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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 to book by post send a cheque to
"Wye Valley Music, c/o The Village Shop, Brockweir, CHEPSTOW NP16 7NW" .

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
                - - -
        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
                - - -
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.


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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)
                - - -
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.
(Advance booking closed - a few places available on the door)
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January 2017 Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival
Sat 14th Jan - Sun 22nd Jan - St Briavels, Hellens, Treowen, Monmouth,

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Clare Hammond (piano)
Sun 19th Feb 2017, 3:00 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
The welcome return of this outstanding and successful young pianist with an exciting programme that includes works by BEETHOVEN, FAURE and DUTILLEUX:

Jacquet De La Guerre -
Beethoven -
Dutilleux -
Debussy -
Fauré -

Richard Whalley -
Scriabin -

 Suite no.6 in G major (12')
 Sonata no. 4 in E flat major, op.7 (23')
 Au gré des ondes (11')
 L'Isle Joyeuse (6')
 2 Nocturnes:
    no.8 in D flat major, op.84 no.8 &
    no.12 in E minor, op.107 (10')
 Five Preludes (14')
 Sonata no.5, op.53 (11')

In May 2016 Clare Hammond won the Young Artist category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards for outstanding achievement in 2015. The annual RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK.

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

Gesualdo Six
Sun 26th Mar, 2017, 3:00 - St Mary's Priory Church, Monmouth
Owain Park (director)
Guy James and Alex Chance (countertenors)
Joseph Wicks and Josh Cooter (tenors),
Michael Craddock (baritone)
Samuel Mitchell (bass).

The Gesualdo Six are a vocal sextet specialising in the performance of renaissance polyphony. Formed initially for a performance of Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday, the ensemble has since gone on to perform numerous concerts around the UK.

"The Gesualdo Six have everything going for them - talent, youth, stamina, confidence and years of experience of singing the most difficult vocal polyphony in the repertoire." - The Tablet


Ave Maria    Robert Parsons (1535 - 1572)

The Annunciation     Jonathan Harvey (1939 - 2012)

Libera nos I    John Sheppard (c.1515 - 1558)
Loquebantur    Thomas Tallis (c.1505 - 1585)
Suscipe quaeso Domine - Si enim iniquitates    Thomas Tallis
Libera nos II     John Sheppard

On the Infancy of our Saviour    Owain Park (b.1993)

O Lord in thy wrath    Orlando Gibbons (1583 - 1625)
Ne irascaris Domine    William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623)

[Interval of 20 minutes]

Ite Missa Est    Gabriel Jackson

My heart is like a singing bird    Sarah Rimkus (b.1990)

Selection from 'Nonsense Madrigals'    György Ligeti (1923 - 2006)
      ii. Cuckoo in the Pear-Tree
      v. The Lobster Quadrille

Folksong arrangements
      i. Early one morning    Trad. English arr. Jeremy Jackson
      ii. Loch Lomond    Trad. Scottish arr. R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
      iii. Oh my love is like a red, red rose    Trad. Scottish arr. Simon Carrington (b.1942)
      iv. Migildi Magaldi    Trad. Welsh arr. Bill Ives (b.1948)

Selection of Light Music (details will be announced at the concert)


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This concert by the Gesualdo Six replaces the concert that was
to have been given on 18th March by the Alamire Consort

Song Recital by RWCMD post-graduate students
Sun 2nd Apr, 2017, 3:00 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
Angharad Davies, soprano, Robert Young, tenor, and Michael Young, piano.

Desire in Spring
Come to me in my dreams
An Epitaph

5 Popular Greek Songs

Mantle of Blue
The Fields are Full
Love went A-riding

Song to the moon
(from Roussalka)

A Vucchella
Non T'amo Piu


DUET Libiamo ne lieti calici
(from La Traviata)

Questo o quella (from Rigoletto)

O Mia Babbino Caro
(from Gianni Schicchi)

DUET O suave Fanciulla
(from La Boheme)

Younger then Springtime
(South Pacific)


DUET Waltz 'Lippen schweigen'
(The Merry Widow)

Can't help Lovin' dat `Man

DUET Tonight
(from West Side Story)

Gurney (10 mins) RY

Ravel (12 mins) AD

Bridge (10 mins) RY

Dvorak (6 mins) AD

Tosti (6 mins) RY

Verdi (4 mins) AD & RY

Verdi (3 mins) RY

Puccini (3 mins) AD

Puccini (5 mins) AD & RY

Rogers & Hammerstein
(3 mins) RY

Gershwin (5 mins) AD

Lehar (5 mins) AD & RY

Kern/Hammerstein (4mins) AD

Bernstein (3 mins) AD & RY
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The Abingdon Quintet
Sat 22nd Apr, 2017 7:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels

Epsie Thompson, flute; Imogen Davies, oboe; Sarah Hoyle, bassoon;
Sam Gillespie, clarinet; Maude Wolstenhome, horn.

The Abingdon Quintet was formed in October 2014, shortly after the members of the group began their undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Having known each other at Chetham's School of music, Epsie, Imogen, Maude and Sam decided to find a bassoonist and form a wind quintet.

Barber -
Arnold -
Mozart -
Parker -
Francaix -
Gillingwater -
Ibert -

 Summer Music
 Three Shanties
 Adagio and Allegro in Fmin 
 Mississippi Five
Trois Piéces Brèves
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Nuno Lucas; Rachel Podger and Jane Rogers
Sat 27th May, 2017 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
The first of three concerts to celebrate our 50th Aniversary

4:00 Nuno Lucas, piano

Nuno Lucas is a third year piano student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and winner of the Eric Hodges Memorial Prize.

Villa-Lobos -
Haydn -
Chopin -
Villa-Lobos -
Stravinsky -

 Bachianas Brazilieras No.4: I. Prelude
 Sonata in G Major Hob. XVI/39
 Sonata No.2 in B flat minor Op.35  
 Bachianas Brazilieras No.4: II. Choral
 3 Movements from Petroushka

Note that this programme is changed from that shown in our Summer Concerts leaflet.

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5:30 Reception - now SOLD OUT!

Before the second concert there will be a Celebratory Reception in St Briavels Castle in celebration of 50 years of Wye Valley Music.

7:30 Rachel Podger, violin, and  Jane Rogers, viola
Internationally renowned baroque violinist Rachel Podger has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods. She has performed as a soloist and guest director with many of the world's top ensembles and founded her virtuosic group Brecon Baroque in 2007. Rachel is a passionate educator and engaging presenter; she records exclusively for Channel Classics and is Musical Director of her own Brecon Baroque Festival.
Jane Rogers is one of Europe's leading exponents on historical viola; she has appeared on over 200 CD recordings as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Her passions include 20th century English string repertoire and organ music written before 1750 (played on original organs).

Mozart -
Bach -
Haydn, Michael -
Mozart -
Bach -
Mozart -

 Duo in G Major
 Partita in G min (trans. R.Podger from Flute Partita BWV 1013)
 Sonata no 2 in D major

 Allegro, Polonaise, Menuetto (after KV 487 for 2 horns)
 Cello suite no1 in G major
 String Duo No. 2 in B-flat maj

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Frith Piano Quartet with Chi-chi Nwanoku, double bass
Sun 18th June, 2017, 3:30 - St Mary's Priory Church, Monmouth
Frith Piano Quartet (Benjamin Frith, piano, Robert Heard, violin, Louise Williams, viola and Richard Jenkinson, cello) with Chi-chi Nwanoku, double bass.

The second of three concerts to celebrate our 50th Aniversary, followed by a post-concert 'meet the artists' reception.

Since its formation in 2000 the group has performed the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvorák, Fauré and Mozart. It also takes a keen interest in performing gems that are not so often heard in the concert hall by the likes of Frank Bridge, Arthur Bliss and Richard Strauss. Recent concerts have been at the Buxton and the Paxton Festivals and future engagements include the Orpheus & Bacchus Festival in Bordeaux, the Oxford Chamber Music Society and Sevenoaks Music Club amongst others
An ex-sprinter and half the size of her double bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku has gained a reputation as one of the finest exponents of her instrument today. She is a founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment where she held the position of Principal double bass for 30 years. She is Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made a Fellow in 1998. In 2015 she established the Chineke! Foundation to form Europe's first professional all-black orchestra.
Beethoven -
Hummel -
Schubert -
 Piano Quartet in E flat Op. 16
 Piano Quintet in E flat Op. 87
 Quintet in A major, 'The Trout' D667
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Jazz at the Mack - Moscow Drug Club
Sat 24th June, 2017 7:30 - Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir
The third of three events to celebrate our 50th Anniversary

Return of the popular Bristol-based band! Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating and intimate musical experience. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter their darkly comic world ... this way please & mind the stairs!
  This event is now sold out.
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