Upcoming Events – 7pm Saturday, 14th May at St Marys, Worlds End Lane.
I’m delighted to announce our next concert – the first in a short series of duo concerts, named Double Trouble! This will be a wonderful evening of flute and bassoon music played by Green Street Green resident and world famous flautist Karen Jones, alongside Ursula Leveaux, bassoon. Ursula is certainly not a local musician – she lives in the Lake District! But the opportunity arose to get a sneak preview of this fascinating programme which they are playing in London shortly afterwards so a little relaxation of the ‘local musician’ rule was called for! The programme will include music by Telemann, Handel, Gershwin and Villa Lobos – with a hint of JS Bach! Details to follow and booking to be opened shortly.
CONCERT FOR UKRAINE. Saturday 9th April, 7pm, St Martin of Tours.
Worlds End Music, in conjunction with St Martins, are putting on a charity concert to raise money for humanitarian relief in Ukraine. We have set up a Justgiving page with the Disasters Emergency Committee, (DEC), which will directly aid those afflicted by war. Please come along, listen to the music and give generously to the charity.
Bach – Aria from the Goldberg Variations, arranged Sitkovetsky, for string tio.
Gliere – two duos for cello
Crescent Moon – trad. Ukrainian melody, transcribed and arranged by Rachel Stott.
Borodin quartet no 2, 3rd movement
Wieniawski duo no 1 for 2 violins
Mozart clarinet quintet, 1st movement.
Gerswhin – Walking the Dog.
Jenkins – Benedictus from The Armed Man, with special permission from the composer, arranged for the musicians at our disposal.
Carmine Lauri, Naoko Keatley, violin; Gillianne Haddow, viola; Rebecca Gilliver and Nina Kiva (W.E.M. Young Artist and soloist for Jenkins) cello; Andy Harper, clarinet….and a special guest star!
Please come and support us – you can book tickets on the website or just turn up and donations can be by either our Justgiving page, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/worlds-end-music or by cash at the door. Please dig deep into your hearts and pockets…and do spread the word to your friends.
Ideas in the pipeline
Other ideas we are working on at the moment include our ‘Double Trouble’ duo series. We hope to announce one or two more concerts this year. And another project we would really like to get going on is ‘A Festival of Bach’ which will include the cello suites, some of the violin partitas and if we can finance it, a culmination event including at least one of the Brandenburg concertos. Details will be announced as soon as possible!
Unfortunately the hoped-for childrens’ Concert on 14th May has to be postponed. Many of the musicians are freelancers, and therefore London work has to take priority over Worlds End Music as livings have to be mad! However, we hope very much to have a woodwind concert for the children as soon as possible.
We are also hoping to have a ‘Musical Magical Mystery Hunt’ in High Elms. This will be a weather-dependent date! We are also approaching Bromley council to see how this will pan out but we think it’s going to be great fun! Keep your eyes on the page!
And of course, just the day after The Snowman, we confirmed with the fabulous enSEmble26 that next Christmas is a definite date for a re-run! (Check out their website for great concerts over in Sydenham.)
Young Artists Programme
We are continuing our commitment to including a talented young local musician in as many of our concerts or festivals as possible. This year saw young professional trumpeter Louis Barclay; violinist Scott Storey (now co-leader of the NYO) and singer Jonathan Brookes. Next season we have already confirmed one of our Young Artists – cellist Henry Hargreaves, who is very local indeed having grown up ON Worlds End Lane!
Festival of Youth!
Another idea we have in the pipeline is a Festival of Youth. Continuing on from our desire to nurture young music in the community we are working on a plan to hold two concerts of young musicians. The first would be school-age players chosen from the classes of local music teachers; the second would be a showcase for college level students. Just on the top of the hill here in Green Street Green there are three teachers representing The Royal Academy, The Royal College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama so we’re very excited about these possibilities!