Throughout the spring and early summer, St Andrew’s holds a series of Monday morning coffee concerts. Entry is free but there is always a retiring collection which is shared between the church and a nominated charity.

Concerts start at 11.00am with refreshments available.

Monday 3rd April

In aid of Martha Trust

St Andrew's Deal support Martha TrustWith Bill Kenchington clarinet and Charlie Martin cello I will be performing the wonderful Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op 114 by Johannes Brahms, a piece we have been trying to programme for some time, hampered by all three rarely being on the same continent at the same time.

Always trying to discover worthy compositions that may not have crossed your paths before, we will begin the concert with a tuneful little number, a Nocturno, for the same instruments by Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt, not to be missed.

Charlie is contemplating which cello solo to offer you as a filler between the two trios.

DEAL FESTIVAL

The programme for the Deal Festival of Music and the Arts looks very exciting this year. We have been working on the brochure and it goes to print later this week. Do check the website on http://dealfestival.co.uk.

Within its sixteen days are two Coffee Concerts, details of which are as follows:

Monday 3rd July

Another example of my presenting works to the public that have suffered unworthy neglect, The Cambini Ensemble in a concert billed as Who? Never Heard of Him! will perform the Nonett in F by Franz Lachner.

Unlike Voigt, Lachner does at least get a mention in the Oxford Dictionary of Music, but few of us are likely to be familiar with anything he has penned. Over the last two years some of you will have heard the Cambinis playing nonets by Spohr and Rheinberger, and it is becoming a habit we enjoy.

Following the retirement of John Georgiadis, we are looking forward to introducing you to the talents of our “new” violinist, Floriane Peycelon. By the way Mr Lachner (1803-1890) was a great friend of Franz Schubert; he resigned from his position as Director of Music at the Munich Court Opera after an altercation with Richard Wagner!

Wednesday 12th July

In an audience survey during the 2016 Festival there was a plea for the organ to be featured this year.

Always eager to please, I am delighted that Paul Stubbings is to make a return visit to St Andrew’s. Hailed by Music and Beyond (Ottawa) as “one of the best organists that Britain has to offer”, Paul is fitting us in before jetting off to the USA for a recital series in West Coast Cathedrals.

Previously at St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, he is now Director of Music at the prestigious St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. Paul’s recital is entitled Scherzos and Songs without Words – the Allure of Felix Mendelssohn, with organ music by Saint-Saëns, Pierné, Rheinberger, Alfred Hollins and Mendelssohn.