Welcome to the 2017-2018 Swindon Recital Series. For our Arts Centre concerts this season, we have three unusual events to tempt you:
The Complete Chopin Nocturnes,
The ‘Complete’ Heroine and
The Complete Beethoven works for cello and piano.
Pianist Paul Turner has undertaken to perform all 21 Nocturnes in one evening (please note the slightly earlier starting time of 7pm!). Far from being just ‘dreamy’ miniatures, they run the whole gamut of emotions and will provide compulsive listening, setting the scene for our season.
Mezzo soprano Clare McCaldin is no stranger to the SRS and is known for her unusual programming and sense of theatre. The heroines of great literature and performance provide an unusual backdrop for exciting contrasts of style and period, and great storytelling.
Cellist Julian Metzger last appeared in Swindon as part of Enigma14 and is something of a specialist in playing Beethoven. The marathon task of playing all Beethoven’s works on one day will be split into two concerts. Each will have a combination of sonatas and variations, but both concerts will offer a rare opportunity to follow Beethoven’s line of thought throughout his troubled life.
We are extremely privileged to have internationally renowned violinist Michael Bochmann open our Wyvern lunchtime concert season. His programme of unaccompanied Bach will be a mesmerising event, representing the pinnacle of musical and technical demands on the instrument. J.S. Bach then weaves a thread through the remaining concerts, with each artist presenting one of his works.
Saxophonist Hayley Lambert contrasts Bach with the ‘Hot’ Sonata by Schulhoff, and flautist Sarah Mattinson (daughter of pianist Clare Toomer) has programmed the Ballade by Reinecke.
We are particularly pleased to welcome guitarist Raymond Burley, who had to cancel his planned recital for us last year because of ill health. He will also programme the great Bach ‘Chaconne’, providing an alternative view to that of Michael Bochmann.
Our season ends as it began with a performance by SRS founder and Artistic Director, Paul Turner. His classically based programme will finish with the extraordinary Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue by Bach, bringing the ‘complete’ season full circle.