Ash Patil writes...

Spring is here, daffodils are out and all we now need is good music. We hope to give you just this at TRMS concerts.

On Monday, 20th March, I went to Cadogan Hall in London where The Purcell School Symphony Orchestra was performing and I was invited as one of the guests.

What I saw and heard there took my breath away and filled me with pride and pure joy – pride because I on behalf of TRMS felt proud and immensely privileged to be associated with a music learning place of world class reputation like the Purcell School and pure joy at listening to sublime quality music from such young aspiring and talented students.

Purcell School Student Orchestra
Purcell School Symphony Orchestra-Cadogan Hall, London on 20th March

Performance to a pacxked Cadogan Hall included Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, a prize winning piece composed by an aspiring young Purcell School student and finally Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor.

Atmosphere electric, audience spell-bound and what was amazing was that it was a student orchestra performing and not professional musicians who do this day in and out.

With the help from and partnership with the Purcell School, I along with my colleagues in the TRMS team supporting, aim to bring this calibre of music to Rickmansworth on a regular basis. It may take some time but if you have the patience to wait, we, at TRMS have the enthusiasm and determination to make it happen.

In the interim, we hope to bring students of Purcell School to perfom for TRMS at lunchtime concerts soon.

Best wishes, Ash

2nd April 2017

Draft Minutes of the AGM 2016 held on 7th December at the Baptist Church, Rickmansworth.

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Sad news...

Sudden death of the Maggini Quartet violinist David Angel

on Monday, 10th April

Maggini Quartet co-founder and second violinist David Angel has died suddenly at the age of 62. He was conducting a Maggini Quartet course in Oxford at the time of his death.

David Angel photo

Angel had performed as the ensemble’s second violinist since its inception in 1988. One of his last public appearances was at the Maggini Quartet’s concert in Rickmansworth on March 31.

Angel was a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with not only Menuhin but Frederick Grinke, Jacqueline Salomons and Nadia Boulanger. He later went on to the Royal Academy of Music, where he continued his studies with Grinke, alongside chamber music coaching from Sidney Griller.

Although he had a long-lasting bond with the Magginis, Angel was also a co-leader of the second violin section of the London Mozart Players, and frequently led the second violin sections of ensembles such as the London Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of St. John’s. He also performed in a long-standing duo with pianist David Elwin.

In 1993 he was appointed professor of quartet playing at Birmingham Conservatoire, and was also an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University and Brunel University.

“He died doing what he loved and excelled at – playing, sharing and teaching his total passion for music,” said Angel’s fellow quartet members Julian Leaper, Martin Outram and Michal Kaznowski. “He was a human and musical giant for all who knew him and were fortunate enough to work with him.”

Ash Patil, chair of the Three Rivers Music Society, added his own tribute. “At TRMS, we are particularly saddened by David’s death as the Society is forging a new relationship with the Quartet. They came back to perform a second time in Rickmansworth just over a week before David's untimely death.”

He said, “When I went to say hello to the musicians during their rehearsal prior to the evening performance, I distinctly remember David being jolly and laughing. It is very hard to come to terms with such a sudden and unexpected death of an exceptionally talented musician. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends in this moment of sadness.”

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