Outlook 24
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Anniversary milestones
Woodbridge Chamber Concerts reaches three special milestones with its 2018 season. It is the tenth anniversary of the first series, the sixtieth anniversary of the death of the great British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the centenary of the end of World War I. The concerts have been planned to mark all three events. The series opens on 5 May with a song recital given by arguably the finest English baritone of today, Roddy Williams, accompanied by the pianist Iain Burnside, a founder patron of these concerts. Works include songs from those who served in that terrible war, as well as settings of works by some of the poets who also enlisted. The concert reflects the tragedy and futility of war. The second concert, on 12 May, sees the return of Royal College of Music Strings to celebrate three great composers encompassing the Age of Enlightenment: Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart, with the second half featuring works by two composers, paying homage to that great age. RVW’s Concerto Grosso will be followed by Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, his tribute to Mozart. Giving these young players a chance to perform with those about to become professional musicians gives them a valuable experience. The series ends on 26 May with three works framed by war. Before Vaughan Williams enlisted, he had just finished The Lark Ascending, an evocation of an England that would vanish at the outbreak of war. Originally composed for violin and piano, it was only scored for violin and orchestra after the war had ended. Across the Channel, Ravel, his former teacher, was struggling to complete his piano trio before becoming a lorry driver behind the lines. The concert concludes with the piano trio that Shostakovich composed shortly after the end of the siege of Leningrad. The concert will be given by violinist Michael Foyle (pictured above), with Somi Kim at the piano and the French-American cellist Raphael Lang. Further details can be found at www.woodbridgechamberconcerts.org.uk. John Treadway