Tuesday 21st September 2021 at 7pm
Pianist, composer, conductor and teacher Paul Drayton once again returns to comment on the season ahead in his own inimitable style with piano accompaniment and other recorded musical illustrations.
Tickets £5 on the door (non-members)
Free entry for Members
Friday 8 October 2021
Ruisi String Quartet
Locke: Fantasia in F
Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte
Haydn: String Quartet No.5 in F Minor Op.20
Beethoven: String Quartet No.1 in F Major Op.59
Founded in 2013, the quartet perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe and were winners of a Royal Philharmonic Society award and the Kirckman Concert Society Artists award for 2018/19. In 2018, they were selected for an Aldeburgh Chamber Music Residency and for IMS Prussia Cove masterclasses with Thomas Ades. The group has been working with Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet.. They recently toured Scotland, debuted at St John's Smith Square in London and performed live on BBC Radio 3. The quartet are grateful for the long-term loan of a set of matching instruments by Harris & Sheldon of London.
"Ingenious programming... A listening experience of the highest order" (The Strad, 2019)
Friday 12 November 2021
Philip Leslie (Piano)
Mozart: Sonata No.4 K282
Beethoven: Sonata 31 Op. 110 Ab
Ian Stephens: World Premier Ha'n mor-tyd morlenow - 'As the sea-tide flows'
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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
British pianist Philip Leslie started his piano tuition at age seven in Cornwall. His is a first-class honours graduate from Trinity Laban and a recipient of the Silver Medal Keyboard Award.
He studied with Philip Fowke, Martino Tirimo, Peter Tuite & Margaret Fingerhut. Accolades include the Weingarten Prize for Piano and Angela Rinsler Award (EPTA). He has worked with Stephen Hough, Antti Siirala, Boris Petruchansky, Jonathan Plowright & Leon McCawley. Philip made his debut at the Southbank Centre in January 2019 where he performed works by Knussen & Boulez. Recently he won 2nd Prize at the Liszt International Piano Society Competition.
"...This is a player of culture and refinement" (Liszt Society)
Friday 3 December 2021
The Aurora Wind Ensemble with Joanna Smith
Zemlinsky: Humoreske for Wind Quintet
Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds
Mendelssohn: Concert Piece No.2 in D Minor Op. 114
Russell Pascoe: Keskan V
Elms: Moody Moves
Established in 1996, the Aurora Ensemble is a traditional wind quintet. Each of its players works regularly with some of the country's leading orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Prize winners at the European chamber music competition Musique d'Ensemble held at the Paris Conservatoire in 2001, the ensemble has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and performed in many major venues including the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall (for the Park Lane Group), Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and Cardiff's St David's Hall. Each season it performs for numerous music clubs and festivals.
"The Aurora Ensemble played with complete professionalism - tight, witty, beautifully balanced and cleverly phrased." (The independent on Sunday)
Friday 21 January 2022
Beethoven: Piano Trio No.8
Smetana: Trio in G Minor Op. 15
Schubert: Trio in Eb Major D929
Trio Textus comprises three distinguished musicians. Violinist Leos Cepicky is known to audiences throughout the world as leader of the illustrious Wihan String Quartet. He and pianist Michael Dussek, a leading international chamber musician for four decades, have collaborated at London's Wigmore hall and throughout the UK, the Prague Proms and festivals in France and Denmark. They are joined by the outstanding young cellist Yoanna Prodanova, a prize winner both as soloist and as a member of the Barbican String Quartet. Leos Cepicky is unable to perform due to travel restrictions but Michael Foyle will instead play for this concert.
Friday 25 February 2022
Michael Collins (clarinet) & Michael McHale (piano)
Stanford: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Brahms: Sonata in Eb Major Op. 120 No.2
Reinecke: Introduction and Allegro Appassionato
Saint-Saens: Sonata in Eb Major Op. 167
Poulenc: Sonata for clarinet and Piano
Michael Collins is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. With a continuing distinguished career as a soloist, he has in recent years also become highly regarded as a conductor.
In great demand as a chamber musician, Collins performs regularly with the Borodin, Heath and Belcea quartets, Andras Schiff, Martha Argerich, Stephen Hough, Mikhail Pletnev, Lars Vogt, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. During the 2019-20 season he was Artist in Residence at the Wigmore Hall. In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2015, Michael Collins was awarded an MBE for his services to music, he plays Yamaha clarinets.
"There is no denying that Collins is a master of his instrument; his technique is faultless." (Fanfare Magazine).
Friday 18 March 2022
Fitzroy String Quartet with Roman Kosyakov (piano)
Dvorak: Piano Quintet No.2 (revised)
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet
Winners of the Beethoven Prize at the 2nd International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition, the Fitzroy Quartet formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014. Since September 2017 they have been 'Associate Ensemble' at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where they are studying with Oliver Wille and were also selected as artists for the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust. They have participated in masterclasses from many of the world's leading chamber musicians including Garfield Jackson and David Waterman of the Endellion Quartet, Levon Chillingirian, Martin Outram and Christoph Richter, Miguel da Silva and Gunter Pichler. Roman Kosyakov was born into a musical family and made his concerto debut at the age of 12. In 2012 he graduated from the Central Music School in Moscow, having studied with Farida Nurizade and then in 2017 from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Vladimir Ovchinnikov.