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Concert at Myles Hall, Wesley College

5th November 2005

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess medley

Mascagni: Easter Hymn

Wagner: Pilgrims’ Chorus

Faure: Cantique De Jean Racine

Mozart: Ave Verum

Jenkins: Agnus Dei from The Armed Man

Gilbert & Sullivan: When the Foeman Bares his Steel (Pirates of Penzance)

Beatles: Medley

Carpenters: Medley

(arr Rutter) When the Saints

Musical Musings

The Purpose of Music

The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.
Thomas Beecham 1879-1961

Einstein said that `the most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious’.┬áThen why do so many of us try to explain the beauty of music, thus apparently depriving it of its mystery?
Leonard Bernstein 1918-1990

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.
Aaron Copeland 1900-1990


Composers should write tunes the chauffeurs and errand boys can whistle.
Thomas Beecham

A melody is not merely something you can hum.
Aaron Copeland

Three things belong to composing, first of all the melody; then again melody; then finally, for the third time, melody.
Saloman Jadassohn 1831-1902

The Effects of Music

To some people music is like food; to others like medicine; to others like a fan.
The Arabian Nights Entertainments. C. 1450

When music and courtesy are better understood, there will be no war.
Confucious 551-478 BC

Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve 1670-1729

Mary Byrne