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.


March 6

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

Schubert piano trio no. 1 in B flat (first movement)   Turina piano trio (first and third movements) and a further item from the classical era.

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

Paul Carr  (organ)

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


April 3

Boglarka Gyorgy (violin)   Brigitta Sveda (piano)

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