From October 2019 to March 2020
Saturday 5th October 2019, 7.30pm
"The brilliant Endymion" (Sunday Times) exists to deliver world-class performances of chamber music throughout the UK and abroad. It nurtures the UK’s most dynamic and original composers, inspires younger and new audiences and champions mixed chamber music of all genres through performance, commissioning, recording and promotion. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, Endymion has been called one of the few chamber groups as much at home with Mozart as with Birtwistle.
Endymion has appeared at most of the major British festivals, giving its tenth Proms performance in 2014, and was in residence at Blackheath Concert Halls for several years.
Endymion celebrated both its 30th and 35th birthdays at Kings Place. The 30th birthday commissions were recorded for NMC and joined a host of other discs by Endymion including works by Lutyens, Stravinsky, Britten and Magnus Lindberg.
Photo Credit Joseph Ford Thompson
Saturday 9th November 2019, 7.30pm
Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is one of the finest British string quartets. Its acclaimed recordings have won international awards including Gramophone Chamber Music Award of the Year, Diapason d’Or of the Year and a Cannes Classical Award, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. The Quartet’s most recent project has been recording the complete Mendelssohn quartet cycle for Meridian Records.
The Maggini Quartet appears frequently in prestigious concert series at home and abroad and makes regular media broadcasts. In addition to their concert activity, the members of the Quartet have an international reputation as chamber music coaches. They hold several UK residencies and have worked at the UK’s senior music institutions.
Saturday 7th December 2019, 7.30pm
Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2017-18 season, Onyx Brass continues to be the leading light in establishing the brass quintet as a medium for serious chamber music, presenting it in the entertaining and articulate style that has become the group’s trademark.
BBC Music Magazine described the group as "easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain", and Gramophone hailed "some of the most thrilling chamber brass-playing of its kind".
Education is a large part of the remit of Onyx Brass: workshops and master-classes range from Primary School to the Juilliard School. The group is currently resident ensemble of Imperial College, University of London.
Photo Credit Benjamin Ealovega
Kristiana Ignatjeva, cello
|Beethoven||Cello Sonata No 5 in D Major Op 102 No 2|
|Myaskovksy||Cello Sonata No 1 in D Major Op 12|
|Grieg||Cello Sonata in A Minor Op|
|Arensky||Romance No 2 Op 56|
|Piatigorsky||Variations on a Theme of Paganini|
Saturday 7th March 2020, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre
The Rautio Piano Trio is an award-winning ensemble, known for their innovative and captivating performances. Alongside the cornerstones of the repertoire, the Trio presents imaginative programmes incorporating rarely-performed historic works.
The Trio has released two critically acclaimed discs for Resonus Classics. Their début disc features Mozart piano trios recorded on a fortepiano and was hailed by the Observer as 'an impressive achievement', receiving multiple five-star reviews. The Trio's latest release, described as ' elegantly effervescent ' (Gramophone, 2018) includes the world premiere recording of Ferdinand Hiller’s Trio No 6 in C Minor alongside Beethoven and Schubert.
The Trio has performed at the Wigmore Hall, South Bank, Kings Place, Bridgewater Hall, St George’s Bristol, on BBC Radio 3, extensively throughout the UK and in France, Austria, Germany and Israel.
|Haydn||Trio in E Flat Major Hob XV:10|
|Schoenberg||Verklärte Nacht Op 4 (arr Steuermann)|
|Beethoven||Trio in B Flat Major Op 97 ‘Archduke’|
Photo Credit Graham Brandon