Our concert season runs from September to April with seven concerts per season. Concerts are held at St. Mary’s Primary School in Tickhill and occasionally at the Parish Church. Our popular musical recitals span classical repertoire, jazz, folk and world music, all performed by professional musicians.
Join us on the 9th March for an evening of wild gypsy fiddling, Jewish and Greek Music and hot-blooded tango!
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Review by Adrian Hattrell of our February concert
The viola was long regarded as the Cinderella of string instruments until it was rescued from obscurity by Lionel Tertis (1876 – 1975). The recital given to Tickhill Music Society by the young violist Rosalind Ventris was given the title “Homage to Lionel Tertis” and featured a number of the works which he popularised. Viola soloists are handicapped by having few works written exclusively for their instrument, and Rosalind confessed at the outset that her programme contained a number of pieces stolen from other instruments. The large audience quickly forgave her as she exploited the warm rich tone of her viola (an 18th century English instrument).
The recital started in fine style with a piece by Schumann, written originally for the new-fangled valve horn, but perfectly suited to the viola with its languorous tone and thrilling quaver runs. This was followed by a monumentally challenging Bach fugue for violin, and the first half closed with a performance of Schubert’s Arpeggione sonata. The latter was a form of bowed guitar, which flourished briefly in the 19th century, and nowadays the work is more often played on the cello, but is equally at home on the viola. In this, as in the Schumann, Rosalind was sympathetically accompanied by Richard Uttley on the piano.
After the interval there was a short prelude written by Howard Blake, of “Walking in the Air” fame, and the rest of the evening was given to a performance of a late sonata by Brahms, which he wrote in two versions – one for clarinet and the other for viola. This is a large work in the canon of chamber music, and requires an equal partnership of viola and piano, with the singing tone of the viola supported by the piano.
Once again Tickhill Music Society enjoyed an evening of pure pleasure in the company of two young virtuosi. ... See MoreSee Less
Review by Adrian Hattrell
Sweet singing in the Choir
For its Christmas concert, Tickhill Music Society was entertained by the renowned chamber choir, Abbeydale Singers, from Sheffield. The choir, under its ebullient director, Kevin Haighton, performed a selection of carols ancient and modern, familiar and otherwise. Some of the ancient carols were given an uncompromising modern harmonization, but all were sung with attention to detail and with feeling.
Thus “Silent Night” was re-invigorated by a new arrangement, which took nothing away from the simple appeal of the original. Similar treatment was afforded to such standards as “Deck the Hall”, which at one point was infiltrated by bagpipers, and “the Twelve Days of Christmas”. In case any reader thinks this was a disrespectful way to treat well-loved carols, they can be assured that they were warmly embraced by the enthusiastic audience.
The audience was also introduced to the concept of macaronic text, where the words of the carol are a mixture of English and Latin – a common feature of many carols. How the expression made the journey from cookery to musicology was not explained.
It was also appreciated that the choir mingled with the audience in the interval, to share mince pies and join in the Christmas spirit. For those who feel jaded by the approach of Christmas, this concert was the ideal tonic. ... See MoreSee Less
Review by PM
GELÄCHTER WIND TRIO
Because of late personnel changes, the artists who appeared did not match the photograph on the front of the programme but we still got a varied and interesting programme. The concert began with a well established music form - a Theme and Variations. The 25 year old Mozart gave us twelve variations on the nursery rhyme theme of ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’ originally composed for the piano. When the theme melody is so well known it is easy to see how the variations develop.
The French composer Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) wrote works both light and witty and the Five Pieces included a sprightly, fast movement and some complex textures.
The English composer Gordon Jacob (1895-1984) was a teacher and conductor as well as a composer. His Trio included a perky Allegro and a jolly, bouncy Scherzo.
Elgar’s Chanson du Matin (morning song) was originally written for violin and piano. Our programme notes did not say who had arranged it for Wind Trio.
The final item of the first half was Century Dances (2005) by Cecilia McDowall and illustrated musical styles over the centuries. There was a Ghost Dance minuet, a Mazurka which was rather staccato and not particularly dance-like. In the Tango the bassoon was prominent.
The second half began with some sprightly variations on a duet from Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Georges Auric (1899-1983) was the youngest member of the French group known as Les Six. His Trio in three movements was written in 1938. The first movement was taken at a cracking pace to test the fingering of the players and the second was slow and lyrical.
Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most popular of operas and is full of wonderful tunes. The Suite played here caught the atmosphere nicely. The concert ended with a Gershwin favourite.
Another enjoyable Tickhill Music Society concert! ... See MoreSee Less
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