Truro 3 Arts

Classical Music Society

Concert Series 2018-2019

All concerts start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm

Forthcoming concerts of the Season:

Friday 22 March 2019


Voces8 offer an eclectic programme to include works by Byrd, Britten, Charles V.Stanford, Purcell, Tavener, Mundy and Hunt. The ensemble will also perform In Beauty May I Walk by their composer-in-residence Jonathan Dove. Voces8 will conclude the concert with folk, popular and jazz a cappella arrangements.

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“The singing of Voces8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’.”


The British vocal ensemble Voces8 first performed for Truro 3 Arts in January 2016, their return for the final concert of our concert series is much anticipated. Voces8 perform repertoire from Renaissance Polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements; versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance ethos.

Previous concerts of the Season: 

Friday 6 July 2018

Abel Selaocoe, cello

Tyler Hay, piano

Rodion Shchedrin ~ In the Style of Albeniz
Samuel Barber ~ Cello Sonata
Maurice Ravel ~ In the Style of ‘Habanera’
Benjamin Britten ~ Cello Sonata
James Macmillan ~ Kiss on Wood
Giovanni Sollima ~ Lamentatio

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South African cellist Abel Selaocoe is a versatile musician who is interested in exploring the capacity of the cello across genres, from collaborating with beatboxers, folk and world musicians to giving concerto performances and solo classical recitals. Abel Selaocoe grew up in a dusty South African township. At thirteen his musical prowess won him a scholarship to a prestigious private school in the heart of Johannesburg. He later won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 2013 he was chosen to play in a showcase concert in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. Abel Selaocoe recieved financial support from the Quartet of Peace Trust. Abel's duo partner, pianist Tyler Hay, was a finalist in the International Liszt competition in 2009, and is currently one of the ABRSM Scholars at the Royal Northern College of Music.

This concert brings an exciting programme of works for cello and piano, and all proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Quartet of Peace TrustThe Quartet of Peace is the name given to two violins, a viola and a cello made in Cape Town in 2010 by master craftsman Brian Lisus. He dedicated each to one of South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Laureates – Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela – and called them respectively Freedom, Peace, Reconciliation and Hope. They are exceptionally beautiful instruments, with a rich, deep glow, and because they were made to be played together, the quartet’s sound is distinctive and warm, matching the beauty of the instruments. The quartet of Peace Trust provides financial assistance to talented young people from disadvantaged communities who seek to advance their careers in the musical field.

Due to extenuating circumstances, Tyler Hay has replaced Maya Irgalina as Abel Selaocoe's duo partner for this concert.

Friday 5 October 2018

Edward Goater, tenor

Christopher Sheldrake, piano

Brahms ~ Vier Erneste Gesänge

Schubert ~ Prometheus

Schubert ~ Ganymed

Goater ~ I Sing of a Maiden

Venables ~ At Midnight

Venables ~ Frying Crooked

Venables ~ Vitae Summa Brevis

Venables ~ The Hippo

Drayton ~ One Night…

An astronomical cycle of six songs for tenor and piano

  1. Aldebaran at dusk
  2. The Brightest Planet and her Guest
  3. Galileo
  4. Moonscape
  5. Andromeda
  6. …In a thousand years
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Local composer and musician Paul Drayton has become increasingly well-known for his contribution to music-making in Cornwall. Paul is the musical director of Duchy Opera and St Austell Music Society, and taught at Truro College for many years. As a composer, Paul Drayton has an international reputation, having composed works for the King’s Singers, Dame Gillian Weir and Washington National Cathedral.

Closer to home, Paul Drayton has been commissioned by Truro Choral Society and Truro 3 Arts, as well as having his compositions performed by Duchy Opera, Truro Cathedral Choir and Three Spires Choir and Orchestra. Paul Drayton’s song cycle ‘One night…’ sets literary passages which meditate on the enormity of celestial phenomena. The work was composed for tenor Edward Goater, and we are excited that Edward and Christopher Sheldrake, who performed the premiere at Wells Cathedral in 2016, are able to share Paul’s work with us, alongside a selection of other songs popular within the vocal repertoire.

Friday 19 October 2018

Piatti String Quartet

Purcell ~ Chacony arr. Britten

Britten ~ 3 Divertimenti

Debussy ~ String Quartet in G minor

Beethoven ~ String Quartet No.8 in E minor

(Op.59 No.2 “Rasumovsky”)

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“Four brilliant young musicians, passionate about what they do and eager to share their passion with their audience.”

Farnham Herald


Truro 3 Arts Music Society is delighted to welcome back the Piatti String Quartet in our 73rd season, having previously opened the 2011 and 2014 seasons. They are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation and were Prize winners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, The quartet have held fellowships at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Royal Academy of Music. The quartet also works regularly with the Cavatina Trust, helping to secure the future of chamber music by performing to young children and families in schools and venues throughout London.

Friday 16 November 2018

Piers Lane, piano

Mozart ~ Sonata in C Major K.545

Mozart ~ Adagio in B minor K.540

Beethoven ~ Sonata in F minor “Appassionata” (Op.57)

Chopin ~ Nocturne Nos.1 & 2 (Op.27)

Rachmaninov ~ Variations on a Theme of Chopin (Op.22)

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“No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance.”


Piers Lane is a highly versatile performer of solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. He has performed at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall on five occasions. His extensive concerto repertoire has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras. Piers has recently been appointed as the new artistic director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, and has been the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music since 2007.

Friday 7 December 2018

Alexandra Lomeiko, violin

Antonina Suhanova, piano

Mozart ~ Sonata in G Major K.301

Prokofiev ~ Five Melodies (Op.35bis)

Brahms ~ Violin Sonata No. 2 (Op.100)

Elgar ~ Sonata in E minor (Op.82)

Wieniawski ~ Variations on an Original Theme (Op.15)

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“A beautifully crafted performance by both musicians was greatly appreciated by the audience.”

Tilford Bach Society Review


A graduate of the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, New-Zealander Alexandra Lomeiko has performed at many of the most prestigious venues in the UK. Antonina Suhanova is a Latvian pianist, studying at the Latvian Academy of Music before moving to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Alexandra and Antonina have performed regularly together throughout the UK. Alexandra is a beneficiary of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and this performance is kindly supported by the scheme.

Friday 18 January 2019

Fontanella Recorder Quintet

‘The Woods so Wild’

Inspired by the sights, senses and sounds of nature, William Byrd’s famous setting forms a backdrop to a feast of frottole, verelai, songs and chansons featuring the swan, lark, nightingale and the pleasures of the “oken wood”. The programme features music from the thirteenth to the twenty-first centuries including Gibbons, Wilbye, Marenzio, Purcell and Vivaldi, plus contemporary music by Tim Coker and Tomi Räisänen.

Featuring five of the UK’s leading specialist professional artists, Fontanella bring the history of the recorder to life. Their concert programme celebrates the long history of the recorder from the mediaeval period to the present day. The ensemble perform on a specialist array of instruments of every shape and size, from their beautiful 15-piece renaissance consort to their fascinating set of contemporary Paetzold ‘square’ basses. The group aims to combine an awareness of recent scholarship in Renaissance and early repertoire with performances of more contemporary works.

Friday 8 February 2019

Jacquin Trio

Mozart ~ Kegelstatt Trio K.498

Bartók ~ Contrasts Sz 111

Schumann ~ Märchenerzählungen

Charlotte Bray ~ Blaze and Fall

Françaix ~ Trio

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“The Jacquin Trio appear to have found themselves a niche which they are exploring with excellent musicianship and enterprising vision.”

Bournemouth Echo

The Jacquin Trio are rapidly establishing a reputation for their dynamic performances and spirited music making. The combination of piano, viola and clarinet is comparatively rare in the piano trio repertoire. Winners of the Royal Overseas League and the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competitions, the trio have performed extensively across the UK in some of the most prestigious venues. They attended and performed at the International Musicians Seminar 2016 at Prussia Cove, West Cornwall, supported by the Solti Foundation, working with composer and pianist Thomas Adès.