7th May 2016: World Premiere of Ivor Gurney's 'Slow Movement' for Violin and Piano

Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)

Recital: Midori Komachi (violin), Simon Callaghan (piano)

As part of The Ivor Gurney Society Annual Spring Weekend


Saturday 7th May 2016, 15:00

St Andrew’s Church Centre, Station Road, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2JT


Midori will be giving the premiere of Ivor Gurney's 'Slow Movement' for violin and piano, composed in 1919-1921, with pianist Simon Callaghan.

Centered around Gurney's work, this recital features works by English composers, who, along with Gurney, were inspired by the colours of nature. Furthermore, many of these composers visited the beautiful landscapes of Churchdown.


Holst Song without Words
Gurney Violin Sonata in F (slow movement) – world premiere
Venables Three Pieces
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Delius Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3
Elgar Gavotte


Organised by the Ivor Gurney Society


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