Pinner Music Festival 2017

Pinner Parish Church

6, 7, 8, 9, 10 June at 7:45pm
8th June at 1:00pm



Thoughts on this year's festival.

Pinner Music Festival 2017 comprised a wonderful series of concerts that have had audiences buzzing – at the time and since. We are most grateful to the many people who made this week such an all-round success and raised money for our Charity of the Year, Mind in Harrow. Now we are looking forward to a very exciting PMF 2018!

After an opening seminar to introduce some of the main works in the Festival, the week was book-ended, as usual, by two tremendous choral concerts. On Tuesday, the Pinner Parish Church Choir were on fine form in a concert of diverse English choral music from Purcell to Rutter, directed by Michael Turvey, with Martin Singleton playing the often-prominent organ parts. Several choir members sang solos, showing the strengths within the choir, and the ensemble singing was excellent, finishing with a terrific rendering of Parry’s ‘I was glad’. We also had two superb solo performances – with Organ Scholar, Paul Greally impressing with a substantial work by Stanford, and James Rich delighting us with a Marimba piece, ‘Yellow after Rain’, which matched the changing weather outside!

On Wednesday, the all-female Bones Apart Trombone Quartet put smiles on the faces of a very full audience with virtuoso performances of a diverse and well-crafted programme. From the opening Toccata by Monteverdi, through Beethoven, Bizet, Gershwin, and more, to Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite, we had a delightful evening, with the works nicely introduced by members of the group. Dan Jenkins’ work ‘Señoras’, commissioned by ‘Bones’, a brilliant confection of Spanish themes, was a delight, perfectly concocted for and delivered by this outstanding ensemble.

The Thursday lunchtime concert was of lovely string quartets by Haydn and Schubert, played by the excellent locally-based Balena Quartet, whose sensitivity and skill brought these glorious and elegant works to life for a very good audience.

On Thursday evening, tenor James Gilchrist with Anna Tilbrook gave a truly stunning recital of English song and German Lieder, with extraordinary focus and intensity. There were many highlights, from the opening Purcell songs to the beautiful and heart-felt Liederkreis by Schumann to poems by Heine, with Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel (poems by Robert Louis Stevenson) given a fresh, distinctive interpretation in this version for tenor voice.

Friday’s concert by Piano Duo Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins gave us a wonderful excursion through some of the finest works written for this medium, contrasting the elegance of Mozart and Clementi, the colours of Dvorak and Debussy, and the wit and good nature of Constant Lambert and Stephen Dodgson. But, for many, the tour-de-force was Schubert’s Fantasie, which was performed with all its drama and shifting moods by these exceptional performers, whose complementarity and integration were ideal.

The final, sell-out event was David Gould conducting the Festival Choir & Orchestra with five brilliant soloists (Rachel Ambrose Evans, Caroline Halls, Julian Stocker, James Robinson & Giles Clayton) in Mozart’s Ave Verum and his Vespers (K339), and in Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, and extracts from his Vespers of 1610. The audience response attested to the success of all concerned in this impressive programme.

PMF 2018 will run between 4th and 9th June, 2018. We already have some exceptional events planned, so make sure that festival week is marked in your diaries!

With very many thanks and best wishes,

AJP Signature

Professor Anthony J Pinching

Director, Pinner Music Festival


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