The October concert by the internationally known English String Quartet will include Haydn’s quartet Op. 76 No. 5, Verdi’s only string quartet, and Schubert’s string quartet. On its previous visit in 1983, the quartet was well received. This is an evening not be missed.
The November concert will be given by the pianist James Lisney. He will play Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E flat, Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 13 the ‘Pathetique’, Schumann’s Abegg Variations, Impromptus in G flat and E flat, and the Wandererfantasie by Schubert. Lisney was born in 1962, and studied at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick and John Barstow. He won the Chappell Gold medal and other major awards while a student. At Nice he studied with Dominique Merlet. He won 1st prize at the Hastings International Concerto Competition. He has had excellent press notices and performed with the RPO at the Barbican, and gave recitals at the Purcell Room.
The March concert will be given by Fine Arts Brass who are considered to be among the foremost in their field. The quintet will play music ranging from the 17th to the 20th century.
The last concert, in April, will be given by the Trio of London. Members of this piano trio have played regularly as soloists and with various ensembles for some years. The trio made its official debut in 1987 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and received great critical acclaim. Their programme includes Mozart’s Trio in E K452, Dvořák’s Op. 65 in F minor and Brahms’ Op. 8 in B. The two string players of the trio will be no strangers to us as we heard them last April as members of the Prometheus Ensemble.