Saturdays at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Painswick
Tea with homemade sandwiches and cakes is available after the concert
March 24th 2018
The Schubert Ensemble
The Schubert Ensemble is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings with more than 80 commissions and over 30 critically acclaimed CDs to its name. They have decided to bring their 35 year career to a close at the end of June 2018 so their Painswick concert will be part of their final celebratory season and will include the second performance of a new quintet by Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, to be premiered at the Wigmore Hall 3 days previously.
- New Piano Quintet (To be premiered at the Wigmore Hall three days prior): Judith Weir
- Piano Quartet in A major Op.30: Chausson
- Piano Quintet in A major D.667 (The Trout): Schubert
April 14th 2018
Raphael Wallfisch (cello)
& John York (piano)
Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage and since winning an International Cello Competition in Florence at the age of twenty-four, he has enjoyed a world-wide career playing with the world’s leading orchestras as well as recording nearly every major work for his instrument. Alongside his solo career, Raphael has a long-standing and distinguished duo with John York with whom he has undertaken many international recital tours and made numerous recordings, and the duo celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2017.
- Variations in E flat on Mozart’s “Bei Mannern welche Lieber fuhlen”: Beethoven
- Sonata in A major Op 69: Beethoven
- Sonata No.2 in A minor Op 81: Miaskovsky
- Sonata No.2 in F major Op 99: Brahms
April 28th 2018
The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet have established themselves as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of our time. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, they have received numerous awards, and get rave reviews wherever they play. Their recording of Tchaikovsky’s First and Third Quartets was selected as Disk of the Week by both the Sunday Times and BBC Radio 3 and their recording of Tippett’s string quartets won the 2016 GRAMOPHONE Chamber Disk of the Year. Highlights of their 2017/18 season include tours of the US and New Zealand, recitals in Belgium, The Netherlands and Spain, and a five-concert series at Wigmore Hall, featuring the quartets of the celebrated young German composer, Jörg Widmann.
- Quartet in D major op 71 No2: Haydn
- Quartet no 5: Widmann
- Quartet no 1 in D major Op11: Tchaikovsky
May 12th 2018
Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano)
& Joseph Middleton (piano)
Dame Sarah Connolly is recognized internationally as one of the great mezzo sopranos of our time, celebrated both for her ‘luxury chocolate-liqueur voice and her thrilling theatrical intensity on stage’. Highlights in Dame Sarah’s 2017/18 season include her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in a new production of Ariodante, the title role in Giulio Cesare at the Glyndebourne Festival, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde for the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester in Berlin. As one critic has written ‘she is unrivalled, simply the best, most exciting, most galvanizing performer we have today.’
- Programme is to include the First Performance of a Song Cycle by Sally Beamish set to poetry by Laurie Lee.
- Songs by Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Parry, Howells, Holst, Britten, Tippett and others