Rowland – pictured above with the Guarneri del Gesu – says:

“I am delighted, excited and honoured to be given this beautiful violin on loan from the Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation. It’s the 1736 ‘ex-Rode’ Guarneri del Gesu. It’s a violin with an incredible history and I’m hugely looking forward to discovering all the secrets hidden within! My big thanks to Frits Schutte and to all at the foundation for making this possible!”

Robert Plane is currently in the USA with the Gould Piano Trio for a two week tour which takes in venues on both the East and West coasts. In Oregon they make return visits to Corvallis and McMinville as well as making their debut in Portland. After another return visit, to the wonderful Trianon Theatre in San Jose, they move East, with concerts in New York, Sharon Connecticut and Washington DC, where Rob makes his debut in the series at the Phillips Collection.

“We mark the centenary of the upheaval of the Russian Revolution with music that spans both sides of this monumental social and cultural earthquake, whilst the ever-popular music of Mendelssohn provides a dazzling thread to bind the festival. With concerts throughout the day, music to please all tastes, and with Corbridge on the doorstep of Hadrian’s Wall Country and the glorious Tyne Valley, why not join us to savour a summer weekend of uplifting chamber music, all heard in the crystal clear acoustics of historic St. Andrew’s Church.”

Rachel Roberts, one of Europe’s leading violists, who performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician, takes part in Conductor and Pianist Lars Vogt’s week long chamber music festival, Spannungen, in Heimbach’s magnificent Art Nouveau power station in the idyllic landscape of the Rureifel.

Simon is delighted to join Bristol Symphony orchestra, conducted by William Goodchild, in Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1, op.11, E minor in the peaceful surrounds of St Mary Redcliffe Church on Saturday 22 April at 7.30pm. The concert is in support of Age UK Bristol.

On Thursday 25 March, Katie is delighted to direct London Concertante, one of the UK’s finest Chamber Ensembles, in a programme of baroque masterpieces, including Vivaldi’s magnificent Four Seasons in the stunning, candlelit setting of Coventry Cathedral.

“……són and I are therefore particularly delighted to be sharing the stage with David Owen Norris at Turner Sims, Southampton on 4 June – only 2 days after Elgar’s 160th birthday – for “Elgar Unwrapped”, where we pull apart both the Enigma Variations and Pomp and Circumstance No. 4, in a new orchestration by George Morton. Sharing the stage with someone as extraordinary as David Owen Norris is always a joy. His energy is contagious, and we bounce ideas off one another all the time. David is one of the UK’s great Elgar-specialists, and as we work on this project together, I’m eager to delve into what makes the great composer tick – emotionally, musically, as well as searching for the source of that deep Elgarian melancholy. We’re also working on a short film about the project, which includes our discussions about Elgar, the enigma we plan to unwrap, and where our musical journey might lead us.”

Complete programme for Sunday 19th March at 7.30pm at the Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9EU:

Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel
Weber Clarinet Concerto no. 2
Debussy Images

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Later this month Callaghan performs Tchaikovsky’s colourful and explosive Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor with the London Phoenix Orchestra, in their Spring Concert at St John’s Smith Square on the evening of Thursday 23 March.

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Directed by Augustin Peson and set in Paris, the film portrays the duo performing Piazzolla’s Tango Suite

The ‘Radio 3 in Concert’ broadcast of the complete concert, in which Timothy Orpen performed the Finzi Clarinet Concert with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, is available here.   It will be available until the end of March. You can also hear their rather fabulous encore!

The Ferio Saxophone Quartet perform ‘Best of British’ on Sunday 23 April at 3.00pm at St John’s Smith Square, London, as part of their St John’s Young Artists’ Scheme Award. Featuring works by Edward Elgar, Gary Carpenter, Michael Nyman and Will Gregory, their programme opens with William Byrd’s Ave Verum Coprus, considered by many to be Byrd’s finest work.

‘Best of British’ also features two world premieres:

Rachel Roberts, one of Europe’s leading violists, performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician. Rachel has collaborated with conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi and Andras Schiff, performing concertos with the Kolnphilharmonie and the Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden in Switzerland, amongst others.