Thursday 29th January at 1.00 p.m.
Reg Wrathmell – piano
Schubert - Impromptu in G flat
Aufenthalt - Der Muller und der Bach -
Liebesbotschaft - Standchen
Liszt - Consolation in D flat major
Etudes: Op.10 No 4, Op 25 No1, Op.10 No 12
Nocturne in F minor
Scherzo in B minor
Reg Wrathmell, although primarily a maths lecturer, has given many piano performances, mainly in the South and West - Cheltenham and Bristol; he studied also studied with his friend, the late Harold Taylor.
Previously, he played for the Bideford Music Society and, before moving to Gloucestershire gave frequent recitals for the WEA Chamber Series in the Tudor Merchant Hall, Southampton
Thursday 26th February at 1.00 p.m.
Gemma King - Soprano
Steve Dunachie – Piano
A Celebration of English Composers
Gemma King, née Busfield sings
setting of poems by W.H.Auden
‘On This Island’
and other songs arranged by
Hubert Parry, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Benjamin Britten,
John Ireland, Roger Quilter,
Ivor Gurney and Steve Dunachie
Soprano and Vocal Tutor
Gemma is a graduate of the vocal department of the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she was awarded Bachelor of Music with Honours (First Class) in 2006. She is also a qualified Music Teacher, and achieved Qualified Teacher Status in 2008 (Open University).
Gemma works across the UK as professional singer, performing regularly in choirs and consorts, including Ex Cathedra (Birmingham), Armonico Consort (Warwick) and Ensemble Sine Nomine (Gloucester). She also performs solo recitals at regular intervals for independent festivals and appears as soprano soloist for various local Choral Societies, including most recently, Ludlow, Leominster and Ross on Wye.
Gemma is Assistant Director of Music at The Parish Church of St. Laurence, Ludlow. There she is responsible for running the Junior Chorister Programme and has recently started a Children’s Training Choir for 5-8 year olds.
As well as performing, Gemma works substantially as a vocal coach, teaching at Abberley Hall Prep School as well as working on a variety of Education Projects for Ex Cathedra, which she has been a member of for 12 years.
Steve Dunachie has been accompanist and Assistant Music Director of the Ludlow Choral Society, since 1998. He is a professional musician, working freelance as a piano teacher, music therapist, adjudicator, accompanist and composer. He has also written music for television, radio and the theatre, notably for Sir Antony Hopkins’ production of Uncle Vanya. As well as working in the classical field he has performed in a variety of other settings, including jazz, folk and rock music. We are fortunate to have the services of such an outstanding pianist accompanying Gemma today
Thursday 12th March at 1.00 p.m.
Anna Maria Stachula
Francois Couperin (1668 – 1733)
Tic Toc Choc
Jean Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)
Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
La plus que lente, valse
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Etudes op.25:no’s1.2,3,4,5,6,7,and 11
Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
Hungarian rhapsody No.6 in D-flat major
Anna Maria trained initially at the Academy of Music in Katowice, in Poland. She taught there for several years, and also worked as a soloist, and chamber musician.
Working in UK since 2006, she has also been studying with John Humphreys from the Birmingham Conservatoire improving her technique as well as widening her knowledge of the Birmingham music fraternity and furthering her career.
In May 2011 she gave a lunch time concert at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute, which was very well received. Her extensive repertoire includes works by Mozart, Chopin and Schumann.
Anna has played previously at the Gateway in October 2011 with a programme that included works by Mozart, Schumann and Chopin
Friday 20th March at 7.30 –
piano and accordion
Milko Ambrogini –double bass
Shirley Smart- cello
Based in London since 2008, the Italian composer, pianist and accordionist Maurizio Minardi completed his studies in piano, organ and composition at the Conservatorio di Musica ‘Giovan Battista Martini’ Bologna. He also gained a certificate in Musicology at DAMS (Drama, Art and Music Studies) Università di Bologna.
In 2011, Maurizio produced and released the orchestral-electronic album Works to critical acclaim, while in 2012 he released his jazz album My Piano Trio. Maurizio released his studio album, The Cook, the Clown, the Monk and the Accordionist, in March 2013. The music has a cinematic quality reminiscent of composers such as Nino Rota, Yann Tiersen, René Aubry, Michael Nyman, Ennio Morricone and Sakamoto.
In addition to performing his own works, Maurizio has collaborated with a range of artists including Carmen Souza, Antonio Forcione, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava and the Royal Shakespeare Company. A masterful manipulator of keyboards, Minardi has principally made a name for himself as a wonderfully articulate accordionist, although his piano playing and composing are both hugely impressive as well.
Both live and on record, Minardi consistently demonstrates his sophisticated approach to performance and composition. His music embraces an elegant and frequently cinematic sense of melody that follows in the vein of composers like Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone and Michael Nyman, as well as contemporary European jazz artists and other noted jazz accordionists – the Esbjorn Svensson Trio’s playful mixing of texture and timbres spring to mind, as does the tango-influenced playing of Astor Piazolla and Richard Galliano. Despite these inspirations, Minardi nevertheless puts a very personal and individual stamp on his entertaining creations, and together with his band (comprising double bass, cello and drums) he offers an amazingly entertaining and enticing live prospect.
Minardi tours the UK with JSL support to coincide with the release of Piano Ambulance, his ninth studio album and a fine example of the continuingly impressive path his career is taking.
“a standout recording, full of atmospheric music that combines immediately engaging hooks with sweeping narrative and emotional depth…a pleasure from first note to last” – Bruce Linsday, All About Jazz
“Lyrical, intelligent, contemporary piano jazz with its roots in the European classical tradition and beyond.” – The Jazzmann online
Shirley is fast becoming known as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists – being equally at home and well versed in Classical, Jazz and Middle Eastern music. Originally trained in classical cello under Raphael Wallfisch at the Guilldhall School of Music, and Janos Starker in Paris, she subsequently moved to Jerusalem, where she remained for 10 years, studying and performing a wide variety of world music from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region, as well as being highly involved with the jazz and improvised music scene. Since returning to the UK, she has quickly become known as one of the most creative cellists on the music scene and has worked with many leading jazz and world music groups, including Antonio Forcione, Kosmos Ensemble, Shekoyo’kh Gilad Atzmon, Neil Cowley, Julian Ferraretto, Alice Zawadski and Robert Mitchell, as well as leading her own projects. She teaches Musicianship and Improvisation at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and is a Visiting Lecturer at City University.
Jason Reeve – drums, percussion
A Graduate of The Guildhall School of Music, Jason Reeve is a highly sought after drummer with a wide range of experience performing and recording Jazz, Big Band Jazz, Latin, Rock, Country, Funk and Drum and Bass. He has performed at major Festivals, for radio sessions on Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music and has performed at famous London venues including The Barbican Centre, The Jazz Cafe, The Royal Festival Hall, The Prince of Wales Theatre, Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean Street, and Koko. He currently performs regularly in the United Kingdom and at venues across Europe. In addition to performing, Reeve is a respected educator of Percussion both privately and for award winning independent schools.
Milko Ambrogini –Double bass
takes the place of Nick Pini for the concert at the Gateway
Thursday 26th March at 1.00 p.m.
Severn String Quartet
Rowan Richards (violins),
Jenni Carwithen (viola), Ruth Henley (cello)
The Severn Quartet is Shrewsbury’s own string quartet! They are Anne Tupling, Rowan Richard, Jenni Carwithen and Ruth Henley – musical friends who share a passion for chamber music. They believe in having fun with music making as well as working hard together towards our various performances.
They all perform with “Sounds Interesting” and have a varied freelance career with orchestras as well as teaching and giving solo recitals and chamber music concerts.
Their next concert at Harper Adams University, Newport on July 14th
for University of the Third Age.
PAUL HENLEY (1959- )
GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Op 12 string quartet in Eb (1829)
JOSEP HAYDN (1732-1809)
Presto from quartet op9/3 (1769)
Anne Tupling combines a career as freelance violinist and teacher in Sherwsbury. She gained BA in Music and Psychology at Nottingham whilst studying violin with Huw Maguire of the Allegri Quartet. She her gained MA in Music at London Institute. Anne has been fortunate in learning with some of the UK’s foremost violinists, Howard Davies of the Alberni Quartet, Michael Bochmann, Roger Coull, and in recent years, Zbynek Padourek of Martinu Quartet.
Anne was leader of Leicester Symphony and Chamber Orchestras before moving to Shropshire in 2000. Her business, “Sounds Interesting Strings”, employs local professional musicians to give concerts and provide live classical music for weddings and corporate events. Anne plays with Philomusica of Aberystwyth, Liverpool Sinfonia, Nottingham Bach Society and The National Festival Orchestra. She is orchestral leader for Shrewsbury Sinfonia and choral societies in Ludlow and Birmingham. She plays an Italian violin by Pietro Messori.
Rowan Richards is a local violinist, performing and teaching in Shropshire where she grew up. Whilst at school in the county, Rowan was a member of the Shropshire Youth Orchestra before completing her musical training at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she won both instrumental and choral scholarships.
She began her career as a primary school music teacher, but is now a freelance musician and the Rock Choir leader for Shropshire. Rock Choir rehearses and performs all over the UK and this year the Shropshire choirs will be performing at Theatre Severn, Wembley Stadium and The Birmingham Genting Arena. Rowan's other work includes orchestral playing, violin and piano teaching, piano accompanying and organ playing for weddings.
Jenni Carwithen comes from a musical family and having won a music scholarship to Cheltenham Ladies College, went on to study the viola with Winifred Copperwheat at the Royal Academy of Music.
Ruth Henley began her musical training at the age of 12 in her native Leicestershire. She continued her studies at the Birmingham School of Music with Naomi Butterworth. On completing her course at Birmingham, Ruth attended the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded one of only twelve places on the Advanced Performing course, studying with Douglas Cummings . On leaving college Ruth embarked on a varied freelance career as a performer and teacher. She is an experienced recitalist and has performed at venues around the United Kingdom, both in solo recitals and in chamber ensembles. She has given performances of many of the major concertos, including those by Elgar and Dvořák. Orchestrally, Ruth was principal cellist with Mid-Wales Opera for five years, and also with the Bardi Orchestra. In addition she has worked with the East of England Orchestra, at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and for many Operatic Societies. Future plans include a series featuring the complete works for cello and piano of Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Brahms, and several Chamber Concerts.
Thursday 9th April at 1.00 p.m.
Young Shrewsbury 15
Stuart Bramwell - violin
Meditation from Thais by Massenet
J.C.F.Bach - Allegretto in F
Stuart attends Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and also the Junior-Royal Northern College Of Music, working towards a diploma on violin.
He has frequently played at weddings and is also happy to play for other functions. Stuart can be contacted at.
Richard Christie – piano
Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata - third movement
Kirsten Heal – piano
Jacob Owen - ’cello
Bach Cello Suite II in D minor (the Prelude)
Kian Samari – piano
Chopin's Ballade No.1 in g minor.
Kian has been learning and playing piano from the age of seven, about ten years, and also took jazz piano lessons for a few months.
He is currently on a gap year
Dan Scott – saxophone
Light of Sothis by the composer Amy Quate -
Dan began playing Saxophone three years ago. Since then he has gone on to gain a place at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. At present he is a second year student at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and an active member of many groups within the college. My musical inspirations include saxophonist Arno Bornkamp, who is considered to be one of the most influential soloists in the classical repertoire, and Chinese piano virtuoso Lang Lang."
Thursday 23rd April at 1.00 p.m.
Marie Louise Taylor – piano
Scarlatti - Sonatas in E minor and G major
Marie-Louise Taylor has performed as soloist and chamber musician in venues nationwide including London's Wigmore Hall, Royal Holloway College, Warwick University, Reading Arts Centre, the Adrian Boult Hall and CBSO centre in Birmingham, for Knighton Music club, the Tenby festival, the Royal Welsh College of Music and many others. She has also broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Marie-Louise studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London gaining her LRAM and the RAM performance diploma and later on a scholarship to Hungary, where she achieved 'outstanding' in solo and chamber music from the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute.
She has played previously in Shrewsbury under conductor, Richard White, as well as several times at the Gateway.
Thursday 14th May at 1.00 p.m.
David Joyce - violin
Richard Silk - piano
Claude Debussy - Sonata for violin and piano
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Three Pieces Op 11
(from incidental music to ”Much Ado about Nothing”)
Gabriel Fauré - Après un Rêve
George Gershwin - Three Preludes
(arranged by Jascha Heifitz for violin and piano )
Piano solos -
Movements from Debussy’s Children’s Corner
David Joyce is Head of Strings at Shrewsbury School. A pupil at the Purcell School and then the Royal College of Music, studying with Itzak Rashkovsky, David has been performing as a soloist for over twenty years. He is leader of the Midland Concert orchestra and a variety of other regional professional orchestras. He has played with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and on numerous occasions for the English Symphony Orchestra. David has recorded at Abbey Road and taken part in concerts televised throughout Europe. Past recitals have included sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms and also music by Czech composers. David also plays viola and was included in a concert given by the Maggini Quartet, playing Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasie” Quintet. David plays on a 1903 W E Hill violin, an English Stradivarius model.
Richard Silk studied at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, finishing with a Mus B in composition and organ performance. Notable teachers included Raymond Leppard, Thurston Dart, John Dykes Bower and Douglas Fox. From 1959 to 1971 he was Director of Music at Magdalen College School, Oxford and conductor of Oxford Harmonic Society. He was Assistant University Organist at both Cambridge and Oxford.
From 1971-2002 he taught at Birmingham Conservatoire, becoming Director of Studies. During this time he also conducted the Birmingham Choral , sang with Ex Cathedra and held the post of organist at Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham. During this time he continued his performing career with broadcasts and concerts both in the UK and Europe.
After taking early retirement he went back to Cambridge to study the harpsichord with the eminent player Lucy Carolan. Since then he has given many recitals both as a soloist and with The Borromini Ensemble, a group which he founded in 1993 and which performed countrywide for the next twelve years. The ensemble also recorded two CDs.
He appears regularly at The Gateway and churches in Shrewsbury both as soloist and in chamber ensembles. and now lives near Church Stretton
Thursday 28th May at 1.00 p.m.
John Humphreys and Alan Schiller
Mozart: Variations in G major, K.501
Schubert: Fantasie in f minor, D.940
Ravel: Suite: 'Mother Goose'
Dvorak: Three Slavonic Dances
Allan and John have been playing as a piano duo for over thirty years. They have recorded Busoni and Schubert for Naxos and on 26th January 2006 were invited by Wigmore Hall to present a recital on the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. In addition to BBC Radio 3 broadcasts they have played throughout the UK and more recently have played in Iceland.
Their programmes cover a wide repertoire of piano duo music ranging from J.C Bach to the contemporary scene but with a particular emphasis on the great works of Mozart, Schubert, Ravel, Debussy, Brahms and Dvorak. They also work together as a two piano team in an exciting and eclectic repertoire
..........Schiller and Humphreys have been playing together for over thirty years and it shows - their collaboration at the keyboard is beautifully synchronized right up to the last cadence." - (BBC Classical Review
".......Allan Schiller and John Humphreys managed to communicate their sense of personal enjoyment, bringing a professional attainment without inappropriate gloss.......playing of fastidious poetry and elegance" - (Daily Telegraph, Anthony Payne)
This promises to be a highlight of our year so we look forward to a large audience – make a note of the date now!
A Steinway Fest 15
(Tea concerts every Thursday in June at 4.30 p.m.)
4th June -DUNCAN HONEYBOURNE
H. Walford Davies -Theme and Variations for piano
Schumann - Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) op.82
Evangeline Livens - Gossamer Shadows
Leo Livens - Moonbeams
Brahms - Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel, op 24
Duncan Honeybourne is a Piano Tutor at the University of Southampton and Sherborne School, adjudicates and gives masterclasses and lecture recitals. He has written for Classical Music magazine, The Times and the Jewish Chronicle, is Founder/Artistic Director of the Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts and directs his own recital series, Piano Plus, in Leominster, Herefordshire. Duncan is also a frequent lecturer on his experience of life on the autism spectrum and, in 2012, he was commissioned to make a series of short films on autism for the Manchester Camerata/Royal Exchange Theatre Songlines project.
Duncan won prizes at the Royal Academy of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he graduated with First Class Honours and later received the honorary award of HonBC for professional distinction. He also worked with John York and Fanny Waterman, and was awarded a Goldenweiser Scholarship for three years further study in London with the Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich. Since his solo debut at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in 1998, he has established a rich and diverse career as pianist and educator, and is especially renowned as an interpreter of British and Irish piano music.
Duncan has played concertos and given recitals at major venues and leading festivals, and has partnered renowned artists and ensembles in chamber music. His solo performances have been frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ (Ireland), Radio Suisse Romande (Switzerland) and in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He has premiered many new works dedicated to him by celebrated composers, including John Joubert’s Piano Sonata no.3, Sadie Harrison’s Lunae and Shadows, Andrew Downes Second Sonata at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery and the Downes Piano Concerto at Birmingham Town Hall. Duncan’s recordings for EM Records and Divine Art include the complete solo piano music of Moeran and works by Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Bax and Howells alongside more neglected figures such as Aloys Fleischmann, Archy Rosenthal and Thomas Pitfield. His CD A Forgotten English Romantic, exploring the piano music of composer, poet and priest Greville Cooke, was a MusicWeb International Recording of the Year in 2014.
11th June - FRASER GRAHAM
Ravel - Sonatine
Mendelssohn- *Variations Serieuses
Rachmaninoff - Moments Musicaux No 3 in B minor
Prokofiev - 10 pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op 75
Fraser graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire Music College in 2004, having studied under Malcolm Wilson and Simon Nicholls and now performs a wide variety of music. He is an active performer, soloist, accompanist and event pianist in the UK.
Recent solo projects include his debut London recital at Steinway Hall earlier this year and a Beethoven series of 5 Beethoven Sonatas over 5 consecutive Friday lunchtimes, with donations going toward Macmillan Nurses. He has performed at the Dean and Chaddlington Music Festival with international tenor Richard Coxon with whom Fraser works regularly. In November this year he was one of four finalists to take part in the Liszt Society Piano Prize at Goldsmiths University in London.
Fraser also has his hands full with a (nearly) 2 year old son and when he's not playing and teaching the piano can sometimes be seen playing trumpet with one of the UK's premier funk and soul bands Funk Soul Brother.
Fraser teaches privately, is a teacher and accompanist at Oakham School, Uppingham Community College and Loughborough University and since April 2013 the accompanist for the Leicester Philharmonic Choir.
Thursday 18th June at 4.30 p.m.
Schubert Impromptu in E flat major, op. 90, no.2
Haydn Sonata in C major, Hob. XV1/50
Debussy L'Isle Joyeuse
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Emilie Capulet regularly gives concerts in international music festivals and concert halls in Europe, the USA, Canada and Latin America. Recent engagements include recitals in Amsterdam and North Brabant, the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, the B.A.R.N. in Quebec, concerts in France for the European Heritage Day, recitals in the UK at Blackheath Halls, Winchester Cathedral, Buxton Opera House, the Halifax Festival, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cheltenham Town Hall, The Woodville Theatre and the Woodford Concert Society, as well as Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Musical Cruises on the Rhine and the Danube. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Canada, France Bleu Provence, and Nicaraguan television and radio. While touring Latin America, Emilie received the ‘ExpressArte’ award for her exceptional contribution to Nicaraguan culture, art and education. Emilie has recorded a CD of works by Beethoven and Chopin with BMP. As well as an MMus in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her interest in the arts as a whole has earned her an MA on Shakespeare and a PhD on the musicality of Modernist literature. Emilie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Head of Classical Performance and Senior Lecturer at the London College of Music, University of West London.
Thurs. 25th June - BELA HARTMANN
Chopin - Polonaise-Fantasy, Op.61
Grieg 2 Lyric Pieces -
At Your Feet Op. 68 No. 3, Gade Op. 57 No. 1
Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka
Russian Dance, In Petrushka’s Room, The Shrovetide Fair
A prize-winner of both national and international competitions, the Czech-German pianist Béla Hartmann has established a reputation for lively and individual interpretations of a wide repertoire. Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven form the core of his extensive range.He was a prize-winner in the International Schubert Competition, Dortmund , and winner of the Beethoven Medal of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. In 2000, he was a semi-finalist at the Leeds International Piano Competition.
In 2005 Béla Hartmann performed the complete piano sonatas and dances by Schubert, in a series of recitals at Steinway Hall. Other programmes include the complete first book of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, works by Dvorak and Smetana and contemporary composers such as Widmann, Birtwistle, Berio and Petr Eben. Béla Hartmann had also performed widely on fortepianos. He has given recitals at venues in London, the UK and Europe, as well as in the U.S.A., where he appeared at the Carnegie Recital Hal. Concerto performances include concertos by Brahms, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Dvorak, Beethoven and Mozart. Béla Hartmann is also a keen musical essayist and has published both in print and online on areas such as performance practice and artistic identity.
Béla Hartmann studied in Munich with Vadim Suchanov and Nicolas Economou and at Trinity College, London, with John Bingham. A scholarship from the Tillett Trust enabled further studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Munich, with Elisso Virssaladse.
Béla Hartmann’s debut CD with works by Schubert was released by Meridian Records in 2011 to critical acclaim.
Thursday 9th July at 1.00 p.m.
Aron Arozsa - piano