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Swindon Recital Series

  • 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.
  • 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 - 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


Diary:
  • Polly Leech Swindon Arts Centre, December 2nd, 7.30pm
  • A Schubertiade over five concerts for SRS 25th Anniversary Season 23rd January to 6th February 2019
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