WINTER CONCERTS 2019–20
WINTER CONCERTS 2019–20
All concerts arranged and promoted by Witney Music Society Registered Charity No. 1041940
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WINTER CONCERTS 2019–20 Each year Witney Music Society organises a programme of six live classical music concerts, held on the second Friday of each month from October to March. The performers at the Society’s concerts are professional musicians; some are young winners of prestigious awards, whilst others are already internationally established, and all are encouraged to talk to the audience about the music they play.
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The atmosphere at concerts is friendly and informal, with audiences able to enjoy refreshments and an opportunity to chat with friends during the interval. Concerts start at 7.30pm and generally finish between 9.30pm and 10pm.
Individual concert tickets Adult £12 Under 19 £1 Tickets may be bought separately for each concert, but subscription to the complete series offers a significant financial saving (see last page of this brochure for information on subscription payment). Tickets are available at the venue from 7pm on the day of the concert, or in advance from Rapture in the Woolgate shopping centre or Greenway Antiques in Corn Street; alternatively, tickets may be bought online via the Witney Music Society website (fee payable).
All the concerts are held at High Street Methodist Church, which offers easy access and a welcoming environment. The Methodist Church (OX28 6HG) is situated on Witney High Street, opposite Welch Way, with drop-off and pick-up permitted at the front entrance; there is extensive free parking behind the church, reached via Witan Way (OX28 6FY). The Society will ensure that all concerts are as accessible as possible to people with disabilities. The venue has wheelchair access and a hearing loop system.
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CHAIRMAN'S INTRODUCTION TO THE 2019-20 SEASON Welcome to our new-look brochure and the details it gives of the 2019-20 season of the Witney Music Society! You will see that the season has again been planned according to the Society's now wellestablished principles of aiming to provide musical excellence, interest and diversity. The opening concert will feature a piano quartet for the first time in 10 years. The Primrose Quartet was formed in 2004 and will perform staples of the genre by Schumann and Fauré, but also a work by Frank Bridge, one of the 20th-century English composers in whose music the quartet has a special interest. In November we will hold our first-ever double bass recital! Toby Hughes is a Making Music award winner, so we are assured of his excellence. Some of what he plays will have been specifically written for double bass, some adapted from the cello or horn. String quartet concerts and piano recitals are always popular and we have one of each next season. In December Clare Hammond, one of Britain’s finest young pianists, will play piano music by a wide range of composers, including Josef Myslivecek, a Czech contemporary of Mozart, while the January concert will feature the Piatti Quartet with Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven. In both cases the
performers have played for us previously, the Piattis in 2014, Clare in 2017 as part of the Odysseus Piano Trio. Following another concert by an award-winning young musician in February (the Munster-selected flautist Mark Taylor, with harpist Gabriella Jones), the season ends with more returning musicians. We enjoyed the 2017 Remembrance weekend performance of the Carice Singers chamber choir so much that we have invited them back to give this season’s March concert. Appropriately their eclectic mix of songs will have a Spring theme, ending our season on a note full of promise! As always, my thanks go to the individuals and organisations who are supporting us financially through this brochure and in other ways that will become apparent as you read it. To end on a personal note, this will be my last 'Chairman's Introduction' as, after 51 years in the role, I will be retiring from it at the end of the season. However, I won't be losing touch, as the Society, at its recent Annual General Meeting, was kind enough to invite me to become its President to fill the vacancy created by the sad death last year of Ken Plant, our previous President. I was delighted to accept! Tom Jones (Chairman)
Friday 11 October 2019 at 7.30pm at High Street Methodist Church
PRIMROSE PIANO QUARTET
SUSANNE STANZELEIT (VIOLIN) | DOROTHEA VOGEL (VIOLA) JOHN THWAITES (PIANO) | ANDREW FULLER (CELLO) Frank Bridge – Phantasy Quartet Schumann – Piano Quartet in E-flat Saint-Saëns – Barcarolle Fauré – Piano Quartet in G minor The PRIMROSE PIANO QUARTET is regarded as one of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles. It was formed in 2004 by four of the UK's top chamber musicians and is named after the great Scottish violist, William Primrose. Their acclaimed discography includes favourites such as Brahms's G minor quartet (recommended on Radio 3), works by Fauré, Strauss and Schubert as well as British repertoire featuring neglected masterpieces of the 19th and 20th century and major commissions from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Anthony Payne (premièred at the Cheltenham Festival and at Kings Place London). Their latest recording of the complete Brahms piano quartets was made in a historic hall in Vienna using pianos of the period. The Quartet enjoy a busy performing schedule throughout the UK and abroad with recent tours taking them to Denmark, Germany, Romania, Portugal and Bulgaria in addition to regular appearances at London's Kings Place, Wigmore and Conway Halls. Their own festival in West Meon, Hampshire is now in its ninth year, and they were appointed ensemble-in-residence at the Battle Festival in 2016.
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Friday 8 November 2019 at 7.30pm at High Street Methodist Church
TOBY HUGHES DOUBLE BASS DANIEL KING SMITH PIANO Bottesini – Elegy Desenclos – Aria et Rondo Schumann – Adagio and Allegro, Op.70 Brahms – Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op.38 At 16, TOBY HUGHES was invited to study at the combined universities of Lausanne, Fribourg and Sion where he was awarded two scholarships. He later continued his studies in Berlin, before subsequently graduating from the International Artists Diploma course at the Royal Northern College of Music. Toby has won numerous competitions including the string section of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition (the first double bassist ever to do so), the Bromsgrove International Competition and the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition. He has performed with major international orchestras in Europe and the UK and his recital engagements have included appearances at Wigmore Hall, St-Martin-inthe-Fields, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Edinburgh Festival. DANIEL KING SMITH has given concerts worldwide both as soloist and accompanist. He’s been broadcast on TV and radio on the BBC and in Japan and has recorded several CDs. Daniel has held staff accompanist posts at both the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music Junior Departments and at the Purcell School. He regularly accompanies auditions, lessons, masterclasses and recitals at the London conservatoires and is also official accompanist for the Countess of Munster Trust. He’s resident pianist on several summer music courses and is a member of the Ridgeway Ensemble.
Photograph: Ian Dingle
Toby Hughes is kindly supported by Making Music's Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists Scheme
Friday 13 December 2019 at 7.30pm at High Street Methodist Church
CLARE HAMMOND PIANO
Bach – Toccata in D minor, BWV 913 Myslivecek – Sonata No.3 in A major Schumann – Humoreske, Op.20 Szymanowski – Variations on a Polish Theme, Op.10 Rachmaninov – Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36 (1931, revised version) Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), CLARE HAMMOND is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award' in recognition of outstanding achievement while in 2020 she gives her debut recital for the International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre.
Photograph: Julie Kim
In recent seasons, Clare has performed Panufnik with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Jacek Kaspszyk), Roxburgh with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Michael Seal), and Chopin with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall (George Fenton). In 2019, she gave the premiere of Uncoiling the River by Kenneth Hesketh with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Martyn Brabbins) and released the Complete Keyboard Works of Myslivecek with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan for BIS Records. Clare has forthcoming engagements with the Philharmonia (Jamie Phillips), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko) and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Christoph Altstaedt). Clare completed a BA at Cambridge University, where she obtained a double first in music, and undertook postgraduate study with Ronan O’Hora at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Friday 10 January 2020 at 7.30pm at High Street Methodist Church
TETSUUMI NAGATA (VIOLA) | NATHANIEL ANDERSON-FRANK (VIOLIN) MICHAEL TRAINOR (VIOLIN) | JESSIE ANN RICHARDSON (CELLO) Haydn – String Quartet in D major, Op.20 No.4 Shostakovich – String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110 Beethoven – String Quartet in C major Razumovsky, Op.59 No.3 The PIATTI QUARTET is one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, they have performed in all the major venues and festivals around the UK, and given concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on BBC Radio and overseas. The Piattis are renowned for their diverse programming; world premieres are regularly performed alongside old masterpieces and the Piattis are particularly known for expanding the quartet genre through their collaborations with leading British composers. Current commissions and recent premieres include new works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Darren Bloom, Emily Howard. The Quartet’s most recent recording for Champs Hill Records, Albion Refracted, was released in September 2018 to great acclaim. Other lauded recordings have been released on the Linn Records, NMC and Champs Hill labels. The Piattis regularly coach chamber music at the Purcell School, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music. The Piatti Quartet takes its name from the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti, who was a leading professor and exponent of chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music.
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Friday 14 February 2020 at 7.30pm at High Street Methodist
MARK TAYLOR FLUTE GABRIELLA JONES HARP Piazzola – Histoire du Tango Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in A Major (harp solo) Harty – In Ireland Ravi Shankar – L’Aube Enchantée Pierre-Octave Ferroud – Bergère captive (flute solo) Edward McGuire – Folk Memories in Autumn Doppler and Zamara – Casilda Fantasy MARK TAYLOR and GABRIELLA JONES met in 2013 whilst studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. From the moment they first played together they had a spark and they then formed the duo, À Deux. In 2018 Mark graduated from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln where he studied for his masters degree. Gabriella is currently completing her masters degree at Trinity Laban College of Music.
Mark Taylor is a selected artist under the Countess of Munster Musical Trust scheme
They have toured their “Classical music in alternative spaces” concert series extensively around London, in the Highland region of Scotland, and in Wales and Germany. Recent performances have included recitals in St James Piccadilly, Queen’s House, Blackheath Halls and Milton Court. In 2016 they were awarded first prize in the Camac International Harp Competition Ensemble category. In July 2017 they were invited to the Island of Coll in Scotland, to attend the 10-day intensive chamber music course organized by the Tunnell Trust. This duo has an enthusiastic outlook on transcriptions and they have gained a well-earned reputation for challenging the limitations of their instruments
Friday 13 March 2020 at 7.30pm at High Street Methodist Church
THE CARICE SINGERS Howells – The Summer is coming Elgar – Two Partsongs Op.71 1. The Shower 2. The Fountain Monteverdi – Zefiro torna e il bel tempo rimera from the Sixth Book of Madrigals (1614) Rued Langgaard – Lokkender toner (Enticing tones) Ireland – Spring, the Sweet Spring
Elgar – Four Partsongs Op.53 4. Owls: An Epitaph 3. O Wild West Wind! Reger – Schweigen (Silence) Stanford – The Blue Bird Vaughan Williams – Silence and Music Berg – Die Nachtigall (The Nightingale) (arr. for choir) Ross Edwards – Sacred Kingfisher Psalms
THE CARICE SINGERS is a British vocal ensemble founded by George Parris in 2011. The group has already gained an enviable reputation for superb performances and imaginative programming, making numerous recordings for Naxos and the BBC Music Magazine and performing in 2018 at the Cheltenham Music Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. Named after Elgar’s daughter, the ensemble is committed to bringing a fresh, translucent sound and an interpretation-driven approach to a wide spectrum of choral music, with a particular passion for promoting discovery of Romantic and Contemporary repertoire. George Parris is currently based in Helsinki where he combines work as a singer and conductor with further studies at the Sibelius Academy. He read Music at both Cambridge and Oxford universities, where he also sang as a Choral Scholar with the choir of Sidney Sussex College (Cambridge), and then as a Lay Clerk with the choirs of The Queen’s College (Oxford), and Magdalen College (Oxford). George received a Certificate of Merit from the Elgar Society and commendation from other Societies for his commitment to the performance and research of British music. He has conducted the Croatian Radio-television Choir, RIAS Kammerchor and Somnium Ensemble (Finland).
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SUBSCRIPTION TO WITNEY MUSIC SOCIETY FOR 2019-20 Membership subscription £50 Membership offers: free admission to all six concerts listed in the current programme; priority booking for the annual Proms trip to the Royal Albert Hall; £2 off tickets for the Lenthall Concerts in Burford on presentation of your membership card. How to pay:
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WITNEY MUSIC SOCIETY COMMITTEE 2019-20 President Tom Jones
Programme secretary Jean Richards
Vice President John Tayler
Performers’ hospitality Mary Lou Scott
Chairman Tom Jones Tel: 01993 702296
Other committee members Terry Glossop Margaret Jones Glenn Milner Ian Neary Rachael Prince
Vice chair Jean Richards Treasurer Judith Schmidt Joint secretaries David Floyd Marilyn Floyd WITH THANKS
Witney Music Society is grateful for the following financial support: • advertisers in this brochure • concert sponsors • Doris Field Charitable Trust grant to produce the brochure • artist subsidies from Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artist Award • grant aided by
West Oxfordshire District Council and Witney Town Council
Oxford Lieder in Witney on Saturday 19 October 2019 This year, Oxford Lieder is working in partnership with Witney Music Society in a new ‘Beyond Oxford’ venture.
Family event: The Thought Machine 11–11.40am, The Henry Box School
Dynamic singer-pianist ensemble Songspiel, together with hand shadowgrapher Drew Colby, introduce a range of weird and wistful characters. With music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, poetry by Kate Wakeling and handformed shadow backdrops, this is a fun, participatory event for young people aged 6-11. Grown-ups £3, children free
Talk: Sounding Out Song 4–4.30pm, High Street Methodist Church
Katy Hamilton is one of the most soughtafter speakers on music in the UK. With a bit of background, some cultural context and tips on how best to approach songs in foreign languages, this talk sets out to demystify ‘art song’ and promises to be fascinating for all. Admission free
Workshop for children 12–12.30pm, The Henry Box School Following on from The Thought Machine, Drew Colby will give a handshadow workshop. Places are limited and booking is essential. Grown-ups & children £3
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Concert: The Doppelgänger 5–6pm, High Street Methodist Church
The great Swedish mezzo-soprano Maria Forsström and pianist Matti Hirvonen present a programme of ghosts and graves, with spine-tingling music by composers from Schubert (including his electrifying ‘Erlkönig’) and Mendelssohn to Rachmaninov, Britten and Butterworth, with texts by poets from Henrich Heine to A. E Housman. £10 /£8 (Witney Music Society members) £5 Under-35s, £1 Under-19s At the end of this concert, audience members are warmly invited to stay for coffee and meet the artists informally.
Please note: this concert does not form part of the Witney Music Society season but members will be entitled to a discounted ticket price.
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