69th Season

From October 2022 to March 2023

Gould Piano Trio

Saturday 8th October 2022, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Lucy Gould Violin
Richard Lester Cello
Benjamin Frith Piano

The Gould Piano Trio have been compared to the Beaux Arts Trio for their 'musical fire' and 'dedication to the genre' and have remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for a quarter of a century. Their many appearances at the Wigmore Hall have included the complete piano trios of Dvorák, Mendelssohn and Schubert, as well as a Beethoven cycle to celebrate 25 years at this venue.

The trio seeks new repertoire and has commissioned works from many contemporary composers. They maintain a lively relationship with promising young players by giving masterclasses worldwide. Their recordings range from standard works to neglected gems of the late romantic British repertoire. Last year’s recording of Ives, Rebecca Clarke and Amy Beach met critical acclaim, and a complete Schubert cycle is to follow.

Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D Minor Op 11
Judith Weir Piano Trio No 1
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor Op 50

 

Gould Piano Trio

Photo credit: Jake Morley

www.gouldpianotrio.com

 

Ashley Wass

Saturday 12th November 2022, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Ashley Wass Piano

Ashley's musical career is one of unusual creativity and variety. Alongside his work as soloist and chamber musician, he co-founded Mash Productions, was Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival and is Director of Music at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Ashley is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition, a prize-winner at the Leeds Piano Competition, and a former Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

Recent highlights include a debut in Melbourne, and performances with the BBC's Scottish and Welsh Orchestras. He has received great critical acclaim for his recordings, which include his interpretations of Liszt, Franck, Beethoven, and Bridge. With violinist Matthew Trusler and cellist Thomas Carroll he founded Trio Apaches, with whom he commissioned and arranged a number of new additions to the trio repertoire.

Bach Partita No 1 in B Flat Major BWV 825
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15
Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue No 24 in D minor Op 87

 

Ashley Wass

www.ashleywass.com

 

Ensemble Hesperi

Saturday 3rd December 2022, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Mary-Jannet Leith Recorders
Magdalena Loth-Hill Baroque Violin
Florence Petit Baroque Cello
Thomas Allery Harpsichord

Hesperi is a dynamic Early Music ensemble of RCM graduates, dedicated to showcasing the infectious charm and dazzling virtuosity of 18th-century music, especially rarely-heard music by Scottish composers. Over the past two years, Hesperi were selected as Britten Pears Young Artists; won a first prize at the London International Festival of Early Music and third prize at the International van Wassenaer Competition; and were the first Early Music group to be selected as City Music Foundation artists. A recent grant from the Continuo Foundation funded 'From Caledonia to the Capital', celebrating Scottish composers in eighteenth-century London. The ensemble has recorded for Classic FM and BBC Radio 3, and works to bring Early Music to new audiences through imaginative programming, outreach, and live-streamed concerts.

Hesperi presents the Battle of the Kings: a selection of baroque music from the courts of Louis XIV and Charles II by the finest musicians of the age.

 

Ensemble Hesperi

Photo credit: GMIsserlis Photography

www.ensemblehesperi.com

 

Mithras Trio

Artist sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Saturday 4th February 2023, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Ionel Manciu Violin
Leo Popplewell Cello
Dominic Degavino Piano

The Mithras Trio came together in 2017 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The trio has undertaken residences at Snape Maltings and at the Schulich School of Music in Montreal They have performed at many of London’s major venues, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Milton Court Concert Hall, as well as making regular appearances in festivals in the UK and Europe. They are currently members of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme. In 2019 they won the 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music competition and the Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Ensemble Award. They were selected as Kirckman Concert Society Artists and also the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artists.

Beethoven Trio in E Flat Major Op 1 No 1
Bridge Phantasie Trio in C Minor H.79
Dvorák Trio No 4 in E Minor Op 90 'Dumky'

 

Mithras Trio

www.mithrastrio.co.uk

www.munstertrust.org.uk

 

Villiers Quartet

Saturday 11th March 2023, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Katie Stillman Violin
Tamaki Higashi Violin
Carmen Flores Viola
Leo Melvin Cello

The Villiers Quartet has been praised for exquisite ensemble playing, for their commitment and virtuosity. They are recognised for the performance of British music with recordings including Elgar, Delius, Fricker, Alwyn and Matthews, and the world premiere of the rediscovered original version of the 1888 Delius quartet. In 2020 the Villiers launched several online projects: a course to study Beethoven’s quartets in-depth; mentoring secondary school pupils to compose for string quartet; and commissioning new works from British composers to celebrate their 10th Anniversary season. These activities complement their presentation of live masterclasses in the UK and abroad, and their appearances in BBC broadcasts.

Purcell Fantasias
Britten Quartet in C Major No 2 Op 36 
Philip Herbert Solicitudo
Beethoven Quartet in F Major Op 135

 

Villiers Quartet

www.villiersquartet.com