Nash Ensemble

Saturday 24 June 2023, 7.30pm

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Church Lane, Tonbridge, TN9 1DA


Philippa Davies
(flute)
Benjamin Nabarro (violin)
Lawrence Power
(viola)
Gemma Rosefield
(cello)
Sally Pryce
(harp)

 

A fabulous finale to TMC’s 60th anniversary year, especially as they celebrated the 50th with us! TMC welcomes back the legendary Nash Ensemble, celebrated and respected worldwide for their outstanding playing and musicianship. TMC is thrilled that they can return for the fifth time, with a joyous programme of:


Ravel:
Sonatine (arr. Kanga) for flute, viola and harp
Mozart: Duo in G for violin and viola, K.423
Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Beethoven: String Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3
Françaix: Quintet No. 1 for flute, string trio and harp (1934)

 

“The Nash are chamber music royalty” (The Sunday Times)

“a unique ensemble at the heart of British music making” (The Sunday Times)

 

Standard ticket £25  | Under 18s & Students £5
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

 

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The Nash Ensemble, Resident Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall since 2010, is regarded as a standard-bearer of British music-making, and has been acclaimed by The Independent as a ‘chamber music group beyond compare’. The Nash Ensemble has built up a reputation as one of Britain’s finest ensembles and, through the dedication of its Founder and Artistic Director Amelia Freedman and the calibre of its players, has gained a similar reputation all over the world. The repertoire is vast and the imaginative, innovative and unusual programmes are as finely architectured as the Nash terraces in London, from which the group takes its name. The ensemble performs with equal sensitivity and musicality works from Mozart to the avant-garde. It is one of the major contributors towards the recognition and promotion of many leading composers through first performances to date of over 316 new works from 225 different composers, including 215 commissions especially written for the ensemble, providing a legacy for generations to come.

An impressive collection of recordings illustrates the same varied and colourful combination of classical masterpieces, little-known neglected gems and important contemporary works. Critically acclaimed contemporary recordings include chamber works by Harrison Birtwistle and Julian Anderson. Recordings for Hyperion include a series of works by British composers of the first half of the 20th century.

The ensemble has made many foreign tours, and concerts have been given throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. The group is a regular visitor to many British and European music festivals and can be heard on radio, television and at the BBC Proms. Since 1979 it has presented an acclaimed series every season at Wigmore Hall exploring the many facets of chamber music and vocal repertoire. In the 2021-22 season, the group celebrated the extraordinary legacy of pianist Dame Myra Hess and her famous National Gallery lunchtime concerts in WWII. The Nash Inventions concert on 22 March 2022 focussed on the 90th birthday year of the eminent composer Alexander Goehr. During the 2022-23 season the Ensemble will present a series at Wigmore Hall entitled Beethoven and the Romantics.

The ensemble has won The Edinburgh Festival Critics’ music award ‘for general artistic excellence’, and in 1989 and 2002 The Royal Philharmonic Society’s Small Ensemble Award ‘for the breadth of its taste and its immaculate performance of a widerange of music’.

The Nash Ensemble’s Artistic Director Amelia Freedman has received many honours including an FRAM and the MBE, which was conferred upon her in 1989. In 1996 she was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite by the President of France for her services to French music. She was Head of Classical Music at the Southbank Centre from 1995 to 2006 and has been Artistic Director of the Bath Mozartfest since 2011.