An Evening of Music for Piano & Violin

It is with regret that we have had to cancel this event due to one of the performers having COVID

Featuring Hannah & Naomi Watson

Sunday 19th June, 7.30pm at All Saints' Church

This evening of music is to raise funds for our community Orchard Project.

Programme

Szymanowski ‘La fontaine d’Aréthuse’ from Mythes op.30

Brahms Sonata in G major op.78 ‘Regensonate’

An ‘ecosystem’ of piano miniatures: 

  • Schumann ‘Eintritt’ from Forest Scenes 
  • Janáček ‘A blown-away leaf’ from On an overgrown path
  • Grieg ‘Papillon’, op.43 no.1
  • Schumann ‘Einsamen Blumen’, ‘Vogel als prophet’ from Forest Scenes
  • Ravel ‘Noctuelles’ (‘Night moths’) from Miroirs
  • Amy Beach ‘Silver birches’, ‘The hummingbird’
  • Grieg ‘To spring’, op.43 no. 

Lili Boulanger

  • D’un matin de printemps
  • Nocturne
  • Cortège

Programme information

The three pieces in the Mythes cycle by the early twentieth-century Polish composer Karol Szymanowski were inspired by stories from Ancient Greece and by the composer’s time in Sicily. In this first piece of the cycle, the nymph Arethusa flees from the God Alpheus under the sea and comes up as a sacred spring on the island of Ortigia. The bubbling piano accompaniment and high, shimmering violin melody create a soundscape which owes much to Debussy but is distinctive too.

The second and largest piece in the programme, the wonderful Brahms op.78, continues the watery theme: known as the ‘Rain’ sonata, its third movement shares a melody with the earlier Brahms ‘Regenlied’ (‘Rain song’), which celebrates the regenerative power of rain and the memory of childhood. 

In honour of the community orchard which the concert is fundraising for, the second half starts with a pianistic ‘ecosystem’ of insects, birds and plants by different composers, from Grieg’s famous ‘Papillon’ (‘Butterfly’) and ‘To Spring’, to less well-known pieces by American composer Amy Beach. 

And finally, three sparkling movements by Lili Boulanger: a sprightly spring morning, a dreamy nocturne, and a not remotely funereal ‘Cortège’ (‘Procession’). Born at the turn of the twentieth century, Boulanger was the first woman to win the prestigious Prix de Rome composition prize, despite living to just 24.

Our Performers

Naomi Watson (violin) interspersed her medical training with a two-year master’s at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Gaby Lester with support from the RCM Award and the South Square Trust Scholarship. She now works at Homerton hospital and plays in the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra around shifts!

Hannah Watson (piano) studied Modern Languages at Cambridge before moving down to London to do a master’s in piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She freelanced for several years as a pianist, teacher and choir director before moving to Kenya and taking up a position as the Music Director at the Anglican Cathedral in Nairobi. She returned to the UK in 2021. 

Tickets

£12/Adult, £7/under 18

Buy online at: bit.ly/music-evening or from Trish in the Parish Office.

Free drink on arrival.