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Orchestral notes THE NEWSLETTER OF THE ALDERLEY EDGE ORCHESTRA

ISSUE 13 MARCH 2012

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Jason to play Tchaikovsky

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E give a warm welcome to Jason Hawkins who will be joining us for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in our May concert. Jason is a popular young musician who is bursting out onto the national and international scene. His exciting interpretations have led to numerous engagements throughout the UK and Europe. Jason has recently performed in Ireland, Paris, Poland, Rotterdam and extensively throughout the UK. Jason graduated from Chetham’s School of Music with the Michael Abraham Piano Prize and is continuing his piano and organ studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. During summer 2009 Jason performed Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto alongside the Toruńska Orkiestra Symfoniczna in Toruń, Poland to great audience and critical acclaim.

Jason has won countless prizes for his vibrant performances and was broadcast on the BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Show in 2008. In 2006 Jason achieved one of the highest marks in the UK for his DipABRSM Performance Diploma

as well as being a finalist in the "Ryszard Bakst Chopin Prize" in Manchester UK. Complementing his other achievements Jason has been assistant organist at Bury Parish Church since 2010 and is the resident organist and musical director of St John’s The Evangelist in Ashton Under Lyne. Jason also has worked as a voluntary musical director and pianist for a Lancashire based theatre group as well as raising money for numerous charities including Macmillan Cancer Care, Friends of Chernobyl’s Children and The Booth Homeless Centre. Jason is in frequent demand as an accompanist and is also a respected piano and music theory teacher with students having many successes in exams and music festivals.

Put these dates in your diary NOW: 2012-13 concert schedule Saturday, 24th November 2012

Saturday, 16th February 2013

Saturday, 2nd March 2013

Saturday, 18th May 2013

QUILTER A Children’s Overture CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 Soloist: Martin Jacoby ROSSINI/BRITTEN Soirées Musicales WALDTEUFEL Skater’s Waltz HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks

WORKSHOP VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No 2 ‘London’

BIZET Carmen Suites 1 & 2 (selection) SAINT SAENS Cello Concerto No 1 Soloist: Cara Janes SCHUMANN Symphony No.1 “Spring”

WEBER Overture: Oberon BRUCH Scottish Fantasy Soloist Benedict Holland DVORAK Symphony No.5

Venue: Alderley Edge Methodist Church at 7.30 pm

Venue: Alderley Edge Methodist Church at 7.30 pm

Venue: Alderley Edge Methodist Church at 2.30 pm

Note: Date and composition to be confirmed


Our 2012-2013 Season Thank you again for all your suggestions for next season’s concerts. Inevitably we cannot please you all, but we’ve done our best and the full schedule for 2012-13 is given on the previous page. Some highlights A new departure is that we are launching the new season with an experimental matinee concert at 2.30 pm on 24th November. We think it is possible that our audience might find this timing more attractive on a dark winter’s day, and needless to say we shall be evaluating the results very closely. We have also chosen a somewhat ‘lighter’ programme with more shorter items than usual. The concerto will be Chopin’s popular First Piano Concerto with soloist Martin Jacoby. Martin made his debut recital in 2006 with a performance of Beethoven's ‘Waldstein’ Sonata at St John’s Church Nottingham. Since then Martin has performed regularly as a soloist around the UK, and has been invited to perform in Nottingham’s Albert Hall on three occasions as a representative of the city. This year he established himself internationally with a French chamber recital in Cape Town, South Africa. Other notable performances include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 12 with Nottingham’s own Sarabande Chamber Ensemble, and Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor with the Djanogly Community Orchestra.

After being offered scholarships to study around the UK Martin accepted a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Following auditions in 2010 Martin was awarded an entrance scholarship from the RNCM to further his studies at postgraduate level. In March 2013, we’ll be welcoming Cara Janes to join the orchestra in a performance of Saint-Saens’s First Cello Concerto. If the surname seems familiar, it’s because she is the sister of Oliver Janes who gave such a fabulous performance of Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto last November. Cara, 17, is in her final year at Chetham’s School of Music and will begin her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in September. She has led the cello section of Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra which has just made a prestigious appearance at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The soloist in our May concert next year will be top violinist Benedict Holland who will join us for a performance of Bruch’s popular Scottish Fantasy. Ben studied the violin with Manoug Parikian and Yossi Zivoni. He has worked with chamber ensembles throughout Europe, broadcasting regularly for the BBC, and has guest led many of the country’s major orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, RLPO, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Scottish Ensemble. In April 2006, he became Artistic Advisor of Sinfonia ViVA, performing concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi and Piazzolla.

In 2002 Benedict began an association with Opera North as Assistant Conductor on The Secret Marriage, Francesca da Rimini and The Magic Flute, and in 2004 he conducted their production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at Leeds Grand Theatre. He has classes at the University of Manchester and Chetham’s School of Music, has acted as External Examiner for Trinity and Leeds Colleges of Music and undertaken masterclasses at St Mary’s School, Edinburgh, Liverpool University and the NYO. He plays on a violin by J Rocca of 1837.

New logo Believe it or not, our ‘music stave’ logo is over16 years old. It made its first appearance in the programme for the concert on 14th May 1995 at the Assembly Rooms (nowadays grandly renamed the Festival Hall). It seemed quite a clever design at the time (I trust you realised that the two notes are ‘A’ and ‘E’?), but it really is starting to show signs of ageing. The font is


very dated, the thin stave lines do not reproduce well and the whole design lacks the ‘punch’ we need as we face the challenge of boosting our audiences in the years ahead. So today we’re trying out a new logo which will hopefully solve these issues. It’s a much bolder design that will work well in all colours and at all scales. We also hope it acknowledges the orchestra’s debt of gratitude to its long-serving conductor Tim Kendal! Out with the old …

and yours truly are the only ‘survivors’. But the wind and brass show greater resilience, and it’s good to see such names as Janet King, Helen Hall, Gordon Dickinson, Graeme Kay, Pam Wellings and Paul Dawes; all players who, to this day, make such a major contribution to the success of the orchestra.

Welcome to Brigid …

… and in with the new

plus a variant in the wings in case we’re ever lucky enough one day to have a lady conductor.

Down memory lane Talking about those who have survived the course over the years, it’s interesting to look back at that programme of May 1995 to see how many (or how few) of the orchestra were playing with us in those days. The leader was Sarah Jurdison but apart from Alice Butt who still joins us occasionally (and played in the recent Workshop) it’s sad to report that none of the First Violins are still with us today. In the rest of the strings, Antony Sluce, Tod Young, Julia Dickinson

It seems strange to be welcoming Brigid Hemingway (formerly Rawling) as our latest new member: she is a familiar face who has played with us many times in the past. However, Brigid’s previous appearances have been as a guest violinist. Now she has joined the Alderley Edge Orchestra in her new reincarnation as a violist, and very welcome she is too. Brigid has been playing the violin in local orchestras for over 20 years. She is former leader of the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra and is co founder and leader of the award winning Cheadle Hulme based Amaretti Chamber Orchestra. She is also founder and leader of the

Athenean Ensemble which performs at the Didsbury Emmanuel Church Saturday morning concerts. She enjoys playing chamber music and performs with her Athenean String Quartet at various corporate functions, charity events, weddings and funerals. Brigid writes: “Last Summer I attended a string quartet coaching course and realised that practically all of the other violinists were also competent viola players. I decided it was time to join their ranks. I borrowed a viola and immediately fell in love with the glorious C string. (continued overleaf)

SUMMER MUSIC Our programme of summer music this year will have a French theme: BERLIOZ Overture Beatrice and Benedict RAVEL Mother Goose Suite OFFENBACH Overture: Orpheus in the Underworld MASSENET Scenes Pittoresques SUPPÉ* Pique Dame SAINT SAENS Symphony No. 2 The season will run for six weeks from 10th May to 14th June. *You didn’t know that Suppe was French? No, he’s not. But although he was Austrian he had Belgian ancestors. And France isn’t all THAT far from Belgium!


“The next challenge was the elusive alto clef. After making a slow start I realised the only way to improve was to join an orchestra and play every week. Having played as an occasional extra violinist at Alderley Edge over many years, and always being made to feel most welcome by strings and winds alike, (not to mention the charming Mr Kendal!) Alderley Edge was the obvious choice so I joined as a full member in January 2012. “Thursday evenings are now the highlight of my week and with the encouragement of the front

desk of violas and the winds that sit near her, each week I manage to read a few more notes. Apart from enjoying the wonderful low sound that a viola can make, I am particularly enjoying playing in an orchestra from a different perspective, and I’m much more aware of the parts played by the winds and celli.” Brigid is married to Chris, cellist and guitar teacher. She has two teenage children who have refused point blank to play a string instrument. Between them, they play the piano, guitar, tuba, trumpet and ukulele. When she is not playing music, Brigid works full time as a maths teacher at Cheadle Hulme School.

…A great concert! I’m sure you will agree that Saturday evening’s concert was one of the most enjoyable in recent years - thanks to Shahla’s outstanding performance of the Dvorak and the Schubert and the near-capacity audience. Shahla has written to Jan: Thank you very much for your kind note and especially for the great opportunity to play with Alderley

… and welcome to Jo We’ve been very lucky this season to have a talented new First Violin, thanks to Bristol University. Jo Sadler is in her third year of her chemistry degree at the University and is currently completing a year’s placement at AstraZeneca which forms part of the degree. Music has always played a significant part in Jo’s life, and so joining the Alderley Edge Orchestra was an important step in settling in ‘up north!’. Jo also plays in the KEMS Orchestra at Macclesfield, so the musical life of Cheshire is benefiting handsomely from Jo’s placement.

Edge Orchestra last Saturday night. I enjoyed it very much; it was a great experience and of course I could not have done it without the support of the orchestra which was tremendous, I hope that they enjoyed it all too. I would like to say thank you to you and the orchestra and I thought that it would be nice if I brought some biscuits and cakes for the interval at our next rehearsal (this Thursday). I would also like to say a big thank you to you and the Committee for inviting me to undertake this project and I hope that in due course you will consider inviting me again in the future.

Thanks to you, Shahla. and thanks for the biscuits and cakes too!

THANK YOU! ‘Thank you’ again to everyone in the orchestra who has done his or her bit during the past year to ensure that our rehearsals and concerts go off so smoothly. Particular thanks this time to those who helped with the doorto-door mailings and especially Miles and Holly leading the campaign. A big ‘thank you’ to Phyl Sluice who is a whizz at organising the concert tea – I hope you all noticed there was no queue on Saturday! Louise continues to prove a very efficient and resourceful Librarian, and we again thank Rachel for her contribution as ticket executive. Joanne, Barbara and Nicole deserve our thanks for keeping us happy with tea and biscuits, as do Wendy and Helen and evryone else who chips in as required. Of course, we must also thank the two Tims for their tireless contributions as leader and conductor. And finally we should record our gratitude to Esma Barlow at Alderley Edge Methodist Church who works so hard behind the scenes to make sure that our events go off smoothly. Jan King


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