TRMS Past Concerts

John Donegan Jazz Trio


TRMS made history by introducing a jazz evening for the first time on Wednesday, 12th April with the John Donegan Jazz Trio, which regularly performs at the Café in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

John Donegan at the Crypt

John has just released a new CD called Jen's Progress with a collection of songs dedicated to one of his daughters - Jennifer. He played some of these at this concert, coupled with a selection from the Great American Songbook and a few universally popular and familiar pieces.

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An audience of around 75 enjoyed the breathtaking performance from John on piano, Steve Riddle on double bass and Greg McCarthy on drums. John's piano playing was so exceptional that many in the audience were visibly tapping their feet to the wonderful music and rhythm.

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The Maggini Quartet


The Maggini concert last Friday marked another wonderful concert organised by the Three Rivers Music Society and was surely one of the highlights of the season so far. The Baptist church was nearly full, even a few people sitting in the balcony and absolutely everyone was spell bound by the intricacy, energy, and vitality of the playing by this renowned string quartet.

The programme was delightfully varied with two Austro- German classical pieces, one by Haydn and one by Beethoven, sandwiched in between an unusual not so well known piece by Arnold Bax written in 1918. This piece was the highlight for me and the hints of Irish folk music and rustic country dancing ran exquisitely throughout the piece. It was fast and very lively and to be able to witness the close symbiotic way the four musicians played together, almost as if in conversation was awe inspiring..

It was a truly memorable evening .

Report by Sue Howse, one of TRMS's committee members.

Maggini Quartet

The programme included -

Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) String quartet in E flat Op. 20 No. 1
Arnold Bax (1883 - 1953) String quartet No. 1 in G (1918)
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 "Serioso"
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Nall (violin) & Ward (piano)


David Ward speaking at the Preconcert Talk

Last night's (Monday, 13th February at Baptist Church, Rickmansworth) was a great success with delightful violin and piano sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven and a twentieth century piece by Korngold - "Garden Scene" from Much Ado about Nothing. The encore was Massenet's "Meditation" from the opera Thais, which was pure icing on the cake. An audience of around 50 thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful musical experience and was spellbound by the tranquillity of the encore.

Ward and Nall Concert

Peter Nall studied at the Royal College of Music with Jaroslav Vanecek and later with Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno.  He continued his studies in Aldeburgh at the Britten-Pears School on courses under Rostropovich, Colin Davis & Tamas Vasary.  He was a member of both the BBC Philharmonic & Radio Orchestras before joining the Bournemouth Sinfonietta as sub-principal first violin.  He later spent ten years full-time with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  Now a freelance player, Peter also coaches and directs various amateur orchestras and deals in fine stringed instruments and bows.

David Ward has had an active life as pianist, fortepianist, conductor and teacher;  in particular, his performances and recordings of Mozart on piano and fortepiano were highly praised.  He has played in the major concert halls in London and in many parts of the UK as well as in Holland, Ireland, South Africa, America, Australia and New Zealand.  He conducted for New Sadlers Wells Opera Company and has also conducted opera and oratorio in London, Dublin and Marseilles.  He taught at the Royal College of Music for over 40 years where, among other things, he was instrumental in developing the area of fortepiano studies.  He also taught fortepiano at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Peter and David performed -

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Violin Sonata in B flat K454
  Violin Sonata in G K301
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Violin Sonata No 1 in D op 12/1
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Garden Scene from Much Ado about Nothing, op11
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Millington - 07.12.2016

Hugh Milligton

Hugh Millington is a classical guitar scholar at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He studies with Michael Lewin, as well as receiving lessons regularly from world-renowned performers David Russell and Fabio Zanon. He also has studied with numerous others in both masterclasses and private lessons, including David Leisner, Xuefei Yang, Gerald Garcia, and Zoran Dukic .

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude BWV 999 and Fugue BWV 1000

Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Variations on a theme of Mozart op.9  (c. 1813)

Manuel Ponce(1882-1948)
Sonata clásica  (Hommage a Fernando Sor) (1928)

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Montmollin - 24.11.2016

Nathali de Montmollin

Nathalie de Montmollin’s vocal artistry displays through exceptional beauty and technical brilliance. Her performances as a lyric soprano offer an especially impressive display of her operatic talents. She is loved by critics and audiences alike.

The Concert 4 in our pre-Christmas series took place in Rickmansworth Baptist Church, High St, WD3 1ET at Thursday, 24th November 2016 at 7.30 PM..

The programme comprised:

Elgar: Like to the Damask Rose / Queen Mary’s Song
Schubert: An die Laute
Elgar: Dry those fair those crystal eyes/ Shepherd’s Song
Schubert: Schafers Klagelied
Schumann: Frauenliebe und leben
Elgar: Muleteer’s Serenade / Mill Wheel Song
Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade
Elgar: In the Dawn / Speak Music
Schubert: An die Musik
Elgar: The Torch / The River / As I laye a-thinkynge

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Butterworth - 09.11.2016

This Concert in our pre-Christmas series took place in Rickmansworth Baptist Church, High St, WD3 1ET at 1pm on Wednesday 9 November 2016. David Butterworth (piano), David Wood (violin), Anna Maguire (viola) & Steven Halls (cello) played the first of our lunchtime recitals.

The programme, which lasted an hour, comprised:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Quartet No.1 in E flat, WoO36
  • Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791) Piano Quartet in G minor, K478

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Farrington - 31.10.2016

The Iain Farrington concert of Monday, 31st October 2016 at 7.30 PM was a great success.
Iain Farrington Iain Farrington has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Cambridge University. He has made numerous recordings, and has broadcast on BBC Television, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. Through his multi-faceted work as a musician, he aims to bring live music to as wide an audience as possible.

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Maggini - 07.10.2016

One small step...
Reporting from the concert

The concert last evening (Friday, 7th October) was excellent. A turnout of about sixty ( numbers yet to be confirmed ) with a number of new faces. The Maggini Quartet played brilliantly and their musical interaction was extremely good. Comments during the break and afterwards all confirmed that attendees liked the venue, were impressed by the acoustics, were impressed by the Quartet, enjoyed the preconcert talk and the introduction to each piece by a member of the Quartet. The team on the door somehow managed to cope with the numbers and it will be a lot easier in the future as last night a lot of Friends and Members were renewing their membership as well as paying for tickets. Special Thanks to the audience for bearing with us. It was also nice to welcome back David and Teresa Oliver and to have previous Committee members, John Shaw and Brian Warmington.

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TRMS is grateful for the support given by people of Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Croxley Green and other local areas and would like to assure them of our continued effort to organise similar performances, improve the logistics and enhance the concert experience.

A big thank you to all...and special thanks to Julian Leaper and his fellow musicians in the quartet to provide such a delightful musical on to the next...

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TRMS Past Concerts 2016/2017...

Donegan Jazz Trio
Maggini 2
Nall & Ward
Maggini 1
Piano Appeal