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Concert band’s tribute to its home valley

THE Derwent Valley Concert Band will this month present the third concert in the St Matthew’s Church “Restoration” series. This will be the band’s first indoor performance since since October 2019.

“We have taken great care to select wonderful music that will make the most of the lovely church setting,” chief conductor Lyall McDermott said. “And we are absolutely delighted to have Madeleine Dyer with us again as our special guest artist. Many people will surely remember her beautiful soprano voice from her performances with us during the Ten Days on the Island festival earlier this year,” Mr McDermott said.

Titled In Yonder Valley, the convert will be presented at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Bathurst St, New Norfolk, at 7pm this Friday, July 16. Tickets and registration are through Trybooking.com. All funds raised go to the St Matthew’s Church window restoration appeal. Bookings are essential.

  • The program in detail, described by chief conductor Lyall McDermott:
    The Te Deum by Jean Baptiste Lully, the Master of the King’s Music at the court of French King Louis the 14th, is the perfect program “opener”. This introductory movement, Symphonie, certainly exhibits all the pomp and grandeur we associate with the great cathedrals of the time. Next comes Bist Du bei Mir which is, in its original form, a song of deep and abiding love. Originally attributed to Bach, it is now known to have been written by his contemporary, Gottfried Stolzel.
  • Madeleine joins the band to present two very famous Ave Marias. The first is by Bach, with the melody added by Charles Gounod. The second, was thought to be composed in Florence by Guido Caccini around the turn of the 17th Century, but was actually written in 1971 by Vladimir Vavilov. It is serenely beautiful and much-loved by audiences around the world. Madeleine is the perfect singer to perform these exquisite songs.
  • In Yonder Valley, Dance, and The Promise of Living are songs of praise and thanksgiving for the simple rural life, the virtues of honest labour, and of having friends and family to share the work and the bounty.
  • Next, we move into the world of 19th Century Viennese Operetta. The band will again accompany Madeleine as she presents Vilja Lied from The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, a tale of a woodsman’s unrequited love for a wood nymph. And from Die Fledermaus, a story of concealed identities and mischief, the well-known aria, Mein Herr Marquis. Pathos, wit and charm abound.
  • The concert concludes with pieces by three very different but contemporaneous British composers. First is the Intermezzo from the First Suite for Military Band by Gustav Holst (whose most famous work is The Planets). Then comes the monumental Nimrod from the Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar. And finally, the quirky, jazzy, spirited and jaunty Finale from An Original Suite by Gordon Jacob.

Tickets and registration are through Trybooking.com. All funds raised go to the St Matthew’s Church window restoration appeal. Bookings are essential.

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