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International Classical Concert Series

Vinehall International Classical Concerts 35th Season 2023 - 2024

July 2023  

I have great pleasure  in announcing the details of the 35th Season of concerts at Vinehall. With musicians from Ireland, Russia, USA, Hungary, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland  and more, this year’s concert will be truly international. We welcome for their first visit the acclaimed Calidore Quartet from USA and the outstanding young cellist Maciej Kulakowski with pianist Jean-Selim Abdelmoula. ,Also we are delighted to welcome the Northern Chords Ensemble. The  English  Chamber Orchestra, led by Stephanie Gonley,  will make their return  visit to Vinehall, as will the ever-popular London Conchord.  Finghin Collins will be joined by two other outstanding pianists, Katya Apekisheva  and Charles Owen,  for our first performance with two pianos. Schubert &Co, who were so well-received in one of our post-lockdown concerts,  will  end what will surely be a wonderful season of music-making.  

The 35th Season begins on Saturday 30th September with the ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, known  world-wide and directed  by Stephanie Gonley. We will hear works by  Mozart, Haydn  and Grieg, including Haydn’s first Horn Concerto played by the horn soloist, AnneMarie Federle, a bright young star of the brass world.  AnneMarie was appointed Principal Horn of the LPO in January 2023. 



On Sunday 5th November, we welcome the CALIDORE STRING QUARTET. They are one of the outstanding quartets from the USA and will be our first ever musicians to come from the States. Their recordings of the Beethoven quartets  have been critically acclaimed and the programme of works by Beethoven, Korngold, and Schubert  should be quite an experience. 

On Sunday 4th December, we welcome KATYA APEKISHEVA, FINGHIN COLLINS, and CHARLRS OWEN. These three renowned pianists will perform works by Sally  Beamish (requiring six hands and two pianos!) as well as works for two pianos by Rachmaninov, Grainger/Gershwin  and Mozart. A chance to hear the Sonata for two pianos by Mozart is always a pleasure. 

On Sunday 11th February, the acclaimed young cellist MACIEJ KULAKOWSKI  and the pianist JEAN-SELIM ABDELMOULA make their debut  at Vinehall. Both are outstanding new talents and will perform works by Janacek, Fauré and Brahms, ending with the compulsively rhythmic Grand Tango by Piazzolla. 

On Sunday 10th March, we welcome back one of the most distinguished pianists of his generation, DANIEL LEBHARDT, who performed a stunning recital programme at Vinehall  at the end of lockdown.  Daniel  will be joined by conductor and cellist JONATHAN BLOXHAM,  violinist, BEN BAKER  and violist ROSALIND VENTRIS who make up the NORTHERN CHORDS ENSEMBLE.  With works by Mahler and Mozart, together with Brahm’s 1st Piano Quartet with its breathtaking  gypsy style finale, this  should be an  unmissable musical event. 

On Saturday 4thMay, we are delighted to welcome back LONDON CONCHORD. They have established  themselves as one of the finest chamber ensembles  and have played at Vinehall  regularly for many seasons, always offering works for wind and strings that we may know from recordings but do not see performed very often. They will perform the Nonet by Louise Farrenc. She was a leading French Romantic composer, having studied with Hummel and Reicha,  and was also a gifted pianist. Her Nonet  received a triumphant premiere, at which the famous violinist  Joseph Joachim took the lead. After the interval we will hear Brahm’s  tuneful Ist Serenade; familiar to many in its orchestral version but performed here  in its original version by Brahms for Nonet. 

The final concert of the season will be on Sunday 9th June when we welcome back SCHUBERT &CO led by the  pianist SHOLTO KYNNOCH. The six singers present a programme of songs for solo and groups which capture the ease and conviviality of a Schubertiade. This time  another master of melody, Rossini, is also included. Let’s  hope the weather will match  the sunny mood, so  we can enjoy  picnicking in the grounds beforehand and meet for complimentary Pimm’s at 6.30 p.m.    

The standard price of £28 (including refreshments) is for all concerts, but please consider the much cheaper season ticket and five concert options. The full season ticket offers a massive saving and works out at an extremely reasonable £18.57 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 distinguished  artists down to this part of Sussex and are enormously 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-Fifth Season at Vinehall  and hope that you find our programme to be of interest to you and your friends. If  you would like tickets, then please follow  the instructions below. We do, of course, take bookings by post, telephone  and email throughout the season.                                                      

With best wishes, 

 Geoffrey Whitehead

A.G. Whitehead 

Vinehall International Classical Concert Series 



This year we have moved bookings on to which is an on-line booking service. This will save a great deal of paper and postage and will also streamline our bookings. You can still have a hard copy of the leaflet, should you request one.   This can also be downloaded from the link below.

Please EITHER complete the hard copy booking form  and  return it by post with a cheque (details on the leaflet). Please note that if you do pay by cheque, it must be made payable to A.G. Whitehead. 

OR preferably  follow this  link:   

You will need either a credit or a debit card to book online.  

A few helpful tips! 

You will get a receipt and ticket immediately sent back to you. It will NOT have a seat number on. It is purely an acknowledgement of the booking and payment. 

After two weeks from the start of bookings the applications  will be  processed by me as usual. After this, you  will then get an email from me with your ticket numbers for all the concerts you have booked.
If you book a  season ticket you will still need to enter all seven concerts on the list. It doesn’t  do it for you!  This occurs because the system adds up the number of tickets sold and works out when we are sold out. 

If a concert is sold out and you are seeking either a season ticket  or five concert option,  then you should book individual tickets for the  ones available and send a message to me, so I know to put you on the waiting list for the other concerts. If by the end of the season you have managed to come to all seven or five selected, you won’t  be charged more than the season ticket or five concert option price! 

If you wish to request a particular seat/area/sit with a friend or send any other relevant information or message then you will find on the first screen a little box which says ‘Contact event organiser’ If you click on that you can then send me a message. 

When you come to the concert, all you need is the seat numbers. You do not need to be printing everything out. 

If you can’t find a concert on the list, it means it is sold out and has automatically been removed. If this happens and you want to go on the waiting list, please send me a message (as above) and I’ll put you on the waiting list. Last season nearly everyone on the waiting lists got to the event they wanted, so do not be discouraged! 

The new booking system will, I’m  sure,  work perfectly seamlessly!  However, if you experience difficulties then please email me on and I will endeavour to ensure that your booking is processed.  

For further information, please contact Geoffrey Whitehead:
Tel: 01580 883092
Send a letter: A.G. Whitehead, Vinehall School, Robertsbridge. East Sussex. TN32 5JL.





Sunday 11th February 2024 at 3.00 p.m.  



                                Janacek                                 Pohadka  

                                Fauré                                        Après un Rêve  

                                Fauré                                        Sonata No.1 in A Op.13 arr: for Cello and Piano 

                Brahms                        Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op.38  

                                Piazzolla                                 Le Grand Tango for Cello and Piano   


"…the ‘wackiness’ of Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc has rarely been better demonstrated…of the intelligence and artistry on display there is no doubt." BBC Music Magazine 5 star review. Nov 2022 (Maciej’s debut album of French music ‘Beau soir’.)  

“Not only is Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula a fine pianist with great sensitivity and imagination, he’s also a major talent in composition. When he plays Bach, Chopin and Schubert, he does it with a composer’s understanding.”   Sir András Schiff