Commemorative Concert

John Barton Armstrong 90th Anniversary

17th June 2013

Various composers


Concessions: £5 • Tickets are not being issued in advance; payment will be at the door.

This is the second of two similar concerts. The first performance is in London on 28th March.

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, 17th June 2013 at 7:30 pm
Venue: Recital Hall
Birmingham City University
Paradise Place
Fletchers Walk
Birmingham B3 3HG
(near New Street station; see map to the right)


Entry costs £7 (concessions £5); please pay at the door.

Note that this concert is a repeat of the one in London on 28th March.

Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton

Programme details

  Composer Title Performer(s)
VariousCommemorative Concert
John Barton Armstrong 90th Anniversary
17th June 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: C20130617Published: 7th March 2013
Entry last updated: 7th March 2013