- October with SRS - an embarrassment of riches in poetry and music
The end of October sees the welcome return of SRS favourites Enigma 14, composed of Lisa Nelsen flute, Julian Metzger cello and Paul Turner piano. The ensemble offers a classical programme of charming Haydn and moody Beethoven trios, alongside a new work dedicated to them by Paul Carr called 'Summer Music'.
Enigma14 have "...a lively and fresh creative approach and play with great authority as an ensemble"
(Peter Hewitt, Music Director at Benslow Music Trust), "Delicious!...wonderful powers of communication in concert"
(David Campbell Aberfest)
This recital will take place at Swindon's Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday October 24th at 1.05pm. All tickets are £6. Accompanied children 14 and under free.
is an Honours graduate and an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where his many prizes and awards culminated in the Queen's Commendation for Excellence and the Peter Pears Accompaniment Prize. An experienced recitalist he has appeared at London's leading venues and major UK festivals. He has given concerts in Europe and South America and worked with eminent singers and instrumentalists.
"For his part, Turner offered…intricate piano writing rendered with exemplary clarity and poise" (Richard Whitehouse - St. Johns Smith Square)
is a lyric mezzo-soprano whose presence in performance marks her out as a communicator of outstanding quality on the dramatic stage and concert platform. She is a powerful creative influence, as an interpreter of existing repertoire or commissioning and premiering new music.
- Lisa Nelsen (flute) grew up on a pig farm in Western Canada and followed the example of her parents, both professional singers, by opting for a life in music, which takes her throughout the UK, Europe and North America. Julian Metzger (cello) delights audiences with his rich palate of sound colours and recently played in front of members of the Danish Royal Family. Paul Turner (piano) is a native of Swindon and founded the SRS. He combines being the SRS Artistic Director with performing across the UK and abroad.
Lisa is a Yamaha artiste -
- Swindon's Polly Leech returns to thrill
- Swindon Arts Centre, December 2nd, 7.30pm
Swindon born Polly Leech mezzo soprano
, already well known on the Swindon stage (remember her Diana Dors in 'Swindon - The Opera' with the Janice Thompson Performance Trust) and with two highly successful SRS appearances already behind her, returns with a sparkling programme of song.
Polly is currently based in Amsterdam following her year as a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. She has already built up an impressive repertoire, both secular and sacred, garnered many glowing reviews and received several awards. Currently she is a Britten-Pears Young Artist. This is one impressive young lady, not only in the field of music but also in academic pursuits - it shouldn't be forgotten that she also graduated from Durham University with a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.
For her latest appearance on the Swindon stage Polly, accompanied by Paul Turner piano, performs a programme that includes Elgar's ever popular 'Sea Pictures', Schumann's song cycle (Op.90) and glorious songs by Duparc.
"Polly Leech…is a revelation. More than that, she's a huge talent and a star in the making. Leech is the complete package...A glittering career awaits, so remember this review. You read it here first."
(Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage)
Polly and Paul
appear at Swindon Arts Centre on Sunday December 2nd at 7.30pm
Tickets £15 (£12.50 concession), students £2.50, accompanied children (14 and under) free. Booking fee applies.