Forthcoming concerts and events

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Sep
21
Thu
Trio Apaches @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

Matthew Trusler violin, Thomas Carroll cello, Ashley Wass piano

  • Saint-Saëns Piano Trio No.1 in F, Op.18
  • Sally Beamish Dance the Beginning of the World WORLD PREMIERE of a MALVERN CONCERT CLUB COMMISSION
  • Brahms Piano Trio No.1 in B, Op.8 (1889 version)

Trio Apaches are performing at Malvern Concert Club 21 Sept 2017Trio Apaches, comprising three of the UK’s most respected instrumental soloists, was formed in 2012 as the consequence of a shared desire to focus on innovative projects and challenging cross-genre collaborations, as well as to present masterworks of the trio repertoire in unfamiliar contexts. (Apaches means ‘ruffians’, the name adopted by a group of ‘artistic outcasts’, including Ravel and Stravinsky, in the early 1900s.)

Built on a foundation of great friendship between three colleagues who have collaborated in various forms over many years, Trio Apaches has quickly been embraced on the international concert scene and is unanimously praised for the infectious joy and virtuosity of its performances and the imaginative nature of its programmes. As a Trio, this is its first visit to the Club, but Ashley Wass played for us in 2004 and 2006.

Between the first piano quartets of Saint-Saëns and Brahms, the centrepiece of tonight’s concert is Trio Apaches’ performance of the world première of a new trio by Sally Beamish (see below), commissioned by Malvern Concert Club with the generous support of The Kay Trust. To great acclaim, the Trio previously collaborated with Sally Beamish in her The Seafarer (with Sir Willard White) and her adaptation of Debussy’s La Mer.

Before the concert, at 6.20pm, Sally Beamish is in conversation on stage with composer Dr Liz Johnson of Birmingham Conservatoire. This pre-concert event is free to concert ticket holders; doors open 6.10pm.

Sally Beamish

Sally Beamish - composerSally Beamish is one of the foremost composers of her generation. Her music is emotionally vivid and richly coloured, displaying virtuosic command of her canvas.

Born in London in 1956, Sally Beamish initially trained as a viola player at the Royal Northern College of Music before moving to Scotland in 1990 to develop her career as a composer. Her music embraces many influences, particularly jazz and Scottish traditional music, in a catalogue boasting over 200 compositions including solo, duo, chamber, orchestra, vocal, choral, ballet and opera works. Her music has been broadcast and performed extensively around the world.

Cost: £19.75, Students under 21 £6, plus 12% Theatres booking fee

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Oct
26
Thu
Doric String Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm

Alex Redington violin, Jonathan Stone violin,

Hélène Clément viola, John Myerscough cello

  • Thomas Adès The Four Quarters, Op.28 (2010)
  • Haydn String Quartet in A, Op.20, No.6
  • Mendelssohn String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80

Doric String Quartet are performing at Malvern Concert Club on 26 Oct 2017The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust in 2006, the Quartet went on to win several prizes including 1st prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.

The Quartet performs in leading concert halls throughout Europe and is a regular visitor to the Wigmore Hall. In 2010 the Quartet made its highly acclaimed American debut with recitals in New York and Washington DC, and now returns for annual tours to North America. The Quartet also has a busy festival schedule.

CD Cover of Doric String Quartet playing Haydn String Quartets Op.20Making its second appearance at Malvern Concert Club, the Quartet opens tonight with Thomas Adès’ The Four Quarters, a programmatic work in four movements that depict the flow of a day, offering a wide range of mood and texture. Of the Doric’s Haydn, the Sunday Telegraph said, ‘Haydn and the Doric are a perfect match …. Unequivocally, these were performances of terrific panache and perception, seeming to get right under the skin of Haydn’s creative genius.’ Tonight’s concert ends with Mendelssohn’s tragic and moving final work, written as a homage to his sister Fanny who had died a few months earlier.

Cost: £19.75, Students under 21 £6, plus 12% Theatres booking fee

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Nov
23
Thu
Leon McCawley piano @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm

Leon McCawley piano

  • Mozart Sonata in E flat, K.282
  • Schubert Three piano pieces, D.946
  • Schubert arr. Liszt Die junge Nonne; Du bist die Ruh’Auf dem Wasser zu Singen
  • Brahms Three Intermezzi, Op.117
  • Chopin Polonaise in A flat, Op.53, Heroic

Leon McCawley is performing at Malvern Concert Club 23 November 2017

 

Leon McCawley, one of Britain’s foremost pianists, has forged a highly successful career since winning 1st Prize in the 1993 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and 2nd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, building on his earlier success as Winner of the Piano Section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1990. He first appeared at Malvern Concert Club in 1995.

Since then, Leon McCawley’s impressive discography has established him as a pianist of great integrity and variety, bringing freshness and vitality to classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire. He has been praised for the purity of his lyrical and heartfelt playing. In April 2011 he performed the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas over one weekend at King’s Place, London in winning performances: ’There’s absolutely no vanity in his playing, which is bright, clean and unfailingly communicative. In his hands the Mozartian oeuvre emerged with striking vividness’ [International Piano].

CD Cover of Leon McCawley's Mozart Piano SonatasOther notable recitals in past seasons include London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Berlin, New York, Hong Kong, Prague and Washington DC. He can be frequently heard on BBC Radio 3 both in performance and interview with most recent broadcasts including In Tune, Wigmore Hall Lunchtime Series and Performance on 3.

We are pleased to welcome Leon McCawley back to Malvern with a captivating programme celebrating largely Viennese works by Mozart, Schubert and Brahms, rounded off with Chopin’s triumphant Polonaise in A flat.

Cost: £19.75, Students under 21 £6, plus 12% Theatres booking fee

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Jan
25
Thu
Tasmin Little violin Martin Roscoe piano @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm

Tasmin Little violin

Martin Roscoe piano

Beethoven Violin Sonata Series 2018-2020

  • Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin in D, Op.12, No.1
  • Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin in C minor, Op.30, No.2
  • Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin in G, Op.96

Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe at Malvern Concert Club 25 January 2018Tasmin Little OBE has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. Her multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, master classes, workshops and community outreach work. Her discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire and she has given numerous World Première performances.

With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Renowned for his versatility at the keyboard, Martin is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. In an ever more distinguished career, his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

CD Cover for Beethoven Sonatas by Tasmin Little and Martin RoscoeTasmin Little played for the Club in 2011, her recital ending with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. Tonight, she and Martin Roscoe, making his first appearance for us, begin a three-recital series in which they give us a rare opportunity to hear all of Beethoven’s ten sonatas ‘for piano and violin’, culminating in 2020, the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. ‘Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe are equal partners who give these works a balanced approach … the playing is energetic and powerfully expressive’ [AllMusic Review of their 2016 Chandos CD set of these sonatas]. The Sunday Times chose this recording as its Album of the Week: ‘Neither artist has done anything finer on disc.

Cost: £19.75, Students under 21 £6, plus 12% Theatres booking fee

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Feb
18
Sun
Roderick Williams baritone and Iain Burnside piano @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Feb 18 @ 3:00 pm

President’s Sunday Afternoon Schubert Cycle Series 2017-19

Roderick Williams baritone

Iain Burnside piano

Schubert Winterreise, D.911

Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside are performing at Malvern Concert Club 18 Feb 18

Malvern Concert Club’s President, Roderick Williams, and Iain Burnside return to Malvern for this second annual recital in their series encompassing all three of Schubert’s major song cycles.

Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a cycle of 24 songs based on poems by Wilhelm Müller. As tenor Ian Bostridge has written, ‘the songs are forerunners, in a sense, of all those songs of love and loss that have been the soundtrack of generation on generation of teenagers. But the loss of love, which is only sketched ambiguously in the first song, Goodnight, is just the beginning of it. Schubert’s wanderer embarks on a journey through a winter landscape that leads him to question his identity, the conditions of his existence – social, political and metaphysical – and the meaning of life. And it is all done with light and shadow, moving between sardonic humour and depressive longing. The wanderer’s tears turn to ice; he sees flowers etched in the frost of the hut where he takes refuge; he is eyed from the sky by a carrion crow, his only faithful companion; and at the last, he sees a beggar musician playing in the street, ignored and unrewarded, the hurdy-gurdy man’.

Roderick Williams has maintained his own online account of his Schubert project (performed with Iain Burnside and other pianists) online at: rwschubertcycleproject.blogspot.co.uk.

This recital lasts about 75 minutes and runs without an interval. It is excluded from the six-concert subscription, but a concessionary ticket is available to each 115th Season Club Member.

Malvern Concert Club member cost: £16, Students under 21 £3, no booking fee

Non-member cost: £21.75, Students under 21 £6, plus 12% Theatres booking fee

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Mar
15
Thu
Mark Bebbington piano, Coull Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm

Mark Bebbington piano

Roger Coull violin Philip Gallaway violin

Jonathan Barritt viola Nicholas Roberts cello

  • Villa-Lobos String Quartet No.5
  • Ian Venables Piano Quintet, Op.27
  • Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

Mark Bebbington piano, Coull Quartet visiting Malvern Concert Club 15 March 18Formed in 1974, the Coull Quartet rapidly achieved national recognition, and were appointed Quartet-in-Residence by the University of Warwick in 1977, a post which they still hold today. The Quartet, which includes two of its founder members, has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK and worldwide. The Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire.

The critical plaudits which have greeted Mark Bebbington’s performances and recordings have singled him out as a British pianist of the rarest refinement and maturity. Now internationally recognised as a champion of British music, Mark has given concert and CD premières of major British composers. His John Ireland and Frank Bridge solo piano series on seven CDs earned him consecutive sets of 5-star reviews in BBC Music Magazine, a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’, and an International Record Review ‘Outstanding’ accolade.

CD Cover of Ian Venables' Piano Quintet by Coull Quartet and Mark BebbingtonAfter a rarely performed string quartet by Villa-Lobos – a real discovery for the Coull Quartet – the artists come together to perform Worcester-based composer Ian Venables’ Piano Quintet (first heard at the 1995 Malvern Festival). Of their recording of this work, Gramophone said: ‘Venables can certainly pen a memorable melody … there’s no missing the emotion slumbering beneath the surface, especially in the central Largo espressivo and the touchingly serene epilogue to the whole work … this consistently shapely and highly communicative performance must have delighted the composer.’ Our concert ends with Brahms’ magnificent Piano Quintet.

Cost: £19.75, Students under 21 £6, plus 12% Theatres booking fee

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Apr
26
Thu
Britten Oboe Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm

Nicholas Daniel oboe

Jacqueline Shave violin Clare Finnimore viola

Caroline Dearnley cello

  • Elgar Andante and Allegro (c.1878)
  • Moeran Fantasy Quartet
  • Mozart Adagio for Cor Anglais and String Trio, K580a
  • Britten Fantasy Quartet, Op.2
  • Oliver Knussen Cantata
  • Lennox Berkeley String Trio
  • Mozart Oboe Quartet, K.370

Britten Oboe Quartet - performing at Malvern Concert Club this coming season

Since winning the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition in 1980, Nicholas Daniel has toured the world as a virtuoso of the oboe, and has been a tireless champion of the instrument. This is his fourth visit to Malvern Concert Club. His rich, flexible tone and brilliant technique have led him to perform not only the mainstays of the oboe repertoire, such as Vaughan Williams’ Concerto and Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, but also to commission many new pieces and unearth neglected works. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music.

Nicholas Daniel began directing orchestras from the oboe from the start of his career, and is now a respected conductor in his own right, while as a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, he continues to pursue his love of chamber music. As a soloist, Nicholas Daniel has many recordings to his name; the Quartet’s debut disc of oboe quartets will be released on the Harmonia Mundi label in early 2017.

Tonight’s eclectic programme ends with the Mozart Quartet, which Nicholas Daniel played on his first visit to the Club in 1986 – with Sally Beamish on viola! Of local interest, the short opening work is one of Elgar’s earliest compositions, though not published until 2008.

Cost: £19.75, Students under 21 £6, plus 12% Theatres booking fee

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