2019 – 2020 Programme

Details of each concert can be found on the drop down menu from our  2019-2020 season page

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

Links to the music Lauren played:

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

The Meiningen Ensemble with Clare Wheat

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

Meiningen Ensemble
Meiningen Ensemble
Clare Wheat_Soprano for Meiningen ensemble
Clare Wheat

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

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

J.S. Bach : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. Busoni)
J.S. 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
Scriabin : Piano Sonata No.4 in F-sharp major, Op.30
R. Schumann : Widmung (arr Liszt)
Granados : Goyescas, Op.11: El Amor y la Muerte
Wagner : Tristan und Isolde, WWV.90: Liebestod (arr. Liszt)
Rachmaninoff : Vocalise, Op.34, No.14 (arr. Wild)
Rachmaninoff : Polka de W.R.
Gershwin : The Man I Love
Gershwin : I Got Rhythm
Gershwin/Wild: Embraceable You
Gershwin/Wild : Fascinating Rhythm

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!

Beethoven: Spring Sonata
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No 2
Granados: The Maiden and the Nightingale
Chopin Etudes op 10 nos 3 & 4
Fauré: Elegie
Haydn: Gypsy Rondo
Mendelssohn: Variations Sérieuses
Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor Op 79 No1
Massenet: Meditation
Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco;
Saint-Saens: Allegro Appassionato
Frank Bridge: Valse Russe


13th March 2020                    7.30pm

Tabea Debus (recorder) & Alex McCartney (theorbo)



Tabea is a YCAT artist                                                                            Print

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?

“I was [un]able to think of any thing, but remained all night transported.” – Samuel Pepys
Music has a tendency to continue playing inside our minds, whether we want it to or not. Today, studies are being conducted to examine the causes and cures of such so-called earworms. From Pepys, we gather that musical earworms are in no way unique to our century. Without specific studies of the phenomenon to guide us, how can we follow the traces of earworms back in time?

Anonymous (14th century) – Lamento di Tristano

Ciacona – after Antonio Bertali (1605-1669), Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665), Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Anonymous (16th century) – La Monica or Une jeune fillette

Pierre-Francisque Carroubel (1556-1611/15) – Spagnolette from: Terpsichore, Musarum Aoniarum (Michael Praetorius, 1612)

Andrea Falconieri (1585-1656) – La suave melodia, y su corrente from: Il primo libro di canzone… (Napoli 1650)

Anonymous – Vuestros ojos tienen d’amor from: A Musicall Banquet (Robert Dowland, 1610)

Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783) – Fandango in D minor, R. 146 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMvgGUGn1-E

Freya Waley-Cohen – Caffeine for solo recorder (commissioned by Listenpony for Tabea Debus, 2019)

Gareth Moorcraft – New piece written for Tabea Debus in 2019

Anonymous – When Daphne did from Phoebus fly – with diminutions by Jacob van Eyck (c. 1590-1657)

John Dowland (1563-1626) – The Earle of Essex Galiard, or Can she excuse my wrongs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXkRgUvY6PM

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) – Fairest Isle – from: King Arthur (Z. 628) and Orpheus Britannicus (London, 1698)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) – Lascia ch’io pianga – from: Rinaldo (HWV 7b) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8hOx8uLzkI
Jig – from: Siroe, re di Persia (HWV 24)

Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762) – Auld Bob Morrice – from: An Introduction to Good Taste in Musick (London, 1749)

Pietro Castrucci (1679-1752) – Sonata in D minor, op. 1 no. 10

Alessandro Marcello (1673-1747) Adagio – from: Concerto in D minor (ornaments: BWV 974)

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) – The Favourite Gigg in Corelli’s 5th Solo with Divisions by Sig. Cateni & Valentini

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

Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major Op. 5/1
JS Bach: Gamba Sonata No.3 BWV1029
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Boulanger, Nadia: 3 Pieces for Cello and Piano
Poulenc: Cello Sonata

 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