The talented young ladies of the Fairfield String Quartet on their previous visit had to change their programme at the last moment as one of their number was ill. With a new leader this time they are to play quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak. That by Dvorak in F major is known as the ‘American’ because of its strong negro rhythms.
Peter Donohue, a finalist in the latest Leeds International Piano Competition, is to give a recital of sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin.
The Paganini Trio consists of viola, cello and guitar. The guitarist will be John Arran, who is professor of the guitar at the Royal Manchester College of Music and a virtuoso of distinction. It will be our first concert with a guitarist and as the programme includes a group of solo pieces for the instrument, should be very exciting.
The season concludes with the London Harpsichord Ensemble. This group is headed by Sarah Francis (oboe) and also includes violin, cello and harpsichord. Not all our membership like the harpsichord and yet all the programmes in which one has appeared at our concerts have been very well received. This concert promises to be no exception with sonatas by Bach, Scarlatti, Telemann and Vivaldi, and a concerto by Handel.