Outlook Issue 16 Spring 2012
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Return of the Chamber
Church Concerts Return of the Chamber The next event for your diary is the return of the Woodbridge Chamber Concerts . On the May 26 we will welcome the Sacconi Quartet with works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Then on June 1 the violinist Galya Biesengalieva with the Gagliano Ensemble and finally on June 2, The Wu Quartet will perform Wolf, Dvorak and Schumann. Tickets for all three events will be available During March this year we had what was a “first” in my time in charge of concerts: an event at St Mary’s every week of the month. At the time of writing we had just heard the Prometheus Orchestra perform the Eroica Symphony with smaller works by Haydn and Mozart all of which sounded wonderful in the excellent acoustics of the church. Other successes in a crowded March programme included the choir concert “The Hills are Alive” (see facing page) and The Abbot Consort the following weekend, singing the Derufflé Requiem and smaller works by eleven other composers. This concert was entirely in aid of the Church Tower restoration project and we thank the Abbot Consort for this support. On the 24th we welcomed back the Kingfisher Sinfonietta (pictured above) with a highly acclaimed performance of the Mozart overture, Mendelssohn Symphony “The Italian” and Beethoven 3rd Piano Concerto. To round the month off the Woodbridge Choral Society performed Part 2 of Handel’s Messiah – another fine example of the physical church coming together with it local community. We are still getting applications for concerts and are learning all the time about the mechanics of concert giving. We will continue to act as hosts to these excellent performers but there is room for more and we have ambitions to organise one or two of our own. We will need to set up an operation to print, publicise and sell tickets and to look after catering aspects. If you feel you would like to contribute to this effort in future please get in touch. Andrew Hester