In 1974, Philip Bailey landed a gig in London selling electric cars for Yehudi Menuhin. Although that enterprise was shortlived, it was the beginning of a 20 year association and friendship with the Menuhins. Bailey joined their entourage and became the famous violinist’s personal assistant, travelling the world with him. In 2008, he released the biography, Yehudiana: Reliving the Menuhin Odyssey.
Trinity Grammar School’s Society of the Arts presents The Menuhins – A Miraculous Menage in which the brilliant and entertaining raconteur in collaboration with SSO violinist Marina Marsden and concert pianist Clemens Leske will share music and stories at the heart of the Menuhin saga. Amusing and moving anecdotes from Bailey’s experiences touring with the Menuhins will introduce the music they lived and loved. The repertoire is a representative mix of music from the Baroque to the modern. It includes Nigun from Ernest Bloch’s 1923 Baal Shem Suite, Bartok’s Romanian Dances and, at the other end of the time line, the chamber music of J S Bach.
Philip Bailey – narration,
Marina Marsden – violin,
Clemens Leske – piano.
J.S Bach – Adagio from Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001
Ernest Bloch – Nigun
J.S. Bach – Andante from the “Italian Concerto” BWV973
Cesar Franck – Allegretto poco mosso from the Sonata in A Major
Bela Bartok – Romanian Dances
L. van Beethoven – Allegro from Sonata 5 in F Major Opus 24 (“Spring”)
Edward Elgar – Allegro from Violin Sonata in E Minor Opus 82
Fritz Kreisler – Caprice Viennois for violin and piano Op. 2
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Light refreshments will be provided during interval