Simon Dorrell, from Way of the Wilderness Lent 2014


Bach and Beyond

Wednesday 17th July 7.30pm

This concert is in memory of poet Edward Storey, chairman of Friends of St Michael’s and neighbour of the church.

Ruth Watson and David Ponsford gave many concerts in the early years in aid of the restoration of our beautiful church. They return once again with David’s daughter-in-law, the soprano Alison Hill, to give a concert including the arias of J.S.Bach for soprano and oboe, songs by Purcell and Handel, and a Telemann Oboe Sonata.

To reflect Edward’s love of the English poets there is a setting of William Blake songs for oboe and soprano by Vaughan Williams. The music will be interspersed with readings of poems by John Clare and Edward himself, including extracts from Edward’s Discoed Tapestry for narrator and oboe with music by Trevor Hold. There will also be a few of Edward's favourite poems read by Angela Storey and local actor Paul Fields (Paul Clarke).

Alison Hill started singing as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and graduated from Trinity College Cambridge. She has sung and recorded with a number of ensembles including the Monteverdi Choir and the Sixteen.

Dr David Ponsford is one of the country’s leading harpsichordists and organists as well as an authority on French Baroque organ music which he has performed and recorded extensively. He taught at Cardiff and Bristol Universities and has published several books and articles on performance practice.

Oboist Ruth Watson has played for many of the country’s leading orchestras and chamber groups and lives locally where she is part of a thriving musical community.

Tickets £12 from Courtyard Antiques in Presteigne and David Hiam 01547 560246.

Supported by Noson Allen Night Out