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Cheltenham Music Society

Promotes a winter season of:

- varied chamber music with an emphasis on string quartets.

- a few contemporary concerts for those who want something a little different. Click below to see the programme.


Contemporary Concerts


The Venue

- Chamber Music concerts are are held in the Pittville Pump Room, visually and acoustically one of the finest small concert halls in the country, with plenty of free parking, and a licensed bar. 

- Contemporary Concerts will be given in the Prince Michael Hall, Dean Close School.


Tickets

Members’ seats for the whole concert series are available via the membership secretary. Send Booking Form to Mr M. O’Connell, 49 Painswick Rd, Cheltenham, GL50 2EP

(Tel 01242 234791).

 

Tickets for individual Pump Room concerts are available through the Cheltenham Town Hall box office, Imperial Square, Tel 01242 227979,

or at the door.

 

Tickets for individual Contemporary Concerts are available only at the door. 


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Other Concerts

Naunton Music 

- Elias String Quartet 

29 September 2017 at

St. Andrew’s church, Naunton, GL54 3AX

CHECK AVAILABILITY AND BOOK NOW by calling 01451 850897 or email

info@nauntonmusic.org.uk

Syde Manor Music

Syde Manor Tithe Barn, GL53 9PN
 
Saturday 30th September 2017 at 5pm and stars piano duettists Nigel Clayton and Francesca Leonardi. A programme of :
Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Gershwin, Dvořák, 
programme details
 
Saturday 21st October 5pm: A programme of Handel to include two cantatas “Tu Fedel?” (HWV 171A) and the recently discovered Gloria (HWV deest). The soprano will be Linda Gerrard and the continuo group will include Warwick Cole (harpsichord) and Imogen Seth-Smith (baroque ‘cello).
 
Saturday 4th November 12noon: A short recital by Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord) and Sam Brown (classical guitar) of music by Bach, Rameau and Mozart. This recital forms part of the launch event for a week long Syde Art Exhibition (4th-12th November) to include paintings by Norma Doveton, sculpture by Mick Ponting and ceramics by Emily van Eesteren.
 

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2017-18 PROGRAMME

Celebrating our 70th Anniversary

New Programme for 2017-18 Season - download colour brochure


Tuesday 17 October 2017 at 7.30 pm

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Parnassius Duo

Brahms - Selection from Hungarian Dances WoO 1

Schubert - Allegro in A minor D947 ‘Lebensstürme’

Nikolai Kapustin - Sinfonietta op.49 for four hands

Poulenc - Sonata for Piano Four Hands

Rachmaninov - Six morceaux op.11

 

Since meeting in 2003 at the Royal College of Music, Simon Callaghan and Hiroaki Takenouchi have had a thriving duo partnership.  Their concerts throughout the UK and in Europe and Japan have earned them a growing reputation.  Their engagements have included gala performances with principals from the English National Opera. 

 

“Simon Callaghan and Hiroaki Takenouchi…play with such love, panache,

and exact synchronisation.”

BBC Music Magazine

 

Tickets £20 & £15

Under 26  £5


Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 7.30 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Takács Quartet

Mozart - String Quartet no.21 in D major K575

Beethoven - String Quartet op.18 no.6 in B flat major

Brahms - String Quartet no.3 in B flat major op.677

 

We are delighted to welcome once again the Takács Quartet, our regular visitors since 1984.  One of the world’s great quartets, their concerts are a never-failing source of pleasure.

 

 “Anyone can play with wild abandon; few manage to make it sound pretty. The Takács Quartet is an exception. Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom.”

Financial Times

 

Tickets £30 & £25

Under 26 £5


Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 7.30 pm 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Nash Ensemble

Music for Flute, Harp and Viola

Ravel - Sonatine arranged by Skaila Kanga for flute, viola and harp

Mozart - String Duo in B flat K424 transcribed for flute and viola

Bax - Elegiac Trio for flute, viola and harp

Piazzolla - Selection from Histoire du Tango for flute and harp

Debussy - Sonata for flute, viola, and harp

 

We welcome another appearance by The Nash Ensemble, acclaimed for its adventurous programming and virtuoso performances.  The Ensemble has won many accolades including two Royal Philharmonic Society awards “for the breadth of its taste and its immaculate performance of a wide range of music.”

 

“Is there a better-equipped, more polished, stylish, or characterful chamber music group than the Nash Ensemble anywhere on the planet?”

Herald Scotland

“The Nash players are British chamber music royalty.” 

The Sunday Times

Tickets £25 & £20

Under 26  £5

 

Thursday 18 January 2018 at 7.30 pm 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Carducci Quartet

Haydn - String Quartet op.76 no.4 in B flat major ‘Sunrise’

Bartók - String Quartet no.1 in A minor

Simon Rowland-Jones - World Premiere of Commission for the Music Society

Mendelssohn - String Quartet no.6 in F minor op.80

 

Regular performers in Cheltenham, the Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets. Performing over 90 concerts worldwide each year, the quartet also run an annual festival in Highnam, Gloucester; and in 2014 they curated their first Carducci Festival in Castagneto-Carducci, the town from which they took their name.

“...the Carducci players displayed a deep and almost familial sense of unity in everything they played…

full of life and vitality... extravagantly beautiful...” 

The Washington Post

 

Tickets £25 & £20

Under 26  £5




Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 7.30 pm

 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

 

Busch Trio

Smetana - Piano Trio in G minor op.15

Bridge - Phantasie Trio in C minor

Schubert - Piano Trio no.1 in B flat major D898

 

This young piano trio has emerged as one of the leading piano trios among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK and Europe. Winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, the trio went on to win a string of international prizes.  They delighted our audience in 2015, and we expect another stunning performance this year.

“…what impressed most was the group’s effortless musicianship and unity of thought and attack. The threesome even seemed to be breathing in synch.”

The Times

Tickets £20 & £15

Under 26 £5


 


Thursday 22 March 2018 at 7.30 pm 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Joo Yeon Sir and

Irina Andrievsky

Schnittke - Suite in Old Style for violin and piano

Schumann - Sonata no.2 in D minor op.121

Britten - Suite for violin and piano op.6

Milhaud -    Cinéma-Fantaisie d’après

“Le boeuf sur le toit”

 

A welcome return by this exciting duo, Korean-born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir and her regular partner Irina Andrievsky, who made such an impression when they played for us in 2016.  Joo Yeon Sir was winner of the prestigious The Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award 2014 and the Royal College of Music's President's Award. 

“Exuberant... feline and seductive, rattling off the fiendish cadenza with bravura and oodles of personality.”

The Strad

Tickets £20 & £15

Under 26 £5

 

 

 

Irina

Wednesday 18 April 2018 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Doric String Quartet

Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters op.28

Haydn - String Quartet in G major op.33 no.5

Beethoven - String Quartet no.13 in B flat major op.130

 

The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of the  leading British string quartets of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe.  They have won prizes at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany..

“Subtle yet responsive readings of Haydn, Bartók and Schubert show why this ensemble has been so durable.” 

Financial Times

Tickets £25 & £20

Under 26  £5