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Clare Hammond                          2nd May 2022    St. Mary’s Church Map

British pianist Clare Hammond is a long standing friend of Music on Mondays.  Now at last she is able finally to perform the Beethoven sonata that she was to have offered as part of our 250th anniversary celebrations in 2020.  Embracing our theme of family relationships she also plays work by those romantically entangled souls Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.  Like Beethoven, Brahms remained unmarried throughout his 63 years.  In these late pieces from 1893, dedicated to his beloved Clara, his youthful ardour has now matured and perhaps mellowed since their first fateful meeting in Düsseldorf 40 years earlier.

Doreen Carwithen is also a soul romantically linked over many years to another composer – William Alwyn, her harmony teacher at the Royal Academy of Music.  In time she worked as his secretary and amanuensis and they eventually became husband and wife in 1975.  They were married for ten happy years until Alwyn’s death in 1985.

Richard Sisson

‘…a player of immense power, tightly harnessed now to the moment’s expressive needs.’ The Times 

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in C major Op 2 No.3

Clara Schumann – Scherzo No.2 in C minor, Op 14

Johannes Brahms – Six Piano Pieces Op 118

Doreen Carwithen – Sonatina

William Grant Still – Bells

Nikolai Medtner – Sonata Romantica Op 53 No.1



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