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

Benjamin Britten’s

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


 Gemma King

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


 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)

La Poule
Le rappel des oiseaux


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
Grande Valse Brillante in E-flat major


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 –


Maurizio  Minardi

piano and accordion

Milko Ambrogini –double bass 

Jason Reeve-drums

Shirley Smart- cello

Admission £7.50p

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 Smart

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.
“…must rank as one of the leading cello improvisers in the UK…’ (The Jazz Mann)
“…Superb cello...”  (Songlines magazine)
 “ Three Instrumentalists in One” – ( Rhyll Music Club)
“ A Must-see performer” – (Vortex Jazz Club)


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

 Anne Tupling,

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-   )                      

“Brio”  (1986)              

(World Premiere)

GEORGE GERSHWIN   (1898-1937)

“Lullaby” (1919)                                  

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.

Web: www.annetuplingmusic.com/www.soundsinteresting.biz 

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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.
She worked as a professional musician for many years in London and Surrey, teaching piano, violin and viola to diploma level and playing as principal viola in numerous orchestras and chamber groups. Since moving to Shropshire in 1999 she has continued her teaching career and plays regularly for local Choral Societies and orchestras.


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.
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Richard Christie – piano

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata -  third movement


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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 studied for ABRSM Grade 8 piano, as well as Music A level at Sixth Form College.
Kian has taken part in various music activities while at college including choirs, a bottle band and a ukulele trio, performing in the college Christmas and Spring concerts. He also played piano in the college's annual Celebrating Achievement event.
Kian began to teach himself acoustic guitar four years ago and he also takes singing lessons.

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
Beethoven -Rondo in C major
Kodaly – Kalvierstuck -op 11 no,s 2, 3, 4
Liszt - Les Jeux d'eau a la villa d'Este
Chopin trans Liszt -"Meinen Freuden"
Chopin - Barcarolle op 60

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.

Her solo teachers have included Kate Elmitt, Piers Lane, Orsolya Sabo and her father, Harold Taylor and she has studied accompaniment with Roland Hadju from the Liszt Academy, Budapest and Anthony Saunders in England.

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.

Richard Silk and Chris Lacey

Piano and flute

A concert of flute favourites to include music by Faure and Debussy


Thursday 28th May  at 1.00 p.m.

John Humphreys and Alan Schiller

Piano duo

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.)


11th June -  FRASER GRAHAM

18th  June -  EMILIE CAPULET




Thursday 9th July at 1.00 p.m.

Aron Arozsa  - piano