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Concert Series 2019-2020

Previous concerts of the Season: 

Pre-Season Talk

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 at 7.30pm

Mylor Theatre

P A U L   D R A Y T O N

Pianist, composer, conductor and teacher Paul Drayton once again returns to comment on the season ahead in his own inimitable style with piano accompaniment and other recorded musical illustrations.

Tickets £5 on the door (non-members)

Free entry to members

F I T Z W I L L I A M   Q U A R T E T

Friday, 18th October 2019

Vaughan Williams: String Quartet No.2 in A minor

Liz Johnson: Tide Purl

Shostakovich: String Quartet No.11 in F minor

Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor

D810 "Death and the Maiden"

The Fitzwilliam Quartet is one of the longest established string quartets in the world. Their first concert was held in October 1968. By way of celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2018 the quartet has been re-visiting many favourite venues over a period of 16 months, and Truro 3 Arts Society are delighted to be part of their celebration.

The quartet's personal relationship with Shostakovich ensures that their interpretations of his works are highly acclaimed. The Fitzwilliam Quartet has recently recorded Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" Quartet played on gut strings.

"The Fizwilliam String Quartet, in my opinion, is, and has been for many years, Britain's premier string quartet ensemble ....a flagship British ensemble that should be the pride of that nation."

(Jerry Dubins, Fanfare, 2015)

T R I O   C O N   B R I O   C O P E N H A G E N

Friday, 8th November 2019

Haydn: Piano Trio in E major HobXV: 28

Arensky: Piano Trio No.1 in D minor

Beethoven: Piano Trio No.5 in D major Op.70 No. 1 "Ghost"

Acknowledged as one of the finest piano trios in the world, Trio con Brio Copenhagen is about to enter their twentieth year. Twenty years is a milestone for any ensemble and, says Jens Elvekjaer, they all knew right from the start that they would find their musical identities as a piano trio. They quickly gained a reputation for their fresh and contemporary approach to the core repertoire.

They are regularly heard at the world's leading venues and concert series, including their beloved "home venues", the Royal Library and the Tivoli Concert Hall, in Copenhagen. Their recent recordings of Beethoven's Complete Piano Trios have received critical acclaim.

"From the first note, Trio con Brio exudes class ... both explosive and exquisitely intimate ... aspects that this performance delivers with compelling panache."

(The Strad)

E B L A N A    S T R I N G   T R I O  &  E M M E T   B Y R N E   (O B O E)

Friday, 6th December 2019

Mozart: Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F major K370

Beethoven: String Trio in G major Op.9 No.1

Britten: Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings Op.2

Finzi: Prelude and Fugue for String Trio Op.24

Moeran: Fantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings

Since its formationin 2006, the Eblana String Trio has been performing regularly for music societies and festivals throughout the UK and beyond, winning praise from audiences and critics alike for the depth and insight of its performances of this often neglected repertoire.

Recent seasons have seen the trio giving acclaimed performances at both the Wigmore Hall for the Park Lane Group and at the Bridgewater Hall for the Manchester Midday Concerts Society, as well as performing live on Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme.

During their time at the Royal Northern College of Music the trio have won all the major chamber music prizes, notably winning the 2010 RNCM chamber music award and the audience prize for their performances of Britten's Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings. The trio will be joined by Emmet Byrne, Principal 2nd Oboist with City of Birmingham City Orchestra.

J U L I A   H W A N G   (V I O L I N)  &  C H A R L E S   M A T T H E W S   (P I A N O)

Friday, 17th January 2020

Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano

Lutoslawski: Subito

Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor

Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major

Frolov: Concert Fantasy on Themes from

Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Julia Hwang gave her professional solo debut with the English National Baroque Chamber Orchestra at the age of nine, performing Bach's Concerto in A minor. Julia has been a veteran of the concert stage for many years, leading to an ever-increasing schedule of concerts both in the UK and abroad.

Julia's duo partner, Charles Matthews, was previously an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently an accompanist and organ

tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Julia and Charles recorded Subito, a CD of works for violin and piano, in 2017.

"Julia Hwang is a model of expressive purity... of old-world wit and warmth."

(Rob Cowan, Gramophone)

J O S E  Z A L B A - S M I T H  (F L U T E)    L O U I S E   L A M  ​(P I A N O)

Friday, 7th February 2020

J S Bach: Flute Sonata in E minor BWV1034

CPE Bach: Solo Sonata in A minor

Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano

Schulhoff: Sonata for Flute and Piano

Enescu: Cantabile and Allegro

Prokofiev: Flute Sonata in D major Op.94

Born in 1984, in Havana, Cuba, Jose studies flute and piano. During this period of study, he received second prize in Amadeo Roldan's National Flute Competition (1997). After auditioning in London, England, Jose accepted a full scholarship for the Bachelor of Music Degree at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, beginning studies in 2003.

He has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Jose also runs Cuban music workshops for several notable international flute summer schools.

Jose's duo partner, Louisa Lam, has studied at King's College, London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

C H R I S T I N E  Z E R A F A   &   F R I E N D S    (P I A N O  Q U A R T E T)

Friday, 13th March 2020

Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor K478

Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor

Brahms: Piano Quartet No.2

Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa first performed for Truro 3 Arts as saxophonist Amy Green's duo partner in 2017. Her passionate performance as a chamber musician inspired us to approach Christine to form a piano quartet.

Christine selected violinist Alexandra Lomeiko, who coincidentally performed for us in December 2018, violist Ana Teresa Alves and cellist Timothee Botbol.

This exciting project is a fitting conclusion to a concert series in which old and new friends alike have come together. 

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