The Raphael Sextet (strings) started in 1982. Following their debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1987 they have earned themselves comments like ‘homogeneous sound quality’ and ‘outstanding musicianship’. Their leader, Anthony Marwood, has been heard by members personally. They will play the sextet for Capricio by Richard Strauss, Mozart’s string quintet in G minor K516, and the sextet Op. 18 in B flat by Brahms
The Robert Schumann Piano Quartet is made up of outstanding players in their late twenties, all players in their own right. The leader, Leland Chen, won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition when 18. Clare McFarlane, viola, was the BBC Young Musician of the Year (string section) at 17. Caroline Dearnley, the cellist, won the top cello and strings awards at the RCM, and won a scholarship to study under William Pleeth. The pianist, Julius Drake, will be making his second appearance. The Quartet’s programme consists of piano quartets by Mendelssohn in B minor, Schumann in E flat and Brahms in C minor
The Camerata Wind Soloists directed by Janet Hilton (clarinet) will field an octet consisting of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns. They will play Beethoven’s octet, an octet written for the ensemble by Howard Blake, Hungarian Dances by Brahms and Mozart’s Serenade in C minor, and one other work. The ensemble are one of the foremost in Britain. Formed in 1986 from wind players of the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, they have given concerts throughout the United Kingdom. Janet Hilton appeared recently at the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival; Laurence Perkins is well known as a soloist on the bassoon.