Hugh Mather

Current concert organizing activities:

1. St Mary's Perivale :

St Mary's Perivale is a tiny 12th-century church hidden away within a golf course, close to Western Avenue in Perivale. It became redundant in 1972 and is now a flourishing concert venue. It is a stunningly beautiful, Grade1-listed building, as shown here .  It has a magical ambience, excellent acoustics and a good piano, and provides the perfect setting for instrumental and chamber music concerts. I commenced Wednesday evening concerts in September 2004, and became Chairman of the Friends of St Mary's Perivale in September 2005, with an excellent and motivated team of friends, and we have together held over 500 concerts since then, mainly on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.. We started a Tuesday afternoon piano recital series in July 2016, and these have been a huge success. All (except the New Year's Day Gala) are free - including parking and refreshments - with a retiring collection.   Details of the forthcoming programme are available here . We aim to give valuable performing experience to outstanding musicians.  All concerts are recorded, and highlights can be viewed on our Youtube channel here.

2. St Barnabas Ealing :

St Barnabas is a large church built in 1916 with a fine choral tradition and a magnificent, newly-installed organ. I have been a parishioner at the church since 1985. In 2007 I bought a Bösendorfer concert grand, previously used by the BBC at Maida Vale Studios. This fine instrument has been the basis for all the concerts held since then, and these have raised over £210,000 for the organ and church. Friday lunchtime concerts (now totalling over 430) were started in September 2007, and there have been 13weekend festivals and 6 series of Summer Proms. The festivals have included 3 complete cycles of Beethoven sonatas, played by 32 pianists in a 2 day festival, as well as festivals devoted to the piano music of Chopin (three times), Liszt and Haydn, each involving 20 or more pianists, as well as 3 organ festivals. All the concerts have involved much support from friends within the St Barnabas community, notably Nick Barnes and Peter Haisman.

Combined total of concerts

St Mary's Perivale : An archive of concerts is available here . There were between 38 and 54 concerts per year from 2005 onwards, totalling 516 at the end of 2015. In 2016 there were 82 concerts, so the total at the end of the year was 598 concerts, and in 2017 we will exceed 100 concerts.

St Barnabas Ealing : An archive of concerts is available here and comprises over 430 Friday lunchtime recitals, 13 weekend festivals (with 45 ‘sessions' or long concerts) and 6 series of Summer Proms (49 evening concerts). The total of concerts at St Barnabas, as at the end of 2015, was 523.

The total of concerts in Ealing from 2004 to the end of 2015 was 993. The 1000th concert took place on January 20th 2016 at St Mary's Perivale. The combined total at the end of 2016 was 1121 concerts and will exceed 1250 concerts by the end of 2017.

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