Annual General Meeting
This will take place on Thursday 26 May at St Mary de Lode Church at 7.30pm and will be followed by a talk by Tony Conder entitled "The Chosen Trio". The trio consists of three Gloucestershire people well known to our members - Ivor Gurney, FWHarvey and Herbert Howells. The concerts for the next season will be revealed at the meeting which is open to all - please join us!
UPDATE JANUARY 2022
In spite of many difficulties and uncertainties, including the death of our Treasurer John Talbot-Cooper, we were able to go ahead with our Autumn programme and enjoyed many fine performances. We were very grateful to the Carducci Quartet which stood in at very short notice when the Menuhin School was beset by Covid for our final concert of 2021. The venue of St John's Church for our "In Gloucestershire" programme proved to be excellent. We have still not got our numbers back to where they were before Covid struck, however I hope we can continue to build them up again so please be sure to take flyers at our concerts and to tell your friends!
Our first concert of 2022 took place on Sunday 30 January when we welcomed the young guitarist James Girling, who has already beome a popular and established artist and played some guitar favourites. Our concert on 27 February saw one of our "local" composers feature - the Rhapsodic Clarinet Quintet by Herbert Howells which was performed by Matthew Scott (clarinet) and Ensemble Mirage along with clarinet quintets by Bliss and Mozart. The season concluded with a programme of early music on Sunday 3 April entitled "Fair Oriana".
Congratulations to our President Julian Lloyd Webber on his OBE. We are delighted that he has been recognised for the immense contribution he makes in so many aspects of music!
On 11 September we made our contribution to Gloucester History Week by arranging a talk by Dr John Harcup OBE entitled "Edward Elgar inspired by ...8 subjects beginning with the letter P." at the Ed Shed. This proved to be a very strange venue but Dr Harcup gave a fascinating and informative talk to a select audience and we are once again indebted to him for his support of our Society.
It will be so good to have live music and to see you all again and until then I leave you with my best wishes and thank you for the many messages I received on the death of my husband.
Christine Talbot-Cooper, Chairman
During 2020 we received the sad news that one of our Trustees, David James, had sadly died. We have sent our condolences to his wife and family. Condolences have also been sent to Tony Boden, one of our Vice Presidents, on the loss of his wife Anne, who was a huge supporter of our Society and also to Elizabeth Taylor on the loss of her father Michael, who for so many years attended our concerts in his mobility scooter. They will all be sadly missed.