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Magnificent Mr Handel

Saturday 19th May 2018 at 7.30 pm 

Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, South Petherton. TA13 5DQ

Many famous composers have declared Handel to be a musical genius and Beethoven even went as far as to describe him as the "master of us all... the greatest composer that ever lived."  Beethoven admired the simplicity of Handel's music, saying: "Go to him to learn how to achieve great effects, by such simple means."

With the Magnificent Mr Handel cncert, Andrew Maddocks, the conductor and musical director, aims to "declare the composer's magnificence to all who are there."

He adds:  "It will be a fitting climax to the royal wedding celebrations that are also taking place on 19th May.  The opening piece of our concert is the Coronation Anthem, Let thy hand be strengthened, first sung at the coronation of King George II in 1727.  It has a cheerful opening and a bright Alleluia conclusion.  Perfect!"

The musical programme is packed with other Handelian gems, including selected choruses and arias from the Messiah, two excerpts form an oratorio based on the story of Susanna in the Bible's book of Daniel, as well as Handel's exquisite Organ Concerto in F Op.4 and finishes with the compelling Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112).

Featuring: The Orchestra of Opera Settecento led by James Toll

with Alice Privett, soprano and Peter Twitchin, organ

 

 

Of Animals, Birds and Other Things

Sunday 01st July 2018 at 7.00 pm 

Brympton House, Brympton D'Evercy, Nr. Yeovil. BA22 8TD

(By kind permission of Mr & Mrs Glossop)

 

A Summer entertainment of music with largely a fauna theme but a touch of flora and all helped along with strawberries and drinks.

Songs, choral and instrumental pieces about owls, swans, blue birds, deer, chickens, seals, insects, fish and primroses selected from four centuries of music, featuring madrigals by English, French and Italian writers, as well as music by Britten, Elgar, Stanford, Whitacre; folk-song arrangements; music for recorders and harpsichord, and mood music by Kodály and Delius.

The natural world has been a constant stimulus for composers to write shorter and lighter pieces.  Whether it is the call of the owl, the song of small birds, the colourful charm of the butterfly, the grace of the swan, the incessant chatter of the cicada and cricket or the amusing antics of hens, all have featured in composed music.

The perfect Summer evening - do join us.

 

Future Events

 

 

Flowers  of the Forest
Saturday 10th November 2018 

7.30 pm

Church of St Mary, Bishop's Lydeard TA4 3AT

To commemorate the Great War Armistice 1918

 

Festival Service of Nine Lessons & Carols 

Saturday 22nd December 2018

6.30 pm

 St John the Baptist Church, Wellington TA21 8QY

 

Watch this space for  further details 

 

 

Future Concerts Featuring The Phoenix Singers