Concerts

All concerts are at the Welshpool Methodist Church and begin at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated

PROGRAMME FOR  2019-20

Saturday 7 September 2019   Local Young Musicians

Although not included in the annual subscription (tickets £5 at the door), we hope members will come to support the talented young musicians from the local area who will be entirely responsible for organising as well as performing at this traditional annual concert.

Thursday 17 October 2019:  The Benyounes String Quartet

Over the last decade the Benyounes Quartet has forged a reputation for fresh, vivid performances and interpretations of refinement and integrity. The Quartet’s international accolades include prizes at International String Quartet competitions, and they have established a presence at major venues including Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Vienna Konzerthaus, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room, and at various festivals in Britain, Eire and Europe. They last played for us in 2013, and it is exciting to welcome them back. They will be playing quartets for us by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Debussy.

Thursday 21 November 2019:  Tom Howells and Friends:  Wind Ensemble

We are delighted to bring together Tom and Matthew Howells together with David Dodd and pianist David Arthur to play music for us from the classical wind repertoire.  One-time alumnii of our Young Musicians concerts, Tom and his friends went on to graduate from music colleges and now have well-established professional careers; it will be a pleasure to welcome them back!

Thursday 23 January 2020:  Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins:  Piano for Four Hands

 The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Julian Perkins directs Sounds Baroque and has a growing reputation as a keyboard player and conductor of considerable talent and versatility.  Julian and Emma have performed piano duet recitals at many prestigious venues including the Royal Opera House and London’s Southbank Centre. Their first volume of Mozart’s complete piano duets, released for Resonus Classics, was described as ‘exemplary’ (Early Music Reviews).

Thursday 20 February 2020: Mary Hofman (violin) and Richard Ormrod (piano)

 This is the second concert Mary and Richard have given for us in their exciting Beethoven in Wales project in which the North Wales-based duo are playing all ten of Beethoven’s violin sonatas,  together with the premieres of new commissions by Welsh female composers which reflect and respond to the Beethoven sonatas. In this concert Mary and Richard will be playing Beethoven’s Sonatas 4 (Op. 23), 9 (Op. 47 Kreutzer) and 10 (Op.96), and Hilary Tann’s First Light: A Meditation on Beethoven Op.96

Thursday 19 March 2020:  The Noxwode Baroque Ensemble

Conor Gricmanis, who many will remember starring in our Local Young Musicians concerts some years ago has, after five years of studying with the world-renowned Rachel Podger, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music and is now a Christopher Hogwood Scholar as a master of performance student at the Royal College of Music.  We are very happy indeed to welcome him back to play a programme of baroque music with his colleagues in the Noxwode Ensemble

Previous Season’s concerts:

2018-19 76th Season

Thursday 11 October:  Simon Callaghan (piano)

Thursday 15 November: Mary Hofman (violin) and Richard Ormrod (piano)

17 January 2019: Mirror Visions Ensemble: ‘Of Brutes and Beasts’

21 February 2019: The Piatti Quartet

14 March 2019: Clarinet: the Instrument of the Devil

2017-18 75th Season

12 October 2017:      The Welsh Chamber Orchestra

9 November 2017:      Richard Ormrod (piano)

18 January 2018:         Peter Harris (tenor) and Hamish Brown (piano)

15 February 1018:        The Albany Trio

15 March 2018:              The Bute Clarinet Quartet

7 April 2018:                   The Jim Wynn Swingtet

2016-17 Season:

13 October 2016:           Y Squared (cello & piano)                                      

17 November 2016:       The Ellis Ensemble  (clarinet, piano and bassoon) 

12 January 2017:   Mauro le Conte (piano)                                         

16 February 2017:         Alessandro Fisher (tenor) and Ricardo Gosalbo (piano)

9 March 2017:       Piatti String Quartet        

2015-16 Season:

15 October 2015:  Alexander Karpeyev  (piano)

19 November 2015:  The Bute Clarinet Quartet

 21 January  2016:  Trio Lazuli (piano trio)

18 February 2016:  Severn 3  ((flute, viola and harp)

3 March 2016:  “Music for a While…”  An Evening of music and song (soprano, baritone and two pianists)

2014-15 Season:

9 October 2014:     Syzygy Saxophone Quartet 

20 November 2014:    Adam Khan (guitar) and Michael Bochmann  (violin)

15 January 2015:   Piatti String Quartet

19 February 2015: Allessandro Fisher (tenor) and Ricardo Gosalbo (piano)

Saturday 14 March 2015:   Quindici Chamber Choir

2013-14 Season

Local Young Musicians Concert       Saturday 7th September 2013

Benyounes String Quartet          Thursday 17 October 2013

The Gelachter Wind Trio        Thursday 14 November 2013

Alexander Karpeyev  (piano)   Thursday 16 January 2014: 

Y-Squared  (cello and piano duo)       7-30 p.m. Thursday 13 February 2014  Pianist Yasmin Rowe and cellist Yelian He

Andrew and Margaret Watchorn             Thursday 20 March 2014 Northumbrian Smallpipes and Fiddle