TRMS Upcoming Concerts

Tuesday, 19.11.2019

Evening Concert

John Donegan Jazz Sextet

An evening concert

Musical expression of a father’s love
The youngest daughter of renowned Chorleywood jazz pianist and composer John Donegan received many presents at her recent wedding in Tuscany. But one was more precious than all the others -- the jazz album that her father and five musician friends had secretly recorded in her honour.
“During my wedding speech, I shared memories of my daughter Catherine’s life so far and mentioned her great talent as a singer,” John said. “I then added that I had a surprise for her and presented the new album dedicated to her, A Kite for Kate. It was a very emotional moment for both of us, as you might imagine. My main worry was that news of the recording would get out but, thankfully, it didn’t.”

On Tuesday, November 19, John’s sextet will perform tracks from the album at a concert in Rickmansworth staged by Three Rivers Music Society. They will also play pieces from Siamsa Vol.1, the album inspired by his native Ireland that John released earlier this year.
The sextet includes some of the most outstanding talents on the British jazz scene. John and his regular playing partners, Paul Jefferies (double bass) and Greg McCarthy (drums), will be joined by Tommaso Starace (alto and soprano sax), Alex Hitchcock (tenor sax) and Steve Fishwick (trumpet and flugelhorn).
Tommaso Starace has recorded critically successful albums with his own quartet and has collaborated with the Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli. Alex Hitchcock is an award-winning saxophonist and composer. His quintet won the prestigious Conad Jazz Contest in Umbria, Italy, last year.
The sixth member of the group, Royal Academy of Music graduate Steve Fishwick, has been lauded by the great American trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, who said: “I can't think of another trumpet player that can do what he does."
John himself plays regularly at one of London’s most popular jazz venues, the Café in the Crypt at St Martin’s in the Fields.
Prior to recording A Kite for Kate, John had dedicated three albums to his older daughters, Ciara and Jennifer, and his wife, Marie. “It’s no exaggeration to say that my family are my inspiration so naming these albums after them seemed like the most natural thing,” John said. “I am very glad that Catherine now has her own album. The set is complete.”
The November 19 concert will be held in the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH. It will begin at 7.30pm. 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
Julian Leaper, violin, Ciaran McCabe, violin
Martin Outram, viola, Michal Kaznowski, cello

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

Programme Details
Ludwig Beethoven String Quartet in F, op.18 no.1
Frank Bridge String Quartet no.1 “Bologna” (1906)
Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet no.6 in F, op.80

Mendelssohn’s moving musical farewell
Felix Mendelssohn’s last major gift to the world of music – his String Quartet No 6 in F Minor – will be performed in Rickmansworth Baptist Church on Friday, November 29.
The 1847 composition was written shortly after his sister Fanny’s death, and only months before his own at the age of only 38. It will be one of three masterworks to be played at a concert given by the celebrated Maggini Quartet, whose first violinist, Julian Leaper, lives in Chorleywood.
The Magginis have won international prizes, such as the Gramophone Chamber Music Award and a Cannes Classical Award, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. They recently recorded the complete Mendelssohn quartet cycle and they have made many critically acclaimed recordings of British composers’ works.
At their latest concert for Three Rivers Music Society the Magginis will perform the String Quartet No.1 by Brighton-born Frank Bridge, who was revered by his most successful student, Benjamin Britten.
They will also play Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Opus 18 No 1, which was partly inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Beethoven revised the work substantially within a year of composing it but was content with the finished version, telling a friend that he had finally learnt how to write string quartets. As we now know, that was no exaggeration.
The concert will be held at the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 IEH. It will begin at 7.30pm (15-minute programme talk from 7pm). Tickets: £16 (reduced price for Three Rivers Music Society members). Free entry for under-25s.

Programme Notes

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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

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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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All Tickets £s

Evening Lunchtime Book now
Members & Patrons 14.00 5.00

John Donegan Jazz Sextet

Maggini String Quartet (6)

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