Colin Pryke Memorial Recital: Cameron Davies Tuesday 31st October 2017
Tuesday 31 October 2017, Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road,
Wanstead 8:00 pm
Tickets will be available at the door: £10 (Visitors); £7 (Members)
Complimentary light refreshments will be served during the interval
Redbridge Music Society opens its 2017/18 season with a recital dedicated to the memory of the society’s long-standing chairman, the late Colin Pryke. It will be given by local young baritone Cameron Davies accompanied by Cathy Davies (piano) and will include songs and popular operatic arias ranging from the time of Henry Purcell through to Leonard Bernstein.
Colin Pryke: An appreciation of his life and work
This Autumn Redbridge Music Society opens its 69th season with a vocal recital in celebration of the life, work and contribution to the Borough of the Society’s long-standing Chairman, the late Colin Pryke – a much respected figure in the musical life of Redbridge.
Colin joined the then Goodmayes and District Gramophone Society (which later became the Redbridge Music Society) shortly after its formation in 1949. In 1950 aged just 17, he was elected to the committee and he remained on the committee up until the time of his retirement in 2013. In 1981 he was elected as Chairman of the society a position he held for 32 years. He also won an award for services to the Borough. Besides arranging regular recitals and illustrated talks – often given by internationally famous musicians – Colin organised a number of orchestral concerts in Redbridge and pioneered the Society’s Youth Musical Support and Development scheme which continues to this day. For many years he was the music representative on the Redbridge Arts Council and was Chairman of the Performing Arts Section.
Colin’s professional life was not in music but in science education and for many years he was a chemistry teacher at Harold Hill Grammar School. He not only gave his students a life-long interest in chemistry but also a life-long interest in music via the illustrated talks on music that he often gave at the school. He was also a film-maker of some repute and won awards for his film work.
He was a very keen collector of recordings (especially vocal music) since his teens and besides having a large collection of LPs, CDs and DVDs he had an enormous collection of original wax 78 rpm records including a considerable number of rarities.. He sometimes used to joke that he had a bigger collection of rare records than even the BBC and he was probably right in this assumption!
Colin was the major driving force behind the society and his generosity of time and energy, tenacious spirit, relentless drive and musical acumen ensured that the Society endured and musically prospered over the many, often financially difficult, years of its existence. He helped make good music via live recitals and illustrated talks available and accessible to the people of the Borough and for all this we owe him an enormous debt.
This evening’s programme features songs spanning four centuries and of wide variety and form, from operatic arias and songs set to poems to Neopolitan songs and Broadway musicals. The songs been particularly chosen by Cameron and Cathy Davies to cover, and to do justice to, Colin’s eclectic taste in vocal music.
Cameron Davies is a young up-and-coming baritone singer and was educated locally at Leyton Sixth Form College. He is 22 years of age and is currently studying for a BMus degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire, specialising in operatic singing. Already he has performed at a number of venues in the UK and has sung locally for the Ilford Operatic
and Dramatic Society. He was a finalist for the Stratford and East London Young Musician of the Year Competition and was runner-up in the 2015 Essex Young Musician of the Year Competition.
Cameron has established a wide repertoire that encompasses German Lieder, opera and operetta and songs from Broadway musicals. Although specialising in singing, Cameron
is particularly interested in the social application of music. This will be Cameron’s first appearance for Redbridge Music Society.
Cathy is a long-established local piano accompanist. She has a wide knowledge of many repertoires and currently is in much demand. Currently, she is a piano teacher at Woodford Green Preparatory School, Bancroft’s School (Woodford Green) and Trinity RC High School. She is an official accompanist for the Stratford and East London Music Festival and also Manager of the West Essex Music Co-operative. She has a great deal of experience of accompanying musicians for all grades of music examinations (from beginners to diploma level) and for concerts and chamber recitals.
In addition to her work as an instrumental and vocal accompanist, Cathy is a regular accompanist for choirs and for ballet, tap and modern dance classes. She is particularly delighted to accompany her son Cameron this evening