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.

Schubert Ensemble: photo credit John Clark


  • New Piano Quintet (To be premiered at the Wigmore Hall three days prior): Judith Weir
  • Piano Quartet in A major Op.30: Chausson
  • Interval
  • 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.

Raphael Wallfisch (cello) & John York (piano)


  • Variations in E flat on Mozart’s “Bei Mannern welche Lieber fuhlen”: Beethoven
  • Sonata in A major Op 69: Beethoven
  • Interval
  • Sonata No.2 in A minor Op 81: Miaskovsky
  • Sonata No.2 in F major Op 99: Brahms

April 28th 2018

Heath Quartet

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.

Heath Quartet


  • Quartet in D major op 71 No2: Haydn
  • Quartet no 5: Widmann
  • Interval
  • 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.’

Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano)


  • 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

Download the 2018 Painswick Music Society Brochure

Performance Reviews

Schubert Ensemble

The first of Painswick Music Society’s season of concerts featured the outstanding Schubert Ensemble with musicians Simon Blendis (violin), Douglas Paterson (viola), Jane Salmon (cello), Peter Buckoke (double bass) and William Howard (piano). The Ensemble is well known for its commissioning work with leading UK composers and also for their workshops with young people. We were honoured to be part of their final celebratory farewell season and our concert followed their Wigmore Hall performance earlier in the week where they had been very warmly received. Their programme started with Chausson’s Piano Quartet in A major, a rarely played but distinctive work in the French romantic tradition which the Ensemble approached with energy and great rapport.
Schubert’s Trout Quintet followed the interval and the charm and exuberance of the music together with the evident enjoyment of the players, was greatly appreciated by a near-capacity audience. This was followed by a new Piano Quintet by Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, written especially for them and appropriately entitled A Song of Departure, a brief farewell piece based on Schubert’s famous song Abschied from Schwanengesang. Each of the players had their moment in the spotlight and it was a lovely tribute from a composer who has enjoyed a long association with the Ensemble. For the encore they played a beautiful arrangement of Strauss’s Morgen (Tomorrow) which brought a memorable afternoon to a wistful conclusion. The Schubert Ensemble has performed several times for Painswick Music Society during their 35 year career and will be greatly missed by us and their many admirers around the world: we thank them and wish them all the best for the future.

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