Past Concerts

Saturday 6th October 2018, 7:30 pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

Adrian Brendel, cello
Christian Ihle Hadland, piano

Adrian BrendelAdrian Brendel is celebrated worldwide as a virtuosic cellist performing classical, contemporary and chamber music, modern jazz and folk music. Among his projects has been a three-year collaboration with Sir Harrison Birtwistle which led to several premieres. He travels extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing at all the major concert halls including with Imogen Cooper at the Wigmore Hall in 2019. Adrian is Music Director of the annual Plush Festival in Dorset and founder member of the innovative Nash Ensemble.Christian Ihle Hadland

Norwegian, Christian Ihle Hadland is a greatly respected pianist around Europe and further afield. One of the highlights of his career was performing with Renée Fleming at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo. He came to international attention as a BBC New Generation Artist whose interpretation of Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms won generous critical acclaim. He now performs as a soloist with the world's most prestigious orchestras.

Their programme for the evening included a little-known piece which is a real gem, Widor's Cello Sonata. They also performed Liszt's Elegy No.2; Sibelius' Four Pieces, Op.78; and Beethoven's Sonata in G minor Op.5, No.2.

Cavatina

The Society is very grateful to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust for their support of this recital, which enables us to offer free entry for 8 to 25s inclusive.

 

Saturday 30th June 2018, 7.30pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

Giacomo Susani, classical guitar

Talented Italian guitarist and composer, Giacomo Susani, has won the top awards at many of Europe's most highly regarded music competitions including the first prize at the 2016 London International Guitar Competition. Upon his entrance to the Royal College of Music he was awarded the prestigious Julian Bream Trust Scholarship after an audition in front of the great Julian Bream himself.

Besides performing, Giacomo works in the field of composition. He recently wrote and premiered in London Songs of Elegance and Wisdom for soprano and guitar, Of Dark Tales for two guitars and a quintet for guitar and strings. He is also the Artistic Director of Momùs-More Music, a Musical Association based in Italy which promotes and organises classical music concerts. Among future engagements are solo and chamber music recitals in the UK, Italy, Spain and Brazil as well as the recording of a new CD focused on the solo guitar music.

At this innovative event Giacomo played works by Piazzola, Granados, Mancini and William Walton, as well as a dramatic piece written especially for him by the Polish composer Marek Pasieczny which was inspired by 4 works in the Tate Gallery. Perfect music for a balmy summer evening.

The Countess of Munster Music Trust generously sponsored Giacomo Susani for his performance at this event.

 


Saturday 19th May 2018, 8pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

For our final concert we managed to engage The National Youth Jazz Orchestra who play just 40 international concerts a year. These exceptional musicians and their singer, directed by Mark Armstrong, will bring classic, cool, big band and vocal sounds to the Bawtree Concert Hall. Our bespoke programme explores jazz greats from the 1920s to 1950s, including 'Lady be Good' and 'Our Love is Here to Stay', both especially arranged by NYJO; Count Basie's version of 'All of Me' and many others.

"NYJO has never been conformist, never hewing to one particular line, never known for fawning replications and very deliberately these days a vehicle for new possibilities." Jazzwise, March 2017

These highly qualified, specialist jazz musicians are all under 26, selected from right across UK for their virtuosity and potential. In its 53 years NYJO has launched many careers such as Dave Arch plus most of his BBC Strictly Come Dancing band and many others including Martin Koch, musical supervisor to the London Olympics, and Amy Winehouse. The orchestra has performed at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Europe's top jazz festivals, at Buckingham Palace and the BBC Proms where they received this 4* review from The Guardian:

"The NYJO is a British jazz institution… their combination of youthful intensity and pinpoint accuracy can be quite overwhelming, the playing - both solo and ensemble - makes it outstanding by any standards".


Saturday 21st April 2018, 8pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

Amarins WierdsmaAmarins Wierdsma, violin
Edward Liddall, piano

Amarins Wierdsma and Edward Liddall are both distinguished graduates of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. They were 2017 YCAT finalists at the Wigmore Hall, playing the same Beethoven and Debussy pieces which they will be performing for our Society which had so enraptured the London audience.

Amarins is both a soloist and also first violinist of the London-based Barbican String Quartet. Performing with some well-known European Orchestras, she includes in her repertoire some of the most demanding concertos such as those by Bruch, Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and Sibelius.

Edward Lidall 

 

 

Edward studied at the Royal College of Music and Kings College Cambridge. He is now pursuing a dual career as soloist and accompanist, and has also given a highly acclaimed performance of the Schumann piano concerto.

Their London engagements have included recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican.

Cavatina

The Society is very grateful to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust for their support of this recital, which enables us to offer free entry for 8 to 25s inclusive.

 

Saturday 10th March 2018, 8pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

The Piatti String Quartet

Piatti String QuartetThe Piatti String Quartet is one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, they have performed in major venues and festivals around the UK and Europe and can often be heard on BBC Radio 3.

Their eclectic repertoire includes pieces by composers spread over 4 centuries. They feel just as comfortable playing Haydn and Mozart as they do playing works by living composers. In 2016 they also collaborated on a jazz recording which received 4* and 5* reviews. Their contribution to a recording of the complete string quartets of Mendelssohn was much lauded and the release was awarded BBC Music Magazine's Critics Choice. The concert for O&LMS included many Piatti 'classics', with enough drama, emotion and intensity for two concerts over!

"This youthful quartet treated us to one of the most spirited and engaging performances I have ever experienced, bringing a wonderful joie de vivre to the music". The Northern Echo

Cavatina

The Society is very grateful to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust for their support of this recital, which enables us to offer free entry for 8 to 25s inclusive.

 

Saturday 10th February 2018, 8pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Since becoming Honens Prize Laureate in 2012, Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has performed at some of the world's most prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre. He was a BBC New Generation Artist 2014 to 2016.

His debut performance at the Wigmore Hall in 2014 was exceptional and his return there in May 2017 received equally rave reviews.

He made his Proms debut in 2016 performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 2, returning to the Proms in 2017 to perform a solo recital of works by Chopin and Scarlatti. Pavel's recording of Chopin Mazurkas, released in Autumn 2016 to worldwide acclaim, won a Diapason d'Or award and has since been included in Gramophone Magazine's list of the 50 greatest Chopin recordings. He has performed as a soloist as well as a concert artist with many major orchestras all over the world: USA, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Malta, South Korea.

"Intelligent programming and outstanding pianism came together in Pavel Kolesnikov's Wigmore Hall solo recital debut; one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while." Quoting a rare 5-star review from The Telegraph.

His programme includes works by Schumann and Schubert, with the second half dedicated entirely to wonderful impromptus, waltzes and mazurkas by Chopin.


Saturday 25th November 2017, 8pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

Stephan Loges, bass baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Born in Dresden, Stephan Loges was an early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He has given recitals throughout the world, including regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall, as well as the Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Vienna Konzerthaus, La Monnaie Brussels and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. He has sung in most of the main opera houses all over Europe. He also sings in Oratorios, for example, in 2017 he sang Handel's Messiah with the City of London Sinfonia in Salisbury Cathedral, as well as Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the LPO and Chorus in both London and Paris. He is an experienced recitalist who has worked with Malcolm Martineau on many previous occasions.

Malcolm Martineau performs in recital at all the major international concert halls and festivals with many of the world's best singers, including Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Sarah Connolly, Iestyn Davies and Anna Netrebko. Malcolm has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival and is also an award-winning recording artist. He was given an honorary doctorate in 2004 by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music; in 2009 he was appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment and in 2016 received an OBE. He is known by the singers he performs with for his remarkable empathy; being collaborative, sensitive, virtuosic and insightful.

The programme for the evening included Lieder from Franz Schubert; songs from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi, Rudolf Sieczyński, Franz Lehár and Kurt Weill; arias from operas by Mozart and Wagner


Saturday 21st October 2017, 7.30pm - Bawtree Concert Hall

Imogen Cooper Music Trust - Fundraising Concert and reception

Imogen CooperImogen Cooper has been the President of the Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society since 2007, during which time the prestige of her association with us has helped to attract international artists of the highest level, as well as the most talented emerging musicians. In 2015 she established a Trust whose aim is to enable young pianists to work with her, having individual mentoring in a peaceful rural environment. A quote from her about this initiative:

"I would like to give back to a younger generation the generosity of time that Alfred Brendel and others gave to me."

To support Imogen in this, and to celebrate 10 years of having her as our President, we organised a special event aiming to raise enough money for the Trust to provide 2 bursaries. She played an exceptional programme for us.

After Imogen had finished the Beethoven Sonata we were delighted to hear an informal interview with her which took the form of a conversation with one of the committee in front of the audience. She spoke about her early years studying piano, her main influences, gave us insights about the composers and conductors she had worked with, the many collaborations she has done for song recitals with famous singers, as well as all the recordings she has made and much more besides. She then expanded on the aims and ethos of the Imogen Cooper Music Trust. This was followed by a Question and Answer session directly with the audience. This exceptional evening of wonderful music played by a world-class pianist finished with a champagne reception and canapés where Imogen mingled with everyone, chatting and answering further questions.

All profits from the evening have been donated to the Imogen Cooper Music Trust, a registered charity.


Rosanna Ter-Berg

Rosanna Ter-Berg (flute)

Olivia Jageurs (harp)

 

Supported by the
Countess of Munster
Musical Trust Recital Scheme

Olivia Jageurs

Thursday 1st June 2017, 7.30pm

Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood

Rosanna Ter-Berg's striking performances have led her to be described as 'super-charged' with 'unstinting virtuosity and personality'. She has performed across the UK and Europe in major concert venues, festivals and live on radio. Rosanna is an artist for numerous organizations including the Park Lane Group, Live Music Now and the Tunnell Trust. She was a participant on the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme 2014/2015.

In addition to Classical and Contemporary music, Rosanna is an improviser, music educator and also plays South American music. She enjoys collaborating with different ensembles, composers and blurring boundaries across the arts with dancers, actors, artists and puppeteers. Rosanna studied at Strasbourg Conservatoire and Trinity Laban where she graduated with Distinction in her MMus and the highest performance mark in her faculty; she was a finalist in Trinity's Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Competition. www.rosannater-berg.co.uk

Olivia Jageurs was brought up in Oxted and went to Hazelwood School, so she’s returning to home territory. She has since led a very varied life as a professional musician. Parallel to her classical repertoire which she has played at all of London’s major concert venues with most of the UK’s leading orchestras, she is resident harpist at The Orangery in Kensington Palace as well as the official harpist for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. She has played in an orchestral tribute to David Bowie at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival and last year she also founded “15 second harp”; a website and instagram account to promote writing for the harp. Anybody can send in music and she will post a video recording online within 7 days. www.15secondharp.com

Programme

Pieces by Ibert, Donizetti, Debussy, Takemitsu, Piazzola, Scott, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Clarke, Gluck and Alwyn

Cavatina Chamber Music Trust


Saturday 6th May 2017, 8pm, Bawtree Concert Hall

The Pat Davey Quartet (Duke Ellington - from Ragtime to Post-bop)

Returning by popular demand following their stunning performance as the finale to the Society's 2013/14 season, this was another exciting evening with some of the most talented and best-known jazz musicians of today.

Ellington is one of the originators of big-band jazz. He led his band for more than half a century, composed thousands of scores covering a wide musical spectrum from Ragtime to Post-bop and created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in all of Western music. The Pat Davey Quartet hope to provide a taste of the full arc of his artistic output within the intimacy and freedom of an improvising small group.

Patrick's playing career has taken him all over the world - New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Cape Town, etc. He is a vastly experienced session musician and also a highly proficient composer and arranger. He studied Jazz at Trinity College of Music where he received the Archer Scholarship. He has many years of experience teaching Drums and Ensembles and currently teaches at both the Academy of Contemporary Music and Trinity College of Music.

The line-up of the Quartet will be Pat Davey on drums; Andrea di Biase on double bass; Arthur Lea on piano; Jon Shenoy on saxophone and clarinet. These are all jazz musicians of international repute who have come together in a project specially created for our Music Society. I'm sure the evening will be just as exciting as it was when they came to O&LMS in April 2014 and it's bound to be another sell-out.

Pat Davey Quartet


Saturday 4th March 2017, 8 pm, Bawtree Hall, Baily Building, Hazelwood School

Arcadia String Quartet

Ana Török - violin

Răsvan Dumitru - violin

Traian Boală - viola

Zsolt Török - cello

(with Amit Peled - cello)

Formed in 2006, while they were students at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania, the quartet has performed across the world. Winners of the 2012 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, the Arcadia Quartet is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of their generation.

Amit Peled, who joins the quartet for the Schubert Quintet, is an Israeli cellist and virtuoso. He plays Pablo Casals's 1733 Matteo Goffriller cello.

Their programme included:

"Their playing has such intensity… The result is an assault on the senses, piercing the heart of the music."


Saturday 11th February 2017, 8 pm, Bawtree Hall, Baily Building, Hazelwood School

Hanna Hipp - mezzo soprano & Emma Abbate - piano

Polish-born Hanna Hipp studied at the Academy of Music in Gdánsk, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio. She has sung at the last three Glyndebourne Summer Festivals. As a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2011 –13, she made her Royal Opera debut as Emilia in Otello and has since sung with the ROH in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Puccini's La Rondine, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Verdi's La Traviata.

The Neapolitan-born pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. Now based in London, Emma is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The evening's programme included:


Saturday 19th November 2016, 8 pm, Bawtree Hall, Baily Building, Hazelwood School

Mishka Rushdie Momen - piano & Chiara Enderle - cello

Born in London 1992, Mishka Momen studied with Joan Havill and Imogen Cooper at the Guildhall School of Music. 1st Prize winner at the Dudley International Piano Competition in 2014 and with several other awards to her name, Mishka is now much in demand.

Chiara Enderle comes from a musical family in Switzerland. Studying in Zurich and Berlin, with Steven Isserlis being an important influence on her musical development. She has performed with orchestras in Switzerland and more widely in Europe. Her Wigmore Hall debut was in 2014.


The Eileen Joyce Recital

Saturday 15th October 2016, 8 pm, Centenary Theatre, Hazelwood School

Stephen Hough, piano

Widely recognised as one of today's truly great pianists, Stephen Hough has been described by The Economist as "one of twenty living polymaths and a true Renaissance man - a leading concert pianist, writer, composer and painter, winning global acclaim for his outstanding interpretations of the piano repertoire."

This sell-out recital was an unforgettable evening for all those who attended. Stephen Hough's virtuosic programme comprised:

After rapturous applause, Stephen delighted us all with an encore; the beautiful Chopin Nocturne in E flat major, Opus 9, No. 2.

"Whatever Stephen Hough plays, he either distils its essence or finds something strikingly new to say about it." The Independent, April 2015