Events :: concert

Normansfield Theatre : The Otakar Kraus Music Trust Christmas Concert

You are cordially invited to The Otakar Kraus Music Trust's Christmas Concert, to include performances by:

  • Otakar Kraus Music School
  • Go Local Community Choir
  • OKMT Parents Choir

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  • Ticket Price : £8.00 per person or £15 per family of 4
  • To reserve your tickets please contact Otakar Kraus via:

info@okmtrust.co.uk or 0208 894 2007 or purchase them on the night on the door.

How to get there

  • By train: The nearest train station is Hampton Wick - 7 minutes walk away. It connects easily with Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and Richmond. Turn right out the station and then follow directions below as if driving from Kingston. Langdon Park is off Kingston Road, opposite Wick Road. We are in the big building on the right once you have turned into Langdon Park.
  • By bus: The 281 stops outside the building, travelling from Tolworth and Kingston in one direction, and Teddington and Twickenham in the other. The 285, which links Kingston and Heathrow airport, also stops outside.
  • By car: If you're driving from Kingston, drive past Hampton Wick station on the right and then take the first right after Normansfield Avenue. This isn't named on the map but is called "Langdon Park". Turn immediately right again and park in one of the spaces marked "L.D.C. Reserved Parking". Walk down the gravel path (edged with red brick) and you will come to a big red door on the left, which is the main entrance into the building. If you are approaching from the Twickenham/Richmond direction then take your first left after Holmesdale Road into Langdon Park and then carry on as above.

Venue

Normansfield Theatre

Event Sponsor

Normansfield Theatre

Kids OK
December
Saturday
10
7:30pm  
otaker kraus dec2016

Twickenham Choral Society : Christmas Concert

Soloists Sarah Fox, Peter Auty, Simon Wallfisch

  • STRAVINSKY - Symphony of Psalms
  • RACHMANINOV - The Bells
  • TCHAIKOVSKY - Serenade for Strings

BRANDENBURG SINFONIA with Christopher Herrick, Conductor

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Venue

ALL SAINTS CHURCH, KINGSTON

Event Sponsor

Twickenham Choral Society

December
Saturday
17
7:30pm  
twick choral soc xmas 2016

TwickFolk : Christmas Singaround: bring a song or two, join in, or just come and listen!

One of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: "All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story.

If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about.

Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won't be a microphone.

We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old - and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses.

Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.

£3 + 30p booking fee

Details

Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

December
Sunday
18
7:45pm  

TwickFolk : New Year Singaround: bring a song or two, join in, or just come and listen!

One of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: "All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story."

If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about.

Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won't be a microphone.

We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old - and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses.

Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.

£3 + 30p booking fee

Details

Venue

The Cabbage Patch Public House

Event Sponsor

TwickFolk

January
Sunday
8
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : ENSEMBLE 96 (CHOIR)

Norwegian and other choral works by Ødegaard, Pedersen, Stockhausen, Havrøy and Daniel-Lesur

Ensemble 96 from Oslo is one of Norway's leading chamber choirs. Its field is contemporary a cappella music, and the choir has been critically acclaimed at home and abroad for both concerts and albums. Musical Director and conductor is Nina Therese Karlsen.

The chamber choir Ensemble 96 consist of 24 highly qualified singers, is one of Norway's leading vocal ensembles, and has gained its reputation through many critically acclaimed concerts, premieres and CD recordings. It has a particular focus on contemporary music and seeks to expand the traditional choir concert by means of collaborations with other artists, including dancers, actors and visual artists. The ensemble often presents a mix of contemporary music and classical songs. The musical director and conductor is Nina Therese Karlsen, who holds an MA in Choir Conducting from the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Ensemble 96's CD Immortal Nystedt, on the label 2L, was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2007, Best Surround Sound Album and Best Choral Performance. In September 2007 Ensemble 96 and its previous conductor Øystein Fevang received the Choral Award in Norway. The choir, with conductor Kjetil Almenning, represented Norway at the Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival in August 2008. The choir received a second Grammy nomination in 2011 for their CD Kind. It receives financial support from Arts Council Norway.

Ensemble 96 has made first perforances of works by, amongst others, Knut Nystedt, Synne Skouen, Antonio Bibalo, Wolfgang Plagge, Jon Balke, Andrew Smith, Kjell Mørk Karlsen, Kjetil Bjørnstad, Trond Lindheim, Olav Anton Thommesen, Julian Skar, Marcus Paus, Frank Havrøy, Martin Ødegaard and Tyler Futrell.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

January
Tuesday
17
7:45pm  

Normansfield Theatre : Old Time Music Hall

Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a magical blend of old and new featuring dance, music and laughter that spans generations. A truly magnificent cast in a magical setting.

More Information

How to get there

  • By train: The nearest train station is Hampton Wick - 7 minutes walk away. It connects easily with Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and Richmond. Turn right out the station and then follow directions below as if driving from Kingston. Langdon Park is off Kingston Road, opposite Wick Road. We are in the big building on the right once you have turned into Langdon Park.
  • By bus: The 281 stops outside the building, travelling from Tolworth and Kingston in one direction, and Teddington and Twickenham in the other. The 285, which links Kingston and Heathrow airport, also stops outside.
  • By car: If you're driving from Kingston, drive past Hampton Wick station on the right and then take the first right after Normansfield Avenue. This isn't named on the map but is called "Langdon Park". Turn immediately right again and park in one of the spaces marked "L.D.C. Reserved Parking". Walk down the gravel path (edged with red brick) and you will come to a big red door on the left, which is the main entrance into the building. If you are approaching from the Twickenham/Richmond direction then take your first left after Holmesdale Road into Langdon Park and then carry on as above.

Venue

Normansfield Theatre

Event Sponsor

Normansfield Theatre

Kids OK
January
Saturday
21
7:30pm  
old time music hall

Richmond Concert Society : PIATTI STRING QUARTET

  • Ravel: String Quartet in F
  • Turnage: Contusion
  • Britten: 3 Divertimenti
  • Brahms: Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet is amongst the UK's foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name. They have performed in all the major venues around the country, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) radio and France Musique (France).

The Piatti are laureates of the St Martin in the Fields Competition, a Martin Musical Fund/Philharmonia Scholarship, multiple Hattori Foundation awards, and the St.Peter's Prize. At the 2015 Wigmore Hall International (formerly the London International) String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet won joint 2nd Prize as well as the Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Contusion and the St Lawrence String Quartet Prize. The Quartet spent two years as Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music and have received both Tunnel Trust and Countess of Munster awards. Park Lane Group have also supported the group extensively with a UK-wide concert tour and a recording on their Classical Label. Other recordings have been released on the Linn Records and Champs Hill labels, including the Piatti's lauded contribution to the complete string quartet works of Felix Mendelssohn (Champs Hill), which was BBC Music Magazine's Critic's Choice (September 2014).

The Piatti Quartet are delighted to have been reappointed as the 2015-2016 Richard Carne Junior Fellows in String Quartet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The group continues to actively expand the quartet repertoire with premieres of commissions from several acclaimed British composers. A major new work, Joseph Phibbs' String Quartet No.1, was commissioned through the generous support of the Britten Pears Foundation and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust which the quartet have plans to record and release in 2016. Other recently commissioned compositions include pieces from Richard Birchall (performed live on BBC Radio 3), and Fintan O'Hare. The Quartet also works regularly with the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, enjoying the opportunity to help secure the future of chamber music by bringing the wonders of the String Quartet to young children and their families in schools and halls around the country.

The quartets most recent season has included a summer residency at the Academie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, a debut in Istanbul, tours of Scotland and Ireland, a new CD recorded at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford (generously supported by Tony Stuart), and Resident Quartet at the 2014 Rye Arts Festival. Recent collaborations include concerts with Michael Collins, Moray Welsh, and Rebecca Gilliver. Upcoming highlights include a performance of Mendelssohns Octet with the Belcea Quartet, a tour to the Netherlands, and our debut concert in Barcelona.

The Quartet is currently mentored by the Belcea Quartet through the Belcea Quartet Trust, as well as receiving regular coaching from Simon Tandree (ex-Doric Quartet). The group has also worked with members of the Chilingirian, Doric and Hagen Quartets and studied at the Reina Sofia Institute in Madrid with Günter Pichler.

The group takes its name from the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti, who was a leading professor and exponent of quartet playing at the Royal Academy of Music.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

February
Tuesday
7
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : ENDYMION ENSEMBLE

  • Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452
  • Ravel: Mother Goose Suite (arr. Nissen)
  • Beethoven: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, Op. 16
  • Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds

"The brilliant Endymion" (The Sunday Times) exists to deliver world-class performances of chamber music throughout London, the UK and abroad. It nurtures the UK's most dynamic and original composers, inspire younger and new audiences and champion mixed chamber music of all genres, through performance, commissioning, recording and promotion.

Since Endymion was formed in 1979 from a group of outstanding National Youth Orchestra students, it has built a secure reputation across a broad and often adventurous repertoire and won a strong following among audiences throughout the UK and abroad, touring in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Finland and Mexico. Unusually for chamber groups so well established, Endymion retains most of its original players. These performers now number among the best soloists and chamber musicians in Europe, including Mark van de Wiel, Stephen Stirling, Melinda Maxwell, Michael Dussek and Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE. Performing together for over thirty years, Endymion has been called one of the few chamber groups as much at home with Mozart as with Birtwistle.

Endymion has made a speciality of 20th century music theatre and chamber opera, including collaborations with the Royal Opera House's Garden Venture, Women's Playhouse Trust and Opera Factory, with which it undertook a European tour of Dido and Aeneas and Curlew River in 1995.

Endymion has appeared at most of the major British festivals, giving its tenth Proms performance in 2014, and was in residence at Blackheath Concert Halls for several years. Recent appearances at Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Kings Place and at the Cheltenham and Spitalfields Festivals have included works by Kurtag, Simon Holt and Simon Bainbridge, premières by Vic Hoyland, Philip Cashian and Brian Elias and an Elisabeth Lutyens portrait concert. A retrospective of Anthony Gilbert's music featured a dozen especially composed musical tributes by distinguished contemporaries, including Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr, Colin Matthews and Anthony Payne. Endymion's collaborations with the BBC Singers have included world premières of Giles Swayne's Havoc (Proms, 1999) and Edward Cowie's Gaia (2003), as well as the UK première of Birtwistle's Ring Dance of the Nazarene at the 2004 Proms ("startling virtuosity from all concerned" - Daily Telegraph).

A particularly successful (and much imitated) innovation is the wide-ranging series of Composer Choice concerts staged by Endymion at the Southbank, which have included Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen, Gavin Bryars, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Judith Weir, John Woolrich and Michael Berkeley.

In June 2009 Endymion celebrated its 30th Birthday at Kings Place with the Sound Census festival. Alongside a celebration of classical chamber music repertoire, 20 British composers were commissioned to write new works for Endymion. These were recorded for release by NMC Recordings. This disc will join a host of other recordings by Endymion including works by Lutyens, Stravinsky, Britten and Magnus Lindberg and (with the Dutton label) York Bowen, Edmund Rubbra, Thomas Dunhill, Lennox Berkeley, Erno Dohnanyi and Zdenek Fibich.

Endymion is committed to outreach projects with all sectors of society, through work with young children (RPS Award-nominated Sound Census project in 2009), aspiring musicians and adults with mental health difficulties (featured in the BBC documentary "I love being mad"). Music Teacher Magazine ran a profile of the Sound Census project, concluding it was "fearsome and spirit-raising in equal measure... proof of just what can be achieved at this level of music education".

In 2011, a major collaboration with EXAUDI vocal ensemble included performances at Southbank Centre, Sound Festival Scotland and Wigmore Hall, (where Endymion will be returning next year as part of the Wigmore series), the premieres of four new commissioned works by young British and Irish composers, and programmes focusing on Morton Feldman and Arvo Pärt. 2011 also featured Goodbye Stalin! - a three-day festival of chamber music by Shostakovich and Schnittke at King's Place - and the UK premiere of Elliott Carter's Clarinet Quintet.

In February 2014 Endymion celebrated its 35th Birthday at Kings Place with a weekend of concerts focused on Brahms chamber music for wind and strings, as well as a programme of music for flute, viola and harp. Two of these concerts were part of the "Top 50 Chamber Classics Unwrapped" series, presenting favourite works voted for by readers of BBC Music Magazine. A performance of Steve Reich's "Desert Music" with the BBC Singers in Milton Court, was repeated at the 2014 BBC Proms to great acclaim.

Venue

St Margarets Catholic Church

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

March
Tuesday
14
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : ASHLEY FRIPP (PIANO)

  • J S Bach: English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
  • Adès: Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face
  • Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année: Italie

British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls, having performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia. Recent highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie Cologne, Bozar (Brussels), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Cité de la musique (Paris), Hamamatsu City Concert Hall (Japan), the Megaron (Athens), Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Gulbenkian Auditorium (Lisbon) and the Konserthus (Stockholm).

He has won prizes at more than a dozen national and international competitions, including the coveted Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Diploma of Outstanding Merit at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, 1st Prize at the Brant International Piano Competition, Semi-Finalist Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition, The Worshipful Company of Musicians' Prince's Prize, 1st Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Piano Competition and 3rd Prize at the Concours Européen de Piano (France). He was chosen as a 'Rising Star' by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), and has also performed in the Edinburgh, Brighton, Chipping Campden, Bath and City of London Festivals. A frequent guest on broadcasting networks, Ashley has appeared on BBC television and radio, Euroclassical, Eurovision TV and the national radio stations of Hungary, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Portugal. He has collaborated with a variety of well-known conductors including Semyon Bychkov, James Judd, Vasily Petrenko, Robertas Aervenikas, Hilary Davan Wetton and Peter Stark.

Ashley Fripp studied at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Emily Jeffrey and recently graduated with a Masters degree and Artist Diploma, both with distinction, from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Ronan O'Hora and frequently with Richard Goode. The Guildhall School also awarded him the Premier Prix and Lord Mayor's Prize.

Ashley Fripp's CD recording of both Chopin Piano Concertos is available on the Spektral Records label.

Venue

St Margarets Catholic Church

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

April
Tuesday
4
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : BRITTEN OBOE QUARTET

  • Moeran: Phantasy Quartet
  • Schubert: String Trio in B flat, D471
  • Lennox Berkeley: Oboe Quartet
  • Mozart: Adagio, K580a
  • R R Bennett: Arethusa
  • Lutosawski: Bucolics
  • Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F, KV370

Nicholas Daniel founded the Britten Oboe Quartet together with his colleagues and co-principals of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia; they all bring to this ensemble not only the highest musical standards but also the experience of playing together over many years, resulting in warm, expressive and above all enjoyable playing. Their aim is to bring music of the highest quality to audiences and to explore lesser-known repertoire, both British and from abroad, as well as playing standard classics such as the Mozart oboe quartet.

Their repertoire includes oboe and cor anglais quartets by Britten, Berkeley, Knussen, Elgar, Krommer, Francaix, Gordon Jacob and Elisabeth Lutyens. Their imaginative programming embraces repertoire other than the oboe quartet, often including string trios, solo works such as Britten's Metamorphoses after Ovid or other chamber music combinations.

They relish the challenge of programming a well-balanced and attractive concert in line with specific themes and can be sure to find something new and interesting for every concert.

Recent concerts include performances at the Gregynog, Swaledale, Champs Hill and Wimbledon Festivals, Brighton Dome and King's Place in London. 2015 saw the quartet perform at the RNCM in Manchester, and in Sheffield and Nottingham. Future concerts include Bury St Edmunds, and in 2016 the quartet will record their first disc.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

May
Tuesday
16
7:45pm  

Richmond Concert Society : GUILDHALL SCHOOL POSTGRADUATE FELLOWS ENSEMBLE

AGM at 7.45pm followed by a free concert at about 9pm Richmond Concert Society is proud to continue an annual event which allows subscribers to be involved in the creation of new music.

Students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) will be invited to submit compositions to a reviewing panel. The chosen composer will then be commissioned to write a new piece, especially for the Richmond Concert Society, to be performed by an ensemble of GSMD postgraduate fellows.

The ensemble will perform a short concert after the AGM, in which the new composition will be featured along with established repertoire.

We hope to continue this as an annual event, making the Richmond Concert Society an integral part of the creation of tomorrow's music and the discovery of tomorrow's talent.

This initiative has been made possible by a bequest from Mary Ryan. The winning composer will receive the Mary Ryan Richmond Concert Society Composition Award, bringing with it not only a financial incentive but, perhaps more importantly, a performance before an appreciative and enthusiastic audience.

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Richmond Concert Society

July
Tuesday
18
7:45pm