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Swindon Recital Series

  • The Shiner Trio appears at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, on Wednesday September 29th at 1.05 pm.

The Shiner Trio appears at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, on Wednesday September 29th at 1.05 pm. Tickets are £7 (plus theatre administration fee of 50p), accompanied children aged 14 and under admitted without charge.

Joseph Shiner

Joseph Shiner regularly appears at venues and festivals around the UK and internationally with recent engagements at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre and the St Magnus International Festival. His awards include the Hattori Foundation Senior Award, the Philip and Dorothy Green Award and the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Prince's Prize. A selected artist for Making Music and the City Music Foundation, he was also featured as a 'Rising Star' for BBC Music Magazine. He was also a Category Finalist in the 2008 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition.

Yoanna Prodanova

Yoanna Prodanova completed her studies in 2019 at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she was a Bicentenary Scholar on the prestigious Advanced Diploma course, already having obtained her Bachelor and Master's degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Awards include The Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists (2016), the Sylva Gelber Award (2017, 2018), Tunnell Trust Award (2019) and the First prize at the International Joachim Competition in Weimar with her string quartet, the Barbican Quartet. She is extremely grateful to the Canimex Group for the loan of a beautiful cello made by Giuseppe Gagliano in 1788.

Paul Turner 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)

  • Beethoven and Grieg violin sonatas with Sara Stagg and Paul Turner
  • Wyvern Theatre, Wednesday November 10th, 1.05 – 2pm

Beethoven, one of the most famous and beloved composers of the Classical era, features throughout SRS' programme this year, in celebration of the recent (but Covid-interrupted) 250th anniversary of his birth. The Lunchtime Recital at the Wyvern Theatre on November 10th features his Violin Sonata no.7 in C minor Op.30 No.2, written in 1802, one of only ten violin sonatas that he composed. Said to be one of the grandest sonatas in the violinist's repertory, it is a work of drama, passion and power, written as Beethoven became ever more aware of his increasing deafness, that even today demands superior musicianship,

Also on the programme is Grieg's Violin Sonata No.1 in F major Op.8, written when the composer was still only 22 years old – he wrote only three in total. Upon seeing this score Franz Liszt was so taken by it he immediately invited the young composer to visit him, a huge boost for both Grieg's reputation and for public awareness of his abilities. The piece offers charm and freshness and, though described by a fellow Norwegian composer as ‘the work of a youth who has known only the sunny side of life', it also contains many instances of stark contrast between bright optimism and turbulence.

SRS is known for delivering superior professional musicianship, which on this occasion will be provided by Sara Stagg violin and Paul Turner piano. Sara combines making solo appearances with many different orchestras with being leader of several orchestras, leading violinist with the Bath Spa Quartet, work with operas, tutoring and her responsibilities as Head of Strings at Marlborough College. Paul Turner is well-known to Swindon audiences as the Founder and Artistic Director of SRS as well as a much-loved solo performer and accompanist.

Sara and Paul appear at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, on Wednesday November 10th at 1.05 pm. Tickets £7 (plus theatre administrative fee of 50p), accompanied children (14 and under) free.

Sara StaggSara Stagg was born and grew up in Kenya, where she first started the violin. Having been heavily involved with music at Christ's Hospital School, Sara graduated from Manchester University with Honours in Music alongside studying with the Lindsay Quartet. She has subsequently been awarded a LRSM Diploma while studying with Dennis Simons, former leader of BBC Philharmonic and Vesselin Gellev, co-principal of London Philharmonic.

She makes frequent solo appearances with many different orchestras, most recently performing Malcolm Arnold's Double Violin Concerto, Vivaldi's Winter and a Mozart Violin Concerto in Bath and The Lark Ascending and Beethoven's Romance in London. In addition to leading the Bath Concertino, Sara is also the leader of the North Wiltshire Symphony Orchestra, leader and guest conductor of the Argyle Orchestra in Bath, lead violinist of the Bath Spa Quartet and gives regular masterclasses to local orchestras. She is also guest leader of the Bristol Classical Players, working with soloists such as Stephen Hough and Jenifer Pike, leader of Bristol Chamber Orchestra, Tessitoura, a touring Opera Company and regularly performs with Bristol Opera. In the past, Sara has been Guest Leader for the Worthing Philharmonic, the Horsham Symphony Orchestra on tour and Leader of the Dorking Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to her duties as Head of Strings at Marlborough College Sara also currently teaches violin and viola at Westonbirt School and has been involved in creating a book – Stringbabies - designed to give an easy introduction to very young pupils to the violin.


  • The Shiner Trio appears at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, on Wednesday September 29th at 1.05 pm.
  • Beethoven and Grieg violin sonatas with Sara Stagg and Paul Turner Wyvern Theatre, Wednesday November 10th, 1.05 – 2pm

About Swindon Recital Series

Swindon Recital Series was founded 27 years ago by Paul Turner. The Recital Series is committed to providing world-class chamber music in the Swindon area by presenting regular concerts of chamber music given by professional musicians. The Series takes place between September and April each year at various venues in and around Swindon, including the Wyvern Theatre and the Arts Centre.

For more information contact either Artistic Director Paul Turner at turner.paul@virgin.net, recitals@hotmail.co.uk or on 01793 531316 or 07989 397372 or SRS Secretary Julia Singleton at juliaesingleton@gmail.com or on 01793 644660 or 07718185518

Information about the recital series can be found at www.swindonrecitalseries.org