St Briavels Music Society

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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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Wye Valley Chamber Music
Summer Residency
Concerts 28th & 30th July, 1st August

VENUES: Treowen Manor and St Briavels Church
 
Sun 28th - Open Day and Tutors' Concert, 11:30am-5:30pm, Treowen Manor
Tue 30th - St Briavels Concert, 7:00pm
Thu 26th - Residency Finale, 7.00pm, Treowen Manor

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Wye Valley Music 2019/2020 Season Events

Violin and Piano Recital
Sun 15th Sept, 7:30 - Monmouth School for Girls
        MARY HOFMAN - violin
        RICHARD ORMROD - piano
PROGRAMME:
       BEETHOVEN - Violin Sonatas Nos 6, 7 and 8 (Op.30)
       SARAH LIANNE LEWIS - "Until The Thread Breaks" (special commission)
 
In autumn 2018 Mary and Richard started a project with Rhyl music club in which they would perform all ten Beethoven Violin and Piano sonatas in ten music clubs across Wales. This now is the second of their planned three concerts for Wye Valley Music and we are grateful to Monmouth School for Girls for allowing us to present it in their new Performing Arts Centre.

New works have been commissioned for each group of three sonatas and one of them will be included in each This time it's the sonata by Sarah Lianne Lewis; the sonata by Hilary Tann will be included in the programme for the final concert in the series in May 2020. Rhian Samuel's sonata was played at the concert in January of this year.

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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Trio Damira
Sat 12th Oct, 7:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
        BELA HARTMANN - piano
        OLIVER NELSON - violin
        MIKHAIL LEZDKAN - cello

PROGRAMME:
        HAYDN - Piano Trio no 44 in E, Hob XV/28
        RACHMANINOV - Trio Elégiaque, Op posth
        SCHUBERT - Trio in E flat, D924

Trio Damira is a newly-formed ensemble of musicians with national and international successes and is named after the eminent Swiss-Italian painter and sculptor Brunilde Damira. Its members draw on their Russian, German and British heritages to give their performances a uniquely international flavour.

Pianist Béla Hartmann has established a reputation for lively and individual interpretations of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven and was both prize-winner in the International Schubert Competition, Dortmund and winner of the Beethoven Medal of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.

Oliver Nelson MA (Mus) was born in Glasgow and began learning the violin at the age of six. He gained a music scholarship to Canford School and an exhibition to the Royal Academy of Music. He is now in high demand as a recitalist having recently performed at St.Martin-in-the-Fields and St James's Piccadilly.

Mikhail Lezdkan studied at the Leningrad Conservatoire and won second prize in the Belgrade International Cello Competition. After graduating he was a member of the chamber ensemble "Soloists of Saint Petersburg" and subsequently moved to France where he led the cello section of the Lyons Opera Orchestra.
 
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Maconchy Quartet
Sat 9th Nov, 7:30 - Bridges Centre, Monmouth
        BRIDGET O'DONNELL - violin
        ELOISE MACDONALD - violin
        JOANNA PATRICK - viola
        LILY HOPE - Cello
PROGRAMME
        HAYDN - String Quartet Op.76 No.1
        ELIZABETH MACONCHY - String Quartet No.5
        RAVEL - String Quartet

Established at the Royal College of Music in 2018, the Maconchy Quartet is formed of prize-winning musicians passionate about championing works by undiscovered and overlooked composers, with a special focus on female composers. They performed at the RA event 'In Tune with Feminist Futures' to celebrate International Women's Day 2018, and were also featured on the BBC 4 documentary 'Unsung Heroines' playing Maconchy's Fifth String Quartet.

In 2019 they opened the 20th Wye Valley Winter Festival where they performed works by Howells and Bridge; they went on to launch the FAMA Music Festival at the British Library with a programme of British music written in 1976. In recent months, they have made their debut at the Royal Opera House for the Wonder Women Family Sunday and performed at the Stamford International Music Festival.

The Maconchy Quartet is keen to expand the canon of rarely-heard works by programming new and neglected repertoire alongside that which is well-established. To this end, they have given the world premiere of 'Clouds: Fading Knowledge of the World' by Lisa Burgess, and were invited to perform at the inaugural Festival of Audacity in Birmingham which celebrates activism in the arts, bringing their repertoire out into the community.

 
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London Klezmer Quartet
Sun 1st Dec, 7:30 - The Drill Hall, Chepstow
        ILANA KRAVITZ - violin
        SUSI EVANS - clarinet
        JOSH MIDDLETON - piano accordion
        INDRA BURACZEWSKI - double bass & vocals
PROGRAMME:
 
LKQ brings you klezmer at its most beguiling and seductive. The subtleties of the original tradition, combined with a kick-the-chairs-over ability to party.

Formed in 2009 by a group of klezmer specialists keen to explore the almost-lost wedding music tradition of Jewish eastern Europe, the band is already popular throughout the UK, has had six sell-out tours in Australia, as well as performing in Brazil, Germany, Holland, Latvia, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland; it has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 & 6, BBC TV, and ABC Radio. It performed for Wye Valley Music in at the Bridges Centre in Monmouth to a capacity audience some years ago.

Songlines Magazine commented "Virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing.”; The Sunday Times said "The tradition is safe in their hands” and ABC Radio National said "The London Klezmer Quartet is one of the best purveyors of the music of Eastern European Jewish heritage.
 
Ticket price includes mulled wine and mince pies.

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(The #2 for Students shown in the brochure is in error. We are sorry for this mistake)


Illustated talk on Debussy
Sun 19th Jan 2020, 3:00pm - Monmouth School for Girls, Monmouth
        SPEAKER - Professor Stephen Walsh,
        PIANO ILLUSTRATIONS - Clare Hammond

PROGRAMME:
       BEETHOVEN - Violin Sonatas Op.12 Nos 1, 2 and 3
       BEETHOVEN - Violin Sonata Op.24 'Spring'
       RHIAN SAMUEL - Sonata (new commision)
 
Stephen Walsh is Emeritus Professor of Music at Cardiff University and is the author of several books on music. The first volume of his major biography of Stravinsky, "Stravinsky: A Creative Spring", won the Royal Philharmonic Society prize in 2000. Volume Two, "Stravinsky: The Second Exile", was chosen by the Washington Post as one of the ten best books of 2006. He was deputy music critic of The Observer from 1966 to 1985; he now reviews for theartsdesk.com website and broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3. His book "Debussy: A Painter in Sound" was published by Faber in March 2018.

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). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award' in recognition of outstanding achievement. In 2020 she gives her debut recital for the International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre.

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21st Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival

Sat 15th - Sun 23rd February 2020

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Concert by Musicians from the Royal Welsh College
Sun 24th Mar, 2019, 3:00 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
 
PROGRAMME:
 
CHARLOTTE KWOK:
       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

CHERYL TAN:
       MOZART: Sonata in D K576

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

INTERVAL

MARK LOVEDAY, ANGHARAD JONES, SARAH VELLA:
       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

PROGRAMME:
       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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Piano Recital by Clare Hammond
Sat 18th May, 2019, 7:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels
*** Note change of venue.***
 
 
PROGRAMME:
       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 of Piano Duets by Piano Four Hands
Sat 15th Jun, 2019, 7:30 - St Briavels Church, St Briavels

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

 
 
 
PROGRAMME:
        TEDESCO: Preludes and Fugues (Well-Tempered Guitars Op.) C-sharp minor & E-major
        PIAZZOLLA: Introduccion - Otoño - Porteno
        AQUADO: Rondo in A-minor
        ALBÉNIZ (ARR. KATONA): - Asturias
        REINHARDT: Nuages - Minor Swing
        ***INTERVAL***
        PACO DE LUCIA: Taranta
        PETER KATONA: The Scandal (from the Karamazov Suite)
        TARREGA-PETER KATONA: Alhambra Inspiration - Capricho Arabe
        BERNSTEIN: From West Side Story:
               Maria - I feel Pretty - Mambo - Somewhere - America

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

INTERVAL REFRESHMENTS: Complimentary glass of Sangria and nibbles.
 
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