June Meeting 2012

Your correspondent wasn't available so I have to rely on the recollections of our chairman.

Fortunately he was sober when he sent them to me.

The June meeting was well-attended and the first part was given over to our final rehearsal of the FGS Day pieces. As always, Rob Sellery, John Mann and Ray Butcher displayed their leadership skills, so we should acquit ourselves quite creditably on FGS Day. I was reminded that we will be expected to play as an ensemble at The Beckenham Festival in November and that these might be our choice of pieces again.

After the coffee break, when we not only enjoyed Trevor’s excellent brew ( I assume we mean coffee -Editor) but also some very tasty home-made confections from Larisa, there were five individual performances, all of which were of a high standard. Among the performers was Ash Blasse, who hadn’t visited BGS for well over a year as he has been studying Music at university. He is seeking a Performer’s Diploma, so we were all pretty knocked out by his playing!! We hope that he will resume his membership and attend regularly.
  • Marion Davies played “Swallows” by David Cottam.
  • Dave Hampton played Prelude No: 1 by Villa-Lobos.
  • Ash Blasse played “Asturias” by Albeniz.
  • Paul Yates played “Bonza’s Blues” by William Baulch.
  • Tessa Protheroe played a Mazurka Choros by Villa Lobos.
The rest of the evening was taken up with the three South American Trios provided by David Wheeler.

Ray Butcher took us through these and we enjoyed playing them.


Tessa Protheroe has asked us to support the guitar section of The Maidstone Music Festival in November, where Gary Ryan will be adjudicating. I have asked Tessa to provide details of this festival for inclusion on the Blogsite.

(See below- Editor)

1 comment :

  1. Hello! My name is Valerie Hartzell and I have a chamber music concert in London. I thought you might like to know about it and share it among the group? There's solo guitar, guitar and piano, guitar and voice plus solo piano w/art displayed. If you would like to contact me, my email is valeriehartzell@gmail.com Thank you!!

    Duo Amici: Valerie Hartzell, classical guitar and Tamara McCoy, pianist & mezzo-soprano
    Fri, May 13 @ 7:30 PM
    1901 Arts Club, 7 Exton Street, London SE1 8UE

    £12 concession/£14 General ON LINE PREBOOK or at the door: £16/£18

    Drinks and CDs will be available for purchase.

    Tamara McCoy won an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation to perform both all over Alaska and in England in collaboration of other musicians from over seas. Therefore, we have teamed up as Duo Amici (Valerie Hartzell & Tamara McCoy). Her grant is based on her doctoral thesis which is the solo version of first programmatic piano concerto, 'Totentanz' by Franz Liszt, and on her ability to excel also as a vocalist. After a short lecture on the 'Totentanz', she would perform this work while displaying the sketches upon which this piece is based creating a multi-sensory experience for the audience.

    Along with Liszt, Duo Amici will perform two large works for classical guitar and piano by Boccherini and Carulli. Also, we are performing guitar and voice repertoire by de Falla (arr. Hartzell/Llobet), The Beatles (arr. Hartzell). There will be a solo guitar set by composers Chris Dumigan, Albeniz (arr. Hartzell), and Lauro.