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Wye Valley Music

We strongly encourage patrons to book in advance for all concerts, though you will be able to pay at the door subject to capacity.* If you prefer not to book via this website call our message line 01291 330020. All payments are handled by STRIPE, our chosen alternative to WORLDPAY and PAYPAL

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2018/2019 Season Events

Piano Recital by Natalia Williams-Wandoch
Sat 15th Sep, 7:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
PROGRAMME (revised 17 Aug 18):
        BACH JS - Partita No. 1 in B-flat BWV 825
        BAX - Nympholept
        DEBUSSY - L'isle joyeuse
        DEBUSSY - Suite bergamasque
        CHOPIN - Etudes 1-5 from Op.25,
                       - Waltz in A-flat Op. 42
                       - Polonaise in A-flat Op.53

Natalia Williams-Wandoch performs as a soloist and chamber musician and has developed a wide and versatile repertoire with strong emphases on Romantic, Impressionist and contemporary music. She started performing at the age of 8, played as a soloist with orchestra for the first time at 11, gave her first full-length recital at 14 and performed the complete Op. 10 Etudes by Chopin in the composer's house whilst still a student.

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Note: a brief AGM - for the period ended 31st July 2018 - will be held at 6:45pm, immediately before the concert. All are welcome.

Solem String Quartet
Sun 14th Oct, 7:30 - Bridges Centre, Monmouth
        AMY TRESS and WILLIAM NEWELL - violins
        ALISTAIR VENNART - viola,
        STEPHANIE TRESS - cello

        BEETHOVEN - Quartet in D major, Op.18 No.3
        BARTOK - Quartet No.3, Sz.85
        SCHUMANN - Quartet No.3 in A major, Op.41

Winner of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet was formed in 2011 at the University of Manchester. The quartet takes its name from the university's motto "arduus ad solem", meaning "striving towards the sun".

The quartet enjoys a busy concert schedule performing at venues both across the UK - including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Holywell Music Room - and internationally. In keeping with its name, the Solem Quartet's first project was to play the Haydn Op. 20 "Sun" Quartets. Their repertoire is now extensive, spanning the period from early Haydn to living composers such as Emily Howard, whose quartet 'Afference' they performed in a BBC Proms Extra broadcast, live on BBC Radio 3.

The Solem was quartet-in-residence at the 2018 Wye Valley Chamber Music January Festival.

We are grateful to Henrietta and David Butler for their kind sponsorship of this concert.
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Ystradivarius - Early Music Ensemble
Sat 10th Nov, 7:30 - Bridges Centre, Monmouth
        CLAIRE HEANEY Flute
        SIMONE PIRRI Violin
        TIM CRONIN Viola (Director)
        JOHN CHEER Harpsichord

        TELEMANN - Suite in A minor for flute & strings
        CPE BACH - Sinfonia in D major for 2 violins and continuo
        JS BACH - Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major
        *** Interval ***
        JS BACH - The Art of Fugue (excerpts)
        JS BACH - Suite in B minor for flute & strings

Formed in 2013, Ystradivarius exists to perform chamber music from the 17th and 18th centuries using instruments that are all copies of instruments made and played in baroque times, creating a special and distinctive sound. Ystradivarius is one of very few such ensembles based in South Wales.
The composers of the works in this concert are closely related - Carl Philip Emanuel Bach was the son of Johan Sebastian, while Georg Philip Telemann, widely regarded as Germany's leading composer during the first half of the 18th century, was the man chosen by Johan Sebastian to be his son's Godfather.

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NMH Choir
Sat 8th Dec, 7:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels

        SOPRANO - Lucy Cronin, Alexandra Mayson
        ALTO - William Waine, Christopher Pilgrim
        TENOR - Oscar Golden-Lee, Benjamin Durrant
        BASS - Michael Hickman, Jack Comerford
       BYRD - Vigilate
       GUERRERO - Ave Virgo Sanctissima
       JOUBERT - There is no rose
       BRITTEN - A Hymn to the Virgin
       PRAETORIUS - Magnificat Quinti Toni
       (with Joseph lieber, Joseph mein and In dulci jubilo)
       PARSONS - Ave Maria
       WARLOCK - Bethlehem Down


       TAVENER - The Lamb
       LLOYD - View me, Lord
       MANZ - Even so, Lord Jesus
       TALLIS - Videte Miraculum
       DOVE - Three Kings
       HEAD - The Little Road to Bethlehem
       REYES-WALSH (arr) - I saw three ships
       BLAKE - We're walking in the air
       HAYMAN (arr.) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
NMH was founded in 2013 by a group of Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks from the world-famous Cathedral Choir of Christ Church, Oxford. After a two-year pause it was resurrected in Chichester in 2016. The singers are drawn from London cathedrals, consorts and conservatoires; Oxford and Cambridge colleges; and the choir of Winchester and Chichester Cathedrals. Specialising in intimate performances using small, perfectly blended forces, the group has been attracting attention and delighting audiences.

The name is taken from the grace read before dinner at Christ Church "Nos miseri homines et egeni...", meaning "We miserable and unworthy men...". It is not a comment on the disposition of the singers.

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Ticket price includes mulled wine and mince pies.
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Violin and Piano Recital
Sun 20th Jan 2019, 3:00pm - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
        MARY HOFMAN (violin) and RICHARD ORMROD, (piano)

       BEETHOVEN - Violin Sonatas Op.12 Nos 1, 2 and 3
       BEETHOVEN - Violin Sonata Op.24 'Spring'
       RHIAN SAMUEL - Sonata (new commision)
In autumn 2018 Mary and Richard started a project with Rhyl music club performing all ten Beethoven Violin and Piano sonatas in ten music clubs across Wales. New works by Rhian Samuel, Hilary Tann and Sarah Lianne Lewis have been commissioned for each set of sonatas and one of them will be included in each concert. This project has been generously supported by PRS Foundation's Women Make Music, The Colwinston Foundation, Ty Cerdd and Gwyneth and Tony Peters.

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Concert by Musicians from the Royal Welsh College
Sun 24th Mar, 2019, 3:00 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
       BACH: Prelude & Fugue in A Book 1 No. 19
       BEETHOVEN: Sonata in G op.14 no.2 (1st movement)
       TCHAIKOVSKY: March (Song of the Lark) from 'The Seasons'
       CHOPIN: Fantasy-Impromptu Op. 66
       BERKELEY: Concert Study in E flat

       MOZART: Sonata in D K576

CONCORDIA TRIO (Jose Matias, Matilde Viegas, Deva Rossi):
       SCHUMANN: Piano Trio in G minor Op.110


       RACHMANINOFF: Trio Elégaique in G minor Op 5
       IRELAND: Fantasy Trio in A minor
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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Flute and Piano Recital: Tranquillo
Sat 13th Apr, 2019 3:00 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels

        SARAH WAYCOTT - flute; HANNAH MITCHELL - piano

       GAUBERT: Sonata No.3.
       TELEMANN: Sonata in B minor.
       REINECKE: Undine Sonata.
        *** I N T E R V A L ***
       SCRIABIN: Prelude and Nocturne for the left hand, Op.9 for solo piano
       MESSIAEN: Le Merle Noir.
       CLARKE: Orange Dawn.
       RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT: Summer Music.
       CHAMINADE: Concertino.
These young musicians give 'flute and piano duo' a whole new meaning through vivid and captivating performances. They have performed in many top venues and also before the Countess of Wessex for the Meningitis Trust.
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Wye Valley Chamber Music
Musical Discovery Weekend - April 27/28 2019
Beethoven's Five Sonatas for Cello and Piano

  VENUE: Clytha Park, Clytha, Monmouthshire, NP7 9BW
Sat 21st - Open Day, 11:30am-5:30pm
Mon 23rd - Tutors Concert, 7:00pm
Thu 26th - Residency Finale, 4:45pm and 7.30pm

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Piano Recital by Clare Hammond
Sat 18th May, 2019, 7:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
*** Note change of venue.***

       DEBUSSY: Selection from Preludes.
       ADES: Darkness Visible; Three Mazurkas.
       MENDELSSOHN: The Bee's Wedding.
       RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Flight of the Bumblebee.
       EWAN CAMPBELL: Flight of the Killer Bee.
       BARTOK: 6 Romanian Folk Dances.
       FINNIS: Youth.
       RACHMANINOV: Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.36.
Acclaimed as a pianist of "amazing power and panache" (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a "reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes" (BBC Music Magazine, 'Rising Star').
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Recital by Piano Four Hands
Sat 15th Jun, 2019, 7:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels

       MOZART: Sonata in F major K.497
       SCHUBERT: Fantasy in F minor D940.
        *** I N T E R V A L ***
       DEBUSSY: Petite Suite
       AILSA DIXON: Airs of the Seasons
       GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue.
Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa's fascinating programme brought a large and appreciative audience to Wigmore Hall, an audience well rewarded with consistently excellent musicianship and playing of high technical accomplishment. (Robert Matthew-Walker in Musical Opinion November 2013)

The now-traditional Strawberries and Fizz will be served in the Castle Moat from 6 pm: pre-booking essential.
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  Strawberries & Fizz £5:  

Concert by Katona Twins Guitar Duo
Sun 30th June, 2019, 7:30 - Drill Hall, Chepstow

        TEDESCO: Preludes and Fugues (Well-Tempered Guitars Op.)
        PIAZZOLLA: Introduccion - Otoño - Porteno
        ENNIO MORRICONE:Themes from Once Upon a Time in the West
        ALBÉNIZ (ARR. KATONA): Mallorca - Asturias
        PACO DE LUCIA: Taranta
       TARREGA-PETER KATONA: Capricho Arabe
        PETER KATONA: The Scandal (from the Karamazov Suite)
        TARREGA-PETER KATONA: Alhambra Inspiration
        REINHARDT: Nuages - Minor Swing
        BERNSTEIN: From West Side Story:
               Maria - I feel Pretty - America - Somewhere - Mambo

"The brilliant Katona Twins ... Formidable virtuoso technique, their performances could hardly be bettered for charm, zest, wit and colouristic flair."Daily Telegraph
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