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TRMS Past Concerts (2019)



Hallses & Moody Quartet


Evening Concert

26.10.2019

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 came with their long-time friend and professional colleague, Daphne Moody to present a unique programme which included .....

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

There also was an interesting pre-concert talk by Steven Halls before the concert.

Programme Notes

Musicians' bios


 

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Peter Nall 18-17 Ensemble

Afternoon Concert

13.10.2019

Another successful TRMS concert

Peter Nall's 18-17 Ensemble Sunday 13 October

One of the most remarkable musical compositions of the 19th century was performed in Chorleywood Memorial Hall on Sunday, October 13.

It was a huge success; so much so that overflow seating arrangement had to be provided at the packed to capacity Chorleywood Memorial Hall.

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 also performed 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 played in this afternoon concert organised by Three Rivers Music Society was 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.

Peter Nall directed the début performance of the
18-17 ENSEMBLE
15 expert string players from Peter’s wide range
of professional colleagues in the surrounding district

VIOLINS
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

VIOLAS
Stephen Shakeshaft •
David Way •
Martin Fenn

CELLI
Nicola Tait Baxter •
Emma Black •
Judith Fleet

BASS
Owen Nicolaou

* those who played in this concert

The programme included

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

Programme Notes

Bios


 

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Louise Thomson Solo Harp Recital

Evening Concert

03.05.2019

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
Interval
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

03.04.2019

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

13.02.2019

Tuba

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

piano

  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

Programme


 

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Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Evening Concert

23.01.2019

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
Interval
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
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