After a successful concert at Gloucester Cathedral for the premier of my suite for soprano saxophone and church organ – ‘In Remembrance’, I am now doing some more performances which you maybe interested in coming to….
Thursday 1st November 2018 at Holy Trinity Church, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS9 3EQ as part of a Concert ‘Such Sweet Sorrow’ – Songs and Music of Farewell. This concert is part of ‘The Great Big Kidney Thank You’ – celebrating and giving thanks for 50 years of lifesaving and life-giving kidney transplants at Southmead Hospital. Tickets: £12 (£8 concs). For more info, please contact Clive Hook Tel: 07768 222282 or email email@example.com
Saturday 10th November 2018 at Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton, near Stroud, Glos GL6 9BW. This is an informal lunchtime concert from 1- 1.30pm as part of several events during the Remembrance Weekend and I will be accompanied on the organ by Julian Elloway. Free entry.
Saturday 8th December 2018 at St. Laurence Church, Stroud, Glos. GL5 1AP. This is an informal lunchtime concert from 12 noon – 12.30pm as part of several events ‘amongst the trees’ during the Stroud Community Christmas Tree Festival and I will be accompanied on the organ by Christopher Boodle. Free entry.
Tuesday 12th February 2019 at Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol. This is a lunchtime recital from 1.15 – 2pm where I will be performing ‘In Remembrance’ plus a few other pieces, accompanied on the organ by Julian Elloway. Free entry.
Here is a taster:
In Remembrance – A Suite for Soprano Saxophone & Church Organ
This music is essentially about loss and remembrance – it could be a lost love, brother, sister, close relative or indeed loss in conflict.
As well as being a professional musician, I also work as a civil funeral celebrant and this suite brings together both areas of my work. The inspiration has been not just my own experiences of grief and loss, but also the many families I have met and worked with over the years, the services we have put together and the different stages of bereavement experienced by them.
The five movements are as follows:
The death of someone close to us immediately brings us feelings of sadness, pain, shock, chaos and disbelief.
2. Divine Spirit
In this movement, I am trying to create the essence and pureness of a person’s spirit and although it is sad they are no longer a visible part of our lives, as the piece moves into a major key, there is joy in their spirit being set free from pain and suffering.
A time of sad reflection and isolation when you realise the true magnitude of loss and the focus is on memories of times gone past.
4. We Will Remember Them
In this movement, we are thankful in the knowledge that by remembering them, those we have lost will always be a part of us.
At the end of this movement is the poem, followed by The Last Post which has always been a part of Remembrance Services everywhere and during my brass band days many years ago, I played it many times on my cornet, always feeling the poignancy and seeing how it moved people.
5. Peace & Light
Now is a time of acceptance and hope – let us not despise death, but be well content with it, since it is one of the things that nature wills – being young and growing old, bearing children and reaching maturity, experiencing the seasons of the world and the seasons of the heart, so also is the end of life.