Music

There are music recitals (except in August and Bank Holidays) on Mondays from 1:05 to 2:00 pm with free admission. Donations gratefully received in aid of church running costs.  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.

** 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 naive of the church sits 170 comfortably. Enquiries are always welcome so please contact the church office.

The recitals coordinator, Nigel Grieve, organises our regular recital series. 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) on 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.

** 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 us via our email.

The recitals coordinator, Nigel Grieve, organises our regular recital series. The church possesses a fine Bechstein Grand piano and on the west side of the church there is situated a 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.

1:05pm Mon 3rd July 2017  –  Chloe Stratta, Soprano, Anna Marie McLachlan, Mezzo-Soprano, Laurence Panter, Piano 

Mendelssohn, Volkslied; Brahms, Die Schwestern; Mozart, Ach, Ich Fuhl’s; Humperdinck, Abendsegen; Handel, Sta nel Ircana Pietrosa Tana (Alcina); Handel, Tu la Mia Stella Sei (Giulio Cesare); Novello, We’ll gather Lilacs; Franck, La Chanson du Vannier; Debussy, Beau Soir ; Debussy, Le Tombeau des Naiades (Chansons de Bilitis); Faure, Puis’qu ici bas toute ame; Offenbach, Barcarolle

1:05pm Mon 10th July 2017 – Stuart Raeburn – tenor with David Elwin – piano

Beethoven – An die Ferne Geliebte     –     Schumann – Dichterliebe

1:05pm Mon 17th July 2017 – Katherine MacRea – soprano with Hunter Mabery – piano

Mozart: Exultate Jubilate; Debussy: Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse [I. Pantomime, II. Clair de Lune, III. Pierrot, IV. Apparition]

Rachmaninov:    How Fair this Place; – Lilacs; – At Night in my Garden – Britten:   O Can Ye Sew Cushions; – Ca’ the Yowes; – The Bonnie Earl of Moray

1:05pm Mon 24th July 2017 – NO RECITAL TODAY

1:05pm Mon 31st July 2017 – NO RECITAL  TODAY

1:05pm Mon 7th August 2017 to Monday 28th August 2017  NO RECITALS – Recitals will resume 11th September 

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1:05pm Mon 11th September 2017 – Viella Duo – Marcello Deidda & Katherine Clarke – violin & viola duo

Bohuslav Martinu – Duo for Violin and Viola No.2;
J. S. Bach – Inventions;
Franz Schubert – Erlkönig, Ave Maria;
Rebecca Clarke arr. Katherine Clarke – Lullaby and Grotesque
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 1:05pm Mon 18th September 2017 – Juan Maria Solares & Selma Hande Gade – Four hands piano

Piano from Lands of Passion

Selma and Juan are playing music from their natives cultures: Argentina (traditional tango, Astor Piazzolla) and Turkey (Fazil Say), plus Enrique Granados (from Spain).

Astor Piazzolla: Chiquilín de Bachín
Juan María Solare: Tengo un tango
Juan María Solare: Vendetta
Horacio Salgán: La llamo silbando
Fazil Say: Wintermorgen in Istanbul (Opus 51b)

Enrique Granados: Andaluza
Astor Piazzolla: Calambre
Juan María Solare: Reencuentro
Gerardo Matos Rodríguez: La Cumparsita
Saúl Cosentino: Tangomanía
Astor Piazzolla: Libertango

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1:05pm Mon 25th September 2017 – Maria Thomas, Peter Wakefield, Jim Wills, Julian Cable – oboe, flute, baritone & piano

Poulenc – Oboe Sonata; Bach – Toccata in E minor BWV 914;  Fauré – Song cycle ‘Mirages’; Telemann – Fantasia no. 5 in C; Fauré – Fantaisie Op 79; Telemann – Aria ‘Herr, streu’ in mich des Wortes Samen’

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1:05pm Mon 2nd October 2017 – REGRET  NO RECITAL TODAY   

NB RECITALS ARE AT 1.05PM  –  (NOT 1.15PM – AS ADVERTISED IN OCTOBER CITY EVENTS )

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1:05pm Mon 9th October 2017 – Kiyoka Ohara & Seungwon Lee – flute & piano

Mozart – Sonata in F major;
Taktakishvili – Sonata;
Taffanel – Mignon Fantasie
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 NB RECITALS ARE AT 1.05PM  –  (NOT 1.15PM – AS ADVERTISED IN OCTOBER CITY EVENTS )
 1:05pm Mon 16th October 2017 – “CANTIAQUORUM” – Alexandra Caldon – violin, Alex Caldon – trumpet, Libby Burgess – piano
“Claude & Co.”   
Poulenc – Eiffel Tower Polka
Paisible – Sonata in D major
Busser – Andante et Scherzo
Debussy – Sonata for violin and piano
Tomasi – Nocturne
Debussy – Clair de Lune
Ibert – Aria
Milhaud – Brasileira from Scaramouche
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NB RECITALS ARE AT 1.05PM  –  (NOT 1.15PM – AS ADVERTISED IN OCTOBER CITY EVENTS )
1:05pm Mon 23rd October 2017 – Klaudia Magdon ; Ana Šinkovec;  Carlota De Miguel Amestoy
NB Change of Artists and programme as George Webster is unwell – we hope to rearrange Klaudia’s original programme with George at a later date
We are grateful to Klaudia for trying to find a replacement accompanist but the original programme is not possible at such short notice
Revised programme:
Klaudia Magdon – soprano with Ana Šinkovec – piano
Jules Massenet, Manon – Adieu, notre petite table;’ Francis Poulenc; Hôtel & Hier
Carlota De Miguel Amestoy – piano
Works by Jose Maria Goicoechea: Evocaciones; ; Makildantzas (Allegreto, Variation 1, Variation 2 (Andantino), Variation 3 (Allegreto); Lirismos Truncados
Ana Šinkovec – piano
Sergei Bortkiewicz – Prelude; Alexander Scriabin – Prelude Op. 11 No 1
Klaudia Magdon – soprano with Ana Šinkovec – piano
Alexander Scriabin – Romance in F# Major; Sergei Rachmaninov – In my garden at night, Op. 38 No 1
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Not the wind touched my soul & The rose and the nightingale
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NB RECITALS ARE AT 1.05PM  –  (NOT 1.15PM – AS ADVERTISED IN OCTOBER CITY EVENTS )

1:05pm Mon 30th October 2017 – Margaret Pearman & David Cousell – soprano & piano 

From Love’s Sickness to Fly”  Songs & Arias by Purcell; Handel; Mozart; Verdi; Schubert; Faure; Duparc; Massanet

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1:05pm Mon 6th November 2017 –  A 250th anniversary concert of music by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) played/sung by:

Richard Austen (baroque flute, / recorder); Michael Jenner (baroque violin); Michael Strange (harpsichord); Jim Wills (baritone); David Winfield (baroque ‘cello)

Quartet in E minor for flute, violin, ‘cello and harpsichord; Cantata ‘Muntre Gedanken’ with two obbligato instruments and basso continuo; 

Trio Sonata in A minor for recorder, violin and basso continuo; Cantata ‘Ach, Seele, hungre, dürste’ with two obbligato instruments and basso continuo

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1:05pm Mon 13th November 2017 – Olga Stezhko – piano

Debussy Children’s corner – Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum; Jimbo’s Lullaby; Serenade for the Doll; The Snow is Dancing; The Little Shepherd; Golliwogg’s Cakewalk

Poulenc Trois pièces – Pastorale;  Hymne;  Toccata   –    Ravel from ‘ Miroirs” Oiseaux tristes; Alborada del grazioso

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 1:05pm Mon 20th November 2017 – Marianne Townsmith – soprano;  Anna Prowse mezzo soprano;  Joe Howson piano. 

A variety including duets and featuring composers including Mozart, Humperdinck, Schubert, Verdi, Handel and Wagner. 

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 1:05pm Mon 27th November 2017 – Chloe Stratta – soprano;  Anna Marie McLachlan – mezzo-soprano; Laurence Panter –  piano

A recital of arias and duets, with a sprinkling of Christmas. Composers to include Handel, Mozart, Bellini, Faure, and Dove. 
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1:05pm Mon 4th December 2017 – Sarah McKenna – violin; Nao Maebayashi – piano

Mozart Sonata in A K526; Allegro Molto, Andante, Presto

Shostakovich Romance from the Gadfly

Beethoven Romance no. 1 in G Major Op. 40

Piazzolla – Bordel from Histoire du Tango

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1:05pm Mon 11th December 2017 – Stuart Raeburn & David Elwin – tenor & piano

Songs from Lieder and Canzonettas by Joseph Haydn
and
Songs by Roger Quilter including:
The Song Cycle “To Julia”, and
Settings of Shakespeare

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1:05pm Mon 18th December 2017 –  NO RECITAL TODAY – Recitals will resume 9th January 2018 (tbc)