Three Rivers Music Society
The Three Rivers Music Society (popularly known as TRMS), a registered charity, was established in 1975 with the aim to promote music in all its aspects by organising concerts and recitals not only by established, talented performers but also aspiring youngsters.
This has been done primarily through an annual programme of around six evening and four lunchtime chamber concerts at local venues. There has also been a Friends' social evening each year, with musical entertainment provided. TRMS will endeavour to continue this tradition from next year.
As we approach the end of the 2016 season, a number of people have got together to build a sustainable future for the Society and several key committee roles have changed hands. The new committee structure was approved at the Special General Meeting of the Society held on Tuesday, 14th June 2016 at
Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth.
Following officers were elected
- Chairman: Ash Patil
- Treasurer: Irvin Needle
- Secretary: Denise Wellham
- Programme Director: Steven Halls
- Membership Secretary: Michael Currey
David Budge, David Clark, and John Donegan were also elected to the committee.
It is our intention to extend the current scope, without diluting its thrust of Western Classical music, to also include
- Popular music - all time greats
- Folk music
- Indian classical
The Society will encourage and provide opportunities for aspiring young student musicians to perform through afternoon concerts so as to help them build their confidence to perform in front of large audiences. These will be generally held on weekday afternoons. In addition, the Society will organise concerts featuring professional musicians and groups/string quartets. These concerts will be mostly on Friday evenings.
Format and venue
It is the Society's aim to organise a number of afternoon and evening concerts from September 2016 to August 2017.
The concerts will be held mainly at Rickmansworth Baptist Church (see full address below) where the Society has provided a purpose built stage for the performers, quartets, Chamber orchestra or jazz musicians. TRMS is also considering an additional venue in Chorleywood to encourage and accommodate new members and Friends from not only Chorleywood but The Chalfonts, Amersham, Sarratt, Chipperfield and other nearby areas. TRMS is particularly pleased to announce the acquisition of a 6 foot Schiedmayer grand piano for performers' use on a long term free loan. This piano will be permanently housed in Rickmansworth Baptist Church.
Rickmansworth Baptist Church
Interval refreshments will be organised. We also intend to provide a free concert programme and to have, where possible, a free pre-concert talk by the performers.
Extending the appeal
TRMS is grateful to its current loyal local membership but for the Society to flourish, we need to promote a wider musical spectrum and to extend our reach well beyond Rickmansworth. It is also essential to create an environment where younger people feel welcome - not only at concerts but also to participate in the running of the Society. It is our intention to come up with innovative ideas to encourage new members such as attractive advance booking concessions and free entry to school students and those under the age of 25. We are also considering ways of accommodating mothers with their toddlers.
Communications & Social Media
The Society hopes to keep abreast of modern technology and to have a dynamic presence on social media platforms.
The next planned concert with the Maggini Quartet on 7th October at the Rickmansworth Baptist Church is already on Facebook, Twitter and EventBrite (to book the tickets online).
Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year Competition
The Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year, RYMY, an annual competition is jointly run and promoted by the Rotary Club of Rickmansworth and TRMS. The preliminary rounds are held in May and the competition final staged in July. The current TRMS plan is to continue to support the RYMY in 2017. The RYMY Committee welcomes any new people to join in order to maintain its high standards and encourage aspiring youngsters to participate in what is a vibrant competition and an important event in Rickmansworth's musical calendar.
|Does the name sound familiar? Alexander Ullman?|
|Those blessed with good memories may remember that Alexander was the 2006 winner of the Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year competition, which TRMS runs with the town’s Rotary club.|
Since then the brilliant young pianist really has gone on to greater things. After leaving the Purcell School, Bushey, Alexander studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is now completing his Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music (RCM) as the Benjamin Britten Fellow.
Five years after his success in Rickmansworth, Alexander won first prize at the Liszt Competition in Budapest. He has since won several other important awards including another first prize at this summer’s inaugural Manhattan International Music Competition.
Modestly, Alexander credits some of his success to his “lucky blue cufflinks”, which he wears at important concerts (he speaks engagingly about both the cufflinks and music-making in a You Tube interview.
Alexander will be playing at major venues around the UK this autumn but TRMS members who wish to hear how far he has progressed may prefer to attend the free lunchtime concert that he and three other RCM students will be giving at St Mary Abbots, Kensington High Street, on October 14.
Contribution by - David Budge