Musical Medley: gigs and what’s happening in the Doncaster music scene in July

Two other recitals were given this month on the largest example of the Schulze organ (1862) in the magnificent setting of Doncaster Minster.

Friday, July 8 – David Pryce (Pattaya)

Friday July 22 – Elli-Mae McGlone (Birmingham Conservatory)

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Doncaster Concert Band.

1:10 p.m. free admission with collection collection

Audiences enjoyed June’s organ recitals at Doncaster Minster given by American Justin Brueggeman (June 10) – who introduced a soft tune by black American composer Florence Price to contrast Bach and English composers Frank Bridge and Elgar – and Newark organist Michael Dutton (June 24), who also offered Bach alongside English composers Percy Whitlock, Bairstow and Simon Preston.

These recitals are a valuable contribution to the music of Doncaster and a wonderful way to spend an hour in the fabulous surroundings of Doncaster Minster.

Sprotbrough Music Society

Michael Gibson (tenor) and Michael Davies (piano)

Scottish tenor Michael Gibson is a graduate of the Royal College of Music Opera Studio, having studied with Janis Kelly.

Previously he studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Peter Alexander Gordon.

Michael has appeared in opera, oratorio and solo song cycles. Michael Davies is also a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and received an honors degree in 2009.

He was awarded the highest prize for performance at the Welsh National Eisteddfod and the winner of the International Moray Piano Competition. In this concert, prepare to hear Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams as well as arrangements of folksongs by him and Benjamin Britten.

St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Sprotbrough, DN5 7RH

Tickets available at the door – £15

What an absolutely fantastic and lively evening the last concert (June 16) turned out to be! The program had to be drastically changed at extremely short notice as one of the original artists, Huw Wiggins (saxophone), was sick with Covid. However, pianist John Lenehan presented his own musical entertainment The Roaring Twenties which was a treat for the audience many of whom remarked “it was an altogether different evening”.

The Roaring Twenties took audiences on a journey through the decade, highlighting the many technological advances that changed lives and bringing a host of famous personalities to the cinema – Henry Ford, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Albert Einstein, Harry Houdini , Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh as well as famous movie stars – Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Clara Bow, Rudolph Valentino, Greta Garbo, Harold Lloyd and even Mickey Mouse! The music included hit songs by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin (including a full performance of Rhapsody in Blue), vaudeville and improvisation!

John’s performance was superb and illustrated what a versatile musician he is. Fascinating and huge fun!

Calling all former members of the Beechfield Youth Orchestra (within the last 10 years or so)!

Mr Tonkin and Miss Pinder have worked together for the Doncaster Music Service for over ten years or so and have enjoyed putting the students through their paces during this time, particularly as directors of the Beechfield Youth Orchestra!

Highlights include performances of Brahms’ 2nd Symphony, Schubert’s 9th Symphony and Sibelius’ 3rd Symphony. They both believe passionately in students experiencing the highest quality of Classical/Romantic era music and have been extremely proud of all of their students over the years.

Sadly all good things must come to an end and Miss Pinder and Mr. Tonkin will be leaving the orchestra at the end of the summer term but plan to come out with a bang at their last concert inviting former members to bring their instruments. and join the last piece: Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op.43 (Prometheus Overture).

All musical parts can be downloaded from IMSLP, and Miss Pinder and Mr. Tonkin ask that you copy them and bring with you what you need – trombone music will be provided the same day. Please also bring a music stand if possible (but don’t worry if you don’t) and don’t worry if you haven’t played your instrument for a while. It will be just great to see as many of you as possible, a very relaxed atmosphere is planned.

Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m. – Hill House School, DN9 3GG

Doncaster Concert Band – AT THE CINEMA

As always, the Doncaster Concert Band were in top form for their ‘At the Movies’ concert (June 9). A wide range of music was performed, from the march of “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines” to the latest James Bond theme, “No Time to Die”. A particular highlight with the audience was a richly orchestrated selection from the Phantom of the Opera, with an exquisite cor anglais solo by Owen Smith.

Saxophone soloist Chris Gillott led the band through a jazz rendition of “The Writing’s on the Wall” that really showed the band’s colors at their best in an impressive performance. A truly magnificent event which was greatly appreciated by the public and the players.

Corina C. Butler