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Every day this week, BBC Radio 3’s ‘Afternoon Concert’ programme features performances by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, including several retrospective broadcasts and a particular tribute to clarinettist Robert Plane.
Rob left his post at BBCNOW last month, after spending 21 years as Principal Clarinet. This week of Radio 3 ‘Afternoon Concerts’ featuring the orchestra includes a celebration of Rob’s tenure by looking back at some recorded highlights. Tune in today just after 3:30pm to hear Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, and tomorrow at 3:45pm to hear Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie. Click here to listen again to Tuesday’s broadcast of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto — more details below.
The Montenegrin Guitar Duo looks forward to launching their newly-published transcriptions of Bach’s English Suites 1-3 with a concert at the Montenegrin Music Centre in Podgorica on Saturday 26 June.
The transcriptions, re-working the original keyboard music for two guitars, were initially produced by the Duo to feature on their 2015 disc, released on the Naxos label to great critical acclaim.
The concert on 26 June takes place at 8pm local time, with a pre-concert launch event at 7pm specially dedicated to launching these new published editions.
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Corbridge Chamber Music Festival, which takes place 30 July – 1 August in the Northumberland village of Corbridge.
Artistic Directors Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio are joined by several brilliant guest artists for a bill of eight concert programmes over a long weekend of music-making.
Tickets can be purchased via the Festival website, which also has a full concert listing.
Join the Quartet on Thursday 1st July at St Giles’ Church, Camberwell, to enjoy BBN Part I: Night Music, featuring new work by composer Aaron Parker.
The performance will feature movements from Beethoven’s Op. 130 Quartet and Bartók’s Quartet no. 5 interwoven with Aaron Parker’s tuóretu, which explores the magic and mystery of Bartók’s ‘night music’ style via a tapestry of sound created by the string quartet and added electronics.
On Sunday 27th June, the Solem Quartet will perform twice at the V&A Museum as part of the weekend-long series of Glastonbury Pastoral Concerts.
The concerts will be open to all as free drop-in events.
Concerts in the West, Andrew Maddocks
The concerts were recorded live two weeks ago at the in-person edition of the Festival by award-winning film maker Patrick Allen, using an elaborate 8-camera set-up to powerfully capture the thrill of a live event.
Rob and Tim appear as guests artists alongside the London Bridge Trio, as well as violinist Lucy Gould and violist Gary Pomeroy, forming a world-class chamber music line-up, with the flexibility to take on many different ensemble formats.
The disc takes its title from an ongoing project for the Trio which centres on a series of orchestral masterpieces collaboratively reimagined for piano trio.
Recorded for CAvi music in partnership with the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the CD is due for general and online release on Friday 18 June.
The Linos Piano Trio is thrilled that their festival can go ahead this weekend with a small socially distanced audience. If you can be in Cologne, do buy a ticket to one or more of the fascinating concerts listed below.
Each event will be live-streamed too, and available via OnJam. Click on a concert below to find the appropriate link for the live-stream, under ‘Tickets or registration’.
The Ferio Saxophone Quartet enjoyed three days of sessions in May, recording their newest CD, this time in collaboration with pianist Timothy End.
The disc features new arrangements of works by Georges Bizet, Dmitri Shostakovich and Iain Farrington, as well as original music for saxophone quartet and piano by Pedro Iturralde.
The disc is due for release in November on the Chandos record label, with a launch concert at St Matthew’s Church, Westminster. More details will follow over the next few months.
Following the highly successful pilot performances of Concerteenies’ brand-new Musical Stories, which took place at ten different SSELP nurseries and schools across Sheffield, the videos are now available online. These include ‘Mixed’, featuring harpist Louise Thomson, a well-loved regular at Concerteenies.
You may have seen that tickets have just gone on sale to the general public for the Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane’s concert this Wednesday at Wigmore Hall? Ticket sales will, however, close 24 hours before the concert.
Lucy Gould (violin), Robert Plane (clarinet) and Benjamin Frith (piano) are then playing at the fabulous Barnes Music Festival on Saturday, in a wonderfully enticing programme entitled ‘Music in Theatre’.
The full Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane line-up then regroups for their performance for the excellent Richmondshire Concerts in North Yorkshire
You can find the details below, including programmes and the links to book tickets. Please note that you can book for either 4pm or 7pm.
They are also playing in Sprotbrough, near Doncaster, before returning to London for a day working with the students at Trinty Laban. Their day at Trinity will finish with a public recital at Blackheath Halls at 6pm.
Since coming together to produce a remotely-recorded video during the first Coronavirus lockdown in summer 2020, the two ensembles have built a collaborative project which they look forward to presenting in concert and on disc in the coming seasons.
Their concert at the Winchfield Festival will take place on Friday 13th August at 7:30pm, to a live audience in the Festival Marquee. Tickets go on sale to the public from 8th May.
Register for this Zoom event to hear the Linos Piano Trio perform Lili Boulanger’s Deux Pièces en trio (1918), and discuss the composer’s musical universe, as part of this year’s Birdfoot Festival.
The 2021 Birdfoot Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a virtual festival dedicated to the backstages of the world, and the creative processes that they incubate.
Registration for this evening’s event entitled ‘Time: Lili Boulanger’ is free, but donations are gratefully received. The Linos Piano Trio will perform D’un matin de printemps (Of a spring morning) and D’un soir triste (Of a sad evening) and look forward to “seeing” you via Zoom. You can register for the event here.
Having featured in the inaugural Spotlight Chamber Concerts series at the end of last year, the Quartet returns to the atmospheric surroundings of St John’s Church Waterloo to perform Schubert’s Octet in F major.
The performance takes place on Friday 4th June at 9:00pm, and tickets can be purchased via the Spotlight Chamber Concerts website.
Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio look forward to performing as part of Wigmore Hall’s major re-opening festival in May.
To mark their re-opening after the last very challenging year, Wigmore Hall will welcome back live audiences for a 25-concert festival, combined with a celebration of the Hall’s 120th Anniversary.
This festival will include a concert by Rob and the Gould Piano Trio at 7:30pm on Wednesday 26th May, where an in-person audience will be able to enjoy music by Olivier Messiaen and Huw Watkins.
Streamed live from St Mary’s Church, Barrow-in-Furness, Tim’s will be the eleventh online concert of the Festival’s 2021 series.
The performance begins at 7:00pm on Sunday 25th April, and can be streamed for free via the link on the Festival website.
Tickets are now on sale for Robert Plane‘s trio concert with Lucy Gould and Benjamin Frith at the Barnes Music Festival in May.
The clarinet-violin-piano trio will perform their hour-long programme twice in one evening to a live audience in St Mary’s Church, Barnes. This will allow two socially-distanced audiences to enjoy their programme entitled ‘Music for Theatre and Ballet’, with the two concerts taking place at 6:00pm and at 8:00pm on Saturday 29th May.
Tickets can be purchased via the Barnes Music Festival website.
The concert will be streamed live from the Festival’s YouTube channel at 7pm on Saturday 10th April, with donations invited in aid of the 2021 festival.
The Gould Piano Trio will begin the concert with Beethoven’s Trio in E flat op. 70 no. 2, after which Robert Plane, Richard Lester and Benjamin Frith will perform Brahms’s Clarinet Trio.