Monday, 4 January 2010

Charity Chamber Music Concert at the Priory

A concert of chamber music to raise money for the Doublejoy Orphanage Kenya will take place at Lancaster Priory on Saturday 9th January, opening with a performance of Haydn’s string quartet in G op. 77 No.1 by a group of Lancaster’s rising musical talents.

The second work, Mozart’s GranPartita in B flat, K361 is rarely performed because of its length and combination of instruments: the line-up of two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two basset horns and four French horns and a double bass would not be out of place with the Twelve Days of Christmas!

"We have been particularly fortunate in securing the services of the bassets as they are usually hibernating at this time of year," jokes one of the players, Ian Wilson. "For one night only the menagerie will be known as Euroclydon and perform this stunning work."

Double Joy Children's Farm is a home and school for children orphaned by Aids in Kenya, created in 1994 by Mary Hinde, an English woman who had been living and teaching in Kenya for 20 years.

After witnessing Aids becoming a major cause of death in her community, Mary felt moved to do something to help the children abandoned when their parents died of Aids. She started Double Joy to provide a home and school for these children and a chance for them to survive in their community. Double Joy started with 24 children and now has 90.

• The concert will start at 7.30 on Saturday 9th January. Tickets £7.00/ £6.00 on the door. All proceeds will be donated to the Doublejoy Orphanage. More info about the Orphanage at

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