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Friends of Sidholme Music Room

Alison Kettlewell, mezzo-soprano and Joyce Clarke, pianist

By Peter Clarke Friends of Sidholme Music Room

Thursday, 25 October 2018


Friends of Sidholme Music Room Contributor


Alison Kettlewell, mezzo-soprano and Joyce Clarke, pianist

on Sunday21st October

On a bright, sunny autumn afternoon, Alison Kettlewell, mezzo-soprano and Joyce Clarke, pianist delighted their audience on Sunday 21st of October with a programme that echoed the brightness of the autumn leaves through the windows of  Sidholme’s elegant music room. First Alison chose four songs by  Roger Quilter, a composer who wrote so eloquently for the voice and a great favourite amongst singers and audiences alike. Alison’s rich mezzo embraced these songs with the warmth and sensitivity which are the hallmarks of this composers work.  And then to, possibly, the most popular examples of the German song: Franz Schubert’s “An die Musik” – his outpouring of thanks to this “noble art” that gives comfort and inspiration, and Robert Schumann’s romantic “Widmung” a fulsome dedication to his beloved Clara.

Joyce Clarke then followed the romantic theme with one of Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words, that in E flat opus 30 no.1. Well known to Sidholme audiences, Joyce played with her usual sensitive and engaging style.  Next Alison Kettlewell turned to Elgar with two songs from “Sea Pictures”: the well known “Where Corals Lie” and the moving “Sabbath Morning at Sea” Having sung “Sea Pictures” many times with orchestra ( I remember hearing her once in Plymouth) she found a greater intimacy with the piano.  Joyce Clarke went back to the season with a masterly performance of Chaminade’s “Automne” and Alison Kettlewell rounded off the afternoon returning to her wide operatic repertoire with two very popular arias: the seductive “Seguidilla” from Bizet’s “Carmen” and “Mon Coeur s’ouvre a ta Voix” from Saint-Sans “Samson et Dalila”.

How fortunate we are to be able to enjoy such delightful and accomplished musicians  in such a wonderful music room.  


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