The Thirty-Second 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 Yevgeny Sudbin, Michael Collins and Alexander Chaushian, we have promising new talent with Schubert & Co. and Daniel Lebhardt. We also welcome back the wonderful Heath Quartet with Alice Neary and the Sacconi Quartet. The European Union Chamber Orchestra and the London Brandenburg Ensemble will also make their first visits to Vinehall.

The problems caused by Covid 19 have had a devastating effect on classical music, with many musicians unemployed and facing real hardship. I hope that in our small way we can (subject to Government regulations) move on and reclaim live classical music, something which I am sure we have all missed greatly.

For concerts up to the end of the year we are having TWO SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCES. They will be slightly shorter and without an interval. They will take place at 3.00 p.m and 7.30 p.m. For full details please email or phone for more information. On the booking form, please specify which performance you would prefer to attend. In the new year, if all goes well we shall revert to one performance.

There is a ‘Pre-Season’ concert on Saturday September 12th at 3.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. by MARTIN ROSCOE. This concert is the one postponed from May. It is sold out and everyone’s tickets are automatically carried over. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for this concert then please add a note with your booking form, leave a message on the answerphone or email and I will add you to the waiting list.

The 32nd season begins on Saturday 3rd October at 3.00 p.m. and 7.30 pm with the talented vocal ensemble, SCHUBERT & CO. With their pianist Sholto Kynoch, the six singers will treat us to our first ever Schubertiade. There will, of course, be Schubert ‘greats’ such as ‘An die Musik’, ‘An Silvia’ and ‘Ave Maria’ but also some astonishingly beautiful part songs which do not get heard often enough. It should be enormous fun with the singers gathered round the piano. We hope to serve Austrian wines, too!

On Saturday 7th November at 3.00 p.m and 7.30 p.m. we welcome back the well-known SACCONI QUARTET who will perform Mendelssohn’s  second quartet and will be joined by the renowned clarinettist MICHAEL COLLINS for two favourite works for clarinet and strings; Weber’s Clarinet Quintet in B flat, ending with Brahms’ sublime Clarinet Quintet.

On 28th November at 3.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. we are delighted to welcome back the HEATH QUARTET. They have established themselves as one of the leading young quartets of their generation. They will perform sections from Bach’s great Art of Fugue, Beethoven’s E Flat Quartet ‘the Harp’ and then will be joined by the cellist ALICE NEARY for a performance of one of the greatest (some would say THE greatest) chamber works ever written, Schubert’s C major String Quintet.

Our Sunday afternoon concert on February 7th features the cellist ALEXANDER CHAUSHIAN accompanied by the pianist YEVGENY SUDBIN, who returns to Vinehall for his third visit. Alexander will play Bach’s Suite in G for solo cello and then they will perform two Russian works; Borodin’s Sonata for Cello followed by one of the most popular and dramatic of Rachmaninov’s compositions, his cello sonata.

On March 13th we welcome the European Union Chamber Orchestra. They must be one of the most well-travelled ensembles in the world, with an extensive international touring programme and a reputation for the excellence of their performances. They come to the UK most seasons and will be performing works by Mozart, Haydn and Tchaikovsky. If last season’s concert by the London Mozart Players is anything to go by, this concert will be extremely popular.

On Saturday 24th April, we will have our second postponed concert when we welcome back the BENNEWITZ QUARTET from Prague. They will join forces with a very popular regular visitor, the well-known Irish pianist FINGHIN COLLINS. Starting with Janáček’s “Kreutzer Sonata”, Finghin will then join them for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G K.414 and the uplifting Piano Quintet by Dvorak. This concert is sold out and again, all those with tickets are automatically transferred over. If you wish to go on the waiting list for this concert, please let me know.

On 8th May, we welcome a newly formed baroque ensemble, the LONDON BRANDENBURG ENSEMBLE. They are formed mainly from members of the famous Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and will perform three of the Brandenburgs along with other works by Albinoni, Vivaldi and Corelli. Bach’s masterpieces were presented to the Margrave of Brandenburg on March 24th 1721 – so we nearly hit the 300th anniversary! I’m especially excited to hear the 2nd concerto which features the high trumpet, to be played by Simon Munday. It will be thrilling and also rare to hear this work performed live.

The final concert of the season will be on Saturday 5th June when we shall hear the outstandingly talented young pianist DANIEL LEBHARDT. In 2014 Daniel, who was born in Hungary, won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists International auditions in Paris and New York. A year later he was invited to record music by Bartók for Decca and in 2016 won the Most Promising Pianist prize at the Sydney International Competition. His career has gone from strength to strength and his programme of works by Haydn, Chopin and Schubert will bring the season to a dramatic and sunny end with Liszt’s Rhapsodie Espagnol. 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 £22 (including refreshments) is for all concerts but please consider the much cheaper five or six concert options. Of course, the full season ticket offers a massive saving and works out at an extremely reasonable £15 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 distinguished 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 Thirty-Second 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. Please ensure that you fill in the email and phone number, as this is will be so helpful if I have to make sudden alterations owing to Covid regulations. If you don’t have an email, it would be exceptionally useful if you could provide an email of a relative, friend or neighbour who could pass on a message, just in case!

With best wishes,

Geoffrey Whitehead

A.G. Whitehead

Vinehall International Classical Concert Series