Saturday, 16 April 2016

Taunton Sinfonietta Concert Programme continues with "Music in May" St James Church Taunton Saturday 7 May 2016 Press Release from Chairman Robin Carpenter

Taunton Sinfonietta

Taunton Sinfonietta April 2016

As I write this, the sun is shining, the birds are feeding their young and spring most definitely has sprung. Taunton Sinfonietta has been busy too; our February Concert featured the recorders of Pam Canter and Hesther Somerville who delighted us with "Brandenburg Concerto IV" by Johann Sebastial Bach. Members of the orchestra accompanied Minehead Choral Society performing "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" by Antonio Vivaldi and "Requiem in D Minor" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in March and most recently, we worked with our friends in Taunton Choral Society for Stephen Bell's last concert, playing music by Maurice Duruflé, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Edward Elgar. The Beacon Piano Trio (Piano Joyce Clarke, Violin Anna Cockroft, 'Cello Ruth Lass) played a delightful concert of Piano Trios in Temple Methodist Church, Taunton, last Sunday.

Leader: Mary Eade
2nd Violins: Anna Cockroft
Our next concert, Mozart in May is approaching and I do hope that lots of you will be intrigued by the programme. This features the Taunton Sinfonietta Ensemble playing in various combinations. The Ensemble may not sound familiar to everyone, but comprises Mary Eade, Anna Cockroft & Sarah Wormell (violins), Vicky Evans ('cello) and Lynn Carter (oboe), all regular performers in Taunton. They will be playing "Oboe Quartet in F Major" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and quintets by Arnold Bax and Gerald Finzi. There are other chamber works by Mozart on the programme and it promises to be a lovely evening. The date for your diary is Saturday 7th May at 7.30pm at St James Church, Taunton.

Following that, our June Concert will feature the whole orchestra playing a varied programme which include "White Bird" by Clive Jenkins featuring soprano Suzanne Manuell. Clive is a Devon-based composer whose works we have played in previous concerts. They are approachable and deserve greater recognition. Clive himself hopes to be in the audience, so it would be lovely to have a full church to play to. This concert is on Saturday 25th June at 7.30pm again at St James.

Remember to keep an eye on the website which we hope to revamp over the coming weeks. You can also follow Taunton Sinfonietta on Facebook and Twitter; if you "like" us, you will get all the latest news and information.

We are also seeking sponsorship from local businesses and organisations, so if you have any suggestions or would like to help us, please do contact Robin Carpenter, our Chairman. Robin's phone number is 01935 862339 and his email address is We all look forward to seeing you on 7th May and 25th June.

Taunton Sinfonietta
St James Church Taunton
Saturday 7 May 7.30pm
Director & Leader: Mary Eade
Oboe: Lynn Carter
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
"Oboe Quartet in F Major" (1781)
Arnold Bax:
"Quintet for Oboe & Strings" (1922)
Gerald Finzi:
"Interlude for Oboe & String Quartet" (1936)
Tickets: £15 (student £5 family £32 season £50)
Box Office: 01823 340470 (Taunton Visitor Centre)

Taunton Sinfonietta
Suzanne Manuell
St James Church Taunton
Saturday 25 June 7.30pm
Director & Leader: Mary Eade
Soprano: Suzanne Manuell
Benjamin Britten: "Simple Symphony" (1926)
Clive Jenkins: "Majesty" & "White Bird"
              (Dartmoor ghost story with vocalise)
Antonio Vivaldi: "Double Concerto in A Minor"
Georg Philipp Telemann:
                    "Concerto for 3 Violins in F Major"
Clive Jenkins: Arrangements of Songs
                      by Thomas Arne & Henry Purcell
Tickets: £15 (student £5 family £32 season £50)
Box Office: 01823 340470 (Taunton Visitor Centre)

Taunton Sinfonietta
Colin Parr
St James Church Taunton
Saturday 24 September 7.30pm
Director & Leader: Mary Eade
Clarinet: Colin Parr
Carl Maria von Weber: "Clarinet Quintet"
                 arranged for clarinet and strings
Clive Jenkins: "Romance"
                 for solo clarinet and strings
Leos Janácek: "Idyll for String Orchestra" (1878)
Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Concerto "La Stravaganza"
                  Opus 4 No. 1 in Bb major
Max Bruch: "Kol Nidrei" (Aramaic: "All Vows") (1880
                 ('Cello Soloist: Chris Sampson)
Johan Svendsen: "Variations on a Norwegian Folktune"
Leroy Anderson: "Plink, Plank, Plunk" & "Blue Tango"
Tickets: £15 (student £5 family £32 season £50)
Box Office: 01823 340470 (Taunton Visitor Centre)

Taunton Sinfonietta
Mary Eade
Temple Methodist Church Taunton
Sunday 4 December 3pm
(featuring 2016 Taunton Young Musician)
Director & Leader: Mary Eade
French Horn: Nicola New
Aleksandr Glazunov:
"Idyll for Horn and String Orchestra" (1884)
Sarah Wormell: "In Memoriam for Horn and Strings"
Ernest Bloch: "Concerto Grosso No.1" (1925)
Arcangelo Corelli: "Christmas Concerto"
Francesco Manfredini: "Christmas Pastorale"
Pablo de Sarasate: "Zigeunerweisen" (Gypsy Airs)
                   (Violin Soloist: Mary Eade) (1878)
Tickets: £15 (student £5 family £32 season £50)
Box Office: 01823 340470 (Taunton Visitor Centre)

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