Coffee Concert on 17th March at 11am

Franz Schubert – Winterreise

We will be joined by Rainer Gramer (Baritone) and Christopher Moore (pianist) on Saturday morning the 17th March at 11am. They will be performing the Franz Schubert – Winterreise.
Doors open at 11am for coffee, and the concert will start at 11.30am. Admission free – Retiring collection

Franz Schubert
1797 – 1828


Die Winterreise

1. Gute Nacht 13. Die Post
2. Die Wetterfahne 14. Der greise Kopf
3. Gefrorne Tränen 15. Die Krähe
4. Erstarrung 16. Letzte Hoffnung
5. Der Lindenbaum 17. Im Dorfe
6. Wasserflut 18. Der stürmische Morgen
7. Auf dem Flusse 19. Täuschung
8. Rückblick 20. Der Wegweiser
9. Irrlicht 21. Das Wirtshaus
10. Rast 22. Mut
11. Frühlingstraum 23. Die Nebensonnen
12. Einsamkeit 24. Der Leiermann

Poems by Wilhelm Müller (7 October 1794 – 30 September 1827)

Winterreise (Winter Journey), a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert, is a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. It is the second of Schubert’s two great song cycles on Müller’s poems, the earlier being Die schöne Müllerin.

Rainer Grämer (Bass-Baritone) was born in Kronach, North Bavaria, Germany. Whilst attending university in Erlangen, Germany, he studied with Norma Lerer, Nese Pars, Manfred Capell and Dr. Z. Edmund Toliver. After Rainer moved to London, UK, in 1991 he continued his musical studies with David Mason, Ian Massa-Harris and most recently with Richard Edgar-Wilson. He sang in the extra choir at Bayreuth in the 1980s; he had solo appearances in Aschaffenburg, Schweinfurt, Forchheim, Erlangen, Nürnberg and Haßfurt while he lived in Germany. In the 80s and 90s he attended several master classes under Hanno Blaschke. Rainer was a member of the church choir of St. Peter’s, Streatham from 2010 until 2014 when he moved to Norfolk. In 1992 Rainer appeared on BBC Radio with the Gabrieli Consort under the direction of Paul McCreesh. While living in London Rainer sang with the Philharmonia Chorus, and was a member of the BBC Symphony Chorus, the New London Singers, OSJ Voices and the London Philharmonic Chorus. In October 2008 he sang in Coburg Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and in December 2009 he sang in his birth town Haydn’s Creation. In October 2013 he sang in Kronach and Coburg in Bruckner’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. In April 2014 he sang Jesus in St. Matthew passion in London under Philip Collin. On Good Friday in the following years he sang Jesus in Telemann’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Brokes Passion by Händel and Stölzel in Kronach. This year he will sing Jesus in Bach’s St. John’s Passion in Kronach.

Christopher Moore was educated in Hertfordshire and at Durham University. He worked in schools and churches in Dorset, London and Sussex before moving to Cambridge in 1986 to take up the post of Director of Music at Great St Mary’s, later moving to the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs. In 1998 he moved to Sudbury, Suffolk, and then in 2002 to London where he was Acting Organist to the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. In 2004 he moved to South Africa to be Director of Music at the Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Grahamstown, but returned to the UK in 2006, resuming a freelance career. For thirty years he was an examiner for the ABRSM. Christopher now lives in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and is busy as pianist, organist, harpsichordist, accompanist and teacher as well as being involved in many aspects of musical life both locally and further afield. He is Choir Director at St Mary’s church and pianist of the Sokolowski Trio and the Linnet Ensemble, both based in Bury St Edmunds.