Bromsgrove Concerts’ forthcoming season is once again attracting attention for the calibre of its internationally renowned guest artists, who will be bringing an enterprising selection of styles and periods to suit all musical tastes. Concerts take place at the town’s purpose-built Arts Centre, Artrix, from September 2017 until March 2018.
Audience favourites, visiting during the 2017-18 season, include guitarist Craig Ogden, who brings his own particular warmth and proficiency to an engaging programme of works both new and old, and leading British pianist, Leon McCawley, who brings a classic programme of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Hans Gál – the often overlooked Austrian composer – who he has recently recorded.
Two outstanding String Quartets, the Castalian, following visits to the Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival and the Wigmore Hall; and the Kodaly, ambassadors of Hungarian string quartet culture, bring major works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Dohnanyi, Kodaly and Thomas Adès.
Internationally acclaimed Austrian cellist, Florian Kitt, and pianist, Carlos Rivera-Aguilar, bring the cello into focus with an adventurous programme of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Britten, Takemitsu and Austrian contemporary composer, Friedrich Cerha.
Period instrument Ensemble DeNOTE (clarinet, violin, viola, cello and fortepiano), give their own individual insight into works by Haydn and Mozart, including an arrangement of the ‘Gran Partita K361’, in a programme they will personally introduce.
The gifted young Eblana String Trio – violin, viola and cello – showcase lyrical British works by Purcell, Finzi, E. J. Moeran and David Matthews. The trio won all the major chamber music prizes during their time at the Royal Northern College of Music and have recently enjoyed a debut performance at London’s Wigmore Hall for the Park Lane Group.
The Van Kuijk Quartet from France – currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist – with guest Charlotte Bonneton (2nd viola), bring the season to a close with a programme of works by Brahms, Ligeti and Mozart’s remarkable ‘G Minor Quintet K516’. Winners of a string of awards, including 1st prize, Haydn prize and Beethoven prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the group are in demand internationally and have played throughout Europe, the United States, South East Asia and Australia during the past season.
“At Bromsgrove Concerts, we aim to provide programmes that are easily enjoyable while offering a varied and imaginative repertoire, and to regularly introduce audiences to unfamiliar contemporary pieces”, explained Janet Upward, Chair of the Committee. “Responses from our audience suggest that hearing contemporary pieces alongside more traditional works enhances the listening experience of both.
“This season, we are particularly keen to extend an invitation to those who may be first-time visitors from across the region; offering a friendly welcome and opportunity to mingle socially. We regularly link up with compatible arts enterprises to encourage those interested to come along and bring their friends. For regular concert-goers, there is a cost-effective season ticket, which allows access to all concerts priced at a discounted rate, or a flexible Rover ticket.”
Friday 29 September 2017 – Castalian String Quartet
Friday 20 October 2017 – Florian Kitt and Carlos Rivera-Aguilar
Friday 17 November 2017 – Ensemble DeNOTE
Friday 1 December 2017 – Kodaly String Quartet
Friday 19 January 2018 – Craig Ogden
Friday 9 February 2018 – Leon McCawley
Friday 2 March 2018 – Eblana String Trio
Friday 16 March 2018 – Van Kuijk String Quartet with Charlotte Bonneton
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All concerts start at 8.00pm and tickets are available in advance and on the door from:
Artrix Arts Centre, Slideshow Drive, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 1PQ
Box Office Tel: 01527 577 330
Featured image: The Van Kuijk Quartet, courtesy of Nikolaj Lund.