Our 90th Anniversary is here!

 

Incredibly we are celebrating our 90th anniversary in the 2019-2020 season and after much fund raising we have been pleased that the first three concerts of this season of English music have received much support and enthusiasm from members and friends alike. Details are on our Concerts page and bookings are now being taken so we hope you will join us.

Here is the poster for our first concert of 2020 when we welcome back the members of the Carducci Quartet who have been friends of our Society for many years. Their programme begins with a tribute to Beethoven in his 250th anniversary year followed by quartets by English composers.

Our first concert saw disaster averted when the Fitzwilliam Quartet, at short notice, had to withdraw due to illness.  However, every cloud has a silver lining and I am pleased to say that James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook kindly offered us the following replacement programme, which we gladly accepted and were delighted that they performed to such a large and appreciative audience.  The revised programme was: 
Purcell - Evening Hymn and Music for a while
Ireland - The Soldier, Blow out, you bugles and Spring Sorrow
Vaughan Williams - On Wenlock Edge;
Walton - Three Sitwell Songs - Daphne, Through gilded trellises and Old Sir Faulk
Vaughan Williams - Songs of Travel
Our sincere thanks to James and Anna who were incredibly supportive about this!  For a review of the concert by Julia Price please click here. 
Our piano recital by Maria Marchant proved to be no ordinary event with some wonderful playing which included the first performance of Soliloquy, commissioned by our Society from Adrian Williams. We were delighted to welcome Paul Conway to the concert and he wrote a splendid review for Musical Opinion - one of the few music magazines which seems to consider the work of music societies such as ours to be of importance!  We were pleased to have a review also from Julia Price - please click here to read it.
The final concert of 2019 was a splendid recital by the Villiers Quartet which left the audience wondering why we had not heard more of these fine English quartets!  Julia Price was on hand once again to review the concert - please click here to read it.
We look forward to the final three concerts of the season and hope you will join us.

Some practical messages regarding help needed!

  • We are continuing with our regular raffles and have been pleased that not only have you supported these but have also brought suitable prizes to be raffled.  An excellent place for any unwanted Christmas presents! We are grateful to Mair Shankster who has organised these for many years but plans to retire, so if you would like to volunteer to help with this we would be delighted to hear from you.
  •  We would very much appreciated practical help prior to the concert to ensure that artists are welcomed on arrival for rehearsal at 12 noon and their refreshments and other practical things dealt with. At present this task falls to the Chair and the Treasurer,  who both have many other duties to attend to!
  • Christine Talbot-Cooper has prepared a booklet giving a brief history of the Society and this will be on sale at the concerts for £5, with all proceeds going to the Society.
  • We are pleased that with your support we have been able to have our publicity and programmes professionally printed by Whitehouse Press in Lydney, who have supported our Society for many years.

Prior to our first concert we took part once again in Gloucester Heritage Open Days on Saturday 14 September at 2.00pm at St Mary de Lode Church when we launched a new CD by Rupert Marshall-Luck of the Solo Violin Music of Graham Whettam. Graham had a special connection to our Society and Christine Talbot-Cooper, our Chairman, has supported the production of this CD. We thank all the members and friends who joined us for this special event which included a suitable toast to the composer! CDs will be on sale at our concerts.