St Mary & St Margaret - Castle Bromwich Parish Church
We've planned a series of afternoon concerts by leading local musicians which started on 13 January 2019. There is no charge but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Organ Restoration Fund.
Bach’s Toccata in D Minor
Sinding - Rustle of the Spring
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Mendelssohn - Hear Ye Israel from Elijah
Faure - Apres Un Reve
Gershwin - I’ve got Rhythm
The Himley Duo are Anna Downes and Tony Bridgewater. They are well-established in the West Midlands and beyond, giving regular recitals across the area. Their wide repertoire encompasses works from the Baroque period through to contemporary music. Anna began to play the violin at an early age and studied at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and with David Gregory of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She has a busy career as a freelance violinist and performs with many leading orchestras. Tony was a student at the Birmingham School of Music and is also a regular chamber music player and accompanist with other music groups.
The Mastoly Quartet -
Lynne Hodgson - trumpet Stephen Mayes - French horn
Tony Miller - trombone Margaret Croucher - piano
played the first in the series of free concerts to a packed church some 20 varied pieces including Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Berwald's Adagio & Finale from Quartet in E#, Sonata for trumpet & trombone by Poulenc, Howard Goodall's Psalm 23 (Vicar of Dibley theme) and La Cucaracha.
We thank them most sincerely for giving their time and talent freely to help our cause and we were very encouraged by a large and supportive audience.
Sunday 14 October saw the launch of the Castle Bromwich Organ Restoration Appeal. Following the Sunday service our church organist Martin Bates demonstrated what this old organ is still capable of and told a little of its history.
Each week after the 10 am Parish Communion Service, our organist Martin Bates plays a requested piece of music in return for a donation to the Organ Restoration Fund. Pieces are chosen just for pleasure or may be dedicated in memory or celebration of a person or event. Get in touch!
J.S.Bach, D minor Two-Part Invention.
J.S.Bach, Goldberg Variations
Mendelssohn, Wedding March.
George Frederick Handel, Organ Concerto Op.4 No.6
Vaughan-Williams, The Lark Ascending.
Mozart, Clarinet Quintet
Hubert Parry 'I was glad' composed for the Coronation of Edward VII
Elgar, Pomp & Circumstance March
Rogers & Hammerstein, Oh what a beautiful morning
Sheep may safely graze, J S Bach
Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Spring
and - would you believe ?! - Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody
It is remarkable what Martin can coax out of this old organ, but he tells us he is careful which notes he plays - some keys stick and keep on playing and some don't play at all!
Martin gives to talks to local groups about the history of the organ. He has recently visited the North Arden Local History Society, St Mary & St Margaret's Mothers' Union and Yardley & Sheldon Rotary Club.
If you would like to book him for your organisation, do get in touch!
We were pleased to welcome a visiting organist, Margaret Croucher, organist at St Giles' church, Sheldon, who played for us during the Heritage Open Day in September 2018.
Many thanks to all who took part in our raffle recently. Over £1000 was raised for the Organ Restoration Project.
On Saturday 10 November the bellringers held a Quiz night in aid of the Organ Restoration Appeal. Nearly £400 was raised. Thank you, bellringers!
St Mary & St Margaret
The Parish Church
of Castle Bromwich
Music has played an important part of worship at Castle Bromwich parish church for many centuries. We're now trying to raise almost £80,000 to save our historic organ for many years to come.
CHURCH ORGAN APPEAL
St Mary and St Margaret
Castle Bromwich Parish Church
Old Chester Road
Birmingham B36 9DE
Tel: 0121 747 1270