TRMS Upcoming Concerts

Sunday, 13.10.2019

Afternoon Concert

Peter Nall String Ensemble

Afternoon concert at a different venue

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This is what genius sounds like …
One of the most remarkable musical compositions of the 19th century will be performed in Chorleywood Memorial Hall on Sunday, October 13.

Felix Mendelssohn was only 16 when he wrote his String Octet in E flat major, opus 20, in the autumn of 1825.

He produced other astonishing compositions by the age of 18 – Fingal’s Cave and the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream among them. But nothing surpassed this octet, which displays a level of maturity and invention that arguably exceeds that of any other teenage musical prodigy, Mozart included.
The octet will feature in a concert being given by the newly-formed Ensemble 18-17, which is led by the renowned Chorleywood-based violinist, Peter Nall, a former member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The ensemble will also perform Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Serenade in C major for Strings, opus 48. Tchaikovsky composed this music in 1880, and as he later admitted, he wrote it “from inner compulsion. It is a heartfelt piece”. Perhaps that is why it is now seen as one of his most successful works.
The third piece to be played in this afternoon concert organised by Three Rivers Music Society will be Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra. This work was commissioned by Yehudi Menuhin and was premiered at the Bath International Music Festival in 1962.

Interestingly, it was the award of a Mendelssohn Scholarship in 1948 that enabled Malcolm Arnold to become a full-time composer. He subsequently wrote a huge number of compositions -- symphonies, concertos, ballet scores, chamber and choral music, and works for wind and brass bands.
He also composed scores for many popular films of the 1950s, such as The Inn of the Sixth Happiness and The Bridge on the River Kwai. The latter earned him an Oscar in 1958.

In this unique string music repertoire, which is now finalised, the Ensemble has decided to include

Peter Nall directs the début performance of the
15 expert string players from Peter’s wide range
of professional colleagues in the surrounding district

Peter Nall •(Director/soloist) 1
Ruth Schulten •(assistant leader)
Charles Tait • 2
Olivia Tan (soloist •) 1
Karin Nash 2
Becks Shorrock • 1
Dafydd Williams 2
Simon-Phillpe Alard. 2

Stephen Shakeshaft •
David Way •
Martin Fenn

Nicola Tait Baxter •
Emma Black •
Judith Fleet

Owen Nicolaou

* those playing in this concert

The programme includes

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
String Octet in E flat, op.20
1. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco
2. Andante
3. Scherzo:  Allegro leggierissimo.
4. Presto

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Serenade in C major for Strings, op.48
1. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato;
2. Valse: Moderato - Tempo di valse
3. Élégie: Larghetto elegiaco;
4. Finale (Tema russo): Andante - Allegro con spirito

The concert will be held in the Chorleywood Memorial Hall, Common Rd, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth WD3 5LN on Sunday 13th October and will begin at 3.00pm. Tickets £16 at the door. Reduced price for members. Free entry for under-25s.

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Saturday, 26.10.2019

Evening Concert

Hallses & Moody Quartet

A Saturday evening concert

  David Halls-piano, Caroline Halls-soprano,
Steven Halls-cello and Daphne Moody-violin

For the first time ever, David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, his daughter Caroline and his brother Steven combine with their long-time friend and professional colleague, Daphne Moody to present a unique programme that combines their talents in different combinations.  The programme includes Dvorak’s first piano trio, a baroque cantata for soprano and strings, Elgar’s obbligati to popular songs written for violin and cello.

J S Bach -  Nur ein Wink from Christmas Oratorio
J S Bach - Ich folge dir gleichfalls from St John Passion
Antonín Dvorák - Piano Trio No.  1 in B flat
Edward Elgar - Four popular songs with string obbligato
Edward Elgar -, Piano Trio movements
Iain Farrington – special arrangements

The concert will be held in the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH. It will begin at 7.30pm on Saturday, 26th October. Tickets £16 at the door. Reduced price for members. Free entry for under-25s.

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Tuesday, 19.11.2019

Evening Concert

John Donegan Jazz Sextet

An evening concert

John Donegan returns to TRMS with his jazz sextet including the much acclaimed saxophonist well known to TRMS - Tomasso Starace. The sextet will play John's new compositions from his recently released album CD.

The details to follow.

The concert will be held in the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH. It will begin at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 19th November. Tickets £16 at the door. Reduced price for members. Free entry for under-25s.

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Friday, 29.11.2019

Evening Concert

Maggini String Quartet (6)

An evening concert

Maggini String Quartet returns to Rickmansworth for a sixth concert on Friday, November 29. 

The programme is now finalised of this evening concert which starts at 7.30 pm at the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth.

Maggini String Quartet
Julian Leaper, violin, Ciaran McCabe, violin
Martin Outram, viola, Michal Kaznowski, cello

Ludwig Beethoven (1770-1827) String Quartet in F, op.18 no.1
Frank Bridge (1879-1941 String Quartet no.1 “Bologna” (1906)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1947) String Quartet no.6 in F, op.80

Tickets £16 at the door. Reduced price for members. Free entry for under-25s.

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Wednesday, 11.12.2019

Lunchtime Concert

Purcell School (5)

The popularity of these concerts continues to grow and grow both with our regular audiences and the schoolchildren who attend them. It forms a special relationship between the famous music school and the TRMS and each concert produces superb playing from these gifted young performers.

The concert will be held in the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH. This afternoon concert will begin at 1.00pm. Tickets £6 at the door. Reduced price for members. Free entry for under-25s.

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Friday, 20.03.2020

Evening Concert

Kammerphilharmonie Europa

The Chamber Philharmonic Europe was founded 2006 in Cologne/Germany. The orchestra engages talented young musicians from 18 European nations. Its outstanding high artistic level was confirmed by many concerts and festivals as well as press and critics.

Chamber Philharmonic Europe
A. Vivaldi - Concerto in g minor, F.XI. no 21
J. N. Hummel - Concerto for Trumpet and orchestra E-flat Major
J. Suk - Serenade for Strings Op. 6
J. S. Bach - Violin Concerto In E Major BWV 1042
S. Rachmaninoff - Vocalise
C. Nielsen - Little Suite for Strings, Op.1
Eight virtuosi will make a magnificent sound as they perform a sparkling programme in Rickmansworth for the first time.

The concert will be held in the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH. It will begin at 7.30pm on Friday, 20 March 2020. Tickets £16 at the door. Reduced price for members. Free entry for under-25s.


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Thursday, 26.03.2020

Evening Concert


Purcell School Gala Concert

TRMS is looking for sponsors for this event.

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The students of the world-famous Purcell School (the School) of Music in Bushey regularly perform and small and big venues in London and the Home Counties. To say that their talent and musical ability at a very young age is truly exceptional will be a gross understatement.
Watford Workshop, a charity based in Watford has existed since 1964. Its aim is to provide a route to employment for people with disabilities who are thereby disadvantaged. It does this by employing the service users on a salary. Work Experience and tuition in both life skills and independent living skills is given to all service users. The objective is to move service users on to mainstream employment. This will work for many but The Workshop also allows service users to remain working with the charity if they are not able to move on. The opportunity for those with disabilities given by The Workshop is such that people acquire new skills; find ability that they did not know they had; provides an income; instils confidence and dignity and a sense of wellbeing. As one young lady put it: “…and gives me a reason to get up in the morning”. The Workshop delivers a comprehensive, high quality and competitively priced services to its commercial customer base who subcontract their packaging, labelling, light assembly and manufacturing processes to The Workshop.
Three Rivers Music Society (The Society) founded in Rickmansworth in the mid-seventies promotes primarily Western Classical Music and organises evening concerts by accomplished world-renown musicians either in solo or duets, trios, quartets, ensembles performances as well as lunchtime concerts by aspiring young musicians – mainly students of The School through a long established alliance.

One of the Society’s principal aims is to enhance the musical interest and aptitude amongst the primary school pupils so that those who are musically gifted, talented or just inclined will be encouraged and supported to find ways to develop.

To this end, the Society has made an alliance with the School in order to regularly organise 1 hour lunchtime concerts with the School students performing short pieces as soloists or as part of duets, trios or ensembles. At these concerts, an entire class of around 30 pupils from year 6 of a local primary school is invited. This is done by rotation as there 7 – 8 local primary schools who have signed up for this uniques scheme.

The idea is to organise a gala concert of performances by the School Students for the audiences of Watford, Rickmansworth, Croxley Green, Bushey, Chorleywood and adjacent areas and the proceeds to be used for the School itself as well as for the Watford Workshop and the Society. The expected target audience should be in excess of 1000 – 1100 people including primary and secondary school children. So the venue in mind is the Watford Colosseum.

The primary and secondary school students will be encouraged and welcome with their parents and will be given free tickets when accompanied by a full ticket paying adult.

The first half will consist of Piano, Violin, Cello, Harp and other instruments soloists playing short pieces followed by a full symphony or an orchestral suite by the School's orchestra. Details to be advised.

The concert will take place at
The Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD17 3JN
on Thursday 29 March 2020 at 7.00 pm


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Evening Lunchtime Book now
Members & Patrons 14.00 5.00

Peter Nall String Ensemble

Hallses & Moody Quartet

John Donegan Jazz Sextet

Non-members 16.00 6.00
All under the age of 25* Free
*Proof of age may be required
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