We had a terrific concert last night from the New York-based Escher Quartet. There were no signs of jet lag as they dashed away into the contrapuntal richness of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 18. Then, after the briefest of pauses, they were off again, with Mendelssohn’s thrilling Op. 44 No. 2, a work they clearly know well. The ensemble’s rich texture was reminiscent of another great American quartet with a reputation for Mendelssohn, the Emersons.
After the interval came Grieg’s infrequently heard String Quartet. The Eschers gave it their all, and made a strong case for this big, powerful work to join the mainstream. Three curtain calls for the enthusiastic audience, and the musicians were off on the rest of their UK tour. It was an enthralling evening.
Our good friends at Ripon's Cathedral Concert Society have managed to secure the services of the baritone Roderick Williams and the superb pianist Iain Burnside for a performance of Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise in Ripon Cathedral on Monday 12 February - a good time for a 'Winter Journey'. Details are here.
One of our trustees, Janet Hall, who has been organising coach-and-ticket packages to Leeds, Newcastle and Gateshead for years, is offering just such a package for Winterreise, departing from Richmond. The price will be under £30. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
(This is not a Richmondshire Concerts initiative.)
Last night's concert by Royal Northern Sinfonia saw our largest-ever audience enjoying a superb programme of two Brandenburgs, an all-wind Mozart serenade and Richard Strauss's all-string Metamorphosen. Not just a superb programme, but also a very fine performance: "It was worth the membership fee just for this", was one comment.
(And not just a record audience, either. Our membership numbers, already at a record level, are still creeping up. We must be doing something right.)
We're expecting a big audience for the Sinfonia's concert on Saturday, but there should still be tickets available for sale at the door. If you have seat preferences, we suggest you arrive early. If you're a Member, you can spend the time reading your free, downloadable programme. (If you're not, you can enjoy your 50p programme and calculate the other benefits of becoming a Member.)
We're sure you'll enjoy what promises to be one of the best concerts of the year in the North of England.
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Here we are with two and a half weeks before our opening concert, and Season Ticket sales have already matched last season's total. Not surprising, perhaps - it's a pretty good programme, though we say so as shouldn't...
This is the first time we've offered Season Tickets online, and the move has been popular. Over 40% of our ticket sales are now electronic, with some Members commenting what a relief it is to get away from the drudgery of stamp, envelope and cheque. This season we have offered five ways to pay; next season, if Richmond Information Centre can sell tickets by then, it should be six. The choice is yours.
We've been busy stuffing envelopes, and Season Ticket postal order forms will start hitting doormats this weekend.
Can't wait? Tickets go on sale Friday, on this site - buying online is so simple.
If you prefer to pick up your tickets in person (and a new novel, maybe?) head to Castle Hill Bookshop in Richmond, with cash or a cheque, please. Again, sales start on Friday.
Season Ticket prices are frozen at £42 until 15 September. After that date, they're £45. That's still amazing value for six professional concerts, but it's a good reason not to delay. Be an Early Bird!
We've just had news that one of the young ensembles in our forthcoming season, the Pelléas Ensemble, has won the first ever Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award, given by the Royal Philharmonic Society. All the more reason for us to look forward to their concert in Richmond.
The Society's AGM took place last night at the Black Lion Hotel in Richmond.
Chairman Nick Reckert presented the Annual Report. Two Trustees had retired, and one new Trustee had been co-opted. Membership numbers were somewhat down, but revenue was up as a result of a strong increase in single-ticket sales.
Concert Secretary Anna Jackson reported on six well-received concerts, and our largest total audience number on record. She was particularly pleased with audiences' reactions to new and recent works.
Treasurer Philip Wicks presented Income and Expenditure reports which showed a small deficit; however, this was entirely covered by delays in Gift-Aid recovery and some sponsorship receipts. The Society's reserves and operating capital remain healthy.
All Officers and Trustees were re-appointed or confirmed in post, and a lightly revised Constitution was approved by the meeting.
The next AGM will be on Wednesday 13 June 2018, at 19:30; location to be confirmed.
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