In June of this year, Robert Plane will be recording a new disc with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins. The disc will include premiere recordings of clarinet concerti by three twentieth-century British composers, building on both Martyn’s and Rob’s continuing advocacy of British music.
We are thrilled to present the collaboration between the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet and Clarice Assad, who have known each other for many years, having discovered a striking musical affinity early on in their friendship. They have developed an eclectic programme of genre-defying music full of rhythm, energy, humour and emotion, which they look forward to presenting on disc and in concert in 2020 and the 20-21 season. The new CD, featuring this extraordinary combination of musicians, will be released by Chandos in July 2020.
On the 2nd May, in the first of a new series, Solem Lates, the Solem Quartet presents 'batózeyal': a night of music for string quartet and electronics.
The Solem Quartet is committed to taking its music to as wide an audience as possible, and especially to young people. Each member of the group is an experienced teacher and as a quartet they have performed and collaborated with young people in many contexts through their regular university visits, workshops and classes with primary and secondary schools and work with the charity ‘Live Music Now’ which provides support to people with special needs.
Simon Callaghan describes his latest recording (which will come out on the Nimbus label later this year) as "a collection of characters - a procession, if you like - by two composers who I think go really well together: Poulenc and Schumann."
February 2019 saw the release of a CD on the Nimbus label of music by Richard Blackford, prominently featuring the Solem Quartet. The first work on the disc, Seven Hokusai Miniatures, was written for the quartet in 2018 and is offered among their current programme proposals.
The Rowland Bogdanovic duo brings together charismatic Dutch–English violinist Daniel Rowland and superb Serbian–French cellist Maja Bogdanovic. Their explorations of music ranging from the Baroque to the present day allow them to offer a set of compelling programmes including works by Bach, Ravel, Sollima and Piazzolla.
In keeping with the festival's theme "Music and Invention" the Linos Piano Trio take their 'Re-inventing the Piano Trio' programme to Barnes Music Festival on the 19th March at 7:30 pm.
Those who were lucky enough to hear the fabulous Solem Quartet perform at Wigmore Hall last July will remember their sizzling account of Bartók’s Quartet no. 4. Nothing can replace being in the concert hall as a member of the audience, but this video of the fifth movement immediately demonstrates why this award-winning, vibrant string quartet has developed such a strong following. We are also delighted to be able to bring you their recording of the Allegro molto from Beethoven String Quartet in C major, op. 59, no. 3, Razumovsky. Read more
Former BBC New Generation Artists, the Galliard Ensemble is established as one of Britain’s leading chamber groups. The Galliards are able to offer a fantastically varied set of programme proposals drawn from an expansive repertoire ranging between the seventeenth century and the present day.
Shevaughan Beere, baritone saxophonist of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, talks to Glastonbury Radio today (Friday 11th January) and will be chatting to presenter Alan Philpott live at 4.40pm.
Huw Wiggin chatted to Neil Crossley about his disc, Reflections, and you can read the full interview in the Winter Issue of Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine.
Daniel Rowland and Alberto Mesirca will travel to the Isle of Man to give a concert for the Ramsey Music Society on the 19th March. They will perform a varied and exciting programme of music from all over Europe, ranging from Paganini to Bartók, and ending up in Argentina for Astor Piazzolla’s vibrant ‘Histoire du Tango’.
Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi has been invited to become a Blüthner Artist, joining a rank of distinguished performers including Artur Pizarro and Nikolai Demidenko. Established in Leipzig in 1853, Blüthner is one of the world’s most prestigious piano manufacturers, with an impressive history of quality and innovation. Their artist cooperation scheme provides an especially strong and direct connection between the company and performers around the world.