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Celebration of classical music

Posted on June 28 2015 at 11:57:16

The Orchestra of St John’s fourth annual MusicFest takes place in St John’s Church, Bromsgrove over the weekend of July 18 and 19.

Under the direction of Richard Jenkinson, the opening concert on Sat July 18 gives an opportunity for both the string and wind sections of the orchestra to shine.

The first half features the strings in Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, with Jonathan Kingston – former Director of Music at St John’s Church and Bromsgrove School – making a welcome return to play the church’s 1859 organ.

Then it’s the turn of the wind team to play Richard Strauss’ Sonatina No 1 ‘From an Invalid’s Workshop’ which he wrote in his 80s. The title refers to his poor health at the time – but this is a sunny work and a joy to listen to!

St John’s is one of the few churches in England to boast not only a substantial choir but also a Music Director and Organist.

They return this year to accompany the Morning Service on Sun July 19 at 10.45am, set to Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F. A great opportunity to take Holy Communion to music performed as originally intended.

Since the orchestra was formed in 2011, it has performed at least one symphony by Beethoven each year to great acclaim.

For the Gala Concert on July 19, which is also the final event in this year’s Bromsgrove Festival, OSJ will play Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, which was conducted by the composer himself at its premiere in Vienna in 1813.

The concert’s centrepiece will see pianist Benjamin Frith play Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto, The Emperor. Beethoven’s Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus is the perfect opener to a memorable concert.

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday evening concerts are £10 (accompanied children and students free) to include interval refreshments. The Morning Service is of course open to everyone. Tickets for the Gala Concert include admission to the Gala Concert Reception.

Tickets are available from Artrix on 01527 577330, or in person at Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B61 1PQ (10am–4pm, Mon to Sat), or from the Parish Office on 01527 878801 or on the door from 6.30pm.

OSJ also has a brand new website: visit for more information. As Maggie Cotton of the Birmingham Post puts it: “Local music making at its very best.”

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