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St. Peter's Concert 4th July 2014

We were treated to another excellent concert at St Peter's on Friday evening by Alistair Auld, Aly Greeley and Harry Jepson. The miserable weather didn't dampen our spirits as we listened to the organ, piano, oboe and clarinet being played superbly.

Rev. Kathleen

The Programme

 

Part One

Organ Solo:

Prelude in G Major BWV 541 …………….….…....J S Bach

 Oboe, Clarinet & Organ:

Trio Sonata BWV 1039…………….……………....J S Bach

(i)  Adagio

(ii) Presto

Organ Solo:

Adagio in E Major…………………………….Frank Bridge

Oboe & Organ

Sonata in A Minor……………………………G.P.Telemann

 (i)    Siciliana

 (ii)   Spiritoso

 (iii)  Andante

 (iv)  Vivace

Clarinet & Piano:

 Concerto for Clarinet………………..…….…....…Cimarosa

 (i)    Introduzione

 (ii)   Allegro

 (iii)  Siciliana

 (iv)  Allegro giusto

Part Two

  Organ Solo :

 Chorale Prelude: Mein Jesu, der du mich………....…Brahms

Oboe, Clarinet & Organ:

 Apres un reve………………………………......……...Faure

Clarinet & Piano:

 Oblivion from the film ‘Heinrich IV’…….….Astor Piazzola

Organ Solo :

 Suite Gothique Op25……………………..…Leon Boellmann

                   (i)  Priere a Notre Dame

                   (ii) Toccata

Oboe, Clarinet & Piano:

 Gymnopedies………………………...….……..….Erik Satie

              (i) No. 1 arranged for Oboe

              (ii) No. 3 arranged for Clarinet

Oboe, Clarinet & Piano:

Duet from Norma: ‘Hear me, Norma’……………….Bellini

About the Organ in Machynlleth Church:

The Organ was built in 1876 by the reputable firm of J.W.Walker & Sons.

It has two manuals and, for its time, is in remarkable condition, being protected as a grade 2 listed instrument by the Royal Society of Organists.

Most of the pipe work and console are original. The pedal board, swell pedal and electric blower are comparatively recent, and welcome, improvements.

 

auldAlistair Auld  is a free-lance conductor and organist. A graduate of London University and post-graduate of Durham, he studied the organ in London with H.A. Bate and holds associate-ship performance diplomas from the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of Organists.

Alistair has directed many large-scale choral and orchestral performances, adjudicated at music festivals and organised European music tours. He made two C.D. recordings of choral, organ and swing band music. Alistair has directed choirs at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in front of the Royal Family, and also in some of England’s leading cathedrals.

Alistair was organist of St Christopher’s Anglican Cathedral, Bahrain, in the Arabian Gulf.  He conducted the Manama Singers, a large chorus, in numerous concerts, introducing some great choral repertoire and distinguished international soloists to Bahrain, most notably a highly-acclaimed Verdi Requiem, Orff “Carmina Burana”, Brahms “ A German Requiem”, Puccini “Messa Di Gloria”, Fanshawe ‘’African Sanctus’’ and many others.

Since settling in Wales in 2010 Alistair has been active as a conductor and organist in an area covering mid-Wales and Shrewsbury.  He has given organ recitals locally and further afield.

 

 

greeleyAli Greeley first became interested in the oboe because her childhood recorder teacher also played it. She absolutely loved the velvet case and matching reed box. Ali started having lessons with Caroline Davies in Henley on Thames in about 1975.  Her first 'stage appearance' was also in that year playing recorder backstage for the Henley Players at the Kenton Theatre in a performance of 'Iolanthe'.  She was very excited to read that the solo should be played on the oboe!

Ali has been living in Aberystwyth for over twenty years and has been principal oboist of Aberystwyth Philomusica for as long. She performs with other orchestras and groups throughout the county and further afield.  She was a keen participant of the Harlech music school for several summers and had excellent tuition with Sarah Francis, professor and fellow of the Royal College of Music. 

She completed her Fine Art BA and MA at Aberystwyth University in 2007.  A keen rower, Ali has been mad enough to participate in the Irish Sea Row, the Celtic Challenge several times.

 

 

jepsonHarry Jepson studied Clarinet and Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since that time he has enjoyed a varied freelance career in the UK and in the United States, where he was Principal Clarinet with The Elysian Orchestra of New Jersey and regularly performed with New York University’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. Now based in Aberystwyth, he performs as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber music clarinettist. Harry is also a visual artist and has exhibited widely in Wales and elsewhere.

 

 

 

 


 

Ordination Day for Naomi

Saturday 28th June was Ordination Day at Bangor Cathedral. The Reverend Huw Bryant was Ordained priest and the Reverend Naomi Starkey ordained Deacon. Naomi will be carrying out her curacy in the Ministry Area of Bro Cyfeiliog a Mawddwy and we look forward to her ministry among us.

 

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Welcom Rev'd Naomi

Bro Cyfeiliog a Mawddwy Ministry Area were pleased to welcome the Reverend Naomi as NSM Curate. Following a special United Eucharist at St Peter's Church friends joined together for a very enjoyable lunch at Plas Dolguog Hotel.
 
At the service the Rev Naomi announced that the Bishop of Bangor, The Right Reverend Andy John, asked the Rev Kathleen to assume the position of Canon Tertius of the Cathedral. A huge honour which has accepted.

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Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Canon Martin Riley’s priesthood

Celebrated with Bishop Andrew with the Reverend Canon Martin Riley, the Reverend Dick Staunton, the Reverend Nigel Adams, the Reverend Peter Ward, the Reverend Kathleen, Mrs Beth Bastock, Mrs Joanne Gower, Church Wardens, Mrs Susan Jones, organist and Mr Chris Gower.

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Aber Opera

Once again we were entertained by some wonderful singing at St Peter's last Thursday evening from Aber Opera. They sang pieces from well known operas - Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, Carmen, La Boheme to name but a few. This year they were joined by Mr Harry Jepson on the clarinet who played two pieces - Una Voce Poco Fa and Largo Al Factotum. The Musical Director was Mr Alistair Auld and the Repetituer was Mr Derek Fallding.

A very enjoyable evening and we look forward to next time.