Monday 20 September 2021

Berkeley Ensemble launches Conway Hall's 2021/22 Sunday Concerts season with Imogen Holst, Lennox Berkeley, John Ireland and Beethoven

Berkeley Ensemble (Photo Louise Mather)
Berkeley Ensemble (Photo Louise Mather)

The Conway Hall's long-running Sunday Concerts series starts its 2021/22 season on 26 September 2021, a welcome return to weekly, in-person concerts at the venue, though all the concerts will be available to watch live-streamed as well. 

The season opener is a pair of concerts from the Berkeley Ensemble with three rare 20th century British works, by Imogen Holst, Lennox Berkeley and John Ireland, followed by Beethoven's youthful Septet, a work whose popularity the composer resented as he felt it overshadowed his later works. The season at Conway Hall continues with the Greenwich Trio, and a chance to hear the Norwegian Engegård Quartet [see my interview with them]. 

17 October sees the final of the Conway Hall's re-launched Clements Prize for Composers when the Piatti Quartet will perform works by seven young composers, Jacob Fitzgerald, Alex Groves, Vivek Haria, Noah Max, Emily Pedersen, Alexander Verster, and Dominic Wills, and a distinguished jury will select a winner. The concert also includes a performance of Joseph Phibbs' String Quartet No. 1.

Other performers during the season include pianist Maria Canyigueral in an all-Bach programme, the Eusebius Quartet, the Fidelio Trio mixing Haydn and Schubert with Robert Saxton, the Coull Quartet, the Galliard Ensemble with pianist Simon Callaghan (who is the series' artistic director), the Alauda Quartet, and violinist Callum Smart and pianist Richard Utley.

Full details from the Conway Hall website.

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