Next concert: Masterclass with Laura Snowden

Laura Snowden

Saturday 13 October at 2.00pm

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Concerts

Our 2014/15 season featured six classical concerts, listed below, and a lunchtime workshop.

Click here for details of the 2013/14 season's concerts.

Click here for details of the 2012/13 season's concerts.

Sunday 5 October 2014 at 3.00pm

Antony Peebles (piano)

Antony Peebles

After winning both the BBC and Debussy piano competitions in the early 1970s, Antony has enjoyed a most successful career having performed in 131 different countries. His recordings have received great critical acclaim.

"This artist is a true visionary" – Daily Telegraph

  • Beethoven – Sonata in C major, Op. 53 (waldstein)
  • Brahms – Piano pieces, Op. 119
  • Schumann/Liszt – Three Songs
  • Ravel – Gaspard de la nuit

See the artist's Wikipedia entry for more details.

 

Sunday 2 November 2014 at 3.00pm

Pro Musica String Trio

Robert Heard (violin), Louise Williams (viola), Richard Jenkinson (cello)

Pro Musica String Trio

The Pro Musica String Trio have performed the major works of the classical repertoire as well as the music of early 20th composers such as Lennox Berkeley and Kodaly. During the season they are performing in major venues and music clubs in the UK.

  • Schubert – Trio in B flat
  • Dohnányi – Serenade
  • Mozart – Divertimento

See a review of this concert by John Gibson.

See the trio's website for more details.

 

Sunday 7 December 2014 at 12.00pm

Katona Twins – Guitar Workshop

Katona Twins

Zoltán and Peter will be sharing with us some of the secrets of their success during a Workshop for guitarists from 12 midday. Come and join in, and don't forget to bring your guitar!

See the twins' website for more details.

 

Sunday 7 December 2014 at 3.00pm

Katona Twins (guitar)

Katona Twins

Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as "the classical world's best-known guitar duo", Peter and Zoltán Katona effortlessly transfer from strictly classical, into more popular musical genres. They have given recitals in the major concert venues throughout the world.

  • Vivaldi (arr. Katona) – Trio in C major RV82
  • Albéniz (arr. Katona) – Cordoba
  • Piazzolla – Introduccion & Otono Porteno
  • Tárrega – Excerpts from Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71
  • Tchaikovsky (arr. Katona) – Chaconne in G major, HWV 435
  • Handel (arr. Katona) – Cordoba
  • Rodrigo – Introduccion & Invocation et Danse
  • Albéniz (arr. Katona) – Mallorca Asturias
  • Manuel de Falla (arr. Katona) – El amor brujo (Excerpts)

See a review of this concert by John Gibson.

See the twins' website for more details.

 

Sunday 25 January 2015 at 3.00pm

The Coull String Quartet

Coull String Quartet

The Coull String Quartet have performed and broadcast extensively to great acclaim, throughout the UK, USA, Western Europe, the Far East and Australia. As part of today's recital we shall hear Derek Smith's Quartet no. 4 which is influenced by 'Carolingua', a work that won for him the BBC/Henschel Quartet Prize in 2008.

  • Schubert – Quartet in E flat, D87
  • Derek Smith – Quartet no. 4
  • Tchaikovsky – Quartet no. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30

See a review of this concert by Ernie Kay.

See the quartet's website for more details.

 

Sunday 22 February 2015 at 3.00pm

Astaria String Quartet

Shulah Oliver (violin), Kelly McCusker (violin), Alice Billen (viola) and Sean Gilde (cello)

Astaria Quartet

Inspirational and innovative, the Astaria String Quartet continues to explore not only less well known works, but also aspects of audience development with their exciting new programme 'An Evening of Requests' and the commissioning of new music by local composers.

'...quality, sensitivity and freshness of playing...' – BBC Radio 4

  • Smetana – Quartet No. 1 from 'My Life'
  • Verdi – Quartet in E minor
  • Mozart – Quartet KV 465 'Dissonance'
  • Janácek – Quartet No. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata'

See a review of this concert by John Gibson.

See the quartet's website for more details.

 

Sunday 29 March 2015 at 3.00pm

Concert Royal

Peter Harrison (flute), John Treherne (harpsichord), Rachel Gray (cello) and Margarette Ashton (soprano)

Concert Royal

Concert Royal celebrate forty years of early music making in 2014. Playing period instruments and performing in historically-informed style, the ensemble recreate the elegant sound worlds of the baroque and classical eras. They have given hundreds of recitals throughout the UK, toured in Europe, USA and for the British Council in South America.

Jane Austen's Musical England

Jane Austen was a keen amateur musician with a large collection of music. The programme includes songs and instrumental music drawn from her collection and contemporary sources. Brief extracts from letters and novels provide a fascinating glimpse into Jane Austen's musical world.

The programme includes music by Handel, JC Bach, and Dr Thomas Arne and his English contemporaries.

See the quartet's website for more details.