This is a shorter Tamesis than usual as it comes not long after
the January issue and nobody has felt inspired to write an article
or review, but it does contain more concerts and events than recently.
There are some interesting new courses including all those provided
by Lacock including even one in Mexico. I have put in all the local
concerts I could find outside London, but have not attempted to
include all the London ones as there are so many and London is well
catered for in other publications. Please keep on sending me details,
preferably in a form that can be easily cut and pasted in.
You will find inside a form for our regular Michael Procter weekend
which has moved to a new and probably much warmer venue - St Mary
le Strand. Unfortunately I shall have to miss it this year as I
am playing in a concert, so Neil Edington has taken over the organisation.
The madrigal day with JanJoost van Elburg seemed to go pretty well
and most people, including myself, found he provided some useful
insights, though perhaps some thought it a bit slow going. An exercise
in which we stamped our feet in turn in rotation whilst trying to
maintain a strict tempo showed how important it is to anticipate
the action of producing a sound. Even in such a predictable situation
one could hear discontinuities and the rhythm speeding up and slowing
Linda Hill has spent a lot of time in redesigning the TVEMF web
site and the fruits of her efforts are now available for viewing
on http://www.tvemf.org/tvemfh.htm which will shortly be copied
to our home page. The original pages were thrown together by me
and the difference is startling - many thanks, Linda. There are
some pictures of members who were at the TVEMF 2003 Christmas event
and if any of those featured are unhappy about appearing (anonymously)
on our site then now is the time to inform me. Please do let me
know of any errors or omissions as soon as possible.
The Bach Day on the 28th February is well subscribed but may still
have room for some lower voices. We are familiar with Johan Sebastian
and his sons but it will be very interesting to sample the music
of the earlier Bachs.
Chris Thorn produces some nice spellcheckerese. My favourite is
older, from Tony Baines's and Klaus Wachsmann's translation of the
Hornbostel-Sachs Classification (Galpin Journal 14, 1961): the end-blown
grumpet, an instrument one knows so well. It snarls when you pick
it up in the morning and will seldom do what you want it
to do, and when you compel it to, it bubbles with fury.
Experienced alto would love to join voices with other
interested in going on the Trio Mediaeval Ensemble Singing Week
in Cambridge. They prefer to coach pre-formed groups rather than
voices, so if we can get quorate in time, let's form a group! Please
Helen Dymond on 0208-965-1497 or 07931-905821
Diana Maynard is trying to help a promising young musician,
aged about 30, here on a student visa to further her career and
has sent the following small ad:
Lady with a Dusty Harpsichord?
An experienced harpsichordist with higher degrees from Moscow Conservatoire
would welcome the chance to practise in quiet surroundings. Initial
contact: 01923 822248.
Edward Wickham has sent details of an opportunity to take part
in a performance of The Play of Daniel, led by him and his award-winning
consort The Clerks' Group, at the Newbury Spring Festival on May
9th. A preparatory workshop on the project will take place on May
2nd, again in Newbury, with a full day of rehearsal on the day for
the performance at 6 pm.
This promises to be an exciting an innovatory collaboration which
will also involve local school children. The Play, which tells two
stories from the Book of Daniel - that of Belshazzar's Feast and
Daniel in the Lion's Den - has been translated by Edward Wickham
and the production will combine elements of the medieval and the
contemporary. Participants should be experienced singers and will
need to show a willingness to be involved in both musical and dramatic
aspects of the show. Fee for participation (to cover music and administrative
costs): £5 (payable on the day)
Further details and an application form can be obtained from Marianne
Franklin, Festival Secretary, Newbury Spring Festival, 1Bridge Street,
Newbury RG20 9RD