Community Concert

St Mary's Church and Hall, Saturday April 25th 2015


Iffley Music Society ended its 2014-5 season with the now traditional Community Concert splendidly organised by Brian Todd. We began in the church with some exquisitely performed Baroque music. Cal Dagul and Venetia Kay ('cellos) and Pemma Spencer-Chapman (keyboard) played a Trio Sonata in G minor by Handel, and were followed by Trio Sonatas by Albinoni and Vivaldi played by Julian Smith and Emi Itoh (violins) with Yoshiko Meredith (keyboard). Oxford's Man Choir continued the programme with an exciting sequence of songs, sampling from folk culture of Georgia (Europe), spirituals from Georgia (USA) (possibly) and a rousing chorus of Wagnerian seafarers. The church was packed, and the sun streamed in through the open west door where mothers with babies and the occasional tourist drifted in and out; here was Iffley at its relaxed and welcoming best!

The summer evening allowed us a delightful picnic in the churchyard before we reassembled in the Hall. Iffley resident Sir Terence English prefaced the concert's second half with an appeal for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), a charity consonant with Iffley's continuing support for peaceful activities on behalf of an unfortunate and oppressed people. Then the “music collective” Confluence made a welcome return to Iffley with an enthusiastically received sequence of Eastern songs and music for tanbur and tabla with bass backing. The evening concluded with more songs by the Man Choir and with a recitation of Yeats' transcendent poem “Sailing to Byzantium”. Man Choir is an open access group meeting weekly in Oxford and its charismatic conductor, Philip Read, rounded off with a recruitment call.

A retiring collection was made in support of MAP.

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