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'Blue' Monday Classics

Twas Monday Classics for 'Blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year, apparently...
but not on Monday Classics...

It was great to be joined in the studio by Christine Gwynn, Director of many a local
musical ensemble, specifically to talk about her work with the Valentine Singers,
the Writtle Singers and Arbitus Music.

Christine is well known in the Phoenix FM region for her inspirational concerts and
workshops, and we talked about the forthcoming Singing Day in Barkingside THIS Saturday -
24th January. Details:

We chatted about the 60-strong Valentine Singers and the smaller Writtle Singers: and her other group, Arbitus Music:

Christine left the studio to the sound of the Valentine Singers singing Psalm 23 by
Howard Goodall (known to you and me as the theme tune for 'The Vicar of Dibley'),
she had 20 minutes to get to her next rehearsal!

The playlist for tonight went as follows:

'Anywhere is' - Enya

'Awake the Harp' - from Haydn's Creation

'The Lord is my shepherd' - Psalm 23 - Howard Goodall

'Chanson de Matin' - Edward Elgar (Composer of the Month)

'Bransles' - from Capriol Suite - Peter Warlock

The 7.30 Wind Down
'Highland Cathedral' - The Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

'Into the West' - Will Martin

'Concerto' to Cantata BWV35 - J S Bach

The Film Classic
'The Magnificent Seven' (Main Theme) - Elmer Bernstein

'Gigue'(from Orchestral Suite in D) - J S Bach

'Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D' - Edward Elgar (Composer of the Month)

Join me on 26th January for Monday Classics at 7pm when I will be joined by
Michael Frith, pianist, who will tell us about a special new series of concerts
at All Saints Church, Doddinghurst.

In the meantime, take care, have a good week

Ed and Monday Classics from Phoenix FM

 The Phoenix FM Classical Events Guide for January 2009 **
Tuesday 20th January to Saturday 24th January at 7.45pm
(+ Saturday Matinee on 24th at 3.00pm)
'Mack and Mabel'
Shenfield Operatic Society
The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
Details: 01708 700625 and

Friday 23rd January at 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Brentwood School Big Band
Chelmsford Cathedral
Free admission, sandwiches and refreshments available
Details from

Saturday 24th January from 10.00am until 4.30pm
A Singing Day, featuring music from Haydn's 'Creation'
led by Christine Gwynne and the Valentine Singers
The Barnardos Church, Tanners Lane, Barkingside
Details from:  01702 549909

Saturday 24th January at 7.30pm
'An evening with Schubert and his friends'
Chamber music, songs and piano works performed by members of local
Orchestras and choirs.
The Holy Trinity Church, Hockley Road, Rayleigh
Details: 01268 747226

Saturday 31st January at 7.00pm
Monteverdi Vespers (1610)
The University of Essex Choir
Chelmsford Cathedral
£20, £16, £13, £10 £6 Concessions on £10 seats
Tickets available from James Dace & Son Ltd., 22 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford,
01245 262841/352133 or University of Essex Arts Office, Colchester, CO4 3SQ,
01206 873261,
Further Details from:

Saturday 31st January at 7.30pm
Winter Concert - 'The Messiah' - G F Handel
Epping Church Choirs Association
St John's Church, Epping
Free admission, retiring collection.
Details from: 01992 523977


** The Phoenix FM Classical Events Guide for February 2009 **

SUNDAY 1st February at 7.00pm
Mozart by Candlelight
Mine Dogantan & Michael Frith
Piano Concerto no. 19 in F K459
Piano Concerto no. 23 in A K488
All Saints, Doddinghurst
Tickets £6 in advance, £7 on the door
Details: 01277 823191 or

SUNDAY 1st February at 7.30pm
The Lyrical Oboe
Nicholas Daniel, Oboe
Jacqueline Shave, Violin
The Britten Sinfonia
Music for Oboe and Orchestra by Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich
Britten and Bach.
Chelmsford Civic Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford
Tickets available from Chelmsford Civic Theatre Box Office 01245 606505

SATURDAY 7th February at 7.15 pm
The Basildon Keyboard Club
James Sargeant play Tyros 3
The Tyros 3 is the latest keyboard from Yamaha, played by one the UK's leading performers.
The James Hornby School, Laindon
£4.50, including light refreshment
Details by email from:

Saturday 7th February at 7.30pm
Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Bradley Winand
Concert of music by Weber, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms 
Brentwood Ursuline High School
Tickets: £10, £9, £2 concessions

Thursday 12th February at 1.00pm
Crosswinds - the Wind Quaretet
The United Reformed Church in Maldon
Free admission, retiring collection
Details from: Martin Pollard 01621 858178

Thursday 12th February at 8.00pm
Theydon Bois Music Society present Marcus Andrews - pianist
Programme to include:
Bach Partita No. 1 in B flat
Poulenc Mouvements Perpetuels
Debussy Selected Preludes
The Theydon Bois Village Hall
Details from:

Friday 13th February at 7.30pm
Phoenix Youth Orchestra
St Thomas' Church, Brentwood
Tickets: £8.00 and £5.00 in aid of the Church Organ Appeal

Saturday 28th February at 7.30pm
Southend Symphony Orchestra
Salvation Army Temple, Hadleigh
McCunn Overture, Mozart Symphony No.40 & Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4
Tickets £8, £7 concessions & £1 under 12s
Details from ABC Music 01268 755005


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