2020 – 2021 season

It is with great regret, that we have decided to postpone the whole of our season this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic.  A copy of the proposed 2020 – 2021 season’s publicity leaflet can be downloaded in PDF form here

9th October 2020                  7.30pm
Florian Mitrea (piano)

 

Mozart:           Sonata in C major KV 309
Schubert:       Wanderer Fantasy in C major, Op. 15
Liszt:               Après une lecture de Dante: Sonata quasi fantasia
Beethoven:   Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 7

“Not very long ago I heard an outstanding pianist from Romania: Florian… he plays Mozart extremely beautifully!” Martha Argerich in an interview for Radio România Muzical, September 2017

 

13th November 2020            7.30pm
Xuefei Yang (guitar)

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World renowned guitarist, Xuefei Yang will perform a programme of Spanish and Chinese music  – a homage to the common ancestry of the Spanish guitar and many Chinese plucked instruments.

Francisco Tarrega:             Grand Jota
Manuel De Falla:                  Homenaje A Claude Debussy
Manuel De Falla:                  Miller’s Dance from The Three Cornered Hat
Joaquin Rodrigo:                  Invocacion Y Danza
Lui & Mao arr Yang:            Yao Dance
Anon Arr Yang:                     Moonlight Over Spring River
Xu Chanjun Arr Yang:         Sword Dance
Anon Arr Yang:                     Fisherman Song Aa Eventide
Chinese Trad Arr Yang :     Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon
Yong Ning Arr Yang:           Camel Bells on the Silk Road
Isaac Albéniz:                       Tango In D
Isaac Albéniz Arr. Yang:     Suite Españole Op.47: Sevilla
Enrique Granados:             La Maja De Goya
Granados Arr. Yang:           Zapateado
Niňo Ricardo:                        Zambra Mora
Paco Peña:                           Colombiana

“Her lyrical playing, warm sound and charismatic artistry connect with audiences far beyond the guitar fraternity.” Classic FM Magazine

The Albeniz and Granados, both transcribed by Yang, are played with exceptional clarity and a degree of poetry that only Julian Bream’s account of the Valses Poetiques can match.” Gramophone,

                                                                                                                                             

11th December 2020           7.30pm
 Emily Askew Band                       

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Nowell, Nowell

A programme bringing to life the musical gems of Christmas past – songs about winter and this festive time of year interspersed with energetic dances and moving instrumentals. Including Gaudete, The Gower Wassail, Nowell Nowell, To Drive the Cold Winter Away. 

“Mixing folk and early music with beauty and precision” The Guardian

A group of superb musicians pursue the crossover region between early music and folk – a popular idea, but one which has rarely been done well …… The quality of the playing is simply outstanding: clean, accurate but with life, spring and imagination, and their feel for the pieces they play is in a similar league. Paul Burgess, Living Tradition

15th January 2021     7.30pm
Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux  (violin) and Ljubica Stojanovic (piano)
Charlotte is supported by the Countess of Munster Trust

Beethoven:                Sonata No.3 in E flat major, Op.12
Brahms:                     Sonata No 3 in D minor, Op.108
Szymanowski:          Mythes, 3 poems for violin and piano
Ravel:                         Sonata No 2 in G major

 

12th February 2021             7.30pm
Elysium Brass

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Elysium Brass is an award-winning brass quintet formed of graduates of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Their programme will include works by Henry VIII, Victor Ewald and George Gershwin

“… The Ensemble have a number of things going for them. Firstly, they are splendid virtuoso players. Secondly, they convey the joys of youth ….. their concerts seem almost like spontaneous events arranged for friends…”    Leicester Concert Goer (Leicester International Music Festival)

 

12th March 2021                  7.30pm
Solem Quartet (string ensemble)

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The Solem Quartet open their concert with a Haydn quartet followed by….
Tchaikovsky:             Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30
Beethoven:                Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131

‘Time appeared to stand still as every note was made to count. With wonderful attention to dynamics, crescendos were heavenly swells of sound and notes left hanging in mid-air created a magical ending to the movement.’  Elaine Annable, The Yorkshire Times,

 

16th April 2021             7.30pm
Xhosa Cole Quintet (jazz ensemble)
Xhosa was winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award in 2018

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The Quintet’s programme will include:

Cole:                                 Moving Ladywood
Cole:                                  Hockley Hill

Gershwin arr.Cole:         Summertime
Kaper arr. Cole:              While My Lady Sleeps
Monk                                Played Twice
Monk                                I Mean You

Coltrane                           Night has 1000 Eyes
Coltrane:                         Central Park West

“Xhosa’s performance was so heartfelt, sincere and communicative. It’s easy to see he has such a deep and genuine love of the tradition.” Iain Ballamy, Jury, BBC Young Musician Jazz Award,

Artists’ programmes do sometimes change after the initial publicity has been printed. Changes will be posted on our website as soon as we know them. Please check for further details before the concert.