Gateway Arts Concerts

Wednesday 18th January at 7.30 p.m.




Trish Clowes - Saxophones
Chris Montague - Guitar
Ross Stanley - Hammond Organ, Piano
James Maddren - Drums

My Iris is a new project from BASCA award winning composer and saxophonist Trish Clowes. Following collaborations with string quartets and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Clowes now shifts perspective to explore the possibilities of a small ensemble. My Iris features startling melodies, earthy grooves and gnarly lines, creating a sound world both intimate and thrilling. The group also investigate dynamics, textures, exciting interaction and sometimes fiery improvisation. My Iris represents a new chapter in Clowes' career.

 Press quotes: 

'Trish Clowes is a fiercely talented saxophonist' - Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph 


'She is his (Wayne Shorter's) inheritor a continent and an ocean away, and a young woman brimming with the surprise and ever-inventive singularity of her magic.' Chris Searle, The Morning Star 

“Her themes and harmonies are angular and quirky, and she shares Thelonius Monk’s talent for building an overall sense of inevitability out of surprising details. As an improviser she achieves a similar melding of the unexpected and the inexorable” Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine

My Iris promo videos
Part 1

Part 2

Admission/Tickets £10.00 on the door,from the Gateway or Pengwern Books


Thursday 26th January at 2.00 p.m.



Liszt "Vallee d'Obermann"

Debussy -  Preludes from BK's 1 and 2 .

to include "Puerto del Vino", La Cathedral Engloutie", "Brouillards", “Hommage à S. Pickwick", " Bruyeres", "Online" and Feux d'Artifice

Admission £6.00 on the door

Students £2.00  Friends of Gateway Arts £5.00


Children and carers with disabled, free


Thursday 23rd February at 2.00 p.m.




 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Trio in E flat, K. 498 'Kegelstatt'

 Max Bruch

No. 5,2 and 8 from Eight Pieces, op. 83

 Robert Schumann

 Märchenerzählungen, op. 132

Henry Kennedy- clarinet

Henry is currently studying clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Angela Malsbury and Chris Richards. Henry has had the opportunity to play with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain, the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and CBSO Youth Orchestra on clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet. He has worked with conductors such as Edward Gardner, Alexander Vedernikov, Ilan Volkov, Jac van Steen and Andrew Litton. Master class participation on clarinet includes: Patrick Messina, Andrew Marriner, Nicholas Cox, Raffaele Bertoloni, Douglas Mitchell and David Campbell. Henry has also had the opportunity to play at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Warehouse, Symphony Hall, St George’s Chapel (Windsor), Birmingham Town Hall, Duke’s Hall and St John’s Smith Square. He is currently studying conducting privately with Colin Metters.


Andrei Illiushkin- pianoforte

Andrei is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with professor emeritus Christopher Elton. He is the winner of many international competitions in Russia, Italy and the USA. Andrei has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with symphonic orchestras of Moscow, Rostav and Yaroslavl. In 2009 and 2011 he was invited to give recitals in Norway. In recognition of his achievements Andrei was honored to give a recital in Tchaikovsky's house and play the piano of Tchaikovsky. As a scholar of Vladimir Spivakov Charity Foundation, Andrei had performed concerts in Holland (Peter the Great Festival, 2013 and 2014), Germany (ClaviCologne Piano Festival) and has participated in the Baikal Christmas Festival (Russia, 2014). In October 2015 Andrei had the opportunity to play a recital in Wigmore Hall, London, as a finalist of the Jacques Samuel Piano Competition.


Sofia Sousa- viola

Sofia Silva Sousa is a Portuguese viola player, currently in her second year of bachelor at the Royal Academy of Music. She started to play the viola when she was six at Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian in Braga with Dírio Ferreira Alves. In the Academy, she began her studies with Martin Outram and is now studying with James Sleigh. Recently Sofia won the first prize in II Concurso Nacional de Cordas Vasco Barbosa; in 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Theodore Hollande Prize at the Royal Academy of Music and the second prize in Prémio Jovens Músicos (the young musicians’ prize) in Portugal. During her musical growth, she had the opportunity to learn from violists such as David Lloyd, Avri Levitan, Ana Bela Chaves, Yuri Bashmet, Hartmund Rohde, Máté Szücs, Lawrence Power, Tatjiana Masurenko and Igor Sulyga and to work with some of the great conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Vassily Petrenko, Joana Carneiro, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mark Elder, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Edward Gardner and Jean-Sebastien Bereau, with whom Sofia was honoured to perform along side with twice as a soloist. She has also been a full member of the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2014. In November 2015, she was chosen to participate in “epoche f” masterclass, in which she had the opportunity to work with musicians from the Ensemble Modern. Her studies and living costs are generously supported by the Santander Universities Scholarship.





Thursday 23rd March at 2.00 p.m.

Anne Tupling, Sarah Fairbanks, John Fairbanks, Richard Lane and Richard Walker


Thursday 6th April at 2.00 p.m.

Young Shrewsbury – Annual Youth Concert


Thursday 27th April at 2.00 p.m

Eden Walker - piano


Thursday 25th May at 2.00 p.m.

Ulrich Heinen-’cello and John Humphreys – piano



Thursday 1st June at 4.30 p.m. - Giulio Potenza

Thursday 8th June at 4.30 p.m -Duncan Honeybourne

Thursday 15th June at 4.30 p.m.  - Robert Markham

Thursday 22nd June at 4.30 p.m.- Emilie Capulet


Thursday 29th June at 4.30 p.m. - Bela Hartmann

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