The season begins with the stage filled with nine string players from the London Concertante. This force of strings makes possible a programme of string orchestra music instead of the chamber music repertoire we usually hear. Many of the string orchestra works will be played for the first time in the Cavendish Hall for our Society, including the Mozart, Elgar and Mendelssohn. London Concertante have performed all over the country and abroad and have made a number of recordings on the Chandos and Sony BMG labels.
Mozart Divertimento in D
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances
Mendelssohn Strings Symphony No. 10
Barber Adagio for Strings
Holst St. Paul’s Suite
The Kungsbacka Piano Trio visited us in 2002,but unfortunately their leader Malin Broman injured her arm shortly before the concert and was unable to play. We are crossing our fingers that history doesn’t repeat itself because the Kungsbacka are world class performers. Since winning first prize in the Melbourne International Competition the Trio has appeared at major festivals in many countries.
Haydn Piano Trio in F, Hob.XV:37
Schumann Piano Trio No. 2 in F, Op. 80
Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”
In 2009-10 the Maggini Quartet are featuring works by British composers and will go on to record them as part of their ongoing contribution to the Naxon award-winning British Music series. The Maggini say they “look forward to bringing these beautiful and distinctively individual works to the wider audience they deserve”. For our Society, and elsewhere, the Quartet are performing British music alongside some of the best loved masterpieces of the classical repertoire.
Mozart Quartet in B flat K589
Bridge Quartet No. 4
Dvořák Quartet in E flat, Op. 51
The Canteloube Trio (oboe, clarinet, bassoon) take their name from the French composer famous for the Songs of the Auvergne. A work by Canteloube is included in their programme. The Trio was formed in 2003 by graduates of the Royal College of Music. As well as performing as chamber musicians, the members of the group play with leading orchestras.
Rossini Largo al factotum
Mozart Divertimento in B flat
De Haan Divertimento on Folk Songs
For the final concert of the season, the stage is again well used, this time with the seven players of the Sally Pryce Ensemble. The young players of the Ensemble, with Sally Pryce (harp) as their leader, have very quickly earned critical acclaim. With a combination of strings, woodwind and harp, the Ensemble will end the concert with the Introduction and Allegro by Ravel, another first for our Society. “This music (the Ravel) is extrovert and fantastic, truly virtuosic and a sheer joy. It brought the house down.” – Music Web International on the Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall, March 2008.
Mozart Flute Quartet in D
MacDowall Dream City
Piazzolla Histoire du Tango (selection)
Ravel Introduction and Allegro