News Archive: January 2008
HIS LORDSHIP'S DELIGHT
Gerald Gifford (Honorary Keeper of Music)
A series of four introduced recitals celebrating some of the Museum's remarkable treasures of 18th century keyboard music, including harpsichord, spinet and organ works composed by Lord Fitzwilliam himself, rare keyboard music by Handel and his English contemporaries, and selected orchestral works in 18th-century arrangements for solo keyboard. The programmes will be presented in Gallery 3 and feature an historic harpsichord by Shudi and Broadwood built in London in about 1775, together with other instruments also supplied from Dr Gifford's personal collection.
25 January 2008
Handel and Handeliana: neglected keyboard works from manuscript sources in the Founder's collection [Harpsichord]
8 February 2008
Lord Fitzwilliam and the Organ: the Founder's own compositions for the instrument, and other manuscript and printed organ music from his Library [Chamber organ]
2 May 2008
Keyboard transcriptions of orchestral music in the Fitzwilliam Collection: a special enthusiasm of the Founder? [Harpsichord]
23 May 2008
Treasures of Georgian harpsichord music from the Fitzwilliam Museum's collection [Harpsichord and Spinet]
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Gallery 3, 13.15-14.00, Admission free
Sponsored by the TTP Group and a donation in memory of Kate & Joseph Wood
Roger Wright, Controller BBC Radio 3, said: 'We are pleased to be able to include two broadcasts of Choral Evensong from September. Scheduling it on Sundays has brought new listeners to the live broadcasts, though others have missed it on Wednesday afternoons. Airing it live on Wednesday and repeating it on Sunday will offer audiences a choice for this ever-popular part of the Radio 3 schedule.'
During its long broadcast history, Choral Evensong has been heard on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. At first the service lasted only 30 minutes; it has also been broadcast at 45 and 50 minutes. For a short while, in 1970, the service was broadcast monthly not weekly. The broadcast was originally transmitted on the National Programme, and then after the war successively on the Home Service, Radio 4 and Radio 3, returning to Radio 4 for some years in the late 1970s. Nowadays the popular Listen Again facility on the Radio 3 website means that the weekly broadcast can be heard at any time for seven days after transmission.
This Sunday's broadcast comes from St Paul's Cathedral, and forthcoming highlights include a live Ash Wednesday service from St Albans Cathedral, Palm Sunday from St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle; Easter Sunday from Winchester Cathedral and from St Paul's Outside the Walls, Rome, on 6 April.
Pianists are invited to join us for an introduction to the pipe organ, using the two very different instruments in St Margaret's Church (one with tracker action and the other having a detached console with electric action). The day will include 'hands on' opportunities for all, and some individual tuition for a restricted number of players; other attendees may observe when not playing. There will also be an opportunity to see inside the chamber of the main organ.
The charge is £12 per person.
Cheques should be made payable to RSCM Oxford and sent to Richard Goodall, 41 Glebelands, Headington, Oxford OX3 7EN (tel: 01865 763045) along with the form below, duly completed. Early applications are welcome.
St Margaret's Church is at the corner of St Margaret's Road (the same road as St Hugh's College) and Kingston Road, in north Oxford, about a mile north of St Giles and Jericho, and a mile south of Summertown. There will be a break from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm when tea, coffee, and squash will be provided, but please bring your own packed lunch. Alternatively, both Jericho and Summertown offer a variety of places in which to eat.
There is a small amount of car-parking available on the church forecourt, and some places with time restrictions in St Margaret's Road itself and the surrounding roads. Woodstock Road, which bisects St Margaret's Road, is served by the Pear Tree Park-and-Ride, and Banbury Road at the east end of St Margaret's Road is served by the Water Eaton Park-and-Ride.
Details of the Park and Ride scheme are on the City Council website
Dr Carol William has just achieved a proclamation from Jerry Sanders, the Mayor of San Diego, for a San Diego Civic Organists' Day. 'I wanted to thank the previous Civic Organists of this City who have provided concerts on this great Spreckels Organ -- it is a fantastic venue and I am delighted that the City has honored us with this tremendous deed.'
Dr Williams has been the Civic Organist since 2001 and performs numerous concerts here in the USA and abroad. Future concerts include the Great Concert Hall in Moscow; the Organ Festivals in Monaco and Luxembourg and Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Friday 19 February at 1.10pm
Reid Hall, University of Edinburgh
Music by Sweelinck, Schildt and Bach