At yesterday’s May tea-time concert we witnessed truly beautiful performances from all three musicians; the music was simply splendid and gave us an hour of sheer joy!

In addition to her fabulous voice, with impressive range and richness of tone, Jane Haughton gave a passionate performance bringing us a plethora of emotions conveyed in the different arias and songs: we could see, hear and even feel the anger and vengefulness in Handel’s ‘Svegliatevi nel cor’; a range of human emotions in Mahler’s 4 songs from Ruckert Lieder, particularly the immense sadness of the fourth: ‘Ich bin der Welt’ (I am lost to the World). Faure’s ‘Le Papillion et la Fleur’ and ‘Mandoline’ brought playfulness and joy to the afternoon and the final two English songs some fun and laughter.

Our newly acquired grand piano was swiftly made to feel important by Howard Beach’s masterful performance and Simon Edge-Partington moved us greatly in his solo performance of Morricone’s ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’. We are grateful to Richard Benger, who was present yesterday, for the major contribution he made in us acquiring our lovely Bluethner from Ventnor just a few short weeks ago.