Saturday 21st September 2019 at 7.30pm
Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Michael Trainor ~ violins
Jessie Ann Richardson ~ cello, with Rosalind Ventris ~ viola
We have begun our 2019/20 Season with the first concert in our new venue, Amersham Free Church in Woodside Road.
Our first artists of the session were the renowned Piatti String Quartet, making a welcome return visit to the Club. They got our Season off to a wonderful start, beginning their programme with the String Quartet by Debussy. This is not performed nearly as often as it deserves to be, the ravishingly beautiful slow movement in particular leaving the audience spellbound. The quartet's regular violist was unavailable so the two violinists and cellist were joined by Rosalind Ventris, who had a particular spotlight in the next work, the quartet "Winter's Edge" by contemporary composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. This work was receiving only its second UK performance, having been showcased by the Piatti Quartet at the Wigmore Hall in the spring. A work in four short movements, it was very well received by our appreciative audience. After the interval our artists played one of Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets with great panache. Their sheer energy, particularly in the finale, brought this excellent concert to an end in grand style. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the music and the new venue which augurs success for the continuation of our Season.
Saturday 26th October 2019 at 7.30pm
The English Piano Trio and Friends
Jane Faulkner ~ violin, Timothy Ravenscroft ~ piano, Pal Banda ~ cello
Suzie Meszaros ~ viola, Roger Ringrose ~ narrator
"Mozart: Man and Music" A Portrait in Words and Music
A large and enthusiastic audience at Amersham Concert Club's October concert enjoyed a wonderful evening of words and music performed by the English Piano Trio (Jane Faulkner - violin, Timothy Ravenscroft - piano, Pal Banda - cello) with Susie Mészáros - viola and Roger Ringrose - narrator.
The Club's season continues at the Amersham Free Church on Saturday 30th November with something very different - an evening of jazz classics performed by the NYJO Ambassadors Sextet. Tickets are selling fast.
Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7.30 pm
Henry Roberts ~ flute
Oliver Wass ~ harp
Luba Tunnicliffe ~ viola
Amersham Concert Club's first concert of the new decade was a very special one. An appreciative audience at the Amersham Free Church was treated to a dazzling display of music-making by the young and very talented Pelleas Ensemble. Henry Roberts (flute), Oliver Wass (harp) and Luba Tunnicliffe (viola) produced a wonderful range of sound and texture from their three instruments. More than one member of the audience commented that it was hard to remember that there were only the three of them as they performed an arrangement of music from Prokoviev's music for the ballet Romeo and Juliet. They captured the drama of the fight scene, the stateliness and formality of the "Montagues and Capulets" and the delicacy of wistfulness of "Juliet as a Young Girl" seemingly with equal ease.
Their highly enjoyable programme also included music by Rameau and Dubois, a lovely arrangement of Mozart's Duo in Bflat major for violin and viola, arranged for flute and viola, and ended with a lovely performance of Ravel's "Tombeau de Couperin". Throughout the evening the intensity of the communication between the three players and their evident love of the music and their joy in sharing it with the audience was a real delight.
The Club's season ends on 28th March with a piano recital by Cristian Sandrin. Please note that this concert starts at 7pm. Tickets available online and on the door.