Friday, 27 May 2011

St. John's Waterloo Festival

St. John's Church, Waterloo, a church that we have used many times both as a venue and as a rehearsal space, is having a Festival to mark the 60th anniversary of the church's re-building after the war. The theme of the festival is War and People and lasts from 7th to 12th July. The programme mixes concerts, art, walks and community events.

Tenor Simon Biazeck and pianist Paul Webster give a lunchtime recital on 8th July with a group of Tippett arrangements of Purcell, Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte and Tippett's Songs for Ariel. A thoughtful and exciting programme. On Sunday 10th there is a festival service with a new commission from Richard Chew.

Another lunchtime concert, on 12th July, features some of Bridge's Tagore settings, lovely songs which deserve to be better known; these are partnered with songs by Henri Duparc and Ivor Novello and the Bridge Cello Sonata. All performed by Paul Turner (piano), Caroline Dearnley(cello), Vivien Munday (soprano).

The art exhibitions include a display of Hans Feibusch's preparatory drawing for his 1951 murals in the church

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