November 2017

Dear ECMC Member/Friend,

We are now approaching our 2017 AGM, which will be after the concert on Monday November 13th. I have sent out the proposed Agenda, but if you would like to raise any topic please let me know and I will add it before the day. I have also attached the Minutes of last year’s meeting; they are also on the ECMC Website along with a lot of other information, including the programmes of previous concerts. You might care to glance at this – we are always interested in any ideas members might have for improving the website and the Club generally. We would also be particularly interested to hear from anyone who would like to take over running the website, as Toby Louw has long since moved away from Ealing.

After the AGM we are hoping to have a rehearsal for Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.5 with string orchestra. I tried to run a Doodle poll which didn’t really work, but we are hoping that enough string players will be around this month, will stay for a rehearsal after the AGM, and will be able to perform at our December 11thmeeting, hopefully with a run-through beforehand.  Otherwise it would be rather a disappointment for the three soloists!

 Liz Sharma is the Organiser for the December programme and has written separately to members asking you to let her know whether you plan to come, so that she can make sure there is a part for everybody who wants to join in the Play-in. Please respond in good time, and then stick to your decision, otherwise it’s very difficult to organise.

 Now for the November programme, which you can also download and print.

The first item is contributed by Liz Sharma as both composer/arranger and performer. The two folksong arrangements are of   “I gave my Love a Cherry” and  “The Lark in the Clear Air.”  Liz writes, “I arranged 3 folk songs about 5 years ago for cor anglais & piano, after hearing the set arranged by Vaughan Williams performed by Nick Daniels at Dartington. My set of 3 have been published in their original form, for cor anglais, by Egge-Verlag. I started teaching myself the tenor horn at the end of February, & adapted the first two of the folk songs for it.” Liz is accompanied by David Smith.

David will then accompany Andrew Lewandowski (clarinet) in Schumann’s “Soireestucke” Op.73. This is usually known as “Phantasiestucke” but today’s performance is of the original version of Schumann’s manuscript not the later edited version. Numerous important differences exist between the original manuscript and the first published version (the further model for all later editions). Alan Hacker in his Foreword comments on the superior strength of the original: ‘greater asymmetry, slightly varied harmony and many other touches all intensify passionate and impulsive instability, the main expression of the work.’

Finally, we have two items by the Trio Naoko Sawada (Clarinet), Lowri Norris (Flute) and Zillah Myers (Piano). The first is the Trio K 407 by Mozart, which seems to have started life as a horn quintet in 1782, and has since been arranged many times. There are three movements.  Secondly they play the ever –popular and much arranged Tambourin and Gavotte by Francois Joseph Gossec (1734-1829), arranged by Russell Denwood.

Best wishes,