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Sep 222012

Katie Clemmow played the oboe and the piano with Julia Desbruslais on ‘cello for an informal concert at coffee-time on Saturday 8 September to entertain members of the Croydon Disabled Christian Fellowship. As Julia wrote after the event, “We were welcomed most warmly and the mixed programme of well known and less familiar gems seemed to have been enjoyed by all. A real pleasure to play for this group of people who might find it more difficult to come and hear us in a concert hall.”

We were delighted that several Friends of Everyone Matters were invited by the CDCF to join their members for music and coffee on this occasion. One of our Friends brought along  a young ‘cellist who was in the audience to hear Julia play such treats from the ‘cello repertoire as “Happy Recollections” by Popper and arrangements of “Salut d’Amour” and “Sospiri” by Elgar. Well-loved themes from TV and even a Tango also featured in the programme. Another Friend in the audience, Cheryl Morris, wrote:

“Even the sunny autumnal weather could not rival the warmth of the welcome we received from the volunteers at Emmanuel Church. Members of the Croydon Disabled Christian Fellowship, together with friends and helpers, formed the audience of about 30 people for the informal morning concert. Katie and Julia took it in turns to introduce the music, interspersing their remarks with quips and anecdotes, much to the enjoyment of their listeners. An hour of pure enjoyment passed all too quickly. Katie and Julia were given rapturous applause by their appreciative audience, who asked them to return very soon.”

This seems have become something of an annual event for Everyone Matters and we are looking forward to discussing a date for next year, already requested! The CDCF said “Thank you so much that Katie and Julia were able to visit and entertain us. It was lovely to hear about the pieces of music as well as hear them played.”