Concerts

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

PROGRAMME FOR  2018-19

Saturday 1 September 2018   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 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’

We are lucky to have New York-based musical ensemble Mirror Visions perform for us as part of their European tour.  Founded 26 years ago, the group’s passion for storytelling has produced thematic concerts on surprising subjects, based on scholarly research and laced with humour. Featuring soprano, tenor, baritone and piano, MVE’s programmes take audiences on an imaginative journey through song, showcasing well-known and often-neglected pieces by composers both familiar and new, set to texts by poets and historical figures that encompass published works, correspondence and other anecdotes.  The theme for their concert will be the animal world in all its complexity.

21 February 2019:

The Piatti Quartet

The Piatti Quartet are fast emerging as one of the UK’s leading young string quartets. The quartet continues to actively expand the quartet repertoire with premieres of commissions from several acclaimed British composers.  After winning joint second prize at the prestigious Wigmore Hall International Quartet Competition in 2015, their developing career has gone from strength the strength, with appearances at many of the great music festivals in 2018 and a number of broadcasts on Radio 3.  We are delighted to have them back to play for us for a third time in Welshpool.

14 March 2019:

Clarinet: the Instrument of the Devil

Chris Swann and Heather Gould take a light-hearted look at the clarinet family, tracing its history through some very approachable repertoire.  Chris is a teacher, freelance clarinettist and saxophonist playing principal clarinet for the BBC and many major orchestras.  Heather studied with Chris at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she graduated in 2015. Together they offer an exploration of the clarinet family and some of its repertoire, taking in the saxophone and explaining the tricky subjects of transposition, reeds, and other matters relating to “the Instrument of the Devil” look at the clarinet family, tracing its history through some very approachable repertoire.  Chris is a teacher, freelance clarinettist and saxophonist playing principal clarinet for the BBC and many major orchestras.  Heather studied with Chris at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she graduated in 2015. Together they offer an exploration of the clarinet family and some of its repertoire, taking in the saxophone and explaining the tricky subjects of transposition, reeds, and other matters relating to “the Instrument of the Devil”

 

 

 

Previous Season’s concerts:

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