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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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