biscuits will be on sale during the interval

Enquiries: Margaret Archibald, Artistic Director, Everyone Matters, 21, Stone Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 9AX

Tel: 020 8464 1645; Mob: 07970 123105

E-mail:  margaret@everyone-matters.co.uk

Website: www.everyone-matters.co.uk

Blog: www.passporttomusic.wordpress.com

Twitter: @EM_Charity

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May 212016
 

Wednesday 25 May 2.30 – 4.30p.m.

Lecture-Recital in the series Musical Offerings

in the Church Room

St Mark’s Church, Westmoreland Road, Bromley, BR2 0TB

 

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“…all that tubing”

Ian Fasham started off his musical life as a tenor trombone player at the age of 11. From the start he was fascinated by the look of the bass trombone (with all that extra tubing) and the sound of the low notes that it could make. He joined Kent County Youth Orchestra at the age of 13, and was loaned his first real bass trombone! He developed an early passion for opera, and now  works regularly with Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Garsington Opera.  He has been the bass trombone player of the London Mozart Players since 1985. Away from the trombone, Ian has a wife (also a professional musician) and two school age children. When they get the chance, as a family they like to enjoy the outdoors and countries with warm climates!

Entry to non-subscription holders: £10 on the door

Home-made cakes, tea, coffee and biscuits will be on sale during the interval

Enquiries: Margaret Archibald, Artistic Director, Everyone Matters, 21, Stone Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 9AX

Tel: 020 8464 1645; Mob: 07970 123105

E-mail:  margaret@everyone-matters.co.uk

Website: www.everyone-matters.co.uk

Blog: www.passporttomusic.wordpress.com

Twitter: @EM_Charity

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Apr 122016
 

Wednesday 27 April 2.30 – 4.30p.m.

Lecture-Recital in the series Musical Offerings

in the Church Room

St Mark’s Church, Westmoreland Road, Bromley, BR2 0TB

 

A programme of passionate pieces  by Weber, Schumann, Reger, Brahms, German, Finzi, Dondeyne and Poulenc

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Margaret Archibald clarinet

John Flinders piano

 

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Margaret and John’s enduring musical partnership is built on shared ideals.  Both passionately believe that music is for sharing and both divide their time between performance in recital and chamber music, and between teaching, coaching and lecturing. Margaret has toured extensively in Europe, the USA and Japan, especially with period instrument orchestras, and in  2010 she founded the charity Everyone Matters that now takes a wide range of projects into schools, special schools, nursing homes, day centres and the wider community. John has appeared on BBC TV, Radio 3 and Classic FM, and has performed in Croatia, Iceland, Japan, Portugal, Turkey and South America. In London he has played at the Barbican Centre, Cadogan Hall, the Purcell Room, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John’s, Smith Square.

Entry to non-subscription holders: £10 on the door

Home-made cakes, tea, coffee and biscuits will be on sale during the interval

 

 

Enquiries: Margaret Archibald, Artistic Director, Everyone Matters, 21, Stone Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 9AX

Tel: 020 8464 1645; Mob: 07970 123105

E-mail:  margaret@everyone-matters.co.uk

Website: www.everyone-matters.co.uk

Blog: www.passporttomusic.wordpress.com

Twitter: @EM_Charity

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Mar 172016
 

Julia Desbruslais is once again partnered by her son Tim Posner in a new programme of music for two ‘cellos. There are two chances to catch them, so why not come to both!
Tuesday 22 March at 7.30p.m. in Whitgift House Chapel, South Croydon
Wednesday 23 March at 2.30p.m. in St Mark’s Church Room, Bromley
Non-subscription holders: £10 entry
The friendly, informal atmosphere at these events allows everyone to chat to the musicians, especially during the intervals. We run a donations bar on Tuesday evening with wine, soft drinks and nibbles, and we sell afternoon tea with home-made cakes on Wednesday afternoons. All proceeds go towards sustaining these professional lecture-recitals.
Julia Desbruslais is Co-Principal Cello of the London Mozart Players and recently became the orchestra’s Executive Director. Her son Tim Posner began his cello studies with his mum at the age of seven, and he is currently a pupil of Leonid Gorokhov at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover.

Information: Margaret Archibald (who will also play the keyboard for Julia and Tim) tel: 020 8464 1645; mob: 07970 123105; email: margaret@everyone-matters.co.uk

Our Spring series of Musical Offerings at St Mark’s Bromley continues:

Wednesday 27 April 2016:   Margaret Archibald and John Flinders “Romance and the Romantics” – Passionate Music for Clarinet and Piano

Wednesday 25 May 2016: Jorge Jimenez “Contrapunctus” – Polyphony for Solo Violin

Feb 072016
 

Gales are forecast and we are planning to make February even more blowy with a festival of woodwind.

Oboe: Joel Raymond visits Music Matters on Tuesday 9 February at 7.30p.m. when he will perform on Baroque and Classical oboes, and  demonstrate his oboe-making equipment, allowing us to see how a log of wood can be transformed into a musical instrument.

Flute: Rachel Brown brings flutes to Music Matters on Tuesday 23 February; her focus is flutes in the time of Bach, but a flute from the Renaissance is also promised and an early French Baroque flute. Rachel has recently released a new Bach disc and we will get to hear tracks from this album as well as a performance live of the Bach Solo Partita.

Oboe and Clarinet: At Musical Offerings on Wednesday 24 February at 2.30p.m. Katie Clemmow and Margaret Archibald will explore the way in which oboe and clarinet have played alongside one another in orchestral and chamber music for more than three centuries.

Pipes were on display back in December when William McVicker, Curator of the Royal Festival Hall Organ, came to Whitgift House Chapel to play the little chamber organ resident there. IMG_20151201_204737

It was fascinating to be allowed to see the innermost workings of the organ behind its elegant façade, and to hear William explain how each individual pipe has its own character and tone colour dependant on the materials used and its size. IMG_20151201_204209

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Radiating warmth, Whitgift House Chapel welcomes music lovers to the Tuesday night Music Matters. Our friendly group is always pleased to see new members, whether signing up for the full series or popping along for a single evening.

The spring season kicks off on Tuesday 5 January with Ian Fasham, Bass Trombone, the first of two brass players in the spotlight, followed on Tuesday 19 January by Pip Eastop, Horn.

Ian Fasham started off his musical life as a tenor trombone player at the age of 11. From the start he was fascinated by the look of the bass trombone (with all that extra tubing) and the sound of the low notes that it could make. He joined Kent County Youth Orchestra at the age of 13, and was loaned his first real bass trombone! He developed an early passion for opera, and now  works regularly with Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Garsington Opera.  He has been the bass trombone player of the London Mozart Players since 1985.

Pip Eastop has raised the dangerous art of playing the natural horn to a new level. In 2014 with the Hanover Band he gave a series of performances and made recordings of the full set of Mozart’s four Concertos. These were released in January 2015 on Hyperion Records label and instantly became an international best seller, hitting No. 1 on the Classical Music Charts.

 Music Matters Spring Season 2016

Whitgift House Chapel, 76, Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR2 6AB

Tuesdays, 7 for 7.30 – 9.30p.m.

Tuesday 5 January: Ian Fasham A view of the trombone from the bottom

Tuesday 19 January: Pip Eastop Mozart and the evolution of the Horn…Pip attempts to demystify the strange musical properties of long conical tubes

Tuesday 9 February: Joel Raymond The oboe man shows how to make, repair and play Baroque and Classical oboes

Tuesday 23 February: Rachel Brown Flutes from the Baroque

Tuesday 8 March: Katie Clemmow and Margaret Archibald The oboe and clarinet – side by side through the centuries

Tuesday 22 March: Julia Desbruslais and Tim Posner – mother and son return with a new programme of music for two ’cellos

Wine, juice, sparkling water and nibbles will be available at the break. Donations are invited and help support this series of lecture-recitals. Please bring your own tea or coffee if you prefer a hot drink.

£10 per lecture-recital

Subscription £48 for six lecture-recitals available in advance or on the first evening

Dec 122015
 

There are two chances to catch Lesley Schatzberger’s Klezmer presentation, at Whitgift House Chapel, Croydon on Tuesday evening 15 December at 7.30p.m. and at St Mark’s Church Room, Bromley on Wednesday afternoon 16 December at 2.30p.m.

Margaret Archibald will be playing bass clarinet to support Lesley in several performance items. The customary wine and nibbles on Tuesday and afternoon tea on Wednesday will perhaps have a Christmas flavour – well, you would expect it, wouldn’t you!

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Lesley Schatzberger

Lesley Schatzberger pioneered historical performance alongside being involved in a broad range of music-making. She has played all over Europe, the USA and Japan, both as an orchestral player and chamber musician – often in Stockhausen’s chamber group. She teaches at the University of York and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Entry to non-subscription holders: £10 0n the door. Donations towards interval refreshments go towards supporting these lecture-recitals and helping to keep them on the road.

Enquiries to Margaret Archibald 020 8464 1645; 07970 123105; margaret@everyone-matters.co.uk

Nov 292015
 

17 November, 10p.m., and I think it would be fair to say that all three of us in the Shackleton Trio, Lesley Schatzberger, Ingrid Pearson and me (Margaret Archibald) were relieved to have got through our Gala Music Matters evening without squeaks from our dangerously volatile period basset horns! We had revisited the recital programme previously offered to the basset horn convention in Kandern, Germany. Mozart Divertimenti were in pride of place, together with some lollipops from Don Giovanni and Figaro, some trios by  Bohemian contemporary Druschetzky, and pieces from the trios of Mozart’s  fellow freemason  Anton Stadler, himself a player of the basset horn and the pioneer of the basset clarinet. A tiny gem of an Adagio by Abbé Vogler completed the music menu.

Lesley, Margaret and Ingrid (L to R) at the Music Matters Gala, Whitgift House Chapel, 17 November 2015
Lesley, Margaret and Ingrid (L to R) at the Music Matters Gala, Whitgift House Chapel, 17 November 2015

For the food menu, I spent all morning on the day of the Gala in my kitchen, frying Spanish Omelette, baking Red Onion, Fennel and Red Pepper Flan, packing chorizo, almonds, manchego, olives and bread, finding dishes, assembling bottles of wine and Cava, and delegating the fiddly Peach and Bresaola Ham Nibbles to my son Rob who managed with some aplomb to spear the ingredients with cocktail sticks.

Was the music or the tapas the more appreciated? Who can say! I’ll leave the last word to my colleague Ian Mitchell:                                                    “Much enjoyed last night. Bravo! All sounded lovely, and food was ace!”