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Jun 202015

Coloma Court Care Home welcomed us back for a second year in a concert celebration of National Care Homes Day. Young musicians from Hayes School, Bromley took part alongside Margaret Archibald clarinet and Ian Fasham trombone from Everyone Matters. All morning was spent in school rehearsing a varied selection of repertoire that included arrangements for full wind ensemble of Washington Post, Dambusters and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, brass consort pieces from the 16th century contrasted with Razzamajazz, a movement of a Trio Sonata for flutes by the Baroque composer Johann Ludwig Krebs and an arrangement for clarinets and saxophone of a Purcell Air, and a spectacular version of Tico Tico for euphonium solo. Our two Mozart Divertimento movements saw the ensemble with the widest age range, led by amateur clarinet player Rosemary whose 80th birthday is in September, with 13 year old Aisling from Langley Park School for Girls on second clarinet.

A retired priest who is now resident at Coloma Court told us of his first encounter with Washington Post when, aged just four, he followed the band for such a distance that his mother had to alert the local constabulary to find him! Another lady, resident in the UK for many years but originally from Germany, became very emotional on hearing the Dambusters March. As the concert came to an end Maria, Manager of the Home, thanked all the performers for their hard work and presented Margaret with a gorgeous bouquet.

A summer bouquet for a summer event
A summer bouquet for a summer event

Joy Corbett, Coloma’s super-energetic Activities Organiser, had ensured a generous supply of cream scones for sharing by performers and audience after the concert, and there was much lively conversation between the generations as fingers became sticky with jam.

This event was supported by Waitrose Bromley South through the  Community Matters “green tiddlywinks” scheme, and by Coloma Court and the Friends of Everyone Matters.

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The new series of Music Matters lecture-recitals starts on Tuesday 9 September at 7.30p.m. The beautiful setting of the Chapel at Whitgift House is once again the venue for our fortnightly Tuesdays.
A subscription of £71 for the full autumn season represents a saving of pretty much 21%. If your Tuesdays are often busy then please do come along whenever you can and simply pay on the door, £10 per lecture-recital and £20 for our special Gala Night.

MUSIC MATTERS 7.30 – 9.30p.m. (doors open 7p.m.)

– a series of Lecture-Recitals in the Chapel at Whitgift House, 76, Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR2 6AB



Tuesday 9 September: Margaret Archibald

Carl Orff – creator of Carmina Burana and Schulwerk

Margaret is Artistic Director of Everyone Matters and has played Carmina Burana many times in her capacity as an orchestral clarinet player

Tuesday 23 September: Alan Shellard

The Band of the Grenadier Guards – 330 years of Music

Alan is Principal Clarinet of the Band of the Grenadier Guards and has made a special study of the archive at Wellington Barracks

Tuesday 7 October: Danielle Perrett

Music for 47 Strings

Danielle tours internationally with her harps, performing on both modern and period instruments

Tuesday 21 October: David Angel

Their sounds in my ears – the violinists I grew up with!

David is a member of the Maggini Quartet and a favourite lecturer at Music Matters

Tuesday 4 November: Charlotte Bartley with fellow students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Music for recorder consort

Tuesday 18 November: Gala Night – Chamber Music Special

Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Margaret Archibald joins four members of the London Mozart Players,  Nicoline Kraamwinkel, Martin Smith, Mickey Posner and Julia Desbruslais, to explore and perform Mozart’s late masterpiece

Tuesday 2 December: David Juritz

Chaconnes and Caprices

David, violinist extraordinaire of World Busk fame, now crams his days as soloist, as leader of numerous orchestras and of the London Tango Quintet, and as Founder of the charity Musequality.

Tuesday 16 December: Maya Magub + 1

A duo partnership

Violinist Maya is re-establishing a busy freelance career in London after returning from several years living in Los Angeles and working in the film industry there. She has made several historically informed solo and duo recordings and will soon reveal who her duo partner will be this December!


£10 per lecture-recital (not 18 November)

£20 for the Chamber Music Special on 18 November

Advance subscription: £71 for all eight lecture-recitals

Cash, or cheque payable to “Everyone Matters”, in advance or on the door. Bank transfer in advance to Everyone Matters Reg.Charity No.1143445, sort code 30-84-51, account number 34739560

If you would like interval refreshment you are welcome to bring your own tea or coffee; the pews may seem hard after a while so feel free to bring your own cushion!

Finding Whitgift House Chapel

Whitgift House stands in the grounds of Whitgift  School, but with its own gate on Brighton Road. Do not go up the hill to the school.

The gate is just north of a bus stop, opposite Choices estate agents with its bright red and yellow sign. The bus stop is more visible than the entrance!

If you are standing on the drive facing the house, you will see to the left of the house a large wrought iron gate leading through into part of the garden. The chapel is accessed by going into the garden through this gate, and then going through the very first door on your left. The Chapel does have toilet facilities.

Free on-site car park facilities are available to our group members as space allows. Buses stopping outside Whitgift House are: 407, 312, 60, 166, 466. Also buses: 119, 468, 405, 403 stop nearby at the Swan and Sugarloaf. The nearest station is South Croydon, and East Croydon station is a brisk walk away.


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