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Symphonia Academica

07.07.2017


Symphonia Academica

Symphonia Academica

Symphonia Academica with Peter Bussereau-violin, Ania Ullman-viola, Julia Graham-cello and Julian Trevelyan-piano

The concert took place on Friday, 7th July 2017. There was a Pre-Concert talk at 7.00 PM and the main concert began at 7.30 PM. The programme which was very enthusiastically received by a keen and loyal audience included -
Schubert: String Trio movement in B flat D471
Beethoven: String Trio op.9 no.1
Adam Roberts: Lacuna
Ferruccio Busoni: Toccata
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, op.25

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful music and many were saying as they left that it was possibly one of TRMS's very best concerts.

Symphonia Academica aims to create exciting concerts and exhilarating educational projects, bringing together a dynamic group of musicians from many areas of the professional classical music world. With this ensemble, you won’t find a constant churning out of repeated ideas, but more innovative offerings of a unique and fulfilling nature – for the audience and performer alike.

It takes a special kind of project to bring them together.  Take for example Mahler’s 4th Symphony, condensed for soprano and 12 players. A rare treat to play and hear and a stunning way to bring one of the greatest symphonies – by one of the greatest composers – into your town.

The key people behind this ambitious and exciting organisation are -

David Beaman

  David Beaman  
Conductor David Beaman was appointed principal conductor of Symphonia Academica in 2003. He has also conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra Strings, King's Chamber Orchestra, the Endellion Winds as well as commercial sessions for television, radio and cinema. He has on a number of occasions directed the chorus and orchestra at Greenbelt Festival in many and varied works such as Mozart Requiem and Holst The Planets. Other choirs he has directed include the Aylesbury Festival Chorus, the University of Luton Choir and the Redbourn Festival Chorus which he helped create in 2010.
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Peter Bussereau

  Peter Bussereau  

Artistic Director and Leader Peter Bussereau was awarded the silver medal at the Guildhall School of Music for gaining the highest marks for his diploma recital whilst also studying for a Mathematics degree at Royal Holloway College, University of London, where he performed his last concert as a student of the latter by playing the Brahms Violin Concerto.   Shortly afterward he took up a position with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and subsequently moved to the BBC Concert Orchestra,where he is currently a Principal Violinist.

In September 2007 Peter was awarded an Honorary Master of Arts degree from the new University of Bedfordshire-the first degree awarded by this new university- for his services to music in Bedfordshire.

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Rickmansworth Young Musician of

the Year competition

01.07.2017


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RICKMANSWORTH YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2017
took place at 7pm on Friday,1st JULY, at the BAPTIST CHURCH in RICKMANSWORTH.

Boys and girls aged between 12 and 17 take part in this annual competition, fIts previous participants from this competition. now in its 34th year, have gone on to win many other musical awards including the BBC Young Musician of the Year.  Previous contestants are now to be found playing in, or with internationally renowned orchestras, in chamber groups and as recitalists.

In previous years the selection of instruments played has been broad, ranging over the more frequent violin or piano, to the saxophone, guitar, harp, cello, clarinet, flute and organ.  This year, after the preliminary round that was held on 16th May, the adjudicators decided on the following 8 finalists.  We have 4 pianists, 1 violinist, 2 singers and a Marimbist – a percussion instrument akin to a xylophone.

Our finalists this year were:
Rhys Evans (violin);
Tamara Redmond (piano);
Adelaide Harliono (voice)
Zacharias Brandman (piano)
Alexander Pullen (Marimba) (St Clement Danes School)
George Harliono (piano)
Isabella Flynn (piano) (Royal Masonic)
Alex Blinko (voice) (Purcell School)

The winners this year were:
First Prize - George Harliono (piano)
Second Prize - Adelaide Harliono (voice)
Third Prize - Isabella Flynn (piano)

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Ashley Fripp Solo Piano

10.05.2017


  Ashley Fipp  

ASHLEY FRIPP

It would indeed be a gross understatement about last Wednesday's Ashley Fripp's piano recital to say that it went well. His piano playing was just superb and contrasting pieces from Prokofiev’s D minor piano sonata to Debussy's reflective Images and Chopin's tranquil music made this into one of the most enjoyable and memorable musical evenings.

Ashley Fripp will return to Rickmansworth during the 2017/2018 music season.

British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls, having performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia. Recent highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie Cologne, Bozar (Brussels), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Cité de la musique (Paris), Hamamatsu City Concert Hall (Japan), the Megaron (Athens), Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Gulbenkian Auditorium (Lisbon) and the Konserthus (Stockholm).

He studied locally to Rickmansworth at the Purcell School and in 2004 won the Three Rivers Young Musician of the Year Competition. Since then, he has won prizes at more than a dozen national and international competitions, including the coveted Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Diploma of Outstanding Merit at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, 1st Prize at the Brant International Piano Competition, Semi-Finalist Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition, The Worshipful Company of Musicians' Prince's Prize, the Keyboard Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition and 3rd Prize at the Concours Européen de Piano (France). He was chosen as a 'Rising Star' by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), and has also performed in the Chipping Campden, Edinburgh, Brighton, Bath and City of London Festivals as well as the Festival Pontino di Musica (Italy). A frequent guest on broadcasting networks, Ashley has appeared on BBC television and radio, Euroclassical, Eurovision TV and the national radio stations of Hungary, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Portugal. He has collaborated with a variety of well-known conductors including Semyon Bychkov, James Judd, Vasily Petrenko, Robertas Šervenikas, Hilary Davan Wetton, Jonathan Bloxham and Peter Stark.

 

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Ashley Fripp recently graduated with a Masters degree and Artist Diploma, both with distinction, from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Ronan O'Hora and frequently with Richard Goode. The Guildhall School also awarded him the Premier Prix and Lord Mayor's Prize. He is currently studying with Eliso Virsaladze at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy) and simultaneously undertaking doctoral studies into the piano music of Thomas Adès at the Guildhall School.

Ashley Fripp's CD recording of both Chopin Piano Concertos is available on the Spektral Records label.

Thomas Adès, composer, pianist and conductor
“Ashley Fripp is a genuine virtuoso, an astoundingly brilliant and masterly pianist, and his total grasp of the music is a joy to hear”

New York Times
“Disarmingly precocious”

Birmingham Post
“Ashley Fripp is a pianist of formidable intelligence. Add to that a fearless, loose-limbed technique and a prodigious memory...and you have a young talent which needs to be taken very seriously indeed”

Musical Opinion
“...This was an amazing reading, gripping, sensuous and full of colour and flavour. Listen out for Fripp in the future; I certainly will

Rheinische Post
"Sometimes breathtakingly fast, sometimes as slowly as a narrator telling his story in the moment, sometimes folksy and temperamental, sometimes lyrical, yet always with picturesque phrasing, he brought the little pieces to life with exquisite class."

Mittelbayerische Zeitung
“A master of restraint... he allowed Chopin's arabesques to effervesce weightlessly”

The programme included...

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
S. Prokofiev (1891-1953) Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14

C. Debussy (1862–1918) Images, Book 1
F. Chopin (1810-1849)
Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
Four Mazurkas, Op. 24
Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22

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John Donegan Jazz Trio

12.04.2017


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

31.03.2017

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
(1770-1827)
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 "Serioso"
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Sad news - David Angel's sudden death...

     
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Nall (violin) & Ward (piano)

13.02.2017

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
(1897-1957)
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 experience...now on to the next...


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