Latest News – For the Classical Music Lovers

Latest News  – For the Classical Music Lovers

The Nairobi Musical Society are putting together a series of concerts and we hope you can join them:

1.       Nairobi Orchestra Concert- This will be held on the 12th and 13th of November at Braeside School – please note that this not be held at the usual venue of Braeburn.

Nbi Orch poster Nov 2016The programme includes two concertos; one for bassoon and one for violin. The latter is performed by Ye Seul Lee, winner of the Senior category of the Young Musicians Competition 2016 edition. They will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Here are a few notes about the piece:

The work was premiered with Beethoven himself conducting in Vienna on 8 December 1813 at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau. In Beethoven’s address to the participants, the motives are openly named: “We are moved by nothing but pure patriotism and the joyful sacrifice of our powers for those who have sacrificed so much for us.”The orchestra was led by Beethoven’s friend Ignaz Schuppanzigh and included some of the finest musicians of the day: violinist Louis Spohr, composers Johann Nepomuk HummelGiacomo Meyerbeer and Antonio Salieri, bassoonist Anton Romberg, and the Italian double bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti, whom Beethoven described as playing “with great fire and expressive power”. The Italian guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani played cello at the premiere. The piece was very well received, and the second movement, the Allegretto, had to be encored immediately. Spohr made particular mention of Beethoven’s antics on the rostrum (“as a sforzando occurred, he tore his arms with a great vehemence asunder … at the entrance of a forte he jumped in the air”), and the concert was repeated due to its immense success.

2.       Oboe Recital on Sunday 30th October at 2.30pm at Kenton College.

poster Liz Knott

This is the second in the series of the NMS recitals for this season. Liz Knott  (Oboe)who has played with the Nairobi Orchestra several times over the last two years will be appearing accompanied by James Laight (Piano). The Concert will feature the Brandenburg Concerto NO. 2. Other instrumentalists are featured in the concert which will be a good way to pass the Sunday afternoon.

Please see poster for more details.

3.  Organ Recital –  on Thursday 17thNovember at St Francis. Karen at 6.30pm
organ recital
Dr Richard Godfrey is retired Consultant Physician and specialist in lung disease, who still teaches for the World Health Organisation. From 1990-93 he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Moi University, Eldoret. Richard studied the organ with a number of teachers, including Robert Munns, Margaret Phillips and Anne Marsden Thomas. He gained the ARCO in 1976, and won the RCO’s Percy Whitlock prize for organ teaching in 1999. In retirement he now devotes increasing time to teaching the organ and is a Tutor for the UK Royal College of Organists Academy. He is coordinator of the Salisbury Diocesan PipeUp Scheme,which provides subsidised organ tuition for young people.  He is musical advisor to the Lyme Regis Organ School, and Organ Consultant to the Diocese of Salisbury. Richard gives regular concerts and has performed in Salisbury Cathedral, Nairobi Cathedral and Sherborne Abbey. Richard enjoys making and repairing instruments, and in 2005 completed the 25-stop organ at All Saint’s Church, Farley, near Salisbury. Music includes works by Bach, Elgar and Schumann.