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66th Season

From October 2019 to March 2020

Endymion Quintet

Saturday 5th October 2019, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Mark Van de Wiel Clarinet
Krysia Osostowicz Violin
Clara Bass Violin
Asdis Vladimarsdottir Viola
Jane Salmon Cello

"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.

Schubert String Trio in B Flat Major D471
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major K581
Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor Op 115


Endymion Quintet

Photo Credit Joseph Ford Thompson


Maggini Quartet

Saturday 9th November 2019, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Julian Leaper Violin
Ciaran McCabe Violin
Martin Outram Viola
Michal Kaznowski Cello

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.

Haydn Quartet Op 20 No 6 in A Major
Bridge Quartet No 1 in E Minor
Beethoven  Quartet Op 18 No 1 in F Major


Maggini Quartet


Onyx Brass

Saturday 7th December 2019, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Niall Keatley Trumpet
Alan Thomas Trumpet
Andrew Sutton Horn
Amos Miller Trombone
David Gordon Shute Tuba

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.

Rameau Entrée de Polymnie
Bach  Fugue in A Flat Major
Shostakovich Fugue in A Flat Major
Couperin Suite
Traditional Wexford Carol
Bach Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
Bach 'Chromatic' Fugue
Mark Nightingale For Rosie
Tim Jackson Anything But
Jason Rebello Inevitable Outcome


Onyx Brass

Photo Credit Benjamin Ealovega


Kristiana Ignatjeva, cello
Kumi Matsuo, piano
sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Saturday 8th Febuary 2020, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Kristiana Ignatjeva is studying for her Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London with professor Melissa Phelps. She has obtained degrees with distinction in Master of Performance and Bachelor of Music. In 2010 she joined the Purcell School of Music where she studied with professor Robert Cohen.

Kristiana has won many international and national competitions, recently being awarded the Muriel Taylor Scholarship. She has participated in many masterclasses with many tutors, including Raphael Wallfisch. She has given recitals across Europe and North America in major concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall.

Kristiana plays on an Italian cello by Matteo Goffriller kindly loaned by the Royal College of Music.

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


Kristiniana Ignatjeva

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Rautio Trio

Saturday 7th March 2020, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Jane Gordon Violin
Victoria Simonsen Cello
Jan Rautio Piano

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’


Rautio Trio

Photo Credit Graham Brandon