Lunchtime Recitals

Wednesday 12th February
Roman Rudnytsky – Piano

St. Mary’s welcomed the versatile pianist Roman Rudnytsky back for his third visit to the church for the February lunchtime recital. This is one of nine recitals which he is giving in this country before departing for more performances in countries as far apart as New Zealand and Alaska! His programme entitled Pianistic Portraits gave us an encounter with four composers from different eras, whose music was accompanied by interesting information about both their style and background. The performance started with Edvard Grieg’s Wedding Day at Trondhaugen (Hills of Trond where Grieg had lived), reflecting the nationalistic movement of the time. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in D minor op. 31 no. 2 is one of the many pieces by this composer which are likely to be heard in this, the 250th anniversary of his birth. It’s nicknamed the Tempest, following his biographer’s remark that the sonata recalled the Shakespeare play of that name. This illustrated the more emotionally involved music of the Romantic period in contrast to the technical perfection of the beautiful Baroque Toccata in D Minor of Johann Sebastian Bach, which Roman next played. Two pieces by Franz Liszt recalled us to the Romantic era; Au bord d’une source (from Années de Pélerinage - Suisse) showed the flowing style and beautiful harmonies of this innovative composer; while his Rhapsodie Espagnole, which ended the performance, is one of Liszt’s more showy and challenging pieces to play and left us with a flavour of Spanish warmth despite the cold of the English winter! Many thanks to Roman for a spirited and thoroughly enjoyable programme. His UK tour continued with recitals at the United Reformed Church in Maldon, St, Michael’s in Southampton and St. Pancras Church in London. Then, after one day at home in Ohio, off to the islands of Guam and Saipan for a month of concerts there and some warmer weather!

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Wednesday 11th March – Paul Theaker


Paul Theaker – classical guitarist, will be performing ‘Music from Spain’, including Renaissance, Folk songs and Original pieces. Please do join us, 12.30pm with picnic lunches available from 12pm.



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