St Briavels Music Society

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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
        NICOLA GOLDSCHEIDER - Violin
        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
                - - -
        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

 
        A CONCERT OF EARLY MUSIC AND SONG:
 
  HANDEL - Ah, Mio Cor (Alcina)
HANDEL - Trio Sonata in F major HWV 385
MANCINI - Quanto dolce è quell'ardore
PURCELL - Fantasia: Three parts upon a ground
TELEMANN - Frohlocket, ihr seligen Kinder der Freien
                - - -
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
                - - -
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.

CONCERT GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY THE CARNE TRUST

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Bella Tromba - trumpet ensemble
Sun 3rd Dec, 7:30 - Bridges Centre, Monmouth
 
        EMMA BASSET, VICTORIA CURRAN, JO HARRIS and BECCA TOFT

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

  BACH -
YSAŸE -
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BEETHOVEN -
STRAVINSKY -
 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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Concert by musicians from the Royal Welsh College
Sat 24th Mar, 2018, 3:00 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
 
        Charlotte Kwok (piano);
        Tonglin Lin (piano);
        Lunar Quartet: Jordan Earnshaw, Charlotte Price (violins),
                                  Matt Jones (viola), Cai Waverley Hudson (cello);
        Pressagio Trio: Nuno Lucas (piano), Maria Luis Garcia dos Santos (violin) and
                                  Matilde Viegas (cello):
               
 
  MOZART -

BEETHOVEN-

MESSAIEN -

GLASS -

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PIAZZOLLA -
BRAHMS -
 Piano Concerto No.12 in A K414 (First movement) -
 Charlotte Kwok with Lunar Quartet
 String Quartet Op.18 No.1 in F (First three movements) -
 Lunar Quartet
 Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus: No.11 - Première Communion de
 la Vierge - Tonglin Lin
 Movements 3 and 4 from Four Movements for Two Pianos (2007) -   Tonglin Lin & Nuno Lucas
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 Trio Revolucionario ) Pressagio
 Trio Op.8 in B major) Trio

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

The Astaria String Quartet
Fri 27th Apr, 2018 7:30 - Bridges Centre, Monmouth
 
SHULAH OLIVER - violin
KELLY MCKUSKER - violin
KATE BICKERDIKE - viola
SEAN GOLDA - cello
Programme:
 
MOZART -
TURINA -
RAVEL -
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KREISLER -
 String Quartet in C, K157
 The Bullfighter's Prayer
  String Quartet in F
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 String Quartet

Selected as Making Music artists for 2017, the Astaria String 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 International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.

During the afternoon prior to the concert the members of the quartet will be in St Briavels school, introducing some of the children there to the art and beauty of chamber music. We are grateful to the sponsorship we've received from Corinna Arnold and the Lark Trust to allow this event to go ahead.
 
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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.
 
Programme:

MOZART
BACH
IRELAND
DEBUSSY
ALAIN
BEETHOVEN
LISZT
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PEETERS
BACH
LISZT
BULL
BINCHOIS
BEETHOVEN

 - Andante in B flat, from the London Notebook, K.15ii (c.1764) - Organ
 - Capriccio on the departure of his very dear brother (c. 1704) - Harpsichord
 - The Island Spell (1912) - Piano
 - L'Isle Joyeuse (The Island of Joy, 1904) - Piano
 - Le Jardin suspendu (The Hanging Garden, 1934) - Organ
 - Rondo in the Hungariean Style - Piano
 - 3 Liebesträume (Dreams of Love, c.1845-50) - Piano
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 - Prelude on "Jesu, meine Freude" (op.68, no. 6, 1948)- Organ
 - Prelude on "Jesu, meine Freude", BWV 713 (c.1713) - Organ
 - Two pieces from "Flowers of Melody from the Alps" (1840) - Piano
 - Dr. Bull's Juell - Harpsichord
 - Adyeu ma tres belle (from the Buxheim organ-book, c.1460) - Organ
 - Sonata no. 26 in E flat (1809-10) - Piano

"...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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Violin and Piano Recital
Sat 16th June, 2018, 7:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
 
        SIWOO KIM, violin and MISHKA MOMEN, piano
 
Programme:

MOZART
MENDELSSOHN
DEBUSSY
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MESSIAEN
BACH
BRAHMS

 - Sonata in F major K. 377
 - Variations Sérieuses op. 54 - solo piano
 - Sonata in G minor
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 - Theme and Variations
 - Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor - solo piano BWV903
 - Sonata no. 1 in G major op. 78

Siwoo Kim is an "incisive" and "compelling" violinist (Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times) who performs as soloist and chamber musician. He took second place at the 2010 Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings, where he was also awarded special prizes for the best performance of solo Bach and violin performance. He has also been named top prizewinner in the California, Chengdu, and Juilliard competitions, among many others. An enthusiastic collaborator, he founded Quartet Senza Misura; praised for their "whip-smart performances" (Alex Ross, The New Yorker).

"Mishka Momen plays the piano extraordinarily well, but it is the purity and depth of her musical feeling that impress me most. She has the rare ability to communicate the essential meaning of whatever she plays." - Richard Goode, established international pianist.

At the age of 13 Mishka Rushdie Momen won 1st Prize in the Leschetizky Concerto Competition, New York. In 2013 she was awarded the Prix Maurice Ravel at the Académie Ravel in St. Jean-de-Luz, France and gave three concerts at the Ravel Festival the following Spring. In November 2014 Mishka was unanimously voted the 1st Prize winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition and performed Bartok's 3rd Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In September the same year she won 2nd Prize at the Cologne International Piano Competition. Mishka released her first commercial recording this year, appearing as one of the soloists in Mozart's Triple Concerto with Valerie Tryon, Peter Donohoe and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
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Carismático Tango Band
Sun 1st Jul, 2018 7:30 - The Drill Hall, Chepstow
 
KAREN STREET - accordion
ANDY TWEED - saxophones
YSHANI PERINPANAYAGAM - piano
ROB MILLETT - percussion
ANDY HAMILL - bass

Programme: Tango de Amor - the wonderful music of Argentinian composers Saśl Cosentino and Astor Piazzolla.

Karen Street writes: "Having my own Tango Band is something I have thought of creating for many years. By chance Argentinian Composer and Pianist, Saúl Cosentino made contact and very generously sent me some of his music to play. I was so enthused I knew I had to finally put together my ideal Tango Band to play his music, explore other Tango inspired composers and write for the band myself. I have recruited some of the cream of British musicians to play with me - so here it is!"
 
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