UPDATE JANUARY 2022
In spite of many difficulties and uncertainties 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 takes place on Sunday 30 January when we welcome the young guitarist James Girling, who has already beome a popular and established artist. He will be playing some guitar favourites so we look forward to that. Our concert on 27 February sees one of our "local" composers feature - the Rhapsodic Clarinet Quintet by Herbert Howells which will be performed by Matthew Scott (clarinet) and Ensemble Mirage along with clarinet quintets by Bliss and Mozart. The season concludes with a programme of early music on Sunday 3 April entitled "Fair Oriana". Do join us!
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.