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November 2017

Andrey Lebedev

November 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

John Dowland - Fantasia Ia Guilio Regondi - Reverie ‘Nocturne’ J.S. Bach Andante & Allegro from Violin Sonata II Vicente Asencio - Collectici Intim Heitor Villa-Lobos - Five Preludes Leo Brouwer - Ritual and Festive Dances Born in Moscow and raised in Australia, Andrey Lebedev is one of the most successful young guitarists of his generation. Having studied at the Australian National University in Canberra, he completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He has collaborated with…

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December 2017

Barbara Law Ensemble

December 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

“I didn’t know the recorder could sound like that!” Barbara Law and friends present an entertaining and enlightening programme of innovative and exciting recorder music . A highly regarded performer and teacher, Barbara Law is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Purcell School. Here she is joined by fellow recorder player Evelyn Nallen and percussionist Derek Scurll as well as some of the young rising stars of the recorder world. Be prepared to throw aside your…

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January 2018

Amarins Wierdsma & Mihai Ritivoiu

January 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Beethoven, Debussy & Kreisler Recent winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Anderson Prize, Amarins Wierdsma was born in Utrecht and after studying in the Hague completed her musical education at the Guildhall School in London. An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Amarins is also co-founder of the Barbican String Quartet which regularly performs at festivals and venues including Barbican Hall and St James’s Piccadilly. Mihai Ritivoiu was born in Bucharest and studied in Bucharest and London. Following successes at…

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February 2018

Alan Ewing & David Knotts – Voice & Piano

February 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Mussorgsky & R. Strauss “...but the revelation is the Irishman Alan Ewing. He has a masterly technique.” Hugh Canning / The Sunday Times Alan Ewing has sung for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, ENO, WNO, Netherlands Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, Zurich, Karlsruhe, Strasbourg, Opera National de Lorraine Nancy, Lille, Nantes, Opera Colorado and at the Festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne, Aldeburgh, Maggio Musicale and New Zealand. In 2015, he created the role of King John in Toads on a Tapestry with Faversham…

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March 2018

Fenella Humphreys – Solo Violin

March 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Bach & Adrian Sutton “...Humphreys’s utter absorption and delight shines forth at every turn” Gramophone magazine With playing described in the press as ‘alluring’, ‘unforgettable’ and ‘a wonder’, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work. Performances have taken her around the world to venues including the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, and the new Helsinki Music Centre. She has released several CDs combining newly commissioned works alongside the solo violin music of Bach…

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Marici Saxes

March 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Michael Nyman - Chasing Sheep is best left to Shepherds Gabriel Fauré - Pavane Josie Simmons - Irish Folk Song Suite Rob Buckland - New York Hat Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion & Libertango John Tavener - The Lamb Bob Mintzer - Quartet No.1 George Gershwin - Three Preludes Richard Rodney Bennett - Four Country Dances Marici Saxes are alumni of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music. They have, individually, performed with such…

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April 2018

Gildas Quartet

April 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Haydn - Quartet Op.76 No.2 Janáček - Quartet No. 1 (The Kreutzer Sonata) Debussy - Quartet Fast becoming one of the UK’s leading quartets, the Gildas Quartet has won five-star reviews for their stylish, intense and committed performances. Passionate exponents of a diverse and varied repertoire, they have commissioned and given many premières alongside their commitment to classic repertoire: their groundbreaking series of First Nights, Last Rights has put together newly commissioned works with final quartets from the quartet canon.…

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May 2018

Spencer Strachan Duo

May 6, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Bach, Bartók, Kodaly & McGuire “...The two of them are superb players...enthralling versatility and intensity...power, panache and a remarkable intimacy ” Two of the most sought-after young instrumentalists in the UK, Rachel Spencer and Duncan Strachan are no strangers to working together in a vast array of mediums. The couple met whilst students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and quickly came to prominence after winning all the major solo and chamber music prizes there. They have since gone on…

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June 2018

The Thorne Trio

June 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Handel, Mozart, Elgar & Ibert “...a wonderful breath of fresh air” Formed over fifteen years ago, the Thorne Trio is a versatile and virtuosic wind group whose performances have delighted audiences throughout the UK and abroad. They bring a fresh and direct approach to their concerts and have performed at venues ranging from the Wigmore Hall to the Lichtenstein Palace, Prague. As individuals the players regularly perform with the UK’s leading orchestras and as a trio have recorded two CDs…

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July 2018

Maya Irgalina – Piano

July 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Bach, Schubert, Rachmaninov & Kreisler Maya Irgalina was electric, fusing her pieces with a dark, emotive energy that could be felt with every key that was struck. Maya Irgalina from Belarus is a prize-winning pianist who has burst on the scene over the last few years performing throughout the UK, Italy, France, Austria, China, Poland, Georgia, Russia and Belarus with highlights including performances at Wigmore Hall and Barbican. She is equally at home with the elegant clarity of Bach and…

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October 2018

Tabea Debus & Toby Carr

October 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Telemann Fantasia nos.1, 2 & 12 Colin Matthews Meditation after Telemann: 12. Fantasie Bach Flute Sonata Alastair Penman Mirrored Lines Handel ‘Sorge nel Petto’ & ‘Fa pur Guerra’ Described by Classic FM as challenging perceptions of the instrument, Tabea is constantly exploring the horizons of music for recorder and has performed widely in Europe, Asia and the USA. As a soloist Tabea has appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra, WDR Rundfunkchor at the Funkhaus in Cologne and with Camerata Zurich…

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November 2018

Two Sisters, a Rose, a Flood and Snow

November 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St Mary of Charity, Kent ME13 8GZ United Kingdom

FOUR TALES OF ENCHANTMENT ALASDAIR NICOLSON FOUR SEASONS EACH WITH A TALE TO TELL A spring murder by a cruel sister. A summer search for a singing rose. An autumn tidal wave. A winter ghost in the snow. Devised as a work to involve a wide range of performers, Two Sisters is a series of folk tales written for narrator, soloists, choirs and ensemble. Originally commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra for their Community Choirs under the direction of Gareth…

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Ben-San Lau – Piano

November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Bach Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor Beethoven Sonata No.26 in E-flat major ‘Les adieux’ Debussy Images book 1 Chopin Ballade 1 Ben-San Lau presents an historical survey of music by some of the master composers for the keyboard. The music ranges from the rigorous counterpoint of Bach to Beethoven’s enigmatic and passionate ‘Les Adieux’ Sonata, from the extraordinary impressionist timbres of Debussy’s Images to the romantic fantasy of Chopin’s Ballade. Ben San Lau has a flourishing career as a…

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Oliver Wass – Harp

November 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Prokofiev Prelude Bach Lute Suite no. 1 De Falla Spanish Dance from ‘La Vida Breve’ Ravel Prelude, À la Manière de Chabrier, Jeux d’eau Chertok Around the Clock Suite Prokofiev Music from ‘Romeo and Juliette’ Posse Variations on Carnival of Venice Oliver became the first harpist ever to win the Guildhall Gold Medal and went on to win the Suoni d’Arpa International Competition in Italy. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2016, where he was praised for his “tremendous…

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December 2018

Pelléas Ensemble – Flute, Viola & Harp

December 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Debussy Syrinx Debussy Sonate for flute, viola & harp Leclair Trio Sonata in D major op. 2 no.8 Ravel Prelude Ravel Jeux d’eau Ravel Sonatine An all-French programme features Debussy’s masterwork for this unusual instrumental combination alongside music by his contemporary Ravel.   The elegance of eighteenth century France is represented by music from the violinist and composer Jean-Marie Leclair. The award-winning Pelléas Ensemble was formed while its members were students at the Guildhall School of Music. The group has a…

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January 2019

Jonathan Radford & Eleanor Kornas

January 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Milhaud Scaramouche Albeniz Suite Española Maurice Tableaux de Provence De Falla Siete Canciones Populares Españolas An exciting and colourful exploration of the cultural sympathy and musical styles of the two countries on either side of the Pyrenees, Spain and France. Jonathan Radford features as a ‘rising star’ in BBC Music Magazine 2018 and is a multi-award performer winning the Gold Medal in the Royal Overseas League Competition. Having studied and the Royal College of Music and Paris Conservatoire he is…

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Argenta Trio

January 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Debussy Piano Trio in G major Ravel Piano Trio Vasks Plainscapes Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 1 in C minor The intensely beautiful trios by contemporaries Ravel and Debussy contrast with the sharply mercurial trio of the sixteen-year-old Shostakovich. Pēteris Vask’s work is a version of one originally scored with choir: an extended meditation culminating in the miracle of the rebirth of nature as the sun rises and the birds sing in delight. A combination of fine solo players the Argenta…

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February 2019

Buck Brass Trio

February 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Erwazen A Philharmonic Fanfare Verhelst A Song for Japan Bohme Prelude and Fugue in E flat Mozart Divertimento Haydn Piano Trio Ibert Cinq Pièces Buck Brass Trio bring an eclectic mix of music from across the centuries ranging from original music for brass to wonderful arrangements. Buck Brass Trio is one of the leading young brass ensembles in the UK, and was formed in 2012 by graduates from the Royal Academy of Music. The Trio has pioneered a large amount…

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March 2019

Ryan Drucker – Piano

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Beethoven Sonata no. 30 in E major Bernstein Touches Chopin Ballade no. 4 Franck Prélude, Chorale et Fugue Beethoven’s late fantasy sonata contrasts with the exquisitely melodic barcarolle of Chopin’s 4th Ballade but shares the idea of theme and variations with Bernstein’s competition test piece whose inscription reads “ Written for my first love, the keyboard”. Franck’s eloquent and mighty work concludes the programme. Ryan Drucker is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and winner of many…

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Nova Guitar Duo

March 21 @ 7:30 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Rebay Grand Duo for 2 guitars Mompou Canción y Danza nos. 2 & 6 Brouwer from ‘Beatlerianas’ Villa-Lobos from ‘Cirandinhas’ de Falla Suite from ‘El Amor Brujo’ Nova Guitar Duo bring us a programme hot from their debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall which explores vibrant music from Spain and South America. The duo formed at the Royal College of Music and are driven by the extended possibilities allowed by the unusual combination of the 6 and the 8-string guitar.…

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April 2019

A4 Brass

April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Bates Toccata Mists of the Mountains Bernstein Overture to ‘Candide’ Golland Peace Grainger Molly on the Shore Doss Moskito Bruckner Locus Iste Arban Carnival of Venice Join A4 Brass on a whistle-stop tour! From Bate’s music inspired by the sounds of the Far East, to Bernstein’s Broadway operetta and from the Irish reels of Grainger’s ‘Molly on the Shore’ to the dazzling virtuosity of ‘Carnival of Venice’. The Quartet has performed widely throughout the UK appearing at major venues and…

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Convivio Brandenburgs and Beyond

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Alexander Centre, 17 Preston Street
Faversham, Kent ME13 8NZ United Kingdom

Bach Orchestral Suite no. 1 Handel Excerpts from ‘The Water Music.’ Vivaldi ‘Spring’ from ‘The Four Seasons.’ Telemann Concerto for Recorder & Bassoon Bach Brandenburg Concerto no 4 Our Gala concert surveys well-known music from the Baroque era in a musical feast of great composers. At the heart of the programme are two works of Bach, the fourth Brandenburg Concerto and first Orchestral Suite both of which demonstrate a composer at the height of his powers. Handel’s Water Music, here…

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May 2019

Niklas Oldemeier – Piano

May 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Scarlatti Sonatas K. 87, 155 & 124 Schubert Four Impromptus op. 90 H. Karstens Tanz der Masken No two composers represent delicate, intricate and concise writing for the piano more readily than Scarlatti and Schubert. The latter’s ever-popular Impromptus demonstrate the beautiful lyricism crossed with the idea of piano studies. The more recent work on the programme is the work of the grandfather of the pianist – a fantasy piece not often performed in the UK. Niklas Oldemeier was born…

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June 2019

Timothée Botbol & Kumi Matsuo

June 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street
Faversham, ME13 8PG United Kingdom

Bloch Méditation Hébraïque Bridge Four pieces for cello and piano Brahms Cello sonata no. 2 in F Brahms’ epic work for cello and piano explores the entire range of emotions and timbres and the programme is completed by two works from the early twentieth century, Bloch’s musical reflections on Jewish themes and Bridge’s set of works written over a ten year period. Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol began his musical education in Geneva followed by the Haute Ecole in Lausanne before…

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