Concerts

Friday 10 April, 7.30 pm

Andrew Broome (clarinet). Admission: FREE (retiring collection)

Photo: Angela Shanley. Click here for more.

Howard Ferguson:  Four Short Pieces20150410_200448

W.A. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto (2nd movement)

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E flat (1st movement)

Leonard Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata (1st movement)

I was born in Romford, London, and at the age of five I moved up to Newcastle, where my family is from. I consider myself a Geordie regardless of being born elsewhere! I began my musical career in 2004 under the coaching of Malcolm Moore, whom I had until 2011. I then had Jennifer Murray, who taught me for two and a half years and thus fulfilling my aim and dream of being accepted into the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester. My teacher now, at the RNCM, is Chris Swann. I am extremely grateful to him and to all my teachers I have had in my life so far. My aim is to play music, and maybe someday be in a professional orchestra or perhaps play solo music. My hobbies tend to be reading books on composers from the 19th Century, playing football and supporting the great Newcastle United. But I also love walking, especially on Tynemouth beach; it is one of the things I miss about Newcastle. I am in my first year at the RNCM, and it is such an amazing experience this far!

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Our first two concerts were a great success: David Ritson’s No Greater Love, on Tuesday 10th March, and Carl Bahoshy on Friday 13th – standing room only in the Winter Chapel and we raised over £700 for Iraqi Christians in Need. We were especially honoured to have members of the local Iraqi Christian community with us. Click here for more photos.

2015 marks the beginning of the St. Dominic’s Concerts. This has been occasioned by Catherine White’s generous donation of her late husband Raymond WIMG_2086hite’s piano. An iron overstrung Branston upright, with a rich and powerful tone, and built between 1904 and 1910, it’s one of an only about 200 Branstons in Britain. Michael O’Hare recently restored the elegant piano stool. Our piano resides in the Winter Chapel, where weekday Masses, Sunday coffee and our film evenings also take place.

This is in addition to our church organ. Our listed IMG_20803-manual Willis pipe organ of 1883 (right)  is currently out of use pending repairs, for which we’re seeking donations. Currently we are using a 2-manual Allen Digital (below), which accompanies the congregation and choir at 10 am Sunday Mass, and has also been used for performances by Eliot Smith Dance Company.IMG_2079

Concerts

Tuesday 10 March, 7 pm: NO GREATER LOVE THAN THIS

David Ritson (voice/guitar)144

We are delighted by a recent surprise offer by singer/guitarist David Ritson to come and perform his moving meditation on the Passion of Christ. David’s songs, inspired by the writings of Luisa Piccarreta, will be real music for Lent, a journey through the reality of suffering into the gift of new life.

Friday 13 March, 7 pm: Carl Bahoshy (piano and organ). Admission: FREE (retiring collection)

Carl Bahoshy 2Carl’s concert will combine both piano and organ. And in the tradition of the Dominican Friars who have run St. Dominic’s since its opening in 1873, the concert is also a work for peace and justice, as it’s a fundraiser for Iraqi Christians and other minorities persecuted and displaced by the ISIS terrorists.

Born in Britain of Iraqi parents, Carl Bahoshy (Dip. ABRSM), organist of St. Elizabeth’s, Richmond, Surrey, will be playing works by Beethoven, Chopin, Messiaen, Schubert and Vierne. The retiring collection will be for Iraqi Christians In Need (ICIN), a UK-registered charity founded in 2007 that provides direct financial relief to displaced refugee families under the care of the Catholic Chaldean, Syriac and Orthodox churches in Erbil, northern Iraq. Current economic needs include the procurement of emergency medical aid and long-term shelter in the form of family caravans with all aid channelled through Bishops of the churches.

Watch this space for further concerts!

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