Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Michael Collins and Michael Mac Hale at St Luke’s Music Society SW12

Posted in St Luke's Concert with Michael Collins Clarinet and Michael McHale piano. by sheelanagigcomedienne on May 20, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed a concert in the St. Luke’s Music Society series 2014 with Michael Collins clarinet accompanied by Michael McHale on piano.

St Luke's Church SW12

St Luke’s Church SW12

Michael Collins

Michael Collins

Michael Collins (Clarinet) and Michael McHale (Piano) perform a lovely programme of music to end the 2013/4 season of St Luke’s Music Society Concerts in the superb acoustic of St Luke’s Church in Thurleigh Road SW12.

Burgmuller Duo in E Flat Op 15

Brahms Sonata in F minor Op120 No 1

Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and piano

Muczynski Time pieces

Horovitz Sonatina

Michael McHale

Michael McHale


The two Michaels.

The two Michaels.

It was a delightful programme with pieces from Bach to Horovitz.

We were introduced to the clarinet works of Burgmuller, Muczynski and Horovitz who was one of Michael Collins teachers.

Johann Burgmuller

Johann Burgmuller

Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller1806 – 1874) was aGerman piansit and composer.  He was born in Regensburg Germany.  Both his father August and brother Norbert were musicians. Friedrich studied with Ludwig Spohr. After years of studies with Spohr and Hauptmann, he moved to Paris in 1832, where he stayed until his death. There, he adopted Parisian music and developed his trademark, light style of playing. He wrote many pieces of  salon music for the piano and published several albums. Burgmüller also went on to compose piano etudes intended for children.

Robert Muczynski

Robert Muczynski

Robert Muczynski, an American composer, whose parentswere of Polish and Slovak descent, died in 2010. He is regarded as one of the most distinguished American neo-Classical composers of his generation but also he is described as the most frequently-performed composer whose music is never discussed.  His Flute Sonata (1961) is in the repertoire of most flautists, and his Moments (1992) for flute and piano is well on the way to matching its success; his Saxophone Sonata (1970) is in the repertoire of most saxophonists; his Time Pieces (1984) is in the repertoire of most clarinetists; and his copious music for piano solo is heard on recitals .


Joseph Horovitz was born in Vienna in 1926 and emigrated to England in 1938. He studied music at New College, Oxford, with Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music where he won the Farrar Prize, and for a further year with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. The Festival of Britain in 1951 brought him to London as conductor of ballet and concerts at the Festival Amphitheatre. He then held positions as conductor to the Ballet Russes, associate director of the Intimate Opera Company, on the music staff at Glyndebourne, and as guest composer at the Tanglewood Festival, USA.

Joseph Horovitz

Joseph Horovitz


His compositions number sixteen ballets, nine concertos, two one-act operas, chamber music, works for brass band, television and radio, and a number of choral cantatas – most famously Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo. Since 1961 he has taught at the Royal College of Music, where he is now a Fellow. He has also won two Ivor Novello Awards, and in 1996 he was awarded the Gold Order of Merit of the City of Vienna. The Worshipful Company of Musicians awarded him the Cobbett Medal in 2008 for services to chamber music.

His Sonatina is a light, lyrical work.




There was a conversation with Michael McHale before the concert and they were signing their CDs afterwards at the back of the church.

Michael collins cd cover

Founded in 2003, St Luke’s Music Society is a local organisation that promotes a concert series each year in St Luke’s Church, South Battersea. It has a growing reputation for attracting and promoting a wide range of performers, from local musical organisations to internationally recognised artists. Performers in recent series have included Cleo Lane, the late Humphrey Littleton, John Williams, The Sixteen, Jacqui Dankworth, Nicola Benedetti and Sir Willard White.

We are members and attend as many concerts as we can and it includes the three Festival Chorus concerts that Dave sings with and has been doing now for over 25 years after he was roped into it by Barbara wen she first sang with them before she joined the London Symphony Chorus. in the nineties.

Despite, being in a church with pious hanging plaques urging humility,  godliness etc and a pulpit inscribed with WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED it is a great local facility attracting some big names because of Anthony Lewis-Crosby’s connections with the Barbican and Guildhall.

The next Festival chorus gig is a semi-staged concert performance of the Pirates of Penzance on Saturday 5th July 7.30.

The Festival Chorus | A large, no-auditions amateur chorus

St Luke’s Music Society is an excellent local addition to the cultural life of Batterea. St Luke’s Music Society – Concert series in South London and  deserves our support.

I have just booked for another example of the rich cultural amenities in Battersea by booking for the matinee tomorrow of an Irish play at the theatre above the Latchmere pub which has just been refurbished. Theatre503 | Book online or call the box office 020 7978 7040

The Latchmere

The Latchmere

A Handful of Stars

by Billy Roche

Starring Keith Duffy

30 April- 24 May,



We really are so lucky having so much on our doorstep with the Southbank a few minutes away by train.

Thursday MAY 22nd is election day.  VOTE LABOUR.


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