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Summertime Music

1st of September 2010

Music by Joseph Haydn was performed in St Paul’s Church on 19 June when Chipperfield Choral Society gave their Summer Concert. Haydn’s Insanae et Vanae Curae was followed by his Little Organ Mass, a fine performance with Nicholas King playing the church’s wonderful instrument. Our own Rosie Clifford, with her superb soprano voice, and Tom Robson, tenor, were the soloists for the evening. After the interval came a complete contrast with a performance of Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez with strong South American themes and a great solo performance by Tom Robson. Nigel Woodhouse then played three guitar solos and the evening concluded with the choir singing the well-known American folk songs Shenandoah and Yankee Doodle. Rosemary Venner provided the piano accompaniment and Musical Director Delia Meehan conducted the choir for an enjoyable evening.
On the evening of 9 July the Greensleeves Morris Men arrived to do their traditional dance around the tree opposite the Two Brewers. The following day they welcomed the Thelwall Morris Men from Warrington and the Dolphin Morris Men from Nottingham and after a day entertaining the folks of Buckinghamshire, they arrived at the Plough at Belsize. The open-air Sunday service on the Common culminated with a feast of Morris dancing. As usual, the entertainment concluded with a procession and more music and dance at the Windmill.
A Summer Recital was given on the evening of 11 July in St Paul’s Church with Peter Wild, piano, Oliver Nelson, violin, and Keith Beniston at the organ. The programme included Beethoven’s Sonata in D, the Adagio by Albinoni (Giazotto) and the Romance in F Minor by Dvorak. Less well-known was the Violin Concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C sharp Minor and his 18th Variation on a theme of Paganini were followed by Fritz Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro to conclude another entertaining evening.
Nicholas King returned to St Paul’s on 24 July to give a superb organ recital. All the music was by French composers including a faultless performance of the Adagio and Toccata by Charles-Marie Widor and ending with the Final Opus 21 by C├ęsar Franck.
Terry Simmonds

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