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Bates Sponsor Concert in aid of Age Concern Hampshire

L-R Jan Schmolck, Yvette Christian, Janet Kelly and John Lubbock at Café Courtyard following the concert

L-R Jan Schmolck, Yvette Christian, Janet Kelly ACH Trustee and John Lubbock at Café Courtyard following the concert

An exquisite performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons enraptured those who attended the Bates Solicitor sponsored concert on Sunday 15 November 2015.

As part of a series of concerts including performances at the Wimbledon Festival and culminating at SJE Arts Oxford, The Orchestra of St John’s featuring solo violinist Jan Schmolck delighted the audience with an outstanding rendition of the Baroque classic favoured by so many.


In an adroit juxtaposition of styles, John Lubbock – founder and leader of OSJ – chose the work of Astor Piazzolla for the orchestra to perform following the interval and it was Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov’s arrangement of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons which the orchestra and Jan Schmolck delivered so skilfully.

In a surprise twist to the evening, Gregory Warren Wilson whilst still playing his violin, strolled away from the orchestra and out of sight of the audience only to appear moments later on stage with Liz Tomlin who together performed an Argentine Tango to the music of bandoneón master Piazzolla   renown for this “nuevo tango”.

Age Concern Hampshire , the beneficiary charity for the concert, was represented by Yvette Christian who addressed the audience and explained about the work of the charity and the growing need for their services within an aging population.   Yvette, on behalf the charity, gratefully accepted a cheque for £1,500.00 from Isobel MacDonald, Director of Bates Solicitors.


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