TRMS Past Concerts (2019)

Louise Thomson Solo Harp Recital

Evening Concert


Another successful evening concert

Louise Thomson on Friday 3 May

Louise Thomson's Harp Recital on Friday 3rd May 2019 at 7.30 pm at the Baptist Church in Rickmansworth was not only the unique first of this type but was a huge success with the full audience thoroughly enjoying the whole programme including in particular, Theme from Tchaikovsky's Opéra Eugène Onégin.

The programme incloded -

Nocturne - Mikhail Glinka
Sonata in F minor K.466 - Domenico Scarlatti, arr. Louise Thomson
Fantasie Sur Un Thème de Joseph Haydn, op.31 - Marcel Grandjany
Sarabanda - Nino Rota
Jazz Band - Marcel Tournier
Fantaisie Sur Un Thème de l’Opéra Eugène Onégin par Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Ekaterina Walter-Kühne
Estampes no. 2, La Soirée Dans La Grenade - Claude Debussy
Une Châtelaine en sa Tour, op.110 - Gabriel Fauré
Impromptu Caprice - Gabriel Pierné
Adagio Cantabile from Three Welsh Dances - Dalwyn Henshall
Cruit Gun Cheis Ceall Gun Aba - Mary Ann Kennedy
Letter from Home - Pat Metheny, arr. Louise Thomson
Rhapsodie - Marcel Grandjany

The concert took place at the Baptist Church, High Street Rickmansworth
at 7.30 pm on Friday 3rd May 2019


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John Donegan Jazz Quartet

Evening Concert


Another successful Jazz evening

John Donegan Tommaso Starace

TRMS welcomed back the John Donegan Jazz Quartet to Rickmansworth with John himself on the piano, highly-regarded Italian Saxophonist, Tommaso Starace, Steve Riddle (Bass) and Greg McCarthy (Drums) on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 7.30 pm.

John Donegan Jazz Qurtet
John Donegan (piano), Steve Riddle (bass),
Tommaso Starace (saxophone) & Greg McCarthy (drums)

More than 20 years ago, John wrote “My Gentle Dream”, which symbolised his relationship with Ireland. But he has now recorded another 21 original compositions that reflect his Celtic roots.

The tracks will appear on two albums – Siamsa Volume 1 and 2 – these will be released shortly.

At the Rickmansworth concert, John was supported by Steve Riddle on double bass and Greg McCarthy on drums. They were joined by Tommaso Starace, a highly-regarded Milan-born saxophonist who has collaborated with the Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli.

“The inspiration for Siamsa, which is the Irish word for entertainment or amusement, is the places and people that are dear to me,” John explained. “But the project also grew out of my musical partnership with Tommaso, who suggested that we do an album of my original compositions.

“I spent four months writing the suite of 21 new pieces and in October 2018 we travelled to France to record the project. I hope people will enjoy the results of this musical journey.”

The Three Rivers Music Society concert will also include music from three of John’s other albums, Song for Ciara, Jen’s Progress and Amarie, which were all named after members of his family.

The concert was held in the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH at 7.30pm.


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Purcell School (4)

Lunchtime Concert



  Marcello Sonata No. 1  
  Ramon Branch – Tuba  
  Daniel Swain – Piano accompanist  


  Schumann Faschingsschwank aus wien Op 26  
  Deniz Cengiz - Piano  

tuba violin

Bach – Chaconne on guitar Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor
i.Allegro moderato
Billy Watman - guitar Ioan-Octavian Pirlea - Violin
  Daniel Swain – Piano accompanist

  Mozart Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat Major
i. Allegro maestoso
  Joseph Longstaff - Horn  
  Daniel Swain – Piano accompanist  

Also included was -
Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor, L140
i. Allegro vivo
Alpay Inkilap – Violin
Daniel Swain – Piano accompanist

Purcell School Students Bios Branch Ramon- tuba
Deniz Cengiz- piano Emily Henderson- cello
Magdalene Ho- piano Alpay Inkilap- violin
Petar Jovanovic- guitar Joseph (Sept 17) Longstaff- horn
Billy Watman- guitar Zara Williams- piano



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Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Evening Concert


Award-winning saxophone quartet paid unique tribute to Bach

A leading British saxophone quartet that has attracted rave reviews from the classical music press performed in Rickmansworth on Wednesday, January 23.

The award-winning Ferio Saxophone Quartet, made up of Huw Wiggin (soprano), Ellie McMurray (alto), José Bañuls (tenor) and Shevaughan Beere (baritone), played music by Johann Sebastian Bach and contemporary French and Dutch composers.

The quartet's debut CD for the Chandos label last year was praised by reviewers on Radio 3 and Gramophone Magazine. Classical Music Magazine said the quartet's playing "is of the highest level".

The first half of the Three Rivers Music Society concert featured transcriptions of Bach works that the quartet commissioned from Iain Farrington, a gifted pianist/arranger who played at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

Bach's music played by the Ferio Saxophone Quartet held the audience of around 45 completely mesmarised.The music was simply sublime.

In the second half of the concert the Ferios performed music by two modern composers who have been unafraid to buck convention.

The first is Paris-born Hugo Reinhart who sometimes writes in the style of an 18th-century composer. His Quartet in F Minor, the work featured in this concert, draws inspiration from Mozart and Haydn.

The Ferios will also play a series of compositions inspired by world cities that they commissioned from ‘Guillermo Lago’ -- the pseudonym of the Dutch musician Willem van Merwijk.

Van Merwijk is little known in the UK but his music is now being played around the world. In 2013 he wrote L’Entrata del Re for the coronation of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands.

The concert took place on Wednesday 23rd January at 7.30 pm

Programme included -
Bach Italian Concerto, BWV 971, arr. Tochio (I and III) and Ferio (II)
Bach Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata BWV 208, arr. Iain Farrington
Bach Air from Suite no.3 in D maj, BWV 1068, arr. Iain Farrington
Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G maj, BWV 1048, arr. Iain Farrington
Reinhart Quartet in F minor for Saxophone Quartet
Lago Ciudades (selection):
Montevideo; Sarajevo and Herzegovina; Addis Ababa

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Piano Trio No.2 in E flat op.100 D929-
1. Allegro;  2. Andante con moto;  3. Scherzando: Allegro moderato;  4. Allegro moderato

Joseph Rheinberger (1839-1901) Variations from Suite in C minor op.149, for organ, violin and cello

Performers' Bios
Concert Poster and Programme Notes

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