Over sixty people were entertained at the third lunchtime
recital held at St Wilfrid’s Parish Church as part of the Centenary Celebrations
by James Kirkpatrick and Friends. James, the church’s musical director, played
the piano and he was joined by Richard Bureau, violin and Elizabeth Angel,
cello. They played the Trio in G Major, Opus 1, No.2 by Beethoven and then the
Five Miniatures by Frank Bridge.
The audience were treated to a wonderful performance of the
Beethoven, which varied from slow and smooth to rhythmic movements. The
traditional power of the composer was there to hear. The church echoed to the
play of the three instruments in both the gentle and vigorous passages. The
music calmed and relaxed the listeners who had come in from the busy life of
The trio played a march, waltz , horn pipe as part of the
Frank Bridge miniatures. The church took on the atmosphere of a military parade
and then the deck of a ship of the line. You could almost visualise the sailors
dancing the horn pipe.
The trio played with great ability and sensitivity and the
audience showed their appreciation with resounding applause.
More Lunchtime Recitals are to follow on August 4th by the
Derek Debuse Ensemble, September 1st by Stephen Norris (piano) and on October
6th by Rebecca Grove (Soprano) and Stephanie Peat (Mezzo Soprano).