2018-19 Season

Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time Miranda Dale (violin), Caroline Dale (cello), Joy Farrall (clarinet) and Paul Turner (piano). Wednesday 26th September 2018 - Wyvern Theatre 1.05 pm

Joy Farrall

The 25th Anniversary season explodes into action with this masterpiece of the Twentieth Century. Given its first performance in Görlitz 1941, Messiaen reported “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.” Stunning music performed by extraordinary musicians.

This event is supported by Bower and Bailey.

Bower & Baily

McNeff ‘Vivienne’ – an Opera in Six SongsClare McCaldin (mezzo soprano) and Paul Turner (piano) in collaboration with Poetry Swindon Thursday 4th October 2018 - Christ Church 12.00 am

Vivienne Haigh-Wood married TS Eliot in June 1915 against the wishes of her family. Eliot later wrote: “To her, the marriage brought no happiness. To me, it brought the state of mind out of which came The Waste Land.” “All is delivered by catty, horny McCaldin, all with a sheen of barmy. It’s a far better performance than we’re entitled to from someone who can also sing.”
( ★★★★★ The Evening Standard).

Clare McCaldin

‘Composers at 25’ Paul Turner (piano). Sunday 7th October 2018 - Arts Centre 7.30 pm

Paul Turner

The SRS Artistic Director presents a celebration of music written when composers were 25 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the SRS. Schubert’s monumental ‘Wanderer Fantasy’ takes centre stage, alongside Beethoven’s early sonata in C and the first Ballade by Chopin. “Turner obviously enjoyed the challenges of this virtuosic score and threw off the difficulties with aplomb.” (Bob Briggs - Wigmore Hall).

Enigma14Lisa Nelsen (flute), Julian Metzger (cello) and Paul Turner (piano).Wednesday 24th October 2018 - Wyvern Theatre 1.05 pm

SRS favourites Enigma14 offer a classical programme of charming Haydn and moody Beethoven trios, alongside a new work dedicated to them by Paul Carr called ‘Summer Music’. Enigma14 have “...a lively and fresh creative approach and play with great authority as an ensemble” (Peter Hewitt, Music Director at Benslow Music Trust), “Delicious!...wonderful powers of communication in concert” (David Campbell Aberfest).

Lisa Nelsen is a Yamaha artist.


Lisa Nelsen

Polly Leech (mezzo soprano) and Paul Turner (piano).Sunday 2nd December 2018 - Arts Centre 7.30 pm

Polly Leech

Swindon born Polly Leech is currently based in Amsterdam following her year as a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. Her programme includes Elgar’s ever popular ‘Sea Pictures’, Schumann’s song cycle (Op.90) and glorious songs by Duparc. “Polly Leech…is a revelation. More than that, she's a huge talent and a star in the making. Leech is the complete package...A glittering career awaits, so remember this review. You read it here first.” (Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage).


An extended weekend of intimate events celebrating the gloriously tuneful music of Franz Schubert.

Clare Toomer and Paul Turner piano duet.Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - Wyvern Theatre 1.05 pm

This longstanding and ever popular duo celebrate the sonority and sheer joy of duet playing, featuring Schubert’s grand Fantasia in F minor alongside the famous marches and other delights.

Clare Toomer

The Villiers QuartetPaul Turner (piano), David Daly (double bass) and Michael Whight (clarinet).Saturday 2nd February 2019 - Arts Centre 7.30 pm

Paul Turner, David Daly and Michael Whight are amongst the impressive line-up for this dream of a programme, presenting both the Octet and Trout Quintet.

The Villiers Quartet

Ward QuartetNicholas Ward (violin), Kathryn Parry (violin), Wendy Gudgin (viola) and Harriet Bennett (cello).Sunday 3rd February 2019 - Arts Centre 3.30pm

Present the stunningly romantic Death and the Maiden Quartet (‘one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire’) alongside the Quartettsatz and the Quartet in A minor.

Kathryn Parry

Dale Trio Miranda Dale (violin), Caroline Dale (cello) and Paul Turner (piano). Sunday 3rd February 2019 - Arts Centre 7.30 pm

Caroline Dale
Miranda Dale

Miranda and Caroline bring their extensive experience with the Britten Sinfonia and ECO to the virtuosic writing of Schubert’s Trio in Eb, contrasted with the endlessly inventive melodies of the Arpeggione Sonata and violin Sonatinas.

Matilda Wale (soprano), Helen Pysanczyn (clarinet) and Paul Turner (piano).Wednesday 6th February 2019 - Wyvern Theatre 1.05 pm

Matilda Wale

Young Swindon singer Matilda has already won awards at the Two Moors Festival and the English Singers and Speakers competition. Schubert’s ever popular ‘Shepherd on the Rock’ will be the centre of this programme full of beautiful and well-known songs.

Wessex DuoSally Stocks (flute) and Angela Moore (harp).Wednesday 6th March 2019 - Wyvern Theatre 1.05 pm

Pan magazine wrote of Sally Stocks
“…effortless technique…an open, expressive sound with a lot of charcater and individuality”. Angela Moore plays for the nation’s great orchestras, including the Royal Opera House, the LPO, LSO and RPO. Together they are presenting a magical programme of C.P.E. Bach (Hamburger Sonata), Debussy (Reverie and Arabesque No.1) and Piazolla (from his Histoire du Tango).

Wessex Duo

Nicholas Daniel (oboe) and Paul Turner (piano).Saturday 6th April 2019 - Arts Centre 7.30 pm

Nicholas Daniel

Nicholas Daniel has long been acknowledged as one of the world’s great oboe players- and is one of Britain’s best known musicians. In 2012 he was honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music, and cited as having made “an outstanding contribution to the musical life of the nation”. His appealing programme includes British composers Head, Dring, Musgrave and York Bowen alongside Schumann and Pasculli in what will undoubtedly be an outstanding performance.

25th Anniversary Celebration Sunday 5th May 2019 - Wyvern Theatre 7.30 pm

A celebration is in order after 25 years of amazing live concerts, so we’ve put together an exuberant jazz-based programme for your delectation. The inimitable Clare McCaldin will bring Edith Sitwell’s colourful poetry to life in Walton’s ‘Façade’, and the SRS founder, Paul Turner, will perform Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ in a specially commissioned arrangement by Ed Puddick. All will be supported by our own Music Of Renown Ensemble (MORE) featuring many of our most requested artists of the last 25 years.

Clare McCaldin