Sunday November 3rd 3pm
Jonathan Radford – saxophone and Ashley Fripp – piano
Praised for his exceptional musicianship and emotive playing, saxophonist Jonathan Radford is the 2018 Royal Overseas League Music Competition Gold Medalist and first prize winner. He is a graduate of the prestigious Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music.
Andy Fripp was the 2012 winner of the Guildhall School of Music’s Gold Medal for outstanding instrumental soloists. He has subsequently appeared as a solo recitalist, chamber music and concerto soloist in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.
Their recital which is sponsored by the Countess of Munster Trust will feature Debussy, Rachmaninov and Grieg as well as an amazing arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Sunday December 1st 3pm
Regular recital goers will remember Milo Milivojevic from his wonderful solo accordian recital of a few years ago. He is now back as part of the very highly regarded Kosmos Ensemble of Harriet MacKenzie - violin, Meg Hamilton - viola, and Milos. Kosmos has been described as re-defining the relationship between world and classical music, mixing Gypsy and Greek with Brahms, and Dvorak and hot-blooded tango with Japanese melody with dazzling virtuosity and impeccable musicianship. All 3 members of Kosmos are soloists in their own right having recorded concertos with orchestras such as the English Symphony and Royal Philharmonic.
Sunday January 26th 3pm
Marie Bitlloch – cello and Daniel Tong – piano French/Catalan cellist Marie Bitlloch studied at the Perpignan and Paris Conservatoires before studying at the Royal Northern College of Music where she met and, following her love of chamber music, she joined the Elias String Quartet. She has given recitals across Europe and has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras as well as appearing at many music festivals. Marie is joined by our Artistic Director, Daniel Tong who, in addition to performing as a piano soloist and chamber musician, is the director of many music festivals including our local Wye Valley Festival. They will be performing works by Beethoven, Debussy and Janacek.
Sunday February 23rd 3pm
Founded in 2018 at the Royal College of Music, the Maconchy Quartet are fast establishing themselves as an inspiring and challenging presence in the UK chamber music scene. Maren Bosma - violin, Eloise MacDonald – violin, Joanna Patrick - viola and Lily Hope - cello are champions of English music and works written by women. They recently made their debut at the Royal Opera House for the Wonder Women Family Sunday as well as appearing at the Royal Academy celebration for International Woman’s day, 2018. They will be performing works by Haydn, Fanny Mendelssohn and Elizabeth Maconchy, from whom the quartet take their name.
Sunday March 29th 3pm
Usha Kapoor – violin and Edward Leung – piano
Praise for her confidence and bearing, Indian-American violinist Usha Kapoor has performed extensively as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. She and Edward Leung were the first prize winners of the 2018 inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition. Lauded as incredibly impressive student at Princeton University. Edward Leung has performed in concert halls across North America, Europe and Asia and is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Their programme will feature works by Schubert and suite from Bernstein’s West Side Story.
Sunday April 26th 3pm
Joseph and Daniel Tong – piano
Joseph Tong is not only an accomplished soloist, having performed both concertos and recital programmes at home and around the world, but is also renowned for his duo with Waka Hasegawa. He is also Founder and Co-Director of the Bristol International Piano Duo Festival. He often plays with his brother Daniel, our own much loved Artistic Director. Daniel also performs as a soloist and chamber musician. He is the director of several music festivals and is a founding member of the London Bridge Ensemble. They will be playing solo and piano duo music by Schubert and Dvorak among others.
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