Next concert: The York Waits

The York Waits

Sunday 8 December at 3.00pm

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Concerts

Our 2019/20 season features six classical concerts, listed below, and a lunchtime workshop.

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Sunday 13 October at 3.00pm

John Paul Ekins (piano)

John Paul Ekins

John Paul Ekins' scintillating, communicative and sensitive performances have drawn praise from audiences and critics alike. In great demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, he has given performances throughout the UK, Northern Ireland and overseas and was recently appointed as piano teacher at St. Paul's School, London.

  • HaydnAndante and variations in F minor Hob. 17/6
  • MozartSonata in C minor K.457
  • LisztHarmonies du Soir
  • LisztCantique d'amour
  • MussorgskyPictures at an Exhibition

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Sunday 10 November at 12.00pm

The Carducci String Quartet

Carducci String Quartet

With breadth of experience in working with young people, the Carducci String Quartet will tutor young musicians from the Elgar School and Severn Arts. Free Entry to under 18s and those with a ticket to the afternoon concert (otherwise £5).

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Sunday 10 November at 3.00pm

The Carducci String Quartet

Matthew Denton (violin), Michelle Fleming (violin), Eoin Schmidt-Martin (viola) and Emma Denton (cello)

Carducci String Quartet

The Carducci String Quartet - Described by the 'Strad' as presenting 'a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality', the award-winning Carducci Quartet is internationally acclaimed as one of the most accomplished and versatile ensembles of today.

First in a series of three concerts each containing a Bartok String Quartet

  • BeethovenString Quartet no. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 'Serioso'
  • BorodinString Quartet no. 2 in D major
  • BartokString Quartet no. 1 in A minor Sz 40

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Sunday 8 December at 3.00pm

The York Waits

The York Waits

Make We Joy Now in this Fest

Festive music for Advent and Christmas performed on period instruments by The York Waits, with singer Deborah Catterall. The Waits explore the wide diversity of medieval and renaissance music from across Europe – fifteenth century English carols, Lutheran chorales, French noels and Mediterranean lullabies. They perform on a vast array of wind, brass, strings and percussion, including shawms, sackbuts, curtals, crumhorns, recorders, flutes, fiddles, rebec, gittern, harp, vielle, bagpipes and portative organ.

They are fantastic live... Brilliant musicians playing unpretentious good-time music that they obviously get a huge kick out of playing. – David Williams

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Sunday 26 January at 3.00pm

The Gildas String Quartet

Christopher Jones (violin), Gemma Sharples (violin), Kay Stephen (viola) and Anna Menzies (cello)

Gildas String Quartet

The Gildas String Quartet have performed to critical acclaim at major venues and on BBC Radio 3. Praised for their 'energy, verve and refreshing approach', their bold and explorative approach to performance has been recognised by International Franz Schubert & Modern Music Competition, Graz, where they won the Audience Engagement Award, 2018.

  • MozartQuartet in C major 'Dissonance'
  • JanacekQuartet no. 2 'Intimate Letters'
  • BeethovenQuartet in A minor, Op. 132

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Sunday 23 February at 3.00pm

The Frith Piano Quartet

Benjamin Frith (piano), David Le Page (violin), Robin Ireland (viola) and Richard Jenkinson (cello)

Frith Piano Quartet

The Frith Piano Quartet was formed in 2000 and have performed the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvorák, Fauré, Mozart and also not-so-often-heard gems such as Frank Bridge, Arthur Bliss and Richard Strauss.

  • MozartPiano Quartet no. 2 K.493 in E flat major
  • TurinaPiano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67
  • BrahmsPiano Quartet no. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

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Sunday 29 March at 3.00pm

Lecture / Recital on the historic Nicholson organ of 1840

Christopher Allsop

Christopher Allsop

Christopher Allsop is Assistant Director of Music at The King's School, Worcester. He founded the New Birmingham Scholars chamber choir, taught at Birmingham Conservatoire, played for numerous choirs and has been organist for five Worcester Three Choirs Festivals.

An illustrated lecture exploring the history and sound-world of this small and beautiful instrument, featuring music by English composers as well as by Bach, Mendelssohn and Guilmant.

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