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


Unfortunately this recital was cancelled due to Storm doris - the band were stuck at Birmingham New Street - we shall hope to reschedule the event - a lot of people turned up - a great but unavoidable pity!


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.

‘Glorious Elgar’

Anne Tupling and Richard Lane (violins)

Sarah Fairbank (viola)

John Fairbank ('cello)

Richard Walker (piano)


Salut d’Amour op. 12

 Chanson de Nuit op. 15 no 1

Chanson de Matin op. 15 no 2

 Piano Quintet op 84


Anne Tupling works locally as a freelance violinist and teacher. She is director of “Sounds Interesting”, a professional string group that give chamber concerts and wedding & and corporate performances. Anne currently plays with Salop Band, Philomusica of Aberystwyth, Liverpool Sinfonia and in Nottingham and Derby. She is leader of Shrewsbury Sinfonia and other local choral societies.


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Richard Lane was educated at King Charles 1st Grammar School, and took a degree in Modern Languages at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.  Whilst still at school, where he studied the violin first with Diana Beddoes and subsequently with both Paul Bridger and Harry Nankervis, he became an Associate Member of Birmingham School of Music.

Outside his career as a Local Government Officer with Wyre Forest District Council, he has for many years played in chamber music ensembles and for amateur orchestras in many parts of the country:  he was formerly co-leader of Chandos Symphony Orchestra, which performs regularly in Malvern and plays regularly also in Kidderminster for Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra, which he led for its earliest days.


Sarah Fairbank

studied at the Royal College of Music under Bernard Shore and Maria Donska. She then went on to teach at Stevenage before moving to Shropshire. She worked part time for Shropshire Music Service and also taught privately while her family were growing up. In 1991she became a full time teacher upper strings teacher with the Music Service and also retired in august 2011.

She sang with the CBSO chorus for several years and like John plays as a free lance musician supporting a variety local groups


John Fairbank

studied at Bretton Hall and at the Royal College of Music, with Helen Just. He moved to Shropshire in 1975 to work for Shropshire Music Service as a specialist lower strings teacher. Latterly, before retiring from full time teaching in August 2011, he was Head of Strings for the Music Service, launching many new exciting teaching initiatives. He started the annual chamber music residential course, the Wider Opportunities Whole Class String teaching programme, ran numerous workshops and string concerts. He also conducted both the Shropshire Youth Orchestra and the Shropshire Youth Cello Ensemble.

He continues to work part time now both as a teacher and free lance cellist and has been able to devote himself more to his lifelong passion, chamber music.   

Richard Walker is Assistant Director of Music at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, where he accompanies most of the major services, organises the 55 lunch-hour concerts each year and gives regular recitals.  In addition to his organ playing, Richard is involved in local chamber music, piano duos and accompanying. He is also conductor of the Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury.

Richard studied organ with David Willcocks, gaining both ARCO and FRCO diplomas in the same year, and both with prizes.  His career has been largely in teaching, first at The Edinburgh Academy, and then as Director of Music successively at Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College Edinburgh (1975 – 80), The Leys School Cambridge (1980 – 85), and Harrow School (1985 – 2005).  He was also Assistant Organist at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh and subsequently Organist at St John’s, Princes Street, Edinburgh. 


The Glorious Elgar Concert, given by Sounds Interesting, in aid of Comic Relief raised £112


Thanks to all who attended and made this possible.



 Thursday 6th April at 2.00 p.m.

Young Shrewsbury – Annual Youth Concert


Thursday 27th April at 2.00 p.m

Eden Walker - piano

J.S. Bach - Contrapuncti IV & VII

from The Art of Fugue

Bridge - Piano Sonata H.160

Chopin - Scherzo in C# min. op. 39


Prokofiev - Toccata op. 11

Eden Walker, a British pianist, aged 21, is in his final year of study; on a scholarship at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he is studying the piano with Dr. Robert Markham. In 2015, Eden spent a semester abroad where he studied with Professor Alexander Meinel, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’, in Leipzig, Germany. His studies culminated in performances of Liszt’s Sonata in B minor.



Eden began studying the piano aged nine and performed publically only a year later. Growing up in the rural South Derbyshire, Eden moved to Birmingham to continue his studies. Eden has played in many lessons and masterclasses with renowned musicians, including Philip Edward Fisher, Peter Donohoe, Orit Wolf, Pascal Nemirovski, Daniel Tong, Jeremy Young, Jens Elvekjær and Gergely Bogányi – celebrated pianist and designer of the Bogányi Piano. Eden has begun to specialise in repertoire of the late romantic and 20th century periods, and enjoys unearthing unduly neglected repertoire—recently performing works by: Bridge, Reger, Ligeti, Damase and Godowsky.


Thursday 25th May at 2.00 p.m.











 Bach: Gamba Sonata No.1 in G major


Beethoven: Seven Variations on


'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen'


Schubert: Sonata in A minor ('Arpeggione')



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

Janacek - Piano sonata 1.x.1905

N. Medtner - Sonata op.38  "Reminescenza"

Schumann -  Carnaval op.9


The Italian pianist Giulio Potenza has acted as soloist and chamber musician in major festivals and international venues, among them: Martha Argerich's Lugano Project (Switzerland 2014), Palermo Classica International Music Festival (Italy 2016), The International Festival Grieg in Bergen (Norway, 2016), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland, 2016), Hammamett Piano Festival (Tunisa, 2012), London Schubert Festival (England 2015), Steinway Hall London or St. Martin In the Fields, among others. 

His work with orchestras includes performances with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, directed by Piero Bellugi (Florence, 2010), the University of London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Capp (2012) and the Camas del Norte Orchestra conducted by Jan Kaznowski (2014).

His recitals have been recorded and transmitted by BBC Radio 3, Swiss classical radio, Radio Mozart Italy and national television Rai (Italy). 
Giulio has won awards at several major contests including: the Hanna Brooke Award , 2nd prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York (2016);
 1st prize in the Seiler International Piano Competition (2002); 1st prize at the Stratford and East London Music Festival (2014); 1st prize in the international competition of piano "G. Campochiaro "in Pedara (Italy); "Highly Commended Award" at the Jacques Samuel Piano Competition in London (2012).


Giulio has a degree in postgraduate studies from the Trinity Laban Conservatory and a degree in History from the University of Palermo. He completed his undergraduate musical studies at the Conservatory of Trapani (Italy), under Professor Walter Roccaro.


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

Sonata by Danish composer

Niels Gade,

born 200 years ago

this year!


Schumann –

Fantasy in C, op.17


Peter Reynolds

 Penllyn -a meditation

on the Welsh hymn tune


Since his debut at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in 1998, Duncan Honeybourne has established an international profile as a pianist and in music education. Recital debuts included London, Paris and the Miry Concertzaal at Ghent, Belgium, during the international piano festival Gentse Vleugels. His debut recital disc was described by the Gramophone as “immensely valuable...A set not to be missed by all lovers of English music”, whilst BBC Music Magazine reported: “There are gorgeous things here. Hard to imagine better performances.”


Commended by International Piano magazine for the “suave confidence” of his playing and branded “a doughty champion of English piano music” by the Birmingham Post, Duncan has toured as solo and lecture recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music player in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium and Switzerland, appearing at major venues and leading festivals. His solo performances have been frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Irish, Swiss and Finnish Radio, ABC Classic FM (Australia), Radio New Zealand and in South Africa and the USA.


Several celebrated composers have dedicated new piano works to Honeybourne, including John Joubert, Sadie Harrison, Peter Reynolds and Andrew Downes, whose Piano Concerto he premiered at Birmingham Town Hall in 2009. His numerous recordings for the EM Records, Divine Art, Forbury Records and Prima Facie labels include the complete solo piano music of Moeran and Andrew Downes, premiere recordings of works by Greville Cooke, Ivor Gurney and Walford Davies, and piano music by Stanford, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Bax and Howells.

 Duncan Honeybourne is a Tutor in Piano at the University of Southampton. 

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

Haydn - Variations in F minor

Chopin - 5 Mazurkas


Schumann - Fantasy Pieces Op 12

British pianist Robert Markham earned international recognition as Finalist in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. He has also won first prizes at other competitions including the Vincenzo Bellini Piano Competition in Italy and the Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York, and was the winner of the Piano Class of the BBC Young Musician competition.


Robert has performed extensively throughout the UK, and in continental Europe, North America and Asia. He has been the soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philomusica of London, the BBC Philharmonic, and the London Mozart Players. He has performed at international festivals in the UK, Spain, Israel and Turkey, and gave a highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York. He has also made a number of recordings, including a CD with the Edinburgh String Quartet of the Wakefield-born composer Kenneth Leighton’s chamber works for piano and strings, and a CD with pianist John Humphreys of works for piano duet by Schubert .


Robert is much in demand as a chamber musician and accompanist, and appears regularly with members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and colleagues at Birmingham Conservatoire.



He is currently on the staff of Birmingham Conservatoire, and Yorkshire Young Musicians. 

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


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

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