Another musical splash is promised soon in both Petersfield and Buriton.
Last year, popular Russian-born and Liss-based cellist Mikhail Lezdkan set up Making Waves, to promote more chamber concerts in the area, and a recital series called Beyond Music was successfully launched. That series returns in April, with two further Sunday afternoon events, each devoted to popular classical composers.
At Saint Lawrence Catholic Church in Station Road Petersfield, Mikhail is joined on Sunday 8 April by two friends, violinist Oliver Nelson and viola player Iryna Andriyenko, in pieces for strings by Haydn and Beethoven. Also included is a Mozart masterwork: a String Trio which the composer simply called Divertimento. This may have been one of Mozart’s little jokes, the title meant ironically, as the piece has six movements some of which are quite serious! Concert page.
Then on Sunday 22 April at St Mary’s Church in Buriton, the focus switches to Franz Schubert. Selections from the piano and instrumental music will be performed alongside some of his incomparable songs. These will be sung by Portsmouth baritone Alex Poulton.
Mikhail describes this concert as a ‘Schubertiad,’ after the manner of the musical parties often given by Schubert himself, when he played the piano and accompanied many of his friends who were also musicians. Concert page.
Each concert includes readings from prose and poetry of the time; admission is free with a retiring collection, and interval refreshments will be available. Both Sunday concerts begin at 3 p.m.