The 2019-20 Season has come to an early and abrupt end, resulting in the loss of two excellent recitals from Martin Owen (horn) and Joseph Shiner (clarinet). At the moment, of course, we have no idea when theatres will be allowed to reopen, especially as social distancing seems likely to remain in some form for quite some time. We are also very aware that a proportion of our supporters are of an age that might possibly be advised to avoid large gatherings for several months.
Nevertheless, we want to reassure you that we stand prepared to organise the next Season whenever that becomes possible.
In these very unusual times the organising committee and I would like to send you our best wishes for your good health and continued safety and our thanks for your support over the last twenty-six Seasons.
Our ‘silver jubilee’ year was a celebration of artists who have proved popular with our audience over the last 25 years. It was great to welcome back old friends such as Nicholas Daniel, Caroline Dale, Joy Farrall, Sarah Markham, Sally Stocks, Clare Toomer, Miranda Dale, David Daly, Michael Whight, Carmen Flores, Kathryn Parry and Peter Furniss. It’s very rewarding to have such great artists perform at our events and a testament to the enthusiasm of our audience that they look forward to coming back!
There were many musical highlights for me; Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time which always has an extraordinary effect on the audience; the first performance of Paul Carr’s Summer Music dedicated to Enigma14; Polly Leech’s interpretation of Duparc songs highlighting her ‘star quality’ and beautiful voice; the Schubert Octet showing the great skill involved in making chamber music, with musicians travelling from as far as Huddersfield, Ipswich, Bournemouth and South Wales to play such exquisite music; and of course - anything played by Nicholas Daniel!
The whole season came to a suitably celebratory end with a concert at the Wyvern Theatre. Walton’s Façade was brought to life by impressive ensemble work and the consummate vocal and performance skills of Clare McCaldin making complete sense of the nonsensical poetry!
It was a huge pleasure to close the concert with Ed Puddick’s miraculous arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. It’s great fun to play and rather overwhelming to be surrounded and supported by such good friends and colleagues.
Looking firmly to the future, our 26th season welcomes many new artists to Swindon: I’m delighted that BBC Young Musician finalist Robert Burton has been able to fit us in to his already busy schedule; star french horn player Martin Owen joins Miranda Dale and myself for the Brahms horn trio; the extraordinary skills of clarinettist Joseph Shiner are not to be missed in Weber’s Grand Duo; viola player with the Bochmann Trio, Carol Hubel-Allen, presents the gloriously tuneful Arpeggione sonata by Schubert; there’s a relaxing lunchtime concert of Chopin’s most popular melodies and an exciting start to the season with Bute Bones trombone quartet, fresh from the Welsh College of Music & Drama.
We are delighted to have the support of Solicitors Bower and Bailey once again for two of our lunchtime concerts. Without their continued enthusiasm these events would simply not be possible.
Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to welcoming you to our events!
Founder and Artistic Director, Swindon Recital Series
25th Anniversary Recital MORE ensemble encore: Paul Turner plays Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy.
25th Anniversary Recital MORE ensemble: Sir Beelzebub from Walton's Façade.
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