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.

Available dates shown as “Recital TBA” – contact Nigel Grieve nigel.d.grieve2016@gmail.com

                       2019

Mon 21st January 2019 – Matt. Swainsbury – Tenor with Charis Hanning Piano

                     English song cycle repertoire by George Butterworth & Ralph Vaughan Williams 

                    Selection of 10 German songs set to the texts of poet, Heinrich Heine.    

                    Themes of love, longing, betrayal and bitterness will be present throughout the recital.

Mon 28th January 2019 – Sirius Chau – Flute with Irena Radici – Piano

                    Faure – Fantaisie, Op. 79;  Poulenc – Sonata for Flute and Piano, FP 164;  Dutilleux – Sonatine for Flute and Piano; 

                    Bolling – Sentimentale fromSuite for Flute and Jazz Piano;  J. Gade – Tango Fantasia  

Monday 4th February 2019 – Harriet Kirk – Mezzo-soprano with Jennifer Vizinet – Piano

                   Bellini: Tre Ariette ; Il fervido desidero ; Dolente immagine di File mia; Vaga luna che inargenti  – 

                   Gurney: Elizabethan Songs – Sleep; Under the Greenwood Tree; Tears – Vaughan Williams:  Silent Noon & Linden Lea – 

                   Quilter: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal; Music, When Soft Voices Die; Love’s Philosophy

Monday 11th February 2019 – Brompton String Quartet

                    Maja Horvat, violin 1; Emily Turkanik, violin 2; Hannah Gardiner, viola; Wallis Power, cello

                    Mendelssohn quartet no. 2 in A minor;    Movements from Haydn op. 71 no.3 
Monday 18th February 2019 – RECITAL CANCELLED
                   We regret that Hatty Haynes – violin  is unable to appear at short notice for personal reasons and her String Quartet is unable to perform today

Monday 25th February 2019 – Imperial College Chamber Choir   –   “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Moon Landings”

                   Chant ave Maris Stella – Anon;  Ave Maria Stella – Bardos;  Ave Maria Stella – Grieg 

                  God and the universe – Stanford; My soul there is a country – Parry;  I know my soul hath power to know all things – Parry;  

                  Stargazer (Stand and stare, starstruck and in the the train)  – Roth;  Northern lights – Gjeilo 

                  Stella quam viderant magi – Philips;  When to the temple Mary went – Eccard;  Sleep – Whitacre 

Monday 4th March 2019 – NOTE CHANGE OF ARTISTS & PROGRAMME

                    Maria Włoszczowska – Violin (http://www.mariawloszczowska.com/) and Dinis Sousa  – Piano 

                    Janáček – Sonata for violin and piano;   Schumann – Sonata for violin and piano in d minor op. 121

                    We are most grateful to Maria and Dinis for agreeing to perform at short notice following the withdrawal of the Oscar Holch Quintet due to a family                                    bereavement thus preventing a member of the quintet from performing. The quintet will now perform at a later date on 29th April .  

Monday 11th March 2019 – Eleanor Kemp – Mezzo-soprano; Hannah Johnstone – Contralto; Michael Collins – Bass / Baritone; Jan Christopher Guthrie – Piano

                   “An Ode to England” – a programme of English songs by Britten; Dring; Elgar; Harty; Ireland; Rorem; Quilter.

Monday 18th March 2019 – NOTE CHANGE OF ARTISTS & PROGRAMME

We regret that Emma Walker is unwell and unable to appear however we are most grateful to her for arranging with colleagues to replace her. 

                  Andrea Emanuele has agreed to step in with his duet partner Teresa Desiderio at short notice and their programme will be: 

                   Brahms – Variations on a Theme by Schumann, op.23;

                   Satie – Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire;  

                  Dvorak – Slavonic Dance op.72 no.2;  

                  Schubert – Allegro in a minor, D.947 “Lebenssturme”

Monday 25th March 2019 – Rhys Bowden – Tenor with David Johnson – Piano

                   Robert Schumann – Liederkreis, Op. 24 (1840)
                   Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 21 (Waldstein), 2nd & 3rd movements, Op. 53 (1804)  
                  Benjamin Britten – Canticle I: “My beloved is mine and I am his”, Op. 40 (1947)

Monday 1st April 2019 – Kwanita Lau – Violin –  with Yohan Kim – Piano

                  Mozart – Violin Sonata No. 18, G Major, K. 301
                  Ysaye – Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 27 
                  Beethoven: Violin Sonata no. 7 in C minor, op. 30 no. 2

Monday 8th April 2019 – Sorry – NO RECITAL TODAY

                  We regret that Tessa Seymour – Cello (solo) has withdrawn due to injury – Recital Cancelled (no replacement available)

Monday 15th April 2019 – Svyatoslav  / Slava Antipov – Piano

                 Scarlatti, Sonata “Fugue”in G minor. K 30. L 499;  Ravel, “Alborada del gracioso” from “Miroirs”, No 4; 

                 Ravel “Ondine” from “Gaspar de la nuit”, No 1. M. 55; Debussy, “Hommage à Rameau”  from “Images”, Book 1, No 2. L110; 

                 Liszt, Etude “Feux Follets” in B-flat major from Transcendental Etudes, No 5. S 139; 

                 Liszt, Etude “Chasse-neige” in B-flat minor from Transcendental Etudes, No 12. S 139

                 Ginastera, Piano Sonata No 1. Op. 22;  Moszkowski, Caprice Espognol, Op. 37

Monday 22nd April 2019 – BANK HOLIDAY – No Recital 

Monday 29th April 2019 – Oscar  Holch  String Quintet 

                 Violins: Harriet Haynes, En Yuan Khong Violas: Abigale Bowen, Oscar Holch Cello: Zachary Owen 

                 Mozart String Quintet no.2 in C Minor K.406/516b 
                 Dvorak String Quintet no.3 in Eflat Major op.97 

Monday 6th May 2019 – BANK HOLIDAY – No Recital

Monday 13th May 2019 – Julian Hellaby – Piano

                  Beethoven, 32 variations in C minor WoO80;   Ramskill: Three Preludes – G-sharp minor; F-sharp minor; C major; 

                  Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor Op. 79/1; Ireland: Rhapsody;  Ireland: From Decorations – i) ‘The Island Spell’; iii) ‘The Scarlet Ceremonies’ 

Monday 20th May 2019 – Sorry – NO RECITAL today

Monday 27th May 2019 – BANK HOLIDAY – No Recital

Monday 3rd June 2019 – Klaudia Magdon – Soprano; Will. O’Brien – Baritone with George Webster – Piano

                  “Springtime” – Themes of flowering trees, spontaneity and young passion found in vocal musical writings across different compositional styles.

                   Programme to include songs and operatic arias exploring the topic. 

 Monday 10th June 2019 – Marrianne Town Smith – Soprano; Charlotte Collier mezzo, with Panaretos Kyriatzidis – Piano

                 Duets by  Delibes, Mendlessohn, Verdi and Offenbach, and solos by Mozart and Handel.

Monday 17th June 2019 – Olive Murray – Soprano with Christopher Foreman – Piano

                 On the Merry First of May – Howells; Les Chemins de l’Amour – Poulenc;  Villanelle – Berlioz;  Ouvre ton Coeur – Bizet; 

                 I sit in the sun (‘Salad Days’) – Julian Slade;  Le Colibri – Chausson; Rusalka’s song to the moon (Rusalka) – Dvorak; 

                The sun whose rays are all ablaze (‘Mikado’) – Sullivan; It never looks like summer (‘Till Earth Outwears’) – Finzi; 

                Oh how pleasing (‘The Seasons’) – Haydn;  Summertime (‘Porgy & Bess’) – Gershwin; In Summer Fields – Brahms; 

               Now sleeps the crimson petal – Quilter; These summer nights – Rachmaninov; Tiara, tiara (‘The Enchanted Pig’)  – Jonathan Dove

Monday 24th June 2019 – Emma Walker – Piano

                 Bach – Partita no.2 in c minor, BWV 826;  Bardanashvili – Fantasy;  Schumann – Sonata no.1 in f-sharp minor, op.11

Monday 1st July 2019 – Jessica Summers – Soprano with Jelana Makarova – Piano –  “Living Songs”

Monday 8th July 2019 – Ben Mason – Clarinet; Peter Fenech – Viola; Connie Luk – Piano

                Schumann – Märchenerzählungen, Op.132 – i. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell; ii. Lebhaft und sehr markirt; iii. Ruhiges Tempo, mit zartem Ausdruck

                Mozart – Piano Trio No.2 in E-Flat Major, K.498 “Kegelstatt” – i. Andante; ii. Menuetto; iiiRondo – Allegretto

Monday 15th July 2019 – Rebecca Allen – Bassoon with Carys Gittins – Flute 

                   Heitor Villa Lobos- Bachiannas Brasileiras no.6 for flute and bassoon;  Katherine Hoover- Winter Spirits for solo flute
                   Ross Edwards- Water Spirit Song for solo bassoon;  Eden Lonsdale – Cycles/Shadings (commissioned for this event – a world premiere.) 

Monday 22nd July 2019 – NO RECITAL TODAY – Recitals to resume in September 

Monday 29th July 2019 – NO RECITAL TODAY – Recitals to resume in September 

                            No Recitals during August – Recitals to resume Monday 16th September

Monday 9th September 2019 –  SORRY – NO RECITAL TODAY

Monday 16th September 2019 –  William Jack – Cello solo

                             J.S. Bach – Suite I in G major for Solo Cello, BWV 1007;    Prelude – Bartolomey – Theresa’s Groove;  

                           Allemande – Ysaÿe – Sonata for Solo Cello, Op.28 – I. Grave;  Courante – Henryson – Black Run;  Sarabande – Vasks – Pianissimo

                           Minuets – Oasis – Wonderwall (arr. William Jack);  Gigue – Pejtsik – Stonehenge 

Monday 23rd September 2019 –  Sarah Park – Piano

                         Gaspard de la Nuit and Chopin 24 Preludes – (tbc)

Monday 30th September 2019 – Ines Costa – Piano 

                        Haydn (1732-1809) – Piano Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI/201. Moderato –  2. Andante con Moto  – III. Finale (allegro)

                       Debussy (1862-1918) – From Préludes – Book 2, L. 123  III. La puerta del vino  – Bruyères  – VIII. Ondine – XII. Feux d’artifice

Monday 7th October 2019 –  Isabella Benia – Mezzo-Soprano – with Leona Crasi – Piano

                        Handel arias: Verdi Prati – Mi lusinga il dolce affetto – Sta nell’ircana (from “Alcina”)

                       Mozart arias: Voi che sapete – Non so piu cosa son (from “Le Nozze di Figaro”);   Se l’augellin sen fugge (from “La Finta Giardiniera”)

                       Britten song cycle: A Charm of Lullabies;   Ireland: Love & Friendship

Monday 14th October 2019 –  Darquise Bilodeau – Soprano with Marc Verter – Piano 

                         Barber: Song selection;  L, Bernstein: I Hate Music; F. Poulenc: La courte paille; L. Daunais: Sept épitaphes plaisantes                        

Monday 21st October 2019 –  Singers from Trinity Laban, Greenwich – with Piano Accompanist tba – Programme tba

                            Antonia Thwaites – Mezzo Soprano; Thea Grace Callaghan – Soprano; Polly Byron Green – Soprano; Dominic Westwood – Baritone 

Monday 28th October 2019 –  Lucas Levin – Violin with Yi Shing Chen – Piano

Monday 4th November 2019 –  William Jack – Cello with Laure Chan – Violin 

Monday 11th November 2019 – Claire Ward – Soprano with Guitar Accompanist 

                           Spanish and French music for voice and guitar

Monday 18th November 2019 –  SORRY – NO RECITAL TODAY

Monday 25th November 2019 –  Adam Parrish – Piano

Monday 2nd December 2019  –  Maroo Leung – Flute

Monday 9th December 2019 – Marrianne Town Smith – Soprano & Friends with Piano Accompanist tba

Monday 16th December 2019 – NO RECITAL TODAY – RECITALS RESUME MID. JANUARY – DATE  TBC

** potential recitalists contact Nigel Grieve asap email at – nigel.d.grieve2016@gmail.com