Monday 1 August 2016

Lively mix: Autumn season of Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

The Autumn season of Sunday evening concerts at Conway Hall opens on 11 September with the Swiss-based Gemaux Quartet in Haydn, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Artistic director Simon Callaghan has put together a lively season with a mixture of young artists and established ensembles with repertoire ranging widely including CPE Bach, Sally Beamish's piano trio arrangement of Debussy's La Mer, Helena Winkelman's Bacchanalia, and Helen Grime's Aviary Sketches alongside establish classics from Haydn and Mozart to Debussy and Faure.

There is a chance to hear musicians from Alistair Beatson's French festival Musique à Marsac, and also the Trio Martinů which was formed at Prague Conservatory in 1990 and has a line-up unchanged since 1993. You can hear the series' artistic director Simon Callahan in action again when he joins friends for a programme of piano trios and piano quartets. The Brook Street Band will be performing Bach, Handel, Leclair, Rameau and Telemann, whilst the London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble will bring the Autumn season to a close with Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht.

The London Festival of Bulgarian Culture is presenting a trio of concerts which include music by Franz Drdla, Dobrinka Tabakova, Pancho Vladigerov, Dohnanyi, with performers including predominantly Bulgarian string players with pianists Simon Callaghan, Ashley Wass and Ludmil Angelov.

Young performers include Trio Isimsiz which won First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2015 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, the Linos Trio which won First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Jubilee Quartet which is also a prizewinner at Trondheim, and the Delta Piano Trio which won First Prize and a special prize for the performance of a twentieth-century work at the 7th International S. Vainiunas Chamber Music Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Pre-concert talks are a regular feature of the season. Alistiar Beatson and Helena Winkelman will be introducing Musique à Marsac whilst Joseph Fort will talk about the coincidences behind the works played at the opening concert of the season. Roderick Swanston will be talking about Music and Language, and other speakers introducing the evening concerts include Michael Round and myself. There are also a couple of pre-concert recitals.

Children's events include the London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble performing Paul Patterson's Little Red Riding Hood, as well as workshops for children aged five to ten introducing both music and the instruments as well as doing group work.

Full details from the Conway Hall website.

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