110th Season



Haydn   String Quartet in C, Op.76, No.3, Emperor

Barber   Dover Beach for baritone and string quartet

Ian Venables   The Song of The Severn, Op.43,
    for baritone, piano and string quartet  

    World Première
Elgar   Piano Quintet in A minor, Op.84

Carducci String Quartet

Matthew Denton  violin   Michelle Fleming  violin

Eoin Schmidt-Martin  viola  Emma Denton  cello

Roderick Williams  baritone

Tom Poster  piano

All tonight’s musicians are making a welcome return to the Club, but in a different combination. Roderick Williams is one of today’s most distinguished singers, both in opera and in recital. Tom Poster, recently heard at the Club as pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble, has established himself as a sensitive and passionate interpreter of an extensive repertoire. The Carducci String Quartet is one of Britain’s most successful young quartets, with its own annual festival at Highnam, Gloucestershire.

   Malvern Concert Club is delighted to have commissioned a new work for baritone, piano and string quartet. The commission has been made possible by a very generous donation from The Kay Trust, established from the estates of, and in memory of Kathy and Margaret, the late wives of Ernie Kay, one of the Club’s Vice Presidents. 

The Club has awarded the commission to Ian Venables (above right), who has been recently described in the BBC Music Magazine as ‘…a song composer as fine as Finzi and Gurney…’. He has the remarkable gift of being able to sum up perfectly the spirit and music of a previous era, and yet draw fresh strength from it to create something invigorating, original and new. He has not only added significantly to the genre of English art-song, but is also important in its continuing development.

Venables’ new composition, The Song of the Severn, Op.43, will celebrate the poets of Worcestershire, where the composer has made his home for the last 25 years. This exploration of the poetry of place and the landscape of Worcestershire is a perfect vehicle for Venables’ lyrical and highly expressive style of writing. It will receive its world première, by tonight’s artists, in this special concert that promises to be a fitting conclusion to the Club’s 110th Season.

Please note that the Haydn quartet replaces the Vaughan Williams quartet advertised in the brochure.

Thursday 2 May 2013 at 7.30 pm

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