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Richmond Concert Society : SITKOVETSKY PIANO TRIO

  • Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 92
  • Carl Vine: The Village
  • Turina: Piano Trio No. 2 in B minor, Op. 76
  • Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

First prizewinners of the International Commerzbank Chamber Music Award 2008 and recipients of the NORDMETALL Chamber Music Award at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival 2009, the Sitkovetsky Trio was formed in 2007 and has since emerged as one of the outstanding Trios of today. Their dynamic, high-energy performances as well as their thoughtful and committed approach have brought the ensemble numerous awards and critical acclaim. As a Trio they have won the Philharmonia-Martin Chamber Music Award, the Kirckman Society Award, the Tillett Trust Award and have been supported by the Hattori Foundation, the Fidelio Trust, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation. They held a Junior Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in 2007-2008 and 2008-2010, and were recipients of the Golubovich Fellowship and the Richard Cairnes Junior Fellowship for Chamber Music at Trinity Laban College of Music, as well as a Fellowship at the Royal Northern College of Music.

The Sitkovetsky Trio has performed in the leading concert halls across Europe, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Sociedad Filarmónica in Bilbao, l'Auditori Barcelona, St George's Bristol, the Purcell Rooms and the Wigmore Hall. Recent highlights have included performances of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester and Gabriel Feltz at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, a piece which they also took on tour with the Orchestra of the Swan and the Münchner Symphoniker. Further afield, the Trio undertook its debut tour of the USA in 2015, which included concerts in San Francisco and Washington DC. They also made their New York debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in the same year. They have toured Australia extensively in partnership with Musica Viva and their debut tour of China in 2013 included performances in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Other recent highlights have included performances at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and at the Frederiksvaerk and Bergen International Festivals.

Highlights of the 2015/16 season include performances at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Sage Gateshead and the Grand Théâtre d'Angers as well as recitals in London, Trento, Lindau, Deventer, York and at the Rheingau Festival. The Trio will also return to North America for their second appearance with the Vancouver Recital Society.

The Sitkovetsky Trio's first recording for BIS Records of works by Smetana, Suk and Dvořák was released in 2014, to critical acclaim; "their tempi are all excellently judged, they play like angels and their ensemble work is spot-on. This is a trio which is going to scale the heights." Limelight Magazine 17 April 2014. This was followed by a release on the Wigmore Live label of works by Brahms and Schubert, with their second disc for BIS of Mendelssohn Trios being released in 2015 to a similarly warm reception.

Venue

The German School

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

September
Tuesday
27
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : Singers' Night (with stage, lights and PA system)

A change from the informal singarounds - A 'floor spot' on a Singers Night will be ten minutes so it will be a chance to perform two songs consecutively. Performing on stage in front of an expectant audience puts us firmly in the spotlight and necessitates more practice and preparation.

To assist in the process our more experienced regular performers and volunteers are happy to offer assistance to help prepare those for whom the step up from the singaround to the darkened stage may be daunting.

For example we'll be happy to help unaccompanied singers choose a suitable pitch (or even accompany them if they prefer). We'll aim to set up the stage from 6.30pm and if time allows there should be the opportunity to have a run-through using the microphones. So please come prepared with everything you need...capo, picks, guitar strap and most importantly PLEASE to paraphrase Bob Dylan "know your song well before you start singing"If you have any questions please email via the website. We hope that the most successful spots may eventually get the opportunity to progress to a full support spot (usually 25 mins- 5 songs)

£3 + 30p booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

October
Sunday
2
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : JIM MORAY: Modern folk music and Child ballads for today Andrew Sharpe

One of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he now finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians.

Recording his first album 'Sweet England' while still studying classical composition at Birmingham Conservatoire in the day and playing drums in power-pop bands by night, Jim Moray emerged onto the UK folk scene seemingly fully formed in 2003. His imaginative re-imagining of English traditional music blended with orchestral flourishes, guitars and electronics soon found him awarded the unprecedented combination of 'Best Newcomer' and 'Best Album' at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark début album Sweet England and the success of his 2012 career best Skulk. Now he brings material from his new album of traditional ballads - out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best. have been delighting audiences for over 20 years. In Ceilidhs, concerts, bar sets and workshops, the 7 talented and versatile musicians bring musical genres together in a way that shouldn't work but does. However, we can't fit seven people on to the stage, so we'll be joined tonight by the duo of Andrew Sharpe

£12 + £1.20

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

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TwickFolk

October
Sunday
9
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : ROBIN TRITSCHLER (TENOR) AND JAMES BOYD (GUITAR)

Songs by Dowland, Giuliani, Walton, Britten, Robert Jones, and Lennox Berkeley

Robin Tritschler graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Prizes have included the Ulster Bank Music Foundation Bursary, the Abigail Dodds Lieder Prize, the Song Prize at the 2nd China International Singing Competition and the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2006. He won the lieder prize at the Internationaal Vocalisten Concours in 's-Hertogenbosch, (as well as being awarded 3rd place overall) and, most recently, 2nd Prize at the 2007 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

In recital, Robin has worked with Janne Malinen, James Boyd, Simon Lepper, Eugene Murski, Roger Vignoles and Graham Johnson. His numerous recital appearances have included the KlavierFest Ruhr, the Aix- en- Provence Festival, the Benjamin Britten Festival at the Cologne Philharmonie, the Brahms Song Festival at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Dublin Hugo Wolf Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Temple Recital Series in Utah, The Washington Vocal Arts Center and the Wigmore Hall.

On the concert platform, Robin has sung with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis, Poland, the National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Robin frequently broadcasts on radio, including EU broadcasts during the Irish EU presidency and a concert from the Vatican to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Vatican State, before Pope Benedict XVI.

He has sung 1st Jew in Salome under Edo de Waart with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the tenor role in the World Première production of Roger Waters' Ça Ira in Poland. Robin joined the Welsh National Opera as a principle artist in the 2008/09 season, singing Rodrigo (Otello), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Marzio (Mitridate), Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore) and Narraboth (Salome), returning as a guest for Belmonte (Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Jaquino (Fidelio), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Benedict (Beatrice and Benedict). He made his debut with the Ruhr Triennale Festival in a production of John Cage's Europeras 1 & 2.

This season his opera engagements include Wagner's Dream for WNO and a return to the Nantes Opera for The Two Widows, and his concert appearances include the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Trevor Pinnock, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Next season he will make his debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Wozzeck.

James Boyd has established his reputation as one of the leading exponents of the classical guitar.

Recent concert appearances include the Aldeburgh, Bath, Norfolk & Norwich and St Magnus Festivals.

Boyd studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Julian Bream prize. His lyrical playing style is strongly influenced by the vocal training he received from the countertenor Charles Brett and he works regularly with the lyric tenor Robin Tritschler and the countertenor Michael Chance CBE.

Boyd is one of the few guitarists to centre his career on the commissioning and performance of new English works for the guitar and he has premiered new music by Elspeth Brooke, Jonathan Dove, Joseph Phibbs and Anthony Powers, amongst others. In 2012 he developed the unique creative project Sea Change: An Adventure of Music and Sailing that sees him sail to different ports in England and abroad, commissioning and performing music written about the sea and his voyage.

His performances have been recorded for BBC Radio 3 and his album Shapes of Sleep was released to widespread critical acclaim. He has lectured at the Royal Academy of Music and regularly gives workshops and masterclasses in guitar for all ages from beginners to professional musicians, often incorporating writing and high performance learning from other disciplines such as dance, circus skills, sailing, Alexander Technique and Authentic Yang style Tai Chi.

In 2014 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his distinguished contribution to music in his field.

Venue

St Margarets Catholic Church

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

October
Tuesday
11
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : ASTRAKAN PROJECT (FR): Astonishing Celtic music from France and Turkey

Music is born somewhere between Brittany (East of France) and Istanbul. From their Celtic homeland, Yann Gourvil (strings, programming and loops) and Simone Alves (vocals) bring in ancient songs and legends, that they then blend with Turkish instruments ('ud, blaglama) they discovered while living in Istanbul.

Since their debut in 2009, the duet has been performing its dark neo-folk around Europe and beyond, including a couple of tours in the UK and major festivals like FMM (Sines, Portugal).Simone Alves (vocals) and Yann Gourvil (guitar, 'oud, saz, violin, programming) had already collaborated on various music projects in Brittany (France) when they initiated Astrakan Project while moving to Istanbul in 2009. After a couple of concerts hosting Turkish percussionists, they wanted to experiment the duet formula further and started touring as such. Since then, the duo have been performing their dark neo-folk around Europe and beyond, including a couple of tours in the UK and major festivals like FMM (Sines, Portugal).In June this year, Astrakan Project was featured on the cover of fRoots. Both of their albums have featured in the fRoots Album Choice playlist and received 4 stars from Songlines.

While their songs have been described as "romantic tragedies" in the classic vein, the settings are as reminiscent of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's 'Unledded' album, or folk supergroup "Imagined Village" as they are of Turkish or French musical tradition.

All the songs are in Breton, a Celtic language from the West of France, close to Welsh (and Cornish), which they both speak. They are now settled in Greek Macedonia (until they go searching for more musical diversions).

£10 + £1 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

October
Sunday
16
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : KELLEY McRAE DUO (USA): Heartfelt Americana

Making a welcome return to TwickFolk following their visit last April. The duo have played shows coast to coast across the United States and Europe and are returning to promote their new album .Says singer/songwriter Kelley McRae, who performs as a duo with her husband Matt Casteilein: " is the place at the side of the road where things get left behind, or where you go to rest awhile, or where you go find something you lost along the way." McRae's songs sip life from the tension between holding on and letting go, blooming in their rich search for truths.

The record was released in April of 2016 with a sold out release show at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, and it has been quick to impress critics: "With hundreds of new releases each year, there are maybe ten or twenty magical moments. is one of those moments." - Mike Penard, Radio France, "McRae is the real deal, bringing some rare depth to the new school Americana genre." - New York Music Daily debuted at #7 on the EuroAmericana radio charts and hit #4 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Contemporary Folk Album chart alongside names like Patty Griffin and Darrell Scott. Kelley is touring the UK this Fall in support of the new record.

The BBC's Bob Harris has called Kelley McRae "brilliant" and film director Wim Wenders, writing in the described Kelley McRae's music as "The last songs that made me cry".For the only London gig on their 2014 European tour, Kelley and Matt chose TwickFolk, where they performed this song, "Red Dirt Road", which is featured on their new album:

£10 + £1 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

October
Sunday
30
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : VAN KUIJK STRING QUARTET

  • Debussy: String Quartet in G minor
  • Kurtag: Moments Musicaux
  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E flat, Op. 127

Founded in 2012, in Paris, the Van Kuijk Quartet recently won the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, along with the associated Best Beethoven and Best Haydn prizes.

In the few years since the quartet first formed, they have found success throughout Europe: as well as triumphing at the Wigmore Hall, the quartet won the 1st Prize and Audience Award at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, in Norway, and are also laureates of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy and the FNAPEC Ensembles Music Competition, both in France.

The Van Kuijk Quartet is in residence at Proquartet, Paris, where they study with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Hagen quartets. Having taken their first steps as students of the Ysaye Quartet, the young musicians now study with Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia in Madrid; their studies take place thanks to the generous support of the International Institute of Chamber Music of Madrid.

The quartet also participates in various academies; they have taken part in the McGill International String Quartet Academy (Montreal) with Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet and André Roy ; the 58th Weikersheim International Chamber Music Academy with the Vogler Quartet and Heime Müller, formerly of the Artemis Quartet; and others academies in Aix-en-Provence and Verbier.

An established presence in major international venues, the Van Kuijk Quartet has performed at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Wigmore Hall in London, and at festivals in Heidelberg, Verbier, Aix-en Provence and Stavanger. This summer, they will take part in the Tivoli Concert Series in Denmark and the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

November
Tuesday
1
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : HUNTER MUSKETT: Acoustic folk rockers bridge the gap between then and now +John Hudson

Formed in 1969 and flourished in the folk rock scene for a few years and a couple of albums. 30-something years after they split up, Terry Hiscock, Chris George, Doug Morter and Rog Trevitt reunited in 2010. This led to a new album and they're once more on tour and as Terry says:"busy recording our fourth album (that's one every ten years!)"Chris, Terry and Doug formed Hunter Muskett in 1969 whilst still at college. The band was lucky in having access to the clubs and colleges of London, including The Marquee and The Troubadour where they were finally spotted. Within a year they were signed by Decca producer Kim Margolis and booked into the company's West Hampstead studios alongside bassist Danny Thompson. Following the release of the first album in late 1970 bass-player Rog Trevitt completed the line-up. With their studies now finished the new four-piece finally went on the road full-time, evolving from a fully acoustic band to using electric guitars, drums and on their second album, synthesizers.

Hunter Muskett's first record label folded; the second dropped its entire roster in favour of The Goodies! The band were unable to recover from losing their second label, and split up in 1974 BTF (Before TwickFolk). Says Roger: "...though we were BTF, we certainly used to play the Cabbage Patch - not a name you forget. Looking forward to it again." So get ready for some "sunny, grin-inducing acoustic roots and rock" (fRoots).

If you've been coming to TwickFolk's singarounds and singers nights over the last year or so, you'll know as one of the three "John H"s. We've been enjoying John's excellent self-penned songs and it's time to give him a full support spot. Expect clever, witty songs and passionate delivery!

£3 (+30p booking fee)

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

November
Sunday
6
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : Singaround: bring a song or two, join in, or just come and listen!

One of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: "All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story."If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about.

"Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won't be a microphone.

"We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old - and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses."

Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.

£3 (+30p booking fee)

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

November
Sunday
13
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : CARDBOARD FOX: The Carrivick Sisters bring their bluegrass band toTwickFolk (at last)

Due to join us last year, but a motorcycle accident meant that John Breeze was unable to play, and their back-up bassist couldn't be rehearsed in time. Therefore we're glad to be bringing them to TwickFolk this year.

Formed in late 2013, this is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that's what makes this acoustic quartet so special. All four musicians have roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. With a focus on original writing and re-imagined folk songs taken from a very different perspective, this band is not to be missed.

John Breese, primarily a classical guitarist as well as one of the country's top banjo players, is fast establishing himself as an in-demand double bassist, most recently with The Carrivick Sisters.

Charlotte Carrivick began learning to flat pick the guitar at the age of 14, having previously played classical guitar and mandolin. Americana UK described Charlotte's guitar playing as "simply breathtaking.

"Laura Carrivick began playing violin at around 10 years old. She spends most of her time playing in her critically acclaimed duo, The Carrivick Sisters, with twin sister, Charlotte. Together, they've played all over the world, appeared on TV, recorded live sessions for national radio including BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, received several awards and released 5 albums. Maverick Magazine said of Laura; "Laura's fiddle and dobro playing are astounding.

"Joe Tozer has one the EFDSS Young Musician Competition three times. The UK's leading bluegrass magazine, The British Bluegrass News, described Joe as an "extraordinary talent on the mandolin and guitar."

£11 + £1.10 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

November
Sunday
20
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : PETE COE: Celebrating 50 years of performing

A professional musician since 1971, playing at festivals concerts, clubs, dances & schools throughout Britain, Europe, Asia, New Zealand & USA . During the '70s he toured and recorded with Chris Coe, was a member of the legendary New Victory Band & with Nic Jones, Tony Rose and again, Chris Coe, he was a member of Bandoggs. In the late '80s and early '90s he toured and recorded with Red Shift but since 1985 he's mainly worked as a soloist & earned an enviable reputation.

His strong, distinctive voice is enhanced by his instrumental versatility, the ringing strings of his bouzouki, the sweet chords of his mountain dulcimer, the plaintive frailing banjo & the pulsing reeds of his melodeon. He's also a country dance caller, creator & band musician. He sings, plays & step dances, sometimes all at once!"a one man folk industry" - "it may be easier and quicker to list the talents that Pete Coe doesn't have." - "Pete Coe in many ways represents the backbone of the modern folk revival.

A fine solo performer and an energetic activist for the scene as well, founding Ryburn 3 Step, running folk clubs, dances and workshops in Ripponden and beyond while also teaching music and dancing in schools. He's still one of the most committed, most versatile, most important folk artists in Britain." "Every aspiring young performer needs to watch this man whose driving, footstomping delivery on a variety of instruments and outstanding voice is an object lesson in regard-for-your-audience basics."

£11 + £1.10 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

November
Sunday
27
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : MICHAEL MCDERMOTT (USA): Echoes of Springsteen and Dylan from the windy city

The story is the classic tale of survival, perseverance, love and redemption.

First came youthful innocence, a dream-come-true recording contract, a classic debut album heralded by the media, and a downward spiral with seemingly no bottom.

Michael got off to a fast start when he released his first album The music media heralded him with comparisons to rock n' roll's greats: ".Author Stephen King, wrote: "Jess behind the bar at the Cabbage Patch declared Michael's first gig at TwickFolk ""Here's what John Hocking (bookings and sound) wrote recently:This December, Michael returns with an acclaimed new album: and another CD from earlier this year a retrospective collection. John & Jess are already excited!Meanwhile, guess where this video was shot...

£11 + £1.10 booking fee

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Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

December
Sunday
4
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : IAN HOBSON (PIANO)

  • Debussy: Préludes, Book 1
  • Szymanowski: Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3
  • Fauré: Theme and Variations in C sharp minor, Op. 73
  • Chopin: Etudes, Op. 25

Ian Hobson is a musician of tremendous versatility who has earned an international reputation as a pianist, conductor, and educator. Born in Wolverhampton, England, Hobson studied music at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University in England, and at Yale University in the United States. His international career was launched in 1981 when he won First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, having already garnered silver medals at both the Artur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven competitions. His teachers have included Sidney Harrison, Ward Davenny, Claude Frank, and Menahem Pressler.

Hobson's programs consistently demonstrate a repertoire that spans the centuries and demands an extraordinary command of styles and scholarly vision, in addition to great keyboard prowess. His recordings and recital performances encompass a cross section of works from mammoth to miniature: a series of works from The London Pianoforte School, the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, all of the Brahms Variations for Piano, as well as Rachmaninoff's Seventeen Études-Tableaux and Twenty-four Preludes, Chopin-Godowsky's Etudes, Bach's Goldberg Variations, and contemporary works written for him by Ridout, Lees, Liptak, and Gardner. An ingenious programmer, Hobson commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Franz Schubert's birth in a unique recital at New York's 92nd Street Y during the '97-98 season; entitled Homage to Schubert; the program comprised Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales, the great Sonata in G major, D894 by Schubert himself and the complete arrangements for piano of Schubert's compositions by Leopold Godowsky.

During the last several seasons, engagements have included appearances at Alice Tully Hall, at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, performances of the Chopin and Moscheles concertos at the Bard Music Festival, and recitals in the US, England and Italy. He performed the Piano Concerto of Henry Holden Huss at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra and the Concerto for Piano of Clara Schumann on Great Performers at Lincoln Center. He performed and recorded Paderewski's Piano Concerto and Fantasie Polonaise with the Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk in 1995. In January 1997 he performed and recorded the Henry Holden Huss Concerto and the Ernest Schelling Suite Fantastique with Martyn Brabbams and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Major orchestras of the world with which Ian Hobson has appeared include the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Scottish National, Royal Liverpool, Halle, ORD-Vienna, Das Orchester der Beethovenhalle, Israel Sinfonietta, New Zealand Symphony, and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Baltimore, Indianapolis, and Houston.

Increasingly, Hobson is in demand as a conductor, particularly for performances in which he doubles as piano soloist. He made his debut with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra as conductor and soloist in October 1997. He has led the English Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Fresno Philharmonic, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony, the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra of Israel, as well as his own Sinfonia da Camera - a chamber orchestra he formed in 1984 which quickly gained international recognition through its recordings.

Hobson is also active as an opera conductor with a wide range of repertoire ranging from Cimarosa and Pergolesi, Mozart and Beethoven through works by Johann and Richard Strauss. In September 1997 he conducted and recorded John Philip Sousa's comic opera "El Capitan" in a newly restored version with the Sinfonia da Camera and a stellar cast of young singers; the recording was released in January 1998 on the new Zephyr label recently founded by Mr. Hobson.

A much sought-after judge for both national and international competitions, Hobson was invited at the specific request of Van Cliburn to participate as a juror for both the preliminary and final rounds of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997. In 1998 he acted as juror, performed as a recitalist and conducted the final round of the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Poland. In March of 2000 he was a juror for the Chopin Competition in Florida. In September 2001 he joined the jury for the International Pianoforte Competition Cologne (Foundation Tomassoni) in Germany.

In January 1998 Ian Hobson formed Zephyr Productions, Inc. as the parent company for his new label, Zephyr Records. The inaugural releases on the Zephyr label included the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas as well as the Sousa opera. Other recent releases include works by Falla and Ravel; two volumes of concertos by Ignaz Moscheles; the Schubert/Godowsky transcriptions for piano; and David Johnson's Twelve Preludes and Fugues for Piano. Upcoming releases will include music for two pianos by Saint-Säens/Liszt.

Mr. Hobson has made many recordings for other labels during the course of his career. Arabesque Recordings has produced more than twenty recordings by the artist. Recent releases on this label include "The Complete Solo Piano Transcriptions and Arrangements of Sergei Rachmaninoff," "The Complete Piano Variations of Johannes Brahms," "The Complete Piano Sonatas & Other Works of Robert Schumann," "Hobson's Choice" (a collection of the pianist's favorite pieces, exploring the multiple faces of virtuosity across three centuries of music). Recent releases include a disc of the "Piano Music of Benjamin Lees" for Albany Troy; the complete Mendelssohn "Works for Piano and Orchestra" for Arabesque; the Rachmaninoff "Early Piano Works," also for Arabesque; and the Huss Piano Concerto and Schelling "Suite Fantastique" for Hyperion.

With William Warfield and the Sinfonia da Camera, Hobson recorded Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat" and Walton's "Facade." BMG's Catalyst label has also released his recording of Kevin Oldham's Concerto for Piano, Op. 14, with the Kansas City Symphony under the direction of William McLaughlin. He has recorded Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 23 and 24 with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson for EMI.

Venue

St Margarets Catholic Church

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

December
Tuesday
6
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : Christmas Singaround: bring a song or two, join in, or just come and listen!

One of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: "All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story.

If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about.

Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won't be a microphone.

We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old - and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses.

Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.

£3 + 30p booking fee

Details

Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

December
Sunday
18
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : New Year Singaround: bring a song or two, join in, or just come and listen!

One of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: "All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story."

If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about.

Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won't be a microphone.

We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old - and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses.

Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.

£3 + 30p booking fee

Details

Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

January
Sunday
8
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : ENSEMBLE 96 (CHOIR)

Norwegian and other choral works by Ødegaard, Pedersen, Stockhausen, Havrøy and Daniel-Lesur

Ensemble 96 from Oslo is one of Norway's leading chamber choirs. Its field is contemporary a cappella music, and the choir has been critically acclaimed at home and abroad for both concerts and albums. Musical Director and conductor is Nina Therese Karlsen.

The chamber choir Ensemble 96 consist of 24 highly qualified singers, is one of Norway's leading vocal ensembles, and has gained its reputation through many critically acclaimed concerts, premieres and CD recordings. It has a particular focus on contemporary music and seeks to expand the traditional choir concert by means of collaborations with other artists, including dancers, actors and visual artists. The ensemble often presents a mix of contemporary music and classical songs. The musical director and conductor is Nina Therese Karlsen, who holds an MA in Choir Conducting from the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Ensemble 96's CD Immortal Nystedt, on the label 2L, was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2007, Best Surround Sound Album and Best Choral Performance. In September 2007 Ensemble 96 and its previous conductor Øystein Fevang received the Choral Award in Norway. The choir, with conductor Kjetil Almenning, represented Norway at the Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival in August 2008. The choir received a second Grammy nomination in 2011 for their CD Kind. It receives financial support from Arts Council Norway.

Ensemble 96 has made first perforances of works by, amongst others, Knut Nystedt, Synne Skouen, Antonio Bibalo, Wolfgang Plagge, Jon Balke, Andrew Smith, Kjell Mørk Karlsen, Kjetil Bjørnstad, Trond Lindheim, Olav Anton Thommesen, Julian Skar, Marcus Paus, Frank Havrøy, Martin Ødegaard and Tyler Futrell.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

January
Tuesday
17
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : PIATTI STRING QUARTET

  • Ravel: String Quartet in F
  • Turnage: Contusion
  • Britten: 3 Divertimenti
  • Brahms: Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet is amongst the UK's foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name. They have performed in all the major venues around the country, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) radio and France Musique (France).

The Piatti are laureates of the St Martin in the Fields Competition, a Martin Musical Fund/Philharmonia Scholarship, multiple Hattori Foundation awards, and the St.Peter's Prize. At the 2015 Wigmore Hall International (formerly the London International) String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet won joint 2nd Prize as well as the Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Contusion and the St Lawrence String Quartet Prize. The Quartet spent two years as Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music and have received both Tunnel Trust and Countess of Munster awards. Park Lane Group have also supported the group extensively with a UK-wide concert tour and a recording on their Classical Label. Other recordings have been released on the Linn Records and Champs Hill labels, including the Piatti's lauded contribution to the complete string quartet works of Felix Mendelssohn (Champs Hill), which was BBC Music Magazine's Critic's Choice (September 2014).

The Piatti Quartet are delighted to have been reappointed as the 2015-2016 Richard Carne Junior Fellows in String Quartet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The group continues to actively expand the quartet repertoire with premieres of commissions from several acclaimed British composers. A major new work, Joseph Phibbs' String Quartet No.1, was commissioned through the generous support of the Britten Pears Foundation and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust which the quartet have plans to record and release in 2016. Other recently commissioned compositions include pieces from Richard Birchall (performed live on BBC Radio 3), and Fintan O'Hare. The Quartet also works regularly with the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, enjoying the opportunity to help secure the future of chamber music by bringing the wonders of the String Quartet to young children and their families in schools and halls around the country.

The quartets most recent season has included a summer residency at the Academie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, a debut in Istanbul, tours of Scotland and Ireland, a new CD recorded at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford (generously supported by Tony Stuart), and Resident Quartet at the 2014 Rye Arts Festival. Recent collaborations include concerts with Michael Collins, Moray Welsh, and Rebecca Gilliver. Upcoming highlights include a performance of Mendelssohns Octet with the Belcea Quartet, a tour to the Netherlands, and our debut concert in Barcelona.

The Quartet is currently mentored by the Belcea Quartet through the Belcea Quartet Trust, as well as receiving regular coaching from Simon Tandree (ex-Doric Quartet). The group has also worked with members of the Chilingirian, Doric and Hagen Quartets and studied at the Reina Sofia Institute in Madrid with Günter Pichler.

The group takes its name from the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti, who was a leading professor and exponent of quartet playing at the Royal Academy of Music.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

February
Tuesday
7
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : ENDYMION ENSEMBLE

  • Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452
  • Ravel: Mother Goose Suite (arr. Nissen)
  • Beethoven: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, Op. 16
  • Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds

"The brilliant Endymion" (The Sunday Times) exists to deliver world-class performances of chamber music throughout London, the UK and abroad. It nurtures the UK's most dynamic and original composers, inspire younger and new audiences and champion mixed chamber music of all genres, through performance, commissioning, recording and promotion.

Since Endymion was formed in 1979 from a group of outstanding National Youth Orchestra students, it has built a secure reputation across a broad and often adventurous repertoire and won a strong following among audiences throughout the UK and abroad, touring in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Finland and Mexico. Unusually for chamber groups so well established, Endymion retains most of its original players. These performers now number among the best soloists and chamber musicians in Europe, including Mark van de Wiel, Stephen Stirling, Melinda Maxwell, Michael Dussek and Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE. Performing together for over thirty years, Endymion has been called one of the few chamber groups as much at home with Mozart as with Birtwistle.

Endymion has made a speciality of 20th century music theatre and chamber opera, including collaborations with the Royal Opera House's Garden Venture, Women's Playhouse Trust and Opera Factory, with which it undertook a European tour of Dido and Aeneas and Curlew River in 1995.

Endymion has appeared at most of the major British festivals, giving its tenth Proms performance in 2014, and was in residence at Blackheath Concert Halls for several years. Recent appearances at Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Kings Place and at the Cheltenham and Spitalfields Festivals have included works by Kurtag, Simon Holt and Simon Bainbridge, premières by Vic Hoyland, Philip Cashian and Brian Elias and an Elisabeth Lutyens portrait concert. A retrospective of Anthony Gilbert's music featured a dozen especially composed musical tributes by distinguished contemporaries, including Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr, Colin Matthews and Anthony Payne. Endymion's collaborations with the BBC Singers have included world premières of Giles Swayne's Havoc (Proms, 1999) and Edward Cowie's Gaia (2003), as well as the UK première of Birtwistle's Ring Dance of the Nazarene at the 2004 Proms ("startling virtuosity from all concerned" - Daily Telegraph).

A particularly successful (and much imitated) innovation is the wide-ranging series of Composer Choice concerts staged by Endymion at the Southbank, which have included Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen, Gavin Bryars, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Judith Weir, John Woolrich and Michael Berkeley.

In June 2009 Endymion celebrated its 30th Birthday at Kings Place with the Sound Census festival. Alongside a celebration of classical chamber music repertoire, 20 British composers were commissioned to write new works for Endymion. These were recorded for release by NMC Recordings. This disc will join a host of other recordings by Endymion including works by Lutyens, Stravinsky, Britten and Magnus Lindberg and (with the Dutton label) York Bowen, Edmund Rubbra, Thomas Dunhill, Lennox Berkeley, Erno Dohnanyi and Zdenek Fibich.

Endymion is committed to outreach projects with all sectors of society, through work with young children (RPS Award-nominated Sound Census project in 2009), aspiring musicians and adults with mental health difficulties (featured in the BBC documentary "I love being mad"). Music Teacher Magazine ran a profile of the Sound Census project, concluding it was "fearsome and spirit-raising in equal measure... proof of just what can be achieved at this level of music education".

In 2011, a major collaboration with EXAUDI vocal ensemble included performances at Southbank Centre, Sound Festival Scotland and Wigmore Hall, (where Endymion will be returning next year as part of the Wigmore series), the premieres of four new commissioned works by young British and Irish composers, and programmes focusing on Morton Feldman and Arvo Pärt. 2011 also featured Goodbye Stalin! - a three-day festival of chamber music by Shostakovich and Schnittke at King's Place - and the UK premiere of Elliott Carter's Clarinet Quintet.

In February 2014 Endymion celebrated its 35th Birthday at Kings Place with a weekend of concerts focused on Brahms chamber music for wind and strings, as well as a programme of music for flute, viola and harp. Two of these concerts were part of the "Top 50 Chamber Classics Unwrapped" series, presenting favourite works voted for by readers of BBC Music Magazine. A performance of Steve Reich's "Desert Music" with the BBC Singers in Milton Court, was repeated at the 2014 BBC Proms to great acclaim.

Venue

St Margarets Catholic Church

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

March
Tuesday
14
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : ASHLEY FRIPP (PIANO)

  • J S Bach: English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
  • Adès: Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face
  • Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année: Italie

British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls, having performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia. Recent highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie Cologne, Bozar (Brussels), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Cité de la musique (Paris), Hamamatsu City Concert Hall (Japan), the Megaron (Athens), Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Gulbenkian Auditorium (Lisbon) and the Konserthus (Stockholm).

He has won prizes at more than a dozen national and international competitions, including the coveted Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Diploma of Outstanding Merit at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, 1st Prize at the Brant International Piano Competition, Semi-Finalist Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition, The Worshipful Company of Musicians' Prince's Prize, 1st Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Piano Competition and 3rd Prize at the Concours Européen de Piano (France). He was chosen as a 'Rising Star' by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), and has also performed in the Edinburgh, Brighton, Chipping Campden, Bath and City of London Festivals. A frequent guest on broadcasting networks, Ashley has appeared on BBC television and radio, Euroclassical, Eurovision TV and the national radio stations of Hungary, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Portugal. He has collaborated with a variety of well-known conductors including Semyon Bychkov, James Judd, Vasily Petrenko, Robertas Aervenikas, Hilary Davan Wetton and Peter Stark.

Ashley Fripp studied at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Emily Jeffrey and recently graduated with a Masters degree and Artist Diploma, both with distinction, from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Ronan O'Hora and frequently with Richard Goode. The Guildhall School also awarded him the Premier Prix and Lord Mayor's Prize.

Ashley Fripp's CD recording of both Chopin Piano Concertos is available on the Spektral Records label.

Venue

St Margarets Catholic Church

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

April
Tuesday
4
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : BRITTEN OBOE QUARTET

  • Moeran: Phantasy Quartet
  • Schubert: String Trio in B flat, D471
  • Lennox Berkeley: Oboe Quartet
  • Mozart: Adagio, K580a
  • R R Bennett: Arethusa
  • Lutosawski: Bucolics
  • Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F, KV370

Nicholas Daniel founded the Britten Oboe Quartet together with his colleagues and co-principals of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia; they all bring to this ensemble not only the highest musical standards but also the experience of playing together over many years, resulting in warm, expressive and above all enjoyable playing. Their aim is to bring music of the highest quality to audiences and to explore lesser-known repertoire, both British and from abroad, as well as playing standard classics such as the Mozart oboe quartet.

Their repertoire includes oboe and cor anglais quartets by Britten, Berkeley, Knussen, Elgar, Krommer, Francaix, Gordon Jacob and Elisabeth Lutyens. Their imaginative programming embraces repertoire other than the oboe quartet, often including string trios, solo works such as Britten's Metamorphoses after Ovid or other chamber music combinations.

They relish the challenge of programming a well-balanced and attractive concert in line with specific themes and can be sure to find something new and interesting for every concert.

Recent concerts include performances at the Gregynog, Swaledale, Champs Hill and Wimbledon Festivals, Brighton Dome and King's Place in London. 2015 saw the quartet perform at the RNCM in Manchester, and in Sheffield and Nottingham. Future concerts include Bury St Edmunds, and in 2016 the quartet will record their first disc.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

May
Tuesday
16
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : GUILDHALL SCHOOL POSTGRADUATE FELLOWS ENSEMBLE

AGM at 7.45pm followed by a free concert at about 9pm Richmond Concert Society is proud to continue an annual event which allows subscribers to be involved in the creation of new music.

Students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) will be invited to submit compositions to a reviewing panel. The chosen composer will then be commissioned to write a new piece, especially for the Richmond Concert Society, to be performed by an ensemble of GSMD postgraduate fellows.

The ensemble will perform a short concert after the AGM, in which the new composition will be featured along with established repertoire.

We hope to continue this as an annual event, making the Richmond Concert Society an integral part of the creation of tomorrow's music and the discovery of tomorrow's talent.

This initiative has been made possible by a bequest from Mary Ryan. The winning composer will receive the Mary Ryan Richmond Concert Society Composition Award, bringing with it not only a financial incentive but, perhaps more importantly, a performance before an appreciative and enthusiastic audience.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

July
Tuesday
18
7:45pm