The Music Society – International Concert Series – 28th Season

The Twenty-Eighth Season of International Concerts at Vinehall continues to offer music-lovers the opportunity to experience chamber music of the highest quality without the need to go to London! As usual, we have a tremendous mix of older established musicians and ensembles along with some younger and new faces; who like so many who have performed here, will go on to become distinguished artists of the future.  We welcome music lovers from Kent, Sussex and beyond to the Chaplin Theatre, which is a 240 seat purpose-built venue with excellent acoustics, visibility and also benefits from a superb Bosendorfer piano.

The season begins on Saturday 8th October with the outstanding  French  pianist CEDRIC TIBERGHIEN , performing works by Beethoven, (including the Waldstein Sonata), Chopin’s Sonata No 2 with it’s famous ‘Funeral March’ and a selection of Preludes.  With regular visits to Wigmore, along with a hectic international schedule, Cédric is one of the leading pianists of his generation. “Tiberghien knew exactly what he wanted to say about the music, and did so with a blend of boldness, reasoning and inspiration.” The Daily Telegraph

On Saturday 12th November we welcome back the renowned SKAMPA QUARTET and TOM POSTER (Piano) for performances of works by Haydn, Smetana and Brahms. It would be impossible not to have this leading Czech quartet perform at least one work by a fellow countryman, and Smetana’s famous first quartet ‘From My Life’ will be in the most inspired of hands. Tom Poster will join them for a performance of the great Piano Quintet by Brahms.

On Saturday 3rd December the BRODSKY QUARTET will perform works by Wolf, Puccini, Shostakovich’s most famous quartet (no 8) and Mendelssohn. The Brodskys have now been performing together for over 40 years and are at the peak of their powers, having recently recorded all the Shostakovich quartets. “The Brodsky’s ability to communicate on so many levels – humanity and virtuosity all part of the essential integrity of their approach – promises to make this a memorable cycle.” The Guardian, September 2014

Our Sunday afternoon concert in February features the ensemble SOUND COLLECTIVE featuring distinguished pianist John Lenehan, as well as other leading performers,  Daniel Bates, principal oboe with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and violist Sarah-Jane Bradley. They will perform Mozart’s wonderful Oboe Quartet as well as works by the William Sterndale Bennett, Klughardt and Mendelssohn.   “Is there a better British Violist than Sarah-Jane Bradley?”  The Strad

In March, the ever-popular LONDON CONCHORD ENSEMBLE return for the third time to Vinehall for a concert of works for wind and strings by  Strauss, Nielsen and Beethoven  finishing  with the Spohr’s infectiously melodic  Nonet.

In May, we welcome the SAINSBURY ROYAL ACADEMY SOLOISTS, directed by CLIO GOULD. These exceptionally talented musicians are the leading string players of the R.A.M. Twenty of them will be performing Mahler’s arrangement of Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ followed by Tchaikovsky’s evocative and sunny ‘Souvenir de Florence’. Clio Gould is a leading soloist and the first ever female Leader of a London Symphony orchestra, the RPO.

Our final concert of the season is on Saturday 10th June, when we will hear one of the most outstanding of the younger generation of violinists, CALLUM SMART accompanied by RICHARD UTTLEY. They will perform works by Prokofiev, Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc and the fiendishly virtuosic Ysaye ‘Caprice in the form a Waltz by Saint-Saens’.Callum  famously won the strings section of the BBC Young Musician Competition and has now a very promising career.  As usual, we hope that you will picnic in the grounds beforehand and join us for complimentary Pimm’s at 6.30 p.m.

The standard price of £19 (including refreshments) is for all concerts but please consider the much cheaper five or six concert options, and of course the full season ticket which offers a massive saving and works out at an extremely reasonable £13.57 per concert. The ticket price for children and students remains at only £10 as it is so important to encourage the next generation of music lovers. We are very proud to attract such wonderful artists down to this part of Sussex and are very grateful to our sponsors, without whom the ticket prices would have to rise substantially.

I very much look forward to welcoming you to the Twenty-Eighth Season at Vinehall and do hope that you find our programme to be of interest to you and your friends. If you would like tickets then please complete the booking form in the leaflet. We do, of course, take bookings by post, telephone, e-mail  (geoffreywhitehead@vinehallschool.com)  or fax throughout the season.

With best wishes,

A.G. Whitehead

Vinehall School Music Society

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