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COVID-19 [21 March 2020]
It is with great regret, but entirely necessary, that all our face-to-face Music For All @ SMSG events are suspended for the foreseeable future.
Thank you for your support in the past and we look forward to seeing you all when it is safe to gather again.
We wish all our performers, audiences and volunteers well.
The following events are due to go ahead:
'A Little Night Music'
A series of online videos which will be published regularly on the SMSG Willis organ YouTube Channel. We are delighted that local musician Joe Laredo had the idea for a series of night time inspired music videos featuring his piano playing. Joe has played in several concerts in St Mary & St Giles Church in the past few years, including the memorable and highly entertaining Happy 175th birthday Edvard Grieg, Mud, Mud, glorious mud tribute to Flanders & Swann and Plenty ‘o Nuttin’ in the 1930s. All through 2020 Joe was planning a concert in St Mary & St Giles church for the 250th Birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven on 17 December 2020, involving several musicians, however sadly the concert had to be cancelled due to the pandemic restrictions.
Joe explains the inspiration for ‘A little night music’: “Winter is a time of long nights ... and night has always been an inspiration for composers ... which gave me the idea for this series of informal performances of piano pieces connected with night time."
Joe Laredo plays Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata which features photos of the music and Joe Laredo at the piano, St Mary & St Giles Church at night, the moon and Lake Lucerne at dusk or night.
Joe Laredo plays Oliver Drechsel's 'Dreaming of E' inspired by Beethoven's famous ‘Für Elise’ and features paintings of Beethoven as a young man and some of the musical young women Beethoven knew at the time.
Joe Laredo plays Robert Schumann's 'Wiegenliedchen' which features Schumann, his children and paintings or pictures of babies around the world in their cradles.
Joe Laredo plays 'Moonrise' and 'Silent Hills' from 'The Hills of Fairyland' by Dorothy Pilling and features pictures of the moon, fairies and shepherds with sheep on the hills at night time.
Joe Laredo plays 'Berceuse' by Burgmüller which features paintings of babies and children being soothed to sleep, a child playing the piano and the only online picture of Burgmüller.
Joe Laredo plays 'Am Abend' and 'Notturno' by Hofmann which features two pictures of Bad Tabarz, an evening sky, paintings of a quiet evening at home and Joe Laredo's cats for Am Abend while Notturno features photos of nocturnal animals and the only online picture we could find of Hofmann.
Joe Laredo plays 'Jimbo's Lullaby' (1908) by Debussy which features a variety of pictures of elephants including Joe's model elephant, vintage and more recent toy elephants plus photos of Claude and Emma Debussy and their daughter Chou-Chou.
Joe Laredo plays 'Star Dust' by Elena Cobb (2016) which features stars and constellations in the night sky, including the stars over Stonehenge, the Milky Way above modern scientific observatories around the world, an amateur photograph of the Southern Cross and a picture of the composer Elena Cobb.
This series is being presented without charge but if you enjoy it and feel able to donate towards the maintenance of the Stony Stratford Willis Pipe Organ please use this link https://cutt.ly/SMSG-Willis-organ-maintenance. Your donation is very much appreciated.
YouTube videos of Jonathan Kingston playing newly recorded organ recitals on the Stony Stratford Willis organ and on his home organ.
Jonathan Kingston plays an informal concert on the Viscount Envoy digital organ from his home.
The second video is scheduled to go live on 28 February on the YouTube channel.
Jonathan Kingston plays the following programme on the Willis organ:
Chanson de Matin - Elgar
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