Concerts and recitals through the years

Concerts and recitals have been held in the church probably since Revd Fitz Wygram was vicar, performed by many different local community groups and by young and old alike. Also, over the years, St James's own musicians have put on recitals for various charities and for their own pleasure. There are only a few articles and only from later years.


Celebration of music - 2000

The Apocalypse Singers, directed by Chris Hodges, held a Celebration of Music at St James's on 24th June, 2000. The concert was varied, with the choir, many of them members of St James's, singing Victorian and Edwardian part-songs by Schubert, Elgar and others, expertly supported by Pam Phillips on the piano. In addition, there were harp solos given by Anrea Rowett and clarinet solos given by Martin Hinckley - what a feast! There were also readings by Anthony Bromham. The programme ended with the beautiful, very English yet ethereal work, the Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams.

     

Andrea Rowett

Andrea Rowett

Harp

Christopher Hodges

Apocalypse Singers

Christopher Hodges
, Music Director
Apocolypse Singers

Martin Hinckley

Martin Hinckley

Clarinet



David Brodowski's Concert - 2003

   

David Brodowski

On Friday 28th February, 2003, David Brodowski gave a brilliant concert in aid of the “Opening the Doors” Appeal. He was ably accompanied by our own organist, Christopher Cromar. The concert included Beethoven's Sonata in F major, op.24 (Spring), Cesar Franck's Sonata in A major, Six Romanian Folk Dances by Bartok and the Fantaisie Brillante by Wieniawski.

David Brodowski and Christopher Cromar



Songs of Springtime - 2003

On Saturday 15th March, 2003, the Apocalypse Singers, conducted by Christopher Hodges, presented a spring concert in aid of the 'Opening Our Doors' project. Martin Hinckley gave a brilliant performance of the Five Bagatelles by Gerald Finzi on the clarinet accompanied by Pamela Phillips. Christopher Hodges, baritone, sang Earth and Air and Rain by Gerald Finzi with great feeling, accompanied by Pamela Phillips. The Apocalypse Singers, conducted by Christopher Hodges sang the following songs: Songs of Springtime: Seven Elizabethan Poems E J Moeran and Three Partsongs from Opus 17, to poems by Robert Bridges Gerald Finzi

     

Christopher Hodges and Pamela Phillips

Christopher Hodges and Pamela Phillips

The Apocalypse Singers

The Apocalypse Singers

Martin Hinckley and Pamela Phillips

Martin Hinckley and Pamela Phillips



St James’s Young Musicians Recital - 2004
 

What a wonderful concert the children put on in the church on Sunday 17 October ……… with the help of one or two rather talented adults! From the moment the Travellers Band struck up with Pitoni’s Cantate Domino to the finale when we all joined in and sang “Sing Hosannah”, it was pure joy. All the performances were of an incredibly high standard. Highlights? Every number was a highlight but 8-year old Hannah Banks’s cool-as-a-cucumber violin rendition of Scottish Brawl made one smile from ear-to-ear. Olivia Nettleton and Alexander Lloyd, both age 10 and both on recorder, were similarly unfazed by the large audience; and Olivia’s younger sister, Isobel, played a beautiful version of Ekode’s Minuet on cello. Alexandra Brown also played a lovely classical guitar solo. But there were bigger people there too – Frances Beaumont produced a lovely sound on her flute as she played Philippe Gaubert’s Madrigal and Anusha Leathard sang Ave Maria with a quietly understated confidence.

And who can forget the 42 members of the children’s choir under the brilliant guidance of Susannah Nettleton. The Band played three sets of demanding pieces from their repertoire, usually heard at the beginning and end of the informal services on the first Sunday of each month. It provides a special opportunity for youngsters and adults to make music together – with an age range of 6 to 60! Between all these items we heard great performances from a recorder group and string group that were formed specially for this event.

Enormous thanks go to several people. Martin Hinckley, for all his time and devotion in organising the concert, conducting the Band and organising and rehearsing the wind group. Susannah Nettleton, for the choir and string group. Jackie Allen, for the recorder group. Ash Charles, for his ever-present support on keyboard. Also to the other adults who supported in the band, choir and other groups. And most important of all, the youngsters who took part! There were over 120 in the audience, who raised a substantial sum for the Open Doors Appeal, and everyone felt they had been given fantastic value for money.

     

Christopher Hodges and Pamela Phillips

The recorder group

Christopher Hodges and Pamela Phillips

The wind group

Martin Hinckley and Pamela Phillips

The string group



Recital by St James's Musicians - 2007
 

Once again, on Friday 2nd February 2007, our local talented musicians delighted us with a very varied programme of music. We are fortunate to have such talent in our congregation and this time there was music from the clarinet, flute, organ, the St James's Recorder Ensemble and various voices. St James's Recorder Ensemble started us off with a superb rendering of Sonate, Op. 3 No 7 by Louis-Antoine Dornel with four movments, Vivement, Lentement, Chaconne and Gigue. They are usually a quartet but this evening were a trio (Jackie Allen, Charles Nettleton and Anne Rowett) who exhibited a depth of feeling for the music. The music this evening was interspersed with Selected Poems by Wallace Stevens beautifully read by Charles Nettleton. This was a new venture in our Friday recitals and added a contrasting and stimulating dimension.

The song Vain is Pleading by Brahms was delightfully sung by one of our tenors, David Taylor. He has a particularly enchanting way of getting this type of song across to the audience. Frances Beaumont captivated us when she played Haru No Umi by Michio Miyagi on the flute. Her purity of tone expressed great finesse. Vainement, ma bien-aimee from Le Roi Dys by Edouard Lalo was expertly sung by another of our tenors, Charles Nettleton, in French, with great expression. These three items were sensitively accompanied by Ash Charles on the piano.

Ash Charles tastefully played the Prelude and Fugue in Eb major by Bach on the organ. The musical part of the evening concluded with the Concertino by Weber magnificantly performed by Martin Hinckley on the clarinet, again expertly accompanied by Ash Charles on the piano. Martin gripped the audience with outstanding expertise demonstrating a depth of musicianship and very agile fingers! After the recital there was time for a drink or two and a chat with friends.

     
Christopher Hodges and Pamela Phillips

Charles Nettleton
Christopher Hodges and Pamela Phillips

David Taylor

Christopher Hodges and Pamela Phillips

St James's Recorder Ensemble

Christopher Hodges and Pamela Phillips

Martin Hinckley

Christopher Hodges and Pamela Phillips

Francis Beaument



Stainers's Crucifixion - 2013 March
 

The Crucifixion by John Stainer is amongst the most popular of all English choral works vividly portraying the events of the Passion of Christ. In March, 2013, Concordia Voices gave this stalwart of the sacred repertoire a most profoundly moving and dramatic performance. The choir's musical director, William Petter, conducted with sincerity and empathy, paying careful attention to the pacing and dramatic content of the choral passages. Although the congregation had the libretto in their programmes, the choir made sure that their words were clear with added vitality thus enhancing the listeners' enjoyment and involvement. The organ accompaniment was beautifully played with richness and an apt range of colour by Paul Ayres. William Petter, tenor, and John Murton, baritone, gave energy and depth of feeling to their solos.

     

The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion



Community concerts    
     

Christopher Hodges and Pamela Phillips

The Thameside Clarinet Choir

Noye's Flood

Noye's Flood

Martin Hinckley and Pamela Phillips

The Greenwood Centre Concert

     
     
The above information covers the period from when any records could be found until November 2016. This was when Revd Derek Winterburn became St James's tenth vicar and from this time onwards any new information can be found on the main site.