All concerts 19:30 at the Influence Church, Victoria Road, Richmond DL10 4AS Main doors open 18:30, auditorium doors open 19:00
Welcome to our 75th anniversary season. We are celebrating this special anniversary by supporting young musicians and we hope you will join us for this wonderful and exciting series of concerts. Each concert in the season includes either outstanding young performers or works by young emerging composers alongside classical masterpieces from the chamber music repertoire. Local schools will have the chance to work with some of the artists, and tickets for students to any concert are only £1. There is much to look forward to! Subscriptions Open. Link below:
Grace Evangeline Mason My Thoughts Fly in at your Window
We are thrilled to open our 75th anniversary season with members of Royal Northern Sinfonia. Royal Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a worldwide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences. Max Bruch’s Octet for Strings is a beautiful, romantic and fun work that lay dormant for much of the 20th century – written in 1920, it was premiered only in 1937 and finally published in 1996. Supporting this season’s “young artists” theme, Royal Northern Sinfonia have chosen to perform Grace Evangeline Mason’s composition My Thoughts Fly in at your Window, a short two-movement chamber work for wind and strings inspired by the final line of Sara Teasdale’s poem “At Night”. Schubert’s Octet, in contrast to the Bruch Octet, combines wind instruments with strings; this glorious masterpiece hardly needs introduction. Sponsorship opportunity, please see Support web page
19 October 2022
“Arcadiana” is a chamber music show about different paradises featuring a string sextet and gorgeous lighting designs. Led by Guest Director Max Baillie, six Manchester Collective players present a sparkling programme that includes Adès’ brilliant string quartet (and a short exploration of its secrets), Jörg Widmann’s blistering “180 Beats per Minute” and Brahms’ breathtakingly beautiful Sextet in G major. This is music of incredible magnetism, charisma and energy. It won’t make you any younger, but it might just make you feel it.
Generously sponsored by Nick and Sally Reckert
Meliora Collective 16 November 2022
Debra Cheetham Nonet “Ngarrgooroon”
Martinů Nonet no 2
Mendelssohn Symphony no 3, arranged for chamber ensemble
Meliora Collective is a newly established, flexible ensemble of dynamic, creative and spirited recent conservatoire graduates. Formed as a dectet of five wind players and five string players, the Meliora Collective also presents more intimate chamber groupings. They will perform two nonets: Ngarrgooroon by Australian Aboriginal composer Debra Cheetham, which was premiered in April 2022 by Chineke! Chamber Ensemble; and Martinů’s Nonet no 2, followed by Mendelssohn’s Symphony no. 3 arranged for chamber ensemble. Sponsorship opportunity, please see Support web page
Tabea Debus (recorders) with Sergio Bucheli (lute)
25 January 2023
Described by The Times as a ‘charismatic virtuoso’ Tabea is much sought after as soloist, collaborator, teacher and communicator. “Neat, unforced, beautifully articulated” – The Times Tabea’s wide-ranging programme entitled ‘Ohrwurm’ explores music for recorder and lute by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Dani Howard, Gareth Moorcraft, Leo Brouwer and world premiers by composers from The Purcell School for Young Musicians.
We are in for a treat! Sponsorship opportunity, please see Support web page
Coco Tomita (violin) with Simon Callaghan (piano)
15 March 2023
Noah Max Silent Spring
Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata
Janacek Violin Sonata
Ravel Pièce en forme de habanera
Ravel Violin Sonata no. 2
Coco Tomita won the BBC Young Musician Strings Category in 2020. Her dazzling debut album ‘Origins’ received rave reviews in The Strad, Gramophone Magazine, BBC Music Magazine and The Observer and was selected as ‘Disc of the month’ by Apple in April 2022. This programme for solo violin and violin with piano combines classical masterpieces with contemporary compositions and promises to be a thrilling evening.
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12 April 2023
Schumann Quartet no. 3 in A major
Janacek Quartet “Intimate Letters”
First prize winners of the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition as well as the 2018 St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition, the Barbican Quartet are quickly establishing themselves internationally. Based in London, the quartet’s members are violinists Amarins Wierdsma and Kate Maloney, violist Christoph Slenczka and cellist Yoanna Prodanova. They will be playing Schumann’s third quartet (1842), Janacek’s “Intimate Letters” quartet (1928) which has been described as a manifesto on love, and one other work, to be confirmed.