The Thirty-First 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 Ingrid Fliter and Tasmin Little, we have promising new faces such as the a capella ensemble Apollo5 and the Castalian String Quartet. We also welcome back Finghin Collins, Piers Lane, London Conchord and the wonderful young Czech Bennewitz Quartet. Along with a visit from the wonderful London Mozart Players there should be a host of musical jewels to be enjoyed during the season.

The season begins on Saturday 5th October with the outstanding violinist TASMIN LITTLE, who has captivated audiences around the world and who sadly is retiring at the end of this season. This concert with be in great demand, not least as she is accompanied by the distinguished Australian pianist PIERS LANE. 

On Saturday 9th November we welcome back the well-known ensemble LONDON CONCHORD who will perform works by Saint-Saëns, Respighi, Reicha, Poulenc and will end with Mozart’s glorious Quintet for Piano and Winds. 

On 30th November we are delighted to welcome the CASTALIAN QUARTET. They have established themselves as one of the leading young quartets, winning many prizes and being chosen for the coveted representation by YCAT. They will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak.

Our Sunday afternoon concert on February 2nd features the LONDON MOZART PLAYERS for works by Haydn, Britten, Barber and will they will end with Mozart’ s Symphony No 29. It will be so exciting to have the stage filled with over 20 players for what will be a thoroughly uplifting concert at rather a dismal time of the year!

IMarch, one of the most talented and exciting of new vocal ensembles comes to Vinehall. APOLLO5 has received enormous critical praise since it was formed, and they will perform their programme ‘Radiant Dawn!’ which will take us through many musical styles ranging from Byrd to Freddie Mercury. It will be a capella at its very best!

In May, we welcome one of the world’s leading pianists, INGRID FLITER. Argentine by birth, she is best known her stunning recordings of Chopin, and it will be fascinating to hear her turn to two other great composers for piano. With two sonatas by Beethoven and Schumann’s virtuosic Symphonic Etudes, it will be an incredible experience.

Our final concert of the season is on Saturday 8th June, when we will 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.  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, and of course the full season ticket which 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-first 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. If you would like to go on the mailing list and receive a hard copy each year, then please email me your postal details.