“In putting together a series to celebrate 25 years of live music making in Swindon, I wanted to firstly thank the artists who have supported and grown with us during that time. When many festivals, music clubs and concert series’ around the country have not survived economic uncertainty and reduced funding for the arts, the Swindon Recital Series has managed to hold on. This is due in no small part to musicians not only producing high class work and great communication, but often performing for far less money than they would get elsewhere. It makes for a feeling of community and friendship that is the backbone of our organisation, and something I’m proud to be associated with. Many of the players featured this season will have built the trust of our audience with extraordinary performances over a number of years. Some are relative newcomers, but share in the desire to entertain and connect in a way that only a live music can facilitate.
Alongside our popular lunchtime and evening concerts, we have some new adventures. Our first collaboration with Poetry Swindon tells the story Vivienne Haigh-Wood’s marriage to TS Eliot in a ‘five star’ performance by Clare McCaldin. We have an extended Schubertiade over two lunchtime concerts and a celebratory weekend, allowing us time to really explore some of his most iconic works. We finish the year with our own Music Of Renown Ensemble (MORE) raising the roof of the Wyvern Theatre with ground-breaking and exhilarating music from William Walton and George Gershwin.
It’s a season I hope we can be proud of and very much look forward to sharing with you.”
Paul Turner ARAM GRSM(hons) LRAM ARCM Founder and Artistic Director of the Swindon Recital Series