Music

There are music recitals on most Mondays from 1:05 to 2:00 pm (except on Bank Holidays / mid July to mid September and for a few weeks following Christmas and New Year). Admission free / donations welcome. For recital bookings 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.

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 on most Mondays (except in August and Bank Holidays and for a few weeks following Christmas and New Year ) from 1:05 to 2:00pm with free admission. Donations in appreciation gratefully received towards church running costs.You are welcome to quietly consume sandwiches, tea, coffee, etc.

** 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..

Enquiries are always welcome so please contact recitals coordinator, Nigel Grieve, who organises our regular lunchtime recital series.

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.

2020

 (Further details of 2020 recitals booked to follow shortly)                     

Monday 6th January 2020 – No Recital today

Monday 13th January 2020 – Sofia Gomez Alberto – violin with Arthur Di Francesco – piano

 Prokofiev – Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 2 in D Major op. 94a
Wagner arr. Willhelmj – Albumblatt
Ginastera – Danzas Argentinas op. 2 for solo piano
Ponce arr. Heifetz – Estrellita
Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen

Monday 20th January 2020 – Bernice Lee – oboe with Thomas Ang – piano

                  George Frideric Händel (1685-1759) – Oboe Sonata in C minor, HWV 366 (c.1711-1712)

                 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) – Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370 (1781)

                  Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) – Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra, H. 353 (1955)

                 Johaa (1808-1866) – Morceau de Salon for oboe and piano, Op. 228 (1859)

Monday 27th January 2020 – Sirius Chau  – flute with Kumi Matsuo – piano ” An afternoon in France”

                  Bach: Organ Sonata in C minor, BWV 526 (arr. flute and piano), i. Vivace;  Faure: Fantaisie, Op. 79;

                 Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune;  Gaubert: Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando;

                 Casella: Sicilienne et Burlesque;  Hurel: Eolia;  Liebermann: Sonata for Flute and Piano, ii. Presto energico 

Monday 3rd February 2020 – Mine Dogantan-Dack Trio – Beethoven’s piano trio Op. 96 ‘Archduke’.

               Mine Dogantan Dack, piano;  Mona Kodama, violin; Juan Drown, viola

Monday 10th February 2020 – Emmanuel Garnier – piano will play Beethoven & Mozart

                 Beethoven – Six variations on “nel core piu non mi sento”

                 Beethoven – Fantaisie for the piano  Op 77

                 Mozart – Sonata in A minor

Monday 17th February 2020 – CantiaQuorum trio –

                  Alex Caldon (Trumpet), Alexandra Caldon (violin) and Libby Burgess (piano).

                  German composers including music by Bach and Brahms

Monday 24th February 2020 – Imperial College Chamber Choir

                 Holst – I love my Love;   Schnittke – Three Sacred Hymns;   Rachmaninov –  Panteley the Healer;

                 Sviridov –  Inexpressible wonder extracts;  Park – The song of the light;  Vaughan Williams – Three Shakespeare Songs

Monday 2nd March 2020 – Juliette Roos – violin

Monday 9th March 2020 – Georgina Cohu – soprano & friends with piano

Monday 16th March 2020 – Arthur Di Francesco Quintet

Monday 23rd March 2020 – Josipa Bainac – baritone / tenor with David Hauseknecht – piano – Austrian Cultural Forum Recital

Monday 30th March 2020 – Paul Blundell & Joanne Troufillis “A Tale of Two Cities”

Monday 6th April 2020 – Svyatoslav “Slava” Antipov – piano

Monday 13th April 2020 – Bank Holiday – No Recital

Monday 20th April 2020 – Julian Hellaby – piano

Monday 27th April 2020 – Joanna – Cello Quartet

Monday 4th May 2020 – Marie Finne Bray – mezzo soprano with piano “Musical Haven in busy London – Musicals & Masterpieces”

Monday 11th May 2020 – Michael Collins “inSONGnin”  ( ex Trinity Laban, Greenwich)

Monday 18th May 2020 – “Eurus Flutes”  – flute quartet (Trinity Laban)

Monday 25th May 2020 – Bank Holiday – No Recital

Monday 1st June 2020 –  Recital TBA

Monday 8th June 2020 –  Johan “Jay” de Cock – piano

Monday 15th June 2020 – Buck Brass Trio – see www.buckbrass.com and www.facebook.com/buckbrass

Monday 22nd June 2020 –  Recital TBA

Monday 29th June 2020 –  Recital TBA

(Further July 2020 Recitals TBA later – applications for TBA bookings invited)

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 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

Monday 11 March 2019 – “An Ode to England”

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

                   Regret that Emma Walker is unwell and unable to appear 

                  Andrea Emanuele has agreed to step in with his duet partner Teresa Desiderio at short notice – 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 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 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 C Minor K.406/516b; Dvorak String Quintet no.3 Eflat Major op.97 ; Beethoven, 32 vars. C minor;                  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 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 – premiere.) 

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

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

                         Chopin – Preludes  Op 28 & Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit

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 ( “Le Nozze di Figaro”);   Se l’augellin sen fugge (“La Finta Giardiniera”)

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

Monday 14th October 2019 –  Darquise Bilodeau – Soprano with Marc Verter – Piano      –    “Beginnings and Endings”

                         Barber: Song selection;  L, Bernstein: I Hate Music; F. Poulenc: La courte pails”unais: Sept épitaphes plaisantes                        

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

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

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

                            Schumann – Adagio and Allegro;   Vieuxtemps  –  Capriccio Op. 55 (Viola solo);  Bridge –  Pensiero and Allegro Appasionata; 

                           Rachmaninov – Andante from Cello Sonata Op. 19;  Hindemith  –  Viola Sonata Op. 11 No. 4

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 – (CANCELLED !!)

Monday 2nd December 2019  –  Marco Leung – Flute

                          Claude Debussy – Syrinx ; Georg Phillipp Telemann – Fantansh No.10 in f minor ;

                          Saverio Mercadante – Variations on Mozart’s La ci darem la mano;  Jacques Ibert – Pièce;

                          Brian Ferneyhough – Cassandra’s Dream Song; Niccolo Paganini – Caprice No.24 in A minor; Ian Clarke – Zoom Tube

Monday 9th December 2019  –  Celia Herrera Rios – Piano

                         Beethoven – Sonata op.109;  Liszt – Mephisto waltz 1;  Brahms – Intermezzo – op.117

Monday 16th December 2019  –  “Operatic Ensemble”

                   Marrianne Town Smith (soprano); Naomi Felix (mezzo-soprano);  Robin Whitehouse (Tenor); Panaretos Kyriatzidis (Piano)

Monday 23rd December 2019 – No Recital Today – Recitals resume on 13th January 2020 Details will appear for 2020 recitals shortly.