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Preview: Victoria Puttock & Mark Dancer (Saxophone and Piano)

On Saturday September 22 Victoria Puttock and Mark Dancer will be giving an evening concert of music for saxophone and piano in St Peter’s Church.

Most people tend to think of the saxophone purely as a jazz instrument, but there is a substantial repertoire of classical compositions for the instrument, and they will be exploring it over the course of the evening. The music to be heard will range from the rustic charms of Paule Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence, across the Atlantic for some very varied American works for the instrument, and back to France for some Spanish-inspired music by Henri Busser and the well-known Fantasia on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen by François Borne.

Victoria Puttock hails from Petersfield and studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London and then at the Royal College of Music, graduating with distinction in her Master’s degree. She prides herself on championing the core repertoire for the saxophone, whilst exploring new works that showcase the full range of this diverse instrument.

Victoria has performed at many prestigious venues including Royal Albert Hall (Elgar room), Cadogan Hall, V&A Museum, National Portrait Gallery, St John’s, Smith Square and the Southbank. Victoria is an active chamber musician and has worked with many ensembles including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta Academy, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Electronic Orchestra and the Multi Storey Orchestra in the BBC Proms.

Mark Dancer is a familiar face on the Petersfield musical scene, having been teaching, directing choirs and performing in concerts in Hampshire either as soloist or accompanist for more than twenty years. He is Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, Petersfield and conducts the Petersfield Choral Society. He is much in demand as an accompanist both on organ and piano, known for his sensitive and sparkling style of playing. He and Victoria first performed together in 2016 at the Michael Hurd Bursary Award Winners’ concert and have given several concerts together since to great acclaim.


MVC Open Night on 23 September

The Solent Male Voice Choir are inviting men to try out singing with a male voice choir at their OPEN NIGHT on Tuesday 25th September at 7.30pm in St Faith’s Church Hall (The Pallant Centre), The Pallant, Havant.

The choir sings a wide range of music sometimes in four-part and sometimes two-part harmony. Their current programme includes music by Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen and Vivaldi. Popular pieces such as I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables and fun sea shanty songs like Whale of a Tale from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea add to the mix.

At the OPEN NIGHT you will be able to hear and then join in with the choir. There is no need for any musical skill as it is all just fun. No need to book, just turn up, there is ample parking adjacent to The Pallant. More information at www.solentmalevoicechoir.org.


Portsmouth Chamber Music Series announces new season

Now in its fifteenth season, the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series brings world-class musicians to the city. In partnership with Music in the Round and the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, we present the finest music in informal surroundings where you are never more than a few metres from the performers. Q and A sessions follow each concert, and a 20% discount is available to those who book the whole series.

Tickets available from the Portsmouth Guildhall: 023 9387 0211

For further information or to join our mailing list, please contact music@port.ac.uk or 023 9284 3023

£18 full price, £16 concessions: book all six concerts and get a 20% discount, so £86.40 for the whole season (£76.80 concs). Student-standby tickets are available from 7pm on the day of each concert, for £6. Prices include booking fee and restoration levy.

All concerts start at 7.30pm in the Portsmouth Guildhall: seating is unreserved, with doors open from 7pm.

Monday 8 October, 2018, 7.30pm

Goldmund Quartet

Florian Schötz & Pinchas Adt violins, Christoph Vandory viola, Raphael Paratore cello

HAYDN String Quartet in D, Op. 76 No. 5

SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 73

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2

Rising stars from Germany, the Goldmund play with enormous flair and commitment to the music. The programme includes pieces by three of the greatest composers of string quartets. Haydn’s example is from his late great Op. 76 set, while the Shostakovich is the third of fifteen. That does not make it an early work, however, as he had already composed nine symphonies, and this quartet is a masterpiece in its own right. The Beethoven is the second of the three Rasumovsky quartets, a set which sees the composer moving away from the ‘classical’ style towards the truly unique style of his later works.

“The Goldmunds make a beautiful sound, elegant and transparent, with a real sense that these four players are friends both on and off the concert platform.” – Gramophone Magazine, Jan. 2017

Post-concert Q&A

 

Monday 5 November, 2018, 7.30pm

Steven Osborne

POULENC 3 Novelettes

DEBUSSY Images Book II

PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 7

SCHUBERT Sonata in B-flat, D. 960

Steven Osborne’s insightful and idiomatic interpretations have made him one of the most highly regarded pianists in the world. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards. This programme shows him at his finest, with wonderful sets of miniatures by Poulenc and Debussy contrasted with a highly dramatic sonata by Prokofiev, and then perhaps the finest of all piano sonatas, Schubert’s last.

“Some pianists gild everything they touch with their own personality; some are like chameleons, finding a new colour for each composer. Last night the wonderful Scottish pianist Steven Osborne did both, which lent the whole evening a miraculous air…every note seemed to vibrate with intelligence.” – The Daily Telegraph, Feb. 2016

Post-concert Q&A

  

Monday 28 January, 2019, 7.30pm

Ensemble 360

Benjamin Nabarro & Claudia Ajmone-Marsan violins, Ruth Gibson viola, Gemma Rosefield cello, Matthew Hunt clarinet, Naomi Atherton horn, Tim Horton piano

DOHNÁNYI Sextet in C, Op. 37

COPLAND Sextet

BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Ensemble 360 is the resident ensemble of Music in the Round, who play in a variety of combinations up to eleven musicians in total, allowing the possibility of programming interesting works which are rarely heard. This concert is a good example, featuring sextets which were composed just two years apart, and yet with sound-worlds which could not be more different. Indeed the Dohnányi is far more similar in style to Brahms, and this is a work that truly merits the label of ‘unjustly neglected masterpiece’. The Brahms on the other hand needs no introduction as this is perhaps the most famous of all his chamber works.

“The clarinettist [Matthew Hunt] played so beautifully it was as though he wished to make the very air of the hall melt.” – Tokyo Times

Post-concert Q&A

 

Monday 25 March, 2019, 7.30pm

Trio Isimsiz

Erdem Misirlioglu piano, Pablo Hernán Benedí violin, Michael Petrov cello

MOZART Divertimento in B-flat, K. 254

FAURÉ Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 70 No. 2

Formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Trio Isimsiz won 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Trondheim Competition in 2015. They combine great unanimity of ensemble with lots of individuality of character. Mozart’s delightful first piano trio is contrasted with one of Fauré’s last works, composed when he was 78. Beethoven’s Op. 70 No. 2 is the companion piece to the more famous ‘Ghost’ Trio, but, as Beethoven once remarked in connection with two of his symphonies, it might be less popular ‘because it is so much better’!

“An outstanding debut disc by the Trio Isimsiz whose unusually thoughtful interpretations are presented with dazzling technical mastery” – Gramophone Magazine, March 2018

Post-concert Q&A

 

Monday 29 April, 2019, 7.30pm

Piatti Quartet

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank & Michael Trainor violins, Tetsuumi Nagata viola, Jessie Ann Richardson cello

HAYDN Quartet in D, Op. 20 No. 4

JOSEPH PHIBBS String Quartet No. 1

SCHUBERT Quartet in G, D. 887

We are delighted to welcome back the Piatti Quartet who gave such a memorable performance two years ago with Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet. This time they present a quartet from the first set by Haydn regarded as ‘mature’. Indeed it is a fabulous set and No. 4 is one of the strongest. The Schubert quartet dates from towards the end of his life, and, like the piano sonata programmed earlier in the season, is a towering pillar of the repertoire. Joseph Phibbs has rapidly made a name for himself with orchestral works premiered by conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, and Vassily Petrenko. The Belcea Quartet has recently commissioned a third quartet from him, and No. 1 was commissioned by the Piatti, and premiered by them in 2015.

“The Phibbs proved formally exhilarating yet plangent in its combination of vibrancy and formal rigour.” – The Sunday Times, May 2015

Post-concert Q&A

 

Monday 20 May, 2019, 7.30pm

Ensemble 360

Tim Horton piano, Benjamin Nabarro violin, Ruth Gibson viola, Gemma Rosefield cello

MAHLER Piano Quartet in A minor

STRAUSS Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 13

BRAHMS Piano Quartet in A, Op. 26

Mahler and Richard Strauss may be household names to orchestra-goers, but they are almost unknown for their chamber music. Mahler’s haunting single movement was composed during his late-teens, while Strauss’ full-length work in four movements dates from 1884 when he was 20. It is a wonderful piece full of hints of what was to come in the magnificent series of tone poems the first of which was premiered just two years later. Brahms’ quartet on the other hand is a fully mature piece is in his most energetic and entertaining style.

“…one immediately felt in the presence of players who embraced them with affectionate abandon – and had the skill to bring it off.” – BBC Music Magazine

Post-concert Q&A


Preview: The Beaufort Singers at the Boxgrove Choral Festival

Read about this new festival taking place on 27-29 August at Boxgrove Priory.

The Beaufort Singers is a chamber choir formed at Cambridge University in 2016 under the direction of Joseph Wicks. Since then, they have performed a number of stunning concerts, tackling challenging repertoire such as Tippett’s ‘Five Negro Spirituals’, Rachmaninov’s ‘Vespers’ and Sir James MacMillan’s ‘Seven Last Words From The Cross’, as well as championing new music by commissioning works from young composers. To hear a selection of audio recordings from these past performances, please visit https://tinyurl.com/beaufortrecordings.

The singers come from all over the country, with the vast majority currently completing their studies at the University of Cambridge or embarking on the early stages of their career. What makes this choir truly special, however, is the fact that it is a tight-knit group of friends for whom singing at an exceptionally high standard is a huge part of their life, regardless of whether or not they are intending pursuing music as a career. Among our ranks for this upcoming Festival, we have a Natural Sciences student at Cambridge, an alto working in Human Rights policy for the Ministry of Justice, and several professional choral singers who perform with groups such as Tenebrae and Polyphony.

Joseph Wicks

Joseph Wicks is Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral, a post that he took up in September 2017. As well as having founded The Beaufort Singers, he is also Musical Director of St Mary’s Singers (Truro Cathedral’s voluntary choir). Joseph’s duties at Truro include assisting the Director of Music in the training of the boy and girl choristers, conducting services and mentoring the choral and organ scholars, as well as playing the world-famous Father Willis organ for the majority of sung services.

Prior to this Joseph was Assistant Organist of St John’s College, Cambridge, having been its Herbert Howells Organ Scholar. Whilst at St John’s, Joseph played the organ for a large proportion of the daily services sung by the world-famous Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge and also accompanied them on their busy broadcast, recording and international tour schedules to countries across the world. Joseph is a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) and has given recitals in Westminster Abbey, King’s College Cambridge, as well as several other Cambridge colleges, municipal halls, and several cathedrals and churches across the UK. In addition, Joseph maintains a freelance career as a singer. He is a graduate of Genesis Sixteen, a training scheme for young singers run by The Sixteen and Harry Christophers. Joseph has sung with groups such as Alamire, Polyphony and Tenebrae, and is a founding member of The Gesualdo Six, a vocal consort whose debut CD ‘English Motets’ was released on Hyperion Records earlier this year to international acclaim.

Image credit: (c) Sapphire Armitage


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News: The Consort of Twelve open new season in Chichester

The Consort of Twelve opens its 2018 season with a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by the internationally-acclaimed violinist Kati Debretzeni. Read more at the links below.


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