On Friday 20 April at 6pm Fiori will be giving a special concert in memory of Lord St John of Fawsley (Norman St John-Stevas), who died last month.
A well known and flamboyant figure, frequently on television for his knowledge of constitutional matters, Lord St John was minister for the Arts and Leader of the House.
He was also Fiori Musicali’s patron for many years, and lived in the picturesque village of Preston Capes, where Fiori have their base, and where the very first Fiori concerts took place way back in 1983.
So to mark the passing of this colourful figure, Fiori’s chamber ensemble will be performing in the local church at Preston Capes. Amongst the performers are favourite baroque violinist Kerstin Linder-Dewan – flying over specially from Berlin – who will be playing Tartini’s fiendishly difficult ‘Devil’s Trill’ sonata. Other delights include solo music for flute by Bach, and a brilliant chamber concerto by Vivaldi.
Preston Capes will in fact be en fête that weekend, celebrating the Queens’s birthday – and this at ties in rather nicely, given that Lord St John was such an ardent supporter of the monarchy.
Before the concert there is a reception with a private view of an exhibition of her Jubilee china and water colours by local artist Susan Rose at the Old Rectory, Preston Capes. And there are other events happening too that weekend, including a tutored wine tasting and even a Jazz brunch, with choral evensong at 6pm on Sunday 22 April to round things off.
Tickets and further information available from the Fiori Musicali Box Office. 01327 360931, or see www.fiori-musicali.com
Concert begins at 6.00pm at the Preston Capes Church NN11 3TE on Friday 20 April.
For details and booking, see www.fiori-musicali.com/memorial-concert.