Programme for 2016-2017 Season

Bedford Music Club presents the following classical chamber music concerts between October 2015 and April 2016. 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 20 October 2016 (at 7.45pm)

Bedford Girls' School


Mozart: Piano Sonata in A minor, K.310
Granados: El Amor y la Muerte
Ginastera: Danzas Argentinas Op. 2
Schumann/Liszt: Widmung
Bax: Burlesque
Barber: Piano Sonata Op. 26

Since winning the 2014 BBC Young Musician competition performing Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, highlights for Martin James Bartlett have included his BBC Proms debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and concertos with Bournemouth Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestras. Fast emerging as a young artist of outstanding reputation, he opens our 2016-17 series with a dramatically contrasting recital of music from America, Argentina, Austria, England, Hungary and Spain.

"astonishing delicacy and punch" The Telegraph / BBC Proms / August 2015

Thursday 1 December 2016 (at 7.45pm)

Bunyan Meeting

FANTASTICUS, baroque ensemble

Heinrich von Biber (1644 -1704): Rosary Sonata - Annunciation for violin and basso continuo; Sonata 3 for violin and basso continuo in F major (1681)
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c. 1620-1623-1680): Sonata a 2 in A minor; Sonata Quarta for violin and basso continuo
Gottfried Finger (c.1655-6-1730): Sonata Prima in D minor, Op. 1
John Jenkins (1592-1678): 'Fantasia Suite' in G minor for treble, bass and basso continuo; 'Fantasia' in D minor for treble, bass viol and organ
Henry Purcell (1659-95): Trio Sonata for violin, bass viol and organ in G minor, Z.780

Fantasticus, a renowned Amsterdam-based baroque group, returns after giving us an superb evening in 2014-15, to perform the programme Moravian Mystery & English Fantasy. The mysterious instrumental music from 17th-century middle Europe is remarkable for its abstraction, free-form and quasi-improvisatory virtuoso flourishes. Nothing epitomises the 'stylus fantasticus' more than the Rosary (or mystery) Sonatas by Heinrich Biber. And on the other side of the continent we find striking similarities in the English Fantasia-Suites that developed independently in England, full of divisions and equally full of mystery.

Thursday 19 January 2017 (at 7.45pm)

Bunyan Meeting


Mozart: Divertimento in D, K. 136
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

The London Mozart Players was founded in 1949 as the UK's first chamber orchestra and has achieved international renown for its outstanding live performances and recordings. We welcome six members of the orchestra to perform a delightful programme of string sextet music, a rare and thrilling treat. Written in Salzburg when he was just sixteen, Mozart's 1772 Divertimento is a masterpiece of inventiveness and virtuosity. Alongside we hear Arnold Schoenberg's monumental late-Romantic work Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) and Tchaikovsky's brilliant sextet Souvenir de Florence, written just after he had holidayed in the Italian city.

Thursday 16 February 2017 (at 7.45pm)

Bedford Girls' School

Haydn: Piano Trio in E flat major, Hob.XV:30
Ireland: Piano Trio No. 3 in E major
Brahms: Piano Trio in B major, Op 8

Continuing with stringed instruments, but with the addition of a piano, we welcome the highly acclaimed Phoenix Piano Trio in February. Formed in 2010, and with a growing reputation for excellence in chamber music, they are made up of violinist Jonathan Stone, cellist Christian Elliott and pianist Sholto Kynoch, who is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival. Their programme includes one of Haydn's most popular chamber works and Brahms's first, highly emotive piano trio, written in the year that his close friend Robert Schumann was committed to an asylum. We also hear a sumptuous work by the oft-underrated but superb English composer John Ireland.

Thursday 30 March 2017 (at 7.45pm)

Bedford Girls' School

KITTY WHATELY, mezzo soprano, and WILLIAM VANN, piano
Purcell: Music for a while; The fatal hour comes on apace; From silent shades (Bess of Bedlam); There's not a swain
Mahler: Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
Schubert: Gretchen am spinnrade; Gretchen's bitte; Der König in Thule
Horovitz: Lady Macbeth - a Scena
Jonathan Dove: 5 Am'rous Sighs
Samuel Barber: Sure on this Shining Night; Sleep now; Crucifixion; Nocturne
Jonathan Dove: Nights not spent alone
Stephen Sondheim: Could I leave you; Send in the Clowns

Kitty Whately and William Vann (also Bedford Music Club's Artistic Director) both hail from Bedfordshire. An award-winning mezzo-soprano, Kitty Whately sings on concert, opera and recital stages in the UK and internationally. Currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, she is also an HSBC Laureate for the Aix-en-Provence Festival and was the winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2011; William Vann is a multiple prize-winning pianist of international renown. They will give an engaging recital of music by an eclectic mix of composers throughout the ages, from the Englishmen Henry Purcell and Jonathan Dove through Mahler and Schubert to the Americans Samuel Barber and Steven Sondheim. We also hear Joseph Horowitz's stunning scena Lady Macbeth.

Thursday 27 April 2017 (at 7.45pm)

Bunyan Meeting

Ave Virgo Sanctissima
Roxanna Panufnik: Magnificat (St Pancras Service)
William Cornysh: Ave Maria
Hilary Campbell: Ave Maria
Walter Lambe: Nesciens Mater
Stephen Dodgson: Dormi Jesu
John Taverner: Ave Maria
Cecilia McDowall: Alma redemptoris Mater
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: New Work (title tbc)
Matthew Martin: Ave virgo sanctissima
Robert Fayrfax: Ave Dei Patris Filia
Lennox Berkeley: Regina coeli laetare
Nicholas Ludford: Ave cuius conceptio
Judith Weir: Ave Regina caelorum

Taking its name from the Blessed Virgin Mary, a focus of religious devotion in the sacred music of all ages, the Marian Consort is a young, dynamic and internationally-renowned early music vocal ensemble. This 'astounding' (The Herald) ensemble has given concerts throughout the UK and Europe, features regularly on BBC Radio 3, and is a former 'Young Artist' of The Brighton Early Music Festival. Tonight's programme, features settings by English Renaissance composers Robert Fayrfax, Walter Lambe and John Taverner juxtaposed with contemporary Marian works by Cecilia McDowall, Bedford-based Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Judith Weir, Roxanna Panufnik, Matthew Martin, Hilary Campbell.




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