Many thanks to everyone who came to see The Pale Enchanted Gold on June 17, and especially to Tim, Charles and Alan for their engaging performance. The pdf of the concert programme can be downloaded here. We will make some recordings available in due course.
This June’s CNM summer afternoon recital by Tim Torry (baritone), Charles Hine (clarinet) and Alan Bullard (piano) will take place at 3pm on 17 June at Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh St, Colchester CO1 1TT; entry free, retiring collection.
The programme is based around three key works: Tim Torry’s setting of JRR Tolkein’s ‘The Pale Enchanted Gold’ poem from The Hobbit, Alan Bullard’s setting of Edward Blunden’s ‘A Swan, a Man’, and also Alan’s ‘Three Blues’ for clarinet and piano.
Alongside these, CNM members have contributed new pieces for clarinet and piano, plus song settings of poetry with all kinds of interesting connections to the pieces above. The full lists of members’ works in each category are as follows:
A Swan, A Man – Alan Bullard/Edmund Blunden
The star – Dylan Christopher/Jane & Ann Taylor
The sun goes down – Francis Knights/AJ Blustin
The Genealogy of Christ – Mark Bellis/Gospel of Luke
Oft when warring – Stephen Watkins/Thomas Hardy
The Pale Enchanted Gold – Tim Torry/JRR Tolkien
The sleep – Ian Wilson/E B Browning
Clarinet/bass clarinet and piano
The Bold Princess Royal – Colin Blundell
Three Blues – Alan Bullard
Whither Now? – Laurence Glazier
Seeking stillness for solo bass clarinet – Philip Joy
A movement from the Scenes from a train suite – Jenni Pinnock
Dance – Peter Thorne
Subsequent Darkness – Julia Usher
The programme also includes three works from the 20th Century English Song repertoire:
It was a lover and his lass – Gerald Finzi
Silver – Armstrong Gibbs
A Sergeant’s Song – Gustav Holst
We can now announce two exciting CNM public events which will be taking place in 2017:
Recital: The Pale Enchanted Gold
3pm, Saturday 17 June 2017, Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TT; tickets TBC
A summer afternoon recital by Tim Torry (baritone), Alan Bullard (piano) and Charles Hine (clarinet). The programme will include Tim Torry’s ‘The Pale Enchanted Gold’ – a setting of the first poem from JRR Tolkein’s The Hobbit, Alan Bullard’s dramatic setting of First World War poet Edmund Blunden’s ‘A Swan, A Man’ and ‘Three Blues’ for clarinet and piano, plus new songs and instrumental music by other members of CNM.
Workshop for contemporary harpsichord composition
4pm, Sunday 15 October 2017, Fitzwilliam College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DG; free entry for audience
Harpsichordists Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar will workshop new works for two harpsichords written by CNM members. The workshop will be preceded at 2pm by a rare concert of Contemporary American music for two harpsichords by Robert Baksa, Vittorio Rieti, Mark Janello and others.