2019 – 2020 Programme

11th October 2019                7.30pm

 Lauren Zhang (piano)

Lauren is the current holder of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award
This concert is generously sponsored by Clugston Group Limited

Bach                 Toccata in C minor BWV 911
Beethoven       Sonata no. 31 in A flat Major op. 110
Chopin             Polonaise-fantasy op. 61
Chopin             Nocturne op. 48 no. 1
Rachmaninov   Sonata no. 2 in B flat minor, op. 36 (revised version)
Ravel                La Valse

If you would like to listen to any or all of the music before tomorrow evening, try these links: –

Bach – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q71afaDRGiA

Beethoven – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbnM-1MQSGw

Chopin – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbnM-1MQSGw and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=107Iwx5RKSM

Rachmaninov – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRreYEJS1WY

Ravel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8Tdtbo_6yY

“Lauren Zhang’s power never let up, yet what most impressed was the magical delicacy of her playing in the softer passages”  BBC Young Musician final, The Times, May 2018

“A superhuman display of keyboard virtuosity” BBC Young Musician final, The Arts Desk, May 2018

“Lauren owned [Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano Concerto] from the very first bars, revealing not only exceptional technically mastery but also acute musical intelligence and insight in a work of striking contrasts, substance and depth” BBC Young Musician final, The Cross-Eyed Pianist, May 2018



8th November 2019                7.30pm

The Meiningen Ensemble with Clare Wheat
Piano quartet with soprano for the Dunhill Song Cycle

We have received a generous donation from the Herbert Howells Trust to support this concert


W.A. Mozart    Piano Quartet in G minor, K478
Howells Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 21
Dunhill Song Cycle: ‘The Wind Among the Reeds’ (Arr. by Jonathan Gooing)

Jonathan Gooing – pianist: ‘Exquisitely balanced and responsive’ Patric Standford (Yorkshire Post)

Clare Wheat – soprano: ‘A voice with lots of quality’
Julian Smith, (Music Advisor, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World)


6th December 2019               7.30pm

Daniel Shao (flute) & Joseph Havlat (piano)
Daniel is supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust


J.S. Bach        Sonata for flute in E minor, BWV 1034
G. Hue             Fantaisie for flute and piano
E. Elgar           Salut-d’amour, Op 12
G. Fauré          Sonata for violin and piano No 1 in A. Op13 arr. for flute and piano
H. Harty          ‘In Ireland’
C. Gluck          Dance of the Blessed Spirits
C. Debussy     Three Chansons from ‘Bilitis’ arr. for Flute, ‘Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d’été’, ‘Pour que la nuit soit propice’ and ‘Pour l’Égyptienne’
G. Heard         Olde Redding
F. Poulenc       Flute Sonata FP 164

Daniel’s playing has been described as “shapely and silvery” (Classical Source, 2017) and possessing “virtuosity, charm, and charisma in abundance” (The Telegraph, 2014).

Joseph’s playing has been described as ‘dazzling’ (Tempo Magazine, 2018) and he is ‘a performer of powerful presence’ (New York Times, 2016), displaying ‘ warmth, sensitivity and intent’ as well as ‘unflinching calmness and confidence’ (CutCommon Magazine, 2017).



17th January 2020     7.30pm

Martin James Bartlett (piano)

Martin James Bartlett 1 credit Kaupo Kikkas
Martin was winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award in 2014

Bach              Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. Busoni)
Bach              Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (arr. Hess)
Mozart         Piano Sonata No.12 in F major, K.332
Liszt             Années de pèlerinage: Deuxième année: Italie, S.161: 5. Petrarch’s Sonnet 104
Julian Anderson Sensation: She Hears
Schumann  Widmung (arr Liszt)
Liszt             Liebestraum No.3, S.541
Granados    Goyescas, Op.11: El Amor y la Muerte
Wagner        Tristan und Isolde, WWV.90: Liebestod (arr. Liszt)
Scriabin       Piano Sonata No.4

Martin James Bartlett is not only a prodigy of the piano but an accomplished artist who counts among the greats of his generation.  Nice Matin

Martin James Bartlett brought maximum feeling to the music and played with astonishing delicacy and punch. Daily Telegraph

The wit and colour in pianist Martin James Bartlett’s playing was thrilling. Times


7th February 2020                 7.30pm

The Kanneh-Mason Ensemble
Featuring Braimah, Konya, Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu Kanneh-Mason


 Jeneba was a finalist in the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018

The Kanneh-Mason ensemble is made up of five siblings from this famous and musically-gifted family. The family first came to the attention of the public in Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 and made it all the way to the semi-finals. Simon Cowell said they were, “probably the most talented family in the world!
They play a range of instruments, mainly piano and strings. Their concert will include works by Chopin, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Chausson, Mozart.  Their programme will be finalised later.



13th March 2020                    7.30pm

Tabea Debus (recorder) & Alex McCartney (theorbo)


Ode on an earworm

Until the 15th century music was predominantly an aural tradition. However, with the
invention of the printing press this tradition began to disappear. Still, some melodies are
innately memorable – why?
Tabea and Alex’s programme includes music by Caccini, Dowland, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Marais, Freya Waley-Cohen, and not to forget (most famous of all) Anonymous…

Debus is a charismatic virtuoso. The Times / XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto CD / 2018

Only very rarely do we get the chance to encounter musicians in full artistic control and bestowed with a technical ability that makes you sit and listen in awe.  Early Music Review / XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto / 2018

Alex is ‘A consumate lutenist…’  Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3 InTune

With the rich, deep tones of the theorbo, and some rippling and cascading runs, deftly articulated here by McCartney, this is a delightful programme.’ Classical Notes (about Alex’s album Toccata:Touched; theorbo music by Kapsberger).


3rd April 2020                               7.30pm

Laura van der Heijden (cello) & Katya Apekisheva (piano)


Laura was winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award in 2012
Katya was a prize winner at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1996

Laura and Katya are currently working on their programme for next year.

 Laura’s reviews:
“The beauty of Laura van der Heijden’s playing lies in the fact that she has a wonderful expressivity, but never, ever overdoes it.”
  Jane Shuttleworth, Bachtrack

“At just 19, this tremendously charismatic performer displayed a confidence and artistry far greater than her years, delivering a rich, treacly tone warmed with a robust vibrato’. The Australian (April 2016)

Reviews of Katya’s playing:
‘Most outstanding…superbly controlled technique and commanding musicality throughout… astonishing…’
The Yorkshire Post at the Leeds International Piano Competition

‘A profoundly gifted artist who has already achieved artistic greatness’. Gramophone


 Where we do not have the artists’ programmes, the details will be posted on our website as soon as we know them. Please check for further details.