Armstrong Gibbs Society, Chapel House,
97 Main Road, Danbury, CHELMSFORD CM3
GIBBS MUSIC FESTIVAL’
Armstrong Gibbs Society is pleased to
present the first Gibbs Music Festival.
Featuring the music of C. Armstrong
Gibbs the three day festival begins
with a Lunchtime Recital for piano
and flute at 12.00 noon on Friday 12th
September. This is to be followed by the
Festival Lunch. Later, at 7.30pm
A Celebration of English Song will
consist of a Masterclass on the interpretation
of 20th century English song
followed with a recital by singers from
English National Opera.
Saturday is the Gibbs Trail: a
short walk through Danbury passing some
of Gibbs’ former residences and the Festival
Quarter Peal by the Danbury Bellringers.
In the evening the Festival Concert
will be given by the Lingwood Consort
and the Festival Strings and will feature
a Handel Organ Concerto, Gibbs’ Cantata,
The Turning Year and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Sunday at 3.00pm the London Piano Trio
play Gibbs’ Country Magic and the Trio
in D, together with Mendelssohn’s trio
in D minor. At 6.30pm the St John’s Singers
sing Choral Evensong with Gibbs’
Evening Canticles in C. The Festival concludes
at 8.00pm with the Festival Supper.
Christopher Kingsley, Director of Music
at Danbury Parish Church and Chairman
of The Armstrong Gibbs Society said, "This
is the very first venture focussing on
the music of Armstrong Gibbs. Gibbs lived
in or near Danbury for much of his life
and made a significant contribution to
the church and the local community in
addition to his tremendous work as a musician;
conducting, composing and adjudicating
at festivals. We are pleased to be honouring
Gibbs by presenting this festival focussing
on a wide range of his music during four
further information telephone 01245 223744
or go to www.armstronggibbs.com/festival
Armstrong Gibbs Society
programme for this short recital will
include Lakeland Pictures and the
Suite in A for flute and piano by
Armstrong Gibbs, and works by Debussy
and John Ireland. After the concert why
not meet the performers at the…
note: Tickets must be purchased at least
24 hours in advance.
Celebration of English Song
the first part of the evening Michael
Pilkington conducts a Masterclass in the
interpretation of 20th century
the interval a recital will be given by
singers from English National Opera:
Cook, Judith Douglas and Jane Powell accompanied
by Eric Withams: piano.
addition to solo songs, duets and trios
by Armstrong Gibbs the programme may include
works by Purcell, Handel, Sullivan, Vaughan
Williams, Head, Walton and Britten.
on Church Green at 10.00am (where you
may park your car) and enjoy a walk of
just less than 3 miles through the village,
passing some of Gibbs’ former residences,
his grave and commemorative plaque. Some
of the walk will be on footpaths which
may be muddy. The walk will end close
to The Griffin where you may wish to buy
drinks and/or lunch.
Parish Church ringers will attempt a quarter
peal of Grandshire Triples, expected to
last just under an hour. Danbury tower
has a ring of eight bells which were recast
and augmented from the earlier ring of
six in 1967.
Concerto in G minor
The Turning Year.
Gloria RV 589
Gibbs: Country Magic
Gibbs: Trio in D
in D minor
St John’s Singers
of Music: Christopher Kingsley
Canon Dr Graham Blyth
and sit down to a delicious supper with
a glass of wine provided by Alan’s Kitchen.
Mull over the events of the weekend and
meet some of the musicians who have performed
in the festival. Tickets must be purchased
in advance and if you have any special
dietary requirements please make this
clear when purchasing your ticket.