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Swindon Recital Series

  • A Schubertiade over five concerts for SRS 25th Anniversary Season
  • 23rd January to 6th February 2019

Once again the Swindon Recital Series treads new ground. Earlier this year it was the complete Beethoven works for cello and piano over two concerts on the same day, now, it's a Schubertiade. Originating in early 19th century Vienna these were informal, often small, gatherings of friends to celebrate the music of Franz Schubert. Schubert, a pupil of Antonio Salieri, was also a contemporary of Beethoven, whom he admired so much that, apparently, he was too timid to introduce himself when they passed in the streets of Vienna.

Schubert is known for the lyrical beauty of his music. What is possibly his greatest piano duet, Fantasy in F minor, will be the highlight of the first concert, when Clare Toomer and Paul Turner will celebrate the sonority and sheer joy of duet playing. The second concert is a rare chance to see sisters Miranda and Caroline Day performing together - both have full diaries because of their successful careers with violin and cello respectively. They will be joined by Paul Turner piano in bringing their extensive experience with the Britten Sinfonia and English Chamber Orchestra to the virtuosic writing of Schubert's Trio in Eb, contrasted with the endlessly inventive melodies of the Arpeggione Sonata.

The third concert features the Villiers Quartet and friends who will combine to present both the Octet and Trout Quintet. For the fourth concert the Ward Quartet (Nicholas Ward violin, Kathryn Parry violin, Wendy Gudgin viola and Harriet Bennett cello) will perform the stunningly romantic Death and the Maiden Quartet ('one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire') alongside the Quartettsatz and the Quartet in A minor.

The fifth and final concert showcases some of Schubert's beautiful and well-known songs, including the ever popular 'Shepherd on the Rock', sung by Swindon's own Matilda Wale soprano. Young as she is, Matilda has already won awards at the Two Moors Festival and the English Singers and Speakers competition and SRS is delighted to be able to introduce her to a wider Swindon audience. Matilda will be accompanied by Helen Pysanczyn clarinet and Paul Turner piano.

  • Concert 1: Clare Toomer and Paul Turner - Wednesday 23rd January, Wyvern Theatre, 1.05pm.
  • Concert 2: Dale Trio - Friday 1st February, Arts Centre, 7.30pm.
  • Concert 3: Villiers Quartet - Saturday 2nd February, Arts Centre 7.30pm
  • Concert 4: Ward Quartet - Sunday 3rd February, Arts Centre, 3.30pm
  • Concert 5: Matilda Wale, Helen Pysanczyn and Paul Turner - Wednesday 6th February, Wyvern Theatre, 1.05pm

Tickets for concerts 1 and 5 at the Wyvern Theatre £6, accompanied children 14 and under free.

Individual tickets for concert 2, 3 and 4 at the Arts Centre £15, concessions £12.50, students £2.50, accompanied children 14 and under free. With a discount of 10% for buying all three tickets together the cost becomes £44.50 for adults and £33.75 concessions. Tickets for Arts Centre concerts are subject to an additional booking fee.

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

Caroline Dale
Villiers Quartet
Matilda Wale

  • Wessex Duo (flute and harp) present a magical programme
  • Swindon Wyvern Theatre, March 6th, 1.05pm

Pan magazine wrote of flautist Sally Stocks "…effortless technique…an open, expressive sound with a lot of character and individuality". Harpist Angela Moore plays for the nation's great orchestras, including the Royal Opera House, the LPO, LSO and RPO. Together they are presenting a magical programme of C.P.E. Bach (Hamburger Sonata), Debussy (Reverie and Arabesque No.1) and Piazolla (from his Histoire du Tango).

Of all Johann Sebastian Bach's sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714-1788) is the one who enjoys the greatest renown. After many years at the Prussian court in Berlin he moved to Hamburg where he was able to write a bolder, more experimental style of music. He believed that music should 'touch the heart' and 'awaken the passions'. The Hamburger Sonata is a light-hearted and charming piece, with many flourishes around simple melodies.

Debussy's music has been described as 'like painting in delicate pastels or water colours'. This French composer, apparently less than diligent about his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, was, like the Impressionists with whom he has been compared, desperate to break out of the conventional approach to music. The definition of reverie is "a state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts; a daydream." The quiet, reflective passages of Debussy's beautifully simple work wander about very much as if in a dream. The Arabesque No. 1 uses melodies to create the atmosphere of intertwined flowing lines, originally found in ancient Islamic art.

A selection from Histoire du Tango, probably one of Piazolla's most famous pieces, provides a lively contrast to end the programme.

Sally and Angela appear at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, on Wednesday March 6th at 1.05pm. Tickets £6, accompanied children (14 and under) free.

Sally Stocks participated in several masterclasses with James Galway during her studies and embarked on a career as a soloist and a chamber musician before emigrating to Australia where she was appointed Professor of Flute at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. Following a period performing in the Canary Islands Sally returned to England in 1992 since when she has performed regularly with other international Chamber musicians and as a soloist in various concerto performances.

Angela Moore plays for the nation's great orchestras - including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; The London Philharmonic Orchestra; the London Symphony Orchestra; and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - and teaches the next generation. She is equally enthusiastic about sharing the glamour and wonder of the harp at special occasions such as weddings.

Sally Stocks
Angela Moore


Diary:

A Schubertiade over five concerts for SRS 25th Anniversary Season 23rd January to 6th February 2019

  • Concert 1: Clare Toomer and Paul Turner - Wednesday 23rd January, Wyvern Theatre, 1.05pm.
  • Concert 2: Dale Trio - Friday 1st February, Arts Centre, 7.30pm.
  • Concert 3: Villiers Quartet - Saturday 2nd February, Arts Centre 7.30pm
  • Concert 4: Ward Quartet - Sunday 3rd February, Arts Centre, 3.30pm
  • Concert 5: Matilda Wale, Helen Pysanczyn and Paul Turner - Wednesday 6th February, Wyvern Theatre, 1.05pm

  • Wessex Duo (flute and harp - Swindon Wyvern Theatre, March 6th, 1.05pm

About Swindon Recital Series

Swindon Recital Series was founded 23 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