Monday 20 December 2021

Conway Hall's Spring 2022 season, from the Echéa Quartet to a Hugh Wood memorial

Echéa Quartet

Conway Hall's 2022 Spring season has just been announced, with a wide range of chamber concerts at the hall from January to May. Things kick off on 16 January 2022 with the Echéa Quartet in Haydn, Bartok and Beethoven, and the season ends on 29 May 2022 with a memorial concert for the composer Hugh Wood (1932-2021). Other concerts in January include the London Bridge Trio in Schumann, Mendelssohn and Colin Matthews, and cellist Robert Max in all of Bach's Cello Suites. I will be giving a pre-concert talk before Robert Max's concert, talking about the background to Bach's Cello Suites and the mysteries that still surround them.

Highlights in February include the Resol Quartet in quartets by both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, and the Linos Piano Trio in Rebecca Clarke's Piano Trio, a work that she preferred to her better known Viola Sonata, and the trio will also be performing music by Lili Boulanger. And in March there is a rare chance to hear Ethel Smyth's chamber arrangement of her Violin and Horn Concerto, the Trio for violin, horn and piano which is performed by Calum Smart (violin), Ben Goldscheider (horn) and Richard Uttley (piano). 

Music performed ranges from Bach and Vivaldi, through Classical and Romantic composers, including rarities such as Czerny, Hummel, Bottesini and Parish Alvars to contemporary composers Clive Jenkins, James Shearman, and Helen Grime, Later in the season, I will be giving a pre-concert talk in advance of the Tippett Quartet and pianist Emma Abbate's performance of Elgar's Piano Quintet on 3 April 2021.

Tickets for under 26s are free, thanks to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. The concerts will also be streamed on YouTube Live, thanks to the hall's state of the art equipment. Of course, if government guidelines change and attendance in person is not be possible, events may be livestream only.

Full details from the Conway Hall website.

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