All concerts are at the Welshpool Methodist Church and begin at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated
PROGRAMME FOR 2017-18
Saturday 2 September 2017 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.
Organisers for 2017: Charlotte Higgins and Craig Allan
Charlotte: mobile 07580 609 345 (preference) or 01686 630431
Craig: mobile 07852 438 117 (preference) or 01588 620800
Thursday 12 October: The Welsh Chamber Orchestra
The Welsh Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1986 and has performed in all the major venues throughout Wales as well as touring in Germany, Belgium, and France. The orchestra has recorded many programmes for S4C and HTV including the New York Film Festival prizewinning series ‘’The Story and the Song’’. It is the resident chamber orchestra at Glyndwr University in Wrexham and at the Beaumaris Festival in Anglesey. They will be playing for us a programme of music ranging from Handel to the present day under their Artistic Director, Anthony Hose. A full orchestral concert to celebrate our 75th birthday!
Thursday 9 November: Richard Ormrod (piano)
Richard, an acclaimed soloist, has performed Beethoven concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Parry at the Barbican Centre, London, toured as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia Virtuosi from Los Angeles to Tokyo, and has made four international tours with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, as well as playing with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Northern Chamber Orchestra among others in the United Kingdom. Richard also plays a wide range of recital repertory, from Bach to Beethoven, Brahms to Schoenberg, performing throughout the United Kingdom as well as in more than a dozen countries around the world
Thursday 18 January 2018:
Peter Harris (tenor) and Hamish Brown (piano)
Peter and Hamish were winners of the 2017 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Oxford Lieder grants Young Artist Awards to two outstanding duos each year, and we are privileged to have Peter and Hamish perform for us. They will be singing a programme of songs by Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten and Ivor Gurney, including Gurney’s settings of songs from A Shropshire Lad, and “Winter Words”, Britten’s settings of poems by Thomas Hardy.
Thursday 15 February 2018: The Albany Piano Trio
The Albany Piano Trio is a dynamic ensemble whose repertoire focuses on works by female composers – both current and historic – alongside the traditional canon of piano trio music. Founded in 2010, the Trio has appeared at major venues including Fairfield Halls, the Harrogate International Festival and St Martin in the Fields. The ensemble has been selected as Park Lane Group Young Artists, and are featured artists in Making Music’s Concert Promoters’ Guide and the Concordia Foundation. In 2014, the Trio were awarded the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music. They are recent finalists in the St Martin’s International Chamber Competition and winners of the Gwyneth George Award from the Piano Trio Society.
Thursday 15 March 2018: The Bute Clarinet Quartet
Tom Howells, a native of Welshpool, founded the Bute Clarinet Quartet in 2013 with three fellow clarinettists while studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and since graduating they continue to perform as a quartet while pursuing their freelance careers as soloists and orchestral players. The Quartet have won numerous competitions, including the National Eisteddfod Ensemble Prize in 2014. They are now a member of the Live Music Now scheme, and members will remember the brilliant concert the Quartet gave us in 2015. We are delighted to welcome them back.
To end our 75th Anniversary Season in party mood we are staging an additional concert, not included in the subscription price:
Saturday 7 April: The Jim Wynn Swingtet
The Jim Wynn Swingtet is a 9-piece mini big band that performs music in the style of a 1930s dance band. The Swingtet’s repertoire is drawn from the Great American Songbook, largely composed between the 1910s and 1940s. All of the songs will be given a distinctly 1930s swing-era makeover, inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman. Tickets £12, available at the door.
Previous Season’s concerts:
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
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)
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
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