Mayfield Music season starts this weekend

jane lindsayAn idea originally hatched by the wife of Mayfield’s vicar to broaden events at the parish church has led to 15 years of music concerts in the village.

Every year a small team of volunteers organises a programme of three or four classical and jazz concerts and attracts an appreciative audience from the district.

The then vicar and his wife have since moved on, but the Rev Ray Owen and his wife Janice who are now at St John the Baptist Church have kept up the support for the group and are actively involved in the events.

Chairman of Mayfield Music Sue Bridgett says the whole team at the church has been hugely supportive of what they try to achieve each year.

“The church is a wonderful venue for the music. The acoustics are just fantastic and we are very lucky to have such a beautiful place,” she said.

One of the stalwarts of the group is Geoff Machin who has been involved since the beginning. Sue says his knowledge of music both classical and jazz makes him one of the team’s lynchpins.

The 2015 season starts on May 8 with a concert by award-winning musicians Jane Lindsay on the cello and Jennifer Hughes on the piano.

Jane is an exciting young performer who has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and Cadogan Hall as well as many major festivals.

She was selected as a Royal College of Music Rising Star three times while she was studying and she has been the principal cellist of the RCM Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. She was also selected to play with the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Jennifer is much in demand as an instrumental duo partner and has performed internationally and won several prestigious prizes. She frequently works with string players at the RCM – especially Jane.

For Mayfield Music they will be performing Beethoven – Sonata in F major Op.17; Bruch – Kol Nidrei Op 47; Janacek – Pohadka (Fairy Tale) and Rachmaninov – Sonata in G minor Op.19.

The other two concerts planned for 2015 are on September 18 by Duo Dorado – Hazel Brooks and David Pollock, who are passionate about the music of the baroque era and play on a fabulous harpsichord decorated with 18th century painting and gold leaf; and a Sunday afternoon of jazz with the well-known trio of Dave Green, Barry Green and Alan Barnes on November 15.

For details of how to get tickets and more about the concerts go to http://www.mayfieldmusic.org.uk