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Purcell School Symphony Orchestra
29th February
Royal festival Hall

Tom Sparkes: Kakoethes for orchestra
Dmitry Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2
Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Karina Canellakis conductor
Alim Beisembayev piano




6th Feb 2016
Clarendon Muse, (Watford Grammar School for Boys)

Watford Symphony Orchestra Concert

  • Khachaturian: Masquerade
  • Elgar: Enigma Variations

Conducted by John Brennan

Violin 1

Broadstone URC

Broadstone Music Series

  • Albinoni, Oboe Concerto No.2 in D Minor Op. 9
    Soloist: Polly Bartlett
  • Vivaldi, Double Cello concerto in G Minor
    Soloists: Dan Grinstead and Bonnie Schwarz
  • Vivaldi, Double flute concerto in C Major
    Soloists: Emily Preston and Evie Cooper
  • Mozart, Laudamus Te from Mass in C minor
    Soloist: Izzy Atkinson
  • Bach, “Großer Herr und starker König” from Christmas Oratorio
    Soloist James Atkinson
  • Handel, Messiah selections**
    • “The People Who Walked in Darkness”
      Soloist: Chris Head
    • The Trumpet Shall Sound
      Soloist: Chris Head
      Trumpet: Adam Maxey
    • 44. Hallelujah
  • Adam, O Holy Night
    Soloists: Jonny di Garis and Yolanda Harding
  • Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake Suite, 1st Movement

Conducted by Lynton Atkinson
2nd Violin

St Aldhelm’s, Branksome.
14th December 2015

St Aldhelm’s Orchestra

  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
  • Lowes: Songs from the Shires
  • Mahler: Symphony no.4


Conducted by Ian Lowes
Guest singer: Sarah Chadwick

Violin 2


The Mowbray Orchestra with the Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Stockton Baptist Tabernacle
Conductor: John Forsyth
Violin 2

  • Haydn: Te Deum
  • Brahms: Variations on a theme of Haydn (St Anthony Variations)
  • Brahms: A German Requiem (sung in English)
    Emma Morwood (soprano)
    Dominic Barberi (bass-baritone)


4th October 2015
St. Stephen’s Church, Barnet

Barnet Chamber Music Club Concert
(Malcolm Messiter run)

  • A. Dvořák
    Serenade for Strings Op. 22

1st Violin

SM Violin (leader / conductor) PB (cello) DC (Horn)

4 July 2015
The Purcell School

Bushey Symphony Orchestra Concert

  • Beethoven: Overture, the Ruins of Athens, Op. 113
  • Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14
    Fenella Humphreys
  • Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D, Op. 11

Conducted by George Vass
Principal Viola

The Mowbray Orchestra with the Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
28th March 2015
Stockton Parish Church
Conductor: John Forsyth
Violin 2

Howard Goodall: Eternal Light

Mozart: Requiem
Hazel McBain (soprano)
Charlotte Heslop (mezzo)
James Slimings (tenor)
Andrew McTaggart (bass-baritone)

24th January 2015
Clarendon Muse, (Watford Grammar School for Boys)

Watford Symphony Orchestra Concert

  • Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel Overture
  • Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite & from the Ballet
    (Suite: No. 1.) Overture, (Ballet: No. 3) Petit Galop des Enfant et Entrée des Parents, (Ballet: No. 12a) Le Chocolate, (Suite: No. 2.) March, (Suite: No. 3) Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, (Suite: No. 4) Trepak, (Suite: No. 5) Arabian Dance, (Suite: No.6) Chinese Dance, (Suite: No. 7) Dance of the Merlitons, (Suite: No. 8) Waltz of the Flowers.
  • Berlioz Harold in Italy
    Soloist: Joe Bronstein

Conducted by Edward Kay

Violin 1

OB on Tuba. MR Harp. GL Perc

22nd November 2014
St Mary’s Church, High Pavement, Nottingham

Nottingham Bach Choir

  • Mozart:
  • Haydn
    Nelson Mass

Soloists: Abigail Broughton, Ruth Massey, Nicholas Scott & William Townend

Conducted by Paul Hale
Violin 2

The Mowbray Orchestra
1st October 2014
Sage Gateshead
Conductor: John Forsyth
Violin 2

Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast
Tenor: Sir Thomas Allen
Cleveland Philharmonic Choir, Northern Spirit and members of North East Youth Chorale

Orf: Carmina Burana
Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson (soprano)
Mark Wilde (tenor)
Philip Smith (baritone)
Young Choirs: Quay Lads and Quay Lasses

Purcell School Symphony Orchestra
19th October
Watford Colosseum.

Vaughan-Williams: Wasps Overture
Ravel: Mother Goose suite
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Conductor: Alexander Walker

5th July, 2014
Clarendon Muse, (Watford Grammar School for Boys)

Watford Symphony Orchestra Concert

  • Debussy: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
  • Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte
  • Rodrigo: Concierto D’Aranjuez
    (Soloist: Callaine Edghill)
  • Borodin: Symphony No 2

Conducted by Edward Kay

Violin 2

OB on Tuba. MR Harp.

15th June 2014
Conway Hall, London

Purcell School Orchestras

  • Grieg, Holberg Suite. Op. 40
    Junior string orchestra
  • Wagner, Siegfried Idyll. WWV. 103
    conducted by Ed Longstaff

2nd violin

Friday 30th May
The Music Hall, Guildhall CMD London.

Aleph Chamber Orchestra

  • Prokofiev Symphony Number 1 (‘Classical’)
  • Haydn Symphony Number 49 (‘La Passione’)

Conducted by German Clavijo

2nd Violin

With AF

DCher in audience.

No interval made it very nice short concert. Really worked very well.

17th May 2014
St Margaret’s School Bushey

Bushey Symphony Orchestra Concert

  • Gioacchino Rossini, Overture: Il signor Bruschino
  • Dag Wirén, Serenade for string orchestra, Op 11
  • Arthur Honegger, Pastorale d’été
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No 25 in G minor, K183

Conducted by George Vass

Principal Viola

10th May, 2014
Clarendon Muse, (Watford Grammar School for Boys)

Watford Symphony Orchestra Concert

  • Shostakovich Symphony No 5

Conducted by Edward Kay


OB on Tuba. MR Harp.

St Aldhelm’s, Branksome.
Monday 7th April 2014

St Aldhelm’s Orchestra

  • Wagner: Parsifal – Good Friday Music
  • Berlioz: Nuits d’Ete
    Soloist: Jenny Bartlett
  • Smetana: Ma Vlast

Conducted by Ian Lowes


8th February 2014
Clarendon Muse, (Watford Grammar School for Boys)

Watford Symphony Orchestra Concert

  • Britten: Four Sea Interludes
  • Mozart: Concerto for Flute & Harp
    (soloists Samantha Pearce & Mary Reid)
  • Brahms: Symphony No 3

Conducted by John Brennan.

1st Violin

Really good turnout, great pieces, stunningly brilliant soloists!

OB on Tuba.

I attended the first Broadstone music series concert of 2014 to enjoy Hannah Ely and Helen Nicholas perform at St Nicholas’s church.

Sunday 16th February 2014

The programme included poems between the musical items.

Purcell (songs)
Sweeter than Roses, Not All My Torments

Impromptu No. 3 Op.90

Schubert (songs)
Lachen und Weinen, Du Bist die Ruh, Gretchen am Spinnrade

Op.28 No.2

Schumann (songs)
Frauenliebe I, II, &IV
Seit Ich Ihn Gesehen, Er, Der Herrlichste Von Allen, Du Ring An Meinem Finger

Nocturne Op.27 No.2

Faure (songs)
Mandoline, En Sourdine, Notre Amour, Le Secret,

Image No.1

Britten (songs)
Il est quelqu’un sur terre
Waly Waly

Gibbs (songs)
When I was one-and-twenty

Dring (songs)
It was a lover

St Aldhelm’s, Branksome.

St Aldhelm’s Orchestra

  • Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel Prelude
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 ‘Elvira Madigan’
  • Bruckner: Symphony No. 0

Conducted by Ian Lowes
Piano: Sam Hanson


Concert details here.


St Thomas’ Church Lymington

Lymington Choral Society
Tenor – Vasili Karpiak
Bass – Božidar Smiljanic
Clarinet – Joseph Shiner

  • Once in Royal David’s City
    • 1st Verse Harry Renshaw
  • Puccini: Messa di Gloria (Mass) – Tenor, Bass & Choir
  • Joy to the world
  • Verdi: Studia Il Passo … Come dal Ciel Precipita (Macbeth) – Bass
  • Verdi: Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) – Choir
  • Verdi: La Donna è Mobile – Tenor
  • Bassi: Fantasy on Rigoletto (Verdi) – Clarinet
  • Rachmaninov: Vocalise for Clarinet and Orchestra – Clarinet
  • Rutter: Gloria – Choir

Conducted by Michael Goldthorpe

Principal Viola

St Nicholas Church, Corfe Mullen

Broadstone Music Series

  • Mozart piano concerto no 23 in A major K488*
  • Haydn “Farewell” symphony no 45 in F sharp minor*
  • Handel, Messiah selections**
    • 5. Thus saith the Lord of hosts (bass)
    • 6. But who may abide the day of His coming (bass)
    • 18. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano)
    • 44. Hallelujah

Conducted by Kevin Smith
Piano: Helen Nicholas
Soprano: Hannah Ely
Bass: James Atkinson

*1st Violin
** 2nd Violin (Principal)

With AK and many friends.

Concert details here.

Having been to see the Fieri Consort sing at the start of the year and really enjoyed myself I was very pleasantly surprised to find that on a weekend that I would be holidaying in Dorset they would once again be performing nearby.

So, on Sunday evening I drove across to the picturesque seaside town of Swanage to hear the group perform another very different programme. Whilst the music was very different, the standard was just as impressive if not more so. When I heard them in St Martin in the Fields it was a programme of earlier music (Allegri, Tallis etc) This time they seemed to be more free with the programme and interspersed the age old music of Purcell, Byrd and others with music from more modern British composers, McMillan, Finzi & Britten.

This choice of music worked fantastically well and really showed of the depth of talent that British composers have demonstrated over the previous 400 years. The Highlight for me was the Purcell, which was a masterclass in harmony and suspense. No other composer since has been able to match his ability to raise the hair on the back of every audience members head although I also particularly enjoyed the way that the group managed to perform the Britten especially The Succession of the Four Sweet Months, which beautifully represented the passage of time seamlessly and displayed an incredible maturity within their musicianship. The piece is almost fugue like, with the sopranos starting followed by the altos then tenors and finally bases. Whilst each part has it’s own very distinct character and harmony. The group were able to make their own part enter clearly before blending with the rest of the sound in a way that was simply sublime.

What a lovely way to round off a short holiday. Thankyou again Fieri


Five Flower songs. To Daffodils

William Byrd
Though Amaryllis Dance
This Sweet and Merry Month of May

Henry Purcell
Hear My Prayer, O Lord

Robert Ramsey
When David Heard

Orlando Gibbons
The Silver Swan

James MacMillan
The Strathclyde Motets – Data est mihi omnis potestas (It has been given to me)

Cecilia McDowall
Three Latin Motets – 1 Ave Regina, 2 Ave Maria, 3 Regina Caeli

James MacMillan
The Strathclyde Motets – O Radiant Dawn

Benjamin Britten
Five Flower songs. The succession of the four sweet months

William Byrd
Laudibus in Sanctis

Thomas Weelkes
Hark, all ye lovely saints above
As Vesta Was

Gerald Finzi
7 Part songs – I have loved the flowers that fade, My spirit sang all day, Nightingales

William Byrd
Haec Dies

Benjamin Britten
Five Flower songs. The evening promise

It’s not often that I go to concerts and even less common that I attend choral ones, but I was invited by a friend on Facebook to The Fieri Consort’s late night performance as part of the Brandenburg choral festival at St. Martin in the fields and I was in the area having attended an event at the RSC. The Fieri Consort have come about after attending a years training or scholarship with the “16” and were set up to be a really top act about to put on an incredible nights performance – they did not disappoint.

The first item really set up a fantastic and incredible atmosphere which was received with breathless and silently stunned reverence which was finally broken by about three people in rows behind me who breathed “wow” the audiences silence remained most of the way through the concert until they hit the miserere. I’ve not heard this live for a long time, and I’ve not be so captivated by the masterpiece for even longer. The top C was hit time and time again simply effortlessly!

I really enjoyed the programme of this concert, obviously the crowd puller was there, but the items around it were also quite stunning. Having never met Lobo before I have nothing to compare the opener with, but I will most certainly be looking for more and will definitely be looking for some Gesualdo for my CD collection!

My only regret was that this was such a late performance and I had to run for a train rather than enjoy a drink with the group after the gig. But I hope to catch up with them after another concert very soon.


Versa Est In Luctum

Salve Regina

Versa Est In Luctum
Ave Maria
Salve Regina


In Ieiunio et Fletu

O Vos Omnes
Tristis est Anima Mea

Regina Caeli