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Stratford upon Avon
Chamber Music Society

President: Sir William Lawrence, Bt.
Registered Charity No. 508874
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2013/2014 - 49th Season of Concerts in Stratford upon Avon
Alexander Sitkovetsky
Wu Quin
Edgar Bailey
Annie Yim
The Dupont Ensemble

Anthony Brown
Lee Nicholson
Aquinias piano trio
London Haydn quartet with Eric Hoeprich
Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) with Wu Qian (piano) - October 13th 2013 7.30pm (Joint concert with Stratford Festival)
Beethoven Sonata in E flat major, Op.12 no.3
Schuman Sonata in A minor, Op.105
Grieg Sonata in C minor, Op.45
Alexander Sitkovetsky, born into a family of musicians, won a scholarship to study at the Menuhin School, and now gives concerts all over the world. His uncle Dmitri is a distinguished violinist and conductor. Alexander’s wife, Wu Qian was born in Shanghai, began learning the piano at the age of six, enrolled in the Shanghai Conservatoire at the age of nine, and also studied at the Menuhin School, and the Royal Academy. They play regularly together in the Sitkovetsky piano trio.
Edgar Bailey (violin) Annie Yim (piano) - November 17th 2013 8.00pm
J.S.Bach Partita in E major BWV1006
Elgar Sonata in E minor Opus 82    
Beethoven Sonata in A major. Op.47 ('Kreutzer') 

Edgar Bailey gave a highly-praised concert in the Stratford Festival in October 2011, and is now a ‘Making Music’ Young Concert Artist, an indication of the regard in which he is held. Annie Yim, born in Hong Kong, is Chinese-Canadian, and holds a B.Mus. from the University of British Columbia. She founded the Minerva piano trio, finalists in the Royal Overseas League competition in 2013.

The Duport Ensemble - December 15th 2013 3.00pm
Beethoven Trio in D major Opus 9 No 1
David Matthews Trio no.1
Sibelius Trio in G minor    
Kodaly Intermezzo    
Dohnanyi Serenade in C major Op. 10    
Formed by three award-winning soloists, the Duport Ensemble explores the relatively-neglected repertoire for string trio. They have appeared in major venues in the U.K., Europe and Asia. The group takes its name from the famous cellist Duport, whose playing inspired Beethoven. Organised with the aid of the AJSW, see
Anthony Brown (saxophone) Leo Nicholson (piano) - January 12th 2014 3.00pm
Villa-Lobos Fantasia
Milhaud Scaramouche
Paule Maurice Tableaux de Provence    
Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie    

The programme also includes works by Singelee, Graham Fitkin, Piazzolla, and Boutry.
Anthony Brown was the winner of the 2011 Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist’s competition, and has recently become a Young Concert Artist in the scheme run by ‘Making Music’. He graduated from the Royal Northern College in Manchester with outstanding results. Leo Nicholson graduated with first class honours from Trinity Laban College in 2011, and is a freelance accompanist and musical director.

Aquinas piano trio - February 9th 2014 8.00pm
Haydn Trio in C major HS XV no. 30
Mendelssohn Trio in C minor Op. 66
Saint-Saens Trio in E minor Op. 92
Ruth Rogers, the violinist, and the cellist Katherine Jenkinson gave concerts for us two seasons running as part the the Iuventus string quartet, and it will be a great pleasure to welcome them back in their trio with Martin Cousin. Between 2008 and 2012, Ruth was co-leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and has been guest leader for several other orchestras, as well as making solo concerto performances, including playing the Mendelssohn concerto at Chipping Campden in 2013.
London Haydn quartet with Eric Hoeprich - March 23rd 2014 8.00pm
Haydn Quartet in F sharp minor Op. 50, no.4
Haydn Quartet in D major Op. 76,no. 5
Mozart Clarinet quintet in A major K.581

The London Haydn string quartet, formed out of a love for Haydn’s string quartets, play with classical bows on gut strings, and are all highly distinguished and experienced chamber musicians in their own right. Eric Hoeprich specialises in playing historical clarinets, appropriate to the period of the work performed.

Chairman's Message

As I write this letter, later than ever before, the Proms’ season has just begun, with the first-night appearance of Warwickshire’s own Roderick Williams, and I read that over five and a half million people between the ages of 35 and 54 claim to listen regularly to Classic FM, making it the most popular radio station in the country. I read the obituary of the much-beloved Hugh Maguire, leader in his day of several major orchestras, who led the Allegri string quartet for years, and who devoted himself to teaching and coaching young professional groups in his long retirement. I see that the great
conductor Rudolf Kempe is quoted as saying ‘All I want is to sit down at the piano and make music!’ Great former musicians like Emanuel Hurwitz trumpet aloud the value for children of taking part in chamber music because of the co-operation and discipline it engenders.

Where, then, is today’s audience for live chamber music? When most members of our technological society can listen, often through earphones, to whatever they want whenever they want, what chance has the live performer? It is precisely because I believe fervently in the excitement of live performance that we continue our seasons, at a difficult time economically, but at a time when, I believe, musical training is at its peak in this country. Many great composers worked
for their own pleasure on a smaller scale than the orchestral, and everyone should at least try to experience the sheer excitement and drama of their work. Small is still very often beautiful.

So join us if you can; we can no longer boast that our six concerts cost less than four separate ones, but it’s a close-run thing.

Brian Midgley

Acknowledgements - The Stratford  upon Avon Chamber Music Society gratefully acknowledges support from:

Countess of Munster Musical Trust

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