What a wonderful concert that was last night - a lovely example of ensemble playing. For this listener the standout part was the second movement of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, with impossible sweetness from Alina Ibragimova on the violin's top strings and some delightfully liquid burbling from Annelien van Wauwe on clarinet. No, "burbling" is probably not a standard music-reviewing term, but it should be.
Some of you may have been disturbed in the first half of the concert by the deep bass thumping coming from a wedding marquee in the grounds of the Cricket Club. We do apologise. It's the first time this has happened to us, and it won't be a regular occurrence. At the first opportunity we asked for the noise to be turned down, and hope no-one was troubled by it in the second half.
In preparation for the concert on 29 September by the Chiaroscuro Quartet, we have now suspended Season Tickets sales online and through Castle Hill Bookshop. They will still be available (for £45, cash or cheque) at the concert itself.
Single tickets for the concert will continue to be available through this website until 17:00 on 29 September. After that time, they can be bought (for £15, cash or cheque) at the concert itself.
Sadly, our fellow concert society has had to postpone its 9 September concert to 14 October. So if you'd been planning to hear the New World String Trio in Carperby Village Hall, please see the WCS website for the new details.
Season Tickets for our 71st season went on sale today. Joanna MacGregor, the Chiaroscuro Quartet, Royal Northern Sinfonia and more - six superb concerts for just £45, less than half the price of the single tickets.
Details and easy online ordering are on our Home Page. Most of our members bought online last season. Or if you're in Richmond, you can collect from Castle Hill Bookshop (cash or cheque, please).
Rather post a cheque? If you're on our mailing list, our printed programme and postal order form will clatter through your letterbox around 9 or 10 August. (But if by then you've already ordered online or at the bookshop, we'll save the stamp for another day! That means you'll miss out on our printed annual Newsletter, but you can download a copy here.)
However you join, welcome to our friendly, top-quality concerts.
With the Richmondshire Concerts season finished, and the Swaledale Festival packed away, what professional classical music is available locally between now and September? Here are a few suggestions:
The Annual General Meeting of Richmondshire Concerts heard of a successful season. Key points:
A list of Trustees is at the foot of this page. The Annual Report and approved financial results are available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Annual General Meeting will take place at 19:30 on Wednesday 13 June, in the Snug of the Black Lion Hotel, Finkle Street, Richmond.
The AGM generally lasts about half an hour. It includes a review of the season which has just ended - concerts, membership, finances - and a preview of the coming season. The meeting is open to all, members and non-members. If you plan to come, it would help if you would email email@example.com, so we can be sure to put out enough seats.
Tickets for individual concerts are now available for purchase online, through the Concerts and Tickets page. It's unlikely that anyone will want to buy five months in advance, but if you do then we're glad to oblige.
Season Tickets will become available on 1 August, online and at Castle Hill Bookshop, at £45 for six concerts. (For comparison, if you were to buy single tickets for each concert, you would pay £95.)
If you've had an email from us about the General Data Protection Regulations, please don't ignore it. Firstly, because these regulations do protect you, however tedious they may look. Secondly, if you don't give your consent for us to continue to hold and process your contact details and use them to send information and occasional feedback requests about membership and concerts, there will be two consequences:
(Still on the subject of GDPR: we've put our data protection and privacy policies online. They are still provisional, but you can view them at rsconcerts.org/gdpr.)
Many thanks to the Pelléas Ensemble for giving us a memorable end last Saturday to a memorable 70th season. If you were in the audience you'll have seen a preview of our next season, and you'll know what delights are in store. Give us a few weeks, please, to refresh our website, and all the details will be posted here.
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