Sunday 11th September

Arts Centre 3.00 pm

Ward String Quartet

Nicholas Ward - violin, Kathryn Parry - violin, Wendy Gudgin - viola, Harriet Bennett - cello, Paul Turner piano


Ward String Quartet


  • Dvořák - ‘American’ string quartet Op.96
  • Smetana - ‘From the Homeland’ (violin and piano)
  • Dvořák - Piano Quintet in A major Op.81 No.2

The Ward Quartet make a welcome return to our stage with a celebration of Bohemian composer Dvořák’s distinctive string writing. The ‘American Quartet’ is the highest ranking string quartet in Classic fm’s ‘Hall of Fame’ and is paired with the exuberant Piano Quintet, full of Dvořák’s trade mark expressive lyricism and elements from Czech folk music.


Wednesday 28th September

Wyvern Theatre 1.05 pm

Christopher Gibbons - clarinet, Paul Turner - piano


Christopher Gibbons


  • Lutoslawski - Dance Preludes
  • Pysancyzn - Preludium for solo piano
  • Martinů - Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, H. 356
  • Shostakovich - Three Fantastic Dances for piano
  • Penderecki - Three Miniatures
  • Paderewski - Nocturne (solo piano)
  • Bartok - Romanian Dances

Chris studied in Cardiff and at the RNCMD before appearing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and at WNO. He has a keen interest in concert work and contemporary music and has put together a tuneful and rhythmically vibrant programme. The piano solos include a first public performance of ‘Preludium’ written by Swindon based composer, Andre Pysanczyn.


Wednesday 19th October

Wyvern Theatre 1.05 pm

Clare Toomer and Paul Turner - piano duet


Clare Toomer


  • Dvořák - ‘From the Bohemian Forest’ Op.68
  • Rachmaninoff - Six Morceaux Op.11

This ever-popular duo are known for their obvious enjoyment of the piano duet repertoire, having gained a respected reputation at venues such as Warwick Arts and St. Johns, Smith Square. The main feature of their programme is a set of six miniatures, exploring a characterful rhapsody in the tradition of Czech folklore and European Romanticism. “Dvořák has gained the ear of the world….in these singularly fresh and unconventional pieces” (Musical Times 1884)
This concert is supported by
Bower Bailey Solicitors


Sunday 30th October

Arts Centre 3.00 pm

Caroline Dale - cello, Paul Turner - piano


Caroline Dale


  • Bruch - Kol Nidrei
  • Martinů - Variations on a Slovak theme
  • Rachmaninov - Vocalise
  • Chopin Polonaise - Brillante Op.3
  • Shostakovich - Sonata for cello and piano in D minor Op.40
  • Mercury - Bohemian Rhapsody

We are delighted to welcome back Caroline Dale with a spectacular Bohemian programme, full of drama, great melodies and virtuosic playing. Caroline has appeared as guest soloist with many of the great orchestras; been featured on film scores such as ‘Hilary and Jackie’ and ‘Atonement’; but her association with the likes of U2, Oasis and David Gilmore meant we couldn’t resist asking for her rendition of that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’….!


Wednesday 11th January

Wyvern Theatre 1.05 pm

Clare McCaldin - mezzo soprano, Paul Turner - piano


Clare McCaldin


  • Mahler - Ruckert Lieder
  • Wolf - Mignon Lieder
  • Liszt - Die Drei Zigeuner
  • Liszt - Die Lorelei

Clare is no stranger to the stage, enjoying particular success with projects such as ‘Mary’s Hand’ (Martin Bussey) and ‘Vivienne’ (Stephen McNeff) which exploit her rare ability as both a compelling singer and actress (you may remember her performance of Façade for our 25th Anniversary Gala). Czech composer Mahler sets simple folk tune-like melodies in this famous song cycle, and Wolf’s Mignon (the basis for the plot of Balfe’s opera, The Bohemian Girl) gives a platform to Clare’s dramatic flair.
This concert is supported by
Bower Bailey Solicitors


Sunday 5th February

Arts Centre 3.00 pm

Sally Stocks - flute, Paul Turner - piano


Sally Stocks


  • Enesco - Cantabile and Presto
  • Bach - Sonata in E minor
  • Martinů -First Sonata for Flute and Piano
  • Cooke - Sonatina for Flute and Piano
  • Reinecke - Sonata Undine

“Played with great technical Confidence... Sparkling virtuosity” (Sydney Morning Herald)

Sally has put together a Central European programme of exquisite works. The Martinů sonata is full of Slovak rhythm and energy, whilst the Reinecke taps in to the folklore tradition of storytelling with beautifully elegant musical lines.

“..,their combined musicianship and obvious rapport result in some very fine playing indeed” (Pan magazine)


Wednesday 22nd March

Wyvern Theatre 1.05 pm

Carmen Flores - viola, Paul - Turner piano


Carmen Flores


  • Bruch - Romance Op.85’
  • Clarke - Sonata for Viola & Piano
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dances 1 & 3’

Carmen has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe and has been featured on several BBC Radio broadcasts, including BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Her programme begins with the Jewish undertones of Bruch’s tender Romance and concludes with the ever-popular Hungarian Dances. Rebecca Clarke was a true ‘Bohemian’, breaking the rules as one of the first female player/composers at the start of the 20th Century and a pioneering advocate of the viola. Her stunning and exuberant sonata is a masterpiece.


Sunday 30th April

Arts Centre 3.00 pm

Paul Turner - piano


Paul Turner


  • Liszt - Consolations
  • Dussek - Sonatina in E Flat Major Op.20 No.6
  • Rachmaninov - Prelude, Melody and Elegy from Op.3
  • Anastasia Pavlyk - World Premiere
  • Rubinstein - Melody in F
  • Chopin - Three Polonaises

Paul has curated a programme which contrasts elegant writing with real drama to bring our season of ‘Bohemian Rhapsodies’ to a close. The concert will feature many well-loved tunes alongside a World Premiere by Anastasia Pavlyk, who is of Ukrainian heritage.

“Thank you Paul for a truly wonderful concert! Your playing was amazing and beautiful, and it was a joy to be so close to it! I do hope we'll see you again soon!” (Lucy Hollins, conductor)


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