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Entry for August 06, 2008 – Coffee Morning

Posted by HelenEdith on August 7, 2008

As usual, the Coffee Morning was held on Wednesday morning. We had a good audience, including a contingent from Ivor Newton House, the Musician’s Benevolent Fund home for retired musicians. Leonard Davis (who conducted the Orpington Symphony Orchestra for many years and played the viola with Marlowe after he’d ended his professional career as a viola player) now lives there, and he was one of the retired musicians who attended. I’ll write more separately about Ivor Newton House.

We played the programme of light music that we’d rehearsed the day before, and one of our double bass players, Carl, stepped out from behind his bass to sing a solo. We’re a multi-talented lot!

Much of the sheet music we play from is old, as light music has fallen somewhat out of favour. One of my parts was almost falling apart as it was obviously much-played. The Marlowe Ensemble enjoy light music and like to keep these lighter items in their repertoire. On the other hand, one of my obviously old parts was in pristine condition and could have almost come out of a music shop last week, except that it had its price on it. 1s 3d. That’s a bit over five pence in New Money!


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Entry for August 08, 2007 – Coffee Morning concert

Posted by HelenEdith on August 9, 2007

Wednesday morning’s Marlowe Music Week activity was a coffee morning, which took the form of a light music concert where the audience enjoyed light refreshments while we played.

Here was the programme:

  • Tik Tak Polka (Strauss)
  • Chanson de Matin (Elgar)
  • George Gershwin Melodies
  • Among the Poppies (Second movement of ‘From the Countryside’ by Eric Coates
  • Stephen Foster Fantasy
  • Second New Sullivan Selection (well it was new about 80 years ago!)


  • Arcadians Overture
  • Capricious Hoe Down (strongs only)
  • The Lost Chord (Sullivan – sung by Carl, who emerged from behind his double bass for this number)
  • Cavalleria Rusticana
  • The King and I
  • The Dam Busters

The audience had a good time and we raised nearly £200 for the church whose hall we have been using all week.

The picture shows Margaret and myself conferring prior to the start of the concert.

The orchestra configuration for this concert was that the string players were at the front of the main hall, with the woodwind players in one line across the front of the stage and the brass players in a second line behind the woodwind players. This configuration does mean that it’s a good idea not to wear a short skirt! As you can see, my yellow outfit covered up the parts that should remain covered up, as did Margaret’s black trousers.

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