Spring concerts 2020

January 17

Eric McElroy  (piano)

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

and music by two composers associated with Worcestershire and the West Midlands    IAN VENABLES The Stourhead Follies  (Temple to Apollo; Palladio’s Bridge; Pantheon; The Grotto)                                                                                                                                                   PHILIP MARTIN Night music for Julia;  New York Nights.

A return visit by the brilliant young American pianist and composer now studying for  a PHD at Oxford University,and who has already brought us two remarkable concerts of English piano music   www.eric-mcelroy.com. 

Further on Ian Venables and Philip Martin – please see https://ianvenables.com    and    https://www.philipmartinpianistcomposer.com

 

February 7

Christopher Hill (flute) and Amy Butler (piano)

 Poulenc sonata for flute and piano     Tchaikovsky Lenski’s aria from ‘Eugene Onegin’   Kohler Perle du Nord   Anze Rozman Phoenix   Chaminade Concertino  

Chris Hill is a talented and versatile young flautist from Northamptonshire currently studying as a postgraduate at Birmingham University.  His duo with Amy Butler was formed when they were undergraduates together at Oxford University.  For more information about Chris please visit  https://encoremusicians.com>Christopher Hill

Amy Butler currently studies with Martin Roscoe, gained the highest mark nationally in her grade 8 piano examination, and has subsequently gained her ABRSM performance diploma, graduating from Oxford university with a first-class degree.  Recent performances have included recitals at Wakefield and Ripon cathedrals and Southwell Minster.

February 21

Tim Smith (piano)

Beethoven ‘Eroica’ Variations; 

Janacek in the mists

Tim Smith has already given us two piano recitals over the last few years, including a performance of the fearsome piano sonata by the twentieth-century French composer Henri Dutilleux.  He returns to us during his Weingarten Scholarship year at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest to perform one of Beethoven’s biggest set of variations, based on a theme from the “Eroica” Symphony (but very rarely played) and a mature piano suite by Czechoslovakia’s leading twentieth-century composer.

Tim began his serious musical studies around the age of fifteen and started with jazz and blues. He joined the Oxfordshire County youth Jazz Orchestra and the Oxfordshire Jazz Collective, winning the Oxford Jazz Festival youth competition in 2011. He was also part of the the 16/22 young actors company and wrote the incidental music for the 2013 production of Dylan Thomas under milk wood, which was staged at the Oxford Playhouse. Tim then studied for five years at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he attained his undergraduate degree and postgraduate certificate, completing his studies with Daniel Browell and Anthony Hewitt. During this time Tim has given regular lunchtime recitals at St.  Michael in the Northgate church in Oxford and other venues around the U. K.  In 2016 he played Finzi’s rarely-heard Eclogue for String Orchestra and Piano with members of the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s piano concerto K.467 with a student orchestra from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

 

March 6

Isabella Azima (violin)   Alex Frost (cello)   Alex Wyatt (piano)

Haydn  piano trio in G  Hob: XV. 25  

Schubert piano trio no. 1 in B flat (first movement)   

Turina piano trio (first and third movements)

A piano trio from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department, directed by Jean Gubbins.  Isabella Azima played in last season’s Ravel piano trio with Lauren Zhang (the 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year) and Alex Frost performed the final concert of the 2018-2019 season in July last year.

 

March 20

NO CONCERT THIS FRIDAY.

AS A RESULT OF GOVERNMENTAL ADVICE CONCERNING  THE CORONA VIRUS  OUTBREAK, BOURNVILLE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER  NOTICE.

Paul Carr  (organ)

Music by Parry, Ireland, Paul Spicer, Bourgeois, Vierne, Dupré and Widor

 

April 3

NO CONCERT THIS FRIDAY.

AS A RESULT OF GOVERNMENTAL ADVICE CONCERNING  THE CORONA VIRUS  OUTBREAK, BOURNVILLE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER  NOTICE.

Boglarka Gyorgy (violin)   Brigitta Sveda (piano)

César Franck sonata for violin and piano;   Bartok  six Romanian Folk Dances, and an encore by Fritz Kreisler.