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Swindon Recital Series

  • 'Bohemian Rhapsodies' - the theme for the Season
  • Wednesday September 28th, 1.05pm, Wyvern Theatre

Kathryn Parry

Bohemian (n) 'A person, musician, artist or writer who lives a free-spirited life and believes in truth, freedom and love'

For the 2022-23 season we have put together a colourful musical tapestry exploring the rich culture of central Europe. Highly accomplished and communicative artists showcase composers such as Dvořák, Mahler, Martinů, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms and (of course!) Queen!

Chris Gibbons

On Wednesday September 28th the first Lunchtime Concert features Martinů's Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano H.356, played by Chris Gibbons clarinet and Paul Turner piano. The sonatina was written in New York and contains unexpected syncopation. Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes are based on folk songs from North Poland whilst Bartok's Romanian Dances showcase several different forms of folk dance.

Chris Gibbons and Paul Turner appear at the Wyvern Theatre on September 28th at 1.05pm. Standard tickets are £7 plus administration fee of 50 pence. Student tickets are £3; accompanied children aged 14 and under are admitted without charge.


The Ward Quartet first appeared for SRS as part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations, playing a major part in the 'Schubertiade' by performing 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. This was on that very snowy weekend in February 2019 and the group had to get back to Felixstowe following their afternoon recital. One of the quartet, Kathryn Parry, is particularly well-known to SRS audiences as she was involved in SRS from the start, giving a number of popular recitals and masterclasses. She has given a memorable performance of the Brahms horn trio (with Richard Bissil on horn) and came to Swindon with The Revolutionary Drawing Room to perform 'A Viennese Quartet Party'.

Chris Gibbons is a graduate of Cardiff University and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is based in the West Country but performs with several orchestras as well as playing chamber music concerts around the UK and abroad. He particularly enjoys mixed medium performances.

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)


  • Bohemian Rhapsodies - Musical Moments and Queen
  • Wednesday October 19th, 1.05pm, Wyvern Theatre
  • Sunday October 30th, 3pm, Arts Centre

Clare ToomerAt October's Lunchtime Recital Clare Toomer and Paul Turner will present a programme of piano duets - six short compositions by both Dvořák and Rachmaninov. Dvořák's charming musical sketches entitled ‘From the Bohemian Forest' depict the evocative atmosphere of the Sumava region, an extensive mountain range and forest in South Bohemia, in all its various forms. Each of Rachmaninov's Six Morceaux reproduces a musical form characteristic of a previous musical era.

Clare Toomer and Paul Turner appear at the Wyvern Theatre on October 19th at 1.05pm. Standard tickets are £7 plus administration fee of 50 pence. Student tickets are £3; accompanied children aged 14 and under are admitted without charge.

There is an additional charge of £3.65 for each financial transaction undertaken (not for each ticket if you are buying more than one)

Caroline Dale

Caroline Dale cello has performed music for a number of films (amongst them Truly, Madly Deeply and Atonement), with a wide range of pop and rock musicians (David Gilmour, Led Zep's Page and Plant, Oasis…) and credits her time with Nigel Kennedy's quartet for enjoying performing so many different types of music. On October 30th she will join Paul Turner piano in a programme that includes Shostakovich's Sonata in D minor Op 40, written when he fell in love with a 20-year-old student, Bruch's Kol Nidrei, a work composed especially for Liverpool's Jewish community and inspired by traditional Hebrew melodies, and Freddie Mercury's Bohemian Rhapsody.

Caroline Dale and Paul Turner appear at the Arts Centre on October 30th at 3pm. Tickets are £16 for adults and £13 for Seniors and unwaged people. There is also a theatre administration fee of £1.50. Student tickets are £3; accompanied children aged 14 and under are admitted without charge.

There is an additional charge of £3.65 for each financial transaction undertaken (not for each ticket if you are buying more than one)

Clare Toomer was born in Swindon and began her piano studies here at the age of six before going on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She had a long and successful performing career around the concert halls around Great Britain, Europe and the Far East, won many prizes and recorded for both Classic fm and BBC Radio 3. After having children, she decided to settle down to a career in teaching but likes to perform occasionally to keep her mind and fingers alert. As an academic music and piano teacher at Marlborough College she finds herself fully occupied and a good proportion of her time is spent performing with the students.

Caroline Dale studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At 13 years old she was the string winner in one of the first BBC Young Musician of the Year competitions and at 15 was the youngest ever recipient of the Isserlis Scholarship.

Caroline was a member of the Nigel Kennedy Quartet and the Balanescu Quartet, as well as founder member of the American–based Apollo Piano Trio. Prior to her appointment as Principal Cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra she was principal of the BT Scottish Ensemble and the London Chamber Orchestra.

She has appeared as concerto soloist with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.



Diary:

  • 'Bohemian Rhapsodies' - the theme for the Season
  • Wednesday September 28th, 1.05pm, Wyvern Theatre
  • Bohemian Rhapsodies - Musical Moments and Queen
  • Wednesday October 19th, 1.05pm, Wyvern Theatre
  • Sunday October 30th, 3pm, Arts Centre

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