2023 Concert Season
Our free concert series takes place between April–November 2023. This year we welcome a host of internationally-acclaimed musicians including Martin Roscoe (piano), Fenella Humphreys (violin), Leon Bosch (double bass) and Rebeca Omordia (piano).
Advance booking is optional but recommended.
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Thursday 16 November 2023, 1pm
Lunchtime Concert: Leon Bosch (double bass) & Rebeca Omordia (piano)
"One of the world's best-known players of the double bass" – The Telegraph
For twenty years, Leon Bosch was Principal Double Bass with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He has performed concertos around the globe and guested with world-renowned ensembles such as the Brodsky Quartet and Zukerman Chamber Players. Leon is committed to rediscovering neglected music, as well as expanding and diversifying the double bass repertoire, and has recorded 16 critically-acclaimed CDs to date.
Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia is an exciting virtuoso who has been described by The Guardian as "the pianist who cast a spell on Lagos". Rebeca has worked with an array of international musicians including cellists Julian Lloyd Webber and Raphael Wallfisch, and pianist Mark Bebbington.
Trad. arr. Bosch Five Negro Spirituals
Philip Herbert Sonatina (world premiere)
Ludwig van Beethoven/trans. Bosch Horn Sonata, transcribed for double bass & piano
Josep Cervera-Bret Recuerdo de Londres (God Save the King)
With thanks to the RVW Trust for their support of Philip Herbert's new Sonatina
Wednesday 22 November 2023, 6pm-8pm
Portugalissimo! with the Luna Piano Duo (Graziana Presicce & Amy Butler), Steven Goulden (tenor) & Dr David Blackmore (speaker)
Join us for a musical and historical celebration of the ancient friendship between Portugal and England!
Enjoy vibrant Portuguese and British music performed by the Luna Piano Duo (Graziana Presicce & Amy Butler) and tenor Steven Goulden, including Vaughan Williams's exquisite Fantasia on Greensleeves, the world premiere of a thrilling new Fado Fantasy by celebrated, award-winning composer Frederick Viner, and much-loved British folk songs including Tom Bowling. Acclaimed historian and re-enactor Dr David Blackmore will also appear in historical costume to give an entertaining short talk about the British in Portugal during the Napoleonic Wars.
This evening marks the 650th anniversary of the extraordinary Anglo-Portuguese Alliance – the oldest continuous alliance in history.
6.00pm Drinks & Canapés
Delicious free Portuguese canapés, courtesy of Ventura's
A range of alcoholic and soft drinks available to purchase from the bar
Luna Piano Duo: pianists Amy Butler & Graziana Presicce
Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves
Eduardo Burnay Fado Burnay
Sérgio Azevedo Promenades (selection)
Edwin York Bowen Four Pieces, Op. 90
Frederick Viner Fado Fantasy (*world premiere*)
Dr David Blackmore (speaker)
David will appear in historical costume to give an entertaining short talk about the British in Portugal during the Napoleonic Wars
Steven Goulden (tenor)
British folk songs of the Napoleonic Wars including Tom Bowling and Over the Hills and Far Away
You are warmly invited to stay and enjoy more refreshments after the concert
Thursday 19 October 2023, 1pm
Lunchtime Concert: Jill Crossland (piano)
"Well deserves her enviable reputation" – BBC Music Magazine
Internationally-acclaimed pianist Jill Crossland has appeared many times at London's Wigmore Hall, the Southbank Centre and the Sage Gateshead, and also in Europe at the Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Her complete recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier on Signum has been described by the Penguin Guide as "a remarkable achievement, ranking with the finest".
Johann Sebastian Bach English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
Robert Schumann Arabeske in C major, Op. 18
Frédéric Chopin Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op. 26 No. 1
Saturday 7 October 2023, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Gala Afternoon Concert, Roscoe Piano Trio:
Martin Roscoe (piano), Fenella Humphreys (violin)
& Jessica Burroughs (cello)
Formed in 2018, the Roscoe Piano Trio unites celebrated pianist Martin Roscoe, violinist Fenella Humphreys and cellist Jessica Burroughs. With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Winner of BBC Music Magazine’s 2018 Instrumental award, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career as soloist and chamber musician. Alongside her position as principal cellist with Opera North, Jessica Burroughs is a regular guest principal with leading ensembles such as the BBC Philharmonic.
The trio's programme includes some of the best-loved chamber music of all time – Beethoven's sublime 'Archduke' Trio and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1, full of exuberant virtuosity and gorgeous melodies.
Frank Bridge Phantasie Trio, H.79
Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
Interval - refreshments available
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke"
Thursday 28 September 2023, 1pm
Lunchtime Concert: Cristian Grajner de Sa (violin) & John Lenehan (piano)
"Equally poetic, wild, fierce ... a future giant among soloists"
– Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on Cristian de Sa
"Lenehan's playing is of a special integrity and musicianship" – Gramophone
Cristian Grajner de Sa made his debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and has since performed in many of the great venues of Europe. He is a featured Young Artist on Classic FM and Scala Radio and has been broadcast on BBC Television and BBC Radio 3, The Strad Magazine and The Violin Channel. John Lenehan is one of the world’s leading chamber musicians, with more than 70 albums to his credit reflecting an enormous variety of genres and styles. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony at the Barbican and the Royal Philharmonic in the Royal Albert Hall.
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 “Spring”
Ernest Bloch “Nigun” from Baal Schem
Fritz Kreisler Liebesfreud
Maurice Ravel Tzigane
Thursday 17 August 2023, 1pm
Lunchtime Concert: Bethan Terry (soprano), Stephen Whitford (baritone) & Francesca Lauri (piano)
After their wonderful performance in our 2021 concert series, we were delighted to welcome back the award-winning duo of Bethan Terry (soprano) and Francesca Lauri (piano). They were joined by baritone Stephen Whitford, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and 2023-24 Britten Pears Young Artist.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Pa- pa- pa- (from The Magic Flute)
Mozart Bei Männern (from The Magic Flute)
Anon. The Oak and the Ash (17th century folk song)
Aaron Copland At the River
Henri Duparc Phidylé
George Walker I Got a Letter from Jesus
Charles Ives Down East
Richard Strauss Morgen!
Gaetano Donizetti Pronta io son! (from Don Pasquale)
Paolo Tosti Malìa
Madeleine Dring Song of a Nightclub Proprietress
Tom Lehrer Pigeons in the Park
Thursday 20 July 2023, 1pm
Lunchtime Concert: Gabriella Jones (harp)
"One of the most exciting young musicians to emerge on the concert scene in recent years" – The Guardian
Acclaimed harpist Gabriella Jones recently made her solo debuts at London's Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and St Martin in the Fields. She enjoys a varied career, regularly performing in major concert halls and working with internationally distinguished composers such as Sally Beamish and Judith Weir CBE. Gabriella's programme included her own transcriptions of lushly romantic pieces by Franz Liszt and Amy Beach, as well as a fascinating selection of more contemporary works, ending with a virtuosic fantasy on themes from Puccini's opera La bohème.
Franz Liszt / G. Jones Consolation No. 2 in E major
Amy Beach / G. Jones Dreaming
Lauren Scott White, Grey, Blue
Marius Flothius Pour La Tombeau d’Orphée
Alexander Thomas "Finally, Someone Who..."
Giacomo Puccini / Anneleen Lenaerts Fantasie sur La bohème
Friday 30 June 2023, 7.30pm
Gala Evening Concert: Jeneba Kanneh-Mason (piano)
The third of the incredible Kanneh-Mason clan to establish herself as a soloist, nineteen-year-old Jeneba Kanneh-Mason has cemented herself as one to watch following her exceptional BBC Proms performance with Chineke! Jeneba was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician Keyboard Category in 2018 and was named one of Classic FM’s ‘Rising Stars’. She has been featured on many television and radio programmes, including Radio 3's 'In Tune', The BAFTAs and The Royal Variety Performance.
Dmitri Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in D major, Op. 87 No. 5
Sergei Prokofiev 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3
Claude Debussy Estampes, L. 100
Thursday 15 June 2023, 1pm
Lunchtime Concert: Laura Peribáñez Artero (cello) & Kanako Mizuno (piano)
Cellist Laura Peribáñez Artero is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most exciting and versatile Spanish musicians of her generation. She has performed for Decca, ECM Records and Classic FM and at the Palace of Nations in Geneva. Laura is joined by pianist Kanako Mizuno, winner of the Tokyo Piano Competition and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. Laura and Kanako's programme included fiery, folk-infused Spanish pieces by Buxó and Falla, as well as Brahms' glorious first Cello Sonata.
Frank Bridge Spring Song, H. 104 No. 2
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6
Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op. 38
Michio Mamiya Five Finnish Folk Songs (selection) - Nos. 3, 4 & 5
Enrique Granados Andaluza, No. 5 from Spanish Dances
Tomás Buxó Allegro Appasionato
Thursday 18 May 2023, 1pm
Lunchtime Concert: Ryan Corbett (classical accordion)
"One of Scotland’s most exciting young musicians" – The Scotsman
Rising star Ryan Corbett was invited to join the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme for 2022-24, and is receiving widespread international recognition for his outstanding talent as a classical accordionist. Ryan's repertoire ranges from Baroque keyboard works to more contemporary pieces, all played with thrilling virtuosity and flair.
Jean-Philippe Rameau Pièces de clavecin (selection)
Mikhail Bronner ‘Insomnia’, Four poems by Marina Tsvetaeva
Alexander Nagaev Sonata No. 1, Op. 13
Isaac Albéniz Córdoba, Op. 242 No. 4
This concert was kindly supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust
Thursday 20 April 2023, 1pm
Lunchtime Concert: Patrick Hemmerlé (piano)
"Hemmerlé’s performance is wondrous" – International Piano magazine
French pianist Patrick Hemmerlé is acclaimed for the depth of his interpretations and he has performed across the globe. His recent CD of music by Jean-Roger Ducasse was hailed as "a wonderful recording" by BBC Music Magazine. Patrick's programme included a selection of Chopin's famous Études – some of the most challenging and beautiful pieces in the entire piano repertoire – as well as Franck's stunning masterpiece for solo piano, the Prelude, Chorale and Fugue.
César Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
Frédéric Chopin 12 Études Op. 25