As many of you will recall, in May 2014 at the age of 17, concert pianist Martin James Bartlett burst onto the classical music scene in a storm of applause as he won the ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year’ with a breathtaking performance of Rachmaninov. Little surprise then, that successes at the BBC Proms and being invited to perform at the Queen’s 90th Birthday Thanksgiving Service in 2016 were swiftly to follow, as well as concerts in a host of other renowned venues at home and abroad. More recently, Martin received a standing ovation at his unforgettable performance here in Milverton last May, playing the programme of music he was, soon after, to take across the Atlantic for performance at the very prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition in Fort Worth ,Texas, where he was the only player chosen to represent the UK alongside 29 other talented young hopefuls drawn from across the globe.
- SCARLATTI · BEETHOVEN & SCRIABIN · Sonatas for piano
- RACHMANINOV · Preludes
- LISZT · ‘Sonetto del Petrarca’
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Martin at the BBC Young Musician Piano final 2014
Playing Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini at the 2014 BBC Young Musician Grand Final
Interview on BBC Breakfast
Last Night of the Proms. Belfast, Titanic Slipway
- Alex Redington · violin
- Jonathan Stone · violin
- Hélène Clément · viola
- John Myerscough · ‘cello
The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the world as well as many prestigious awards. The Quartet performs in leading concert halls throughout Europe and the UK including several performances at The Wigmore Hall. In 2010 the Quartet made its highly acclaimed American debut with recitals at the Frick Museum in New York and Library of Congress in Washington, and now returns for annual tours to the US. Alongside main season concerts, the Quartet has a busy festival schedule and has performed at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, and West Cork Festivals amongst many others world class venues. In 2009 the Doric Quartet’s first CD was released to critical acclaim on the ‘Wigmore Live ‘label and was soon after chosen as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in ‘Gramophone’ magazine.
- BRAHMS · String Quartet no. 3 in B flat major · Op 67
- HAYDN · String Quartet in G major Op 33 no. 5
- BEETHOVEN · String Quartet no. 13 in B flat major · Op 130
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- Helen Keen · flute
- Melinda Maxwell · oboe
- Mark van der Wiel · clarinet
- Michael Dussek · piano
- Meyrick Alexander · bassoon
The long-established and brilliant Endymion exists to deliver world-class performances of chamber music throughout London, the UK and abroad. For many years it has nurtured the UK’s most dynamic and original composers, inspired new and younger audiences and championed mixed chamber music of all kinds through performance, commissioning, recording and promotion.
Since Endymion was formed in 1979, it has built a consistently lively reputation across a broad and sometimes adventurous repertoire, which commands a strong following among audiences both at home in the UK as well as internationally. Unusually for chamber groups, Endymion retains most of its original players who now number among the best soloists and chamber musicians anywhere, making it a group as much at home with works by Mozart as by Birtwistle. Excitingly, they will be premiering a new arrangement of Stravinsky’s ‘Pulcinella Suite’ for wind quintet at Milverton!
- MOZART · Quintet in E flat major · piano and winds · K 452
- STRAVINSKY · ‘Pulcinella Suite’ wind quintet
- BEETHOVEN · ‘Quintet in E flat major · piano and winds · Op 16
- POULENC · Sextet for piano and winds
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- Esther Birringer · piano
- Lea Birringer · violin
Lea Birringer has firmly established herself as one of the most celebrated German violinists to emerge internationally in recent years. Described by many as an “outstanding violinist of the younger generation”, she delights audiences with her charm, emotion and virtuosity. Her sister, pianist Esther Birringer, generates equal enthusiasm among the public with her confident style and playing which is both sensitive and exciting. Musical critics have described her as a “lyrical poetess of the piano”.
Since their shared international success in major chamber music competitions in 2011, the sisters have also conquered the concert halls as a duo, “bursting with the joy of playing music’.
The duo recently released a debut CD under the German Avi-music label with works by Szymanowski, Hindemith and Respighi, for which they received rave reviews from newspapers and in the media.
- GRIEG · Sonata in F major Op.8 no. 1
- CESAR FRANCK · Sonata in A major
- CLARA SCHUMANN · 3 Romances Op.22
- LISZT · Elegies nos. 1 & 2
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YouTube: J. Brahms, Scherzo in C minor – Lea & Esther Birringer