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Summer of Music 2017 at St Columba’s, Pont Street

This year we will have 3 musical concerts for 3 Sundays in July.

Sunday 2nd July 2017 – Tom Bell and Richard Braiser – Organ Duo Concert

1.15p.m.      Main Church

Tom is the artistic director of the London Organ Day and Organist and Choir Master at St Michael’s, Chester Square. Richard until recently has been the organ tutor at Sevenoaks School. He has just been appointed to the Academic Board at Royal College of Organists where he teaches group masterclasses and individual lessons.

Tom and Richard are now an established Organ Duo. Their repertoire includes original compositions, arrangements, and specially commissioned works. In 2017 they will launch a new outreach scheme in the DeMontfort Hall, Leicester, aimed at introducing more young people to the organ. A DVD recording is planned for 2018.

Programme for the 2nd July;

Carrillon de Westminster by Louis Verne

Carnival of the Animals extracts – Camille Saint-Saens





Urizen – Martin Bussey

Carnival of the Animal extract – Camille Saint-Saens





Le Jardin Suspendu – Jehan Alain

Fugue in c minor BWV – J.S. Bach/Edward Elgar (arr. Tom Bell)

Sunday 9th July 2017 – Hilary Cronin –  Soprano Recital  

1.15p.m.      Upper Hall

London based soprano Hilary Cronin is in demand as a soloist and ensemble singer. Recent engagements include Haydn’s Nelson Mass at Cranleigh School and Bach St John’s Passion at St Martin-in-the-Fields where she is a St Martin’s Voices Fellow, as well as Handel’s Messiah at the Bristol Old Vic with the Erebus Ensemble and Harry Bicket and The English Concert. Hilary currently sings at St Bartholomew the Great and is an alumna of Genesis Sixteen. Hilary has sung with groups including Eo Nomine, Renaissance, Illuminare, Siglo de Oro, Erebus and Britten Sinfonia Voices. Hilary covered the roles of Minerva in Monteverdi’s Ulysses’ Homecoming and Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto in English Touring Opera’s 2016 Autumn Season.

Hilary trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she studied with Teresa Cahill and was a Robinson Hearn and Trinity London Scholar in addition to being the Dame Susan Morden Choral Scholar at the ORNC Chapel. Prior to this, Hilary read Music at Royal Holloway University of London where she received the Drivers Prize for Excellence in Performance and the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary and was a soloist for Hyperion recordings and live BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts with The Choir of Royal Holloway.

Hilary’s recital will feature English Song and works by Handel and Mozart.

Sunday 16th July 2017 – Duo Dispason: Stuart McGowan and John Maw – Mandolin and Mandola Concert

1.15p.m.      Upper Hall

Stuart McGowan and John Maw formed “Duo Diapason”, a mandolin and mandola duo, when they met during meetings of the Plucked Ensemble Masterclass, coached by the distinguished mandolinist, Travis Finch. Stuart and John have performed together in the London Mandolin Ensemble and the London Mandolin Quartet and ‘Duo Diapason’ has given several independent recitals in the London area. Tom Newell, a distinguished mandolinist and    violinist who studied under Alison Stephens at Trinity, coaches ‘Duo Diapason’.

Stuart has had a long career teaching guitar at North London Collegiate School and City of London Boy’s School. He has performed with The London Guitar Orchestra, with Gilbert Biberian’s New Omega Players and he has published numerous arrangements of music for the various ensembles with which he has worked.

John studied viola with Max Gilbert and chamber music with Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music, before a career that including making bows for stringed instruments. Currently, John is a professional photographer and photography lecturer.



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