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Portsmouth Cultural Trust is delighted to introduce this season’s Portsmouth Chamber Music Series, in partnership with Music in the Round, the University of Portsmouth and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy an evening of chamber music in the intimate and rather unusual setting of the Portsmouth Guildhall stage (see image below)

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Monday 19th October, 2015: Doric Quartet

Alex Redington & Jonathan Stone violins, Hélène Clément viola, John Myerscough cello

HAYDN String Quartet in G, Op. 64 No. 4 ADÉS The Four Quarters, Op. 28 SCHUMANN String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1

Described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest young string quartets”, the Doric String Quartet has emerged as the leading British string quartet amongst the new generation, receiving glowing responses from audiences and critics across the globe.

This programme is full of energy and beauty, from the classic elegance of Haydn, through the structural beauty of Adès, and concluding with an energetic quartet which Schumann dedicated ‘to [his] friend Felix Mendelssohn’. The dedication was not only an act of friendship but also gratitude for Mendelssohn’s advice on the writing of these quartets. The Doric Quartet’s recording of this piece received five stars in BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone and was BBC Radio 3’s Critics Choice.

Monday 16th November, 2015: A Celebration of Peter Cropper, 1945-2015

Benjamin Nabarro violin, Moray Welsh cello, Martin Roscoe piano

SCHUBERT Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat, D. 898 BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B-flat, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’

We are proud to present a concert marking what would have been the 70th birthday of Music in the Round’s founder, Peter Cropper, who died suddenly in May 2015.

The programme Peter chose reflects his love of playing with friends and we have left his introductory words as he gave them to us. This is now an opportunity to reflect on the immense impression he made on chamber music worldwide, both as a brilliant performer and as an endlessly passionate advocate for the glorious repertoire that he championed throughout his exceptionally distinguished career.

“After 40 years of incredible music-making with the Lindsay’s, I have spent the last ten years (since my 60th birthday) playing and teaching and of course spending more time with the family. For my 70th birthday concert I have chosen trios as Martin and Moray have shared the most significant part of my present performing live.” Peter Cropper

“The finest string quartet leader this country has ever produced.” John Suchet on Peter Cropper, 2014

Monday 18th January, 2016: Ensemble 360

Benjamin Nabarro violin, Claudia Ajmone-Marsan violin, Ruth Gibson viola, Gemma Rosefield cello, Laurène Durantel double bass, Juliette Bausor flute, Adrian Wilson oboe, Matthew Hunt clarinet, Amy Harman bassoon, Naomi Atherton horn, Tim Horton piano

LIGETI Musica Ricercata / Six Bagatelles SCHUBERT Octet in F, D. 803

BBC Radio 3, Wigmore Hall and Portsmouth regulars, Ensemble 360, return with a unique programme. Perhaps best-known for his film music (2001 Space Odyssey, Shutter Island, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory), Ligeti’s Musica Ricerata is a set of extremely short piano pieces. He arranged six of them for wind quintet under the title Six Bagatelles and in this performance Ensemble 360 uniquely combines the remaining solo piano pieces and the quintet movements to mesmerising effect. Not to be missed.

Monday 15th February, 2016: Piatti Quartet

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank & Michael Trainor violins, David Wigram viola, Jessie Ann Richardson cello

MOZART String Quartet in B-flat, K. 589 BARTÓK String Quartet No. 5 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F, Op. 59 No. 1

Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet is amongst the UK’s foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name. They have performed in all the major venues around the country, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in Italy, Australia, Spain, Austria, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Germany and Holland, with national broadcasts on ABC (Australia) and RTE (Ireland) radio.

Monday 25th April, 2016: Trio Martinů

Pavel Šafařík violin, Jaroslav Matějka cello, Petr Jiříkovský piano

HAYDN Trio in C major, Hob. XV/27 MARTINŮ Piano Trio No. 3 in C, H. 332 DVOŘÁK Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 ‘Dumky’

We are delighted to welcome back the Trio Martinů which gave such a memorable concert last season. This time they will perform one of Dvořák’s finest chamber works, his wonderful ‘Dumky’ trio, 125 years (almost to the day) after its Prague premiere. Martinů is a remarkable Czech composer, and perhaps the leading one of the 20th century, with an incredibly vibrant and distinctive sound. His third piano trio is a fully mature work dating from the final decade of his life.

Monday 23rd May, 2016: Matthew Barley

Matthew Barley cello, Alasdair Beatson piano

SCHUMANN Adagio and Allegro in A-flat, Op. 70 SCHUMANN Five Piece in Folk Style (Fünf Stücke im Volkston), Op. 102 JANÁČEK Fairy Tale (Pohádka) BRAHMS Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38 BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata in C, Op. 102 No. 1

Matthew is known right across the globe as an incredible cellist whose performances and musical choices focus on connecting people with music in different ways. A passionate collaborator, he has worked with the jazz pianist Julian Joseph, violinist Victoria Mullova, opera singer Matthias Goerne, folk fiddler Kathryn Tickell, Indian sarangi player Sultan Khan and many others.

Composers find inspiration in many things; the weather, love, tragedy, the time of day (as heard in Adès’ piece on 19 October). This programme looks at composers inspired by folk music; both by its musical sound and its intrinsic story-telling. Schumann's wife was ‘absolutely beguiled by [the] freshness and originality’ of his Five Pieces, while Janáček’s Pohádka is a tale of love and ‘happy ever afters’.



Ticket and Venue Information

Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 and £14 concessions.

Book all six concerts and get a 20% discount, so £76.80 for the whole season (£67.20 concessions)

Please note that seating is unreserved.

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