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 116th Season 2018-2019

Single Tickets for the evening concerts for the 116th Season 2018-2019 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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Sep
27
Thu
The Heath Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm

The Heath Quartet

Oliver Heath, violin, Sara Wolstenholme, violin

Gary Pomeroy, viola, Chris Murray, cello

  • Haydn Quartet in D, Op.71, No.2
  • Britten Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
  • Tchaikovsky Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11

The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet is fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. In May 2013 it became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, it was selected for representation by YCAT, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The Quartet’s recording of Tippett’s string quartets received widespread acclaim and won the 2016 Gramophone Chamber Disc of the Year. A subsequent release of Tchaikovsky Quartets Nos.1 & 3 was selected as Disc of the Week by both The Sunday Times and BBC Radio 3. The Quartet’s complete Bartók cycle was released in June 2017.

Tonight, the Heath Quartet’s much-praised Tchaikovsky is preceded by the second of the quartets Haydn dedicated to the Austrian Count Anton Georg Apponyi, a series that demonstrates the composer’s evolving sophistication, making use of adventurous key changes for dramatic effects. Britten’s Quartet No.2 – not heard at the Club since 1970 – was premièred on 21 November 1945, in a concert to mark the exact 250th anniversary of the death of Henry Purcell. In homage to Purcell, Britten cast the finale in the form of a massive Chacony which lasts considerably longer than the sum of the other two movements.

Ticket prices

Adult £21, 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 £23.52 and £6.72 (students).

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Oct
25
Thu
Danny Driver @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm

Danny Driver, piano

  • J S Bach Prelude & Fugue in F sharp minor, BWV 883 (from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
  • J S Bach Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV 825
  • J S Bach French Suite No.5 in G major, BWV 816
  • Rachmaninov Étude Tableau Op.39, No.2 in A minor
  • Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
  • Medtner Sonata No.9 in A minor, Op.30

Danny Driver first played at Malvern Concert Club in January 2016 and quickly became a firm favourite with our audience.  His reputation has been steadily rising in recent years, and he is now quite rightly regarded as one of the finest players in the UK. ‘There is never anything ostensibly showy about Driver’s playing, though he has a formidable technique at his disposal. His was an ultra-sensitive, classically restrained yet highly expressive response to the first movement’s opening mood of serenity, with superb articulation and a lovely tone quality. As the emotion of the music deepened, so did Driver’s range of expression expand, though in the most natural, sympathetic manner’, [Alan Sanders, Seen & Heard International, in a recent concert review].

Tonight’s programme is in two contrasting halves. The first is devoted to Bach’s keyboard music, somewhat neglected by the Club in recent years. ‘J S Bach’s Fifth French Suite was full of personality, with ornamentation daringly abundant. There was a palpable sense of enjoyment of the physicality of Bach’s writing’, [Harriet Smith, Financial Times, on Danny Driver’s performance at St John’s, Smith Square].

The second half brings together pieces composed during the first world war. In Le Tombeau de Couperin Ravel dedicated each movement to a friend who died in the conflict. Nikolai Medtner’s compact single-movement sonata is untitled, but was given a footnote, ‘During the War 1914-1917’: its disjointed rhythms and hyperactive virtuosity might have been somehow inspired by the conflict. Medtner’s much better-known contemporary Rachmaninov (they were students together) wrote the Études-Tableaux of Op.39 just before leaving Russia for good in 1917.

Ticket prices

Adult £21, 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 £23.52 and £6.72 (students).

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Nov
22
Thu
Armistice Anniversary Concert: James Gilchrist, Philip Dukes & Anna Tilbrook @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm

ARMISTICE CENTENARY CONCERT

James Gilchrist, tenor

Philip Dukes, viola

Anna Tilbrook, piano

  • Purcell arr. Britten Evening Hymn (1947)
  • Purcell arr. Britten Lord, What is Man? (1947)
  • Rebecca Clarke Come, Oh Come, my life’s delight (1912)
  • Rebecca Clarke Passacaglia for Viola and Piano (1941)
  • Rebecca Clarke Weep no more sad fountains (1912)
  • Britten Lachrymae (1950)
  • David Bednall The Mower (2017)
  • Elgar arr. Tertis for viola and piano Cello Concerto, Slow movement (1920)
  • Gurney Severn Meadows (1917)
  • Gurney In Flanders (1917)
  • Gurney An Epitaph (1920)
  • Gurney Down by the Salley Gardens (1920)
  • Ireland The Soldier (1917)
  • Ireland Blow out, you Bugles (1918)
  • Ireland Spring Sorrow (1918)
  • Vaughan Williams Romance for viola and piano (1914)
  • Vaughan Williams Four Hymns (1914) – Lord! Come Away!; Who is the fair one?; Come Love Come Lord; Evening Hymn

James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook and Philip Dukes

Having been a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, and later a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. His extensive concert repertoire has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world. A prolific and versatile recitalist, James enjoys imaginative and varied programming in collaborations with many pianists, and regularly with Anna Tilbrook, with whom he recently returned to the Wigmore Hall to begin their project ’Schumann and the English Romantics’. Anna made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe’s major concert halls and festivals, as well as coaching regularly for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. As a concerto soloist, Philip Dukes has appeared with the major British orchestras, making his BBC Proms Concerto debut in 1995 and returning in 1999, 2005 and 2007. He has recorded a wide range of solo CDs, most notably the complete works for viola by Rebecca Clarke, and a first recording of Tippett’s Triple Concerto.

Devised by the performers for an intriguing combination of voice and instruments, ‘Faith, Fate and the Futility of War’ is a poignant programme of songs and chamber music commemorating the two world wars of the twentieth century.

Ticket prices

Adult £21, 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 £23.52 and £6.72 (students).

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Nov
27
Tue
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Brahms, Tchaikovsky @ Priory Road car park
Nov 27 @ 11:30 am
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Brahms, Tchaikovsky @ Priory Road car park | England | United Kingdom

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Soloist: Rudolf Buchbinder) Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Highlights (with CBSO Children’s Chorus) Conductor: Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla

Tickets

Tickets will be on sale approximately 3 months before the concert. They will be available online here or from Simon Payton.

Pick-up details

Commandery Coaches will provide the transport from Priory Road Car Park, Malvern, to Symphony Hall, with pick-up/set-down at Newland and Powick, according to demand. Note that there are only 50 seats (one busload) for each concert and bookings are taken on a first come – first served basis.

The coach leaves Malvern at 1130am: this allows time for pre-concert refreshments and attendance at the free pre-concert event.

To be added to the e-mailing list to receive information and booking forms, please fill in the form below or contact Simon Payton, Club Treasurer and Membership Secretary or ring 01684 575066.

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Jan
24
Thu
Tasmin Little & Martin Roscoe @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm

Tasmin Little violin

Martin Roscoe piano

Beethoven Violin Sonata Series 2018-2020

  • Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2
  • Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin No.4 in A minor, Op.23
  • Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin No.5 in F, Op.24, ‘Spring’
  • Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3

Tasmin Little and Martin RoscoeTasmin 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.

Tonight, Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe return to Malvern Concert Club for the second 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 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.’

Ticket prices

Adult £21, 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 £23.52 and £6.72 (students).

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Feb
17
Sun
Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Feb 17 @ 3:00 pm
Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres | England | United Kingdom

President’s Sunday Afternoon Schubert Cycle Series 2017-19

Roderick Williams baritone

Iain Burnside piano

  • Schubert Schwanengesang, D.957

  • Im Frühling, D.882; Herbst, D.945; Im Haine, D.738;
  • Der Einsame, D.800; Liebhaber in allen Gestalten, D.558;
  • An Rosa, D.316; Die Liebe hat gelogen, D.751; Rückweg, D.476;
  • Totengräbers Heimweh, D.842; Auf den Tod einer Nachtigall, D.399

Malvern Concert Club’s President, Roderick Williams OBE, and Iain Burnside return to Malvern for this last annual recital in their series encompassing all three of Schubert’s major song cycles. The five-star reviews and near-capacity houses in The Forum for their Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise are testament to these artists’ sublime interpretations of this repertoire.

The songs in Schwanengesang (‘Swansong’) were described by Schubert’s publisher Haslinger as ‘the final blooms of Schubert’s creative muse’. Containing some of Schubert’s greatest music, it tells no particular story, but the two sets of songs are linked by their poetic themes – nature, love and separation in the case of the settings of Ludwig Rellstab; bitterness, loss and despair in the case of Heinrich Heine. The final song in Schwanengesang is by Johann Gabriel Seidl: Die Taubenpost, considered to be Schubert’s last song.

There is disagreement amongst both performers and academics as to whether Schwanengesang is strictly a cycle rather than just a song collection: either way, it is a masterpiece. In this afternoon’s performance, Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside present the main work in sections, interwoven by a generous selection of other songs by Schubert.

This is a full-length recital with interval. It is excluded from the six-concert subscription, but concessionary tickets are available to each 116th Season Club Member.

Ticket prices

Adult £23, 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 £25.76 and £6.72 (students).

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Feb
28
Thu
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms @ Priory Road car park
Feb 28 @ 11:30 am
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms @ Priory Road car park | England | United Kingdom

Beethoven: Overture, Leonora No.3 Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos in E Flat Major K365 (Soloists: Luca and Arthur Jussen) Brahms: Serenade No. 1 Conductor: Olari Elts

Tickets

Tickets will be on sale approximately 3 months before the concert. They will be available online here or from Simon Payton.

Pick-up details

Commandery Coaches will provide the transport from Priory Road Car Park, Malvern, to Symphony Hall, with pick-up/set-down at Newland and Powick, according to demand. Note that there are only 50 seats (one busload) for each concert and bookings are taken on a first come – first served basis.

The coach leaves Malvern at 1130am: this allows time for pre-concert refreshments and attendance at the free pre-concert event.

To be added to the e-mailing list to receive information and booking forms, please fill in the form below or contact Simon Payton, Club Treasurer and Membership Secretary or ring 01684 575066.

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Mar
7
Thu
Wihan Quartet @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm

Wihan Quartet

Leoš Čepický, violin, Jan Schulmeister, violin

Jakub Čepický, viola,  Michal Kaňka, cello

  • Haydn Quartet in G, Op.54, No.1
  • Beethoven Quartet No. 16 in F, Op.135
  • Tchaikovsky Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op.30

Wihan Quartet performing at Malvern Concert ClubThe Wihan Quartet has been described by International Record Review as ‘one of the best quartets in the world today.’  In 2015 the Quartet celebrated 30 years since its formation, and over the years it has developed an outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage, and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire.

During the 2012-13 season the Quartet was Czech Chamber Music Society Resident Ensemble at the Rudolfinum Dvořák Hall, Prague. In 2008 the Quartet completed the first ever cycle of Beethoven Quartets in Prague, later repeated in London. Recorded for release on CD and DVD, it received many accolades, as have the Wihan’s CDs of Dvořák and Schubert. The Quartet has won many International Competitions including The Prague Spring Festival and the Osaka ‘Chamber Festa’. The Wihan is the Richard Carne Quartet in Residence at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and is a great supporter of the work of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust for young people.

After one of Haydn’s quartets of seemingly endless inventiveness and wit, the Wihan plays Beethoven’s very last quartet, so different in scale from its immediate predecessors. Its final movement is known for the composer’s words on the manuscript, Muß es sein? (Must it be?) and its response Es muß sein! (It must be!), reflecting its musical motifs. The programme ends with Tchaikovsky’s last quartet, an elegiac work written in memory of Ferdinand Laub, the Czech violinist who had led the first performances of Tchaikovsky’s first two quartets.

This concert has been generously sponsored by Joseph Brand, Vice President, Malvern Concert Club.

Ticket prices

Adult £21, 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 £23.52 and £6.72 (students).

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Mar
20
Wed
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Smetana, Shostakovich, Schuhmann @ Priory Road car park
Mar 20 @ 11:30 am
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Smetana, Shostakovich, Schuhmann @ Priory Road car park | England | United Kingdom

Smetana: The Bartered Bride: Overture and Three Dances Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 (Soloist: Steven Osborne) Schumann Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish’ Conductor: Jac Van Steen

At 1pm Michael Seal will conduct the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra in a pre-concert performance (free entry).

Tickets

Tickets will be on sale approximately 3 months before the concert. They will be available online here or from Simon Payton.

Pick-up details

Commandery Coaches will provide the transport from Priory Road Car Park, Malvern, to Symphony Hall, with pick-up/set-down at Newland and Powick, according to demand. Note that there are only 50 seats (one busload) for each concert and bookings are taken on a first come – first served basis.

The coach leaves Malvern at 1130am: this allows time for pre-concert refreshments and attendance at the free pre-concert event.

To be added to the e-mailing list to receive information and booking forms, please fill in the form below or contact Simon Payton, Club Treasurer and Membership Secretary or ring 01684 575066.

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Apr
4
Thu
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Copland, Vaughan Williams @ Priory Road car park
Apr 4 @ 11:30 am
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Copland, Vaughan Williams @ Priory Road car park | England | United Kingdom

Copland: Appalachian Spring: Suite Barber: Violin Concerto (Soloist: James Ehnes) Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony (James Way, tenor) Conductor: John Wilson

Pre-Concert discussion at 1pm: John Wilson in conversation with CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock. OBE

Tickets

Tickets will be on sale approximately 3 months before the concert. They will be available online here or from Simon Payton.

Pick-up details

Commandery Coaches will provide the transport from Priory Road Car Park, Malvern, to Symphony Hall, with pick-up/set-down at Newland and Powick, according to demand. Note that there are only 50 seats (one busload) for each concert and bookings are taken on a first come – first served basis.

The coach leaves Malvern at 1130am: this allows time for pre-concert refreshments and attendance at the free pre-concert event.

To be added to the e-mailing list to receive information and booking forms, please fill in the form below or contact Simon Payton, Club Treasurer and Membership Secretary or ring 01684 575066.

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May
2
Thu
Brodsky Quartet, Daniel Rowland & Martin Roscoe @ Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
May 2 @ 7:30 pm

Brodsky Quartet

Daniel Rowland, violin leader and soloist

Ian Belton, violin, Paul Cassidy, viola

Jacqueline Thomas, cello

Martin Roscoe, piano

  • Elgar String Quartet in E minor, Op.83
  • Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor, Op.82
  • Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor, Op.84

Brodsky plus Martin Roscoe playing at Malvern Concert ClubThis very special concert celebrates the centenary of the first performances of our Founder’s three major chamber works, all written in 1918. The Quartet and Quintet were premièred at the Wigmore Hall in May 1919; the Sonata was also performed at that concert, though had been publicly played two months earlier. Malvern Concert Club presented the Quintet in November and the Quartet in December 1919, the Sonata being first played here in 1922. Elgar dedicated the Quartet to the original Brodsky Quartet, in honour of the promise he had made in1900 to write a work for it – though by 1919 its members were aged around 70, and in the event the première was by a quartet led by Albert Sammons.

It is therefore apt that tonight’s performers are the modern Brodsky Quartet – which also played for the Club’s own centenary in 2003. Since its formation in 1972 the Quartet has performed over 2,000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.

The Quartet’s leader, the Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland, is a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous solo performer in his own right, and tonight is joined in the Sonata by Martin Roscoe, ‘a pianist who both thinks and offers full-blooded playing of breadth and depth. In this country, he is an uncommon creature …’ [Daily Telegraph].

The full ensemble ends with the Piano Quintet.

This concert has been generously sponsored by the Elgar Family Charitable Trust

Ticket prices

Adult £21, 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 £23.52 and £6.72 (students).

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May
31
Fri
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Honegger, Ravel @ Priory Road car park
May 31 @ 11:30 am
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Honegger, Ravel @ Priory Road car park | England | United Kingdom

Honegger: Pastorale d’été French Chamber Music Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin Brahms Symphony No. 2 Conductor: Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla

Tickets

Tickets will be on sale approximately 3 months before the concert. They will be available online here or from Simon Payton.

Pick-up details

Commandery Coaches will provide the transport from Priory Road Car Park, Malvern, to Symphony Hall, with pick-up/set-down at Newland and Powick, according to demand. Note that there are only 50 seats (one busload) for each concert and bookings are taken on a first come – first served basis.

The coach leaves Malvern at 1130am: this allows time for pre-concert refreshments and attendance at the free pre-concert event.

To be added to the e-mailing list to receive information and booking forms, please fill in the form below or contact Simon Payton, Club Treasurer and Membership Secretary or ring 01684 575066.

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Jun
19
Wed
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Tippett, Beethoven, Schubert @ Priory Road car park
Jun 19 @ 11:30 am
CBSO at Symphony Hall: Tippett, Beethoven, Schubert @ Priory Road car park | England | United Kingdom

Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 (Soloist: Stephen Hough) Schubert: Symphony No. 6 Conductor: Edward Gardner

Pre-Concert discussion at 1pm: Edward Gardner in conversation with CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock, OBE

Tickets

Tickets will be on sale approximately 3 months before the concert. They will be available online here or from Simon Payton.

Pick-up details

Commandery Coaches will provide the transport from Priory Road Car Park, Malvern, to Symphony Hall, with pick-up/set-down at Newland and Powick, according to demand. Note that there are only 50 seats (one busload) for each concert and bookings are taken on a first come – first served basis.

The coach leaves Malvern at 1130am: this allows time for pre-concert refreshments and attendance at the free pre-concert event.

To be added to the e-mailing list to receive information and booking forms, please fill in the form below or contact Simon Payton, Club Treasurer and Membership Secretary or ring 01684 575066.

Symphony Hall Coach Trip Mailing List
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