The 2016 Series and a look ahead to the 2017 Series

In 2016 we have welcomed intensely feeling and thoughtful musicians, pianist Ivan Hovorun, classical guitarist from the Cuban school Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas and Joseph Tong and featured a wide range of composers, from Bach, through Liszt, Schubert, Debussy, Rachmaninov and Sibelius to Martin, Rojas, Tarrega, Brouwer and Albeniz.

In April Joseph Tong gave us a thoughtful evening of music composed around the age of our grand piano, with atmospheric pieces by Debussy conjuring ideas of the time of China with gamelan–like notes, the palaces and gardens of Granada and gardens in the rain, and Sibelius’ pieces known as the Trees informed by his performance of Sibelius’ piano pieces and piano transcriptions in Sibelius’ own home and on Sibelius’ own piano. His first Sibelius recording is available on CD now.

Our May recital moved the focus from the piano to clarinet, reeds and piano in sensitive and equal partnership and from established classical repertoire to pieces that have become new classics, also open to rich and diverse interpretation through the insightful musicianship of Alan Barnes, clarinet/saxophone and David Newton, piano – a duo of one of the leading clarinetists and saxophonists in the world and a pianist voted ‘Best Jazz Pianist’ in the British Jazz Awards for the thirteenth time in 2014. They performed the music of Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern from The Wizard of Oz and Showboat in a recital that was variously joyous, humorous and revelatory.

June saw the return of Veronika Shoot, bringing her customary intensity and verve and then showing her Russian soul in Rachmaninov’s second Sonata; like Vladimir Horowitz, Veronika drew on both the early composition and Rachmaninov’s much later revision to play the sonata in a form close to Horowitz’s.

In July Bach, Elgar and Debussy, transcribed for classical harmonica, were performed by Philip Achille, classically trained from a young age by one of the great masters of harmonica, and sensitively accompanied by concert pianist, Nathan Tinker. Ramon Ricker’s Jazz Sonata, then brought together modern classical and jazz.

The Autumn and early Winter continues to see some of the best young international performers who have already performed and garnered acclaim at some of the most highly regarded concert halls around the world.

2016 Programme:

Sunday 7 February – Dickinson Cardenas, classical guitar – Martin, Brewer, Rojas, Tarrega, Albeniz
Sunday 6 March – Ivan Hovorun, piano – Bach, Rachmaninov, Liszt
Sunday 3 April – Joseph Tong, Schubert, Debussy and Sibelius
Sunday 8 May – Alan Barnes, clarinet/saxophone and David Newton, piano – the music of Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern
Sunday 5 June – Veronika Shoot, piano – Rachmaninov, Mozart, Lyadov, Stravinsky, Ginastera
Sunday 3 July – Philip Achille – classical harmonica
Sunday 4 September – Reinis Zarins, piano
Sunday 2 October – Evva Mizerska, cello and Emma Abbate, piano – Stephen Dodgson, Beethoven, Schumann, Algernon Ashton and Manuel de Falla
Sunday 6th November – Will Butterworth piano – his own composition The Nightingale and the Rose
Sunday 4th December – Veronika Shoot and Alisa Lyubarskaya, piano and cello

2017 Programme for the first half:

Sunday 8th January – An -Ting Chang – piano “The Carnival of the Animals”
Sunday 5th February – Stephen Gutman – piano
Liszt – 3 pieces from Années de Pèlerinage III
Debussy – La Soirée dans Grenade; D’un cahier d’esquisses; L’Isle joyeuse
Janacek – On an overgrown path.
Sunday 5th March – Olga Stezhko – piano
Sunday 2nd April – MinJung Baek – piano
Sunday 14th May – Olga Jegunova – piano
Sunday 4th June – Alisa Liubarskaya – cello, Harry Nowakowski-Fox – piano
Beethoven – 7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” for Cello and Piano
Faure – Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 117
Janáček – Pohádka
Webern – 3 little pieces for cello and piano
Franck – Sonata in A major
Sunday 2nd July – Victor de la Rosa – clarinet, Oscar Caravaca – piano

We would like to thank our audiences for their warm support, enthusiasm and loyalty, We look forward to welcoming you to our recitals this 2017.

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