Lunchtime Recitals in the Minster

7th August 2018 
Caroline Buddery reports


Flegg High Ormiston Academy Music Scholars Delight with their Recital Presentation

Great Yarmouth Minster is one of the few churches in the country to hold a recital each week throughout the summer. Presented by the talented Music Scholars of Flegg High Ormiston Academy. the recent recital should perhaps have been entitled The Art of Presentation for there is no doubt that the Scholars, revealing so much burgeoning talent, were a big attraction. The Rector, Rev Canon Simon Ward, welcomed everyone, especially the students with their Head of Music, Fiona Sexton
The Scholars each spoke in such an interesting manner about their chosen piece of music. The potential and commitment each scholar showed was awesome. The students played a wide range of instruments and one young lady, a chorister of the Minster, sang a solo. It would be invidious to single out individuals for praise for all are so gifted and have so much potential. Piano accompaniment was given by Fiona Sexton or Martyn Marshall, organist of the Minster. Jane Freeman warmly thanked the Scholars. All wish the students every possible success and great happiness in their future careers



Extremely Beautiful Recital

presented by
Jo Westway and Karen Smith

Britten's ravishing composition 'O Waly Waly' opened the recital given by Jo Westaway (soprano) and Karen Smith (piano)
Jo Westaway who possesses a crystalline pure voice with clear enunciation gave a performance of exquisite beauty. In songs so touching that they almost break your heart , as Amarilli Mi Bella, she sang with sweetness and sincerity. Schubert's Du Bist Die Ruh which is imbued with tranquility she sang in impeccable German while Orff's In Trutina from Carmina Burana provided some contrast in mood. The composer Ian Kenneth Hytch was among the audience to hear two of his works Set Me as a Seal and Discoveries given a lovely interpretation
Karen Smith gave an extremely sensitive accompaniment, her piano notes clothed in restful shades of deep indigo and violet as in her solo of The Seal Lullaby. Karen also gave a delicious rendition of George Gershwin's I Got Rhythm which she delivered multo con brio
Martyn Marshall, organist of the Minster, warmly thanked Jo and KarenGORLESTON COMMUNITY CHOIR


Lunchtime Recitals For August


The Recitals take place in the Minster each week from 12.30pm to 1.15pm

Light refreshments will be available in the coffee area. Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the organ fund.
1st August            Bryony Roper and Rachel Salton piano and violin

8th August            Martyn Marshall Organ

15th August          The Harrison Family

22nd August          Martyn Marshall Organ

29th August            Helen Pye and Elizabeth Stacey piano duets

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