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By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

Some of the performers in Roseland Music Society 2013-14 season

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St Endellion Easter Festival

LAST month I promised you more details of this year's programme. Tickets are available from Cheryl Feldon, 52 Oakhurst Grove, London, SE22 9AQ, 07771 796643 or via e-mail to cherylfeldon@ endellionfestivals.org.uk. She tells me they are already selling quickly.

So here is the programme. On Saturday, April 12, you are invited to come and sing, under Peter Asprey's baton, Mozart's Coronation Mass and his Ave Verum Corpus. For details you can e-mail iansandbrook@btinternet.com or call 01840 214613.

The first concert, to be held on Sunday 13 at 7.30pm, will be a chamber concert, featuring music by Bach, Chopin and Schubert. There is another chamber concert on Tuesday 15 at 7.30pm, featuring music by Pärt, Mahler, Mozart and Bartòk.

On Wednesday 16, the concert at 7.30pm will include music by Bach, Britten and Vaughan Williams.

On Thursday 17 there will be a lunchtime concert at 1.15pm, given by the Easter Scholars and the Easter Baroque Players in St Kew Church (seats £5), featuring music by Bach, Vivaldi and Locatelli.

If you, like me, have never heard of Pietro Locatelli, I can tell you that he was born in Italy in 1695 and was a virtuoso violinist as well as a composer.

At 10pm on Wednesday 16 there will be a concert in St Endellion Church called Goodbye Dolly: a reflection of war through music and words.

On Good Friday, April 18, at 7.30pm, the evening concert will feature music by Puccini, Beethoven and MacMillan.

The final two concerts will present Bach's St Matthew Passion, both starting at 6.30pm. There will be open rehearsals on Saturday, to which admission will be free, between 9.30am and 11am and between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Endelienta news

ENDELIENTA, very much a freestanding organisation but based at St Endellion, has a wide variety of events to offer.

During March the Music Cornwall Guitar Ensemble will be using the facilities for tuition and rehearsals.

Come and see what they have achieved in St Endellion Church, on the afternoon of Sunday, March 23, when they will give a short concert.

The Joyful Company of Singers will be in concert at 7.30pm on Friday, May 2.

For more details ring the Endelienta box office on 07787 944935, or visit tickets@endelienta.org.uk

Cornwall Music Festival

THIS popular festival, which also includes competitive and non-competitive sections for the spoken word, will be at Truro Methodist Church between Monday and Saturday, March 10 and 15.

As an audience, you will be welcome to come along at any time, for as long as you like – and be amazed at the high standard.

As I have said before, with chapels closing down and their choirs disappearing, and schools giving less importance to music than they once did, festivals are one of the few places where the young are encouraged to play or sing, alone or in groups.

I have a timetable but, I am warned, this should be taken for guidance only. It starts each day at about 10am, restarts after lunch at about 2pm and for the evening session at about 7pm.

The morning and afternoon sessions from Monday to Friday are largely devoted to school-age competitors, evenings are for the older ones. Throughout all this there will be vocal solos, groups, choirs, instrumental solos, groups, bands and orchestras.

At the Gala Concert on Saturday evening, you will hear a selection of the best of the festival.

Concerts Penzance

TWO interesting and unusual concerts will take place on Saturday, March 8, at 3pm and 7.30pm, in St John's Hall, Penzance.

At 3pm, there will be a one-hour interactive family concert, celebrating David Bruce's clarinet quintet, Gumboots, as well as the newly composed Dancing Strings. Tickets at the door will be £2, children £1.

The second concert, at 7.30pm, is by the New York-based flexible ensemble Decoda with David Bruce's Gumboots playing Brahms' clarinet quintet op 115. Tickets at the door are £10, or £2 for under-19s.

To find out more visit concerts.penzance.org.uk.

Spring in Truro

TRURO Cathedral has sprung into spring with its latest list. Organ recitals start this year with an evening concert this Friday, March 7, to be given by our two resident experts, Christopher Gray and Luke Bond. Starting at 7pm, tickets on the door are £10 and interval refreshments.

The lunchtime (1.10pm) free recitals continue on Friday 14 (soloist yet to be announced) and Friday 21, given by James Kealey.

Truro Cathedral Choir will give its Spring Concert on Sunday, March 22, at 6pm: in the first half it will perform music from the time of the First World War, with composers Parry, Howells, Stanford and Vaughan Williams.

In the second half, the cathedral choir will be joined by local secondary schools and colleges to perform Fauré's Requiem.

Christopher Gray will conduct, Luke Bond accompany. Tickets, priced at £10, students £5, under-18s free, from 01872 262466 or online at hallforcornwall.co.uk

On Sunday, March 29, at 7.30pm, a massed choir of 250 formed from the Three Spires Singers and Truro Choral Society, conducted by Christopher Gray, will perform Elgar's The Kingdom.

As Christopher says: "If you like The Dream Of Gerontius, then you will like The Kingdom, this magnificently lyrical and mystical oratorio."

Tickets (from £12) are available from the Hall For Cornwall Box Office (as above).

There is much to look forward to in April. On Friday 4, the lunchtime organ recital will be given by Clive Ellison; and at 7.30pm Christina Ortiz, equally at home in solo, concerto and chamber music, will give the inaugural concert on the cathedral's new concert grand piano. Tickets are £12, £6, free for under-18s, and available as above.

Spring concerts from IMS

RUNNING since 1972, the International Musicians' Seminar again invites talented chamber musicians to study music in great depth in peaceful conditions. They do this at Prussia Cove, where you can watch them at work – 01736 763264 for more details.

The "students" will give concerts in St Pol de Leon Church, Paul, on Monday, April 7, St Buryan Church on Tuesday 8; St Mary's Church, Penzance, on Wednesday 16 and Truro School Chapel, Thursday 17. The programme depends on what music they have been studying.

The maestri will give two concerts; on Saturday, April 6, in St John's Church, Lemon Street, Truro, featuring music by Britten, Beethoven and Brahms; and on Saturday 19 in Marazion Community Centre, with music by Mozart, Kurtag, Bartòk and Dvoràk. Concerts start at 7.30pm: tickets from Hall For Cornwall Box Office, 01872 262466 or hallforcornwall.co.uk

Truro Three Arts

FOR the last in the 2013-14 season of concerts, Truro Three Arts has invited the Martinu Quartet with Gemma Rosefield (cellist), continuing its association with Czech musicians.

This group, originally called The Havlak Quartet, came to Truro to great acclaim in 2009, and has now renamed itself in honour of Bohuslav Martinu.

They have been described as: "Flashes of brilliance and high spiritual exuberance without sacrificing the richness of sound worthy of the best of Czech quartets".

Music will be by Irwin Schulhoff (three of his Five Pieces); Sergei Taneyev's string quintet No 1 and Franz Schubert's string quintet in C major D956. Tickets, www.hallforcornwall.co.uk or 01872 262466. Keep in contact at trurothreearts.co.uk

The Hall in March

LOOKING through the programme for March at the Hall For Cornwall, I see a variety of music produced by international artistes and local talent, professional and amateur.

First of all we have, back once again, the English Touring Opera, which brings Mozart's most charming opera, The Magic Flute, on Monday, March 10, as well as on Tuesday, 11, a modern adaptation, with words by WH Auden, music by Benjamin Britten, called Paul Bunyan.

This charming and dreamlike part-opera, part-musical with elements of blues, folk songs and hymns, is a witty, irreverent response to the American Dream and is set in a lumberjacks' camp.

Before each performance, at 6.30pm, there will be a pre-show talk.

The internationally renowned Endellion Quartet, with obvious local connections, returns to Cornwall on Thursday, March 13, to bring us three musical treats: Haydn's quartet Op 50 No 3; one of Beethoven's towering quartets in F Op135 and Schubert's wonderful quartet in D minor, Death And The Maiden.

Composers like Gershwin, Berlin and Porter have been made famous by such artistes as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. A taste of this will be on stage on Friday, March 14, with Joe Frances and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

Another giant of the musical stage comes in the form of The Band of the RAF Regiment, as well as The RAF Shades of Blue Big Band, with its worldwide reputation for outstanding quality and its clever interpretation of a wide range of styles. This will set the feet tapping on Saturday, March 15.

Cornwall's own talent is set to astound us on Monday and Tuesday, March 17 and 18.

Hubtravaganza, Cornwall's Music Education Hub, will be presenting everything from rock bands, brass bands, classical to jazz; in fact, something for everyone.

On Wednesday, March 19, it will be the turn of young dancers from five schools, around 250 performers, who have taken part in choreographic workshops. Their ages range from 9 to 16. They will be on stage at 1pm and 7pm.

And there is yet more youth talent: Cornish Youth Makes Music will be staged on Tuesday, March 25, and will involve youngsters who sing and play in highly acclaimed groups like the Cornwall Boys' Choir, Cornwall Cambiata Choir and Cornwall Youth Brass Band.

Praise be for the men and women who have nurtured this talent.

And now to the finale. Our very own Duchy Ballet, whose fame has deservedly spread well beyond Cornwall, as has the ballet The Mousehole Cat, will be performing, as part of a comprehensive programme.

Performances will be staged at 2pm and 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29. There will also be a "relaxed" performance designed for very young children with their adult minders on the Friday at 10.30am.

For tickets and details, call 01872 262466 or visit www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Roseland Music Society

SEVERAL years ago, I got wind of an enterprising group of people who were running a very successful music society, with concerts each month from professionals from all over the world, in a fine village hall ideally suited to recitals; a large, free car park next door and one of the loveliest sea views in Cornwall. Where? Portscatho.

Then I lost contact and heard nothing, something that happens from time to time.

Now, hooray, I have found Roseland Music Society again, still very active with a list of not-to-be-missed concerts ahead.

This month's offering is a group of very talented young ladies who were winners of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition (among other things) called the Jaquin Trio.

The concert will feature music by Mozart, Schumann and Bruch, among others, and will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 15. Tickets at the door will cost £12; students, £4.50.

In April, Four Lanes Male Choir will take to the stage on Friday 18; in May, there will be a harp recital on Friday 16, and in June, a jazz concert on Friday 27. You can keep in touch with their events at roselandmusicsociety.org.uk

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