Carducci String Quartet share spotlight in magical midday music anniversary season (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Carducci String Quartet share spotlight in magical midday music anniversary season
KENDAL Midday Music Club celebrates its 70th season with a top quality line-up of artistes.
Opening the acclaimed series of fortnightly Wednesday lunchtime concerts on October 2 with works by Haydn and Beethoven will be one of today’s most successful ensembles - the Carducci String Quartet.
Violinists Matthew Denton and Michelle Fleming, viola player, Eoin Schimdt-Martin and cellist Emma Denton, perform more than 90 concerts each year while running their own annual festival in Highnam, Gloucestershire, as well as their recording label, Carducci Classics. They also hold residencies at Cardiff University and Dean Close School, Cheltenham, and have appeared at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall and soon make their debut at the John F Kennedy Center, at Washington, USA.
The quartet established the Carducci Music Trust to support its important and award-winning educational work.
In-demand pianist Sam Haywood, who was brought up at St Bees, follows the Carducci with a special ‘Happy Anniversary Programme’ on October 16. Sam has performed to critical acclaim all over the world and followers of the Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society will remember his performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 last season. Sam is also a prolific composer, transcriber, editor and artistic director of the Solent Music Festival as well as a regular duo partner to both cellist Steven Isserlis and violinist, Joshua Bell.
Arguably the icing on the society’s birthday cake - and undoubtedly one of the highlights of its season - will be the Gala Concert on October 30, featuring the Rosamunde Trio playing two towering Beethoven works - Op 70 No 1 (Ghost Trio) and Op 97 (Archduke Trio).
To celebrate the auspicious landmark in the club’s history it welcomes a mighty threesome of international soloists, who, as the Rosamunde Trio, have been performing together since 2002 - Martino Tirimo (piano) Ben Sayevich (violin) and Daniel Veis (cello).
Exciting and brilliant chamber group London Bridge Ensemble perform on November 13; cellist Richard Jenkinson on November 27 and the first half of the anniversary season concludes on December 11 with early music group, Galliarda.
Meanwhile, the musical magic continues in 2014 with the Northern Sinfonia on Wednesday, January 8, Scottish marimba player and percussionist Calum Huggan performs on January 22 and there’s vibrant South American music courtesy of Tango 5 on February 5.
Outstanding pianist Alessandro Taverna takes to the Kendal Town Hall stage on February 19, Chaconne Brass perform on March 5 and the Maggini Quarter bring the curtain down on the 2013/14 series in magnificent style on March 19.
On a sad note, long-serving KMCC chairman, artist and great raconteur, Stephen Greenwood died in July.
Taking over Stephen’s role is previous vice-chairman Mary Powney. She said Stephen would be missed and was a hard act to follow.
She added: “He gave generously of his time and expertise for a great many years and we will miss his optimism and wise council.”
Concerts start at 1pm on alternate Wednesdays.
Snack lunches are available from 11.50pm.
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