Music for a Mediaeval and Modern Christmas

The Pastime Ensemble with The Stonesfield Players 

Saturday 2nd January at 7.30pm in aid of the Friends of St Peter's.

On Saturday 2nd January 2016 the Friends are hosting a concert at St Peter’s - Music for a Mediaeval & Modern Christmas & New Year. The Pastime Ensemble with The Stonesfield Players will be taking us on a tour through some highways and byways of music written for the Christmas season at both ends of the history of Western music. In previous concerts they have looked at the seasonal music of the Tudor age, and then of the Baroque and Georgian period. Now they close the circle with music from the Middle Ages and from the 20th Century, exploring how, so often, our modern composers have taken their inspiration for Christmas from the texts, forms and imagery of the Mediaeval age.

Using a mixture of modern instruments and copies of instruments, for example the Appalachian mandolin does service for the mediaeval citole, they will give you an impression of music from the Middle Ages. Excitingly the players only get together on the day of the concert, rehearse as a group for the day, then bring to you the joy and fun in this shared effort.

The concert will be performed under the direction of Jeremy White and is dedicated to the very dear memory of Tom Willson, late churchwarden of St Peter's and former member of the ensemble, whose energy and generosity were instrumental in starting this series of concerts in 2005. A retiring collection will be made, all proceeds destined for improvements to the fabric and facilities of the church.

The Friends require help in welcoming the audience, distributing programmes and serving wine, mince pies during the interval ( 7pm to 9.30pm).  We plan to host a lunch for the 35 musicians at a local hostelry but it would be very useful to have a small party of volunteers available to serve tea and coffee throughout the afternoon and lay out ready-made sandwiches and cakes at teatime in the Octagon. If you can help, please contact Robin Farrar. 01727 832621, 07866 445832,



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