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GRAHAM WHETTAM
THE COMPLETE WORKS FOR SOLO VIOLIN

Sonata nr 1 for Solo Violin
Sonata nr 2 for Solo Violin
Sonata nr 3 for Solo Violin

Romanza nr 1
Romanza nr 2

BRONZE (£30+)

Your name printed in the CD booklet

A copy of the disc, sent to you immediately upon its release

 

SILVER (£100+)

Your name printed in the CD booklet

A copy of the disc, sent to you immediately upon its release

An invitation to the CD launch

 

GOLD (£200+)

Your name printed in the CD booklet

Two copies of the disc, sent to you immediately upon its release

An invitation to the CD launch

The opportunity to attend the recording sessions at St Andrew’s Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire

Graham Whettam (1927–2007) was a largely self-taught composer who occupies a place in the English symphonic tradition.  His works include five symphonies – among them the ‘Sinfonia Contra Timore’ and the ‘Promethean Symphony’ – and a wealth of chamber works, including four string quartets, various trios and a series of works for solo instruments.

 

In 2016, I was approached by Christine Talbot-Cooper, Chairman of the Gloucester Music Society and a Vice-President of the Piano Trio Society, about the solo-violin music of Graham Whettam.  Christine has been an admirer and champion of Whettam’s music for many years, encouraging, for instance, the Carducci Quartet to perform his first String Quartet, a work which they later recorded, alongside the String Quartet nr 4, on their own label, Carducci Classics (CSQ5847).  I myself attended, several years ago, a memorable performance by Yossi Zivoni at the Cheltenham Music Festival of Whettam’s third solo-violin sonata; and this vivid experience meant that, with Christine’s approach, my enthusiasm was immediately kindled.  Once the works’ scores had been reissued by Edition Peters, I had the opportunity to examine them in full and was struck by their detail and depth, as well as by the strongly idiomatic writing, a response that was heightened still further when I performed the first solo sonata at a recital for the Gloucester Music Society in Gloucester Cathedral earlier this year.

 

Spanning a period of over 40 years, Whettam’s works for solo violin are informed and directed by compositional rigour, technical assurance and an analytical musical grammar but, at the same time, are full of vivid colour, dramatic inventiveness and, above all, a sense of deep humanity.  Christine and I firmly believe these works, with their passion, sincerity and integrity, are deserving of a wider audience than they have enjoyed hitherto, and we are therefore working with the acclaimed label EM Records to present their World Première recordings for release worldwide on audio CD and digital download.  It is our hope that this planned recording will help to reawaken musicians’ and audiences’ interest in Graham Whettam’s work, and lead to more opportunities for performances and recordings of his music generally.

Graham Whettam wrote much wonderful chamber music, of which little has been recorded; and I could not have wished for a better advocate of his solo violin music than Rupert Marshall-Luck. I hope as many people as possible will support this project so that we can ensure the Whettam legacy is secure.
CHRISTINE TALBOT-COOPER
Chairman, Gloucester Music Society | Vice-President, Piano Trio Society
Total cost: £4,970
Amount raised: £910 | 18.3%

We need to raise a further £4,060 to enable this project. Please will you help us to make the recording a reality by making a donation towards its costs? We offer a number of benefits at Bronze, Silver, or Gold levels, as detailed in the column above.

 

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