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Tea with Chopin: A Piano Recital

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
St Luke Anglican hosts Chopin's final chapter
With the altar in darkness, St Luke's took on an ethereal quality, enhanced by the welcoming notes from the piano. Lance Clarke (B.Mus) Teacher, warmed up the ivories as his fingers danced like ballerinas, a foretaste of the coming performance. Also an arranger and composer, Clarke transported us to the poignant past of Frederic Francois Chopin.

Tea with Chopin St Luke piano
Baby grand piano played by Lance Clarke.

The recital was the last in a series of four and the focus was on works from the final chapter of Chopin's life. Clarke effortlessly performed ten pieces, including Polonaise (Heroic), the Minute Waltz and Etude (Revolutionary), interspersing them with amusing and educational anecdotes.

Heavy stone columns and exquisite stained-glass windows in midnight-blue, appeared to repose as if enraptured by the sound resonating around them.

The recital was followed by a simple afternoon tea, included in the entry fee.

On 19 July at 3:00pm, St Luke's will be hosting the Jacaranda Trio featuring gifted flautist Nicola Hayden. Additionally 'Ukes at St Luke's' happens every second Sunday 3pm, entry by gold coin donation.

Tea with Chopin St Luke windows
St Luke Anglican Church stained-glass windows. Cnr Herries & Ruthven Streets, Toowoomba
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Phone: 07 4639 1910
Where: Ruthven Street, Toowoomba
Cost: $15 Adults, $10 Concessions
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