Malvern Concert Club

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

The tickets for the evening and Sunday afternoon concerts 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. Wheelchair spaces are available, so please mention this when booking.

When tickets are available, you can book tickets online by clicking on the little black ticket symbol beside the event in the list below.

Buying tickets for other concerts and trips

Tickets for some of our other concerts and trips can be purchased online on this website. If you are able purchase such tickets, you will find a “Buy tickets” button at the bottom of the description of that concert. 

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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Oct
21
Thu
Albion Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm

Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin, Emma Parker violin, Ann Beilby viola, Nathaniel Boyd cello

  • Mozart String Quartet No.18 in A, K.464
  • Freya Waley-Cohen Snapdragon
  • Brahms String Quartet in B flat, Op.67
Albion Quartet by Steve Gullick - performing for Malvern Concert Club
Albion Quartet by Steve Gullick 2019

The Albion Quartet were booked at short notice to play for us in November 2020, after the Calidore String Quartet were stranded in the USA by Covid – only for their concert too to be wiped out by lockdown rules. So it is a particular pleasure that we have been able to re-schedule them to appear for the Club this season.

Formed in 2016, the Albion Quartet unites four outstanding young string players, brought together by a shared belief in the visceral power of the string quartet. They have played at the Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival and abroad, including at The Louvre, Paris, and the Concertgebouw, as well as at many music festivals. Committed to new music, they collaborated with Kate Whitley on a powerful and evocative song cycle, and premiered a new work by Freya Waley-Cohen.

Passionate about musical education, the quartet holds a residency with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where they regularly give masterclasses and perform. As a Cavatina Chamber Music Trust ensemble, they also give frequent workshops at primary school level, where they are thrilled to share the magic of music with children from diverse backgrounds. They have formed “Friends of the Albion Quartet” aimed at developing mini-residencies with schools in the state sector and in the special needs category to help these children to connect more deeply to classical music and find inspiration through experiencing music in an interactive and accepting environment.

The Albion Quartet record for Signum Classics. Their 2020 disc of Dvorak string quartets won much praise, with Gramophone magazine stating: “This, surely is how Dvorak’s chamber music is supposed to sound: luminous, playful,…..and simultaneously generous and touchingly intimate.

Tickets cost £22.00, students £5.00 and are available from Malvern Theatres.

Note: 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. 

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Nov
11
Thu
Takács Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm

Edward Dusinberre violin, Harumi Rhodes violin,
Richard O’Neill viola, András Fejér cello

  • Mozart String Quartet No.15 in D minor, K.421
  • Dutilleux String Quartet Ainsi La Nuit
  • Smetana String Quartet No.1 in E minor From My Life
Takacs Quartet
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The Takács Quartet has long been renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. Formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Hungary, they are now based at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where they are Christoffersen Faculty Fellows. They perform eighty concerts a year worldwide.

Multiple award winners, the Quartet featured in the BBC television series “Being Beethoven” last year, and also released a CD for Hyperion of piano quartets by Amy Beach and Elgar to add to their lengthy discography, which includes the Smetana quartet listed here. They are making two recordings for Hyperion, one featuring the last quartets of Haydn, the other pairing two masterpieces from the first decade of the 20th century: Bartók’s Quartet No.1 and Berg’s Opus 3.

In 2012 Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music from the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. In 2014 the Takács became the first string quartet to be awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal, an award which recognises major international artists who have a long association with the Hall.

With the agreement of Barbara Thomas, the Committee are proud to dedicate this concert to the memory of her late husband, Peter, our former Secretary who did so much for the Club.

Tickets cost £22.00, students £5.00 and are available from Malvern Theatres.

Note: 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. 

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Jan
20
Thu
Martin Roscoe piano and Jennifer Pike violin @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm
  • Beethoven Sonatas for piano and violin
    – No.6 in A, Op.30, No.1
    – No.3 in E flat, Op.12, No.3
    – No.9 in A, Op.47, Kreutzer

Martin Roscoe and Jennifer PikeIt was a double disappointment for Club members when, in January 2020 – Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year – Tasmin Little OBE was prevented by a hand injury from completing our cycle of his violin and piano sonatas. Then Covid-19 forced her last, rearranged concert in Malvern to be cancelled. Tasmin has now, of course, retired from playing. However, we are delighted that Martin Roscoe has invited Jennifer Pike, the distinguished British violinist, to join him for this third and final concert of the series.

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.

Renowned for her unique artistry and compelling insight into music of all eras, Jennifer Pike is one of today’s most exciting instrumentalists. She first gained international recognition in 2002, when, aged 12, she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. She made her debuts at the BBC Proms and the Wigmore Hall aged 15, and was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008 – 2010. She is a patron of the Lord Mayor’s City Music Foundation, and in 2020 was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to classical music.

Both artists have extensive discographies. Together, they have recorded (for Chandos) French violin sonatas (“thoroughly idiomatic, glistening performances”), and works by Elgar and Vaughan Williams (“rare and well- known repertoire with a twist combine in an irresistible release”). The latter includes the original, piano, version of The Lark Ascending.

Tickets cost £22.00, students £5.00 and are available from Malvern Theatres.

Note: 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. 

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Feb
13
Sun
Llŷr Williams piano @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Feb 13 @ 3:00 pm
  • Haydn Piano Sonata in C, Op.17, Hob.XVI:48
  • Schumann Fantasy in C, Op.17
  • Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
  • Liszt Légende No.1: St François d’Assise: la prédication aux oiseaux S.175
  • Liszt Mephisto Waltz No.1, S.514
Llŷr Williams © Hannan Images
Llŷr Williams © Hannan Images

A former BBC New Generation Artist and Borletti-Buitoni Trust award winner, Llŷr Williams was born in Pentrebychan, North Wales, and read music at The Queen’s College, Oxford before taking up a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wales. He is also currently Artist-in-Association at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

2019 saw Williams returning to the Edinburgh Festival, as well as the Cowbridge Festival where he is Artist-in-Residence, and the Gower Festival where he is a Patron. In 2020, prior to lockdown, he returned to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a recreation of Beethoven’s 1808 Vienna Concert, and gave all-Beethoven recitals in Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in the US. In October 2020, Williams returned to Wigmore Hall for two streamed recitals, while in the same month he completed his Cardiff series ‘Pictures in Music’ at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. 2021 sees the start there of an all-Chopin series spanning two seasons.

Williams’ eclectic repertoire is reflected in his discography. November 2020 saw the release of an 8-disc box-set ‘A Schubert Journey’ on Signum Records. His previous release, the 12-disc ‘Beethoven Unbound’ also on Signum Records, was BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Recording of the Month’ in August 2018. Other recordings by Williams include two solo albums for Signum, as well as William Mathias’ second Piano Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Welsh label Tŷ Cerdd.

Tickets cost £22.00, students £5.00 and are available from Malvern Theatres.

Note: 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. 

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Mar
24
Thu
Carducci String Quartet with Peter Lale @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm

Matt Denton violin, Michelle Fleming violin,
Eoin Schmidt-Martin viola, Emma Denton cello, with Peter Lale viola

  • Fanny Mendelssohn String Quartet in E flat
  • Shostakovich String Quartet No.9 in E flat, Op.117
  • Mozart String Quintet No.4 in G, K.516
The Carducci Quartet - photo by Andy Holdsworth
The Carducci Quartet – photo by Andy Holdsworth

An internationally renowned Anglo-Irish string quartet based in the UK, the versatile and award-winning Carducci String Quartet has performed everything from brand new quartets, classic works by Haydn, complete Shostakovich cycles, and even partnered folk-rock icon Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Founded in 1997, the ensemble has won numerous international competitions, including Concert Artists Guild International Competition USA 2007 and First Prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition 2004. In 2016, they took home a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for their performances of cycles of the complete Shostakovich quartets. They were acclaimed by Gramophone Magazine for their “…athletic, upfront performances, clear in texture, forthright in tone and bold in articulation.” The quartet has released a bevy of acclaimed recordings on their own label, Carducci Classics, as well as Signum Classics, and Naxos.

Peter Lale’s love of chamber music came from the many musical evenings he spent as a child playing with his six brothers and sisters, as well as informal performances and concerts in England and Europe. At sixteen he was awarded scholarships to study at the Royal Academy of Music. While still at the college he was invited to play with, and subsequently became a member of, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In 1985 Lale was a founder member of the Britten Quartet, who in their ten years together achieved much critical acclaim, including the Times saying “Few Quartets since the Amadeus’s heyday can have achieved the same sense of utter comfort with the medium.”

Tickets cost £22.00, students £5.00 and are available from Malvern Theatres.

Note: 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. 

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Apr
8
Fri
Iain Simcock Harpischord @ Elmslie House
Apr 8 @ 10:30 am
Iain Simcock Harpischord @ Elmslie House | United Kingdom

Iain Simcock, harpsichord

Bach and the Dance

  • French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816
  • Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830
  • French Overture BWV 831

‘It’s a fascinating journey through Bach’s evermore complex approach to dance-forms’.

Iain Simcock was Organ Scholar at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and Christ Church, Oxford, before being appointed Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey and, for seven years, Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. He was the first British prize-winner in the Chartres International Organ Competition, as well as prize-winner in competitions in St. Omer and Odense in Denmark. He studied with David Sanger in London and Jean Langlais in Paris.

In 1994, Iain was appointed Professor of Choral Singing at the Conservatoire National in Angers, France and Organist at the Abbey of Saint Pierre in Solesmes, whilst continuing his solo freelance career. He performed the complete organ works of Bach in Angers in 1996, recording a solo CD of highlights from the performances. He also performed all Bach’s major harpsichord works including the Goldberg Variations on the famous Taskin harpsichord in the Russell Collection at the Edinburgh Festival.

From 2001-2014 he was the Musical Director of the Académie Vocale de Paris, performing weekly concerts with the choir as well as concerts in many major festivals. He was instigator of two major radio France programmes featuring the monks of Solesmes and the Académie Vocale, focusing on the great Solesmes tradition of the restoration of Gregorian chant. He also worked with the opera houses in Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux, preparing young singers for roles in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Turn of the Screw, Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande, Berlioz Damnation of Faust, Mozart Magic Flute and as assistant to Jane Glover and harpsichordist for Handel Jephtha.

THIS IS OUR “COFFEE AND CAKE” CONCERT

Strictly no admission before 10.30am

Ticket prices

Tickets will be available on the website nearer the time.

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Apr
28
Thu
New London Chamber Ensemble: Wind Quintet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm

Robert Manasse flute, Melanie Ragge oboe,
Neyire Ashworth clarinet, Stephen Stirling horn,
Fraser Gordon bassoon with Michael Dussek piano

  • Beethoven Quintet in E flat, Op. 16
  • Nielsen Wind Quintet, Op. 43
  • Poulenc Flute Sonata, FP164
  • Mozart Quintet in E flat, K.452
New London Chamber Ensemble: Wind Quintet with Michael Dussek
New London Chamber Ensemble: Wind Quintet with Michael Dussek

For almost two decades, the New London Chamber Ensemble has challenged traditional ideas of chamber music with its innovative programmes, combining classic repertoire with semi-staged works incorporating drama, speech and action.

Concert appearances have taken NLCE all over the world. Highlights include: King’s Place, London; premieres at the Cheltenham Festival, 2011 and 2014; Courthouse Music, Sweden; Banff Festival, Canada; collaborating with pianist Angela Hewitt at the Trasimeno Festival, Perugia and Wigmore Hall, London; Two Moors Festival, performing Walton’s Façade with Prunella Scales and Timothy West; collaborating with the Dante String Quartet at the Swaledale Festival and Wigmore Hall; The Forge, London with pianist Michael Dussek; Leeds International Concert Season; and Hull City of Culture with Simon Callow.

NLCE is passionately dedicated to new music, and regularly commissions new works: composers include Edward Longstaff, John Woolrich, Philip Cashian, Martin Butler, Julian Philips and Sally Beamish. Their critically acclaimed recording of the chamber music of John Woolrich includes a new commission to celebrate the composer’s 50th birthday.

NLCE is committed to outreach and education. They are Ensemble in Residence to the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, and give masterclasses and coaching for music colleges, schools and youth music groups. In 2012 they commissioned a new dectet Settala’s Machine by Philip Cashian, as a side-by-side project to be performed with young musicians.

“Winning charm and a strong sense of coherence” – BBC Music Magazine

Tickets cost £22.00, students £5.00 and are available from Malvern Theatres.

Note: 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. 

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