Cathy Irons

violinist: performer and teacher



This selection of pieces was inspired by John Boardman, the previous leader of the Christchurch Symphony who generously gave Cathy a large pile of music from his attic. It was a joy and privilege for Cathy to sort through the music and choose her favourites as well as lesser-known works.

Beethoven's “Spring” Sonata is just one of those pieces that makes one feel happy. Happy to listen to it, happy to perform it. Its lyrical melodies are well­suited to the violin. Poulenc's Sonata for Violin and Piano is challenging to violinist and pianist, where both instruments are treated with equal musical expression. It has sections of brilliant, fast playing and others which are exquisite, slow and tranquil. It has been one of those pieces that Cathy and Mark had a great time discovering. Kreisler is, as always, musically light and enjoyable, and just sheer fun to play. Tchaikovsky's Melancholic Serenade shows the deep, darker tones of the violin. And the melody in Elgar's Chanson de Matin sparkles with the freshness of an English spring morning.

Cathy and Mark have had many hours of pleasure rehearsing and exploring the music together, in this wonderful collection of violin materworks and favourites.



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