Music

There are music recitals (except in August and Bank Holidays and for a few weeks following Christmas and New Year) on most Mondays from 1:05 to 2:00 pm.

Admission is free but donations gratefully received in aid of church and recital running costs. For recitals contact Nigel Grieve on nigel.d.grieve2016@gmail.com

We would like to encourage workers in the area to change up your lunchtime routine of eating at your desk, but instead you are welcome to quietly consume sandwiches, tea, coffee, etc. for lunch during our recitals.  ** NB In event of extreme weather conditions in winter check web site before travelling.

Our Wren church provides a beautiful acoustic for those seeking a venue in the City of London for concerts and rehearsals. The nave of the church sits 160 comfortably.

Enquiries are always welcome so please contact the church office.

The recitals coordinator, Nigel Grieve, organises our regular recital series – contact him on nigel.d.grieve2016@gmail.com

The church possesses a fine Bechstein Grand piano and situated on the west side of the church is a Theodore Bates organ (1848).

On either side of the sanctuary you will find two small choir stalls and on either side of the chancel there are areas that can be used for refreshments.

Recitals

There are music recitals (except in August and Bank Holidays and for a few weeks following Christmas and New Year ) on most Mondays from 1:05 to 2:00pm with free admission.

Donations in appreciation gratefully received towards the church running costs. You are welcome to quietly consume sandwiches, tea, coffee, etc. for lunch.

** NB. In event of extreme weather conditions in winter check web site before travelling.

Our Wren church provides a beautiful acoustic for those seeking a venue in the City of London for concerts and rehearsals.. The nave of the church sits 160 comfortably.

Enquiries are always welcome so please contact recitals coordinator, Nigel Grieve, who organises our regular lunchtime recital series.  Please contact Nigel on nigel.d.grieve2016@gmail.com

The church possesses a fine Bechstein Grand piano and on the west side of the church there is an historic Theodore Bates organ (1848).

Either side of the sanctuary are two small choir stalls and either side of the altar are areas that can be used for refreshments.

**  Note: Programme of lunchtime recitals for June to July 2018 is currently being formulated – available dates shown below as “Recital TBA” – contact Nigel Grieve nigel.d.grieve2016@gmail.com Bookings September to December 2018 available in May.

1.05pm Mon 15th January 2018 – REGRET  NO RECITAL TODAY 

1.05pm Mon 22nd January 2018 – Cantiaquorum – Alexandra Caldon – violin; Alex Caldon – trumpet; Libby Burgess – piano

                                              “From Russia with Lunch”  – features music by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. 

1.05pm Mon 29th January 2018 – Grainne Gillis – mezzo soprano with Margaret Lion – piano 

                                              “Sing-a-Long-a-Lunchtime” (and other songs & arias):

                                              Il segreto per esser felici – Donizetti; Lascia ch’io pianga – Händel; O del mio dolce ardor – Gluck; Caro mio ben – attb. Pergolesi

                                              Rondo alla Turca – Mozart

                                              Habanera – Bizet; Seguidille – Bizet; Stride la vampa! – Verdi

                                             ‘Raindrop’ Prelude – Chopin

                                             Wouldn’t it be loverly – Lerner & Loewe; My favorite things – Rodgers & Hammerstein; I could have danced all night – Lerner & Loewe

1.05pm Mon 5th February 2018 – Matariki Trio – Lucy Gijsbers – cello; Jonna Järvitalo – flute; Ana Manastireanu – piano

                                              J. Haydn – Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano in D Major, Hob. XV:16

                                              C. M. von Weber – Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 63

                                              B. Martinu – Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano, H. 300

1.05pm Mon 12th February 2018 – Ximena Maria Abello –  soprano with Ellen Falconer – piano

                                            Britten – On This Island, Opus 11 (Song Cycle)
                                            1. Let the florid music praise; 2. Now the leaves are falling fast; 3. Seascape; 4. Nocturne; 5. As it is, plenty
                                            Mendelssohn – Andante Espressivo, Opus 30, No. 1, from Sechs Lieder ohne Worte
                                            W A Mozart – Als Louise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen Liebhabers verbrannte
                                            Verdi – Caro nome che il mio cor, from Rigoletto
                                            Mendelssohn –  Duetto, Opus 38, No. 6
                                            Handel – V’adoro pupille, from Guilio Cesare

1.05pm Mon 19th February 2018 – Klaudia Magdon & Mai Kikkawa – sopranos;  with George Webster – piano

                                               “Joie de Vivre” – Vocal & piano works associated with Paris and mostly written in Paris.
                                             Featuring works of composers not necessarily  French but having connections with the city or spent part of their lives there.
                                             Songs by Hahn and Faure; Viardot arrangements of Chopin mazurkas; French arias & arias which have Paris as a backdrop

1.05pm Mon 26th February 2018 – Imperial College Chamber Choir – “Songs of the Sea”

                                              – exploring life, love and adventure on the high seas through Vaughan Williams, Holst and others – a selection 

1.05pm Mon 5th March 2018 – Singers from Ohio (US) led by J R Frailick – tenor with Patrick O’Donnell – piano 

                                            “Through a Garden to the Shore” : Vintage and Modern Songs

1.05pm Mon 12th March 2018 –  RECITAL CANCELLED – SORRY NO RECITAL TODAY DUE TO INDISPOSITION OF ARTIST

1.05pm Mon 19th March 2018 – The Byron Consort of Harrow School – Chamber Choir

                                               A programme of unaccompanied Lenten music

1.05pm Mon 26th March 2018 –  Vanessa Chan – violin with Hunter Maybury – piano

                                                Beethoven – Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op 30 No 1; Debussy – Violin Sonata in G Minor

1.05pm Mon 2nd April 2018 –  BANK HOLIDAY – NO RECITAL

1.05pm Mon 9th April 2018 – Hurstwood Trio – Peter Wall (violin); Tim Handel (cello); Chris Underhill (piano) with Geneviève Usher (soprano) & Bill Randles (cello)

                                               George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) –  Three Arias (From Neun Deutsche Arien)

                                                 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Piano Trio in C major Op. 87 

1.05pm Mon 16th April 2018 – RECITAL CANCELLED – SORRY NO RECITAL TODAY DUE TO INDISPOSITION OF ARTIST

1.05pm Mon 23rd April 2018 – Laura Beardsmore – flutes and Emily Shapiro – clarinets

                                               Three American Miniatures  –  John Rutter – Fanfare and Proclamation; Blues; Rag  

                                             Genera   –  Daniel Kessner

                                             Selection from Cello Suite in D minor BWV 1008  –   JS Bach  –  i) Prelude  iv) Sarabande   

                                            Moment   –   David Bennett Thomas

                                            Jump  –  Robert Davidson

                                             Syrinx  –  Claude Debussy

                                             Duos for Flute and Clarinet   –  Robert Muczynski
1.05pm Mon 30th April 2018 – Marmara Piano Trio & guest

                                              Mine Dogantan-Dack  – piano; Mona Kodama – violin; Thomas Gregory – cello with Juan Drown – viola

                                              Beethoven Archduke trio,  first movement

                                              Brahms Piano Quartet in g minor

1.05pm Mon 7th May 2018 –  BANK HOLIDAY – NO RECITAL

1.05pm Mon 14th May 2018 – Julian Hellaby – piano

                                            Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp major BWV872 (Forty-eight Preludes and Fugues, Book 2)     J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

                                            From Four Duets     –   No. 4 in A minor      &   No. 3 in G major

                                            ‘Clair de lune’ (from Suite bergamasque)        C. Debussy (1862-1918)

                                            From Préludes Book 2  –  ‘La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune’   –  ‘”General Lavine” – eccentric -‘   ‘Ondine’   –    ‘Feux d’artifice’

                                            Notturno  –   Valse caressante   –  O. Respighi (1879-1936)

                                            Barcarola   –   Toccata   –   A. Casella (1883-1947)  

1.05pm Mon 21st May 2018 –  Marie Finne-Bray – Soprano with David Cousell – piano

                                         “Fairytale Finnish of Tolkien” –  exquisite Finnish music & magical classics of the world

                                          Melodies in fairytale Finnish language, pearls & diamonds of classical music, opera, and church music.

1.05pm Mon 28th May 2018 –  BANK HOLIDAY – NO RECITAL

1.05pm Mon 4th June 2018 – Nicola Hands – oboe with Jonathan Pease – piano 

                                              Finzi, Interlude; Donizetti, Sonata in F for oboe and piano; Robert Schumann, Romance in A minor; Brahms, Romance in F;
                                            Clara Schumann, Romance in D-flat; Puccini, Album leaf; Sancan, Sonatine for oboe and piano

1.05pm Mon 11th June 2018 – SORRY NO RECITAL TODAY 

1.05pm Mon 18th June 2018 – VERY SORRY – AGAIN NO RECITAL TODAY – NORMAL SERVICE RESUMES NEXT WEEK (D.V.)

1.05pm Mon 25th June 2018 – Grainne Gillis – mezzo soprano with Margaret Lion – piano 

1.05pm Mon 2nd July 2018 – Elisabetta Magnanti – piano 

1.05pm Mon 9th July 2018 – Marrianne Townsmith – soprano with Bernhard Crede – bass & Richard Black – piano

                                             Arias by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Purcell, Massenet and Verdi and duets by Verdi and Mozart.  

1.05pm Mon 16th July 2018 – Isabella Fleming – violin with Phillip Leslie – piano

                                             Mozart Violin Sonata 27, G Major K.379 
                                             Brahms Violin Sonata 2, A Major K.100

1.05pm Mon 23rd July 2018 – NO RECITAL

1.05pm Mon 30th July 2018 – NO RECITAL

1:05pm Mon 6th August 2018 to Monday 27th August 2018  NO RECITALS – Recitals will resume on 10th September 2018