Spring Concerts 2019

January 18

BUTE CLARINET QUARTET

Nigel Wood under the veil

arranged Nigel Wood  selection from the British Isles suite

Lenny Sayers for four

Eddie McGuire  Celtic Knotwork

Nigel Wood Man Mou

Duke Ellington in a  sentimental mood

Lenny Sayers Mazel Tov

A third visit by this scintillating and lively Cardiff-based group of four clarinettists, with a change from their originally suggested programme,  concentrating instead on music by two composers who have written music specially for the group  – Nigel  Wood and Lenny Sayers (principal bass clarinettist in the National Orchestra of  Wales) with two other  works thrown in, including a golden oldie by Duke Ellington.

February 1

ULRICH HEINEN (CELLO) and JOHN HUMPHREYS (PIANO)

Sonatas by J S Bach,  Debussy and Prokofiev and a short piece by Birmingham-based Howard Skempton, who turned 70 last year. 

The former principal cellist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with his regular piano partner, one of  our most popular pianists.

February 15

BRUNO MONTEIRO (VIOLIN) and ROBERT MARKHAM (PIANO)

Music by Mozart, Luis de Freitas Branco, Elgar and John Williams

Bruno Monteiro is a brilliant Portuguese violinist establishing a partnership with Robert Markham, Senior Piano Tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, who is already familiar with Bournville Lunchtime Concert audiences, among whose pupils is the 2018 BBC Young Musician of the  Year (see MARCH 15 concert).  Both have performed internationally for many years,  and  Bruno has many CDs to his credit, especially of Portuguese and twentieth-century repertoire,  although his most recent CD (to be issued in two month’s time) will be of  music by the nineteenth-century Belgian composer, Guillaume Lekeu.

March 1

TIM SMITH (PIANO)

Liszt Dante Sonata, Bartok suite opus 14, Beethoven sonata in A  flat Op. 27 no.1

This is Tim’s second visit – his performance of the fearsome piano sonata by Henri Dutilleux was one of the highlights of our last season. Tim is currently on a year’s scholarship from the Weingarten Trust  to study at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and therefore brings us two major monuments of  Hungarian piano music, Bartok’s suite Opus 14, Liszt’s après une lecture de Dante (commonly known as the Dante Sonata, and as fearsome in its  way as the Dutilleux Sonata mentioned above) along with  Beethoven’s  sonata quasi una fantasia Op.27 no.1.

March 15

ISABELLA AZIMA (VIOLIN)  NATASHA WILLCOCKSON (CELLO)            LAUREN ZHANG (PIANO)     Ravel piano trio

Lauren Zhang, from the Junior Department of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, is the 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year, and studies with Robert Markham (see February 15 concert).

April 5

ANDREW HAMILTON (BARITONE) and MICHAEL PANDYA (PIANO)

Mahler Rückert-lieder;  Vaughan Williams songs of travel

Andrew Hamilton  (www.andrewhamiltonbaritone.com) and Michael Pandya (www.michaelpandya.com) are senior students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London,  with a wealth  of professional experience already achieved (please look at their websites – details listed above). For their concert in our series, they are performing two classics composed during the first five years of the twentieth century.  Michael Pandya has recently won the piano prizes  at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition and the Maureen Lehane Competition, and also the much-coveted Gerald Moore Award for piano accompanists.

The first concert of  the summer term is on May 3,and will feature music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and Shostakovitch performed by Harry Broom and Yahan Chen, two cellists from the senior department of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, We hope to have advance details of the entire summer term programme on line in a week or so.