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Monday Classics - 1st June

With a birthday and an anniversary of death in the Classical Music World this week, it was the perfect excuse to indulge
the complete set of Enigma Variations and a good chunk of a classical symphony by Josef Haydn.

Austrian Composer Josef Haydn wrote over 100 symphonies (each for orchestra, in 4 or 5 movements, many of which were
based on dances). We heard the Minuet from Symphony no 103 in B flat.

English late nineteenth century composer Edward Elgar was born on June 2nd 1857, so we were literally 5 hours from his birthday as I played the full set of the Enigma Variations.

Elgar's wife overheard Edward at the piano playing for fun, accidentally coming up with a striking theme, which he went on to arrange into 13 Variations and a Finale. Each one is titled with a set of initials or a Christian name, and is written about the character of one his friends. Rumours through history are that one of the variations is for a lady he loved more than his own wife. Hence the anonymous nature of his titles!

The most famous variation 'Nimrod' was our 7.30 Wind down track.

Aside from these pieces, we also heard:

Scottish Fantasy - Max Bruch

'Tomorrow's hope' and 'Siesta' (2000) - Richard Hoddinott

The Film Classic: 'Dr Zhivago' - Maurice Jarre

Cantilena (The journey) - Karl Jenkins

See you next Monday, here is the Classical Events Guide


** The Phoenix FM Classical Events Guide  **


Thursday 4th June at 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Carl Murray (Baritone), Martin Heald (Piano)
St Peter ad Vincula Church, Coggeshall
Admission Free, light lunches available from 12 Noon

Friday 5th June at 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Lunchtime concert by Samuel Rathbone (organ)
Chelmsford Cathedral
Refreshments available from 12 Noon

Friday 5th June at 7.30pm
Purcell 350th Anniversary concert
The Cathedral Choir with Baroque Ensemble
with James Bowman, Timothy Travers-Brown - counter tenors
Peter Nardone - conductor
Tickets available from The Cathedral Box Office tel 01245 294486

Tuesday 9th June - Saturday 13th June
Evening performances at 8pm and Saturday matinee at 3pm
The Pirates of Penzance - Gilbert & Sullivan
performed by Shenfield Operatic Society
Brentwood Theatre
Tickets: www.brentwood-theatre.org

Friday 12th June at 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Lunchtime Concert by Beverley Lockyer (soprano), Elizabeth Kent (soprano),
Gary Griffiths (baritone), Jess Bartone (flute), Peter Dollimore (piano).
Chelmsford Cathedral
Refreshments available from 12 Noon.

Saturday 13th June at 7.30pm
Southend Symphony Orchestra at The Savation Army Temple, Hadleigh SS7 2PF
Conductor: Richard Brittain, Violinist: Jeanine Thorpe
Cockaigne Overture - Edward Elgar
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in G minor - Max Bruch
Symphony no 2 in E minor - Sergey Rachmaninov
Tickets £8 (£7 Concessions, £1 for under 12s) from 01268 755005

Sunday 14th June at 7.00pm
Felsted Choral Society present:
Dixit Dominus - Handel, Matra Pictures - Kodaly, and other items
in the new Barbara Karan Auditorium at Felsted School, Felsted.
Conducted by Roger Lawrence, Leader: Susan Henwood
Tickets £15 to include buffet and wine.
Contact Tony Baker 01371 821621 / www.felstedchoralsociety.co.uk

Thursday 18th June
'Singing the Stave' - Blackmore Church
led by Christine Gwynn and Frances Quintrell
'This is a fun and light-hearted day course full of tips, tricks, hints and practice opportunities
to help us sing the page more effectively'
Details from: http://arbutusmusic.net/stave.html 

Friday 19th June at 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Lunchtime Concert with Roger Montgomery (guitar) and Ruth Montgomery (flute)
Chelmsford Cathedral
Refreshments available from 12 Noon.

Saturday 20th June
Solo workshop for Singers
led by Christine Gwynn and Anne Fradd
'This very friendly morning workshop gives each participant the opportunity to present two songs
(accompanied by Christine unless you wish to bring your own accompanist) in the lovely acoustic
of Blackmore Church and to receive helpful comments about communication and presentation'
Details from: www.cagmus.org.uk/workshops.html

Saturday 20th June at 7.30pm
Chelmsford Male Voice Choir
All Saints Church, Terling
Tickets £6 to include a glass of wine, in aid of Church funds

Friday 26th June at 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Helen Woods (Soprano), David Wright (Trumpet), Simon Schultz (piano)
Chelmsford Cathedral
Refreshments from Noon

Friday 26th June at 1pm - 1.45pm
Lunchtime Concert at St Thomas' Church, Brentwood
Katy Elman (marimba/percussion)
Sandwiches and drinks on sale from 12.30pm
Further details: 01277 218121

Saturday 20th June at 7.30pm
Witham Choral Society and Colchester Philharmonic
at St Peter ad vincula - Coggeshall

Saturday 11th July at 7.30pm
Hutton & Shenfield Choral Society
Brentwood Cathedral
Chichester Psalms - Bernstein
Requiem - Durufle
Details: www.hscs.org.uk

Sunday 12th July
Summer Serenade - Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra
Brentwood Ursuline School


Saturday 18th July at 7.45pm
'An evening of Romantic Music' the Billericay Choral Society
United Reformed Church, Chapel Street, Billericay
'Come along and feel the glow of romance with us'...

Sunday 20th September at 3.00pm
Benjamin Grosvenor in Concert at Brentwood Theatre

Kapustin 3 Concert Studies Opus 40
Liszt Sonata in B Minor
Chopin Berceuse
Chopin Scherzo Opus 39
Chopin Nocturne C Sharp Minor
Ravel Ondine
Ravel La Valse

Tickets are priced at £15 (£12 concessions) with children 16 and under just £5
Further details, booking at www.brentwood-theatre.org

And...

The Phoenix FM Classical Young Musician of 2009
Entries online from May 1st from the home page of www.phoenixfm.com



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