The Thirtieth 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 together 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 250-seat purpose-built venue with excellent acoustics, visibility; it also benefits from a superb Bosendorfer piano.

Alongside internationally renowned artists Piers Lane and Martin Roscoe, we have promising new faces such as Callum Smart,  Lara Melda and the Trio Isimsiz. We also welcome back the E.C.O. Wind Ensemble and the Allegri, Navarra and Elias Quartets. With Australia’s leading quartet, the Goldner and the period instrument Avison Ensemble, there should be some memorable performances during the Anniversary Season.

The season begins on Saturday 13th October with the outstanding young piano LARA MELDA, who captivated audiences with her winning performance at the 2010 BBC Young Musician Competition. Having seen her recently at a sold-out Wigmore Hall  recital, I know that her performances of Brahms, Liszt and Chopin will be truly impressive.

On Saturday 10th November we welcome back the ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET along with the talented young violinist CALLUM SMART(also a BBC YM finalist) and MARTIN ROSCOE (piano) for performances of works by Beethoven, Haydn and Chausson’s Concert for Violin, Piano and Quartet – a really stunning piece.

On December 1st we are delighted to welcome the GOLDNER QUARTET from Australia who will be joined by their fellow-Australian, pianist PIERS LANE. Piers is well-known to audiences across the world, through his many recordings and appearances at the Proms. After quartets by Shostakovich and Schubert they will perform the Elgar Piano Quintet, composed in Sussex a century ago.

 

Our Sunday afternoon concert in February features the ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WIND ENSEMBLE for works by Beethoven and Mozart. The ‘Gran Partita’ for 12 Winds and Double Bass is one of Mozart’s most sublime masterpieces and will be a real treat when in the hands of such talented players.

In March, one of the most talented and exciting of new ensembles comes to Vinehall. The TRIO ISIMSIZ has received enormous critical praise since it was formed and they will perform piano trios by Mozart, Fauré and Brahms.

In May, we welcome the AVISON ENSEMBLE, once of the country’s leading Baroque period ensembles, led by the distinguished violinist,PAVLO BEZNOSIUK. They will perform works by Locatelli, Telemann, Vivaldi and Bach, as well as the great English composer Charles Avison.

Our final concert of the season is on Saturday 8th June, when we will welcome back two of the leading ensembles in the country, theNAVARRA and ELIAS QUARTETS. They will join forces to perform two favourite works;  Brahms’ Sextet No 1 in B flat and Mendelssohn’s famous Octet. As usual, we hope that you will picnic in the grounds beforehand and join us for complimentary Pimm’s at 6.40 p.m.

The standard price of £20 (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 £14.28 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 Thirtieth 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 and e-mail throughout the season.