Peter Cigleris, Nicholas Roberts & Mark Bebbington

Featuring Peter Cigleris on clarinet, Nicholas Roberts on cello & Mark Bebbington on piano, this concert is the last in our English Music Weekend bringing together music from some of England’s finest composers of the last 150 years and featuring the première of Derek Smith’s trio ‘Deadly Sins’. Internationally acknowledged as a champion of British music, in particular, Mark Bebbington has been singled out as a pianist of rare refinement and maturity. Cellist Nicholas Roberts from The Coull Quartet has been at the forefront of British musical life for over forty years. Peter Cigleris, a rising name in the clarinet world who has performed widely across the UK and Europe, is notably recognised for his affinity with English music.

PROGRAMME

Finzi Five Bagatelles
Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folksong
Derek Smith Trio: ‘Deadly Sins’ (première)
Delius Cello Sonata
Ireland Fantasy Sonata
Gordon Jacob Trio

£16/Free for students in full-time education

In partnership with Espressivo

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Coull Quartet and Mark Bebbington – piano

The second of three concerts celebrating the works of 20th century and contemporary English composers. This English Music Weekend, promoted in partnership with Espressivo, invites leading soloists and chamber musicians (Mark Bebbington, Coull Quartet, Peter Cigleris), who have championed this repertoire over their distinguished careers, to share their love of it with local audiences, in various chamber music combinations. This concert features the Coull Quartet and pianist Mark Bebbington.

Ireland String Quartet No 1 in D minor
Ian Venables Piano Quintet Op.27
Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor Op.84

‘ …the magnificent, seasoned ensemble of the Coull’ – The Strad
Mark Bebbington: ‘ … truly a remarkable pianist’ – The Times

£16/Free for students in full time education

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Mark Bebbington

Join the team of Hellens Manor as we welcome pianist Mark Bebbington in the Great Barn for a solo concert of classical music. This is the opening concert of our English Music Weekend – a series of 3 concerts over one weekend (25 – 27 September 2020) celebrating the works of 20th century and contemporary English composers. This series invites leading soloists and chamber musicians (Mark Bebbington, Coull Quartet, Peter Cigleris), who have championed this repertoire over their distinguished careers, to share their love of it with local audiences, in various chamber music combinations.

Alwyn Sonata all Toccata
Leighton Sonatina No 2
Vaughan Williams The Lake in the Mountains
Matthew-Walker Piano Sonata No 3 ‘Hamlet’, A Bad Night in Los Angeles
Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (Piano Duet with Irene Loh) Three Piano Preludes
Ireland Sarnia: An Island Sequence

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EVENT CANCELLED Animo, Martin Bills, Eve Loiseau and Wendy Nieper

Animo (Sarah Waycott – flute, Yanna Zissiadou – piano)
Martin Bills – composer
Eve Loiseau – voice
Wendy Nieper – voice
Award winning composer Martin Bills and Animo have teamed up to offer a concert that transcends musical boundaries and eras. Performing Martin’s song cycle are the celebrated soprano and jazz singer Wendy Nieper, joined by well-known Edith Piaf interpreter Eve Loiseau and accompanied by Yanna Zissiadou. Animo will be performing their own ‘soulful’ repertoire and premiere new compositions written specifically for them. In this concert musical styles meld imperceptibly to allow the music to flow without boundaries.
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EVENT CANCELLED Coull Quartet

This celebratory concert presents the premiere of Derek Smith’s String Quintet alongside two works by Schubert, his delightful Quartettsatz, one of the wonderful cameos of the string quartet repertoire, and his sublime String Quintet, one of the greatest chamber works ever written. The internationally renowned Coull Quartet will be joined by Rowena Calvert, the distinguished former cellist of the Cavaleri String Quartet.

Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor D703
Derek Smith String Quintet (première)
Schubert String Quintet in C D956

Coull Quartet: ‘ … one could hardly wish for better Schubert playing.’ – BBC Music Magazine
Rowena Calvert: ‘ … every bar and every stroke of the bow was inspiring.’ – Bach Cello Project

In partnership with Espressivo
£18 including strawberries and cream/Free for students in full time education

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Peter Fisher & Margaret Fingerhut

These superb artists, who have distinguished and successful solo careers in their own right, have come together to form a duo whose technical prowess and quality of tone combine to produce performances of vibrancy, beauty and lyricism. Their most varied and imaginative programme spans around 200 years and opens with the famous ‘Spring Sonata’ of Beethoven in the year celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Beethoven Violin Sonata in F Op.24 ‘Spring’
Clive Jenkins Pastorale and Allegro
Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor
Korngold Four Pieces from ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
James MacMillan Kiss on Wood
Ravel Tzigane

Peter Fisher: ‘ … displayed technical mastery and a beautiful lyrical tone.’ Musical Opinion
Margaret Fingerhut: ‘ … one of the most radiantly musical of pianists … ‘ International Piano

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£16/Free for students in full-time education

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William Howard Workshop

An informal workshop day with William Howard, one of Britain’s leading pianists.

This workshop day will give students the opportunity to perform on a superb Steinway concert grand, and to receive an informal master class from William Howard, who will offer advice on performance, interpretation, and technique.
Pianists at all levels are invited to participate if they have a piece prepared for performance/exam standards.
The classes will be divided into three categories, with the masterclasses varying in duration according to the length of the pieces being performed:
1. Grades 1 – 3 (£5 fee for participants)
2. Grades 4 – 6 (£10)
3. Grades 7, 8 and beyond (£15)

Listeners can attend free of charge.
Each student will receive one to one tuition in a master class environment so places are limited. To book on the workshop day, please email name, age and approximate level of ability to justinepeberdy@hellensmanor.com
The closing date for booking is Friday 24 January 2020. Provisionally the plan is to schedule Categories 1 and 2 in the morning and Category 3 in the afternoon. Exact times of sessions will be confirmed on Monday 27 January 2020.

WILLIAM HOWARD, described in The Independent as “a pianist of quite special lustrousness and versatility”, is established as one of Britain’s leading pianists, enjoying a career that has taken him to over 40 different countries.
His performing life consists of solo recitals, concerto performances, guest appearances with chamber ensembles and instrumentalists. In 1983 he founded the Schubert Ensemble, with which he performed for the full 35 years of the Ensemble’s existence. William performs regularly at major venues and festivals in the UK and can be heard frequently on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He has made over forty CD recordings and premiered several dozen new works by leading composers from the UK and abroad. Highlights of 2020 include concerts in the USA, the Czech Republic and around the UK, and the release of a recording of piano works by Howard Skempton, including 24 Preludes and Fugues which William premiered at the Hay Festival in 2019. www.williamhoward.co.uk