There is a new film which is about to come out, which may be of interest. The film is Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn, a revelatory new feature documentary starring, Isata Kanneh-Mason.
Felix Mendelssohn’s Wedding March may be the best-known classical composition of all time. But Felix was not the only genius in the family. His sister, Fanny was also a great composer, equal in talent to any of her contemporaries, male or female; technically brilliant and creatively ground-breaking. Most other musicians were daunted by her, but Fanny was, fatally, in awe of her younger brother Felix. He opposed her desire for a musical career, and Fanny dared not defy him until she was forty – and had written over four hundred works. Her joy at the recognition this brought was short-lived: a year later she was dead, and Felix followed six months later. For many years Fanny’s music did not get the recognition it deserved. This film puts that right.
The film tells the story of Fanny’s life and of her Easter Sonata, which for years was thought to be a lost work by Felix. But in an amazing plot twist, captured as it happened, the film proves once and for that this is Fanny’s own piano masterpiece, written when she was only 22. And the music is brought to life in the film by the young virtuoso pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason, who made her sensational Proms solo debut this year. And as she discovers the Easter Sonata, the parallels between her life and Fanny’s – including the challenge of being a pioneer with few role models in classical music – become clear.
Directed by the composer’s great great great granddaughter, by turns joyous, fascinating and tragic, the film is the story of a very modern woman – who just happened to live 200 years ago. You can watch the trailer for the film here: https://youtu.be/_RSeqw1ziC0 and it is already booked in 17 cinemas across London.
Many of you will remember Madeleine Mitchell, she was our soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in 2016 and in Bruch’s Concerto in 2009. She stays in touch and has just told us that she has won a prestigious award: the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Enterprise Award for Film. You can watch the film and read more here.
It was with great sadness that we learnt that Stan Vanlint passed away on Monday, 17 January 2022 at the age of 92.
Stan was an enthusiastic and long standing member of the Second Violins. He joined in 1982 and his last concert was in 2016, when he decided to leave for health issues. Stan was also a committee member for some years. Not only did he love the violin but, as a skilled craftsman, he used to make his own violins. He ran evening classes where a number of orchestra members learnt the craft and went on play them. Stan was always supportive and welcoming to new members.
Here is a photo of Stan, front row, in the middle. Taken at the ‘Bell’ School Upminster, where we rehearsed for many years. (June 2010).
So sad to hear of the death of James Brockenshire, former Hornchurch MP and Government minister at the age of 53.
He was absolutely lovely when he came along to one of our Windmill Hall concerts a few years’ back and (despite very little briefing!) spoke freely and off the cuff to the audience. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family, colleagues and friends.
As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day today, we're also celebrating the values and actions of the local community in the fight against coronavirus.Thank you to everyone who is going for the extra mile for one another. You're all Havering Heroes ⭐ 🎶 David Bowie's 'Heroes' was performed by Havering Music School Community Orchestra, with ages ranging from 8 to 82!📷 Thank you to Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust for allowing us to use their footage.
Havering Concert Orchestra were very sad to hear about the death of Martyn Bowden . Martyn supported us over many years playing trombone. In our 2019 Autumn Concert we dedicated Arvo Pärt’s – ‘Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten’ to him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.