Summer 2018

April 20



Unfortunately,   Ruth Davis is  unable  to give her double bass recital on this date, on account of illness in the family.

Instead, we have a voice and piano recital given by Katie Gilbert (soprano) and Edward Leung and Robin Bowman (pianists).  Please see performer details below.

Dowland come heavy sleep

Howells – three songs from in green ways; and  come sing and dance

Gurney  all night under the moon                                                                                                                                   Katie Gilbert and Robin Bowman 

Jonathan Dove -two songs for unaccompanied soprano from the song-cycle Ariel

Bartok  finale (allegro molto) from piano sonata

Chopin Waltz in A flat major Op.42                                                                                                                                  Edward Leung – piano

Manuel de Falla trois mélodies  –   les colombes;   chinoiserie;   séguidille                                                                Katie Gilbert and Edward Leung

On Tuesday April 10th 2018 Katie Gilbert won the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire English Song Prize. The English part of our concert is her prize-winning repertoire, plus three songs from Herbert Howells in green ways which Robin Bowman studied with the composer.  Edward Leung is a multi-prizewinning American pianist who studied undergraduate at Princeton University, and is now pursuing the Master of Music programme at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire studying with Pascal Nemirowski. Katie and Edward have just performed  the de Falla songs in the “Debussy and Spain” concert of the CBSO/Royal Birmingham Conservatoire collaborative series of chamber concerts which formed part of the CBSO Easter 2018 Debussy Festival.     Robin Bowman, a collaborative pianist of international renown, is  a member of the organizing committee of the Bournville Lunchtime Concerts, and teaches vocal performance and collaborative piano at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.  




May 4

David Saint (organ)

Music by J. S. Bach (prelude and fugue in a  minor), William Russill (voluntary no. 1), Parry (prelude and fugue in G major), Bridge (adagio in E), Walton arr. Murrill  (Crown imperial)

May 18

Griffith Wadkin (cello)  and Robert Markham (piano)

Music by Beethoven (variations on bei Männern from Mozart’s Magic Flute), Zimmermann (four short pieces) Shostakovitch (sonata in d minor Op.40) and Pärt (Fratres)

June 1 

Domonkos Csabay (piano)

Beethoven (eroica variations Op.35

Janacek (in the mists)    andante;  molto adagio;  andantino;  presto

Domonkos Csabay is a brilliant young Hungarian pianist currently living and working in Birmingham.  He recently gave an outstandingly successful Birmingham Town Hall evening recital, including the late Schubert A major sonata, and the Janacek suite which is part of his programme for us.  Among many concerto appearances he has recently performed the Mozart D minor concerto with the Oxford Sinfonia.  In Hungary he has been appointed as an Annie Fischer scholar, a scheme devoted to maintaining the memory of that great Hungarian pianist, and so continues to perform frequently in his native land. In Romania he won a composition prize, and in Wales and at the Royal Birmingham conservatoire he has won prizes for piano accompaniment of singers, and is a very experienced player of instrumental chamber music, winning the Leo Weiner prize for chamber music at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.  Until July he is the repetiteur for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire opera course.   The Beethoven variations is a large-scale but rarely heard work  based on the theme which later became famous in the finale of the Eroica symphony.       

June 15

Naoko Mitsumori (organ)

Bach (passacaglia and fugue in c minor)   Chorale-preludes by Scheidemann (in death’s strong grasp the saviour lay),   Bach (now thank we all our God; from God shall naught divide me) and Brahms (my heart is filled with longing – two settings; O world, I now must leave  thee – two settings)

July 6


A recital of songs and arias by CHINESE composers, and Mozart, Debussy, Barber and Bernstein. 

Shiyu Zhang, Roxanne Korda (sopranos) and Bernard Tan (piano)

Unfortunately for us Andrew Randall who was booked to sing this concert, has been offered a 20-concert summer tour with Armonico Consort and one of these concert dates clashes  with our concert.   

However we are very fortunate that Shiyu Zhang, a brilliant young Chinese soprano just completing two years of  postgraduate study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, is available to sing for us. During the twentieth century the major Far Eastern cultures have produced a wealth of fine piano-accompanied song  which is almost never heard in the West. Shiyu will perform four such songs to start the programme and will end the concert with the spectacular “glitter and be gay” from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. In between she will sing four songs by Debussy, and will be joined by fellow-student Roxanne Korda for two Mozart operatic duets. In addition Roxanne will present a very different form of twentieth-century American composition for solo voice –  a substantial song by Samuel Barber which sets a portion of James Joyce Finnegan’s Wake (full copies of the verbal text will be given to the  audience!)  Bernard Tan, no stranger to these concerts, who, having graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire this time last year, has spent the time since as graduate assistant at the University of Ann Arbor, Michigan, studying under Martin Katz, on what is probably the finest programme in the world for the development of collaborative pianists.   

July 20 

Julia White (oboe) and Katharine Lam (piano)

programme includes music by Saint-Saëns (sonata for  oboe and piano), Britten and Richard Hewson 


All concerts are free admission, begin at 1 pm, last around 40 – 45 minutes, and are preceded by a simple lunch available from 12.00 to 12.45