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2023 -2024 season

2023 -2024 season

The Sacconi Quartet 9th October

Mozart W. String Quartet No.22 in B flat major, K 589

Britten B. String Quartet No.3

Schumann R. String Quartet in A Major, Op.41 No.3

Ben Hancox violin; Robin Ashwell viola; Hannah Dawson violin; Cara Berridge cello.

Formed in 2001, the Quartet are the four founder members who continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. Their recording career spans Haydn to the present day. Their Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone is firmly established amongst the UK's major chamber music festivals.

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The Pelleas Ensemble

The Pelleas Ensemble

13th November

Debussy C. Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un Faune

Strozzi, Barbara. A selection of madrigals

Debussy C. Syrinx

Bennett, RR. Sonata after Syrinx

Rameau J-P. Selected pieces from Les Boreades

Smyth Ethel. Variations on Bonnie Sweet Robin

Prokofiev S. Suite from Romeo and Juliet

Oliver Wass harp; Henry Roberts flute; Luba Tunnicliffe viola.

Their Wigmore Hall debut was praised for its "captivating vitality" and "effortlessness and delicacy" (Seen and Heard International
They are praised for creating an immediate and intimate connection with their audiences.


Photo Matilda Hill-Jenkins

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Tango Calor Trio

Tango Calor Trio

11th December

Tango with a difference ..

It started in 2016 by Mirek Salmon (bandoneon) who joined with Cuban vocal sensation Indira Roman and stunning guiter virtuoso Daryl Kellie. They perform in tango clubs and festivals around the UK, as well as Italy and have accompanied Argentinian artists. Mirek has also played in the London Tango Orchestra, performed Piazzolla chamber works with several ensembles including Welsh National Opera and the Bristol Ensemble.

"wonderful playing" Suzi Klein, BBC Radio 3

"A great punching combo combining tradition with Nuevo flavours. One of the best tango trios you will hear in the UK."  Eduardo Bozzo, Tango Alchemy

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Students from the Royal Northern College of Music

Students from the Royal Northern College of Music

8th January

Programme includes:

Beethoven L. Piano Sonata in E major, Op.14 No. 1

Beethoven L. Piano Sonata Op.14, No.1, String Quartet arrangement

Beethoven L. Piano Sonata Op.53, "Waldstein"

A string quartet from Op.18

Siyi Dai; piano, Joel Banerjee; piano, Talland String Quartet (Orla McGarrity, Dylan Edge, Ben Norris, Nathan Jackson-Turner)

Celebrating 50 years since the merger of the Northern School of Music with the Royal Manchester College of Music.

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Wind Players from the Ensemble 360

Wind Players from the Ensemble 360

12th February

Scarlatti D. arr. Dinu Lupatti: Sonatas

Barber S. Summer Music Op. 31

Berio L. Op. No. Zoo

Danzi F. Quintet in B flat major Op. 56 No. 1

Coleman V. Umoja

Nielsen C. Wind quintet Op. 43.

Adrian Wilson oboe; Juliette Bausor flute; Naomi Atherton horn;  Robert Plane clarinet, Ben Hudson bassoon.

They are a mixed group of five strings, five wind and one piano player. Formed in 2005, they are best known for the outstanding quality of their performances, the breadth of work and regularly appear on Radio 3.

"renowned for its virtuoso performances, bold programming and engaging interpretations".The Guardian

Photo Chris Saunders and Music in the Round

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11th March

Alice Coote with Julius Drake

One of the worlds best mezzo soprano with one of the world's finest accompanists come to Ripon for a recital that travels from late 1600s 2000s....

from Handel. Arne, Schubert via Wagner, Schumann, Elgar to Poulenc, Berlin, Bernstein, Bowie and Lennon and many others en route.


"Could, would, should Alice Coote give a Tina Turner encore at the end of this recital? The magnificantly mercurial Brittish Mezzo had already delivered Joni Mitchell; David Bowie; Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach .... with Jacques Brel and John Lennon to come..... In the end Coote returned to Lennon (and McCartney) for Golden slumbers / Carry that weight."                     Neil Fisher, The Times, May 25 2023.

This is in memory of Brian Kealy, a founder of this society and life long devotee of recitals.

Photo: @Jiyang Chen

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