I feel so privileged to be presenting my tenth season as Director of Music at Conway Hall. During the last 9 years we have enjoyed over 300 concerts together and have seen our music-making grow into an even more vibrant and varied programme. I would like to express my gratitude once again to you, our loyal audience for coming to our concerts and to the wonderful musicians who provide the highest quality performances each and every week in the wonderful acoustic of Conway Hall.
Our Spring 2017 was brought to a magnificent close by the London Mozart Players and their Conductor Laureate, Howard Shelley. Our collaboration with the LMP will continue this December in a programme of clarinet quintets with their new principal clarinet, Tim Lines. A further collaboration for us will begin with Fulham Opera, and Conway Hall will host their Verdi Prize which will offer an evening for opera lovers to delight in the music of the great Italian composer and join the atmosphere of this important competition.
A particular highlight of this season is an enhanced selection of pre-concert recitals which are as always an opportunity to hear repertoire that might not be programmed in our normal Sunday offering. We are also pleased to welcome back Roderick Swanston, Robert Hugill and Joseph Fort who will give pre-concert talks, illuminating the repertoire of the evening’s recital.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust who generously subsidise tickets for those aged 8-25 for our concerts. Their support has been invaluable and I am delighted that are continuing to help us in our 2017/18 season.
Pre-concert talk by Joseph Fort at 5:30pm in the Brockway Room
Beethoven's 'Archduke' trio has achieved mythical status in the repertoire. Probably Beethoven's last complete composition in this genre, it was also the last work he ever played on the piano publicly. This rich programme juxtaposes Beethoven's piece with two less well known piano trios: César Franck's Opus 1 from his student days, and another by Beethoven's contemporary Johann Nepomuk Hummel. This talk will consider the context in which these three trios were written, and will introduce and explore some of the music prior to the evening's performance.