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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.


Gustav Holst - The Planets - Jupiter
Performed by Robert Hunter and Zoe Mather
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.


Passamezzo perform Bassa PompiliaSaturday 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.

Passamezzo was founded in 2001, initially to explore the Jacobean Masque. The ensemble specialise in English Elizabethan and Jacobean repertoire, the masque remaining an important part of their programming, and concerts have a distinct theatrical air created by costume, readings and presentation. The ensemble delights in all aspects of musical life, from the intimacy of the lute song, to the brash raucousness of the broadside ballad, from the sacred part song, to the profane insanity of bedlamite mad songs. The programmes are carefully researched with music frequently taken from manuscript sources, unearthing pieces that have lain hidden for centuries. It is this range of material and overall spectacle, combined with the informative and accessible manner of their presentation, that makes Passamezzo such an engaging group.

We have a Spring programme: "This Merry Pleasant Spring: Music, words and song for Spring". It consists of ballads, lutesongs, consort music, madrigals, dance melodies and readings, and follows the season from the melting of the ice at the beginning of Spring, through maying, maypoles, hobby horses and feasting, to the sheepshearing and Whitsun holidays that mark the coming of Summer. Includes music by Bannister, Campion, Dowland, East, Morley, Peerson, Weelkes and Wilson, and readings from Spenser, Stubbes, Herrick and Breton.

To find our more see passamezzo.co.uk


Mark Viner plays Franz Liszt's HexameronSaturday 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.


Polo by Manuel de Falla
Performed by Meera Maharaj and James Girling
Saturday July 13th

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

The Meraki Duo, a flute and guitar ensemble formed in 2013 at the Royal Northern College of Music. We love performing in a wide variety of contexts and venues; so far, these have included a range of churches across the North, the Bridgewater Hall, St James' Piccadilly, the Royal Overseas League House in London, and even a barn in Cumbria.

Programme includes music by Miroslav Tadic, Lowell Liebermann, Olivier Messiaen, Astor Piazzolla, Hermeto Pascoal, Hermeto Pascoal and Andy Scott


Franz Liszt's Transcendental Etude No. 5 "Feux follets" performed by Dinara KlintonSaturday 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.


Extract from On Disruption and Displacement (2004)
by Robert Fokkens and performed here by
Robin Michael (cello) and Mary Dullea (piano)
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


"St Agnes" by Judith Weir. Performed by
Henrietta Hill (viola) and Rachel Watson (cello)
Saturday October 19th 730pm

Scordatura - a chamber music concert with Poppy Beddoe (Clarinet), Henrietta Hill (Viola) and Rachel Watson (cello)

Music by Rebecca Clarke, Hildegard of Bingen, Hilary Tann, Amy Bryce and Phylis Tate

Scordatura Women's Music Collective is a mixed chamber ensemble dedicated to performing music written by women. Our repertoire reaches back to the 16th century, and also encompasses contemporary and world music. We are committed to promoting music written by women which has been unfairly neglected; to support and perform current composers; and to inspire the next generation of women to compose.

Since being founded in March 2017, Scordatura has performed music by composers as diverse as Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Clara Schumann, Chen Yi, Margaret Bonds and Judith Weir. We have also worked with young and emerging composers, both to provide performance opportunities for existing works and to comission new music. The ensemble is committed to playing to as wide an audience as possible, and to developing new audiences through education and outreach work.