The Emmanual Wind Quintet at a free concert at St Mary-at-Finchley last Saturday

Chamber Music Concert at St Mary-at-Finchley Parish Church by Pam Taylor

We spent an enjoyable early Saturday evening at a concert given by the very talented Emmanuel Wind Quintet. This was in aid of the church organ restoration fund which has now reached £123,500, but more needs to be raised to cover the VAT. Reliance was put on the honesty of the audience as there wasn’t an admission charge for the concert or the wine and other refreshments afterwards.

Photo of the audience

There were about 80 people in the audience and we enjoyed a very varied programme which started with five Jeux d’Enfants (Children’s Games) by Bizet. These were followed by Mozart’s Serenade No. 11 in Eb Major, three songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler followed by the Quintent’s favourite : Kleine Kammermusic (Little Chamber Music) by Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) which consisted of 5 compositions.

At the end, after much enthusiastic applause, the Quintet surprised us by returning to play some good jazz entitled “The Roaring 20s” arranged by Paul Nagle which included Tootsie Tootsie Goodbye and Making Whoopee to name but two.

The evening closed with some drinks and nibbles which gave us a chance to socialise, meet people to talk about the wonderful concert and to network..

Photo of Alex Edmundson

Alex Edmundsun, the horn player announced each set of pieces and there was a detailed programme supplied by Alison Smart, St Mary’s Director of Music who also introduced the quintet.

Photo of the quintet In the order of the above photograph were

David Ruff is from Bournemouth and started playing the flute at the age of eight. He studied with a full scholarship at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and is now studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ian Clark, as well as jazz flute and saxophone with Martin Hathaway. David is currently principal flautist in the National Jazz Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Aisling Maguire studied oboe from the age of 12 at the Junior Guildhall School and currently studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Gordon Hunt and Alison Teale. She has won various competitions as a soloist, including BBC Radio London’s Young Musician Competition, the North London Music Festival Recital Prize and Premier Challenge Cup

Alex Edmundson comes from a musical family in Lythan St Anns, Lancs. Having previously studied at Chethams School of Music with Richard Watkins, he is now continuing his studies at the Guildhall with Jeffrey Bryant. He is an experienced orchestral musician; engagements have included frequent work with the European Union Youth Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and a recent appointment as Principal Horn of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. He was twice a Brass Section Finalist in the BBC Young Musician Competition.

Tom Corin is from St Ives in Cornwall and is studying bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His interest in orchestral playing has led to work within the Guildhall School’s many ensembles and also outside with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, European Union Youth Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra.

Max Mausen was born in Luxembourg and took up the clarinet at the age of seven. He studied with Marcel Lallemang at the Conservatoire de Musique de Luxembourg and became a member of the Luxembourg Clarinet Choir, with whom he regularly performs as a soloist. He is currently studying with Julian Farrell at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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