We enjoyed our latest rehearsal last night, including some movements from Faure's Bergamasque and some old favourites.
An opportunity here to mention that the M...acmillan coffee 'morning' raised £80 and the October concert £486, including the proceeds of a raffle, most of which will benefit the Royal British Legion.
This is a brief programme of music. David Pugh will expand on this during the performance. We'll let the excellent Double-Take Barbershop Quartet sing their own choice of songs in their inimitable, very professional manner.
28th September is our second rehearsal in our Autumn Term. We're starting early and finishing late again, but will feel virtuous scoffing our cakes in an early version of the Macmillan Coffee Morning!
See the poster advertising our concert and a brief programme below!
Knuston Hall, 2017
Most of Peregrine and a few guests spent the recent Bank Holiday weekend indulging in our favourite musical pastime. We split into groups, wh...ich explains the absence of several of our players in the photo. Jan Theedom conducted the session pictured; Glynne Parry and Colin Fish did the honours elsewhere, including a singing session and some 'early reeds'. Ian Farquhar conducted a group of us in three pieces, including the fourth movement of Bizet's Symphony in C, arranged by himself. Wonderful! Another of his own pieces, The Seasons, was played, but time ran out, so we didn't manage The Winter. I mustn't fail to mention another memorable activity - consuming Knuston's excellent food!
Eight members of Peregrine were invited to play today at Moggerhanger Park, in the grand Georgian house itself, at the top of the famous cantilevered staircase,... under the oculus. We're told that the sound wafted right down the building and that the people visiting the Christmas Craft Fair were duly impressed. A small collection was made for the benefit of Sue Ryder's St John's Hospice.
The 3rd Movement of "The Voyage" by Ian Farquhar is called "The Chase", recalling the cruise ship Saga Sapphire manoeuvring into the best position to observe th...e 2015 total eclipse of the sun. You may catch the photograph in the background projection, of the Diamond Ring, the highlight of this solar phenomenon. This was intended to be in synchronization with the 'chaotic' section of this movement as the music mimics the coruscating appearance of the corona. (Who needs corny tinkling bells, anyway?)
Our "Bells and Whistles" concert held on Sat. 14th November was a great success. we were joined by the Biddenham handbell ringers. Hence the title! This was Ian's last concert as conductor of the orchestra. 3 founder members of the group presented him with a splendid card designed by one of the players to wish him well in his retirement. He will continue to compose and we hope he will get back to his painting again. thanks to all who made Saturday's concert such a success.