Stromenti is Boscombe's professional ensemble

Stromenti is Boscombe's professional ensemble.

The Bournemouth Daily Echo described them as displaying "Musicianship par excellence".

The members are:

Jack Maguire, (Director/solo violin), also Co-leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He was formerly leader and soloist with the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet Orchestra. He is known to audiences by his solos at BSO fireworks concerts.

Fiona McKinley (solo violin/viola), Head of Strings at Canford School. She also plays with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Christchurch Sinfonia.

Gillian Tolliday, (Viola/violin) teaches violin and viola for Coda Music centre, Christchurch.

Joseph Koos, (cello continuo/solo cello) former principal cello of the BSO. He is also plays recitals in Brockenhurst.

David Warwick FRCO (continuo/claviorganum), Former Head of Music at Canford School, and previously organist at Blackheath Parish Church.

The ensemble has a versatile repertoire and entertains at Rotary and National Trust dinners. They also appear at Highcliffe castle, Lulworth castle, Athelhampton House and many other historic venues.

Stromenti has a residency at St Clements Church . The concerts are played against the picturesque background of the rare single stone rood screen in this grade 1 listed building, made famous in John Betjeman's writings. The concerts are sometimes candlelit and are known for their accessibility as the musicians introduce the works themselves. The Mayor of Bournemouth is a regular attender. As they see the famous St Clements illuminated tower fading into the distance, audiences tell how they feel uplifted after one of these concerts. Stromenti is accompanied by a "Claviorganum" made by William Mitchell of Southbourne, an internationally known harpsichord maker. This rare instrument plays both as a harpsichord and chamber organ, is highly ornate and Britain's only working model. The instrument is housed in St Clements Church, Boscombe.

The church has recently installed new toilets, and a new picturesque cafeteria. There is disabled access and a team to assist with seating. The church has heating and comfortable seats.

Concerts are supported by Boscombe Working Community Partnership, Bournemouth Arts and St Clements Church. We also thank the following for their kind assistance: Bournemouth daily Echo, Southern daily Echo, New Forest Post, Lawrence nelson-Jones (front page photo), Denis may (programme artist), BSO Education team, Bournemouth Tourism, Bournemouth Libraries.

Baroque concerts

Accompanied by David Warwick on Britain's only working Claviorganum, a highly ornate continuo instrument that plays as a harpsichord and organ at the same time.
Tuesdays 7.30pm

September 4th More English Baroque with David Warwick, solo claviorganum. Same composers as last year, different pieces. Handel organ concerto Op4 no.2 in Bflat, Thomas Arne organ works, William Boyce Overtures and Trio Sonata , Purcell Fantasia, Charles Avison concerto for strings.

September 11th An evening of JS Bach introduced by Jack Maguire. Concerto for 2 violins, A minor violin concerto, E major violin concerto, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Art of Fugue, "Air on a G string "

September 18th with international soloist Owain Bailey solo flute. Bach suite in B minor, Vivaldi piccolo concerto, Vivaldi "Goldfinch" concerto, Mozart flute quartet, Telemann "Don Qiuxote" suite.

September 25th Trio sonatas and sonatas with Jack Maguire, Fiona McKinley (violin/viola) and Joseph Koos (cello). Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi, Couperin Apotheosis of Lully, Telemann, Vitali Chaconne for solo violin and organ, played in the distant chapel echo.

Candlelit concerts

October 9th Haydn's uplifting and intensely moving "Seven Last Words on the Cross" for String quartet with narrator.

> October 16th Life of Mozart with Stewart Collins as Amadeus. Music from the string quartets, divertimenti and Eine Kleine Nacht Musik.

Info and reservations 01202 399114,

Tickets £8. Series ticket £40 (second series ticket half price), students half price, children £1. Disabled and benefit recipients FREE (evidence at door)

Free souvenir programme at all concerts.

Free car park.

Fair trade tea and coffee served.

Also at St Clements church:

Saturday September 8th, English Heritage Open Day. Background music by Stromenti and students. Free event.

Saturday 22nd September 7.30pm Last Night of the Boscombe Proms, Gill Fletcher and "Friends" from the church join Stromenti in wartime songs, flag waving and hats in this great British tradition. £5

17 November 2007 7.30pm Westbourne Orchestra, Conductor Sam Newgarth. Sibelius - Symphony No.1, Herold - Zampa, Bruch - Violin Concerto £5


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