Wensleydale Concert Series

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Programme for 2019 - Dates for your diary

(more details will be available shortly – venues to be confirmed, tickets on sale later this year)

I am very excited about our new concert programme for 2019. We have a really interesting mix across a range of musical instruments and styles. I have highlighted a few concerts I am particularly looking forward to but that does not mean I am not excited about the whole programme. More details will be added soon.


Saturday April 13th

Four hand piano recital – including Holst’s The Planets (in Holst's own arrangement) and Camille Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals.
Robert Hunter & Zoe Mather, piano

The sample video of "Jupiter" was recorded using a phone in rehearsal (so apologies that the sound quality is not perfect).

The Planets is famously known as a suite for a large orchestra. The piano duet arrangement Robert and Zoë will be performing was discovered just over 20 years ago by Pianist John York (Robert's teacher), who found it in a cupboard at St. Paul’s Girl’s School in Hammersmith, where Holst was head of music and also composed this work.


Saturday May 4th

Passamezzo – Elizabethan and Jacobean Music for Spring - a mixture of instrumental, solo and part singing  of songs by well known and lesser known composers for the period. It is all performed on period instruments and in costume.

To find our more see passamezzo.co.uk


Saturday June 22nd

Piano recital – Liszt, Schumann, Alkan
Mark Viner, piano

Mark is the youngest pianist to become Chariman of both the Liszt and Alkan Societies and is a superb pianist recently hailed by Internation Pianist Magazine as "an exceptional young artist with an uncompromising and distinctive personality both on and off the stage".

Read the Guardian ****** Review of Mark's recent CD of 12 Alkan Studies

[Mark Viner's] ... playing is never showy; he emphasises that these are profound explorations of early romantic sensibility first and extreme technical challenges second, and that is a totally convincing way of dealing with some of the most remarkable piano music of its time.


Saturday July 13th

Meraki Duo – flute and guitar recital
Meera Maharaj, flute with James Girling, guitar


Saturday August 31st

Piano Recital – Beethoven, Liszt, Prokofiev
Dinara Klinton, piano

In the video you can watch her play one of Liszt's Trascendental Etudes

An astonishing young Ukranian pianist - read the BBC Music Magazine ***** review of her recent recording of the fearsome Tanscentental Etudes by Liszt

What makes this recording such an astonishing achievement is that, somehow, this young Ukrainian-born pianist makes it seem not really astonishing at all. Possessing every ounce of technical resource that these fearsomely difficult works require, she’s therefore able to leave behind any sense of an issue there, and to deliver the music itself with a naturalness and freedom that really does amaze. Even at thunderous full throttle, she never plays an ugly note, delivering wave after wave of handsomely full and rounded piano tone.


Saturday September 28th

Solo Cello Recital – Gabrielli, Zimmermann, Bach, Tavener, Britten
Robin Michael, cello

Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and later with Ferenc Rados. He is principal cellist in Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Solo cellist with Orchestre Les Siecles (Paris) as well as regular guest principal cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, RTE Concert Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, English National Opera and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Robin was the cellist in the Fidelio trio for over 10 years with whom he toured Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa. He has also appeared in collaboration with the Dante and Eroica quartets. Highlights in his discography include the premier recording of Joe Cutler's cello concerto with the BBC CO (NMC), first recording of the original version of Mendelssohn's Octet on period instruments (Resonus) and Fidelio trio recordings on Naxos, NMC, Métier and Delphian records.

​Recent concert highlights include complete Bach and Britten suite cycles in France and London, the South Korean premier of Jonathan Harvey's 'Advaya' for cello and electronics, both Haydn concertos at the Spier festival in South Africa as well as festival appearances in Buenos Aires, Library of Congress, Washington, and European festivals including Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and St. Magnus


October (date TBC either 19th or 20th)

Chamber music by Margaret Sutherland, Hilary Tann, Rebecca Clarke, Phylis Tate and Elizabeth Maconchy
Scordatura - Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello