Geoffrey Allan Taylor began his varied Third Thursday at Twelve Thirty concert on 21 February with ‘The First Pavan and Galliard’, followed by ‘Will You Walke the Woods soe Wylde’, both by William Byrd and both presaging the New Year and Springtime. The contrast between the pieces showed the change from the wintry, austere days to those more clement and light-hearted.
Purcell’s ‘A New Ground’ and ‘Hornpipe’ followed, the first an intricate piece, delicately played, the second a captivating melody that felt like a Spring dance.
Geoffrey then treated us to a performance of his twelve ‘Nativity’ compositions – images of Advent, Christmastide and celebration resonating through them. Skilfully, the separate elements were conveyed, from the delicate ‘Dove’ to the striking ‘Journey’.
‘Presto’ by Thomas Arne and John Burton’s ‘The Courtship’ and ‘The Chase’ were next in the programme, all showing Geoffrey’s skill and finesse. Three delightful pieces. ‘Salute d’amour’ by Elgar ended the concert. We were privileged to hear all these splendid pieces so beautifully played, reminders of first days of Spring ahead and also of compositions that are ‘firsts’ in their own category. An audience member commented, ‘It was a lively and varied programme. I found the ‘Presto’ very jolly and ‘The Courtship’ reflective and thoughtful’.
Many thanks to Geoffrey for sharing such a wonderful selection with us, to Lesley for arranging the concert and to Gill, Jean and Fiona for serving the – as usual – delicious refreshments.
Words by Andrea Hearne, photos by Richard Hearne