Monday, 13 October 2014

Alison Burnett Soprano - Masters of the King's Music Powderham Castle Friday 24 October 2014

Soprano Alison Burnett

‘Music in the Castle’

To Friends of Music in the Castle

Masters of the King’s Music – A Celebration
Friday, October 24th at 7.30pm

The priority booking period for ‘Friends’ has now ended, so I thought I should alert you in case you haven’t yet bought tickets for our ‘Celebratory Presentation’, marking the retirement of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as Master of the Queen’s Music.

Alison Burnett and I will be performing an immense range of music from songs by Nicholas Lanier, the first ‘Master…’ in the early 17th century to the familiar ‘Farewell to Stromness’ by ‘Max’ himself, popularised by featuring in the music at the weddings both of Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, and also of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I’m including a PowerPoint presentation to show pictures and texts relevant to the composers, and I’ll be accompanying Alison on harpsichord, fortepiano, piano and organ.

Such a variety, and of relatively short pieces, means that this is particularly suitable for younger audiences.  I do hope you will help us in our on-going campaign to share our enjoyment of a particular range of music with potential audiences of the future.  Bring children, grand-children, nephews and nieces, and their friends too!  They get in at under half-price – and can share the ‘celebratory canapés’ we’re offering in the interval as part of this special event!

Tickets from Powderham Castle: 01626 890243
£15, students £7

I also attach the poster.  If you could display it (and haven’t already done so) I’d be most grateful. 

Finally, I’m saddened to have to tell you of the death of Christopher Hogwood.  He most generously agreed to become one of our patrons, although he was already unwell.  I attach an appreciation of his life and work if you would like to read it.

With all good wishes,

George Pratt

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