An afternoon of Schubert in the Minster

PUBLISHED: 12:39 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 15 June 2010

There can be a no more pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon than listening to the music of Schubert, and his tuneful Octet in F major has to be a winner.

There can be a no more pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon than listening to the music of Schubert, and his tuneful Octet in F major has to be a winner.

But a performance of the work in Axminster's Minster Church on Sunday, March 30, at 3pm, will be rather different in that the movements will be interspersed with readings of the words which Schubert set for some of his best known songs.

Proceedings open with Schober's poem An die Musik (To Music) before the Newenham Ensemble plays the opening Adagio-Allegro of the Octet.

Then comes Claudius' poem Der Tod und das Mädchen (Death and the Maiden) followed by the Andante. Instead of a poem, a passage from the composer's own writings follows.

Next the Scherzo and the Andante Variations and a reading of Goethe's Heidenroslein (The Wild Rose).

The performance ends with the final two movements, the Menuetto and the Andante molto - Allegro.

But, after that, there is still home-made afternoon tea to come.

The familiar members of the Newenham String Quartet: Brenda Soothill and Ruth James (violins), Alex Ennis (viola), and Ruth Lass (cello), are joined by Melanie Lester (double-bass), Sally Kirby (clarinet), Peter Dawson (bassoon), and Peter Royle (horn), to form the full Ensemble.

Readers will be Peter Dawson, Mereike Kadenbach, and Jennifer Royle.

Admisson is free, but a donation towards the upkeep of the Minster is requested.

John Dalton

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