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Wye Valley Music

We do not send physical tickets - we send acknowledgements by e-mail.
Just come and identify yourself at the desk on the day.

If you prefer not to book online call our message line 01291 330020.

For all concerts you will be able to pay at the door at the time of the event, subject to capacity, but for pre- and post-concert events you need to book in advance.

NB! Silver members may reserve seats after booking online; all other seats are unreserved.


2017/2018 Season Events

Goldfield Ensemble
Sun 3rd Sep, 3:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
        KATE ROMANO - Clarinet & Director
        ALEXANDRA REID - Violin
        BRIDGET CAREY - Viola
        TOBY TURTON - Cello
        HOWELLS - Rhapsodic Quintet for clarinet and strings Op 31
        MOZART - Quintet for clarinet and strings in A K581
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        BRAHMS - Quintet for clarinet and strings in B minor Op 115

The Goldfield Ensemble is a vibrant collective of soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral players and scholars. Founded in 2011 by a group of close friends, the Ensemble has quickly established itself as a high calibre chamber group with a growing reputation for innovative programming that challenges tradition and preconceived ideas.

We are most grateful to Silver member Mike Brown for his generous sponsorship of this concert.
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               *** This concert is dedicated to the memory of Barten Venner MBE, ***
               *** Treasurer of Wye Valley Music until his death on 17th July 2017  ***

Park West Ensemble
Sun 15th Oct, 3:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
        ROSEMARY ROBINSON - Spinet and Recorders
        ALISON WRAY - Soprano
        ANGELA CRANMORE - Viola da Gamba
        PAM SMITH - Recorders
        TIM CRANMORE - Recorders

  HANDEL - Ah, Mio Cor (Alcina)
HANDEL - Trio Sonata in F major HWV 385
MANCINI - Quanto dolce quell'ardore
PURCELL - Fantasia: Three parts upon a ground
TELEMANN - Frohlocket, ihr seligen Kinder der Freien
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TELEMANN - Herr der Gnade
BACH - Trio sonata in G
HANDEL - Nel dolce del'obblio (Pensieri notturni di Filli)
BOISMORTIER - Sonata in G for three flutes
BACH - Schlummert ein (Cantata BWV 82)

Park West Ensemble was formed in 2013 when a group of very talented professional musicians began to explore the considerable repertoire for soprano voice, recorder/voice flute and keyboard. Most of the early repertoire comes from the Baroque although there are some fine compositions from the Renaissance which, while intended for voice and instruments, sound very well on recorder consort with soprano voice.
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Eusebius String Quartet
Sun 19th Nov, 3:30 - Bridges Centre, Monmouth
        BEATRICE PHILIPS - Violin
        VENETIA JOLLANDS - Violin
        HANNAH SHAW - Viola
        HANNAH SLOANE - Cello

HAYDN - String Quartet in G major, Op. 76 No. 1
SCHUBERT - String Quartet in C minor 'Quartettsatz', D703
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SCHUMANN - String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41, No. 3

The Eusebius String Quartet is fast gaining a reputation for imaginative performances. Having studied in different corners of the world the four members are very excited to reunite and share their passion for the extraordinary music written for this formation. All four are in demand as freelance musicians with leading ensembles but value the intricacy of fine quartet-playing.

The quartet takes its name from one of the two fictional characters invented by Robert Schumann for his musical journal writings. These characters became symbolic of Schumann's opposing moods: the fiery and impassioned Florestan contrasting the more introverted and dreamy Eusebius.


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Bella Tromba - trumpet ensemble
Sun 3rd Dec, 7:30 - Bridges Centre, Monmouth

MONTEVERDI - Allegro from Vespers (1610) - arr Melanie Thorne
GESUALDO - O Vos Omnes (1611); arr Paul Archibald
PETER LONGWORTH (b.1988) - Days of Bells and Flying Creatures (2017)
BECCA TOFT (b.1990) - Reflections (2017)
HOLST - In the Bleak Midwinter (1906)
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ENESCU - Au Soir (1910)
TCHAIKOVSKY - from The Nutcracker (1892)*:
       Mini Overture, March, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,
        Waltz of the Flowers, Trepak
DVORAK - Song to the Moon from Rusalka (1900) - arr Paul Archibald
BROWN - Singing in the Rain (1952)*
HOWARD - Fly Me to the Moon (1954*)
KERN -The Way You Look Tonight (1961)*
       *arr Becca Toft
"A glamorous all-trumpet girl band, dedicated to exploring and expanding the instrument's potential." - The Guardian
Bella Tromba hold a unique position in the UK's chamber music scene. They offer a pioneering performance style and a commitment to programming outstanding brass repertoire.

Ticket price includes mulled wine and mince pies.
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January 2018 Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival

  Sat 13th - Opening Concert, St Briavels, 3pm
Sun 14th - Bishop's Palace, Hereford, 3pm
Thu 18th - Treowen Manor, 7.30pm
Sat 20th - Discovery Day, Treowen Manor, 11am
Sun 21th - Bridges Centre, Monmouth, time TBC

For more details and to book places click here

Violin and Piano Recital
Sat 10th Feb 2018, 3:00 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
        ALEXANDRA LOMEIKO (violin) and ANTONINA SUHANOVA, (piano)

  BACH -
 Sonata no.4 in C minor BWV 1017
 Sonata for solo violin in G minor, Op.27 no.1
 Sonata for violin & piano in E flat major, Op.12 no.3
 Divertimento from "The Fairy's Kiss" for violin & piano

     Note: this programme has been substantially changed from the one originally published

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*** The AGM will be held at 2:15, shortly before the ***
*** concert and will last no more than 30 minutes. ***

Recital by pianists from the Royal Welsh College
Sat 24th Mar, 2018, 3:00 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
Programme will include works by MOZART, DEBUSSY, POULENC and RACHMANINOV.
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama educates some of the most talented students from around the world, aiming to give them the technical and craft skills they'll need to succeed at the top levels of the profession.
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The Astaria Quartet
Fri 27th Apr, 2018 7:30 - Bridges Centre, Monmouth
SEAN GOLDA - cello

Programme will include quartets by HAYDN, MOZART and TURINA.
Selected as Making Music artists for 2017, the Astaria Quartet are based in Worcester where they are presenters of the 'Chamber Music @ Worcester' festival. They have performed throughout the UK and have been invited to attend the prestigious Intenational Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.
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A Recital by Charles Matthews
Sat 26th May, 2018, 7:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
        CHARLES MATTHEWS - organ, piano and harpsichord
An international musical treasure-hunt by keyboard, selected by an extremely gifted local musician - performer, teacher and composer - very active both locally and internationally.
"...I try to give out, or open up, whatever I can of myself. At the same time I hope to provide a historically and analytically informed re-creation of each piece." - Charles Matthews
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