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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


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

11th May 2013
Bushey Academy

Bushey Symphony Orchestra Concert

  • Bela Bartok Romanian Folk Dances, Sz68
  • Antonin Dvorak Romance in F minor, Op 11 (Jamie Hutchinson, violin)
  • Zoltan Kodaly Summer Evening
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No 40 in G minor, K550

Conducted by George Vass.

Principal viola

Really good turnout, great pieces, good concert!

Saturday 26th January 2013

Cantabile Choir + Orchestra,

St Lukes Church, Parkstone

Karl Jenkins, Armed Man
Saint-Saëns, Dance macabre (soloist, Jenny Barrett)


Lovely to see so many old friends, great concert, really friendly bunch!

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


I’ve decided it’s about time I did this blog properly, from now on I will post regularly, simply for my own interest and enjoyment!

To start off with…


VaCO Xmas 2012

30th December 2012,
Stokesley Parish Church
Sibelius, Romance
Hummell, Trumpet concerto
Mozart, Horn Concerto
Beethoven, Symphony 1