Monday, 17 September 2012

Tickets for the next Powderham Concert will be available from next Tuesday (25 September) A message from Professor George Pratt

George Pratt
Kapellmeister of Powderham Castle
Playing the 1769 Bryce-Seede organ

Powderham Castle 1769 Organ Restoration Fund

Our next two concerts.

On October 26th (Friday 7.30 pm as usual), Colin Jackson and I will be presenting a recital of ‘Mainly Bach’ for cello and keyboard.  Colin will be playing two of Bach’s masterly Suites for unaccompanied cello.  In the first, there is a ‘mistake’ in Bach’s wife’s copying, where she inserts an extra half-bar.  This has puzzled me for years, though all the numerous editions of the music simply ignore the error and miss out the half-bar.  I’ve come up with what I believe is a more convincing solution (which I included as a footnote in an edition published in 1978), and Colin has kindly agreed to play this version.  It’s therefore a ‘world-first’ for Powderham, even if it is only half a bar more or less!

We shall also be playing two charming cello sonatas by the Italian composer Sammartini, I shall include a Bach Sinfonia and Invention for harpsichord, and we’ll end with one of Bach’s magnificent sonatas for viola da gamba and keyboard – a real tour de force for both instruments.

Tickets will be available from Friday September 25th  £14  Box Office: 01626 890243

Our domestic-scaled Messiah has been asked for again by so many of you – and by the performers too – that we are repeating it on Friday December 14th.  If you were there nearly three years ago, you’ll remember that we use a chorus of just eight singers who share out the solos between them, and an orchestra of strings, two oboes, continuo and, of course, trumpet.

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