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 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
 on 19th February 2018 – Klaudia Magdon & Mai Kikkawa – sopranos;  with George Webster – piano  Joie de Vivre” –                                                                                               Vocal & piano works associated with Paris  Songs by Hahn and Faure; Viardot arrangements of Chopin mazurkas; French arias & arias with Paris as a backdrop
 Mon 26th February 2018 – Imperial College Chamber Choir – “Songs of the Sea” –  exploring life, love and adventure on high seas Vaughan Williams, Holst & others 

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 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  A Major, Op 30 No 1;  Debussy – Violin Sonata G Minor

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 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 – 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 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 A minor  &  No. 3 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 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 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 9th July 2018 – Marrianne Town Smith – soprano with Bernhard Crede – bass & Richard Black – piano

Wagner, 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

Mon 23rd July 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 Hendunen – piano Ice Maidens of Finland  with Guest performer Jouni Takala

Divine and hauntingly beautiful music from contemporary Finnish masters, evergreen melodies by international classical composers, and light rays
of musical numbers.  Gounod, Verdi, Puccini, Lloyd Webber, Sondheim and Finnish composers Palmgren, Nummi and Salmenhaara.

Mon 12th November 2018 – Angelina Pavlou – piano   –                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paul Hindemith – Praeludium from Ludus Tonalis; Beethoven Sonata op 10 Nr. 3; Rachmaninov – Etude Tableau op.39 Nr 1;                                                                     Kenneth Leighton – Study Nr.4 from Five Studies op.22;  Paul Hindemith – Postludium from Ludus Tonalis

We regret Isabella Fleming – violin is indisposed and will not be able to appear with Phillip Leslie – we are grateful to Angela Pavlou for agreeing to replace them

Mon 19th November 2018 – Diophonon Duo – Accordian & Viola – Michael Iskas – (viola) & Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade (accordian)  

Händel – Sonata per viola da gamba;  Britten – Lachrymae op.48;  Granados – Spanis Dance No.2 (Orientale);  Piazzolla – Le grand Tango; Cazcarra – El Yeli

Mon 26th November 2018 –  Marrianne Town Smith & Naomi Felix  – sopranos with piano accompanist tba

                                             Arias, songs & duets from composers including Verdi, Mozart & Britten

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

 Baroque ensemble –

Telemann: Aria with obbligato flute ‘Ihr Völker, hört!’ from TWV 1:921;  Handel: Trio sonata op. 5, no. 1;     JS Bach: Aria with continuo ‘Ich gehe hin und komme wieder zu euch’ from BWV 74;                     Telemann: Trio sonata in F minor TWV 42:f2;  JS Bach: Aria with obbligato violin ‘Hier in meines Vaters Stätte’ from BWV 32;  JS Bach: Trio sonata BVW 1038

 Mon 10th December 2018 – Scordatura Women’s Music Collective / Rachel Watson Chamber Group – clarinet, cello & piano

Hildegard Von Bingen – O Eterne Deus;  Hilary Tann  – The Cresset Stone;  Augusta Holmès –  Fantaisie;  Thea Musgrave  –  Canta, Canta;  Fanny Hansel  –  Fantasy

Monday 17th December 2018 to Monday 7th January 2019  – NO RECITALS – Recitals resume Monday 21st January 2019

Mon 21st January 2019 – Matt. Swainsbury – Tenor with Piano accompanist tba

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

Monday 4th February 2019 – Harriet Kirk – Mezzo-soprano with Piano accompanist tba

Monday 11th February 2019 – Brompton String Quartet

Monday 18th February 2019 – Hatty Haynes – violin and String Quartet

                                                              Haydn string quartet in b minor, Op33n1 and Mendelssohn string quartet in Eb major, No.1 Op12

Monday 25th February 2019 – Imperial College Chamber Choir

Monday 4th March 2019 – Oscar Holch String Quintet

Monday 11th March 2019 – Michael Collins; Eli; Hannah & Jan – Piano – Programme of English Song

Monday 18th March 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 25th March 2019 – Rhys Bowden – Tenor with Piano accompanist tba

Monday 1st April 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 8th April 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 15th April 2019 – Svyatoslav Antipov (“Slava”) – Piano

Monday 22nd April 2019 – BANK HOLIDAY – No Recital 

Monday 29th April 2019 – Oscar  Holch – Viola with 

Monday 6th May 2019 – BANK HOLIDAY – No Recital

Monday 13th May 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 20th May 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 27th May 2019 – BANK HOLIDAY – No Recital

Monday 3rd June 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 10th June 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 17th June 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 24th June 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 1st July 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 8th July 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 15th July 2019 – Recital TBA

Monday 22nd July 2019 – No Recital TBC

Monday 29th July 2019 – No Recital

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