CSO Concert at Cartmel Priory
25 April 1998

I am pleased to report that an audience of around 70 in number attended our Annual Concert. One can only grieve for those who were not able to revel in the excellence and variety of the programme performed by John Morris, Jeremy Munro, Adrian Self, and the Priory Choir.

John opened the programme on the organ with Verdi's Grand March from Aida, Sweelinck's Variations on 'My young life hath an end', and Faure's 'Apres un reve. Jeremy Munro then sang Bach's Cantata 56 for baritone, with Adrian accompanying on the Harpsichord, the concluding chorale being sung by the Priory Choir, who then added a lighter note, singing a Northumbrian folk song and Roberton's 'All in the April Evening'. After the interval, Jeremy sang three of Vaughan Williams' five Mystical songs, with Adrian accompanying on the piano. John and Adrian then demonstrated their virtuosity with a premiere performance of Adrian's Concerto for Two Pianos. Not only did the audience and the soloists enjoy this whimsical essay, because even the pianos themselves seemed glad to have the opportunity to talk to one another. John then brought the programme to an end with a rousing performance of Coates' Dam Busters March.

The Society is fortunate in having such support from our professional members and many thanks are due to Adrian, John and Jeremy Munro for his excellent singing and especially to Adrian for all the behind-the-scenes work, as impresario. It is also appropriate to point out that only expenses were paid to the performers with the result that a modest financial surplus was added to the Society's funds.

The Chairman concluded with a vote of thanks also including thanks to the Vicar and Warden's for the use of the beautiful Priory Church.

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