Recent Programmes 

28th June 2019

A concert of piano music. 

Mozart, Adagio in B minor K540 (Vera)

Haydn, Sonata No. 59 in E flat Hob.XVI/49 (Jean) 

Chopin, Prelude in C sharp minor Op.45 (Chris)

Brahms, Rhapsody in G minor Op.79 No.2

Debussy, 2nd Arabesque (Rosemary)

Paderewski, Nocturne Op.16 No.4

Lizst, Liebestraum No. 3 (Dominic)

Waller, Ain't Misbehavin', Handful of Keys (Tim)

Schumann, Sonata in F sharp minor Op. 11 (Paul)

24th May 2019

Telemann, Sonata in C major (Nicky, flute; Elizabeth, piano)

Dvorak, Slavonic Dance Op. 64 No 2 (Vera and Pat, piano duet)

Brahms, Feldeinsamkeit, Wie Melodien zieht es, Immer leiser wird mein

Schlummer (Rosemary, Soprano, Tim, piano)

Debussy, Clair de Lune

Mozart, Fantasy in D minor (Chris, piano)

Albeniz, Suite Espanola Op. 47: No. 3 Sevilla, No. 7 Castilla (Tim, piano)

Haydn, Sonata in D major No. 61, Hob. XVI: 51 (Rosemary, piano)

Beethoven, Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 5 (Andrew, piano)

Lizst, Sonata in B minor (Paul, piano)

5th April 2019

Chopin, Mazurka in A minor Op.19 No. 4 (Vera, piano) 

Michael Head, The ships of Arcady

Richard Strauss, Die Nact, Zueignung

Armstrong Gibbs, Why do I love? (Rosemary, soprano, Gill, piano)

Brahms, Intermezzos Op. 117 No. 1, Op. 118 No. 2 (Tim, piano) 

Soler, Sonata in C sharp minor

Scarlatti, Sonata in G major, K427, in B flat major, K544, in B flat major, K 545 (Rosemary, piano)

Schubert, Fantasy in C `The Wanderer' (Paul, piano)

22nd February 2019

Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Greensleeves

Handel, The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, (Pat and Vera, piano duet)

Brahms, O wusst' ich doch den Weg Zuruck

Mozart, Ach, Ich fuhl's (from The Magic flute)

Mendelssohn, Hear ye, Israel (from Elijah), (Rosemary, soprano, Gillian, piano)

Debussy, 1st Arabesque (Chris, piano)

Chopin, Grande Valse Brilliante, Op. 13, Waltz Op. 64 No 2 in C sharp minor,

Waltz, Op. 70 No. 3 in D flat major, (Tim, piano)

Arne, Sonata No. 3 in G major, 1st movement

Soler, Sonata Op. 4 No. 4 in G major, 2nd movement, (Rosemary, piano)

Folk style songs (Nicky, voice and guitar)

Lizst, Ballade No. 2 (Paul, piano)

30th November 2018

Vaughan Williams, Songs of travel (John, Baritone; Gill, Piano) 

Schumann, from `Kinderszenen', Von Fremden Landern, Menschen

Granados, `Orientale' from Ten Spanish Dances (Andrew, piano)

Hahn, D'une prison, A Chloris, Rosemary (soprano), Gill (piano)

Beethoven, Pathetique Sonata - 1st movement (Chris, piano)

Addinsell, Theme from the Warsaw Concerto

Williams, The Dream of Olwyn (Tim, piano)

Jazz songs, Val (vocalist), Gill (piano) 

Beethoven, Sonata in C minor Op. 10 No. 1, (Dominic, piano)

Chopin, Nocturnes, Op. 62 No. 2 in E major, Op. 72 No. 1 in E minor (Rosemary, piano)

16th November 2018

A most welcome return visit by Emily Robinson (soprano) and Alex Phillips-Yates (piano) for a complete performance of Schubert's song cycle `Winterreise'. This was a deeply affecting performance, and Emily made a convincing case for performing these pieces in a soprano voice.  

October 19th 2018 - 

Peter Croser Memorial Concert

A concert in memory of our Honorary President, Peter Croser. 

Turina, Sacro-Monte, (Vera, piano)

Lehar, You are my heart's delight

Bizet, Flower song (from Carmen)

Loewe, There but for you go I (from Brigadoon)

Puccini, E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca), Ederic (tenor), Gill (piano) 

Chopin, Nocturne in G minor Op. 37, No. 1

Iles, Spring can really hang you up the most (Jean, piano)

Brahms, Nachtwandler

Faure, Apres un reve, Rosemary (soprano), Tim (piano)

Schubert, Impromptu in A flat, D899, No. 4, Chris (piano)

Daniel Purcell, Sonata in F, Nicky, (Flute), Elizabeth (piano)

Chopin Nocturne in C Sharp minor (Op. posthumous), Gill (piano)

Vaughan Williams, Silent Noon

Richard Strauss, Zueignung, John (baritone), Gill (piano)

Chopin Nocturne in G major, Op. 37, No. 2, Tim (piano) 

Debussy, Reflets dans l'eau, Paul (piano)

June 29th 2018

Ketelbey: In a monastery garden (Vera and Pat, piano duet) 

Rowe: The Hawk, The True Knowledge (John, baritone and Mel, piano)

(The above item was a first performance of original works by Mel Rowe) 

Schubert: Fantasia in F minor (excerpt - Paul and Chris, piano duet)

              Impromptu in G flat, D899 No. 3 (Chris, piano)

Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op.2 No.1, (Rosemary, piano)

Chopin: Mazurka No. 6 in A minor (Vera, piano)

American folk selection (Nicky, voice and guitar)

Mayerl: Siberian Lament, Marigold, Railroad Rhythm (Tim, piano) 

Mozart: Sonata in A minor K310 (Paul, piano)

April 6th 2018 - Recital by Oliver Nelson (violin) and Vasilis Rakitzis (piano)

It was a great pleasure to welcome Oliver Nelson, back after far too long an absence, and his new accompanist, Vasilis Rakitzis, who we all agreed was superb. They played:

Constantinidis: Petite Suite

Vaughan Williams: A lark ascending

Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro

Massenet: Meditation from Thais

Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor

Gershwin - Heifitz: It ain't necessarily so (from Porgy and Bess)

We all had a chance to meet Oliver and Vasilis at a post-concert party in Lancaster. 

March 14th 2018

Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op.72 No. 2 in E minor (Andrew and Tim, piano duet) 

Haydn: Sonata in E flat major Hob. XVI 52 Allegro - Adagio - Presto (Rosemary, piano)

Folk songs (Nicky, guitar and voice)

Beethoven: Sonata Op.13 in C minor - 1st movement Grave - Allegro molto e con brio (Chris, piano)

Chopin: Mazurkas, Op 67 No 2 in G minor, Op 63 No 3 in C sharp minor (Vera, piano)

Mozart: Sonata in F major K332 Allegro - Adagio - Allegro assai (Andrew, piano)

Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor (Tim, piano)

Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso (Paul, piano)

February 16th 2018

30th Anniversary Concert

Wolf: Auf einer Wanderung

Finzi: Triptych (John, Baritone; Gill, Piano)

Moszkowski: Two Spanish Dances (Pat and Vera, piano duet)

Beethoven: Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 - 2nd movement, Adagio Cantabile - (Paul, piano)

Debussy: Clair de Lune (Chris, piano)

Lehrer: The hunting song, Poisoning pigeons in the park, The elements (Rosemary, Soprano; Gill, piano)

Bach: Prelude in F minor

Mozart: Sonata in F major K332 - 1st movement - Allegro (Andrew, piano)

Molloy: The Kerry dance

Ireland: If there were dreams to sell

German: O peaceful England (Breda, Mezzo-soprano; Gill, piano)

Coates: On a country lane

Lehar: Gold and silver waltz (Tim, piano)

Haydn: Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI 50 Allegro - Adagio - Allegro assai (Rosemary, piano)

December 1st 2017

Schumann: from `Album for the young', No. 21, 26 and 30 (Pat, piano)

Folk songs (Nicky, voice and guitar)

Nadia Boulanger: 3 pieces for cello (Christine, cello; Gill, piano)

Head: `The ships of Arcady'

Armstrong Gibbs: `Five Eyes'

Parke: `Wee Hughie'

Dring: `The song of a nightclub proprietress' (Rosemary, soprano; Gill, piano)

Fischer: `Robins Return'

Grieg: Lyric pieces, Op.41 No. 7, `Elegy' and Op. 54 No. 4, `Notturno'

Schumann: Arabesque, Op. 18 (Tim, piano)

Beethoven, Sonata in A major, Op.2 No.2, 1st movement - Allegro vivace (Rosemary, piano)

October 13th 2017

Gurney: A piper, Desire in Spring (John, baritone; Gill, piano)

Jessel: Parade of the tin soldiers (Tim and Rosemary, piano four hands)

Spohr: Zweigesang, Sehnsucht, Wienenlied (Linda, mezzo-soprano; Katie, clarinet; Helena, piano)

Chopin: Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1 (Chris, piano)

Schubert: Lied der Mignon

Faure: Les Berceaux

Britten: The Salley Gardens (Rosemary, soprano; Tim, Piano)

Brown: Holiday, Spanish Dance (Rosemary and Gill, piano duet)

(original compositions by our own Rosemary Brown)

Gurney: Black Stitchel, Most Holy Night

Clay: I'll sing thee songs of Araby (John, Baritone, Gill Piano)

Albeniz: From Suite Espanola, Op. 47, Catalunya, Cadiz, Aragon (Tim, piano)

Brahms: Feldeinsamkeit

Mozart: Abendempfindung (Linda, mezzo-soprano; Helena, piano)  

June 30th 2017

Hagen: Harlem Nocturne

Taylor: I wish I knew how it would feel to be free (Pat, piano)

Bach: from St. Matthew Passion - Blute nur

Faure: Toujours

Hageman: Miranda (Rosemary, soprano and Gillian, piano)

Gounod: Prelude

Schubert: Improptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Debussy: Arabesque No. 1 (Chris, piano)

Mozart: Sonata in C K330, Andante Cantabile

Brahms: Intermezzo in A major Op. 118 No. 2 (Andrew, piano)

Albeniz: Cordoba

Granados: Viniendo de la Fuente (Matthew, piano)

Handel: from Giulio Cesare - Cara Speme

             from Dixit Dominus: De Torrente in Via bibet

             (Rosemary, soprano, Kate, Mezzo Soprano, John, Baritone)

May 26th 2017

Saint-Saens: Allegro appassionato Op.43

Reger: Romanze (Christine, cello, Gillian, piano)

Beethoven: Sonata pathetique Op.13 in C minor, 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile

Sonata Op.27 No.2 in C sharp minor, 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto

Chopin: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.45 (Chris, piano) 

Quilter: Love's Philosophy

Hughes: The Spanish Lady (Breda, mezzo-soprano, Gill, piano) 

McDowell: To a Wild Rose

Liadov: A Musical Snuff-Box

Barcarolle in F sharp major (Tim, piano)

Nicholas: Usherette's Blues

Porter: In the still of the night

Adams: The Holy City (Kate, mezzo soprano, Gill, piano)

Bartok: from Romanian Dances, Nos. 1 and 2

Turina: from Cinque Danzas Gitanas, No. 1, Zambra (Vera, piano)

Strauss: Zueignung

Grieg: Ein Traum

Debussy: Romance, Nuit d'Etoiles

Quilter: June, Over the Mountains (Jude, soprano, Gill, piano)

March 31st 2017

Mozart: Viennese Sonatina No. 1 (Vera and Pat, Piano duet)

Schubert: from Moments Musicaux D780, No. 3 in F minor

Chopin: Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2 (Matthew, piano)

Gershwin: By Strauss

Loewe: I Could Have Danced All Night (Breda, Mezzo Soprano, Gillian, piano)

Haydn: Sonata in C minor Hob.XVI No. 20 (Andrew, piano)

Billy Mayerl: Autumn Crocus, The Nimble-fingered Gentleman, Hollyhock (Tim, piano)

Schubert: Auf der Donau

Schumann: Schone Wiege Meiner Lieden

Butterworth: In the year that's come and gone

Finzi: The Phantom (John, baritone, Gillian, piano)

Chopin: Etudes Op. 10 No. 3 in E minor, Op 25 No. 7 in C Sharp minor (Rosemary, piano)

February 17th 2017

Chopin: Mazurkas in E minor Op.17 No. 2, in A minor Op. 68 No. 2 (Vera, piano)

Elgar: The Shepherd's song

Quilter: June (Breda, mezzo-soprano, Gill, Piano)

Mendelssohn: Song without words in E flat major, Op. 30 No. 1

Chopin: Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 No. 4 (Chris, piano)

Schubert: Three Military Marches for piano duet Op. 15 (Andrew and Tim, piano four hands)

Turina: From Album de Viaje Op. 15. No. 4 Paseo Nocturno, No. 3 Gibraltar (Rosemary, piano)

Schumann: from Novelettes Op. 21. No. 1 in F major.

Schubert: Impromptu No. 4 from D899 (Matthew, piano)

Handel: from The Messiah, `If God be for us', and from Giulio Cesare, `Piangero la Sorte Mia'

(Rosemary, soprano, Gill, Piano)

Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2. (Tim, piano)

December 2nd 2016

JS Bach: An irdische Schatze, Ach soll nicht dieser Grosser Tag (John, baritone, Gill, piano)

Grieg: from Lyric pieces Op. 43, No. 2 Einsamer Wanderer, No. 5 Erotik (Andrew, piano)

Quilter: Weep you no more sad fountain (Rosemary, soprano, Breda, mezzo soprano, Gill, piano)

Sherwin: A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (Breda, mezzo soprano, Gill, piano) 

JS Bach: French suite No 1 (Alison, piano)

Folk style songs (Nicky, vocal and guitar)

JS Bach: Aria from Cantata No. 32

Romberg: Romberg Sonata No. 1, Op. 43 (Rosie and Caroline, cellos)

Hageman: Do not go my love

Hann: Si mes Vers avaient des Ailes

Puccini: from Tosca, Vissi d'Arte (Rosemary, soprano, Gill piano)

Rachmaninov: from preludes Op. 23 No. 6 in E flat major, No. 5 in G minor (Tim, piano)

October 21st 2016

Kriesler: Liebesleid

Faure: Pavane (Andy, cello, Dominic, piano)

Lizst, Romance Oubliee

Rachmaninov, Romance Op. 10 No. 6 (Marjorie, piano)

Dussek, Sonata in B flat major

Chopin, Waltz in B minor (Chris, piano)

Grieg: Holberg Suite (Rosemary, piano)

Chopin: Prelude in F sharp major Op.28 No. 3

Mozart: 1st movement from Sonata in A minor K310 (Jean, piano)

Traditional: O Waly Waly, The Keel Row, Water of Tyne (Rosemary, soprano)

Tchaikovsky: Valse Scherzo, Waltz of the flowers (Tim, piano)

September 30th 2016

A song recital presented by much sought-after local soprano Emily Robinson and piano accompanist, Alex Phillips. This was a wonderful recital by Emily, taking as its theme the changing seasons of the year, with music by a wide variety of composers.