To close our spring 2022 series of concerts, Director of Music Simon Callaghan teams up with Conway Hall favourite, cellist Ashok Klouda and Benjamin Marquise Gilmore, Joint Concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Many of you will recall Ben’s exquisite playing when he stood in at short notice to perform with the Linos Piano Trio in February. We can’t wait to welcome this distinguished ensemble in a programme of much-loved works for piano trio by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schubert.
- BeethovenKakadu Variations, Op. 121
- MendelssohnTrio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
- SchubertTrio in B♭, D 898
In celebration of RVW150, Vaughan Williams’s 150th Anniversary Year, this programme will give listeners a full insight into the composer’s works for Violin and Piano.
Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan, both internationally noted for their performance and research of 20th Century British music, will give a special performance and illustrative talk on the composer's works for this instrumentation.
- Vaughan WilliamsRomance & Pastorale
- Vaughan WilliamsThe Lark Ascending
- Vaughan Williams6 Studies in English Folk Song
- Vaughan WilliamsViolin Sonata in A minor
Valentia Island is the perfect place for a unique chamber music festival, nestled in a rich and vibrant landscape.
It is a spectacular location as one of Ireland’s most westerly points, steeped in history (ancient and recent) and boasts a host of stunning venues. Founded in 2014, Chamber Music on Valentia presents an annual festival of international stature throughout Valentia Island.
Thematically resonating with this backdrop, it connects performers and audience with inspirational performances in authentic settings, produces novel outreach activities and fosters a rich connection with the music and the performers.
- Amy BeachSuite for two pianos founded on Old Irish Melodies, Op. 104
- Joan TrimbleButtermilk Point
- Joan TrimblePuck Fair
- Joan TrimbleThe Green Bough
- Joan TrimbleHumours of Carrick
- Joan TrimbleThe Gartan Mother's Lullaby
- RachmaninoffSymphonic Dances, Op. 45
Three members of the distinguished Piatti Quartet join Steinway Artist and long-time collaborator Simon Callaghan to form a new ensemble: the Piatti Piano Quartet. In their first official season in this new formation, they present a programme of much-loved works from this rich repertoire: Mozart, thought to be the first who composed for this line-up, Brahms’ Hungarian-infused masterpiece, and Frank Bridge’s lesser-known but equally wonderful Phantasy Quartet.
- MozartPiano Quartet in E♭, KV 493
- BridgePhantasy Quartet in F♯ minor, H 94
- BrahmsPiano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
This programme comprises three masterpieces from the Romantic period and the early twentieth century. Two of the composers are widely known and loved, the other deserves to be much more often programmed. The first half of the programme sees two composers give a nod to the Baroque, taking a theme (Brahms) or a form (Enescu), and producing something exquisitely original, idiomatic, and infinitely compelling. The second half is devoted to Schumann’s Fantasie in C, arguably his greatest composition for piano, and a piece which also shows respect to the past, in this case, to the great Ludwig van Beethoven, whom Schumann revered. A beautiful, virtuosic and exciting selection of music which I hope will bring as much joy to my audience as to me.
- BrahmsVariations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
- EnescuSuite No. 2, Op. 10 ‘Des cloches sonores’
- SchumannFantasie in C, Op. 17