Here are the messages regarding our first concert on Sunday 13 October at which disaster was averted!
The message below was left only a very short time before the concert and did not reach a number of people who arrived expecting the advertised programme. However we had a truly memorable recital with James on splendid form and Anna making magic on the piano so I think I can safely say that this was indeed a celebration as everyone left with a smile and with joy in their hearts! We are so fortunate to have an excellent reviewer at our concerts! Please click here to read the review by Julia Price.
Yes our anniversary is here but we began it with the news that the Fitzwilliam Quartet had, at short notice, had to withdraw from the first concert. After a frantic time contacting virtually all the quartets in the country we were unable to find a replacement at such short notice. 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.
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 have been incredibly supportive about this!
Some practical messages regarding help needed!
- We hope to continue with our regular raffles and hope you will not only support these but also bring suitable prizes to be raffled. We are grateful to Mair Shankster who has organised these for many years but will be stepping down after the first concert, so if you would like to volunteer to help with this we would be delighted to hear from you.
- Mair will no longer be preparing refreshments for the artists so if this is something you could help with then please get in touch. (This involves a simple offering of sandwiches, cake, fruit etc - we do not expect Bake Off standards!) We like to have the refreshments available at 12 noon when most artists arrive to rehearse.
- 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.