Young musicians of St Giles Jubilee concert on 5 June 2022 raised £3,840 for the new organ

The concert on Sunday, 5 June, at 12:00 to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee raised £3,840 for the new organ. It will feature some of the church’s young musicians. It featured some of our young musicians and there was high standard of performance. It was a lovely occasion, as was remarked by several members of the congregation.

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Midsummer Music – 25 June 2022

Project 900 concert – Midsummer Music: an eclectic and varied concert of music performed by some of the ‘back row’ musicians of St Giles’ will take place on Saturday 25th June at 7.00pm. Refreshments will be served, and tickets available on the door (including card payments). Please do come and enjoy a midsummer evening of music with us, in support of Project 900.

Midsummer music from St Giles’

25th June 2022, 7.00pm

Accompanists: Peter Ward Jones and Nicholas Prozzillo

John Pusey (tower captain of St Giles’), Sara Jones, Joe Norton, Lindsay Powell

Plain Bob Triples

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Jonathan Mitchell (baritone)

Welcome

Silent Noon – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Linden Lea – Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Patrick Tan (counter-tenor), John Buckley (tenor) and Mike Geary (bass)

Mannerly Margery Milk and Ale – William Cornysh

En l’ombre d’un buissonnet – Josquin Desprez

Pastime with Good Company – Henry VIII

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John Pusey (tower captain of St Giles’), Sara Jones, Joe Norton, Lindsay Powell

Kent Treble Bob Major

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John Buckley (tenor)

A Chloris – Reynaldo Hahn

Vaga luna que inargenti – Vincenzo Bellini

Annabel Lee – Henry Leslie

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Freddy Chelsom (baritone)

Danza, danza, fanciulla – Francesco Durante

An die Musik – Franz Schubert

Au bord de l’eau – Gabriel Fauré


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Georgia Russell – Viola: Sunday 29 May raised £300 for new organ fund

The programme was:

  • Enescu – Konzertstuck for viola and piano
  • Hindemith – Sonata for viola and piano op. 11 no. 4
  • Purcell – Chacony in G minor
  • Kenji Bunch – The 3 Gs
  • Mark Russell – For Lise

Georgia’s Russell’s programme was wide-ranging, technically demanding and very exciting. The Kenji Bunch was like a Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page guitar solo. The Purcell Chaconny was dramatic and mournful, the Enescu a typical virtuosic showpiece and the Hindemith lean and sinuous with incredible musical line. Mark Russell wrote ‘For Lise’ when his sister died in 2015 – it’s haunting, like an unanswered question.

Retiring collection was in aid of the Project 900 St Giles Organ Appeal

Georgia Russell

Trio Amici raises £470 for Project 900

Beethoven Piano Trio C minor op.1 no.3
Mendelssohn Piano Trio D minor op. 49

Trio Amici is an exciting and energetic group formed by three successful professional musicians from various branches of the musical world, whose paths have now converged in the Oxford area. Their individual expertise and experience, combined with their passion and enjoyment for performing chamber music, is establishing their prestigious reputation with local audiences. Performing an eclectic repertoire, spanning the Classicism of Beethoven and Schubert, the Romanticism of Brahms and Mendelssohn, through to the French Impressionism of Debussy and Ravel with a dash of tango!

The concert raised funds for the new organ at St Giles’ Church by supporting the Project 900 appeal

Pergolesi Stabat Mater: Palm Sunday

Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater’ will be performed at St Giles’ church on Sunday 10 April at 6:30pm.

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Composed by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi in 1736 in the final weeks of Pergolesi’s life. It is scored for soprano and alto soloists, violin I and II, viola and basso continuo (cello and organ).

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The work was composed for a Neapolitan confraternity, the Confraternita dei Cavalieri di San Luigi di Palazzo and is one of Pergolesi’s most celebrated sacred works, achieving great popularity after the composer’s death.

Piano Recital: Ida Pelliccioli on 26 February 2022 raises ≈ £500 for Project 900

Sibelius, Brahms, Busoni, Janacek, Rachmaninov: Ida Pelliccioli, Piano

“Introspections”

Bio:

Ida Pelliccioli was born in Bergamo, Italy. She studied at the Nice Conservatoire de Région and at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where she was awarded scholarships from the Zygmunt Zaleski Foundation and Fondation Albert Roussel. She received a double diploma in interpretation and pedagogy from the École.

Ida has performed throughout Europe and Canada. During the 2021/22 Season, she will make her debut in Serbia, Luxembourg, Ireland and Romania.

She has also appeared on screen, playing the role of a pianist, for the American TV Series “Find me in Paris” – Season 1 and 2 (2017/2018) and the French series “Munch” (2018).

From January 2022, she will start to collaborate with the Berlin-Tokyo Quartet, performing a quintet programme with them.

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Programme Notes

In the Six Impromptus (1890-93) we find reminiscences of Sibelius’s journey to collect traditional runes in Karelia. Kantele (traditional Finnish and Karelian plucked string instrument) influences and dance tunes from eastern Finland and Karelia can be observed in the pieces. In this connection it is well to remember that Sibelius could play the kantele and that his performances have actually been documented. The opening, Impromptu no. 1 in G minor (Moderato). is an unaffected and melodious opening piece. Its theme has been regarded as “the musical symbol of Finland, Sibelius’s native country”.

With Brahms’ Chorale Prelude we have an example of late compositional work. Written for organ in 1896, the 11 Chorale Preludes Op. 122 were published posthumously. They are based on verses of Lutheran chorales. Number 10, based on the “passion” chorale, expresses the depths of the emotions implied by the text: “My heart is ever yearning for blessed death’s release”. The Preludes are a revealing document of Brahms’ thoughts on his own life. One biographer, Niemann, points out that most of the Preludes are: “A retrospect and an epilogue, a salutation to youth and its ideals, and a farewell to this world which is, after all, so fair”. Sombre as many of the Preludes are, they yet have a warm, autumnal quality that is all Brahms’ own.

In May 1909, a few months before the death of his mother, Busoni had lost his father. In his memory the son created an original work, poised and noble in tone, out of three organ pieces by Bach: Busoni’s way of thanking his father for an early introduction to the music of a composer he had been championing for years. The Fantasia after J S Bach (by ‘Bach- Busoni’, as the composer is identified on the cover page) is the first of his works that can be called a Nachdichtung—a work resulting from such a free transcription or adaptation of a model that it becomes original and independent in its own right.

Janácek revealed a very private and sensitive side of his musical personality when he composed In the Mists, a collection of four pieces for solo piano. Written in the winter of 1912-1913, the work came four years after the composer’s much longer collection, On an Overgrown Path. In the Mists has a feeling of introspection about it, as it were an entry in the composer’s musical “journal”; it lives up to its name by maintaining an air of distance, as if
the piano were at times lost in a bank of clouds.

The five pieces that constitute Rachmaninov’s Morceaux de fantaisie, are not intended to be played as a group, and they represent a step forward toward Rachmaninov’s mature style. The Elégie in E flat minor is an epic and tragic work, with sweeping melodies, an imposing climax, and a fine melancholic atmosphere.

Big Band Jazz raises £1,000

Thanks to OUJO and ICBB for incredible concert!

A blockbuster performance by the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra and the Imperial College Big Band has resulted in £1,000 being raised for Project 900.

OUJO played our last Jazz at St Giles’ gig of series 8 at St Giles’ Church with the University of Durham Big Band before the pandemic lockdown in January 2020 and for everyone who came, it was the most memorable night imaginable. Their second visit on 29 January didn’t disappoint! Because of COVID, a few members of each band were able to join the other to plug a few gaps, including the drummer and pianist who played in both the sets with each band in turn.

Profits will be allocated to our Project 900 fundraising appeal. Every little helps!

‘Much too Much’ Elizabeth Latham, (vocal), Will Pearce (Trumpet).
‘Somewhere’ Singer: Elizabeth Latham Arr. Callum Au, Piano: Harry Ashworth

Full Concert here:

Imperial College Big Band
Oxford University Jazz Orchestra

If you have enjoyed these clips, please consider making a donation to Project 900 to support our development of music training at St Giles’ Church.

Nicholas Prozzillo celebrates 10 years as St Giles’ Choir Director

The cheque is presented

Earlier this month, the singers, friends and supporters of St Giles’ choirs  interrupted their Friday evening’s rehearsal to celebrate the tenth anniversary of our Choir Director‘s joining St Giles’ and beginning his transformational work. In addition to some personalized tokens of our esteem (not least a psalm composed in his honour), Dr Prozzillo’s well-wishers raised £1,525 to sponsor an organ pipe in honour of this momentous milestone.

The choir sings a specially worded psalm

As befits Nicholas’ musical tastes, the church’s organist, Andrew Patterson, purchased five pipes with this money: a G, representing our Patron Saint Giles; and then B♭, A, C and B♮, which, in German musical notation, spells out ‘BACH’. A fitting tribute – we look forward to seeing and hearing what the next ten years will bring!