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Swindon Recital Series

  • Nicholas Daniel celebrates 25 years with SRS
  • Swindon Arts Centre, April 6th, 7.30pm

Nicholas Daniel, a former winner of BBC Young Musician, has long been acknowledged as one of the world's great oboe players, and is one of Britain's best known musicians. In 2012 he was honoured with the prestigious Queen's Medal for Music, and cited as having made "an outstanding contribution to the musical life of the nation". He has long been a supporter of SRS, having played the first lunchtime concert of the first series along with Joy Farrall clarinet, who performed in the first lunchtime of this 25th series last September. His appealing programme highlights the work of some British composers.

Michael Head (1900-1976) was an English pianist, composer, organist and singer who was closely associated with the Royal Academy of Music. His early studies there were interrupted by WW1, when he worked at an ammunition factory. Madeleine Dring (1923-1977) was an English composer and actress who studied composition with Herbert Howells. Thea Musgrave (born 1928) is a Scottish composer of opera and classical music who studied with Aaron Copeland. Edwin York Bowen (1884-1961), English composer, pianist, conductor, organist, violist and horn player, was one of the most notable English composers of piano music of his time. He also saw service during WW1, playing in the Scots Guards Band.

The programme also includes compositions by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, and Antonio Pasculli (1842-1924), a Sicilian oboist and composer known as "the Paganini of the oboe".

Paul Turner piano accompanies Nicholas in what will undoubtedly be an outstanding performance.

Nicholas and Paul appear at the Arts Centre, Swindon, on Saturday April 6th at 7.30pm. Tickets £15, concessions £12.50, students £2.50, accompanied children (14 and under) free.

Having sung as in the choir of Salisbury Cathedral as a boy, Nicholas Daniel was put directly into the spotlight at the age of 18 when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. After a short period of study at London's Royal Academy of Music, with Janet Craxton and Celia Nicklin and then privately with clarinettist Anthony Pay and with Hans Keller, he quickly established his career with early debuts at the BBC Proms and on disc.

He has been a concerto soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras and conductors, performing a huge range of repertoire from Bach to Xenakis and beyond, premiering works written for him by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Henri Dutilleux, James MacMillan, Thea Musgrave, John Tavener and Michael Tippett, as well as encouraging many younger composers to write for the oboe. His recording of concertos by Vaughan Williams and MacMillan was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award in 2016.

As chamber musician Nicholas is a founder member of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia, the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, whose debut disc was released to great acclaim on the Harmonia Mundi label in 2017. He also works regularly with the pianists Charles Owen and Julius Drake, and with many leading string quartets including the Carducci and Vogler. He is principal oboist of Camerata Pacifica, California's leading chamber music ensemble, and is a popular guest at music festivals all over the world.

Paul Turner, founder and Artistic Director of the Swindon Recital Series, said, 'We are very fortunate that such a distinguished musician should find time in his very busy schedule for this concert. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of our most highly regarded oboists perform in person.'
  • 25th Anniversary Celebration Recital!
  • Wyvern Theatre, Swindon - May 5th, 7.30pm
A celebration is in order after 25 years of amazing live concerts, so SRS has put together an exuberant jazz-based programme for your delectation. Included in the programme are the inimitable Clare McCaldin who will bring Edith Sitwell's colourful poetry to life in Walton's Façade and Paul Turner who will perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in a specially commissioned arrangement by Ed Puddick.

Looking back on the season, Paul Turner ARAM GRSM(hons) LRAM ARCM, Founder and Artistic Director of SRS, said, "In putting together a series to celebrate 25 years of live music making in Swindon, I wanted to firstly thank the artists who have supported and grown with us during that time. When many festivals, music clubs and concert series' around the country have not survived economic uncertainty and reduced funding for the arts, the Swindon Recital Series has managed to hold on. This is due in no small part to musicians not only producing high class work and great communication, but often performing for far less money than they would get elsewhere. It makes for a feeling of community and friendship that is the backbone of our organisation, and something I'm proud to be associated with. Many of the players featured this season have built the trust of our audience with extraordinary performances over a number of years. Some are relative newcomers, but share in the desire to entertain and connect in a way that only a live music can facilitate.

Alongside our popular lunchtime and evening concerts, we had some new adventures. Our first collaboration with Poetry Swindon told the story Vivienne Haigh-Wood's marriage to TS Eliot in a 'five star' performance by Clare McCaldin. We had an extended Schubertiade over two lunchtime concerts and a (very snowy!) celebratory weekend, allowing us time to really explore some of his most iconic works. We finish the year with our own Music Of Renown Ensemble (MORE) raising the roof of the Wyvern Theatre with ground-breaking and exhilarating music from William Walton and George Gershwin.

It's a season of which I am very proud and very much look forward to sharing the final celebratory recital with you."

This concert takes place at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, on May 5th at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20, students £2.50, accompanied children 14 and under free. Booking charge of £1.50 per ticket applies.

Clare McCaldin 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.


  • Nicholas Daniel celebrates 25 years with SRS Swindon Arts Centre, April 6th, 7.30pm
  • Clare McCaldin, lyric mezzo-soprano. Wyvern Theatre, Swindon - May 5th, 7.30pm

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