THE BIRD Fancyer’s Delight and other music for Baroque Viola, Recorder and Spinet will be among the pieces featured at a free classical music concert being performed in Coventry by Laura and Rosemary Robinson.
The event will take place at the Holy Trinity Church in Broadgate at 1pm tomorrow (Saturday, November 6) to raise funds for the church’s pipe organ appeal.
Laura studied the viola with Alan Broadbent and at just 17 performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and then continued her studies at The University of Manchester with Robin Ireland and also at the Royal Northern College of Music.
She has performed with a wide variety of ensembles a nd is a founding member of the Langonet String Quartet which gave its debut performance at the Edinburgh Festival 2019.
Rugby-based Rosemary read music at Newnham College, Cambridge, and performed on piano and spinet throughout the UK as well as in Norway and Germany.
She is very much in demand as a teacher and chamber musician and is official accompanist for the Northampton Eisteddfod and the Leamington Competitive Festival.
Laura and Rosemary have performed together for many years, giving recitals of viola and piano music and also recorder and spinet recitals.
The programme on Saturday will also include Pavana: The Earle of Salisbury by Galiardo William Byrd, Sonata No 6 by William Flackton, Sonata in G minor (Handel), Ground in C minor by William Croft, Fantasia No 11 by Georg Philipp Telemann and Bramhall Hall Dances by Peter Hope.
Holy Trinity’s 19th century Forster and Andrews pipe organ was in a ‘terminally poor state’ and leading experts said it had come to the end of its useful life. It was dismantled and temporarily replaced with a digital instrument.
Now a grade one historic organ, built by Harrison and Harrison in 1921, has been rescued from the closed St Thomas Bedford Church in Leigh.
It has been bought to give it a new lease of life – to do that Holy Trinity needs to raise £400,000 as soon as possible. So far, £100,000 of that has been raised.
Call 02476 220418, visit holytrinitycoventry.org.uk or go to facebook.com/holytrinitycoventryorganappeal for more on the concert and the appeal.