Archive for May, 2009

Mastermind Workshop in Online Marketing & Social Media Online Marketing Magic II

Attending the Online Marketing Magic 1 event was such an eye opener for understanding the world of social networking. Each presenter offered another insight into this extremely interesting subject, ranging from the enlightened psychological world of Graham Jones, the intricacies of blogging by Mark White, Jo Bryant¹s insight into using puppetry to show the use of avatars, the way social networking has inspired Paul Fawcus and how Tom Evans using his bookwright powers.

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Review of Will Todd’s Te Deum – Saturday 16th May 2009

Vivace Chorus, Will Todd Trio &  Brandenburg Sinfonia – 16th May 

 

On Saturday night at Guildford Cathedral, a full-house was treated to a compelling performance of contemporary vocal music. The ambitious Vivace Chorus commissioned a brand new large-scale work for the occasion – Will Todd’s Te Deum for chorus, children’s choir, soprano soloist and ensemble. The rest of this refreshingly imaginative programme was made up of music by other living composers from America and Britain. While it was good to hear fine performances of some familiar modern classics by John Tavener and John Rutter and to be introduced to works by Morton Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, Todd’s brilliant new piece was the highpoint of the evening.

 

Todd is very much on home territory in writing large-scale vocal works. His Mass in Blue (2003) is much performed and has recently been recorded on Signum Classics to great critical acclaim. Indeed, it was Vivace’s recent performance of the Mass in Blue that led to this commission. From the bold virtuosic timpani writing in the opening bars of the Te Deum it was clear that the audience was in for a treat. Todd’s musical language is drawn from a variety of sources which are integrated into a compelling musical cocktail. If there were echoes of Walton and Britten in one movement, there were traces of Sondheim and Duke Ellington in another. Pupils from Holy Trinity School, Tormead School and Holy Trinity Church Choir joined forces in a touching performance of the 4th movement; a beautiful setting of the Lord is my Shepherd. Elsewhere, soprano Bethany Halliday and saxophonist Paul Fawcus impressed with gripping solo turns. 

 

The Vivace Chorus were excellent throughout the concert, making light work of a challenging programme. Conductor Jeremy Backhouse had the chorus’s undivided attention; his hard work on detail in rehearsals paying dividends in a slick, professional performance. 

 

Vivace’s bold programming transformed this concert into an event. I eagerly await their next commission.

 

© Stephen Goss 17th May 2009


May 19, 2009 at 11:26 2 comments

Ronnie Kole Concert for Thames Hospicecare. 20th June 2009

A fun jazz evening being entertained by Ronnie Kole the number one jazz pianist from New Orleans. Listen and dance throughout the evening.The event starts at 7pm with reception drinks Ronnie Kole is a consummate world class concert pianist. His passion has always been for jazz, especially traditional jazz which developed over decades from the indigenous people living in his home town of New Orleans. He has appeared on TV in the Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, the Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin shows, and performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls including the famous Carnegie Hall in New York. He will be accompanied by well known musicians Andre Messeder on double bass, and Bobby Worth on drums. 

The Savill Court Hotel interior has a supremely elegant setting. The location could hardly be more picturesque, or the building more exceptional.

You’ll arrive via our sweeping tree lined drive, revealing a magnificent Jacobean manor set within 22 acres of manicured tended grounds. There will be a limited number of rooms made available for the night at a special rate. Please enquire on purchase of the tickets.

With over 20 years experience, Thames Hospicecare has been providing palliative care to local families of East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire with life limiting illness. With only 25% financial support from the government, we need to raise 75p in every £1 spent culminating in over 5 million pounds annually needed to maintain this. This would not be possible without support from local individuals, companies and events such as this one.

www.thameshospicecare.org.uk 

Organised by the Presidents Club in aid of Thames Hospicecare. 

For more information please contact 

Julie – 07831 115223

The evening will finish at 12.30am.

Only £35 per person 

(make up a table of 10 with your friends or just come and join us and we will introduce you to some new friends)

To book tickets please phone

Michelle Bowdidge – 01753 848963

Savill Court Hotel, Englefield Green, Egham, TW20 0XN. 

May 14, 2009 at 18:13 1 comment

The final two concerts with Juan Martin – May 20th Nottingham Playhouse and 21st May at the Barbican in London.

The conclusion of this years spring tour from flamenco legend Juan Martin is yet another festival of spectacular music, colour and explosive dance fireworks! As the Aberdeen Press wrote “Nothing could have
prepared us for the
sheer sexual theatre
of this flamenco”

Continue Reading May 12, 2009 at 14:05 3 comments

Grooveshark Widget: Chameleon

I hope you like my own music

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May 11, 2009 at 12:00 2 comments


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