Programme

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

Brindley Sherratt, bass baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Brindley Sherratt's prolific international operatic career includes performances at the Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, English National Opera, the BBC Proms and the Glyndebourne, Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals. He is also in great demand on the concert platform singing in the oratorios of Handel, Haydn, Bach and Mozart. He is a Visiting Professor at the RAM and is also involved with the National Opera Studio mentoring singers who are on the cusp of their professional careers.

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, Anna Netrebko and now with Brindley Sherratt. 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 will include works by Purcell, Handel, Schubert, Vaughan Williams and, after the interval, some operatic arias by Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Britten. A quote from Brindley: "I also can lighten up at the end with some Rodgers & Hammerstein and Flanders & Swann. All flexible!"


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

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

For our final concert we have 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".