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Newsletter - Autumn 2018

Dear Music Makers and friends, 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Peter Croser, Honorary President of Lancaster music makers. Peter was a great friend to Lancaster music makers, a source of encouragement and inspiration to those of us struggling with piano technique and interpretation, and, through his recitals for us in Lancaster, a source of great enjoyment. Our first concert of the Autumn will be dedicated to Peter's memory, and our musicians have been invited to play music they worked on with him, or which recall Peter in other ways. (Picture: Peter Croser (right) with Oliver Nelson and Rosemary Brown.)

Once again autumn is upon us and with that comes the start of our 2018-19 programme. Between now and Christmas, in addition to our usual Music Makers concerts, there will be a performance by our pianists at the Ashton Hall in Lancaster, to raise money toward the restoration of their 19th Century Steinway grand piano, and a return visit by Emily Robinson and Alex Phillips to play Schubert's `Wintereisse'.

Pianists in the local area should note the formation of a new piano group for the Morecambe Bay area. Its next meeting is on September 29th. Please see the `contacts and links' page for further details.

Ashton Hall Lunchtime Concert - Wednesday 17th October at 12.30pm. 
The Lancaster music makers will present a programme of piano music at a fund raising concert in aid of restoration of the Ashton Hall's 19th century Steinway grand piano. The programme includes excerpts from Grieg's Holberg Suite, and other compositions by Bach, Chopin, Turina and Billy Mayerl. Admission is free but donations toward the restoration fund are welcome.

First Music Makers Concert - Friday 19th October at 7.45pm
The first Music Makers concert after the Summer break will be dedicated to the memory of Peter Croser, Lancaster Music Makers' long-serving and very supportive Honorary President (pictured left).  The piano contributions include several Chopin Nocturnes, Schubert's Impromptu in A flat, D899 No. 4, Sacro-Monte by Turina, and Debussy's Reflets dans L'eau. The instrumental repertoire is represented by Daniel Purcell's Sonata in F for piano and flute. There are also songs by Vaughan Willams, Richard Strauss, Lehar, Bizet, Loewe, Puccini, Faure and Brahms. As usual we have an impressive array of fine music and, we hope, a fitting tribute to Peter's memory.       

Recital by Emily Robinson (soprano) and Alex Phillips (piano) - Friday 16th November at 7.30pm

We look forward to a return visit by Emily Robinson and Alex Phillips who will give a complete performance of Schubert's song cycle `Winterreise'.

Second Music Makers Concert - Friday 30th November at 7.45pm
Tonight's concert begins with four of Ralph Vaughan William's Songs of Travel.  These are followed by songs by Reynaldo Hahn,  some songs in the style of Jazz and Blues, and piano music by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Granados and Richard Addinsell. The programme ends with the remaining Songs of Travel.

Music Makers Christmas Party - 7th December
... at 69 Farmdale Road. Please let Rosemary know if you plan to come!

Looking Ahead: 
There will be another Lakeland composers concert on March 1st 2019.

                     Happy music-making,
                                                                    Yours sincerely,

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