Kapellmeister of Powderham Castle
Playing the 1769 Bryce-Seede organ
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.