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The Richard Burnett Collection Auction

Finchcocks Charity for Musical Education

Renowned exponent of the fortepiano, Richard Burnett MBE, will sell around seventy historic keyboard and other instruments from his highly esteemed collection, together with fine art and antiques from Finchcocks Musical Museum, on Wednesday 11th May 2016. The auction location is Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE.

The sale aims to raise funds for The Finchcocks Charity for Musical Education, which will continue to support the preservation of original instruments and promote their use in the future for musical projects.

The collection was formed over the course of some fifty years by Richard Burnett and features some of the finest playing instruments - fortepianos, chamber organs, clavichords and harpsichords - from the 17th century to the late 19th century.  Highlights from the auction of 'Early Keyboard Instruments' include a chamber organ by John Byfield, 1766; a single-manual harpsichord by Joachim José Antunes, 1785; a virginal by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668; and a fortepiano by Conrad Graf, c. 1820. Other notable makers featured in the sale include: John Broadwood & Sons, Muzio Clementi, Sébastien Erard and replicas from the Adlam Burnett workshop.

 

Diamond Fund for Choristers Sponsored Cycling from Windsor to Westminster on May 22

Diamond Fund for Choristers

The Friends of the Diamond Fund for Choristers (DFFC) is holding a charity sponsored cycle ride from St Groege’s Chapel Windsor to Westminster Abbey, the aim being to raise funds for the charity which highlights the growing financial shortfall of cathedrals around the country to maintain their choirs. It is also a recruitment drive for any potential choristers who had never thought of doing this. Our information comes from composer Roxanna Panufnik, who will be taking part, with other parents of Westminster Abbey Choir School.

A fund-raising page on Just Giving www.justgiving.com/Diamond-Cycle gives more details and potential sponsors can also donate by texting DFFC60 and the amount they want to donate after a £ sign e.g. "£5" to 700 70.

 

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Alexander Baillie 60th birthday concert

Alexander Baillie celebrates his 60th Birthday in a concert with duo-partner John Thwaites at London's LSO St Luke's on Saturday 7th May, in a wide-ranging programme that includes the London premiere of Richard Rodney Bennett’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.

The recital also marks the 35th anniversary of Baillie and Thwaites as a duo partnership and will additionally coincide with the release of their new recording of Brahms’s Cello Sonatas, both of which works will feature in the programme as the opening and closing items.

Two British works – Ireland’s Cello Sonata and Bennett’s Cello Sonata – the latter works composed especially for Alexander Baillie – complete the programme: LSO ST Luke’s, 161 Old Street, London EC!.

 

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Leicester International String Quartet Series Announced

Leicester Museum

Association Football is not the only reason for citizens of Leicester to be proud of their City this year, as details of a new international series of String Quartets in the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery this year have recently been released by Graham Oppenheimer, the leading light of the series, who believes that we are currently witnessing a golden age for the string quartet and nowhere more so than in Leicester where there is a long tradition of string quartet concerts. Both universities have traditionally supported string quartets with the University of Leicester presenting the iconic Lindsay Quartet for many years.

The venue is the beautifully proportioned Victorian Gallery at the Leicester New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, a perfect space for chamber music. Each concert will highlight a painting in the collection dating from the time of one of the works played.

The ICS Academy will provide an opportunity for the young quartets of tomorrow to receive coaching from these outstanding visiting artists in public masterclasses at Leicester’s Belmont Hotel. Local schools will also benefit from workshops. Visitors to Leicester can enjoy inclusive weekend packages at The Belmont for an overall experience of music, shopping and history with the award-winning Richard III Centre.

Details include:

Sunday 24 April 11.00am: Talich Quartet with Graham Oppenheimer.

Sunday 8 May 11.00am : Van Kuijk Quartet.

Sunday 22 May : 11.00am Kuss Quartet with Miklos Pereny.

Sunday 12 June 11.00am Quatour Mosaïques.

Other details concerning the series: Tickets including interval drink and programme: £20. Subscribe and Save with a 4-Concert Series Subscription: £72 From: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Tel: 0116 299 4444. Visit Leicester Tel: 0116 225 4920. Online: www.goleicestershire.com/shop

 

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Degenerate Music – ‘Yom Hashoah’ Concert and Commemoration

Devised by baritone Peter Brathwaite, accompanied by pianist Nigel Foster, a recital based on the infamous Degenerate Music (Entartete Musik) exhibition of 1938, intended by the Nazis to alert the German public to ‘inferior and ultimately dangerous’ forms of music, particularly jazz and Jewish music will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 4 at the JW3 (Jewish Community Centre London), 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET.

Works by Eisler, Brecht, Weill, Feuchtwanger, Hollaender, Tucholsky, Krenek and Schöenberg, will be heard, interspersed with spoken excerpts from the exhibition’s pamphlet, whilst video projections show scenes of everyday life during the Weimar Republic. The introduction is given by Dr Malcolm Miller. Commemoration by Shalom Youth Quartet and Rabbi Roni Tabick, in partnership with JMI. To book tickets (£8): Box Office +44 (0)20 7433 8988 www.jw3.org.uk

 

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Barbara Nissman visits Britain

The distinguished American musicologist and pianist Dr Barbara Nissman, author of the essay on Ginastera in this issue, will be visiting the UK in April. Her master-classes and lectures will be held at the Guildhall School of Music on April 20,  Birmingham Conservatoire- April 21, Trinity Laban College of Music - April 22 and will be lecturing on Ginastera on April 26th at the Royal Northern College of Music.

 

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