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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Buying tickets for the evening concerts for the 117th Season 2019-2020

Single Tickets for the evening concerts for the 117th Season 2019-2020 are available from the concert venue, Malvern Theatres. They can be booked in advance either online or from the Box Office by telephone or in person. All seats are unreserved. Wheelchair spaces are available; please mention this when booking. You can book them online by clicking on the little black ticket beside the event.

Buying tickets for other concerts and trips

Tickets for some of our other concerts and trips can be purchased online for the event, but not all at present. If you can purchase tickets online, you will find a “Buy tickets” button at the bottom of the description of that concert.  Clicking the button takes you to the page where you can buy those tickets.

Click the “Read more” button at the bottom of an expanded event to see more details on timing and location, together with a map.

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Feb
9
Sun
The Gesualdo Six @ Great Malvern Priory
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm

The Gesualdo Six

Owain Park director

Guy James countertenor, Alex Chance countertenor

Joseph Wicks tenor, Josh Cooter tenor

Michael Craddock baritone, Samuel Mitchell bass

Programme includes music by Tallis, Gesualdo, Joby Talbot and Owain Park

The Gesualdo Six are performing for Malvern Concert Club 16 Feb 2020There is a synergy between the Renaissance masters and those writing for voices today, says Owain Park, director of The Gesualdo Six, who likes to bring early and contemporary music together in one programme, with the ensemble using the ancient space of Great Malvern Priory to full sonic effect.

Formed in March 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, the The Gesualdo Six went on to give over one hundred performances around the United Kingdom and abroad in its first four years. Over this time, it further developed a passion for ensemble singing that for many of them stemmed from formative years as choristers in churches and cathedrals around the country.

The Gesualdo Six has performed in many festivals in the UK, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Poland and Monaco. In 2018, the ensemble released their debut recording of English renaissance polyphony ‘English Motets’ on Hyperion Records. The Daily Telegraph said: ‘The sheer beauty of the group’s sound in lofty high-Renaissance style pieces like Byrd’s Miserere is spellbinding. The fine-grained texture of solo voices allows us to savour the amazing harmonic pungency of English sacred music, which at times seems almost modernist. It is a wonderful achievement.

Programme

‘The Wishing Tree’: from the roots of choral singing to the flowering of a tradition

  • Thomas Tallis (c.1505 – 1585)  Miserere nostri
  • Carlo Gesualdo (1566 – 1613)  Judas mercator pessimus
  • Veljo Tormis (1930 – 2017)  Lase kiik käia!
  • Carlo Gesualdo  Tenebrae Factae sunt
  • Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179)  O Ecclesia, occuli tui
  • Arvo Pärt (b.1935)  Morning Star
  • Owain Park (b.1993)  Phos hilaron
  • Christopher Tye (c.1505 – 1572/3)  Ad te clamamus
  • Carlo Gesualdo  Tristis est anima mea
  • Thomas Tallis  Loquebantur
  • Luca Marenzio (c.1553 – 1599)  Potrò viver io più se senza luce
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525 – 1594)  Io son ferito, ahi lasso
  • Joby Talbot (b.1971)  The Wishing Tree
  • Sarah Rimkus (b.1990)  My heart is like a singing bird
  • Alison Willis (b.1971)  The Wind’s Warning
  • arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)  Bushes and Briars
  • Gerda Blok-Wilson (b.1955)  O Little Rose, O Dark Rose
  • Josef Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)  Abendlied

This concert in Great Malvern Priory is excluded from the six-concert subscription, but a concessionary ticket is available to each 117th Season Club Member. Please see here.

Ticket prices – on sale from the Malvern Theatres box office 1st October 2019

Nave: £20.50 (no concessions)

Other areas:(restricted view) Adult £10, Student under 21 in full-time education £5

Malvern Theatres also charge a booking fee of 12%, except for members of the Theatres’ own Gold, Silver and Bronze membership schemes. Please apply to the Theatres for details. Prices including the fee are £22.96, £11.20 and £5.60.

Tickets will be available on the door from 2.15pm on 9th February 2020, subject to availability.

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Mar
19
Thu
Iestyn Davies countertenor, Thomas Dunford lute @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm

Iestyn Davies countertenor

Thomas Dunford lute

Iestyn Davies and Thomas Dunford are performing for Malvern Concert Club 19th March 2020‘England’s Orpheus’

  • Henry Purcell – Lord, What is Man?
  • Henry Purcell – Sweeter than Roses
  • Marin Marais – Les Voix Humaines
  • Robert de Visse – Chaconne in D Minor
  • Handel – Ombra Cara (from Radamisto)
  • John Dowland – Praeludium / A Dream
  • John Dowland – Behold a Wonder Here
  • John Dowland – Flow My Tears
  • John Dowland – Can She Excuse My Wrongs
  • John Dowland – Lachrimae
  • John Dowland – The Frog Galliard
  • Handel – ‘Hendel, non puo mia musa’ HMV 117
  • Henry Purcell – Music For a While
  • Bach – Cello Suite No1 in G Major: 1 Prélude
  • Dowland – Come Again Sweet Love
  • Bach – Cello Suite No 1 in G Major: II Allemande
  • Purcell – O Solitude
  • Bach – Cello Suite No 1 in G Major: III Courante
  • Bach – Cello Suite No 1 in G Major: IV – Sarabande
  • Handel – Oh Lord Whose Mercies Numberless
  • Bach – Cello Suite No 1 in G Major: V. Minuet 1 – VI Minuet II
  • Bach – Cello Suite No 1 in G Major: VII Gigue
  • Purcell – Evening Hymn

Iestyn Davies MBE is a British countertenor widely recognised as one of the world’s finest singers celebrated for the beauty and technical dexterity of his voice and intelligent musicianship. Iestyn began his singing life as a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge. Later, after graduating, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, of which he is now a Fellow.

In 2015 he delighted London theatre audiences singing the role of Farinelli in the play Farinelli and the King. His range encompasses opera, oratorio and solo recitals, the latter in a regular association with Thomas Dunford.

Born in Paris, Thomas discovered the lute at the age of nine. He completed his studies in 2006 at the Paris Conservatoire, when he obtained a unanimous 1st Prize with honours, continuing his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. In 2003, Thomas gave his first performance playing the role of the lutenist in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on stage at the Comédie-Française. Since then, Thomas has played recitals throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Each musician has received numerous awards for his performances, both live and on CD. ‘Davies possesses one of the most refined and lucent countertenor voices, with flawless intonation, ease and beauty across its range and not even a hint of shrillness…. Davies is a natural match for the English Renaissance lute-song repertory, and Dunford, who has a similarly delicate approach to his instrument, matched him phrase for phrase. In repertory that is so soft, requiring careful listening, the two musicians held the audience spellbound and still.’ (The Washington Post)

Ticket prices

Adult £21.50, Student under 21 in full-time education £6
Prices include a £1 contribution towards Malvern Theatres’ Heritage Fund.

Malvern Theatres also charge a booking fee of 12%, except for members of the Theatres’ own Gold, Silver and Bronze membership schemes. Please apply to the Theatres for details. Prices including the fee are £24.08 and £6.72 (students).

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Apr
17
Fri
Ruisi Quartet @ Elmslie House
Apr 17 @ 10:30 am

Ruisi Quartet

Alessandro Ruisi violin, Oliver Cave violin

Luba Tunnicliffe viola, Max Ruisi cello

  • Purcell Three Fantazias
  • Beethoven String Quartet No.7 in F, Op.59, No.1, Razumovsky

Ruisi Quartet are performing for Malvern Concert Club 17 April 2020The Ruisi Quartet are winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players. The quartet has established a reputation as a charismatic and expressive ensemble, delivering performances that are ‘strikingly immediate, committed and direct’ (Chichester Observer, 2014). Founded in 2012 by brothers Alessandro and Max Ruisi, the quartet performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe and was selected as Kirckman Concert Society Artists for 2018/19.

Based in London, the Quartet has given concerts at many leading venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Brighton Dome and Conway Hall, plus appearances in Scotland, Spain, Germany and Austria. Dedicated to continually exploring and developing, the group has studied with a wide-range of leading musicians.

Purcell’s Fantazias, written around 1680, combine dazzling contrapuntal mastery with deep expressiveness and dramatic tension created by their chromaticisms and unpredictable harmonies.

Beethoven’s Op.59 Quartets (1806) were commissioned by Prince Andrey Razumovsky, then Russian ambassador to Vienna. The first three of Beethoven’s middle period quartets, they left both their first performers and the public shocked and suspicious. Now celebrated as mainstream chamber music repertoire, these quartets have a continuing ability to surprise, challenge and inspire us.

This one-hour concert at Elmslie House is excluded from the six-concert subscription.

Strictly no admission before 10.30am

Ticket prices

Tickets will be available on the website from 23rd January 2020

Adult £15, Student under 21 in full-time education £9 (no booking fee) includes coffee, cake and programme.

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Apr
30
Thu
New London Chamber Ensemble @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm

New London Chamber Ensemble

Robert Manasse flute, Melanie Ragge oboe

Neyire Ashworth clarinet, Stephen Stirling horn

bassoon to be announced with Michael Dussek piano

  • Beethoven Quintet in E flat for piano and wind instruments, Op.16
  • Nielsen Wind Quintet, Op.43
  • Poulenc Flute Sonata, FP 164
  • Mozart Quintet in E flat for piano and wind instruments, K.452

New London Chamber Ensemble and Michael DussekEach player in the ensemble is a virtuoso, but as a group they seem to have effortlessly acquired those essential chamber music skills of “give and take” which would grace a long-established string quartet.’ (the late Guy Woolfenden).

2020 sees the 20th anniversary of the New London Chamber Ensemble. A wind quintet with a difference, the NLCE has challenged traditional ideas of chamber music with their innovative programmes. Concert appearances have taken the NLCE all over the world. Highlights include northern Sweden, the Banff Festival in Canada, the Trasimeno Festival (Perugia), the Leeds International Concert Season, premières at the Cheltenham Festival in 2011 and 2014 and concerts at Wigmore Hall and King’s Place, London.

The NLCE’s discography includes Music for Wind and Piano by Carl Nielsen (Meridian, 2009), voted CD of the year by MusicWeb International, including the Wind Quintet (1922) that they play tonight. Their programme opens with the Piano and Wind Quintet by Beethoven, allegedly inspired by Mozart’s masterpiece with the same scoring and in the same key, which is tonight’s finale. In these two works the NLCE is joined by pianist Michael Dussek, ‘an accompanist with all the skill and mastery of a confident soloist, but with the intelligence to match his playing to his partners’ without imposing or losing his own personality.’ (Classical Music Magazine). A member of three chamber ensembles, the Dussek Piano Trio, Endymion and Primavera, tonight Michael also joins the NLCE flautist Robert Manasse in a performance of Poulenc’s delightful Flute Sonata.

Ticket prices

Adult £21.50, Student under 21 in full-time education £6
Prices include a £1 contribution towards Malvern Theatres’ Heritage Fund.

Malvern Theatres also charge a booking fee of 12%, except for members of the Theatres’ own Gold, Silver and Bronze membership schemes. Please apply to the Theatres for details. Prices including the fee are £24.08 and £6.72 (students).

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Jun
10
Wed
Tasmin Little violin, Martin Roscoe piano @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Jun 10 @ 7:30 pm

Tasmin Little violin

Martin Roscoe piano

Beethoven Violin Sonata Series 2018-2020

  • Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin No.6 in A, Op.30, No.1
  • Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin No.3 in E flat, Op.12, No.3
  • Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin No.9 in A, Op.47, Kreutzer

Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe are playing at Malvern Concert Club 23 Jan 2020Tasmin Little OBE and Martin Roscoe return to Malvern Concert Club for the final instalment of their 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 this, the composer’s 250th anniversary year.

Tasmin Little 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. Tasmin is retiring from the concert stage in Summer 2020, so Malvern Concert Club is fortunate to hear one of her last public 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.

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.

Ticket prices

Adult £21.50, Student under 21 in full-time education £6
Prices include a £1 contribution towards Malvern Theatres’ Heritage Fund.

Malvern Theatres also charge a booking fee of 12%, except for members of the Theatres’ own Gold, Silver and Bronze membership schemes. Please apply to the Theatres for details. Prices including the fee are £24.08 and £6.72 (students).

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