There was a full audience for the latest concert put on by Shipston’s Music Society in February. Charles Matthews is a regular recitalist and always performs so beautifully bringing out the very best from the music he plays.
February’s concert was absolutely no exception. Starting with Weber’s Introduction to the Dance, with its familiar and rousing melodies, Charles followed this with the tranquil Partita no 1 in B flat major. The first half ended with Schubert’s Sonata in G Major which brought with it beautiful rhythms and fierce chords. The second half began with Schubert again, and his Four Impromtus, which were played with delicacy and precision. The evening ended with a piece known to anyone who has ever learned to play the piano, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (or to give it its proper title, Sonata quasi una fantasia) – but how lovely to hear it played by such a professional pianist, and it was a delightful ending to the concert.
The vote of thanks was given by former Chairman, Richard Baldwin. Members left the Methodist Church feeling that this had been Charles’ best ever performance for us.
That is, until the next one...