Programme for 2017-2018 Season

Bedford Music Club presents the following classical chamber music concerts between October 2017 and April 2018. Concerts are open to the general public. Season tickets are available by contacting Bedford Music Club using the Email link on the Ticket or Contact pages. Individual tickets are available on the door or from Bedford Central Box Office.

Thursday 19 October 2017 (at 7.45pm)

Bedford Girls' School




Etudes Book III
- White on White
- Pour Irina
- À bout de souffle
- Canon
Piano Sonata No. 7
Traced Overhead

Following Luca Buratto’s Wigmore Hall debut recital in London January 2017, The Guardian wrote: “Graceful, analytical, meticulous, Buratto is a name to watch”. Winner of the prestigious Honens Prize in 2015, he has a growing international reputation; he will demonstrate his virtuosity with a programme which includes the Hungarian composer Ligeti and concludes with Schumann’s monumental Humoreske.

Thursday 16 November 2017 (at 7.45pm)

Music Recital Hall, Bedford School



Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2
Rhapsody No. 2, Sz. 90
Three Mythes, Op. 30
Fantasie in C major for Violin and Piano, D. 934

Every year, since 1912, J and A Beare’s, the most respected instrument dealers in the world, have made a gift of a specially made and engraved violin bow to the most promising graduating student from the Royal Academy of Music. Júlia Pusker, the recipient of that prize in 2014, plays a mix of classical and romantic repertoire. She will be accompanied by Renáta Konyicska on Bedford School’s new grand piano.
"…(Júlia) produced eye-popping virtuosity…" The Times

Thursday 18 January 2018 (at 7.45pm)

Bunyan Meeting

Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Emma Parker violin, Rosalind Ventris viola, Nathaniel Boyd cello


'Emperor' Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3
'American' Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96
String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36

The talented musicians who make up the Albion Quartet are among the finest and most experienced chamber musicians of their generation. In their programme, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Emma Parker, Rosalind Ventris and Nathaniel Boyd bring together some of the highlights of the quartet repertoire from across the centuries from Haydn to Britten.

Thursday 15 February 2018 (at 7.45pm)

Bedford Girls' School

Rhiannon Llewellyn soprano, Sarah Champion mezzo-soprano, Bradley Smith tenor, Nicholas Merryweather baritone, Edwige Herchenroder and William Vann piano


Four duets for baritone & alto, Op. 28
Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74
Four duets for soprano & tenor, Op. 34
Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52

The day after Valentine’s Day 2018 brings together four singers and two pianists for a recital of romantic love songs. The Valentine Ensemble recently gave the first performance of Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzer in Istanbul for 33 years, and Rhiannon Llewellyn, soprano, Sarah Champion, mezzo, Bradley Smith, tenor, Nicholas Merryweather, baritone, Edwige Herchenroder and William Vann, our own Artistic Director, will reunite to perform a sumptuous programme of songs, duets and quartets by Brahms and Schumann.

Thursday 22 March 2018 (at 7.45pm)

Bunyan Meeting

CLARE COLLEGE CHOIR, Graham Ross, conductor

'In Peace'

Christopher Tye: 
Gustav Holst: 
Arvo Pärt: 
Howard Skempton: 

Nunc Dimittis (c 1550)
Nunc Dimittis (1915)
Nunc Dimittis (2001)
A Good-Night
'He wishes for the cloths of heaven'

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, under the direction of Graham Ross, who last visited us in 2016, has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in the world. In the centenary year of the end of the First World War, their programme “In Peace” explores themes of peace and serenity.

Thursday 26 April 2018 (at 7.45pm)

Bunyan Meeting

FRETWORK "In Nomine"
Asako Morikawa, Richard Boothby, Joanna Levine, Emily Ashton, Sam Stadlen, viols

John Taverner:
Christopher Tye:
Robert Parsons:
William Byrd:
Orlando Gibbons:
Nico Muhly:
William Lawes:
Gavin Bryars:
Henry Purcell:

In Nomine
Crye, Trust
In Nomine, Ut re mi, De la Court
In Nomine
In Nomine
Two In Nomines in 5 parts
Slow (In Nomine in 5 parts) (2015)
Consort sett in G minor, Fantazy, On the plainsong, Aire
In Nomine (after Purcell) (1995)
Two Fantazias in four parts, Fantasia upon one note

Fretwork “the finest viol consort on the planet” (London Evening Standard), will demonstrate the treasure trove of In Nomine settings stemming from John Tavener's 16th-century setting of the Benedictus. Over the last 150 years English composers were insired to compose variants in their own style, including two by living composers, Nico Muhly and Gavin Bryars.




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