The Ward Quartet make a welcome return to our stage with a celebration of Bohemian composer Dvořák’s distinctive string writing. The ‘American Quartet’ is the highest ranking string quartet in Classic fm’s ‘Hall of Fame’ and is paired with the exuberant Piano Quintet, full of Dvořák’s trade mark expressive lyricism and elements from Czech folk music.
Chris studied in Cardiff and at the RNCMD before appearing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and at WNO. He has a keen interest in concert work and contemporary music and has put together a tuneful and rhythmically vibrant programme. The piano solos include a first public performance of ‘Preludium’ written by Swindon based composer, Andre Pysanczyn.
This ever-popular duo are known for their obvious enjoyment of the piano duet repertoire, having gained a respected reputation at venues such as Warwick Arts and St. Johns, Smith Square. The main feature of their programme is a set of six miniatures, exploring a characterful rhapsody in the tradition of Czech folklore and European Romanticism. “Dvořák has gained the ear of the world….in these singularly fresh and unconventional pieces” (Musical Times 1884)
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We are delighted to welcome back Caroline Dale with a spectacular Bohemian programme, full of drama, great melodies and virtuosic playing. Caroline has appeared as guest soloist with many of the great orchestras; been featured on film scores such as ‘Hilary and Jackie’ and ‘Atonement’; but her association with the likes of U2, Oasis and David Gilmore meant we couldn’t resist asking for her rendition of that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’….!
Clare is no stranger to the stage, enjoying particular success with projects such as ‘Mary’s Hand’ (Martin Bussey) and ‘Vivienne’ (Stephen McNeff) which exploit her rare ability as both a compelling singer and actress (you may remember her performance of Façade for our 25th Anniversary Gala). Czech composer Mahler sets simple folk tune-like melodies in this famous song cycle, and Wolf’s Mignon (the basis for the plot of Balfe’s opera, The Bohemian Girl) gives a platform to Clare’s dramatic flair.
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“Played with great technical Confidence... Sparkling virtuosity” (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sally has put together a Central European programme of exquisite works. The Martinů sonata is full of Slovak rhythm and energy, whilst the Reinecke taps in to the folklore tradition of storytelling with beautifully elegant musical lines.
“..,their combined musicianship and obvious rapport result in some very fine playing indeed” (Pan magazine)
Carmen has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe and has been featured on several BBC Radio broadcasts, including BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Her programme begins with the Jewish undertones of Bruch’s tender Romance and concludes with the ever-popular Hungarian Dances. Rebecca Clarke was a true ‘Bohemian’, breaking the rules as one of the first female player/composers at the start of the 20th Century and a pioneering advocate of the viola. Her stunning and exuberant sonata is a masterpiece.
Paul has curated a programme which contrasts elegant writing with real drama to bring our season of ‘Bohemian Rhapsodies’ to a close. The concert will feature many well-loved tunes alongside a World Premiere by Anastasia Pavlyk, who is of Ukrainian heritage.
“Thank you Paul for a truly wonderful concert! Your playing was amazing and beautiful, and it was a joy to be so close to it! I do hope we'll see you again soon!” (Lucy Hollins, conductor)
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