Concerts are held on the second Saturday of the month from October to March inclusive. Concerts are mainly rooted in the classical, with the occasional high quality folk act. The final concert of each season is normally a student ensemble from the Welsh College of Music and Drama – always a good night for us and an opportunity for the students to come out of Cardiff and experience life on the road.
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Saturday 14th October
Absolute Zero Viola Quartet
Richard Crabtree Cecily Howick Rachel Wilks Ross Cohen
Absolute Zero Viola Quartet was formed in 1995, evolving into a collective of professional players who perform freelance, play in a variety of orchestras as well as having busy teaching careers.
Although mainly played ‘inside’ an orchestral score, the viola has an astonishing breadth of expressive qualities from a surprisingly sweet upper range to the dark, rich lower tones that we are familiar with.
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Tickets £10 (under14s, £3)
Elinor Bennett OBE has been at the forefront of music performance and education for many years. She travels worldwide giving recitals and masterclasses, and is regarded as one of Britain’s most influential harp teachers. Ex-pupils include the well-known Catrin Finch & Sioned Williams, Principal Harpist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Elinor was the driving force behind the establishment of the William Mathias Music Centre in Caernarfon. In 2006 she founded the Wales International Harp Festival, of which she continues to be Artistic Director, and she is Chair of the selection panel for official harpists to the Prince of Wales.
For this concert, Elinor will play some of the most popular and much-loved music of the harp repertoire. From the classical and romantic periods as well as more recent works from the 20th century, Elinor will share her passion for the harp and its music, starting in the Baroque period with the Concerto for Harp by Handel. Other composers include Dussek, Mozart, Glinka, Spohr, Schubert and Faure.
Saturday 9th December
Saturday 10th February
Catherine Chamberlin - violin Lorna Davis - cello
The Bybrook Duo was formed in 2013, officially named in 2016 and has been busy since!
Catherine and Lorna met and performed together, nearly twenty years ago as West Wiltshire Young Musicians. Following their studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music respectively, they now pursue successful freelance careers.
Catherine holds a First Class Hons degree and a distinction in Masters in Music Performance from RWCMD. As a freelance musician, Catherine performs regularly with Sinfonia Cymru, Welsh Chamber Players, British Sinfonietta, Southern Sinfonia, National Symphony Orchestra and The Little Orchestra. She has taken part on many live broadcasts.
Lorna holds a BMUS from The University of Manchester and a Master’s in Cello Performance from The Royal Academy of Music. She has won many awards including the prestigious Charles Hallé Award. She freelances regularly with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, alongside work with Bristol Ensemble, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and The Hallé Orchestra
Tickets £8 (under14s, £3)
Four French Horns on the same platform must be a rarity and we are delighted to welcome this graduate ensemble from the RWCMD. From the ensemble’s own arrangements of popular classical works, through tolighter pieces, this will be an evening of deep, rich warm sound and a fitting finale to the season.
We are pleased to host these players on the brink of their successful musical careers.