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Saturday, 9th June at 7.45 p.m.


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St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

To include:

Purcell: King Arthur
Rutter: Five Traditional Songs
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Peter Dale: Epithalamium-Wedding Anthem

Conductor :-

Peter Dale
(See below for biography)


The Burnham Music Group

Harpsichord and continuo:-

Steve Pritchard
(See below for biography)

Guest Soloists:-


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For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

For details of the Burnham Music Group click here.

Peter Dale - Conductor:
Peter says his arms and shoulders ached after the first rehearsal for this Concert, so long was it since he had conducted!  But it gave him, he goes on to say, an extraordinary satisfaction to be back: the pleasure of being again among so many musically committed people, and then of the symmetry of having conducted The Music Group’s first Concert and now this one marking its 40th year.
Having no formal qualifications in music (neither did Mozart!), He has made music all his life. More or less by accident he eventually found himself teaching music, writing about it and reviewing it.  He has built a number of musical instruments, including a harpsichord. His own music includes quite a lot written for the people he has taught and, of course, for The Music Group.  Mostly, but not entirely, it is vocal music.  Opera texts range from the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf to Coleridge’s Rose of the Ancient Mariner, song texts from John Keats to Louis McNeice, from Bible to folk poetry..  There is a suite of Irish songs to poems by Padraic Colum that The Music Group used to sing a lot.
He studied not music but English at Cambridge and perhaps that is reflected in a special interest in the confluence of words and music.  His fourth collection - A Party Place - was published last year, and 2018 will see the publication of The Pursuit of Paradise (co-written with Brandon Yen), a gorgeously illustrated study of the gardens designed and made by the poet Wordsworth and then the poetry itself with so many of our native wild flowers and trees profoundly integrated into its thought.
Over a lifetime of teaching, Peter has won important scholarships to to study here and abroad.  In 1998 he was nominated for and won the Bernarr Rainbow Award for Teaching of Music in the British Isles, an event whose consequences led ironically to him getting out of teaching.
He wistfully describes the foundations of The Music Group as ‘perhaps the best thing I have ever done' and looks forward to its future with a great deal of pleasurable anticipation.

Steve Pritchard: Steve was born and raised in Doncaster by a very musical family.  He was educated at Danum Grammar School where music was his early interest.  He progressed in his aim to become a secondary school music teacher.  He trained at Newton Park College, Bath Spa University, where he qualified.  He sang in the choir, which went on to win the International Eisteddfod.  Steve plays the Piano, Cello, French horn, violin and double bass as well as the church organ. Steve taught at St Peter’s School (now Ormiston Rivers Academy) in Burnham for 13 years with his mentor, Peter Dale, our BMG Founder. Interestingly, during this time he taught Tom, Will and Katherine Potten.Steve now teaches children and adults individual instruments on a one to one basis.  He also teaches them to sing as this assists their learning of music. Steve was appointed BMG Accompanist and Concert Continuo in January 2016 after the retirement of Tom Potten.

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