Friday, 4 June 2010

Glasgow Art Club

The New 4tet performed our inaugural recital to a very appreciative audience in Glasgow Art Club on Wednesday 2nd June 2010.

Many thanks to Alex Dickson for the photo.

The programme was described on the club's website as:

A very light and varied programme which should suit all tastes, includes madrigals, part songs, tavern catches, English folk songs and some comedy numbers with hopefully some witty banter in between. Composers include Morley, Farmer, Viadana, Purcell, Rossini, Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Toch and Sullivan. The New 4tet is a group who all worked in the music industry for many years then for a variety of reasons, three of them now do something totally different, but still keep up their love of live performance!

For the record, the programme included madrigals by William Beale, John Farmer, Thomas Morley and John Bennet, church choral music by Ludovico da Viadana, William Byrd and Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, a couple of rather rude Catches by Henry Purcell, some Shakespeare text set to music by RJS Stevens, a Tyrolese chorus by Giacomo Rossini, some folk songs by Gerald Finzi, Gustav Holst, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, some of Michael Tippett's setting of spirituals, the inimitable spoken Geographical Fugue by Ernst Toch, the musical jest Insalata Italiano (Italian Salad) by Richard Genee, and finally Sir Arthur Sullivan's gentle and evocative The Long Day Closes.

A deliberately mixed bag, comprising a fairly wide range of styles, and in between pieces Noel regaled the audience, and his fellow singers, with stories and jokes!

Afterwards we socialised in the club bar with members of the audience who were very enthusiastic about the recital, and indeed about their lovely club, described as the city's best kept secret.  Again from their Website:

Think private Clubs are for the elite? The rich? The pretentious? You’re absolutely right. That’s why we here.

The Glasgow Art Club stands out from the rest. We are a long established anti-establishment which celebrates and indeed partakes in Glasgow’s heritage and history, with an excellent restaurant and bar to boot. Our membership is a melting pot of people of all ages, from all backgrounds, working in all professions.

Established in 1867, the Glasgow Art Club obtained their own property in 1892. Two mid 19th century town houses at 187 and 191 Bath Street. In 1893 these two adjacent town houses were transformed into the magnificent Clubhouse which still stands today. The design and works, including the breathtaking gallery, were by the architectural firm ‘John Honeyman & Keppie’ who employed Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the time. It is not a well known fact that the Gallery is open to members of the public and you don’t need to be a member to come in and have a look around. Over the years the Club has evolved from a world solely occupied by the Arts into a diverse hang out for artists and non artists alike.

The Club has many guises and can be used for corporate entertaining – we have a reception room and a library to accommodate small business lunches, meetings or private parties. The restaurant, is open daily [exept Sundays], serves lunch. The Gallery acts as a ‘nest’ during the day for those seeking solace from the bustling Glasgow streets to read the papers, relax on their own or amongst friends. The Gallery will also accommodate up to 200 people for cocktail parties or 100 people for a formal dinner. Whether you are looking for a venue for a family gathering or a corporate one, we can tailor make an event to suit your needs. The library and reception rooms are the perfect surroundings for a party with a VIP feel for up to 20 people, and lunch or dinner menus and drinks can be arranged in advance. So browse through the website and see what the Glasgow Art Club has to offer you.

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