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Concerts 2017 in St Botolph's Church, Trunch, North Walsham nr. Norwich, NR28 0PS
High Quality Concerts for many different Tastes

Admission to all concerts by programme, available at the door. £10 (concessions £8) unless otherwise stated.
All concert proceeds will be donated to St. Botolph's Church restoration and maintenance projects.

SATURDAY   30th  SEPTEMBER  at  7.30 pm

at St Botolph’s Church, Trunch




Rachmaninoff: Vocalise Op34 no 14

Elgar: Romance for bassoon and piano Op 62

Vaughan Williams: Silent Noon; The Watermill

Quilter: Now sleeps the crimson Petal; Weep you no more; Music when soft; Love’s Philosophy

Vinter: Rêverie

Barber: Hermit Songs Op. 29

Richard Strauss: Four Songs, Op. 27

Our concert in Trunch on September 30th features two musicians much in demand locally, Rosamund Walton and Mary Howard. In particular, Rosamund Walton’s reputation extends far beyond East Anglia. She is one of the foremost singers in the East of England and hugely sought after for recitals and solo roles, as well as her exceptionally fine teaching. A recent review of a performance with the English Chamber Orchestra states her “voice, rich and pure in tone, filled the church with its clarity and perfect intonation….her captivating voice bringing to an end this most emotional and wonderful evening”. Read more at:  

Unfortunately Ursula Pank, the cellist who was originally scheduled to join Mary and Rosamund, is now indisposed for this concert due to a hip operation. We wish Ursula a successful op and a speedy recovery. The song recital will now be peppered with shorter items for bassoon and piano. Here are the revised amended details, a hugely attractive programme and we hope you will be able to come along and be thrilled by the evening just the same. 
Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14, is a short, wordless song, which has almost become the composer’s signature tune. The first half has a strong focus on lyrical English music from the first half of the twentieth century, a mix of wordless bassoon lyricism and settings of some of the finest poets of the period. Elgar’s Romance was written in 1911, just before his Second Symphony. It is imbued with Edwardian warmth and sumptuousness. Vaughan Williams and Quilter are masters of the song genre. This selection evokes all the musical richness of the revival in English lyrical art so prominent a century ago. Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs is a cycle of ten songs for voice and piano. Based on a collection of anonymous poems written by Irish monks and scholars from the 8th to the 13th centuries, in translations by W. H. Auden, Chester Kallman, Howard Mumford Jones, Kenneth H. Jackson and Seán Ó Faoláin. They present a wonderful anthology of miniatures, transforming the deceptive notion that Barber only wrote the deeply romantic Adagio for Strings (Agnus Dei). The evening culminates in Richard StraussFour Songs, Op 27, sung by a singer who really understands these deep masterpieces. They were written in 1894 and are settings of highly Romantic poems:  Rest thee, my Soul[ (Henckell); Cecilia (Hart); The Lover's Pledge (Mackay); Tomorrow! (Mackay).

Rosamund Walton, soprano, trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she won many prestigious awards. As well as being in demand for solo recitals and oratorio, her operatic roles have included Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream; Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Norwich Baroque; Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in Vienna; Mrs Noah in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. Further details:  

Mary Howard studied at the University of Victoria in Canada (including study with Bruce Vogt – see Trunch Concert for 10th June 2017), the Royal Academy of Music in London, and with Dario de Rosa in Italy. Mary has a passion for chamber music, playing with the  Degani Ensemble, Dexterity Trio and Norfolk Winds, as well as accompanying the baritone Bob Arnett in recitals.

Your support for the concerts and events helps to keep St Botolph's standing.
One of Norfolk's finest churches, it is a uniquely beautiful building both for worship and music-making.

  • In 2005 the tower was secured from splitting.
  • In 2010 the chancel roof was repaired.
  • The historic 1808 Wm Gray organ was restored in 2011.
  • In 2014 winter cloakroom facilities were installed.

The concerts at St Botolph’s Church, Trunch, enter their 17th season this year. The quality of performances is now very high indeed, increasingly attracting audience from beyond the local vicinity.

All concert proceeds will continue to be donated to St Botolph’s Church restoration projects. The Church and community would like to thank both the audiences and the performers for their generosity. Since 1998 the concerts have raised over £20,000 towards these projects. Thanks too to the dynamic Trunch Village Society for its support for publicity.

Performers reserve the right to change their programmes from those indicated in the brochure or website. The organising team will take reasonable steps to give notice if any concert has to be postponed or cancelled. Please check this website for up to date information closer to the dates of the concert.