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  • November Concert

    The programme is available to download here Firstly, the Milhaud Suite for violin, clarinet and piano Op.157b performed by John Martin, Theresa Cory and David Smith. The four movements are Ouverture, Divertissement, Jeu and Introduction et Final. Milhaud (1892-1974) was a member of Les Six, which included Honegger and the Widor of the famous toccata -— and one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century. His compositions are influenced by jazz and Latin American music and make use of  polytonality. As a Jew, he had to leave France during WW2, and got a teaching post in USA, where It’s striking that his pupils included Dave Brubeck and Burt Bacharach. Secondly, the Rupert Bawden and Chris Crocker viola and piano duo will introduce us to a sonata by a composer that probably none of us had heard of before, so I will give it somewhat more space than usual. Rebecca Clarke, (1886 –...
  • A.G.M Reminder

    The AGM has come round again, and will be at the end of the 14th November concert. The agenda is available here. I’ll attach the minutes from 2015 to this month’s newsletter. If you are coming, please print your own, as I am finding it too heavy on printer ink to make multiple copies. Please do consider whether you would like to join the Committee, which these days does almost all its work via email. Our website manager, Toby Louw, would be happy to resign if there is anyone interested in taking over his role. Whether you are this person or not, do look at the website and bring any comments or ideas for improvement – and of course, any others about the running of the Club generally.
  • Violins for sale

    English violin by George Craske. Insured for £6,000 German violin c.1880. Insured for £700. Silver mounted ebony German violin bow. Insured for £300 Contact Jennifer Woodhouse, jennifer@oakleyave.plus.com.
  • October Concert

    The programme is available to download here Our next concert will be on Monday 10th October. First we have four Schubert songs presented by Jo Parton (mezzo soprano) and Nick Reading (piano); these are Die Jünge Nonne (The young nun), from a poem by Jakob Nikolaus von Craigher da Jachelutta, 1797-1855 – the name in the website is even longer, but enough is enough. This was written towards the end of Schubert’s short life. Irrlicht (Will o’ the Wisp), with text by Wilhelm Muller,1794 – 1827. Der Zwerg (The Dwarf), with text by Matthaus Casimir von Collin,1779 – 1824, a leading Viennese poet of the day, and Der Leiermann (The Hurdy-Gurdy man), with text by Muller. Both the Muller songs are from Winterreise. Hopefully, the singer will tell us more about these songs. Secondly, Li Lin Teo will perform the first movement of Rachmaninov’s second Piano Concerto, accompanied on the...

    A message from Liz Sharma Welcome to the new ECMC season. We started with a lovely concert on Monday 12th, & at the time I outlined a potential plan & a request. The committee of London Composers’ Forum, of which I’m a member, want to make a list of instrumentalists & singers who would be willing to perform at London Composers’ Forum concerts. We are trying to hold more concerts per year than previously, in venues such as the Holst room at Morley college, the performance space below Schotts near Regent street & various other fairly central venues. Most of the concerts feature chamber ensembles, but our concert organiser also hopes to form an orchestra, which would rehearse a couple of times before a performance. The list of willing players would be held only by committee members, and would not be passed on to anyone else, and of course placing...
  • September 2016 Concert

    The programme is available to download here Our concert on 12th September will start with a set of flute duets by C.P.E. Bach (1714-88), played on the recorder. They may have been written for Frederick the Great. This Bach had a higher status at court than the previous generation, as Johann Sebastian sent all his sons to Leipzig University. C.P.E. came away with a law degree but of course went straight into his musical career as intended, being already a virtuoso keyboard player, but with his degree he was now a gentleman rather than a servant. The set of ten short pieces may have been modelled on a rather similar set of six by Telemann, Carl Philippe’s godfather and a strong influence. Liz Sharma and Hilary Potts have selected five which fall within recorder range, although not without a change of instruments for the second player and a little adjustment...
  • New ECMC season starts 12th September

    Welcome to the start of the Club’s 13th season and its 120th concert. This is a proud record. Before giving you the details for 12th September, I’d like to refresh your memory on the Guidelines for performers. The Committee has agreed on the following: “We welcome, and encourage performances from as many members as possible, but you are under no obligation to perform, if you prefer to just meet other members and play music for the pleasure of it. If you wish to perform in one of our monthly concerts, you need to rehearse first, & when your performance is secure, only then request a slot with whoever is organising the appropriate concert. In the usual way, items should be 20mins or less, but longer, complete works can be performed in exceptional circumstances, with the agreement of the committee. We prefer items to involve three or more performers, but we...
  • July 2016 Concert

    Please come to the final concert of the season on July 11th, which will of course feaure the LES MISERABLES Singalong. The first half of the programme will be mainly for voice and flute, starting with two items from Handel’s ‘9 German Arias’, composed 1724-6. These are “Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle”, HWV 205, and “Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden”, HWV 210. The pieces, originally composed for violin obbligato, are set to the poetry of the 18th century German poet, Barthold Brockes. Each aria contains elements of praising God through nature, from the flaming rose of No. 9 to the rushing rivers of No. 2. The performers are Geneviève Usher (soprano), Lowri Norris (flute), Helen Thomas (cello),and John Heffernan (harpsichord). They continue with “Hark Tis the Lark”, by James Hook (1746 - 1827). A child prodigy at the keyboard, he played harpsichord from age of four and performed concertos from the...
  • July - Last concert of the season

    We will round off the season on Monday 11 th July. The concert is organised by Liz Sharma, who now has a full programme for the evening. As you probably know by now, the second half will feature a Singalong “Les Miserables” and Liz will be happy to welcome more string players and guest singers. Just let her know a.s.a.p. and she will send a copy of your part in advance.
  • Next Members' Concert on 13th June

    Firstly, in our occasional series of new or newish pianists introducing themselves to the Club, we have Catherine H performing the Rondo all’Ungherese, Op.107 No.6, by Johann Hummel. Hummel (1778-1837) was one of those infant prodigies turned composer who knew everybody, was taught (free!) by Mozart and praised by Haydn, was a friend of Beethoven and performed at his funeral; Schubert dedicated three piano sonatas to him. He took Haydn’s place as Kapellmeister to Prince Esterhazy when Haydn retired, but out of repect did not assume the actual title until the old man died. Although Hummel died famous, with a lasting posthumous reputation apparently secure, his music was quickly forgotten at the onrush of the Romantic period and has only recently been re-evaluated. His main works were for the piano, of which this Rondo is a splendid example. Next we have two items for two pianos performed by Li-Lin T...
  • Some news about St Mary's Perivale

    St Mary’s Perivale As you know, we are indebted to the Friends of St Mary’s, who let us book this lovely church regularly at very reasonable rates and throw in free rehearsals whenever we want them, as well as including a summary of our next concert in their mailouts. Hugh Mather has asked me to include in a summary of forthcoming Friends concerts, which I’ve done below. But I wonder if ECMC members would be willing to go onto the Friends’ emailing list if they aren’t already on it? I do urge you to go to the Friends of St Mary website and sign up, even if you think you may never go to one of their concerts. They are of course professional and very good indeed. Programme of events for the next fortnight Date Location Time Details Sunday June 5th St Mary’s Perivale  7.30 pm Ealing Symphony Orchestra Instrumental...
  • Concert organisers for 2016-2017

    Here is the draft rota for the concert organisers for next season. Note this is still subject to change! 2016 Date Organiser Sep 12 Saori Howse Oct 10 Lewis Lev Nov 14 David Smith Dec 12 Liz Sharma 2017 Date Organiser Jan 9 Andrew Lewandowski Feb 13 John Heffernan Mar 13 Saori Howse April 10 Lewis Lev May 8 John Heffernan June 12 Andrew Lewandowski July 10 Liz
  • Next concert on Monday June 13th

    The next Ealing chamber music club concert is on Monday June 13th and we still have some space for contributions. Email John Heffernan if you’d like to play, we’ve had lots of variety over the last few concerts so all contributions welcome!
  • Concert on May 9th 2016

    This will be on Monday 9th May at 8.00, when we have four lovely items. If you want a programme on the day, please print it yourself, the few I bring are intended for any non-member audience who might show up. Firstly, Lewis Lev and Keiko Thiele will be playing Moritz Moszkowski’s Spanish dances for piano duet; these are: Allegro brioso, Moderato, Con moto, Allegro comodo, and Bolero. Moszkowski (1854-1925) was a German-Jewish composer, pianist and violinist, well respected and popular in his day, admired by Paderewski and sometimes partnered by Liszt in piano duos. He was born in Breslau, studied piano at Dresden, taught at the Berlin Conservatory and was awarded honorary membership by London’s Royal Philharmonic Society. His output consists mainly of piano works, of which the Spanish Dances are among the best-known. No. 5 (Bolero) is played by a salon trio in a scene from the film...
  • Our new Membership Secretary

    Big thanks to John Heffernan for volunteering! John has agreed to take over the job of Membership Secretary from Hilary. He’ll keep the membership list up to date and deal with new applications. He’ll also send over the heavies when members don’t pay their subscriptions. Hilary will still keep on putting together the programmes and her excellent programme notes. Thanks to Hilary for doing it for so long, and thanks to John for taking it over now! Members really appreciate the time you and the other committee members take to keep the club running.
  • Our next members' concert on 11 April

    General If you’re a member, you should have received the updated Member list in this month’s email. Our next concert is on Monday 11th April and it’s a bumper issue which we hope will attract a good audience of members. Before I get on with programme notes, I will give you the further notices now. The following concert will be on 9th May, and will be organised by Lewis Lev, so please tell him as soon as possible if you think you will have an item to contribute. This month there were too many offers and one had to be bumped. Secondly, we have a new member who is very keen to join in and has written as follows: Hello all, I have just joined, name is Malcolm and I play bassoon grade 8. 2nd bassoon in Wycombe Sinfonia. I live in High Wycombe, Bucks.I have various bassoon, piano works...
  • Our next members' concert on 14 March

    Programme Notes Our next concert is on March 14th and features wind, strings and piano from Baroque to contemporary. Please note also that the April concert will be on Monday 11th, and will be organised by Andrew Lewandowski, let him know in good time if you expect to have something to offer. We begin with the J.S. Bach Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in G Minor, BWV 1020 played by Theresa C. and David S. (on the piano). There are 3 movements: Allegro, Adagio, Allegro. The date of composition is not known, in fact the earliest (18th century) copies of the work attribute it either to C.P.E. Bach or to the Bach family generally, and according to some sources it began life as a violin sonata. Only in the 19th century was it thought to be by J.S. Bach, and since then there has been a continuous debate, which seems...

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This Season's Meeting Dates And Organisers

For more details, see the Events page.

  • Nov 14: David Smith
  • Dec 12: Liz Sharma
  • Jan 9 2017: Andrew Lewandowski
  • Feb 13 2017: John Heffernan
  • Mar 2017: Saori Howse
  • April 2017: Lewis Lev
  • May 2017: John Heffernan
  • June 2017: Andrew Lewandowski
  • July 2017: Liz Sharma