Previous concerts 2023/24

London Piano Quartet

On 28th November 2023 we had a large audience to welcome the London Piano Quartet: Simon Callaghan (piano), Michael Trainor (violin), Jessie Ann Richardson (cello), and Zahra Benyounes (viola). Michael, Jessie Ann and Zahra are members of the distinguished Piatti String Quartet. In a generous and wide-ranging programme, we moved from Mozart’s charming piano quartet in E flat to the well-known Brahms quartet in G minor, via something of a rarity: the piano quartet in D minor by William Walton, in its first public performance by the London Piano Quartet. Remarkably Walton was only 16 when he wrote this work, and while the influences of Ravel, Debussy, Vaughan Williams and others can be heard, Walton’s distinctive voice is also discernible. It is a great work, and made an immediate impression on our audience. The Brahms G minor quartet in the second half was superb, culminating in a scintillating performance of the rumbustuous last movement, Rondo alla Zingarese. This was a great evening with highly accomplished musicians, and was much appeciated by all those present.

Benyounes Piano Trio

On 22nd February 2024, we were delighted to host the Benyounes Piano TrioZahra Benyounes (violin), Eve-Marie Carravassilis (cello) and Jeremy Young (piano). Their programme contained two of the great works from the piano trio repertoire: Mendelssohn Piano Trio No 2 in C minor, and Schubert Piano Trio No 2 in E flat. Interspersed between the two was “Spinning Top”, a short work for piano trio by the Australian composer Nicole Murphy. The piece celebrates Jarrad Kennedy’s sculpture of the same name in Brisbane, with perpetual and complex rhythmic motion and repetition used to great effect. The Mendelssohn and Schubert works were superbly performed, with informative introductions from members of the trio, and this was another excellent evening of chamber music much enjoyed by our audience.

Michael Foyle (violin) & Maksim Stsura (piano)

We were very pleased to welcome the stunning violin and piano duo Michael Foyle and Maksim Štšura on 25th April 2024. Recommended to us by Geoff Parkin, Artistic Director of the Royal Over-Seas League, they gave an outstanding recital of works by Beethoven (Sonata in A major Op 30, No 1), Brahms (Sonata No 3 in D minor, Op 108), Fauré  (Sonata No 1 in A major, Op 13) and Ravel (Tzigane). Remarkably both artists played the entire recital from memory – noone in the audience could remember seeing a duo recital like this before. The result was a quite exceptional level of communication between the players, who had no need to look at the music, and their ensemble was faultless. Michael Foyle produced a superb and beautiful tone, with impeccable intonation, while Maksim Štšura’s boldly characterised playing of the piano parts was equally flawless. There were many highlights during the evening, perhaps especially the stormy last movement of the Brahms sonata, delivered at high voltage and with great intensity. This was a great evening of music from two brilliant young artists.