SINGING IN THE CONCERT?

We are aware of several members who, sadly, won’t be able to sing with us on 27th April. If you do have to drop out please let us know straight away at timp470@btinternet.com .

TICKETS & POSTERS

The ticket envelopes are now available; please take yours if you haven’t already and make every effort to sell your 4 tickets . . . . and come back for more.

Our artistic Chairman has been at it again; designing an excellent poster. Help yourself to whatever you can use and ensure that a poster appears in every suitable church, shop and pub in the district. Try posting handbills through letterboxes in your area.

This is the link to the poster: 

https://www.cirencester-choral-soc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Poster-Apr-27-2019-v2.pdf Please copy and paste it proudly into emails to all your friends and relations.

HELP NEEDED WITH CONCERT FRONT-OF-HOUSE

With temporary absences and up-coming retirements, we are in urgent need of several new volunteers to join the Front-of-House team at concerts. If your attending spouse, relative or friend gets bored waiting for the concert to start, this is a fun opportunity for them to engage with our audience and help the society. Please contact Andy for more information.

EXTERNAL CHORAL EVENTS

Thames Head Singers will perform Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle on Saturday 6th April at Minchinhampton. Details : http://www.thsingers.org.uk/index.php/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2019/04/06/16/-/g-rossini-petite-messe-solennelle-holy-trinity-church-minchinhampton?Itemid=1

AND FINALLY. . .

It’s interesting that, in searching for links between the four composers in our current programme, Mozart seems to be the common factor which is surprising considering the tragic brevity of his life.

Johann Christian Bach (1735 – 1782) received his early training from his much-older brother C P E Bach and, after a spell in Italy, moved to London in 1762 to become the Opera Composer at the King’s Theatre in Haymarket and became known as ‘The London Bach’.

King’s (previously Queen’s) Theatre, Haymarket, the 18th-century predecessor of the present theatre.

He was also appointed Music Master to Queen Charlotte and probably ingratiated himself to her by including this movement in his Harpsichord Concerto Op1 No 6:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miJ1wgub5Hs  (Move the cursor to 8:35 mins and stand up.)

It seems unlikely that Bach taught Mozart the wisdom of such servility!

Bach met Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in London in 1764, when Mozart was just 8 years old, following a performance by the child musical prodigy at the English court. Bach then spent five months teaching Mozart composition. The two musicians became fast friends and Mozart would later cite JC Bach as an instrumental influence in his work.

Johann Christian Bach, painted in London by Thomas Gainsborough, 1776 (National Portrait Gallery, London)