Stephen Dodgson Guitar Chamber Works at St James's Church

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This concert is to celebration the release of the guitar chamber music NAXOS CD of the late, 20th century English composer, Stephen Dodgson. The repertoire includes some rarely performed, but beautiful and witty compositions. Diverse and contrasting in their style and instrumentation the program is a very exciting and interesting exploration of Dodgson's music. Change-Ringers for four guitars (1996) Roundelay for cello and guitar quartet (2005) Intermezzo (Citharae Chordae pro Pace) for four guitars (1987) Divertissesment for violin and guitar ensemble (1984) Interval Pastourelle for guitar duo (1992) Four Poems of John Clare for soprano and guitar (1963) Hymnus de Sancto Stephano for soprano and four guitars (1983) The Selevan Story for flute, violin, guitar duo and guitar quartet (1992) Featured performers include the: Mela guitar quartet, Eden-Stell guitar duo, violinist Hartmut Richter, soprano Antonia Gentile, cellist Evva Mizerska, flautist Octavia Lamb and guitarist Michael butten. Guy Rickards describes Dodgson's music as "written mostly in an agreeable if occasionally challenging modern tonal idiom, cosmopolitan rather than overtly British in style, influenced by early and Baroque music and Janacek as much as English pastoralism (as absorbed from another teacher, Patrick Hadley). His often angular melodies have a knack of registering in the memory and are beautifully laid out for the instruments. He had a more romantic side, with lilting themes as evidenced in miniatures such as Echoes of Autumn for violin and guitar or the Intermezzo for four guitars. His mature style was one of refinement, sitting somewhere between post-Romanticism and Neoclassicism but individual works often varied this blueprint, having quirky, even spectral sides to them." This concert is made possible by the generous support of the Stephen Dodgson Charitable Trust.

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St James's Church Piccadilly

197 Piccadilly
+44 (0)20 7734 4511
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Take south side exit and walk straight ahead.

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