March 9th. 2017
2017 sees the 27th. year of Free Lunchtime Concerts
at St.Mary's Parish Church, Church Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1PJ
Every Saturday at 12 noon - 12.30, with refreshments available after each concert.
Just 20 minutes by train from the centre of London!
Facts & figures for the past year at St. Maryís;
In 2016, 53 concerts were given by a total of 29 individual performers, 22 of which were male and 7 female.
There were 8 choirs and 513 pieces of music were played to a total audience of 2,905, raising £3,751 for Church funds.
We thank you for your support and look forward to it continuing in 2017.
Memorial Plate Award
John Burrows died on Thursday, November 14th. 2002. Every year a memorial plaque is awarded to an oustanding performer of the
Saturday lunchtime concerts at St. Mary's in memory of John.
In 2010 the name of Joe Miserendino was added as a tribute to a wonderful composer/friend of these concerts.
In the past, the award has been presented as follows;
2002 Neil Benson, clarinet
2003 Roger Lyon, bass
2004 Keith Bosley, piano
2005 Mark Robbins, violin
2006 Beryl & George Bond
2007 Sheila & Brian Neal
2008 Henry Macey, organ
2009 Father Andrew Allen
2010 David Butler, organ
2011 Jonathan Rowe
2012 James Paget
2013 Robert Walker
2014 Mrs. Bridget Smith
2015 Chorate Chamber Choir
2016 Carole Sevestre, piano
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|St. Mary's Church
About the Organ
|About the Concerts
How it all Started.
Who has performed?
The Church & Windows.
What's On & History.
Concerts in 2017
Concerts in March 2017
4th. Mark Robbins, violin
11th. David Butler, organ
18th. The Gary Jordan Classical Guitar Trio
25th. Catherine Leonard, piano
Concerts in April 2017
1st. The Dunsdon Family
8th. Jonathan Rowe, piano
15th. Malcolm Stowell, organ
22nd. Chorate Chamber Choir, conductor Nigel Wills
29th. Malcolm Stowell, organ
Concerts in May 2017
6th. Charley Brighton, Euphonium with Malcolm Stowell, piano & organ
13th. Priory School Chamber Choir, conducted by Tessa Shaw
20th. Caldicott Boys' School Choirs, extended concert timings, 11.00am - 12.15pm for this concert only!
27th. Songs from the Shows 4, Charley Brighton, Euphonium with Malcolm Stowell, piano & organ
Concerts in June 2017
3rd. Waltham Madrigals, conductor Simon Shaw
10th. Carole Sevestre & Lilla Price, piano
17th.Ian May, organ
24th. Catherine Leonard, piano
Concerts in July 2017
1st. Chorate Chamber Choir, conductor Nigel Wills
8th. Henry Macey & David Darby, piano duet
15th. Martin Smith, Euphonium with Simon Howat, piano
22nd. David Oldfield, organ
29th. Jonathan Rowe, piano
Concerts in August 2017
5th. Charley Brighton, Euphonium with Malcolm Stowell, piano
12th. Stephanie Hershaw, soprano
Concerts in September 2017
2nd. Catherine Leonard, piano
9th. David Butler, organ
16th. Robert Marsh, trombone with David Taylor, piano
23rd. The Cameo Consort, conductor Ian May
30th. Songs from the Shows 5, Charley Brighton, Euphonium with Malcolm Stowell, piano & organ
Concerts in October 2017
7th. Thea Cramp, flute with Peter Arnold, piano
14th. Gary Jordan, classical guitar
21st. Sue Brighton, Baritone, and friends
28th. Jonathan Rowe, piano
Concerts in November 2017
4th. Chorate Chamber Choir, conductor Nigel Wills
11th. Charley Brighton, Euphonium with Malcolm Stowell, piano
18th. Fumi Otsuki, violin with Allesandre Viale, piano
25th. The Cameo Consort
Concerts in December 2017
2nd. David Oldfield, organ
9th. Henry Macey, organ
16th. The Reading Mid-Week Choir Christmas Concert, conducted by David Butler
WITH MANY THANKS TO ALL* OUR PAST PERFORMERS
(*As of February 2016)
The C.D. of recordings live from St. Mary's.
Track 1; Englandís Glory, Nigel Ogden, Malcolm Stowell, organ.
Track 2; Danse, Claude Debussy, In memoriam, John Burrows (d. 14/11/2002) piano.
Track 3; Bird Song at Eventide, music by Eric Coates, lyrics by Roydon Barrie, Roger Lyon, bass, with Malcolm Stowell, piano.
Track 4; Aka Tombo (Red Dragonfly), Kosaku Yamada, arranged by Philip Kim, Charley Brighton and Malcolm Stowell, piano.
Track 5; Intermezzo (Forget-Me-Not), Allan Macbeth arranged by Alfred J. Eyre, Ian Stewart, organ.
Track 6; The Girl With The Flaxen Hair, Debussy, The Windsor Festive Brass Quintet.
Track 7; Toccata, movement 4 of Suite Gothique, Leon Boellmann, Henry Macey, organ
Track 8; Hereís That Rainy Day & Love is Lovelier (the second time around), Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen, Peter Vaughan, piano
Track 9; All In The April Evening, Hugh Roberton, The Capriciosso Low Brass Quartet.
Track 10; Trumpet Voluntary, Gordon Young, Louise Willis, organ.
Track 11; Organ duet; Fugue in D minor, Johann Kellner, played by Malcolm Stowell & Louise Willis.
Track 12; Gratias Ago, Guy Bunce, Louise Taylor, flute and Guy Bunce, piano.
Track 13; Meditation, Frank Bridge, Mark Robbins, violin, with Guy Bunce, piano.
Track 14; Elsaís Procession To The Cathedral, from Lohengrin, Richard Wagner, The Celebration Brass Ensemble & Malcolm Stowell, organ.
Programme compiled by Malcolm Stowell.Recorded and mastered by Charley Brighton & Mark Robbins.
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Live Recordings from St. Mary's;
Played by Charley Brighton, Euphonium, with Malcolm Stowell, Piano. Click here
In January 1990, Malcolm Stowell (Chairman of the Windsor & District Organists' Association and Organist & Choirmaster at St. Mary's Parish Church), founded the popular series of lunchtime concerts.
The Rutgers University Chorus from Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.
with their conductor John Floreen visted St. Mary's for a wonderful concert.
Celebration Brass commenced the proceedings with Fantasia by John Wilbye, as a double brass choir at opposite ends of St. Mary's Church.
Charley Brighton was the featured euphonium soloist with Malcolm Stowell on piano, in two numbers from West Side Story, Maria & Tonight.
Organ recitals were given by Malcolm Stowell, Louise Willis and Brenda Arnold Day (U.S.A.). Brass and choir closed the first half of the concert in special arrangement of Elsa's Procession to the Minster, from Lohengrin, by Wagner. The finale to the concert was the combined forces of band, choir & organ in Gerre Hancock's Song to the Lamb and Vaughan Williams Old Hundredth, conducted by John Floreen.
The featured brass players were; Soprano cornet, Robin Lock, Flugel Horns, Eileen Lock & Shirley Drake, Baritones, Susan Vel & Kate Thulborn, Euphonium, Andrew Barratt & Tuba, David Elliott-Smith.
An amazing concert of classical guitar music was given byMatthew Mc.Allister
About the Concerts.
Malcolm Stowell at the controls of the mighty instrument of Christchurch Priory.
Malcolm Stowell wins Mayor's Arts Award
On Thursday, April 29th. 2005 at a ceremony held at the Thames Valley University, Slough, Mayor Laurie Gleeson presented the 2004 Arts Award to Malcolm in recognition of his services to music in Slough.
Members of St. Mary's were present at the awards ceremony as well.
About the Organ.
Manuals CC - C 61 notes
Pedals CCC - F 30 notes
Swell Organ (Enclosed).
Liblich Bordun 16'
Open Diapason 8'
Voix Celeste 8'
Octave Geigen 4'
Mixture VI ranks.
Double Trumpet 16'
Swell Sub - Octave
Double Open Diapason 16'
Open Diapason no.I 8'
Open Diapason no.II 8'
Open Diapason no.III 8'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Octave Quint 2 2/3'
Super Octave 2'
Mixture IV ranks.
Great Pistons to Pedal Composition
Open Diapason 16'
Choir Organ (Enclosed).
Lieblich Gedackt 8'
Flauto Traverso 4'
Lieblich Flote 4'
Nazard 2 2/3'
Harmonic Piccolo 2'
Tierce 1 3/5'
Corno di Bassetto 8'
Swell to Great
Swell to Choir
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
4 to Great
4 to Swell
3 to Choir
4 to Pedal
4 to Swell
1 to Great (Reversible).
St. Mary's Parish Church. Commenced 1875 - completed 1913.
Photographs by Malcolm Stowell.
Architect; John Oldrid Scott.
The West Window, 1915. Designed by Alfred A. Wolmark, given by Mary Elliman. The first abstract church window in the country.
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