Forthcoming concerts and events

This page gives a complete list of the concerts and events coming up over the next few months.

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Sep
29
Thu
Chiaroscuro Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

Mozart String Quartet No.14 in G, K.387

Haydn String Quartet in D minor, Op.76, No.2

Schubert String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810, Death and the Maiden

About the Chiaroscuro Quartet

Chiaroscuro QuartetFormed in 2005, the Chiaroscuro Quartet, led by Alina Ibragimova MBE, is ‘a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music’ [Gramophone]. This highly international ensemble performs music of the Classical period on gut strings. The quartet’s unique sound – ‘a shock to the ears of the best kind’ [The Observer] – is highly acclaimed by audiences and critics all over Europe, and is the fruit of its lithe and gracious playing combined with an extraordinarily committed ensemble mentality. A growing discography includes recordings of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn.

Alina Ibragimova - founder of the Chiaroscuro QuartetThe Chiaroscuro Quartet was a prize-winner of the German Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk/Musikfest Bremen in 2013 and received Germany’s most prestigious CD award, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik in 2015 for its latest recording of Mozart and Mendelssohn. Recent engagements include their enthusiastically received debut concerts in Vienna and Warsaw. Past highlights include the major venues in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid and Lisbon; the Edinburgh International Festival, and a residency at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Oct
27
Thu
Imogen Cooper piano @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

Beethoven 7 Bagatelles, Op.33

Schumann Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6

Debussy La Puerta del Vino; La soirée dans Grenade

Albeniz from Iberia: Book 3: El Albaicin; Book 1: Evocación; El puerto; Fête-dieu à Seville

About Imogen Cooper

Imogen Cooper is performing at Malvern Concert Club on 27 October 2016

‘She is an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing. Go, listen, and wonder how many better pianists there are alive in this country, or anywhere.’ [Daily Telegraph]

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper CBE is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism. She has a widespread international career in orchestral, chamber and solo performance, and as a Lieder recitalist, she has had a long collaboration with Wolfgang Holzmair. Her wide live performance career is matched by an extensive discography.
‘Pianistically alone, Cooper commands a dynamic and colouristic range beyond the reach of most pianists. She understands that musical, like verbal, speech acquires eloquence and continuity through the close, asymmetrical juxtaposition of extreme but varied contrasts – as in any polysyllabic word. Nowhere is this truer than in Schumann, whose own juxtaposition of emotional-psychological extremes requires a maximum of characterisation with a minimum of evidence – the art that conceals art’ [Jeremy Siepmann, BBC Music Magazine, 2015].

We are delighted to welcome Imogen Cooper back after too long an absence from the Club.

You can read more about Imogen Cooper here.

Nov
24
Thu
Stile Antico @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm
Stile Antico @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres | England | United Kingdom

‘The Touches of Sweet Harmony’ – The Musical World of William Shakespeare

In this enticing programme, devised to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Stile Antico presents a beguiling selection of music connected with the life and work of England’s greatest writer.

Thomas Morley: It was a lover and his lass

William Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant

John Dowland: Say, Love, if ever thou did’st find

John Wilbye: What needeth all this travail – Fools! Can you not see?

Thomas Weelkes: Thule – The Andalusian Merchant

Huw Watkins: The Phoenix and the Turtle

William Byrd: Tristitia et anxietas

Robert Johnson: Full fathom five

Thomas Tomkins: Be strong and of a good courage

Thomas Weelkes: O Lord Grant the King a Long Life

Thomas Weelkes: When David Heard

Robert Ramsey: Sleep, Fleshly Birth

Nico Muhly: Gentle Sleep

Orlando Gibbons: The Silver Swan

Orlando Gibbons: What is Our Life?

Shakespeare’s plays and poetry brim with references to music. Stile Antico explores rare surviving settings of his words by his contemporaries Thomas Morley and Robert Johnson, alongside music connected to the great events of his lifetime. Shakespeare’s chief patron was the Protestant James I, for whom Tomkins and Weelkes wrote extravagant coronation anthems. However, Shakespeare also had intriguing links with recusant Catholicism, whose supreme musical spokesman was William Byrd. Completing this fascinating picture are brand new settings of Shakespeare’s poetry by Nico Muhly and Huw Watkins, composed especially for Stile Antico.

Stile Antico, which performs without conductor, is a British vocal ensemble now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field and has an extensive and award-winning discography on the Harmonia Mundi label.

Stile Antico April 2014 – credit Eric Richmond

Jan
26
Thu
Robert Plane clarinet and the Sacconi String Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

Robert Plane – Clarinet

Sacconi String Quartet

Ben Hancox violin,  Hannah Dawson violin,
Robin Ashwell viola, Cara Berridge cello

Haydn String Quartet in G, Op.76, No.1

York Bowen Phantasy Quintet for bass clarinet and strings, Op.93

Glazunov Oriental Reverie for clarinet and strings, Op.14

Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115

Robert Plane - clarinettistRobert Plane won the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in 1992. Since then his solo and chamber career has taken him to prestigious venues across Europe and beyond; his performance of Mozart’s Clarinet concerto at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts was broadcast live to a TV audience of 6 million.

He is a successful recording artist and is particularly highly regarded for his solo recordings for Naxos. His account of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto won Classic CD Magazine’s ‘Best Concerto Recording’ Award and was selected as BBC Radio 3’s recommended version in ‘Building a Library’. His recording of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps with the Gould Trio (performed by them at the Club in 2008) was praised by BBC Music Magazine as the ‘best modern account’ of this monumental work.

Sacconi String QuartetThe award-winning Sacconi String Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment, the Quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity of interpretation. Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Quartet have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artist at the Bristol Old Vic.

We welcome them back to the Club after their first visit in 2007.

Feb
2
Thu
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven @ Priory Road car park
Feb 2 @ 11:30 am

Thursday 2 February 2017 2.15pm – CBSO

Haydn: Symphony 31

Mozart: Piano Concerto 27 (soloist: Francesco Piemontesi – having heard the Swiss pianist twice in Birmingham 2015-16, I highly recommend him)

Beethoven: Symphony 5

Conductor: Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla – our first opportunity to hear the CBSO’s new Music Director in a programme that reflects her musical tastes.

At 1pm Michael Seal will conduct the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra in Ravel’s Daphnis & Chloé Suites 1 & 2 (free entry).

We have 50 seats in the front three rows of the circle sides (on both left and right).

Pick-up details

Commandery Coaches will provide the transport from Priory Road Car Park, Malvern, to the door of Symphony Hall, with pick-up/set-down at Newland, Powick and Whittington roundabout (the latter near M5 J7), according to demand.

Feb
26
Sun
Roderick Williams baritone and Iain Burnside piano @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Feb 26 @ 3:00 pm

President’s Sunday Afternoon Schubert Cycle Series 2017-19

Roderick Williams baritone

Iain Burnside piano

Schubert Die schöne Müllerin, D.795

Roderick Williams iain-burnside

Already respected and much-loved in musical circles for his wide repertoire – from baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital – his performance in the Last Night of the Proms in 2014 brought the magic of Roderick Williams to a new worldwide audience. Over the past few years he has sung to Club audiences three times, in widely ranging repertoire.

Interweaving roles as pianist and Sony Award-winning broadcaster with equal aplomb, Iain Burnside is also a master programmer with an instinct for the telling juxtaposition. He has performed in recital with many of the world’s leading singers. His recordings straddle an exuberantly eclectic repertoire, with a special place reserved for the highways and byways of English Song, as his acclaimed recordings have all proved. He has written and devised a number of highly individual theatre pieces. Recently he returned to the Oxford and Leeds Lieder Festivals and the Cheltenham Music Festival.

In 2015 Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside re-collaborated to give recitals in Brazil, and they are now embarking on their series of Schubert’s three major song cycles, which they will perform for the Club on February Sunday afternoons over three years. You can read Roderick Williams’ own entertaining account of the early days of this project online at: rwschubertcycleproject.blogspot.co.uk

This concert lasts about 65 minutes and runs without an interval. It is excluded from the standard six-concert subscription, but a concessionary ticket is available to each 114th Season Club Member.

For Members’ prices, see Club Membership

For Non-members’ prices, see Single Tickets 2016-17

Mar
9
Thu
Emerson String Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer violins

Lawrence Dutton viola Paul Watkins cello

Dvořák String Quartet No.11 in C, Op.61

Shostakovich String Quartet No.4 in D, Op.83

Beethoven String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132

Emerson String QuartetThe Emerson String Quartet – which took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson – has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s ‘Ensemble of the Year’ and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.

The arrival of Paul Watkins as cellist in 2013 has had a profound effect on the Emerson Quartet: his dedication and enthusiasm have infused the Quartet with a warm, rich tone and a palpable joy in the collaborative process. The reconfigured group has been greeted with impressive accolades. ‘The Emerson brought the requisite virtuosity to every phrase. But this music is equally demanding emotionally and intellectually, and the group’s powers of concentration and sustained intensity were at least as impressive.’ [The New York Times]

Founded in 1976 and based in New York City, the Emerson was one of the first quartets formed with two violinists alternating in the first chair position. In 2002, the Quartet began to stand for most of its concerts, with the cellist seated on a riser. In 2015, the Quartet received the Richard J Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America’s highest honour, in recognition of its significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field.

Malvern Concert Club is honoured to welcome the Emerson Quartet, who are tonight coming specially to Malvern in the midst of a European tour.

Apr
6
Thu
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Weinberg, Copeland, Rachmaninov @ Priory Road car park
Apr 6 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Weinberg, Copeland, Rachmaninov @ Priory Road car park | England | United Kingdom

Weinberg: The Golden Key: Suite 4 (UK premiere)

Copland: Clarinet Concerto (soloist: Oliver Janes – the CBSO’s Principal Clarinet, whose
grandfather played clarinet in the CBSO)

Rachmaninov: Symphony 3

Conductor: Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla

Pre-Concert Talk at 1pm: CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock in conversation with the Music Director, Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla

Seating as for 2 February

We have 50 seats in the front three rows of the circle sides (on both left and right).

Pick-up details

Commandery Coaches will provide the transport from Priory Road Car Park, Malvern, to the door of Symphony Hall, with pick-up/set-down at Newland, Powick and Whittington roundabout (the latter near M5 J7), according to demand.

Apr
7
Fri
Clare Hammond piano @ St Edmunds Hall, Malvern College
Apr 7 @ 2:30 pm

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre Suite No.6 in G
Beethoven Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7
Scriabin Sonata No.5, Op.53
Debussy L’isle joyeuse
Dutilleux Au gré des ondes
Fauré  2 Nocturnes: No. 8 in D flat, Op.84, No.8; No.12 in E minor, Op.107
Stravinsky Petroushka Suite

Clare Hammond

Acclaimed as a pianist of ‘amazing power and panache’ (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’). In 2016 she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’, in recognition of outstanding achievements in 2015. Over the past year Clare has performed at the Barbican Hall, where The Guardian described her as a “dazzling athlete”, gave 5 broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and has recorded discs for Sony, BIS and Signum. In 2014, she gave debut performances at 7 festivals across Europe, including the ‘Chopin and his Europe Festival’ in Warsaw.

Clare plays the younger version of Dame Maggie Smith’s character, Miss Shepherd, in the feature film, The Lady in the Van. (A non-speaking, piano-playing role!) Released in cinemas in the UK in November 2015, the film is based on Alan Bennett’s play of the same name and is directed by Nick Hytner. Clare’s recording of excerpts from Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, is featured throughout the film. The slow movement of Chopin’s concerto and Clare’s performance of Schubert’s Impromptu in G flat major, are included on the soundtrack alongside music specially composed for the film by George Fenton.

Apr
27
Thu
Scott Brothers Duo – one piano, four hands @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm

Scott Brothers Duo,

Tom and Jonathan Scott one piano, four hands

Rossini arr. Gottschalk William Tell Overture

Schubert Fantasie in F minor, D.940

Tárrega arr. J Scott Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Albéniz arr. J Scott Asturias (Leyenda)

Beethoven arr. H Ulrich Allegro con brio from Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67

Bach arr. Reger Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV.543

Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre

Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

Scott Brothers Duo

The tour de force for the evening was Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody which was not only an electrifying finale but an enviable display of virtuosity as well.’ [Manx Independent]

Scott Brothers Duo – brothers Jonathan and Tom Scott – perform in instrumental combinations which cover the entire keyboard spectrum including Piano & Organ, Harmonium & Piano and Piano Duet, the last of which they offer us tonight.

They have performed at all of the major UK concert halls, and at venues throughout Europe, South America and the Far East, as well appearing as guest solo pianists for English National Ballet’s UK tour of ‘Strictly Gershwin’. Their entertaining programmes, presentation and dynamic performing style have earned them great acclaim and many return visits. Born in Manchester, they both studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). As well as the Duo, they each have separate performing and teaching careers. Scott Brothers Duo have recorded several CDs on their own label, to great critical acclaim.

Making their first appearance at the Club, the Scott Brothers Duo are also planning to present an afternoon concert for local Malvern schoolchildren.