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The Forelle Quintet
Sunday 26 July 1992
Amanda Smith violin
Chizuko Ishikawa viola
Donald Gillan cello
Polly Falvey bass
Fujio Miyoshi piano
Haydn: Trio in G ‘Gypsy Rondo’
Franck: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major ‘The Trout’ Op. 114, D667
Donald Gillan, cellist, studied at NESMS with Eileen Croxford and won scholarships to the Royal College of Music and the Royal Northern College. He has been a guest player and soloist with many orchestras and has performed at the Edinburgh Festival to great acclaim. He also plays in duos and quartets and his musical life is an extremely varied one.
Chamber Choir of the Royal College of Music
Saturday 25 July 1992
Royal College of Music Chamber Choir
Dr John Birch: Conductor
Paul Morgan: Organ
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
JS Bach: Jesu Meine Freude
Kodály: Missa Brevis
The Chamber Choir of the Royal College of Music is a handpicked choir consisting of Post Graduate singers who have already distinguished themselves in their chosen career.
Dr John Birch, senior professor of organ at the Royal College of Music for many years, died on 28 April 2012.
John was an RCM alumnus, studying with John Dykes Bower, first for a year in 1947 and later returning to complete his studies from 1950 to 1953 after his period of National Service. He was awarded a Fellowship of the RCM in 1981.
John was Director of Music at Chichester Cathedral for 22 years, and conducted the British premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. He also served as Director of Music at Temple Church from 1982 for 15 years and was curator organist at the Royal Albert Hall.
John was an art collector and had a real visual eye. He designed the RCM masters and doctoral robes that are still in use today.
Lady Evelyn Barbirolli
Saturday 25 April 1992
A Prelude to the 1992 Festival
Lady Evelyn Barbirolli gives a talk entitled Behind the Scenes
After a distinguished career as an orchestral player (with the Scottish, Glyndebourne Opera, LSO, Busch Chamber Players etc.) Evelyn Rothwell married John Barbirolli in 1939 and joined him in New York, where he was Musical Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Some years later, after they had returned to England (he to the Halle Orchestra) she started playing again, as soloist and chamber music player, and soon she became internationally known. Many works have been dedicated to her and she has made numerous records for EMI and PYE.
Having given up playing she now concentrates on adjudicating, lecturing, and giving Master Classes and Workshops.