On Tues. June 29 - Cla'am Fest Presented Live At The Festival - "Gilbert and Sullivan Remembered" - Carole Watson, Sarah Tyler, Michael Pardoe, Andrew Headford, Graham Lawder-Stone, Phillip Tyler presented solos, duets and ensembles from the well loved operettas by the famous Victorian collaborators. Fully costumed and choreographed, this event was a lively
and romantic evening to remember. St. Paul's Church saw a very special highly polished production that gave everyone pleasure, including the cast, who were obviously enjoying the evening as much as the happy audience. If you weren't there you missed a gem right here in Clapham!
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The Clapham Grand is a grand venue. We will see more events here in future.
The audiences were delighted.
Rob Dearing was a high point of the comedy evening. Well done, Rob! Thanks for being a great sport!
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Basset horn, a member of the clarinet family, which in the present
case also utilises the soprano clarinet mouthpiece best, was in fact, W.
A. Mozart’s favorite instrument(s), along with the normal clarinets. The most poignant, telling
passages and voice of Mozart himself in the ”Requiem”
were intentionally given to and written for the Basset horns. In
his last opera, ”La Clamenza di Tito”, arguably the
best music of the whole work are the two arias with Basset horn
and Basset clarinet obbligato. They were written for and played
by Mozart’s best friend, Anton Stadler, (a master of Basset horn as well as clarinet and bass clarinet) who accompanied Mozart
on his last journey to Prague for the world prémière
in 1791. Stadler designed (with help from Theodor Lotz, 1748-92) a lower joint for the clarinet to extend the range down 4 notes (D#-Eb, D, E#-Db and C). At the same time, Mozart was beginning his last great work, the Clarinet Concerto in A Major, while inspiring, teaching and advising his pupils, F. X. Sussmeyer,
and Anton Eberl, to write concertos for the Clarinet as well.
Stephen Bennett , March 2000 rehearsal, playing the wonderful instrument with the magical, beaufiful sound designed and made by the great American/ English inventor, mathematicion, musician and engineer. Edward "Ted" Planas.
The successful prémière performance of Hoyland's Rhapsody
for Clarinet and orchestra. David Hoyland conducted his work with
Stephen Bennett as soloist and dedicatee. Cla'am Fest will be a
lively platform for new music, theatre, art and community spirit.