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Philomusica in Tewkesbury Abbey
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A Departure - and an Arrival


Our two summer concerts, when we joined in the Shakespeare 400 celebrations with ‘Shakespeare in Song’ were very successful.


At the second of these, on July 2, we bade a regretful farewell to our excellent and long-serving accompanist, Simon Bertram who is relocating to Edinburgh this summer with his family. Simon has been an integral part of Philomusica for so long now that his absence will seem very strange indeed when we reassemble after our summer break. We thank Simon most warmly for his great contribution to Philomusica’s success.


We’ve been very fortunate to find a fine replacement for Simon. Joshua Crunden will join us in September. Joshua is a graduate (BMus and MA) of Birmingham University, specialising in violin and piano. He has had a lot of orchestral experience as a violinist, including membership of the CBSO Youth Orchestra. He’s had conducting experience too and is currently organist and choirmaster at a church near Stroud, the second such appointment he’s held. He lives and works in Gloucestershire and we’re looking forward keenly to welcoming him in September.


Our 50th Anniversary Concert


After the excitement of our 1000th concert in April we shall be preparing for another milestone concert when rehearsals resume in September.


We’re giving our 50th anniversary concert in Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday 19 November.


The programme will comprise British music. The featured composers will include Bob Chilcott, Elgar, Parry and Stanford. We’re also going to sing Awake! Awake! The World is Young by the well-known Worcester-based composer, Ian Venables. We’re delighted that our guest soloist will be the highly-regarded young violinist, Hannah Brooks-Hughes; she’ll play the much-loved The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. It should be quite a night! 

Our Guest Soloist -  Hannah Brooks-Hughes

Twelve year old Hannah began studying violin when she was 4½, and piano a year later. She performed her first violin concerto at the age of 8 with the Glevum Symphony Orchestra, and has already given many solo recitals. A Major Music & Academic Scholar at the Cheltenham Ladies College, she was originally taught violin by Robert Bishop of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She is now under the tuition of Matthew Denton of the ‘Carducci Quartet’ & the international acclaimed soloist Tasmin Little.


By the age of nine Hannah had already passed all of the eight ABRSM Violin exams with distinction, along with five piano exams, and five singing, also with distinctions. Hannah is currently a Leader of the ‘National Children’s Orchestra’, and is three times a recipient of their prestigious ‘Leverhulme Scholarship’. Under the tuition of Sara Harris Hannah was awarded the ABRSM 'Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize' in April 2015 for receiving the highest mark in the country in her Grade 6 piano exam.

Hannah was a semi-finalist at the Gregynog Young Musician 2016 Competition, competing alongside category winners & finalists of the BBC Young Musician Competition. She also became the youngest ever winner of the Two Moors International Festival 'Young Musician Competition’ in 2014.


Hannah is in great demand as a soloist and returned to the Two Moors Festival late last year becoming the events youngest ever soloist, performing in a festival which featured such stars as Sarah Connolly, Imogen Cooper, and Alina Ibragimova. In October 2015 Hannah performed a Vivaldi Concerto alongside Nicola Benedetti at the Birmingham Symphony Hall when Nicola invited a small ensemble to perform with her, asking Hannah to play the solo part to a capacity audience. At the end of 2015 Hannah also appear at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham in a Rotary Club ‘Last Night of the Proms’ event where she performed Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’ from the ‘Four Seasons’.


Hannah plays a 1760 violin by the Mantua master luthier Tommaso Balestrieri which is generously loaned to her by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins of London. She is also generously supported by Avonside Group Services & Brimpsfield Music Society.


The 50th Anniversary Poster
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Come and join us


If you’re interested in joining Philomusica Linda would be very keen to hear from you - especially if you’re a bass. As she says: “There are no auditions. Instead we have a trial period of a month which gives new recruits the chance to see if they like the Philomusica experience: almost without exception they do.”


For more information call Linda on 01684 850426 or email her at conductor@philomusica.org.uk 


We have weekly rehearsals in Worcester and Gloucester – members attend whichever one is most convenient for them on a weekly basis.


Worcester rehearsals are at Bromyard Road Methodist Church, St. John’s, Worcester, WR2 5DL on Thursday evenings at 19.30.


Gloucester rehearsals take place at The Milestone School, Longford Lane, Gloucester GL2 9EU on Friday evenings at 19.30


The Elgar Society Certificate of Merit


We were thrilled and greatly honoured when a few months ago we were informed that the Elgar Society had awarded us their Certificate of Merit in recognition of our longstanding commitment to Elgar’s music. The Certificate was presented to us formally at our 1000th concert at which, happily, we’d already decided to feature Elgar’s music.


Click on the Elgar Society medal to see other people and organisations honoured by the Society 

Linda & John
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