We have enjoyed some amazing performances and wonderful programmes of music over the past three weeks at Holy Trinity, Gosport.
On February 20th we enjoyed a really interesting lunchtime programme with music from Karg-Elert, Handel, Jongen and Lefebure-Wely played superbly by Peter Gould. Peter presented his programme in the form of a four-course lunch – simply delicious and invitingly varied – with the main course, described by Peter as ‘the meat of our meal’ filling us with great drama, heroics even, as in the title ‘Sonata Eroica’! Peter brought our lunch to a close with a much lighter bite by Lefebure-Wely; reminiscent of the fairground, it left us all in a happy mood, ready to face the week.
The tea-time concert on March 5th brought more beautiful music, only this time played for us by young pianist, Jimmy Alderson (pictured). His was a beautiful programme from start to finish: so Romantic with ‘fantastic’ ideas behind the music, including demanding fairies and sunken worlds, unheard of composers and forgotten pieces. It was a truly magnificent performance, much appreciated by all those gathered there: Jimmy brought these lesser-heard pieces to life for us in a way that left us wanting much more.
If you missed his concert or would like to hear him play again, he will be playing in the Music Room, Stansted House at 7.30pm on Thursday 27th April: ‘Eleven Impressions of the Sky’ – see the Stansted House website for further details.
I should like to take this opportunity to thank the anonymous donor who left £100 in ‘memory of Mary Duly and Tony Whetstone’, who both died recently. Mary and Tony were great supporters of the historic, Handel organ and were loyal members of our audience for many years. It feels good to remember them here.