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THE ALKYONA STRING QUARTET

REVIEW OF CONCERT GIVEN ON 15th MARCH 2022

The concert given by the Alkyona String Quartet was a wonderful end to this season. The quartet line up was Emma Purslow, violin; Marike Kruup, violin; Claire Newton, viola and Jobine Siekman, cello. This concert was generously sponsored by Steve Boycott.

The concert began with Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 18 No 3 in D major. What a wonderful mellow sound from the cello in the first movement. All the players showed great musicality and what lyrical playing. In the final movement there was such a rich sound – it was like bathing in music.

Then we heard the String Quartet No 7 Opus 108 by Shostakovich, this was composed in 1960 and dedicated to his first wife who had died in 1954. Their marriage, I understand was volatile. The piece has humorous passages and in part an insistent beat. Was she nagging him I wondered, then there was a dissonance on all instruments and it all sounded like a monstrous quarrel; I felt some relief when that was over! This was a piece excitingly played and very colourful.

After the interval came the highlight of the evening; Schubert’s String Quartet D810 “Death and the Maiden”. This was played by the Quartet for the first time in concert and I understand from Steve Boycott that it had been learned specifically for this concert; it was an opportunity to learn it and play it for real and it’s now gone into their repertoire for the future (Emma Purslow). Death and the Maiden is a very dark subject, written in minor keys. Nevertheless it is quite lively in places, a dance of death and finally the maiden succumbs. The second movement shows Schubert’s genius in writing variations and the final movement asks who can stand against death?

The Quartet has a bright sound and the rapport and communication between the players was very evident throughout. The comments from members of the audience after the concert was very positive and it was felt that the players deserved the sustained applause they received at the end. It is hoped that they will make a return visit to us in another season.

CM

REVIEW OF ANTOINE PRÉAT CONCERT

15 FEBRUARY 2022

Antoine Prēat the Franco-Belgian pianist is a Winner of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award 2020 and the Concert Club was delighted to welcome him as the soloist in the fifth concert of our Series on 15 February. This Young Musician shows great musicality in his playing and this was greatly enjoyed by the audience.

This concert was dedicated to the memory of a much loved member of the Club and Committee member, Susan Jennifer Oughton (Jenny) who sadly died last year. Jenny would have loved this concert.

Antoine began with Bach’s Partita No 4 in D major and he coaxed some wonderful sounds from the Grammar School piano and he played with great feeling. Next, he played the dramatic Aprés une Lecture du Dante and what an exciting piece this is and played with such expressive lyricism.

After the interval Antoine played that magical Sonata in A major by Schubert. In Keith Osborne’s splendid Programme Notes, Keith quoted from a letter that Schubert wrote to his parents, “Several people assured me that under my hands the keys become singing voices, which if it is true, pleases me very much.” Under Antoine’s hands in this and indeed in every piece the keys became singing voices.

The concert ended with Albèniz Iberia Primo Cuaderno which is wonderfully evocative of Spain this was beautifully played with sensitivity and colour.

THE “ALKYONA” STRING QUARTET 15th March 2022 15th March 2022 at 7.30 pm at Boston Grammar School PE21 6JE.

Parking is available off Rowley Road. Tickets are £12.00 in advance or at the door. Children and Students may attend free of charge. To book tickets in advance please telephone 01205 366018 or send your details to bostonconcertclub@gmail.com.

THE “ALKYONA” STRING QUARTET

PROGRAMME

Ludvig van Beethoven:

String Quartet Opus 18 No. 3 in D major

Dmitri Shostakovich:

String Quartet No. 7 Opus 108

Interval

Franz Peter Schubert:

String Quartet D810 “Death and the Maiden”

BIOGRAPHIES

The Alkyona Quartet presents fresh imaginative interpretations of both well-known and hidden gems of the string quartet repertoire. They are well known for their warm connection to audiences and vivacious performances, and are “as vibrant and memorable as their “kingfisher” namesake.”

They were Tunnell Trust Award holders 2020/21 and Making Music Selected Artists 2020/21, and have performed in many leading UK venues including St. Martin in the Fields, St John’s Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall. They were New Generation Artists at the Stift International Music Festival 2019 and Residents at Brel the same year, as well as being featured at the Huygens Festival 2020 which was broadcast live on Dutch TV channel Midliet. They look forward to launching the Huygens Festival this year with a new collaboration with the award winning dance company The Dutch Don’t Dance Division.

The Quartet love collaborations across the arts and this year hold a residency at Leighton House Museum, London where they have been running events, concerts, and salons both online and in person. They released their debut album, Intimate Letters, in June 2020 in collaboration with Cegin Productions. As a Quartet they especially enjoy cross-collaborative projects, working with film makers, tabla player Kuljit Bhamra MBE, actress Saskia Reeves, percussionist Adriano Adewale, composer Caroline Heslop and actor William Marquez.

The Quartet have studied with Richard Lester, Marc Danel, Ben Hancox, Rafael Todes, Catherine Manson, James Boyd and Mark Messenger. The Quartet is mentored by Marc Danel of the Danel Quartet in Holland as part of The National String Quartet Academy, and took part in the European Chamber Music Academy 2020.

The Quartet is grateful for sponsorship for their studies and projects to the RCM Director’s Fund; the Tunnell Trust; and the Dutch National Music Instrumentation Foundation for the loan of Jobine’s C18th Lefebvre cello.

ANTOINE PRÉAT PIANIST on 15 February 2022 at 7.30 pm at Boston Grammar School

Parking is available at the Rowley Road entrance PE21 6JE. Tickets are £12 in advance or at the door. Children and Students have free entrance to all concerts. To order a ticket in advance please telephone 01205 366018 or send your details to bostonconcertclub@gmail.com

Antoine is a Winner of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award 2020 and a City Music Foundation Artist, Franco-Belgian pianist Antoine Préat is a young artist to watch.

London-based for several years, Antoine has been invited to perform in prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Paris Beaux Arts Museum, Frederyk Chopin Insitute, as well as festivals such as the Nohant Chopin Festival, Lisztomanias, Chopin à Bagatelle, Les Nuits du Piano in Paris, IMS Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove and Encuentro de Santander. He has appeared on BBC Radio 3, France Musique, Scala Radio and TRT Radio 3.

Antoine has performed alongside leading artists and orchestras including Maté Szücs, Manuel Blanco, Sinfonietta Lausanne, Lesley Hatfield, Robin Ireland, the Centre de Musique de Chambre de Paris, Sainsbury Soloists, Academy Festival Orchestra, University Orchestra of Alicante and London Student Orchestra. He is also a founding member of Trio Cordiera with whom he performs regularly.

Throughout his career, Antoine has also been fortunate to receive guidance from Philippe Cassard, Cedric Pescia, Thomas Adès, Robert Levin, Jerome Lowenthal, Richard Goode, Imogen Cooper and Stephen Hough.

After graduating with honours from the Ecole Normale de Paris where he studied with Liudmila Berlinskaia and Guigla Katsarava, Antoine furthered his studies at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Tatiana Sarkissova and Christopher Elton, while studying harpsichord and fortepiano under the guidance of Carole Cerasi.

Antoine was awarded the first prize of the Concours international d’Ile de France and the Los

Angeles Colburn Piano Festival Competition, the honour prize at the New York Début Piano Competition and most recently was a semifinalist at the Clara Haskil Competition 2021.

Antoine is generously supported by Talent Unlimited, the Munster Derek Butler Award, Hattori Foundation and the Winifred Christie Trust Award.

PROGRAMME

Bach Partita No. 4
Liszt Après une Lecture du Dante

Interval

Schubert Sonata in A Major D664
Albeniz Iberia (Primo Cuaderno) I. Evocación, El puerto, Corpus Christi en Sevilla

Antoine Preat

REVIEW OF “IDESTA” SAXOPHONE DUO Concert on 18 January 2022

Kezia Lovick-Jones amd Martha Cullen are both recent graduates of The Royal Northern College of Music and what talented musicians they are.They began the concert with Sonata No 2 from Telemann’s Six Canonic Sonatas. What a lovely sprightly round it was the music danced along, the soprano saxophones speaking to one another beautifully.

The concert continued with Gregory Wanamaker’s “Zippy!” In the introduction I thought I heard the word “chipmunk”, well that did it! Two chipmunks were chittering and chasing each other throughout the music with Martha on soprano sax and Kezia on Alto sax. It was great fun. What next? It was Marc Mellit’s “Black” played by Kezia and Martha on tenor saxophones; the imagination went off again and there was Pieter Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow, then there was the sound of sawing wood on the saxophones and the hunters all went home.

Next the girls played their soprano saxophones in Matthew Brown’s “A cottage on fire”. Did I hear screams, the fire engines? Then the roof fell in…

Kezia played a solo on her soprano saxophone and this time it was Graham Fitkin’s “Braemar”. That was a lovely piece of music and I’m sure I heard a hunting horn, the call of a stag and was that stag hounds giving tongue? It ended with what may have been an elegy for the stag.

Then we tangoed our way to the interval with three tangos by Piazzola as arranged by Kezia, played on the tenor saxophones with Kezia playing the Allegro Tangabile as a solo.

After the interval we had Handel’s Passacaglia as arranged first by Johan Halvorsen and then by the Idesta Duo, this was played on the soprano saxophones. This has two meanings and old Italian or Spanish dance tune or an instrumental musical composition consisting of variations usually on a ground bass in moderately slow triple time. This was a happy dance to the sound of bells, and let’s face it, Handel never disappoints and the arrangement was delightful.

Martha had arranged the next piece of music, which was by Bartok and was a selection from his 44 Duos for two violins, again played on the soprano saxophones.

Next, Martha played on her alto saxophone a Caprice en Forme de Valse by Paul Bonneau. I think you would have had difficulty in actually waltzing to this, I think that Bonneau had his tongue firmly in his cheek as he went off on a frolic of his own.

Rob Buckland the next composer is, according to the biographies in the Programme, one of the girls’ Professors of saxohone at the Royal Northern. It was a splendid choice and I particularly loved Fjord. Off I went to the fjords and mountains Norway with the music which was very atmospheric. I’m almost certain there was a sea eagle overhead and most definitely the hound music of a skein of wild geese. This was played on the alto saxophones as was Buckland’s next piece Mojito.

The concert ended with Roshanne Etezady’s “Glint” again played on the alto saxophones. In this music I heard a hurrying stream, a glint of fog was seen and surely that was a foghorn and the scream of gulls.

Kezia and Martha are clearly musicians of the highest order given the technique they displayed, not least in the rapid (and apparently accurate) fingering in the fast sections of the pieces they played. Plus their breath control was impressive and the sound they produced was clear and melodic, with no hints of breathiness (which can be a trait in some jazz saxophonists – I don’t dislike that breathiness, depending on the piece, but it’s more appropriate in jazz than in classical pieces, I think). They came to us with an impressive CV and were/are clearly highly thought of at RNCM.

This was an unusual and happy programme of music and everyone I spoke to said how much they had enjoyed the music and the evening.

CM and SB

REVIEW OF CONCERT on 21 December 2021 HEXACHORDIA Early Music Trio

The Club was delighted to welcome back Hexachordia, the Early Music Group who visited us last in March 2018. A concert is a giving and a receiving of pleasure arising from the music played and December’s concert was a good example of this. There was quite a good turnout considering the present climate with Covid still rife, but we were all socially distanced and wearing our face masks.

The concert began with Sarah Doig and Jane Scheuregger singing, in Latin, Veni Veni Emmanuel, a capella as they processed down the hall at the Grammar School. Diction was clear and the singing tuneful, giving a sense of anticipation of what was to come. The music was interspersed with readings of poetry and prose. I particularly liked the reading of ‘Blow, blow thou winter winds’ from As You Like It which followed ‘On the Cold Ground’ by John Playford, ‘Jolly Shepherd’ by Thomas Ravenscroft and ‘In the Fields in Frost and Snow’ by John Playford.

I very much liked the bagpipes played by Jane; they were very festive being festooned with fairy lights. Mention must also be made of Tony Scheuregger who played the lute, renaissance guitar, gittern, recorders, tabor and pellet bells. He also sang, and very well too. The English traditional song “King Herod and the Cock” was great fun.

What a multi-talented ensemble this is. I have mentioned the instruments that Tony plays, but Jane and Sarah are equally talented, Jane playing recorders, crumhorn (what a lovely sound that makes) bagpipes, shaker, gittern and shawm, and Sarah playing viols, vielle and recorder.

The musicians did praise the acoustic of the hall and certainly their voices rang out and filled the space. Sarah had a minor problem in the second to last music of the first half when one of her viol strings broke, but that was taken care of during the interval.

Mince pies and wine were enjoyed during the interval and the audience was ready to enjoy the second half of a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

IDESTA SAXOPHONE DUO (Kezia Lovick Jones and Martha Cullen) appearing by permission of the Royal Northern College of Music on 18 January 2022 at 7.30 pm at Boston Grammar School PE21 6JE. Tickets are £12 each and may be ordered in advance from 01205 366018 or bostonconcertclub@gmail.com

PROGRAMME

Georg Philipp Telemann 1681-1767

Sonata No 2 from 6 Canonic Sonatas

Gregory Wanamaker b 1968

Zippy!

Marc Mellitts b 1966

Black

Matthew Brown b 1985

A Cottage on Fire

Graham Fitkin b 1963

Braemar

Astor Piazzolla 1921-1992 arr K Lovick-Jones

Vayamos al diablo: Allegro Tangabile: Verano Porteno

INTERVAL

George Frideric Handel 1685-1759 and Johann Halvorsen 1864-1935 arr Idesta Duo

Passacaglia

Bela Bartok 1881-1945 arr Martha Cullen

A Selection from 44 Duos for Two Violins

Paul Bonneau 1918-1995

Caprice en Forme de Valse

Rob Buckland

Soundscapes

Roshanne Etezady b 1973

Glint

“HEXACHORDIA” Early Music Trio at Boston Grammar School PE21 6JE on 21st December 2021 at 7.30 pm there is parking on site (Rowley Road entrance).

BIOGRAPHIES

Tony Scheuregger – Tony studied for a music degree in Cambridge where he specialised in composition. Having worked for some time as a classroom music teacher, Tony went on to write music for video and television, including a number of title tracks for Virgin video books and the main TV channels. His interest in early music goes back to the mid 1970s but was re-engaged in the mid 1990s when he formed the costume band, Minstrels Gallery, with whom he has recorded six CDs. Tony now concentrates on plucked string instruments and has studied lute with the internationally-acclaimed lutenist Jacob Heringman. 

Sarah Doig – Sarah’s musical education started at an early age after she pestered her father, an accomplished pianist and organist, for piano lessons. She later learned the cello and studied the organ with Harrison Oxley at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Sarah undertook a music degree at Lancaster University, specialising in medieval music under Professor Roger Bray. It was whilst a student that she swapped the cello for the double bass. Sarah’s double bass playing continued during her fifteen years in London. She has since transferred her talents to the viol family and to the lute. Sarah also owns and plays virginals modelled on Queen Elizabeth the First’s own keyboard instrument. 

Jane Scheuregger – Jane is a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer. She was Head Chorister of St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir, achieving a St Cecilia senior choristers’ award. As a student Jane performed at many music festivals and orchestral courses, and played principal bassoon with the Suffolk Symphony Orchestra. Jane has played recorder for most of her life as well as specialising in shawm, crumhorn, bagpipe and curtal for many years with costume band, Minstrels Gallery, which she formed with husband Tony. Jane’s experience as a choral singer is used to bring a “natural” singing style to her performances with Hexachordia.

Tickets are £12 in advance or at the door . They can be ordered in advance from 01205 366018 or from bostonconcertclub@gmail.com Students and children can enter free of charge.

PROGRAMME

IN THE FIELDS IN FROST AND SNOW Music, mirth and merriment for the festive season in words and music performed by Hexachordia

Veni Veni Emmanuel – Anon

When I See Winter Return – Colin Muset

Angelus ad Virginem – Anon

From “A New Year’s Gift to Sir Simeon Steward” by Robert Herrick, 1628

On the Cold Ground – John Playford

Jolly Shepherd – Thomas Ravenscroft

In the Fields in Frost and Snow – John Playford

From “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare

Hollis Berrie – Anon

Ah Robin, Gentle Robin – William Cornish

“Then Comes the Day” by Thomas Kirchmaier, 1553

Basse Dance Magdalena – Pierre Attaingnant

Coventry Carol – Anon

From “Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry” by Thomas Tusser, 1573

Gaudete – Anon

From “A New Year’s Gift to Sir Simeon Steward” by Robert Herrick, 1628

Personent Hodie – Anon

Saltarello – Anon

“All This Night” by William Austin (1587-1633)

The Lute Book Lullaby – William Ballet

Es ist ein Ros’ Entsprungen – Michael Praetorius

“King Herod and the Cock” (English Traditional)

Ballet des Coqs – Michael Praetorius

In Ducli Jubilo – Michael Praetorius

The Waits – John Playford

From “The Anatomie of Abuses” by Philip Stubbes, 1583

Sussex Carol – Anon

From “A New Year’s Gift to Sir Simeon Steward” by Robert Herrick, 1628

The Lord Souche’s Maske – Thomas Morley

Drive the Cold Winter Away – Broadside Ballad

INTERVAL

Stella Splendens – Anon

“Make We Merry” (English Traditional, before 1536)

Bring us in Good Ale – Anon

From “The Form of Cury” (fourteenth century MS)

From an anonymous, fifteenth-century poem

Pease Branle – Thoinot Arbeau

Montard Branle – Micha von Wolgemut

“Ceremonies for Christmas” by Robert Herrick, 1648

Sans Day Carol – Anon

Galliard, The New Year’s Gift – Anthony Holborne

“A Christmas Garland” (Anonymous)

Recercada Segunda – Diego Ortiz

From “A New Year’s Gift to Sir Simeon Steward” by Robert Herrick, 1628

Branle d’Officiel – Thoinot Arbeau

“Wassail the Trees” by Robert Herrick, 1648

Here we Come a Wassailing – Anon

HEXACHORDIA

Tony Scheuregger – lute, renaissance guitar, gittern, recorders, tabor, pellet bells, voice

Sarah Doig – viols, vielle, recorder, voice

Jane Scheuregger – voice, recorders, crumhorn, bagpipes, shaker, gittern, shawm

Contact: 01603 454402 & 07786 057484; info@hexachordia.com; www.hexachordia.com

Hexachordia will be happy to answer your questions about the music and their instruments during the interval and at the end of the concert.

They also have their CDs (£10 each) and their book about early musical instruments (£3) on sale today.

HEXACHORDIA

TOM DALE & NICO BURI GUITAR DUO

Tom Dale and Nico Buri will give a concert at Boston Grammar School on Tuesday 16 November 2021 at 7.30 pm.Tickets may be obtained from Mrs V Robinson on 01205 366018 or send your details to bostonconcertclub@gmail.com. Tickets cost £12. Children and Students attend free of charge. Free parking is available via the Rowley Road PE21 6JE entrance.

PROGRAMME

FERDINANDO CARULLI

Serenade No 1 in A major Op 96

i. Largo maestoso

ii. Allegretto moderato

iii. Larghetto

iv. Finale

ISAAC ALBÉNIZ

Mallorca Op 202

MARIO CASTELNUEVO-TEDESCO

Prelude and Fugue No 7 in C# minor

MANUEL MARÌA PONCE

Sonata III

i. Allegro moderato

ii. Chanson

iii. Allegro non troppo

J S BACH

Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor BWV 1003

ii. Fuga

Interval

FRANZ SCHUBERT arr J MERTZ

6 Songs

i. Lob der Thränen

ii. Liebesbotschaft

iii. Aufenhalt

GIULIO REGONDI

Air Varié de l’opera de Bellini

J S BACH

Sonata for Solo Violin in C major BWV 1005

ii. Fuga

MÀXIMO DIEGO PUJOL

Tres Piezas de Otono

i. Arbolado

ii. Sombrio

iii. Avenida Centenario

Guitarists Nico Buri and Tom Dale met at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in September 2019 where they are currently studying with world-renowned guitarist, Craig Ogden. Both skilled improvisers, they initially played together in a flamenco fusion project at the RNCM Opera Theatre in February, 2020. This project also gave them an opportunity to work with successful South African cellist, Abel Selacoe.

From this early work in a predominantly improvisatory setting, Nico and Tom began to explore the duo repertoire for classical guitar with an early emphasis on Latin American compositions, notably those of Astor Piazzolla and Maximo Diego Pujol. Lockdown meant that their first public performance couldn’t take place until June 2021 at RNCM’s Carol Nash Recital Room but since then they have gained attention and acclaim for performances both within and outside the RNCM.

Now expanding their repertoire to cover a broad period and style of guitar music, Nico and Tom are preparing for a busy year of concerts alongside their ongoing undergraduate studies.

Nico Buri is a 20 year old guitarist from Zurich, Switzerland. He began playing the classical guitar at the age of 9 and his fascination for the instrument and its endless possibilities has grown ever since. He is the only RNCM guitarist to have reached the finals of the RNCM Gold Medal Competition in his second undergraduate year. He has also been prize-winner at competitions in Italy, Germany and Switzerland and has performed in masterclasses for world-class performers including Marcin Dylla, Zoran Dukic, Marco Tamayo and Aniello Desiderio. Prior to coming to the UK, Nico performed with the successful Swiss Youth Guitar Ensemble for over six years, along with other ensembles and chamber groups touring through Germany, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands. Nico plays a 2018 Kirschner Double-Top guitar.

Born in Lincolnshire, Tom Dale is a diverse and multi-skilled musician who began studying the guitar at the age of 8. He is currently in his 3rd year at the Royal Northern College of Music. Tom won all the music awards at his grammar school, received a distinction for his Grade 8 ABRSM exam and went on to achieve the ARSM Diploma in 2018. Tom has performed in a wide range of musical settings from leading an indie rock band to performing gypsy jazz, Afrobeat, in musical theatre and on acoustic guitar. On classical guitar he is an experienced solo performer but has also played regularly in ensembles, duos and in mixed chamber groupings and has achieved first class results in his RNCM recitals to date. Tom plays a 2020 Sam McClaren Spruce Concert Classical guitar.

Nico Buri and Tom Dale appear by kind permission of the RNCM.

Nico Buri

Tom Dale

NEW SEASON 2021/2022

Our new season which will be the 71st begins on 19th October 2021. Concerts will be held at the Grammar School in Boston and will begin at 7.30 pm.

19th October 2021 –THE TEMPEST FLUTE TRIO

16th November 2021 – GUITAR DUO From the Royal Northern College of Music

21st December 2021 – HEXACHORDIA an Early Music Ensemble

18th January 2022 – IDESTA SAXOPHONE DUO From the Royal Northern College of Music

15th February 2022 – ANTOINE PREAT – Piano NFMS Young Musician

15th March 2022 – ALKYONA STRING QUARTET