Lunchtime Recitals

Wednesday 11th December
The Red Barn Chamber Orchestra

I feel I must firstly apologise to the recitalists and all who came to watch for the lack of heat in St Mary’s on the day of the December recital. Unfortunately, the boiler had been set to heat the church as warmly as could be expected, but it broke down during the early hours. It has been fixed and so hopefully we will not see a recurrence of this! Nevertheless, we are grateful to the members of the Red Barn who still gave a festive lunchtime recital of Christmas music surrounded by Christmas Trees. This was their fifth recital and we warmly thank them for their support over the years.

Pieces included:
Praeludium by Armas Jarne-felt;
Symphony No 4 in F Major by William Boyce;
Chorale from ‘Sleepers Wake’ Cantata 140 by JS Bach;
Christmas Concerto Opus 6 No.8 - Arcangelo Correlli;
Rondeau from the Incidental Music to the Play ‘Abdelazar’ by Henry Purcell;
Chaccone from the Masque ‘The Fairy Queen’ Purcell;
the Overture and Sinfonia from ‘The Messiah’ by GF Handel.
The recital concluded with a lovely Christmas Carol Medley arranged by their leader Jean Hudson.

The Red Barn Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2009 by Bob and Lesley Silvester to bring together a group of friends who play within various orches-tras and chamber ensembles throughout East Anglia and welcomes the opportunity to perform at con-certs and recitals in support of local charities.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in doing a recital, please let us know.



Wednesday 12th January – Roman Rudnytsky


Pianistic Portraits – Roman returns as part of his tour of the UK to once again play in St Mary’s with a program including pieces by Edvard Grieg, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Liszt. The heating should be working, but as it’s still only February, please do still wrap up warm!

For future concerts see our

events diary

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Christmas Tree Festival
The winner of the vote for your favourite Christmas tree was …. Halesworth Foodbank, closely followed by joint runners up: Bramfield Stepping Stones and The Halesworth Book Shop.



50/50 Club Winners for January:
1st Prize: A Baldwin
2nd Prize: V Ladds
3rd Prize: B Everson
If you would like to join the 50/50 club, forms can be found on the table by the North door.
or click here



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