This evening also remembered Jim Whittaker who died earlier this year. Tony Griffith spoke about his involvement with the BCRS from its inception and Lynne about his invitation to her elementary school, prize-winning recorder class to play at the Spring Showcase in 1969.
Unusually for a recorder concert there was quite a bit of 19th and 20th century music. Bergamasca played Evening's Twilight by J.L. Hatton originally performed in 1857. They followed this with "Starry, Starry Night" by Don McLean (1971). Michael Murray conducted Jupiter Players in his own Etude written some 30 years ago and Jupiter also played an arrangement of the theme from Holst's Jupiter (The Planets, 1914) arranged for the group by Andrea MacDonald. Pastime Consort played the 1986 Shoreline Suite by Leonie Jenkins.
However, there was an equal quantity of Renaissance and Baroque music. Bar None chose a spirited canzon by Gabrieli, Bergamasca balanced there program with a suite of music from Playford, albeit arranged by Phil Neuman. And William Croft, rarely heard at our meetings got two pieces, the Ground in C minor, played by Duo Felix and Sonata in F played by the two Twoodles.
There were plenty of challenges in everyone's music; it was clear all the groups had worked hard at presenting interesting music well played.
The pieces chosen for group play followed the same time travel trajectory. In honour of Jim Whittaker, we played his Fancy #2, admirably conducted by Alaric Posey. This piece was particularly apt, as Jim had written it in commemoration of his friend and the founder of the BCRS, Frank Gamble. Old favourites, "Now is the Month of Maying" and several selections from The Fairy Queen, conducted by Lynne, ended the playing section of the evening happily.