2017 – 2018 Programme

13th October 2017                 7.30pm
Martin James Bartlett

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J S Bach Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826
Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Scriabin Sonata No.4 in F sharp, Op. 30
Rachmaninov Prelude in B minor, Op. 32 No. 10
Rachmaninov Prelude in G major, Op. 32 No. 5
Rachmaninov Prelude in G sharp minor, Op. 32
Prokofiev Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op. 83

Martin was winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2014.

“One of the greatest young up and coming piano talents in the music world”

— Royal College of Music Magazine

“The wit and colour in Martin James Bartlett’s playing was thrilling” — The Times


10th November 2017             7.30pm
Jess Gillam (Saxophone) + Jonathan Fisher (Piano)

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Jess Gillam
Jonathan Fisher

Programme to include:

Dave Heath The Celtic
Pedro Itturalde Pequena Czardas
Chick Corea Children’s Songs
Ravel Piece en forme de Habanera
Bartok Folk Songs from Csik
Michael Nyman ‘If’ from ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’
Jeremy Wall Elegy for Trane
Claude Debussy Syrinx
Peter DeRose arr. Rudy Wiedoeft Deep Purple
John Williams Escapades
Darius Milhaud Braziliera from Scaramouche
Phil Woods Sonata For Alto Sax And Piano (First Movement)

Jess was winner of the wind section and a finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year award 2016

The future of our industry” – Nikki Neave (Manager of Courtney Pine)  

“She has her place in the saxophone hall of fame already” – John Harle, BBC Young Musician 2016


8th December 2017               7.30pm
Emperor Quartet

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Haydn String quartet in B minor, Op. 33 No. 1
Shostakovich String quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73
Ravel String quartet in F major

 ‘They have performed all over the world and their lively and energetic performance today shows why they are so popular’ – Review following performance at Hollywell Music Rooms, Oxford


12th January 2018      7.30pm
Dinara Klinton (Piano)


Bach-Busoni Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532
Medtner Sonata Romantica
Beethoven Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
Liszt Transcendental Etudes Nos. 1-4

“Dinara Klinton’s performance of Liszt’s Transcendental Études is astonishing. She is a real virtuoso, a born pianist, a very natural player.” Sir András Schiff


9th February 2018                  7.30pm
Nick Morton (Baritone) + Harry Sever (Piano)

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Harry Sever
Schubert Winterreise

The recital will be preceded by an illustrated talk from Professor Brian Newbould, who is the Society’s President and a world authority on Schubert.

Of Nick Morton, Peter Reed says “his baritone is its own luxury casting” – Classical Source


9th March 2018                      7.30pm
Solarek Piano Trio

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Schumann Phantasie Pieces, Op. 73
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel Trio in D minor, Op. 11
Brahms Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101

Their concerts are well known for their informative and entertaining introductions. Sparkling performances combined with a friendly convivial atmosphere send audiences home elated.



 13th April 2018                       7.30pm
Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason (cello & piano)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (photo by Shaw Ryan)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a British cellist who won the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award.

Sheku has won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music from September 2017. He will be deciding his exciting programme for 2017-18 when he starts at the Royal Academy in the autumn.

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Sheku’s accompanist will be his sister, Isata.

Young Musician Winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason is just what classical music needs – Chi-Chi Nwanoku