A Schubertiade over five concerts for SRS 25th Anniversary Season

23rd January to 6th February 2019

Earlier this year it was the complete Beethoven works for cello and piano over two concerts on the same day, now, it’s a Schubertiade.  Originating in early 19th century Vienna these were informal, often small, gatherings of friends to celebrate the music of Franz Schubert.  Schubert, a pupil of Antonio Salieri, was also a contemporary of Beethoven, whom he admired so much that, apparently, he was too timid to introduce himself when they passed in the streets of Vienna.

Schubert is known for the lyrical beauty of his music.  What is possibly his greatest piano duet, Fantasy in F minor, will be the highlight of the first concert, when Clare Toomer and Paul Turner will celebrate the sonority and sheer joy of duet playing.  The second concert is a rare chance to see sisters Miranda and Caroline Day performing together – both have full diaries because of their successful careers with violin and cello respectively.  

They will be joined by Paul Turner piano in bringing their extensive experience with the Britten Sinfonia and English Chamber Orchestra to the virtuosic writing of Schubert’s Trio in Eb, contrasted with the endlessly inventive melodies of the Arpeggione Sonata.

The third concert features the Villiers Quartet and friends who will combine to present both the Octet and Trout Quintet.  For the fourth concert the Ward Quartet (Nicholas Ward violin, Kathryn Parry violin, Wendy Gudgin viola and Harriet Bennett cello) will perform the stunningly romantic Death and the Maiden Quartet (‘one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire’) alongside the Quartettsatz and the

Quartet in A minor.

The fifth and final concert showcases some of Schubert’s beautiful and well-known songs, including the ever popular ‘Shepherd on the Rock’, sung by Swindon’s own Matilda Wale soprano.  Young as she is, Matilda has already won awards at the Two Moors Festival and the English Singers and Speakers competition and SRS is delighted to be able to introduce her to a wider Swindon audience.  Matilda will be accompanied by Helen Pysanczyn clarinet and Paul Turner piano.

Concert 1: Clare Toomer and Paul Turner – Wednesday 23rd January, Wyvern Theatre, 1.05pm.  Concert 2: Dale Trio – Friday 1st February, Arts Centre, 7.30pm.

Concert 3: Villiers Quartet – Saturday 2nd February, Arts Centre 7.30pm

Concert 4: Ward Quartet – Sunday 3rd February, Arts Centre, 3.30pm

Concert 5: Matilda Wale, Helen Pysanczyn and Paul Turner – Wyvern Theatre, 1.05pm

Tickets for concerts 1 and 5 at the Wyvern Theatre £6, accompanied children 14 and under free.

Individual tickets for concert 2, 3 and 4 at the Arts Centre £15, concessions £12.50, students £2.50, accompanied children 14 and under free.  With a discount of 10% for buying all three tickets together the cost becomes £44.50 for adults and £33.75 concessions.  Tickets for Arts Centre concerts are subject to an additional booking fee.

For more information contact either Artistic Director Paul Turner at turner.paul@virgin.net, recitals@hotmail.co.uk or on 01793 531316 or 07989 397372 or SRS Secretary Julia Singleton at juliaesingleton@gmail.com or on 01793 644660 or 07718185518

Information about the recital series can be found at www.swindonrecitalseries.org