Forthcoming concerts and events

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

Click on the + sign by an event to expand it and read the details.

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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Nov
5
Thu
Albion String Quartet – Afternoon @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Nov 5 @ 3:00 pm

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

  • Mozart String Quartet in A, K464
  • Brahms String Quartet in B flat, No. 3, Op. 67.
Albion Quartet by Steve Gullick - performing for Malvern Concert Club
Albion Quartet by Steve Gullick 2019

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. The upcoming season sees the quartet returning to the Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh Festival, as well as continuing residencies at Sainte-Mere Festival in France and RWCMD in Cardiff. They will be making a number of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, whilst continuing their recording projects for Signum Records, for whom they are exclusive artists.

Ticket prices

Adult £15

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Albion String Quartet – Evening @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm

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

  • Mozart String Quartet in A, K464
  • Brahms String Quartet in B flat, No. 3, Op. 67.
Albion Quartet by Steve Gullick - performing for Malvern Concert Club
Albion Quartet by Steve Gullick 2019

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. The upcoming season sees the quartet returning to the Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh Festival, as well as continuing residencies at Sainte-Mere Festival in France and RWCMD in Cardiff. They will be making a number of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, whilst continuing their recording projects for Signum Records, for whom they are exclusive artists.

Ticket prices

Adult £15

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Albion String Quartet – Streaming @ Online
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm

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

  • Mozart String Quartet in A, K464
  • Brahms String Quartet in B flat, No. 3, Op. 67.
Albion Quartet by Steve Gullick - performing for Malvern Concert Club
Albion Quartet by Steve Gullick 2019

The concert by the Albion Quartet at Malvern Theatres is also being streamed live via this website and for seven days after the event.

Details of how to stream will appear here soon.

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. The upcoming season sees the quartet returning to the Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh Festival, as well as continuing residencies at Sainte-Mere Festival in France and RWCMD in Cardiff. They will be making a number of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, whilst continuing their recording projects for Signum Records, for whom they are exclusive artists.

Ticket prices

Purchase a pass to the streaming for £5 any time up to the end of the stream on 12th November.

Click to purchase a pass.

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Nov
26
Thu
Amatis Piano Trio @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm

Lea Hausman, violin; Samuel Shepherd, cello; Mengjie Han, piano

  • Beethoven Piano Trio on B flat, Op.11, Gassenhauer Trio
  • Schumann Piano Trio No.3 in G minor, Op.110
  • Shostakovich Piano Trio No.1 in C minor, Op.8
  • Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.49
Amatis Piano Trio who will perform at Malvern Concert Club 26th November 2020 Photo Marco Borgreve
Amatis Piano Trio
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The Amatis Piano Trio was founded in 2014 by German violinist Lea Hausmann, British cellist Samuel Shepherd and Dutch/Chinese pianist Mengjie Han.

Only weeks after forming, the Trio won the audience prize at the Grachtenfestival Concours in Amsterdam which quickly led to their debut at the Royal Concertgebouw and concert engagements throughout the Netherlands.

Most recently they were awarded 1st Trio at the International Joseph Joachim Competition in Weimar, Germany and named Dutch Classical Talent 2016. Soon afterwards, they were selected as BBC New Generation Artists 2016/2018.

This young international trio has since emerged as one of the leading piano trios among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK, Europe and Asia. For the 2018/2019 season, the Trio were selected as ECHO Rising Stars by the European Concert Hall organisation, following their nomination by the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Philharmonic Cologne, which will see them perform in 23 of the most prestigious concert venues in Europe.

The Amatis Piano Trio is committed to contemporary music and founded the ‘Dutch Piano Trio Competition’ prize in 2015, encouraging young composers to further the piano trio repertoire. Since 2015 they have worked intensively with Wolfgang Redik, (Vienna Piano Trio) and Rainer Schmidt, (Hagen Quartet) and are currently enrolled in the Piano Trio Master Studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

‘The Amatis Piano Trio is an outstanding ensemble on their way to establishing a great international career.’ (Daniel Hope, Beaux Arts Trio)

Ticket prices

Adult £23, Student under 21 in full-time education £6
Prices include a £2 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 £25.76 and £6.72 (students).

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Jan
21
Thu
Emma Johnson and Friends @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Jan 21 @ 7:30 pm

Emma Johnson, clarinet; Matt Denton, violin; Michelle Fleming, violin; Eoin Schmidt-Martin, viola; Emma Denton, cello; Chris West, double bass; Peter Francombe, French horn; Phil Gibbon, bassoon

  • Howard Ferguson Octet, Op.4
  • Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581
  • Beethoven Septet in E flat, Op.20
Emma Johnson -photocopyright Helen Maybanks
Emma Johnson: Photo Helen Maybanks

Emma Johnson is one of the few clarinettists to have established a busy career as a solo performer which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia. Emma grew up in London and her career was launched when at the age of 17 she won BBC Young Musician of the Year followed by the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York. However, she decided to study Music and English at Cambridge University before embarking full time on a musical path. Emma was also the first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and to have her portrait painted for the college. She was honoured by the Queen with an MBE in 1996.

Her CD of sonatas by Brahms and Mendelssohn with John Lenehan was described as ‘definitive…triumphant…a landmark disc’ in The Observer and her much admired recording of the Finzi Concerto was nominated for a Gramophone Award whilst Pastoral was chosen as CD of the Year by BBC Music Magazine.

Emma has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, in repertoire which includes all the major clarinet works as well as pieces written especially for her by Sir John Dankworth, Will Todd and Michael Berkeley amongst others. She has collaborated with artists such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Dame Cleo Laine and the Takacs Quartet and she directs her own group, Emma Johnson and Friends, whose recent live recording of the Schubert Octet was described as ‘a winner’ by Music Web International.

This is a welcome return to Malvern.

‘Emma Johnson has realised what lies at the heart of music making when it is at its best: she does not just perform but uses the music to communicate something wonderful.’ (Peter Eaton, English clarinet maker)

Ticket prices

Adult £23, Student under 21 in full-time education £6
Prices include a £2 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 £25.76 and £6.72 (students).

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Feb
14
Sun
Pavel Kolesnikov piano @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm

Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

  • Schumann Kinderszenen Op.15 (1838)
  • Beethoven Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109
  • J S Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Pavel Kolesnikov
Pavel Kolesnikov: Photo Eva Vermandel

Following Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov’s Wigmore Hall debut in January 2014, The Telegraph gave his recital a rare five-star review and called it ‘one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while.’ Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012, Kolesnikov has been winning hearts around the world. A live recording of his prize-winning performances was released on the Honens label in March 2013, about which the BBC Music Magazine wrote ‘tremendous clarity, unfailing musicality and considerable beauty’. His debut studio recording was released on the Hyperion label to critical acclaim. The Sunday Times described his playing on this all-Tchaikovsky disc as having ‘affection and élan’.

Significant recital and festival appearances resulting from the Honens Prize include Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Louvre (Paris), Vancouver Recital Society, La Jolla Music Society, Spoleto Festival USA, Canada’s Ottawa ChamberFest and Banff Summer Festival, and the United Kingdom’s Plush Music Festival. Orchestral appearances include Russia’s National Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Kolesnikov was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. He studied both the piano and violin for ten years, before concentrating solely on the piano. He has studied at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Dorensky, at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher and at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria João Pires thanks to the generous support of Mr Christopher D Budden, the RCM Scholarship Foundation and Hattori Foundation.

He returns to Malvern Concert Club following his stellar performance in 2019.

Ticket prices

Member tickets £18 (purchased through the club)

Adult £23, Student under 21 in full-time education £6 are purchased through the theatre.
Prices include a £2 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 £25.76 and £6.72 (students).

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Mar
18
Thu
Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello; Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

  • Beethoven Cello Sonata in C, Op.102, No.1
  • Britten Tema ‘Sacher’
  • Bridge Cello Sonata, H.125
  • Bridge Scherzo, H.19a, Mélodie, H.99, Spring Song, H.104 No.2
  • Britten Cello Sonata, Op.65

 

Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason
Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason Photos: Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Jake Turney; Isata Kanneh-Mason © Robin Clewly;

Sheku Kanneh-Mason shot to fame as the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition, the first black musician to win the award since its launch in 1978. He then became a household name after being invited to perform at the 2018 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. He continues to study cello at the Royal Academy of Music with Hannah Roberts. He enjoys an increasingly busy schedule of international concert performances, including playing at illustrious venues such as the Wigmore Hall London, Carnegie Hall New York, and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris. He was appointed MBE in 2019.

Isata Kanneh-Mason is a Postgraduate at The Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Carole Presland, having been awarded the Gwendolyn Reiche Memorial Scholarship.

Isata was in the Piano Category Final of The BBC Young Musician 2014. She has won The Royal Academy Iris Dyer Piano Prize four times and won the Mrs Claude Beddington Prize 2016 for outstanding recital results at The Royal Academy. She is also winner of The Royal Academy Christian Carpenter Recital Prize 2018, The Harold Craxton Chamber Music Prize 2018 and the Wilfred Parry (Brahms) Prize 2018 at The Royal Academy.

She has performed around the UK and abroad, with concerto appearances, in solo recitals and in chamber ensembles, including at the Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Duke’s Hall (Royal Academy), The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, Canada and Switzerland.

Ticket prices

Adult £23, Student under 21 in full-time education £6
Prices include a £2 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 £25.76 and £6.72 (students).

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Apr
9
Fri
Iain Simcock @ Elmslie House
Apr 9 @ 10:30 am
Iain Simcock @ 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 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 January 2021

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

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Apr
29
Thu
Van Kuijk Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm

Nicolas Van Kuijk, violin; Sylvain Favre-Bulle, violin; Emmanuel François, viola; François Robin, cello

  • Haydn  String Quartet in F minor, Op.20, No.5
  • Shostakovich  String Quartet No.10 in A flat, Op.118
  • Mendelssohn  String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13
Van Kuijk String Quartet
Van Kuijk Quartet: Photo Nikolaj Lund

Founded in 2012 in Paris, the Van Kuijk Quartet has been accumulating awards for several years, contributing to its growing fame. Elected Rising Stars for the 2017/2018 season for the ECHO network which brings together the largest European concert halls, the Quartet won in 2015 the first prize of the Wigmore Hall String Quartet competition with the Haydn and Beethoven prizes and was the BBC New Generation Artists from 2015 to 2017. The quartet won the first prize and the audience prize at the Trondheim International Competition and is also the HSBC Laureate of the Aix en Provence Festival.

The Van Kuijk Quartet studied at the Paris Conservatoire in the Ysaye Quartet class and followed Günter Pichler’s courses at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sophia with the support of the International Institute in Madrid. It also took part in master classes of the legendary quartets of Berg, Hagen and Artemis, and participated in numerous academies: Festival, Verbier, Académie Internationale de Montréal with the Michael Tree of Guarneri Quartet and André Roy, the International Academy of Weikerscheim with Heime Muller and the Vogler Quartet.

The Quartet has recorded an album dedicated to Mozart on the Alpha Classics label, which has been hailed unanimously by international critics.

The Van Kuijk Quartet has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Champs Elysées Theatre, the Louvre Auditorium, the Vienna Musikverein, the Philharmonie Berlin, and in Luxembourg, Cologne, Hamburg and Paris and in many other international venues, including the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Lincoln Centre New York, Phillips Collection Washington DC and Salle Bourgie Montreal.

‘Van Kuijk have style, energy and a sense of risk … these four young French people make music smile’. (The Guardian)

Ticket prices

Adult £23, Student under 21 in full-time education £6
Prices include a £2 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 £25.76 and £6.72 (students).

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