Commemorative Concert

John Barton Armstrong 90th Anniversary

28th March 2013

Various composers


This is the first of two similar concerts. The second performance is in Birmingham on 17th June.

A programme of British cello music celebrating the 90th Anniversary of John Barton Armstrong’s birth, with:

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The featured work at this event is John Barton Armstrong’s Cello Sonata, a very substantial single-movement piece of nearly half an hour’s duration that ranks as one of his most important compositions after his symphonies and opera. Also featured is Peter Thompson’s The Renaissance Spirit, a solo piano work written in memory of John Barton Armstrong. Both The Renaissance Spirit and Martin Glover’s Interstate are receiving their first performances at these concerts.

Date & Venue

Date: Thursday, 28th March 2013 at 7:30 pm
Venue: Vestry Hall
University of West London
Ranelagh Road
London W5 5RJ
(near South Ealing tube station; see map to the right)


Entry to this event is now FREE! (This is contrary to initial advertising.)

Note that this concert will be repeated in Birmingham on 17th June.

Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton

Programme details

  Composer Title Performer(s)
VariousCommemorative Concert
John Barton Armstrong 90th Anniversary
28th March 2013
Lionel Handy, ’Cello,
Nigel Clayton, Piano
# Composers Work Performer(s)
1Sir Arnold BaxCello Sonatina in D
Lionel Handy, ’Cello,
Nigel Clayton, Piano
2John Barton ArmstrongCello Sonata
3Benjamin BrittenChaconne
4Peter ThompsonThe Renaissance Spirit
(in memoriam J.B.A.) First performance
Nigel Clayton, Piano
5Philip GrangeElegy
Lionel Handy, ’Cello,
Nigel Clayton, Piano
6Martin GloverInterstate
First performance
7Frederick DeliusViolin Sonata no 3
(Transcribed for cello by Lionel Handy)

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Catalogue code: C20130328Published: 7th March 2013
Entry last updated: 7th March 2013