Sunday 8th January 6pm


THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH Directed by Adrian Boynton

The lovely season of Epiphany commemorates the revelation of Christ to the
world, symbolised in the story of the Magi, with beautiful readings, both from the
Bible and other sources and fine musical settings by Bach, Handel, Howells and
Leighton we celebrate this special time.

Freewill offering

Monday 9th January 7.30pm

MUSICAL MILESTONES: 80th Anniversary Special

MAURICE RAVEL (i) Early Years

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

Ravel is frequently classified alongside Debussy, yet the differences between these
two contemporaries are more striking than the similarities. Ravel shows more
respect for classical forms than Debussy, and in contrast to the latter’s ‘veiled
impressionism’, often demonstrates exceptional clarity in his scoring and
structures. Tonight we hear the great piano and chamber works of the early years
- ‘Jeux d’eau’, ‘Miroirs’, ‘Gaspard de La Nuit’, String Quartet and ‘Introduction and
Allegro’ - outstanding orchestral works - ‘Scheherazade’ and ‘Rhapsodie
Espagnole’ and the operative masterpiece ‘L’Heure Espagnole’.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door

Wednesday 18th January 7.30pm


RACHMANINOV: Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op 3 / 10 Preludes, Op 23
CHOPIN: 3 Etudes, Op 10
Ballade No 1 in G min, Op 23 / Ballade No 2 in F, Op 38
Ballade No 3 in Ab, Op 47 / Ballade No 4 in F minor, Op 52

Audiences are swept up in the sensitivity, intensity and passion of his playing that
takes them on a journey from the most tender and intimate perceptions to the
dramatic peaks of life’s greatest moments.
” [Daryl Hardman]

Graduate of Moscow Conservatoire and prizewinner in the Viotto International
Competition in Italy, Ardakov has developed into an exceptional recitalist of
versatility and musical integrity. He has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra and made many appearances on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He is an
outstanding interpreter of romantic repertory, and tonight’s recital of
Rachmaninov and Chopin will display his at his very best, including a rare
opportunity to experience the complete set of Chopin’s Ballades in the same
Admission £10 (conc £9.50, child £1) by programme at the door

Saturday 21st January 11.30am


BRAHMS: Piano Pieces, Op 118
FINZI: A Young Man’s Exhortation, Op 14
BLUMENFIELD: Etude for the left hand in A flat, Op 36
SCHUMANN: Dichterleibe

Stephen Brown studied at Trinity College London and at the Benjamin Britten
International Opera School at the Royal College of Music. His career has led to
major roles with the UK’s leading companies, including English Touring Opera,
Carl Rosa and D’Oyly Carte. He has become a much appreciated soloist in major
concerts here at the City Church most recently in Elijah, Samson and as the
Evangelist in Bach’s Passions. Stephen joins Adrian Boynton in the young Finzi’s
masterly setting of ten poems of Thomas Hardy and arguably Schumann’s
greatest song cycle. The recital also features fine romantic repertoire from
outstanding local pianist John Fisher, who recently featured on BBC Radio 3.
Admission £8 (conc £7.50, child £1) by programme at the door

Thursday 26th January 7.30pm


J.S. BACH: (i) Great Cantatas and other Church Music

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

In the first of six illustrated talks covering all aspects of the composer’s legacy,
Adrian Boynton surveys the Cantatas (of which there are over 200) and other
Church music, contrasting the works which Bach produced during his early years
at Weimar with the mature works of the Leipzig period. This is glorious
repertoire, containing some of Bach’s most beautiful and least-known music.
Admission £5 (student £1) at the door

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