FIORI clocks in for the Diamond Jubilee!
Concerts at Culworth on 9 June and Suborough on 10 June
Time waiteth for no man, says the proverb, and preparations for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations have been in hand for some considerable time.
One man whose planning takes some beating is Martin Rowling, a member of Fiori’s Choir. Over the last 7 years Martin, a retired local blacksmith, has been constructing a totally handmade traditional tower clock for the village of Culworth. This splendid artefact, built without mechanical tools, and using only techniques and tools available 200 years ago, is to be unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire at 3pm on Saturday 9 June in Culworth, S Northants.
Needless to say, Fiori will be there - marking the occasion in style, with (no surprises here!) Haydn’s Clock Symphony. Martin had not originally intended his project to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but “when it became apparent I had a chance of finishing the clock in time for this historic occasion”, he tells us, “ it became a Jubilee project. The clock will sit proudly on the gable end of the same forge in which it is being created, giving the time to one and all as they pass through the village of Culworth, as well as serving as a reminder to Queen Elizabeth’s own endurance on the throne.”
The unveiling of the clock is an occasion not to be missed. Fiori’s concert (which follows directly after wine & canapés) is a veritable horological feast and includes a specially commissioned arrangement of Mozart’s “Music for Mechanical Organ” – a musical curiosity, originally composed for a late 18th-century timepiece. There is also music by Haydn for flute-clock – another musical curio.
Concert begins at 4.30pm on Saturday 9 June at Culworth Church OX17 5AT. Unveiling of the Diamond Jubilee Clock at 3.00pm
Optional supper is also available at the Red Lion after the Culworth concert (for which please book directly on 01295 760050.)
Fiori repeat this unusual programme at 7.30pm on Sunday 10 June at Sudborough, where, predictably, there is also a rather distinctive clock, this one presented as a gift by Lady Elizabeth Germain of Drayton House, in 1740.
The Sudborough concert begins at 7.30pm on Sunday 10 June
For details and booking, see www.fiori-musicali.com/concert-listing.