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VOX 2011

The Magazine of the Academy of Saint Cecilia

Contributions to our magazine and newsletter are always welcome,

and should be posted or emailed to our address:

The Academy of St Cecilia

c/o Music Department

Cathedral House

Westminster Bridge Road


Tel: 020 8682 4431

Email: master@academyofsaintcecilia.com


The Magazine of the

Academy of Saint Cecilia

Master Mark Johnson

www.academyofsaintcecilia.com The Academy of St Cecilia Patrons: The Most Hon. The Marquess of Londonderry Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE Vice Patrons: James Bowman CBE, Naji Hakim, Monica Huggett, Dame Emma Kirkby From the Master W elcome oftoour journal, the 2011 edition Vox. I hope you find it useful and informative and may it find a useful place on your coffee table!

Our email data base has grown significantly over the last year with over half the membership included. Please continue to keep us up-to-date with your details, especially if you move house. We have lost a couple of members in this way, though they are continuing to pay the Standing Order. We have no way of contacting them. Enclosed with this edition is a CD of James Devor’s organ recital, given at last summer’s Convocation on the stunning organ in Brentwood Cathedral, Essex.

Our Director of Communications, Alistair Dixon, has led a small working party in drawing up a `Memorandum of Articles and Association` document for us, complying with the Companies Acts 1985 and 1989. This allows usas a society to become a Company Limited ~ Page 2 ~ by Guarantee and not having a Share Capital. Once we are a legal entity as a company we will be able to apply for charitable status. We can then receive charitable donations and reclaim tax on donations and subscriptions. By choosing to be a company with limited liability (by guarantee), rather than a society, we protect ourselves against liabilities towards third parties which could, inadvertently, lead us to bankruptcy. This document has now been submitted to the Charities Commission and we will let you know the outcome of this application.

The Winter Convocation in St George’s Cathedral was a very successful event. We held the Convocation in the Lady Chapel, which opens out into the main body of the Nave.

Ian Yemm, Tenor, gave a stunning recital which included a commissioned composition by Nicholas O’Neill, our Composer in Residence, based on words by Christopher Smart.

It is a very effective piece for tenor and piano and I`m sure if you emailed him he would send you a copy. I think it would be a really impressive piece to include in any solo recital.

The recital concluded with Purcell’s Evening Hymn. Ian took this quite slowly and his ornamentation as a consequence was exquisite. Some of you may remember James Bowman included it in recital a number of years ago. Both interpretations brought a tear to my eye! Ian performed a special recital in Bristol a couple of years ago to promote our Society. If any of you are able to do the same, please feel free to contact me directly, and we can furnish you with back copies of Vox together with membership forms and details for you to hand out during or after your concert or recital. Increasing our membership is important for our future development and your contribution could be a valuable asset to this aim.

Our website is now being looked after by Andy Davidson, an expert in ICT and a fine musician. Over time our site will look much slicker, with application forms in PDF format so prospective applicants can more easily complete and download our forms. The site will be maintained by him and he will keep you up to date with the latest Academy news.

Please also note that our Summer Convocation is on 25th June 2011, again in St George’s Cathedral, chosen because its glorious acoustic will be well-suited to the Choral Workshop on English music we are hosting. This Workshop will be led by Jeremy Summerly, director of the Oxford Camerata and a senior lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Details and application form are on the website for you to download and are included in this edition. It should be well-attended so you would be advised to apply as soon as possible. A new Nunc Dimittis has been commissioned from our Composer in Residence, Nick O’Neill, which will be performed at this Choral Workshop on the 25th June 2011.

~ Page 3 ~ I would like to the opportunity, in this edition of Vox, to reassure all our members The Academy of St Cecilia is not in any way a Roman Catholic organisation. We have used the magnificent building of St George’s RC Cathedral for a number of our Convocations and Concerts recently. This is purely because of the reverberant acoustics this church provides, especially for the Choral Workshop on the 25th June, and importantly, the Cathedral authorities have not charged us for using their facilities. We have greatly benefitted from this generous gesture. Resources we have been able to channel elsewhere.

St George’s affords ample parking facilities, a newly refurbished Hall for our refreshments and ‘breakout’ sessions, is very accessible for members travelling by tube and train and is centrally located. Please do take the time to suggest other venues we could use to host future Convocations, both in Central London and in your area. Bear in mind venues have to be easily accessible by road and rail, have good parking, excellent refreshment facilities, and be reasonably priced.

There are two new Honorary Fellows profiled in this issue, Linda Nicholson and Margaret Philips. Both are very distinguished musicians and were delighted to receive their honours.

We have also included a biography of Jeremy Summerly, who is leading the Choral Workshop, and who is also an Honorary Fellow of the Academy.

You will also find an interesting story on the death, in suspicious circumstances, of JeanMarie Leclair.

It is regrettable but alongside all of these positive developments, I must also mention that some members are inadvertently still paying us at the old rate of two years ago, despite reminders that the current membership subscription for November to November is £25.

Costs as ever are going up and we will therefore not in future be able to send copies of Vox nor CDs to these members. A final reminder is being sent very shortly.

The Chapter hopes you find all the information in this edition of Vox useful and informative, and we look forward to see you at our Summer Convocation.

Mark Johnson Master

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Director of Finance:

David Roberts - Jones - finance@academyofsaintcecilia.com

Director of Communications:

Alistair Dixon - communications@academyofsaintcecilia.com

Director of Publications:

Sebastian Budner - publications@academyofsaintcecilia.com Secretary General: Nick Gale - secretary@academyofsaintcecilia.com Dean: John McIntosh OBE - dean@academyofsaintcecilia.com Composer in Residence: Nicholas O’Neil - composer@academyofsaintcecilia.com Archivist: Graham Hawkes - archivist@academyofsaintcecilia.com Newly-elected members to the Academy The Chapter has pleasure in introducing the following new members to be welcomed into the Academy of St Cecilia at our Summer Convocation at St George`s Cathedral. Congratulations to them on their election by the Chapter. Our new Honorary Fellows are profiled in this edition.

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Linda is a founder member of the London Fortepiano Trio, and has worked for some twenty years with the distinguished violinist Hiro Kurosaki. Together they have recorded the complete sonatas of both Mozart (for Westdeutscher Rundfunk/ Erato) and Beethoven (for Westdeutscher Rundfunk/ACCENT) for violin and piano.

~ Page 6 ~ Solo recordings in recent years include Scarlatti sonatas (WDR/Capriccio), Beethoven Bagatelles and other pieces (ACCENT), and Mozart piano sonatas (ACCENT), which won the Diapason d’Or.

In addition to her performing activities Linda frequently gives masterclasses, most recently in Warsaw as part of the Early Music Festival in Wilanow and at the Konservatorium in Vienna. She has been a juror for the fortepiano competition of the Festival of Flanders for the last twelve years.

Margaret Phillips Hon FASC –One of our outstanding concert organists

Margaret Phillips is among Britain’s most outstanding concert organists and teachers; over the past year she has played in England, Germany, Switzerland and Canada, and given master classes in Switzerland and Canada, as well as in Oxford, Cambridge and Oundle. Volume V in her highly acclaimed Bach series, recorded in Holland on the Hinsz organ in Kampen and the Schnitger organ in Noordbroek, was released in April 2010.

Choir & Organ gave it a 5-star review, Gramophone described it as having ‘compelling and consummate artistry’ and Organists’ Review as ‘positively ravishing’, while The Organ ‘received [it] with a welcome smile of sheer delight’.

More details can be found on the Discography page of her website:

www.margaretphillips.org.uk; other pages give details about her forthcoming concerts, teaching activities as Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music, concert reviews and biographical information.

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Australia and New Zealand: Dr Michael Barkl michael.barkl@det.nsw.edu.au Austria: Keith Mayler mam-vienna@utanet.at Brazil and South America: Christopher Shoebridge chrisshoebridge@hotmail.com Canada: William Maddox wcmaddox@hotmail.com France: Professor Nick Sandon nick@nicksandon.ndo.co.uk Germany: Dr Hans-Peter Retzmann hpr@organo-pleno.de Hong Kong and Pacific Asia: Professor Kevin Thompson dir@hkapa.edu Norway and Scandinavia: Alistair Peters alistairpeters@hotmail.com South Africa: Dr Barry Smith alsmith@iafrica.com United States of America: Dr Paul Ellison PMEllison@aol.com If you are a member of the Academy resident in a country not represented here, and would like to represent our society, please contact the Master directly.

master@academyofsaintcecilia.com ~ Page 8 ~ Dr Paul Ellison USA Representative It is nice to hear good news about our members and officers of the Academy. Paul Ellison has been our representative in the USA almost since our inception over ten years ago. He has just been awarded a PhD from Cardiff University. I think it is very appropriate to highlight Paul’s achievement in this edition of Vox.

Paul M. Ellison is a native of Liverpool, England, where he was born in 1956. He grew up in Surrey, and was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying organ with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and gaining the Recital Diploma for Organ Performance (DipRAM); London University where he was awarded a BMus degree; Queens’ College, Cambridge; San José State University, where he took an MA in musicology; and Cardiff University, where he holds a PhD degree, awarded for his thesis: “The Key to Beethoven: Connecting Tonality and Meaning in His Music”.

During his time in London, Paul was Assistant Organist at St. Pancras Church near Euston Station, and at St. Mary-at-Hill Church in the City of London, and Director of Music and Organist at St. Mary’s Church, The Boltons, in London’s fashionable Chelsea. He emigrated to the United States in August 1988, and is currently Director of Music and Organist at the Church of the Advent of Christ the King, San Francisco’s historic Anglo-Catholic parish. There he directs the professional choir, Schola Adventus, in a ~ Page 9 ~ repertoire which ranges from Gregorian Chant to Messiaen and premiers of commissioned works. He directed the first ever recording of Palestrina’s Missa Confitebor tibi on the Schola Adventus recording Palestrina for Eight Voices, which was released in 2006. He is also High Holiday Choir Director at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, and a member of the faculty at St Matthew’s Episcopal Day School, San Mateo. He has taught at San José State University and has been Assistant and now Associate Editor of The Beethoven Journal, the periodical of the American Beethoven Society since 2000. In July 2010, he was appointed Editor of The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians.

Paul has been a lecturer in the Music Department at San Francisco State University since 2002, teaching classes in music history at both graduate and undergraduate level. He is also a contributor of articles, program annotations and liner notes to various publications.

He recently edited Dear Max/Lieber Malcolm for Pendragon Press which was published in July 2010. It is a record of the extensive correspondence between pianist Malcolm Frager and conductor Max Rudolf. His first book: The Key to Beethoven: Connecting Tonality and Meaning in His Music will be published by Pendragon Press later this year.

Among the interesting highlights of his career Paul has performed for HRH The Prince Charles at Trinity College, Cambridge, directed the music at the weddings of actor Julian Sands and director Michael Attenborough and funerals of actor Leonard Rossiter and the Marquesa de Casa Maury (Freda Dudley Ward, romantically associated with King Edward VIII).

~ Page 10 ~ The riddle of the fiddler’s death By Simon Silas Lower Anostrils, asmistdid every the air. The dankhestench ofhis gate andbrook struck Bourgeois’ thin grey hung in the nearby it morning when closed turned right along his garden wall into the Rue de Carême-Prenant. His morning routine was unchanging, regular as clockwork. It was a chill autumn morning. Winter’s coming early this year, thought Bourgeois as he came to his neighbour’s gate.

He noticed dully that the gate was ajar. His usually fastidious neighbour must have forgotten to secure it the previous night.

This was uncharacteristic but it would take more than an open gate to come between Louis Bourgeois and his breakfast and he walked steadily on to the small baker’s shop where he had taken his bread and coffee for more than twenty years.

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