On Friday 2nd June, as part of the summer lunchtime concert series in St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick, Mark Swinton and I will give the world premiere performance of Scherzo Diabolique, composed for us by David Briggs. David is one of the foremost concert organists of his generation and is in demand both as a performer and composer.
“It is a privilege to have been asked to write a new piece for brilliant violinist Lucy Phillips and her accompanist, Mark Swinton. Works for Violin and Organ are actually quite few and far between: we have the beautiful Epistle Sonatas of Mozart (strings and organ obligato), a stunning work by Karg-Elert (for violin, female voices and organ) but that is about it. My new Scherzo Diabolique is intended to be a showpiece for the virtuosity of both performers. The violin part is fast and mainly rather furious, exploring the extremities of the instrument. The work is over in between four and five minutes, rather like the kaleidoscopic finale of a firework-display. I hope performers and audience will enjoy it!” (David Briggs, 2017)
The full concert programme is:
J.S.Bach – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring and Erbarme dich
Biber – Passagalia
Mascagni – Intermezzo
Karg-Elert – Sanctus
Vaughan Williams – Pastorale
Briggs – Scherzo Diabolique
The concert begins at 1.15pm and entry is free. Visit the website of St Mary’s Church, Warwick for more information about the concert series.