For those who have been unable to come to Hammerwood for recent concerts, YouTube links are below. The Cancer fundraising concert raised over £340 split between Macmillan Cancer Support and St Catherines and if you would like to donate whilst listening to the recordings on YouTube, there is a link to Macmillan from each.
On Sunday at 3pm Adolfo Barabino at Emerson College in Forest Row is giving a talk "Understanding and Playing Chopin". This is followed by Michele D'Ambrosio playing Schumann - Carnaval - and Chopin's 24 preludes. Michele played Beethoven with Adolfo in the summer and this is a _must_ go to recital. YouTube of Michele is below.
We have avoided Sunday 28th Nov and also the Sunday 5th December, when Adolfo is playing there, for concerts at Hammerwood so that you can go there instead.
The next Hammerwood concert is 17 year old John Clark Maxwell playing the Organ with a seasonally joyous virtuoso performance.
Please take children to hear Michele and Adolfo: - why?
In the past decade, take up of musical instruments at schools has dropped 75%! Young generation have NO IDEA about any classical music at all. We are severely on the brink of terrible cultural loss. Who can do anything about it? YOU! Yes - we can do something, but it has to be a community effort. I have tried to interest both state schools in East Grinstead with no response. At least one EG primary school has noone who can play a piano, and has no instruments. The director of music at one of the posh private schools with a good musical heritage was sacked, replaced by a drum banging brigade. Another private school has lost interest with change of musical director.
Michel d'Ambrosio at Emerson in the summer:
Beethoven, Prokofiev, Chopin and Schumannhttp://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=michele+d%27ambrosio+emerson
and playing Chopinhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK6_v6RWNjU
Adolfo's masterclass pupil played at Emerson a couple of weeks ago and came to record the Four Chopin Ballades and Scherzi at Hammerwood afterwards. Truly astounding performances and very beautiful:http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Chopin+Ballade+unequalhttp://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Chopin+Scherzo+unequal
You can go tohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rvqQ3K26oE
and follow the video responses
Jeremy Filsell's organ recital was incredible.http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jeremy+filsell+hammerwood
Of course it's not the same through small computer speakers . . . so please do try to come to real recitals! He played some very beautiful Bach, some exciting works by David Briggs and a really fun piecehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD9FFPhyRd4
which I had never heard before
Finally Paul Austin Kelly and Martin Isepp, raising funds for the cancer charities were really superb - and Martin's accompaniment was exquisite.http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=paul+kelly+martin+isepp
The Haydn starts rather severely but becomes very beautifulhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzlvFcYdVjs
as does the Benjamin Brittenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sboyVManGAk
Drink to me only with thine eyes is an old favourite:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy8d_3ghzKc
and the Strauss songshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9Cj1yow-v8
struck me with great beauty.
Hope to see some familiar faces on Sunday at Emerson . . . ! And by the way, a trip to the cinema might be interesting:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4hgPz-bLFg
in which features the Hammerwood 128ft Self Destruct stop of the organ!