Update from our Club Chairman

Despite the latest government announcement on relaxing restrictions from 4 July, we are still no clearer about when theatres might be able to open and what the exact rules may be when they do so. It seems likely that there will need to be social distancing rules – for performers …

Music during ‘Lockdown’

A report from our retiring Publicity Officer We have all missed attending concerts and hearing live music during the past few months. Like me, I feel sure you will have rediscovered forgotten CDs lying at the back of the shelf and enjoyed listening to recorded music you had overlooked in …

MCC Outreach

Malvern Concert Club has for many years maintained an Outreach programme to bring the joy, excitement and beauty of live music to young people in Malvern. We are delighted to announce that discussions have begun with Severn Arts to fund a series of school concerts to Primary schools in the …

Club AGM – 2 July 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic developed, and the social distancing guidelines prevented a physical Annual General Meeting, the Committee decided to hold a virtual meeting, to take effect on the date we had originally planned – Thursday 2 July. Unsurprisingly, this was new ground for all of us. If the crisis …

Malvern Theatres Covid-19 Appeal

Covid-19 presents an uncertain future for our theatres and concert halls and we are all feeling the loss of live stage performances at present. An appeal has been launched to help support Malvern Theatres through this difficult time. Malvern Concert Club very much values the position of the Theatres in …

Peter Thomas (1947 – 2020)

It is with great sadness that we report the death recently of our former Club Secretary, Peter Thomas. He had been suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. Peter retired as Secretary at the last AGM after five years in that office, a period of considerable innovation and achievement for the Club, …

Darkness and Light

Those of you attending the inspirational piano recital by Pavel Kolesnikov last November will have noticed that the lighting in The Forum was quite subdued – unlike the artist or indeed the audience. Some liked it, and felt it aided their concentration on an intense, and through- played programme. Others …

Review:28 November 2019 – Pavel Kolesnikov: Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, Bartók

This wonderful recital began with a surprise: Chopin’s exquisite posthumous waltz in A minor, (because the pianist loves it!), preceding the Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor and setting the tone for a musical journey from darkness to light, or perhaps from moonlight to a radiant dawn. The audience were immediately …

Sean Shibe receives an award

On Wednesday 16 October 2019, at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards, the guitarist Sean Shibe was the first recipient of the Concept Album Award for SoftLOUD, which combines Scottish traditional dances with pieces by James MacMillan, Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Steve Reich. Sean’s performance of the latter’s Electric Counterpoint …

MCC and the BBC

Many of the artists who perform at Malvern Concert Club can also be heard in radio broadcasts, both as performers and presenters. Following the broadcast by BBC Radio 3 of our Elgar Chamber Music Centenary concert in May by the Brodsky Quartet and Martin Roscoe, the latest in a line …

Review: 26 September 2019 – Frith Piano Quartet with John Tattersdill (double bass)

The new season opened in fine form with the Frith Piano Quartet (piano, violin, viola and cello), with the support of John Tattersdill’s double bass for two of the three pieces. The first item was Louise Farrenc’s Piano Quintet No.1 in A minor, of 1839, a rarity nowadays but popular …