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Jan 012014

Margaret Archibald’s 65th birthday
Monday 3 February 2014

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


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.