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Stratford upon Avon
Chamber Music Society

President: Sir William Lawrence, Bt.
Registered Charity No. 508874
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2014/2015 - 50th Season of Concerts in Stratford upon Avon
Guy Johnston (cello) with Simon Lane (piano) - 19th October 2014 7.30pm Town Hall (Joint concert with Stratford Festival)
Schumann 3 Fantasy Pieces,Op.73
Beethoven Sonata in G minor, Op.5 no.2
Faure Elegie in C minor, Op.24
Sonata in F major, Op.99
Guy Johnston won the BBC Young Musician competition in 2000, and has since pursued a varied international career. He was the youngest soloist ever to play in the First Night of the BBC Proms season.
Simon Lane performs regularly all over Europe, and in the USA. In 2009, he won the prize for best accompanist in the Royal Overseas League competition.
Zelkova string quartet - 9th November 2014 7.30pm
Mozart Quartet in E flat BWV (K.428)
Webern Langsamer Satz    
Bridge Three Idylls
Ravel  Quartet in F
Another prize-winning quartet from the Royal Northern College in Manchester, the members have recently been made associates of the European Chamber Music Academy. They won the Elias Fawcett prize in May 2014 in the Royal Overseas League Music competition.
Primrose piano quartet - 7th December 2014 3.00pm
Franck Sonata in A major
Chausson Piano Quartet in A mayor
Francaix String Trio    
Faure Piano Quartet in C minor, Op.15    
Comprising four highly-experienced chamber musicians, the quartet has made many acclaimed CDs on the Meridian label.
They have toured widely in the UK and abroad, and host their own festival annually at West Meon.
Ariana Kashefi (cello) with Alison Rhind (piano) - 25th January 2015 3.00pm
Beethoven Sonata in C major, Op.102, no.1
Brahms Sonata  in E minor, Op.38
Janacek Pohadka    
Poulenc Sonata in G major    
Ariana is a Young Concert Artist in the ‘Making Music’ scheme, and has already performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Purcell Room. She won the cello prize and concerto competition at the Royal College of Music, where she studies.
Alison Rhind’s most recent appearance locally was playing for Nicola Benedetti in a recital for the Chipping Campden music festival.
Piatti string quartet with Moray Welsh - 15th February 2015 7.30pm
Haydn Quartet in B minor, Op.33/1
Bartok Quartet no.5
Schubert Quintet in C major
The Piatti quartet won the inaugural competition for chamber music groups at St. Martin’s in the Fields, and have since spent two years as Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music. They were Park Lane Group Artists in 2010, and have broadcast live several times.
Moray Welsh studied for two years with Rostropovitch in Moscow, and is one of our most distinguished soloists and chamber musicians
Dante string quartet - 22nd March 2015 7.30pm
Haydn Quartet in D major, Op.64/5
Sibelius Quartet in D minor, Op.56
Beethoven Quartet in E flat, Op.127
The Dante quartet is known for its innovative programming and emotional intensity, and as well as winning the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Chamber Music in 2007, they have played at major venues throughout Europe, and won numerous awards for their CDs on the Hyperion label.
Chairman's Message

It is surely right that we should recognise special anniversaries, whether of the Great War, the D-Day landings, weddings or the founding of a music society. This society has kept going over the years, largely thanks to loyal members, donors, friends and patrons, and the occasional grant, and the list of artists who have performed for us contains many illustrious names.

It would have been exciting perhaps to commission a new work, or, at the risk of bankruptcy, engage ‘big’ names, but we have gone for a blend of younger artists and those more experienced, as well as another former BBC Young Musician, thanks to our link with the Stratford Festival. To me, every programme has something that I’d particularly want to hear, whether it be the Sibelius quartet, the violin sonata of Cesar Franck, or perhaps the highlight, the great two-cello quintet by Schubert.

The minimal increase in the cost of a subscription, with the corresponding increase in price of a single ticket, means that you can once again get two concerts for nothing by joining our membership, so join our celebrations and enjoy these special occasions!

Brian Midgley

Stratford -upon-Avon Chamber Music Society Committee Members
Sir William Lawrence Bt. O.B.E.
Brian Midgeley
Hon. Secretary:
James Little
Hon. Treasurer:
Clive Rickerby
Membership Secretary:
Diana Brownhill
Committee Member:
Bob Bessell
Committee Member:
Anne Grey
Committee Member:
Greg Wells
Acknowledgements - The Stratford  upon Avon Chamber Music Society gratefully acknowledges support from:

Countess of Munster Musical Trust

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