The Reformation was a massive event in the Church and in politics, but it was also a game-changer for music. It is often said that without Luther there could have been no Bach. Both Buxtehude and Bach were devout Lutherans, the tunes of Luther's chorales continued to echo for two centuries or more, and yet in parallel the music of the stately home and the court was more influenced by Italy than Germany. We will look at both those strands in this concert.
Organist Christine Wells entered the Royal Academy of Music at age sixteen, principally to study cello, but switched to the organ. Such was her enthusiasm for this instrument that she soon gained her ARCO and FRCO diplomas. She is a Past President of the Berkshire Oganists' Association and is Director of Music in the Hambleden Valley Group of Churches.
Waltham Madrigals sang a short set for us last autumn and we are delighted to welcome them back, under their director Simon Shaw.
Sunday 15th Oct, 7.30 pm.
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