Here’s the latest letter to Friends of St Mewan Sinfonia.     If you would like to become a Friend, email us by clicking on this link.
14th February 2017 Dear Friend, It’s   with   great   pleasure   that   I   write   to   you   again   as   Secretary   to   the   Friends   of   St   Mewan   Sinfonia.      2016   seems   like   a   distant   memory   now   and   a   year   when the   unexpected   happened!      However,   one   thing   did   remain   constant   and   that   was   St   Mewan   Sinfonia’s   continued   commitment   to   making   first   class   music   in Cornwall.   Nigel   Wicken,   our   musical   director   introduced   new   ideas   about   performance   and   repertoire   when   he   was   appointed   3   years   ago.      In   2016   we performed   three   differing   repertoires   at   concerts   in   spring,   summer   and   winter   –   not   quite   the   “Four   Seasons!.   This   continues   to   work   well   with   performers enjoying the challenges of mastering new music and audiences having more opportunities to hear the orchestra playing a variety of music at more venues. Highlights   of   2016   included   our   concerts   of   English   music   which   we   performed   at   Kenwyn,   Mylor   and   St   Winnow   Churches.   These   beautiful   venues   played host   to   evenings   filled   with   music   by   Frank   Bridge,   Holst   and   Purcell.   We   also   were   very   proud   to   perform   the   World   premiere   of   a   piece   by   Pippa Drummond,   a   composer   living   in   Penzance.   We   were   thrilled   to   be   able   to   collaborate   with   Pippa   on   her   fascinating   piece   and   her   input   at   rehearsals   was very   rewarding   with   Pippa   being   able   to   guide   us   and   influence   our   interpretation   of   her   score.   Pippa   not   only   composed   the   music   but   played   the   “tubes”, which   we   rather   ingeniously   rigged   up   on   one   of   our   violinist’s   clothes   rails!   St   Mewan   also   boasts   its   home   grown   talent   and   the   program   also   included music   by   Stephen   Brown,   long-standing   cellist   in   the   Ensemble   and   a   piece   by   Zeb   Strudwick.   Zeb   went   off   to   university   in   September   2016   to   study   music. However,   you   may   take   the   boy   away   from   St   Mewan,   but   it’s   hard   to   take   St   Mewan   out   of   the   boy   and   we   were   absolutely   delighted   to   be   joined   by   Zeb   at our   first   rehearsal   of   2017   when   we   played   through   a   new   piece   he   has   composed   for   the   orchestra.   We   are   looking   forward   to   performing   this   in   our spring 2017 repertoire. Zeb’s talent is obvious and we only hope that when he is a famous composer and performer he will remember us back in Cornwall! As   always   our   2016   program   of   music   was   very   varied-   from   contemporary   to   romantic   and   of   course   a   fair   smattering   of   Baroque,   as   you   would   expect with   a   musical   director   who   is   so   passionate   about   this   period   of   music   as   Nigel   is   and   what   better   way   to   round   off   2016   and   to   kick   start   Christmas   than playing   Handel’s   Messiah?   That’s   exactly   what   St   Mewan   Sinfonia   did   on   19th   December   2016   when   we   had   the   pleasure   of   accompanying   the   Duchy Singers   at   St   Mary’s   Church,   Penzance.      We   return   to   St   Mary’s   on   Friday   19th   May   when   we   will   accompany   Penzance   Choral   Society   in   their   performance of Mendelsohn’s Elijah.  Further   concerts   in   our   spring   series   will   take   place   on   Thursday   23rd   March   at   St   Mary’s   Church   Penzance   and   Saturday   25th   March   at   St   John’s   Church, Truro.   We   will   be   performing   music   by   Nielsen,   Handel   and   Finzi’s   Clarinet   concerto   with   the   outstanding   local   clarinet   player,   Patrick   Saunders,   taking   the solo   part.   On   Saturday   22nd   April   we   will   be   accompanying         Newquay   Choral   Society   for   Faure’s   Requiem   and   the   Sunrise   Mass   at   St   Michael’s   Church, Newquay.      Our   summer   program   will   take   place   on   Sunday   25th   June   at   Mylor   (Harbour)   Church   and   Sunday   2nd   July   at   St   Winnow.   Why   not   find   out   more details   about   these   concerts   by   either   “liking”   our   Facebook   page   and   also   visiting   our   new   website,   which   our   very   talented   cellist/composer/   website   guru, Stephen   Brown   has   very   kindly   set   up   for   us.   Thank   you   Stephen!      The   site   is;   www.stmewansinfonia.org.uk   but   you   can   easily   search   it   by   entering   “st mewan sinfonia” in your chosen search engine. Finally,   I   would   like   to   say   a   massive   thank   you   on   behalf   of   the   orchestra   for   your   continued   support.   Any   help   you   can   give   us   financially   is   very   much appreciated,   especially   in   this   time   when   hiring   music   is   becoming   almost   prohibitively   expensive.   It   is   also   great   to   know   that   we   have   your   support   behind us-   even   if   you   can’t   make   it   to   our   concerts.   Knowing   that   we   have   a   body   of   people   who   believe   and   support   grass   roots   music   making   in   Cornwall   is invaluable.   It   would   be   great   to   see   you   at   one   (or   more)   of   our   concerts   and   please   do   come   to   speak   to   us   to   share   your   experiences   and   thoughts   on   our repertoire and performance or to just say “hello”.
   Don’t forget - if you would like to become a Friend, email us by clicking on this link.
Here’s the latest letter to Friends of St Mewan Sinfonia.  If you would like to become a Friend, email us by clicking on this link.
14th February 2017 Dear Friend, It’s    with    great    pleasure    that    I    write    to    you    again    as Secretary    to    the    Friends    of    St    Mewan    Sinfonia.        2016 seems   like   a   distant   memory   now   and   a   year   when   the unexpected   happened!      However,   one   thing   did   remain constant    and    that    was    St    Mewan    Sinfonia’s    continued commitment   to   making   first   class   music   in   Cornwall.   Nigel Wicken,   our   musical   director   introduced   new   ideas   about performance   and   repertoire   when   he   was   appointed   3 years     ago.          In     2016     we     performed     three     differing repertoires   at   concerts   in   spring,   summer   and   winter   not   quite   the   “Four   Seasons!.   This   continues   to   work   well with    performers    enjoying    the    challenges    of    mastering new   music   and   audiences   having   more   opportunities   to hear    the    orchestra    playing    a    variety    of    music    at    more venues. Highlights   of   2016   included   our   concerts   of   English   music which   we   performed   at   Kenwyn,   Mylor   and   St   Winnow Churches.   These   beautiful   venues   played   host   to   evenings filled   with   music   by   Frank   Bridge,   Holst   and   Purcell.   We also   were   very   proud   to   perform   the   World   premiere   of   a piece     by     Pippa     Drummond,     a     composer     living     in Penzance.   We   were   thrilled   to   be   able   to   collaborate   with Pippa   on   her   fascinating   piece   and   her   input   at   rehearsals was   very   rewarding   with   Pippa   being   able   to   guide   us   and influence   our   interpretation   of   her   score.   Pippa   not   only composed   the   music   but   played   the   “tubes”,   which   we rather    ingeniously    rigged    up    on    one    of    our    violinist’s clothes   rails!   St   Mewan   also   boasts   its   home   grown   talent and   the   program   also   included   music   by   Stephen   Brown, long-standing   cellist   in   the   Ensemble   and   a   piece   by   Zeb Strudwick.   Zeb   went   off   to   university   in   September   2016 to    study    music.    However,    you    may    take    the    boy    away from   St   Mewan,   but   it’s   hard   to   take   St   Mewan   out   of   the boy   and   we   were   absolutely   delighted   to   be   joined   by   Zeb at   our   first   rehearsal   of   2017   when   we   played   through   a new   piece   he   has   composed   for   the   orchestra.   We   are looking    forward    to    performing    this    in    our    spring    2017 repertoire.   Zeb’s   talent   is   obvious   and   we   only   hope   that when   he   is   a   famous   composer   and   performer   he   will remember us back in Cornwall! As   always   our   2016   program   of   music   was   very   varied- from    contemporary    to    romantic    and    of    course    a    fair smattering    of    Baroque,    as    you    would    expect    with    a musical   director   who   is   so   passionate   about   this   period   of music   as   Nigel   is   and   what   better   way   to   round   off   2016 and     to     kick     start     Christmas     than     playing     Handel’s Messiah?   That’s   exactly   what   St   Mewan   Sinfonia   did   on 19th    December    2016    when    we    had    the    pleasure    of accompanying    the    Duchy    Singers    at    St    Mary’s    Church, Penzance.      We   return   to   St   Mary’s   on   Friday   19th   May when   we   will   accompany   Penzance   Choral   Society   in   their performance of Mendelsohn’s Elijah.  Further   concerts   in   our   spring   series   will   take   place   on Thursday   23rd   March   at   St   Mary’s   Church   Penzance   and Saturday   25th   March   at   St   John’s   Church,   Truro.   We   will   be performing   music   by   Nielsen,   Handel   and   Finzi’s   Clarinet concerto   with   the   outstanding   local   clarinet   player,   Patrick Saunders,   taking   the   solo   part.   On   Saturday   22nd   April   we will    be    accompanying            Newquay    Choral    Society    for Faure’s    Requiem    and    the    Sunrise    Mass    at    St    Michael’s Church,   Newquay.      Our   summer   program   will   take   place on    Sunday    25th    June    at    Mylor    (Harbour)    Church    and Sunday   2nd   July   at   St   Winnow.   Why   not   find   out   more details     about     these     concerts     by     either     “liking”     our Facebook   page   and   also   visiting   our   new   website,   which our   very   talented   cellist/composer/   website   guru,   Stephen Brown   has   very   kindly   set   up   for   us.   Thank   you   Stephen!     The    site    is;    www.stmewansinfonia.org.uk    but    you    can easily   search   it   by   entering   “st   mewan   sinfonia”   in   your chosen search engine. Finally,   I   would   like   to   say   a   massive   thank   you   on   behalf of   the   orchestra   for   your   continued   support.   Any   help   you can   give   us   financially   is   very   much   appreciated,   especially in    this    time    when    hiring    music    is    becoming    almost prohibitively   expensive.   It   is   also   great   to   know   that   we have   your   support   behind   us-   even   if   you   can’t   make   it   to our   concerts.   Knowing   that   we   have   a   body   of   people   who believe   and   support   grass   roots   music   making   in   Cornwall is   invaluable.   It   would   be   great   to   see   you   at   one   (or   more) of   our   concerts   and   please   do   come   to   speak   to   us   to share   your   experiences   and   thoughts   on   our   repertoire and performance or to just say “hello”.