Town Mayor's concert brings popular chamber music to St Peter's Church

Written by Tony Millett on .

Quintet rehearsing 'The Trout' at St Peter's Church: L to R Karen Sancto (violin), Shelley Morgan (piano), Charles Brookes standing in for Rowena Overend (viola), John Burgess (double bass) & Rob Napier (cello)Quintet rehearsing 'The Trout' at St Peter's Church: L to R Karen Sancto (violin), Shelley Morgan (piano), Charles Brookes standing in for Rowena Overend (viola), John Burgess (double bass) & Rob Napier (cello)Members of the Marlborough Concert Orchestra have come together to form three chamber groups to perform three popular pieces for the Mayor's charity concert at St Peter's Church on Friday, September 23 at 8pm.  

This novel approach to music in St Peter's will see members forming two quintets and a quartet.  The Orchestra usually plays together and they have a routine of rehearsals and concerts through the year.  

But they have broken into their schedule and volunteered to rehearse in these groups for the Mayor's Concert.

The programme's three pieces are Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, Saint-Saëns' Caprice for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano, and Schubert's Trout Quintet.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's clarinet quintet has become one of his most popular chamber works.  It was written at the time he was composing the opera Cosi fan tutte and has much of the same warmth and mellowness as the opera.  

Camille Saint-Saëns' Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs was written after his visits to Russia and Denmark as a concert pianist  - he dedicated it to the Tsarina, who before her marriage was a Danish Princess.  However, the composer did not use genuine folk tunes or 'airs', but made up his own to reflect his views of the two nations' musical culture.

Franz Schubert's Trout Quintet is one of his most popular and enduring pieces.  He wrote it when he was 22 years-old - though it was not published until ten years later - a year after his death.  Its only direct connection to the fish is that the fourth movement is based on one of Schubert's earlier songs 'Die Forelle' - or The Trout.

The Town Mayor, Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton, has chosen the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Swift Medics as the charities for his year of office.   

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance have been providing a vital service since 1990.  Their helicopter can reach any part of the county within eleven minutes.  Swift medics equips and trains volunteer doctors in Wiltshire, Swindon and Bristol to attend serious and significant incidents and accidents for the area ambulance service.

Tickets - at £10 each - can be bought at the White Horse Bookshop and Sound Knowledge - and will be available at the door.

The Marlborough Concert Orchestra's next concert is on Saturday, 3 December 2016 at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church, Marlborough.  The programme will include the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor with soloists Irene Enzlin and Verena Chen.  

The talent of Irene Enzlin - now an established cellist on the European concert circuit - was discovered when she was fourteen by the MCO's then conductor Christopher Irby and his wife.  You can read the full story here.

The Orchestra's website has more infvormation about the December concert and tickets for it.