Welcome to Tonbridge Music Club as it starts its 51st season of concerts.
We begin on 5th October with the Chamber Ensemble of London, directed by Peter Fisher, and a feast of English music, from Purcell through to Britten. The group comprises 12 of London’s top musicians, with Levine Andrade as solo violist in Clive Jenkins’s Viola Romance. The prize-winning Aurora Ensemble comes next; these young players have received rave reviews and will present an imaginative and virtuosic programme, from romantic Klughart to jazzy Guilfoyle, displaying all aspects of the wind quintet repertoire. In November, Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2010-2012, and José Gallardo (piano) perform two major, much-loved sonatas by Debussy and Shostakovich, and a sizzling second-half of 20th/21st century music. Then, we welcome the Takács Quartet, who need no introduction. One of the world’s greatest ensembles, their unique playing brings fresh insight to the string quartet repertoire. Their wonderful programme of quartets by Dvořák and Janáček, and the Dvořák ‘Double Bass’ Quintet with Graham Mitchell, is not to be missed. For the Benson Young Artists Concert in March, we have invited four Jette Parker Young Artists from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Details will be confirmed later, but their programme will include Lieder and song by Mahler, Strauss, Wolf and Britten. For our final concert, it is an enormous pleasure to welcome back Yevgeny Sudbin. Hailed as one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century, he will present a rich and inspired programme – Scarlatti, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Chopin – and a great finale to the season.
The Elias String Quartet – Beethoven Quartet Cycle
Series 1 was a great success and we are very much looking forward to Series 2. This will take place over three concerts, in November, January and April, interspersed with the main season’s concerts – a great opportunity to hear masterpieces of the quartet repertoire played by this brilliant young quartet.