Friday 11 August 2023

Josephine Lang, Madeleine Dring, new works for piano trio and a Winterreise Weekend with Roger Vignoles: Conway Hall Sunday Concerts' Autumn Season

SImon Callaghan and the Piatti Quartet at Conway Hall
Simon Callaghan (artistic director of Conway Hall Sunday Concerts)
and the Piatti Quartet at Conway Hall

Conway Hall's Sunday Concerts series opens its Autumn season on 10 September with a programme from the Salomé Quartet which features music by Haydn and Mendelssohn, along with Franck's passionate Piano Quartet with pianist Jâms Coleman. The following week (17 September) it is the turn of the Piatti Quartet who play Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams, along with Brahms' Clarinet Quintet with clarinettist Sacha Rattle.

Other highlights include an entire weekend (6-9 October) devoted to Schubert's Winterreise when Roger Vignoles gives masterclasses to four young duos and then at the end of the weekend the duos give a complete performance of Winterreise. More unusual repertoire features on 22 October, when there is a celebration of the art of English composer Madeleine Dring (1923-1977) when a group of performers including Nicholas Daniel (oboe) and Antonio Oyarzabal (piano) perform a programme of her chamber music. Another unjustly neglected composer from a previous generations features on 19 November, when Harriet Burns (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto) and Ian Tindale (piano) explore the life and music of German composer Josephine Lang (1815-1880).

On 5 November, the hall's Clements Prize for Composers returns with the finale selecting a work for piano trio, the finalist's works all being performed by the Fidelio Trio, and there will be a public workshop on the afternoon of the concert. The chosen compositions and details of the judging panel will be announced in October 2023.  The prize is in memory of Alfred J. Clements (1858-1938), who was the organiser and secretary of the South Place Sunday Concerts (predecessor of Conway Hall Sunday Concerts) from their inception in 1887 until his death.

The hall has introduced a season ticket, which gets you 15% off admission to all the Sunday Concerts!

Full details from the Conway Hall website

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