Gateway Arts Concerts

Thursday 29th September at 2.00 p.m.

Linda Chan - piano

 Haydn - Sonata in C, Hob. XVI:50

Franck - Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
Bach-Busoni – Chaconne in D minor
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 3 in A minor,


After studying in Hong Kong Linda Chan moved to the UK and studied first at Birmingham Conservatoire and then the Royal Northern School of Music. She was a finalist in the Beryl Clempin Beethoven competition and played recently in Birmingham Cathedral. This is her first time at the Gateway and she comes well recommended, so we hope you will give her your support.


 Friday 7th October at 7.30 p.m.



Mozart - Sonata No. 28 in E flat major, K. 380

Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

Prokofiev - Five Melodies, Op. 35

Brahms - Sonata No.1 in G major, Op. 78

 Tickets £10 (£8 concession)

(available on the door or from the Gateway)


Alison Loram has given a number of solo and chamber music recitals and has performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ “Lark Ascending” with the St John’s Festival Orchestra of Chester.  She is leader of the Forum String Quartet and Piano Trio, and the Nantwich Chamber Ensemble, and plays professionally with orchestras throughout the Midlands and the North West including the English Symphony and Northern Concordia orchestras.


Chris Symons is a well-known musician in the Shropshire area, – as sometime conductor of Oswestry School Choir, Oswestry Choral Society and Cantiones, as organist, pianist and as the Director of the Oswestry School Recital Series featuring internationally renowned musicians, including Tasmin Little, Lawrence Jackson, John Lill, Martin Roscoe, Guy Johnston, James Gilchrist, Stephen Varcoe, Carlo Curley, the Skampa and Allegri String Quartets and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. In Shrewsbury he worked with the Phoenix Singers, under Richard White.  This summer he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto (K488 No 23 in A major) with Manchester Camerata and gave the Veronica Donkin Annual Memorial Organ Recital at St Oswald’s Church in Oswestry


Friday 14th October at 7.30 p.m 

An Operatic Evening

hosted by Marie Miller


Angela Contestabile, Sue Rawlings, Yvonne Gulley,

Bill Atkins, Gareth Jones,

Glenn Fildes, Mike Rawlings

Accompanist  - Diana Platts

 An evening to include music by

Mozart, Schubert, Massenet, Lehar, Puccini, Offenbach, Gilbert and Sullivan, Delibes. Faure and Johann Strauss


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Tickets £10.00)


Thursday 27th October at 2.00 p.m.

Richard Silk - Harpsichord

1685 - a Good Year!

A lecture-recital of music by the three composers born that year


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Fantasia in C minor BWV 919

Prelude and Fugue in Eb major (Book 1, The Well-tempered Clavier)


George Frederic Handel (1685-1759) 

Grand Suite No 8 in F minor

Prelude – Allegro – Allemande – Courante – Gigue


Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)

Sonata in Bb major K 57


A lecture-recital on the style and performance of music of the


Three greatest keyboard composers in the Baroque era.


Thursday 24th November at 2.00 p.m.

Julia Hartmann – piano

will play

Bach/Busoni - Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ

Bach/Naoumoff -Passacaglia in C Minor BWV 582

Kreisler/Rachmaninov - Liebesleid

Granados - Quejas o la Maja y el Ruisenor and Allegro de Concierto


Julia has performed in more than twenty countries, most recently in Austria and the Czech Republic. Her London recital venues, both in a piano duo and as a soloist, include St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Steinway Hall and the Crush Room of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Further UK venues have included Snape Maltings, the Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham, the Usher Gallery, Lincoln, Croxteth Hall, Liverpool and the Colour House Theatre, Wimbledon

Concerto performances have included Messiaen’s ‘Couleurs de la Cité Céleste’ with the Twentieth Century Ensemble of the Royal College of Music, conducted by Edwin Roxburgh, and concertos by Liszt and Beethoven with the Nottingham Philharmonia and the Nottingham Chamber Orchestra. She has also featured extensively on British radio.


Julia Hartmann became a Steinway Artist in April 2011.


Thursday 15th December at 2.00 p.m.

Music at Christmas 

with Maki and Haru Sekiya

piano and violin

 Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber -

Passacaglia from the Rosary Sonatas,

Vivaldi and Shostakovich excerpts


CHRISTMAS TUNE arrangements

followed by

Sherry and Mince pies

Admission £6.00 on the door

Friends of Gateway Arts £5.00, Students £3.00


Carers with disabled and children free 


Hailed as “the piano prodigy of tremendous inner rhythm and vitality” by Evening Standard at the age of eleven, Maki has since been captivating audiences around the world. Born in Tokyo, Maki studied at the Purcell school as a scholar, later at the Moscow Conservatoire, where she gained a diploma with distinction. During years of her study, she studied with Benjamin Kaplan, Vera Gornostaeva and Mikhail Olenev. She has appeared as a soloist at St. John Smith’s Square, the Southbank, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, and is a regular soloist with orchestras and festivals and her performances have been broadcast on Japanese and Russian television and radio.

On her return from Russia, Maki was spotted by the founder of Orchestra of St. John’s, John Lubbock, playing in the abbey, (in Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire), and was invited to give a solo recital as a part of OSJ Festival in September 2013, and has been part of the festival every year since. Maki's highlights among concerts of the last season include performing with OSJ in St John’s Smith Square, and a Schumann piano concerto with Oxford Chamber Orchestra. This season she has returned to give her second recital in September at SJE Arts in Oxford, has appeared for the first time with solo performance at opening of Oxford Lieder Festival in Holywell Music Room, and looks forward to returning to perform a recital at concert series at Jaqueline du Pres Centre on 12th May 2017 with Russian Avangarde music.

Maki lives with her family in Oxford, and teaches at the Christ Church Cathedral School, where her son is a pupil.


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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





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