Summer is A’Coming In – Ivinghoe Church
On Saturday 26th May we performed a string quartet concert entitled ‘Summer Is A’ Coming In’ (after the title of the well known English traditional song). We had promoted the concert by leafleting around about 200 houses in the nearby vicinity. The concert also had prominent adverts in two village newsletters, as well as appearing in local newspapers and online concert diary sites. We also have a mailing list of some 50 or so audience members, some of whom have attended other concerts we have held. Despite all these efforts we only managed to get an attendance of around 35 (despite them being a lovely audience and thoroughly good humoured!). It goes to show how difficult it is to get a consistent audience and perhaps one of the secrets is regularity: to perform at a handful of venues annually so the audience knows what to expect (and perhaps entice people to attend the full season).
The concert itself however, was an absolute joy, with plenty of musical variety on the loose theme of summer and nature. It included two folk melodies arranged specifically for the evening by myself (‘The Lark In The Clear Air’ and ‘Sumer Is Icumen In’) as well as Saint Saens’s ‘The Swan’, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Waltz of the Flowers’, the whole of Holst’s ‘St. Paul’s Suite’ and Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’ from ‘The Four Seasons’. There were also pieces by Respighi, Schrammel and Gershwin. All the pieces were announced in a light hearted way and we had an opportunity to mingle with audience members in the interval. It was the first time in a long while that I had sweated so much in a church as it really was a hot May evening! The concert ended with one encore being played and we hope to return to Ivinghoe church again in the near future.
Violins: Vaughan Jones and Neil McTaggart, Viola: Emma Shepperd, Cello: Alexandra MacKenzie