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Friday 12 September 2014, 7.30pm
St Mary's Church, Rickmansworth
Qian Wu - violin
Edward Brenton - violin
Matthew Kettle - viola
Joe Zeitlin - cello
Haydn String Quartet in C Op 20 No 2
Janacek Intimate Letters
Mendelssohn String Quartet in F Minor Op 80

The Wu Quartet performs regularly across the UK and the Continent, with concerts at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, Music in the Round in Sheffield, the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, the International Concert Hall in Beijing, the William Walton Foundation in Ischia, Snape Maltings, the BBC Proms, Bridgewater Hall and many other venues.

The quartet has had a number of significant competition successes: including the 23rd V.E. Rimbotti International string quartet competition in Italy, the 2011 Artis Quartet prize in Vienna, the 2012 Charles Hennen Concours in Holland and the semi-finals of the Beijing International String Quartet Competition. Recently they have been awarded the Albert and Eugenie Frost prize from the Royal Philharmonic Society and awards from the Hattori Foundation and the Musicians Benevolent Fund. They were Park Lane Group Young Artists as well as winning the MMSF/Philharmonia Orchestra Ensemble Award. Highlights for 2014/2015 include a return to the Wigmore Hall, tours of Scotland and Wales, and a quintet concert with Leslie Howard. 2014 also sees their debut recording, of all the Mendelssohn fugues on the Champs Hill label, part of a project with many of the leading string quartets in Britain.

Sunday 14 September 2014, 8.00pm
Mark Hall, Rickmansworth

given by finalists of the
2014 Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year Competition, in the
new Mark Hall of the Royal Masonic School for Girls, by courtesy of the Governors.
This will be preceded at 7.30pm by the Annual General Meeting.

Retiring collection.

Friday 17 October 2014, 7.30pm
St Mary's Church, Rickmansworth
Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor
Schumann Carnaval Op 9
Chopin Fantasy in F minor Op 49
Yang Prayers of the North
Rachmaninov Sonata no. 2 in B flat minor Op 36 (Revised Version)

Born in Edinburgh, Yuanfan began learning the piano when he was 6 at the Horsforth Music Centre in Leeds before becoming a member of the Yorkshire Young Musicians. He passed Grade 8 with distinction at the age of 8 and achieved a Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) when he was 10. He started at Chetham’s School of Music in 2008, studying piano with Dr Murray McLachlan.

Yuanfan has performed at major venues including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Leeds Town Hall, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the Manchester Bridgewater Hall, the Cadogan Hall in London, the Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, the Cathedral House in Huddersfield, and the main halls of Leeds University, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Leeds College of Music. He has performed for many major music societies throughout the country, and has performed concertos by Mozart, Chopin, Gershwin, Grieg, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with many leading orchestras including the Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra, the Kirklees Youth Orchestra, the Leeds Sinfonia, the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata. Next year’s concerto appearances include a performance of Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto ‘Emperor’ with the Liverpool Mozart Players in February, and the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra in March.

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 1.05pm
Baptist Church, Rickmansworth
Jayne Walker - violin
Anna Maguire - viola
Steven Halls - cello
Martin Bird - double bass
David Butterworth - piano
Turina Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op 67
Schubert Piano Quintet in A, D667 (The Trout')

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 1.05pm
Baptist Church, Rickmansworth
Theresa Cory - flute
Steven Halls - 'cello
David Oliver - piano
Haydn Trio No. 17 in F for flute, cello & piano, Hob. XV
Farrenc Trio in E minor for flute, cello & piano, op.45
Gaubert Pièce Romantique in D, for flute, cello, and piano

Wednesday 14 January 2015, 1.05pm
Baptist Church, Rickmansworth
Artists and programme to be announced

Wednesday 11 February 2015, 1.05pm
Baptist Church, Rickmansworth
Artists and programme to be announced

Friday 20 March 2014, 7.30pm
St. Mary's Church, Rickmansworth
CALUM HUGGAN - percussion
A. Pizzolla Arr. E. Sammut Libertango
K. Abe Variations on Downland’s Lachrimae Pavan
J.S. Bach Prelude in C from Suite 3
E. Sammut Hombre D’Aout
T. Muramatsu Land
E. Sammut Cameleon
E. Sejourne Nancy
M. Burritt Caritas – Solemn & Majestic
C. Debussy Arr C. Huggan Dr Gradus and Parnassum

Since graduating with a first-class Honours degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, studying under international soloist, Jasmin Kolberg, Scottish marimbist and percussionist Calum Huggan has captivated audiences and critics alike with his musicality and personality.

In September 2010, Calum was invited to become a guest student at the renowned Mannheim Musik Hochschule. Whilst in Mannheim, Calum undertook an intense programme studying solo marimba and chamber music under the direction of Jasmin Kolberg and Dennis Kuhn. Returning to the UK in 2011, Calum continued his postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on a solo / chamber marimba and percussion course under the watchful eye of virtuosic marimbist and composer, Eric Sammut before becoming the first British person to be accepted onto the Advanced Solo Marimba course at the Royal College of Music (London).

Calum's passion and commitment to performing has allowed him to perform his solo debuts within the major concert houses across the United Kingdom and Germany. Calum has performed with orchestras such as BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Scottish Opera, Mannheim National Theatre, and has recently made his international debut as guest principal with Jyvaskyla Sinfonietta, Finland and as a soloist in Abu Dhabi.

As well as being a first class performer, Calum's passion lies in cross-arts collaborations and teaching. He has worked alongside some of the most recognised and talented creatives in the arts such as Marc Brew (Dance) and Rachel Gadsden (Art).

Calum is an active and sought after percussion tutor and workshop leader throughout the UK, a musical and artistic director for several of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Summer Schools and is an official accompanist for contemporary dance and theatre.

Friday 24 April 2014, 7.30pm
St. Mary's Church, Rickmansworth
Martyn Jackson - violin
Petr Limonov - piano
Mozart Sonata in B flat k. 454
Elgar Sonata in E minor
Strauss Sonata in E flat
Saint-Saens Caprice d'après l'Etude en forme de Valse

Described by Ida Haendel as “One of the most exceptionally gifted violinists I have ever encountered”, British violinist Martyn Jackson has performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. Recent highlights include solo and chamber music performances at the Wigmore Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Purcell Room, Izumi Hall and Bridgewater Hall. Martyn began the 2014 concert season with a sold-out performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto at the Konzerthaus, in Berlin.

In 2012 he made his recital début at the Southbank Centre's Purcell Room as part of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund's Prizewinners Recital Scheme. He was also invited to perform chamber music with principal players from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Milan and Rome. Martyn is a selected artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme 2014. As an orchestral leader, Martyn has frequently served as Assistant Concertmaster of the LSO and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Martyn frequently attends many International Masterclasses and Festivals and in the past he has taken part in the International Musicians' Seminar Prussia Cove, Lac Leman Music Masterclasses, Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercoure, Cully Classique and Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander.

Martyn is leader of the Cavaleri String Quartet, 2nd Prize winners at the ‘Osaka International String Quartet Competition 2014’. They have performed at the Hohenems Schubertiade Festival , Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Presteigne Festival and Kirckman Concert Society Wigmore Series.

He has particpated in masterclasses given by Zakhar Bron,Vadim Gluzman, Ida Haendel, Mihaela Martin, Shlomo Mintz, Hagai Shaham and Pavel Vernikov.

Martyn was born in 1988 and is a former student of Professor Stephan Picard at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, and is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London where he studied with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky.

In 2008 Martyn featured alongside internationally renowned violinist and conductor Shlomo Mintz in the Holocaust documentary film “Amnon's Journey”, a flm depicting the intricate relationship between musicians and their instruments while giving voice to a lost generation. He has also broadcast live on Bayerischer Rundfunk, Suisse Romande Television et Radio, Suddeutsches Radio and on BBC 4 television.

He performs on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume kindly on loan to him from Frau Angela Schmeink.

Friday 15 May 2014, 7.30pm
St. Mary's Church, Rickmansworth
Dimitris Dekavallas - guitar
Violeta Barrena - violin

A concert of classical and Latin American music

Duo Diez is an exciting new musical collaboration between guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas and violinist Violeta Barrena. The chosen name for the Duo originates from the spanish word "diez" which means ten, the number of their combined strings.

Since meeting at the Royal Academy of Music as students, they have both developed interesting and varied international solo careers. A shared interest in playing and promoting Spanish and Latin American classical music signaled the start of Duo Diez in 2012.

Their repertoire encompasses a wide range of styles from Bach, Mozart, Schubert to Sarasate, Piazzolla and Villa Lobos.

They have performed at venues such as the National Portrait Gallery, Bolivar Hall, the Forge, Holy Trinity Sloane Square and travelled all over the world including the USA and Greece. Upcoming engagements include the ignite series at the Royal Albert Hall, St.James’s Piccadilly and Ronnie Scotts.

They are currently working on the release of their debut album, featuring their unique arrangements and very own compositions.

Friday 12 June 2014, 7.30pm
St. Mary's Church, Rickmansworth
Mathieu van Bellen - violin
Ori Epstein - cello
Omri Epstein - piano
Trios by Haydn, Ravel and Beethoven

Named after the legendary violinist Adolf Busch, this young piano trio has emerged as the leading British piano trio among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK and Europe. Winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, the trio went on to win several prizes including 2nd prize and the recording prize at the 2012 Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition and the 3rd prize at the 2013 Pinerolo International Chamber Music Competition in Italy as well as the 2nd prize at the International Schumann Chamber Music Award in Frankfurt.

Brought together by a shared deep passion for chamber music and inspired by Mathieu’s possession of the “ex-Adolf Busch” J.B. Guadagnini violin (Turin, 1783), they have been recognized for their achievements and playing of “incredible verve”.

Highlights of upcoming seasons include a tour of Scotland and collaborations with Michael Collins and Bruno Giuranna, recitals in Schumann Geselschaft Frankfurt, Southbank’s Purcell Room as well as a return to Wigmore Hall. Their much anticipated US debut tour in 2015 will include a performance at the Phillips Collection International Chamber Music Series in Washington DC.

The right is reserved to substitute artists and vary programmes without notice if necessary.