Registered Charity No: 1146459 (England) Updated: 2nd October 2019
In October we had our annual Young Musician’s Concert and this year we were delighted to welcome Jessica Madden from Stratford upon Avon. She is currently a student at the Stratford Grammar School for Girls and has been studying piano with Lynn Arnold, herself a regular performer for the Society.
From the outset we knew we would be enjoying a very varied programme of music. The Holberg Suite by Grieg is well known as a piece for string orchestra but, as Jessica explained, it was originally written for the piano. Jessica’s confident performance of it certainly gave members a clear idea of the piece as Grieg originally envisaged it. From Grieg we went to Haydn’s Sonata in C major a work in three movements and Jessica’s performance reflected an assured distinction between the different moods of legato and brio.
From Haydn we went to Scarlatti and Jessica played two Sonatas K259 and 260 (out of the 500 Sonatas that the composer actually wrote!) Next was a piece less well known to members, the Lark by Russian composer, Mily Balakirev. This was a piece was a transcription of a piece written by Glinka, The Farewell to St Petersburg, and reflected the sounds of Russia. Jessica’s right hand sang out during this piece and her enjoyment of the music was clear. The programme ended with a fast and exciting performance of I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin.
Jessica is clearly a taleted musician and has already achieved much, passing her Grade 8 with distinction and taking part in a number of events including the Young Musicians’ Platform at Bromsgrove and the Leamington Music Festival. In addition she has played at Butlers Marston and at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. Her assurance and confidence at the keyboard were very evident and the audience had to agree that she (like Gershwin) had certainly “got rhythm”.
We hope very much that Jessica will return to us to play again in the future, and in the meantime wish her every success in her studies both in music and elsewhere.
|September 2019 - Michael Matthews|
|June 2019 - Craig Ogdon and Claire Bradshaw|
|April 2019 - Charles Matthews|
|March 2019 - Tom Pickles|
|February 2019 - Maria Jagusz|
|November 2018 - Tim Porter|
|October 2018 - Young Musicians Concert|
|September 2018 - Chimera|
|Jume 2018 - Alexander Ardakov as Shipston Proms|
|May 2018 - The Pavillionaires|
|April 2018 - Claire Bradshaw & Craig Ogden|
|March 2018 - Charles Matthews and Margeta Nadvornikova|
|January 2018 - Charles Matthews & Lynn Arnold|
|November 2017 - Matthew Sproston|
|May 2017 - Charles Matthews|
|April 2017 - Alexander Ardakov|
|March 2017 - Musical Theatre|
|February 2017 - Music & the Impressionists|
|January 2017 - Helen Porter & Family|
|December 2016 - The Pavillionaires|
|November 2016 - Richard Roderick Jones|
|October 2016 - Young Musicians' Concert|
|September 2016 - Lyn Clark|
|May 2016 - Harriet Mackenzie|
|April 2016 - Charles Matthews|
|March 2016 - Jeremy Huw Williams|
|February 2016 - Tim Porter|
|January 2016 - Matthew Scott|
|March 2015 - Warwickshire Boys Choir|
|February 2015 - The View from the Podium|
|January 2015 - Charles Mathews & Colin Druce|
|December 2014 - Helen & Friends|
|November 2014 - Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|October 2014 - Classical Guitar Duo|
|September 2014 - Young Musician's Concert|