How time flies! It was hardly believable as our 31st Season came to a close that plans were already afoot for the next, but such it was.
Once again, we had some firsts. Leaving Germany at 3am ensured that the charming Duo Birringer sisters gave us their first ever English recital! We sent pianist Esther off with the strains of Happy Birthday ringing in her ears ahead of her birthday weekend. We breezed through France and Germany with Endymion Winds, their Poulenc Sextet moving many in the audience. Our piano was given the chance to show its full range of colours with a return visit by Martin James Bartlett and his agreement to become Patron of our Young Musicians has been an honour all round. Fortunately, The Doric String Quartet avoided the “Beast from the East” to complete our season, with cellist John Myerscough delighted to announce that we were their first English venue of the year. Their incredible rendition of the huge Beethoven Opus 130 Quartet will be a talking point for years.
Audiences and performers alike travel from near and far to our beautiful venue and often comment on the acoustics, the ambience created by the candlelight and the warm welcome they receive. The committee work hard behind the scenes to make these concerts happen and we all feel privileged to hear such high-class music in our village church. Hosting musicians overnight, or providing a supper before a concert one gleans an insight into their very busy lives and schedules. How fortunate we are to welcome them here!
Looking forward, our AGM at 7.30pm on 28th September is once again in King Henry VIII’s presence at the Old House, Parsonage Lane, by kind invitation of Dan Davies and Sally Churchyard. Concerts include Trio Isimsiz, the renowned pianist Steven Osborne, Berlin-based Vision Quartet who play from memory standing up and the flute/piano duo of Adam Walker and James Baillieu. In addition this year we are delighted to be hosting a Young Musicians Platform showcasing some local talented youngsters and providing a welcome return for pianist Weng Soon Tee and violinist Julia Hwang. Both have been studying alongside Martin James Bartlett in London so let’s see ‘where they are now’ – to think it all started here!
Designed by Bev Blackmore, a noticeboard opposite the Victoria Rooms will advertise all our concerts. Tickets will be available on our website www.milvertonconcerts.org through Ticketsource and 40 tickets will be available one month before each concert at The Globe Inn, Milverton, with thanks to Mark and Adele Tarry who continue to offer their delicious pre-concert suppers for those wishing to make an evening of it. Thanks to Hawksmoor Investments, Taunton for continued sponsorship and to all our generous and loyal members.
Please consider becoming a member for, by so-doing, you will help us to continue to be able to bring world-class musicians to our doorstep. I look forward to greeting you again at the start of next season.
Meanwhile, with very best wishes,
Catherine Vincer, Chairman.