Village Quiz Evening – Saturday 8 March
As we held the Quiz a little earlier this year I am pleased to say that the event was very well attended. After a hard fought competition, many congratulations to the winners – Clueless Association. A big thank you to the Highballs Team who set the questions this year and for everybody who supported this event. We look forward to seeing you all next year.
Village Fete – Saturday 5 July at 2pm at Sotwell House
Once again we are grateful to David and Jennie Dobbin for allowing us to use their lovely garden. Please book 5 July in your diaries, and ensure all holiday plans are changed. Look out for more details about the event and the schedule and entry forms for the Flower and Produce Show in the next edition of The Villager.
James Davys, Chairman
Claire Booth’s Song Recital in St.Agatha’s
The vicar promised a treat to a packed St. Agatha’s as he introduced the operatic soprano Claire Booth and her accompanist Christopher Glynn on Saturday 15 February, and we were not disappointed. Claire had prepared an appropriate selection of love songs for the St. Valentine’s week-end, her programme including:
Robert Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben
Hugo Wolf Moricke Lieder
Richard Strauss Two Lieder
W.A. Mozart Concert Aria ‘Ch’io mi scordi te’
Donizetti - from Don Pasquale Quel guardo il cavelliere
Percy Grainger Five Folksongs
Encore - Francis Poulenc Le chemin de l’amour
Claire introduced each section with explanatory comments regarding the womenfolk for whom the songs were written. She sang in the original languages and, for the German songs, the programme notes included helpful translations. Claire’s powerful voice projection and dramatic expression displayed the music’s remarkable ability to reveal the emotions contained in the words. Christopher Glynn expertly accompanied her brilliant singing. Never before can the church have hosted such exciting music-making and the evening’s impact will be long remembered.
Without the recent gift of the grand piano from Leon Cobb, in memory of his wife Evelyn, the concert would not have been possible. Leon was thanked as were Claire and Christopher for their generosity - church funds will have benefited to the tune of over £2,700.
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