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From The Isle of Wight County Press Friday 9th March 2013 by Martha Leigh.
MARCIA Hadjimarkos’s soncert was one of a series hosted in the Jacobean splendour of Wolverton Manor by Mark and Jane Patterson in aid of Leukaemia Research.
The concert room is the ideal setting with its elm floor, huge stone fireplace and old portraits on the walls creating an atmosphere both historical and intimate in a perfect acoustic.
The concert for solo clavichord was the first of its kind at Wolverton. This early keyboard instrument was widely used until the middle of the 19th century and was a favourite of many composers, including J. S. Bach and C. P. E. Bach.
It is a little known fact Mozart composed The Magic Flute at the clavichord.
The instrument for the concert (a copv of the orisinal built in 1796) is beautiful to be-hold for its elegance
and fine craftsmanship, entirely made of different woods, such as oak, spruce, ebony, pear, lime, Pine and walnut.
The maker, Huw Saunders. gave a brief introduction to the clavichord. It is a quiet instrument but it is
remarkable how versatile it is and how it fills the room when the listener ‘tunes in’, making for a very intense experience.
Marcia Hadjimarkos is a highly accomplished clavichord and piano player. originally from the USA and now living in Burgundy.
The programme was delightfully varied, ranging from modern pieces by Chick Corea and John Cage to J.S. Bach. C. P. E. Bach and Mozart.
Marcia engagingly introduced each piece to the audience before opening our ears to the full expressive range
of the instrument and the exquisite nuances of her performance. The Bach Partita in E minor (a transcription of the partita for solo violin) made it sound like a lute or guitar. while the Mozart and C. P. E. Bach pieces displayed the music’s dramatic contrast and colours to the full.
It was obvious from the silence and concentration in the room the audience was delighted – and transported.
Wednesday 7th November 2012
Ian Henry (piano) a superb Jazz musician and Danny Moss Jnr (bass) are to perform their annual Jazz concert in aid of Leukaemia Research. Ian has dominated the Jazz scene all over the world and Danny is the son of the great tenor saxophonist Danny Moss. He now lives in Australia and comes to Wolverton every year since old habits die hard!
Sophie Till (violin) & Muriel Phillips (piano)
Saturday 3rd November 2012
This was a splendid concert by Michaael Jones who played wonderfully and introduced the works with knowledge and humour. The newest and quite unknown composer whom I found quite remarkable was William Beaton Moonie but Michael pointed out that I had pirated a note in the programme written by Dr David Wright. I an very sorry at this failure of attribution since it was so valuable in getting to grips with a new and quite unexpected composer. I am very happy to add this recognition and even more excited by the offer by Dr Wright of copies of Moonie’s music and a CD for which I am very grateful and thank Dr Wright for his kind foregivness.
Copyright note: COPYRIGHT David C F Wright, DMus 2007
The Garden Fair this year is on Saturday SEPTEMBER 1st and Sunday SEPTEMBER 2nd. The gates open at 10.00 and close at 17.00 with entrance £6.00 for adults and children under 12 are free. The emphasis is on the visiting nurseries alongside the wonderful Island nurseries with all the associated activities of a genuine Fair with every sort of entertainment for every sort of person! There as always a strong Tudor tradition of music, dancing and lifestyle provided by the re-enactment players which gives a wonderful backdrop to a perfect location. All this is in aid of the local charity AGE UK dedicated to supporting the older members of the community and supported by volunteers who give their time and effort without limit. We look forward to seeing you here
Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Isle of Wight County Press shop and on-line for a discounted price of £4.00
August 4th at 19.30 Michael Jones will perform a concert of piano and organ music by British composers of the 20th Century.