St John's Yeovil hosted the ninth concert in the "Wind & Wave" series sponsored by the Somerset Organists’ & Choirmasters’ Association (SOCA) in aid of Somerset flood relief.
St John's resident organist Ray Willis was joined by musicians from Bruton School for Girls (BSG), where he also teaches, in a richly varied programme juxtaposing organ music with a number of glorious works for cello, as well as songs from three popular musicals, before joining organ, cello and voices together in Franck's Panis Angelicus. Matt Dury, Director of Music at BSG, accompanied the vocal items on electronic keyboard.
The programme was as follows: J S Bach Toccata & Fugue in D minor; J S Bach Prelude from Suite No 1 in G for unaccompanied cello; Georg Golterman La Foi, Opus 95 No 1; Feed the birds (Mary Poppins) sung by Eva Cowlishaw; Healey Willan Three Chorale Preludes: Quam Pastores (Jesu good above all other), Song 13 (Dearest Jesu, we are here), Vulpius (Good Christians all rejoice and sing); I'd give my life for you (Miss Saigon) sung by Flora McLaren; Camille Saint-Saëns Allegro Appassionato, Opus 43; Saint-Saëns The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals); Pietro Yon Toccatina "L'organo primitivo"; I know him so well (Chess) sung by Monique Sang & Julia Robbins; Tchaikovsky Barcarole (June from "The Seasons"); Gabriel Fauré Elégie, Opus 24; César Franck Panis Angelicus Born in 1996 in the city of Poznań, western Poland, not far from Berlin, Małgorzata (Maggie) Kasprzak began learning the cello when she was seven. Her mother, a violinist, said: “There are so many pianists, and you’re too lazy to stand when practising violin, so cello is the best choice for you!”
After 7 months with Dorota Hajzer's class she won 2nd place at the National Cello Competition in Bydgoszcz, being the youngest participating pupil. In 2005 she won 1st prize at the International Cello Competition in Vysny Kubin, Slovakia. This was followed by 1st prize at the International Cello Competition in Liezen, Austria, playing La Foi by Golterman.
Maggie attended masterclasses with the renowned cellist Kazimierz Michalik in Poland before studying with Tomasz Lisiecki, Professor at the Music Academy in Poznań. She now holds a British Alumni Society scholarship to study in the UK, and is at present studying cello with the internationally acclaimed Venezuelan cellist Arturo Serna. Maggie enjoys the sense of fulfilment gained from studying cello and the sciences in the supportive environment which Bruton School for Girls provides.
One member of the audience commented afterwards: "What a super concert, a real privilege, treat and joy to be present, and very interesting to hear about the organ as well. I had no idea it had nearly 2,000 pipes – amazing! And the combination of Ray on the organ, Maggie with her cello and the excellent songs from the others made for a memorable and beautifully balanced evening. Panis Angelicus with organ, cello and voices brought the concert to a perfect end! Thank you."
Donations amounted to £272.55, bringing the total raised so far by the “Wind & Wave” series of concerts and recitals to £1,765.13.