******* The CBSO Baroque Players will grace Acocks Green with their enchanting music again – this Wednesday – 7.30pm , St Marys Church, Warwick Rd.  Free Entry, collection at end. Refreshments, everyone welcome *****************************

See below the write up of last year’s concert.

Another exceptional Swansong at Acocks Green Village Library, on the evening of Wednesday 30th June, when over 50 Folk enjoyed the music from the CBSO Baroque Players.

Rachel Latham- flute, Julia Beisswanger, Kelly McCusker- violins, Jackie Tyler-cello, Martin Perkins- harpsichord. They are part of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which brings live music out to the communities, called CBSO On The Road and which is supported by generous funding from Mitchells and Butlers Ltd.

The players were thought sensitive to the various pieces and the spirit of the time and composition.  Particularly evident from the violin exchanges in the “Sanguineus et Melancholicus” in C minor.

Fredrick II (1712-1786), the title of the concert (See Portrait) was the son of Frederick William I, who was born in Berlin and as an adult studied music and literature, and himself wrote and composed music.  He was an enlightened absolute monarch, who favoured the French Language, and studied art and music. He had built a French Rocco Palace, `San Souci` near Berlin.

“From the Court of Frederick the Great”
Johann Gottlieb Janitsch (1708-1763) : Sonata da Camera in B flat, Op 3 (c1760)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) : Harpsichord Sonata in B flat
Sonata: “Sanguineus et Melancholicus” in C minor (1749)
Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773) : Sonata per il Flauto Traverso solo in B flat (c1743)
Carl Heinrich Graun (1704-1759) : Adagio in D minor for harpsichord
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach : Trio Sonata in C Wq.147 (1747)

The next Swansong concert is arranged for Wednesday 21st July 1900hrs at Acocks Green Library, with Stella Sims (mezzo-soprano) singing Romantic songs from Russia and elsewhere.  Costs and expenses supported by audience donations.”

Local music-lovers took the opportunity to attend the October Swansong concert at Acocks Green Library, on Wednesday 12th at 7.30pm. The concert was attended by approximately 50 folk to enjoy a performance by The Linnaeus Baroque Ensemble, which featured Linnea Markgren, soprano, Lucia Capellaro, baroque cello, and Sara Wilander, harpsichord, all dressed in contemporary costumes.

The Linnaeus Baroque Ensemble performing at Acocks Green Library

With two members of the trio originating from Sweden, the excellent performance of the Baroque period included works by the Swedish composers H.P. Johnson, W.De Fesch and J.H.Roman, as well as the English compositions by G.F. Handel and H.Purcell.

The professional rendition by both harpsichord and cello, was superbly complimented by the exquisite singing, in Swedish, Italian and English, all word perfect with no reliance on the musical score or song sheet.

This performance appeared to have been enjoyed equally by the audience and performers and, with a delightful encore, we look forward to their return visit.

The next Swansong musical evening is on 23rd November at 7.30pm and features the CBSO Players, whose performance will include Arensky’s Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov’s string sextet. Tickets are free and available from the library

Local people were able to attend a most enjoyable concert at Acocks Green Library on 12th November, under the title of “Swansong” which is a regular theme throughout the season.  These are organised through the library and commence at 7.30pm, with entry by free ticket which is available from the library, but with an opportunity to make a personal donation at the end of the programme.
The November event was an evening with Alan Cuckston (harpsichord) and Martyn Shaw (baroque flute).


There where six musical pieces which included Suite no 3 in G (Pieces pour la Flute, 1715) by Jacques-Martin Hotteterre, le Romain:  Suite no 7 in G minor for Harpsichord (1720) George Frideric Handel:  Sonata no 2 in G for Flute and Harpsichord Arcangelo Corelli, Sonata in E minor (HWV 379) for Flute and Harpsichord George Frideric Handel: Three Sonatas for Harpsichord  by Domenico Scarlatti  (K 490-492) and finally Sonata in D for Flute and Harpsichord op. 5 no 4 Jean-Baptiste Loeillet de Gant

Both musicians gave a marvellous performance of this Baroque music and a good rendition of this period music.

Alan Cuckson`s Harpsichord was built in 1981 by John Rooks of Ticknall, Derbyshire.  It is based on an original of 1638 by the Flemish maker Andreas Ruckers, now in the Edinburgh University Collection.


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