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The Fitzroy String Quartet

The Fitzroy String Quartet

17th October

A Concert of Contrasts

  • Haydn String Quartet no 76 op 2
  • Debussy String Quartet
  • Bartók String Quartet no 3

This exciting young quartet bring classic harmony from Haydn and sensuality and impressionism from Debussy, folk music from Hungary and challenging instrumental playing from Bartok. Formed in 2015 when they were studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the quartet have received many awards and performed around the world at prestigious venues and festivals.

“This young prizewinning ensemble is one to look out for."

Barry Millington, Chief Music Critic, London Evening Standard 

"It was indeed a very special concert and the audience’s reaction showed that. They are a wonderful quartet." 

David Strange, FRAM the 

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Young Artists’ Platform Song Recital

Young Artists’ Platform Song Recital

14th November

  • Pasquale Orchard – Soprano
  • Nick Watts – Tenor
  • David Cowen – Piano

 

Pasquale and Nick are rising stars in the vocal world and current members of the highly regarded Chorus of Opera North.

 

Nick’s programme from the English song repertoire includes Benjamin Britten’s poignant song cycle Winter Words, based on eight poems by Thomas Hardy.

 

Pasquale will sing some lesser-known songs, including Hugo Wolf’s Mignon Cycle, Korngold’s Drei Lieder, Rachmaninov songs - and some operatic surprises.

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Saxophone Magic

Saxophone Magic

12th December

Ferio Saxophone Quartet

  • Escaich - Tango Virtuoso
  • Donizetti - Una Furtiva Lagrima from L’Elisir D’Amore, arr. Ferio
  • Piazzolla - Libertango, arr. Voirpy
  • Bach - Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, arr Iain Farrington
  • Bach - Air from Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068, arr Iain Farrington
  • Bach - Italian Concerto, BWV 971, arr Tochio (I and III) and Ferio (II)
  • Gershwin - An American in Paris, arr Nigel Wood
  • Bernstein - West Side Story Suite, arr Boatman
  • Bizet - Suite from Carmen (Selection), arr Iain Farrington
  • Buttall - The Lone Ar-ranger goes Sax Mad!

As one of the leading British saxophone quartets among a new generation of artists, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet consistently receive a highly enthusiastic reception from audiences and critics alike. They have performed to great acclaim at many of the UK’s leading music festivals. This concert should certainly get us in the mood for Christmas!

“A fabulous foursome; bar-raising musicianship and sound.

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Young Artists’ Platform Piano Recital

Young Artists’ Platform Piano Recital

9th January

Leah Nicholson

  • Scarlatti – Sonata in D minor, L.108
  • Beethoven – Sonata in E major, Op. 109
  • Janáček – Sonata 1.X.1905
  • Schostakovich – Sonata No. 2
  • Scriabin – Fantasie in B minor, OP. 28

Leah Nicholson, 21, started her musical education in St Petersburg and has since studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal School of Music and, most recently, won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. She has already won many prizes and performed both solo recital and piano concertos at venues across Europe.

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The Piatti String Quartet and Michael Collins (Clarinet)

The Piatti String Quartet and Michael Collins (Clarinet)

13th February

Mozart Clarinet Quintet

Shostakovich String Quartet no 10.

The Piatti String Quartet is one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. They have performed at all the major UK festivals and venues, and in concerts throughout the world. Famed for their diverse programming and passionate interpretations across the spectrum of quartet writing, they tailor their performances with the violins regularly swapping parts to bring out extra nuances and colours in every work.

Michael Collins continues his distinguished career as a soloist and in recent years has also become highly regarded as a conductor. He has performed with many famous orchestras and chamber ensembles in the UK and world wide.

Mozart’s exquisite Clarinet Quintet never fails to delight audiences and remains one of the composer’s most admired works. In this, Mozart combines his gifts for three genres in which he was supreme: opera, the concerto and the string quartet.

Written and premiered in 1964, Shostakovich’s 10th String Quartet is one of emotional richness, imagery and variety, but at the same time reflects the uncertain mood of his earlier Stalin-era quartets.

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The Virtuoso Violin

The Virtuoso Violin

13th March

  • Johann Joseph Vilsmayr: Partita no 6 in A major from Articifiosus Concentus pro Camera (1715) A Suite of short movements from the Noguiera and Klagenfurt manuscripts.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, arr Chad Kelly: Toccata and Fugue BWV 565 arr for solo violin in A minor.
  • Nicola Matteis: Fantasia Con Discretione.
  • Chad Kelly: Phantasia for solo violin.
  • Giuseppe Tartini,: Piccole Sonata no 17 D2.
  • Johann Paul von Westhoff: Suite pour le violon seul sans basse continue parue dans Le Mercure Galant de Janvier 1683. 

A set of Celtic tunes, trad tunes and Playford’s Dancing Master

Rachel Podger has established herself as a leading interpreter of the baroque and classical music periods. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018 and Ambassador for REMA's Early Music Day 2020. 

Her programme features pieces from her new solo album, released in autumn 2022. It includes works from the baroque era and a contemporary piece by Chad Kelly, whose diverse career as a keyboard specialist and director spans genres from historically informed performance and chamber music to opera and musical theatre.

“There is probably no more inspirational musician working today”

Gramophone

“Intoxicating combination of power and grace”

Toronto Star 

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