The Church at Errislannan
for Solo Melody Instrument & Piano
This Grade 3 piece is also a short, lyrical and atmospheric encore piece for professional recitalists
E minor for Saxophone
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G minor for Bassoon; D minor for Oboe & Descant; A minor for Treble Recorder or Flute
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One of my favourite miniature pieces, The Church is the story of a long-ago concert near Clifden, Galway, Ireland, on the Errislannan peninsula.
In the winter of 1996, harpsichordist Katharine May and I performed an evening recital in Holy Trinity Church, as part of Music for Galway's annual concert series. It was the coldest - but most atmospheric - concert I have ever given, there on the edge of the Old World. I wore my long black coat throughout the concert, and I also played flat throughout the entire concert, owing to the extreme cold! Various composers were on the programme, including Handel, Stephen Dodgson and Francois Couperin.
I will never forget arriving, in the afternoon, at the top of the road shown in the cover photograph on the score, and watching Katharine get out of the car to walk down to the lough, whilst I went on up to this lovely church, to check my reeds before we rehearsed.