With the arrival of the pandemic, the scheduled Towards Beethoven 250, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth, was put into disarray only one concert taking place in October, and then with lockdown, despite rescheduling the remaining three, these were postponed for a second time. SSEMK, as they are affectionately known by an ever-incresing list of supporters, decided to rename the three remaining events as Remembering Beethoven 250, and these will now be given shortly in November and in December.
SSEMK is also delighted that the internationally renowned fortepianist Linda Nicholson, will perform on 20th November. Her all-Beethoven programme Beethoven Bravura, on her Firtz fortepiano, includes the famous virtuoso work, the Appassionata Sonata.
On 4th December, Consone Quartet will perform Sick Genius Reveries, String Quartets by Ludwig von Beethoven and George Onslow.
Being on Beethoven's presumed birthday, Thursday 16th December, Trio Goya Almost Opus One Beethoven Piano Trios. See the Events schedule on this website or that of the SSEMK, hhtp://www.ssemk.org
In addition to these five concerts, two further concerts have been planned to celebrate two important milestones. Sunday 24th October is the Quincentenary of the death of Robert Fayrfax, the founder of English Church Music, who strongly influenced Byrd and Tallis. 2021 also marks the death of the French composer, Josquin des Prez, and a recital by one of the UK's new generation of vocal ensembles Sansara, will present a programme of choral works by both composers.
Thursday 2nd June 2022 marks the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, and an especially devised programme entitled Vivat Regina! will be performed by Newe Vialees, an eclectic viol consort, supported by the fabulous soprano, Anna Dennis. In addition to these artists, SSEMK will be honoured to welcome Dame Felicity Palmer as reader. She had an international career as one of the world's leading singers, and SSEMK is delighted that she has accepted to undertake the readings of Elizabeth I. Dame Felicity once commented "if we don't communicate, in my view, we are failing." This special concert is not to be missed.
All SSEMK concerts can be viewed on their website, where there is a booklet which can also be downloaded. All bookings are online with a link from that site, so booking tickets is only a click away! SSEMK hopes you will come to enjoy first-class concerts and the wonderful facilities from which the church now benefits from its restoration through the benevolence of the Michael Uren Foundation. This music will span nearly four hundred years: there is something for everyone. Please do come along: you will not be disappointed.