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.

Mon 15th January 2018 – NO RECITAL TODAY 

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. 

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

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

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

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

 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 

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

Mon 12th March 2018 –  RECITAL CANCELLED – ARTIST INDISPOSED

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

                                               A programme of unaccompanied Lenten music

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

Mon 2nd April 2018 –  BANK HOLIDAY – NO RECITAL

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 

Mon 16th April 2018 – RECITAL CANCELLED – ARTIST INDISPOSED

Mon 23rd April 2018 – Laura Beardsmore – flutes and Emily Shapiro – clar 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

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

Mon 7th May 2018 –  BANK HOLIDAY – NO RECITAL

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)  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)  

Mon 21st May 2018 –  Marie Finne-Bray – Soprano with David Cousell – pian “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.

Mon 28th May 2018 –  BANK HOLIDAY – NO RECITAL

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

Mon 11th June 2018 – SORRY NO RECITAL TODAY 

Mon 18th June 2018 – SORRY NO RECITAL TODAY

Mon 25th June 2018 – Grainne Gillis – contralto with Margaret Lion – piano  “A Sea Miscellany” – trad. & various composers;  Three Sea Changes – Douglas Lilburn;  Sea Pictures – Edward Elgar 

Mon 2nd July 2018 – NO RECITAL Elisabetta Magnanti – piano is indisposed  

Mon 9th July 2018 – Marrianne Town Smith – soprano with Bernhard Crede – bass & Richard Black – pianoWagner, Tchaikovsky, Purcell, Massenet & Verdi arias. Verdi & Mozart duets  

Mon 16th July 2018 – Natalie Molloy – piano

                       J.S, Bach – Prelude & Fugue in A flat major from book 1 of “the 48”;    Beethoven – Piano Sonata op2 no 2 in A major 1) Allegro Vivace; 

                       Mendelssohn – Variations Serieuses op 54;   Debussy – Estampes:  1) Pagodes  & 2) La Jardin dans Grenade

Change of Artist – We are most grateful to Natalie Molloy – piano for agreeing to perform at short notice  (Isabella Fleming – violin with Phillip Leslie – piano are unable to appear but will appear later to play Mozart Violin Sonata 27, G Major K.379 with Brahms Violin Sonata 2, A Major K.100 – TBC)

Mon 23rd July 2018 – NO RECITAL

Mon 30th July 2018 – NO RECITAL

Mon 6th August 2018 to Monday 3rd September 2018  NO RECITALS – Recitals resume on 10th September 2018 – all at 1.05pm (see below)

Mon 10th September 2018 – Marrianne Town Smith – soprano with Naomi Felix – soprano & Richard Black – piano

Songs & AriasBarber, Burleigh, Handel, Strauss, Verdi, Wagner, Massenet & Frank 

Mon 17th September 2018 – Wakana Gong – soprano with Riku Matsubara – tenor & Sayaka Aoki – piano

                                             Soprano & Tenor Arias & Duets from Operas by Handel;  Bellini; Puccini; Bonocini; Giordani; Tosti & Di Capua 

Mon 24th September 2018 –  Adam Parrish – piano  

 Eleanor Rigby – P. McCartney (arr A. Parrish); Short medley – Berceuse – Faure; Theme Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky; O mio babbino – Puccini  (arr. A. Parrish)   Sonata in D Minor Op31 No 2 (first movement) -Beethoven        Summertime – Gershwin (arr. A. Parrish); Enya Suite (arr.  A. Parrish); Variations on All things bright & beautiful (arr. A. Parrish) Sweet Georgia Brown – Bernie                                      

Mon 1st October 2018 –  Three Sopranos – “A Feast of Soprano Arias & Songs” Livy Lewis; Klaudia Magdon; Maryanne Town Smith – Richard Black – piano

Mon 8th October 2018 – Maria Thomas – oboe, Peter Wakefield – flute, Julian Cable – piano & Jim Wills – Baritone                                                                                                       Telemann: Aria ‘Kein Vogel kann im weiten Fliegen’; Debussy: Two Preludes; Britten: Excerpts from ‘Six Metamorphoses after Ovid’; Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits;  Fauré: 3 songs; Roussel: Selection from ‘Joueurs de Flûte’; Telemann: Aria ‘Ich sehe dich in deinem Worte

Mon 15th October 2018 – Cantiaquorum – Alexandra Caldon – violin; Alex Caldon – trumpet; Libby Burgess – piano

                                              An American in Paris – to include music by Bernstein

Mon 22nd October 2018 – Juillette Roos – violin with Ilana Mordkovich – piano         

Enescu- Impromptu concertant; Bach- Solo Violin Sonata no.1 G minor; Mozart- Violin Concert no.4 in D major k.218 1. Allegro; Sibelius- Nocturne op.51 no.3  

Mon 29th October 2018 – Meliza Metzger Chamber Group

 G. Donizetti (1856-1930) – Quell guardo il cavaliere ; W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) – Veilchen KV 476; Abendempfindung KV 523; F. Sor – Variations on a theme by Mozart, op. 9; F. Schubert (1797-1828) – La pastorella al prato D528 (tr. M. Kurtjak) – An die Musik, D 547;  M. M. Ponce (1882-1948) – Allegro non troppo e serioso from Sonata romantica; Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) – Le Papillon Et La Fleur; Mai – Rêve d’Amour; C. Gounod (1818-1893) – O légère hirondelle (arr. M. Kurtjak)                                     

Mon 5th November 2018 –  –  Marie Finne-Bray – soprano with Sonja – piano

                                            Programme TBA

Mon 12th November 2018 – Isabella Fleming – violin with Phillip Leslie – piano

                                             Programme TBA

Mon 19th November 2018 – Aditi Kar & Wakana Gong – sopranos with piano accompanist tba

                                             Programme TBA

Mon 26th November 2018 –  Marrianne Town Smith – soprano and friends tba

                                             Programme TBA

Mon 3rd December 2018 – Jim Wills – baritone; Richard Austen –  flute; Michael Jenner -violin; Michael Strange – harpsicord; David Winfield – cello

                                             Baroque ensemble – Programme TBA

Mon 10th December 2018 – Scordatura Women’s Music Collective / Rachel Watson Chamber Group

                                            Programme TBA

Mon 17h December 2018 to Monday 7th January 2019  – NO RECITALS – Recitals resume Monday 14th January 2019