Lunchtime Concerts - New Autumn & Winter 2018/19 Season
St David’s Hall
New Autumn & Winter
ESCAPE the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a captivating Lunchtime Concert at St David’s Hall – the perfect way to break up your day!
The Autumn & Winter Lunchtime Concerts 2018/19 Season juxtaposes powerful piano performances with soothing string recitals from some of the most supremely talented soloists, trios, quartets and ensembles around.
Starting the season in style is the Jenkinson & Frith Duo (Tuesday 25 September), who deliver breathtaking sonatas of Brahms and Kodály. Since first performing together in 1996, Richard Jenkinson (cello) and Benjamin Frith (piano) have established a successful, lasting collaboration and become the backbone of the Frith Piano Quartet. The duo’s repertoire now includes everything from the great classics to contemporary works.
A fortnight later, acclaimed Australian-born organist Anne Page (Tuesday 9 October) performs a compelling combination of Vierne, Mendelssohn and Bach. This enchanting concert in association with Cardiff Organ Events sees Anne consolidate the glowing reputation she has established across the UK, Europe, USA and Australia at the forefront of the harmonium revival.
The following month marks the return of one of the UK’s most dynamic and distinctive ensembles as the Odysseus Piano Trio (Tuesday 13 November) explore the rich seam of new music to have emerged from Eastern Europe before touching base on home soil. This performance in association with the Vale of Glamorgan Festival includes a World Premiere of Mihkel Kerem’s Asleep (for Piano & Cello) and Huw Watkins’ formidable Piano Trio.
Also making their return to the Hall are Ensemble Cymru (Tuesday 20 November) with a dream of a programme featuring the famous Schubert Octet – a major accomplishment in chamber music that continues to charm music-lovers across the world – alongside John Metcalf’s incredible new work Octet.
Then there’s a pair of Christmas concerts guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. Firstly, Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choir (Tuesday 27 November) produce plenty of yuletide cheer with a magical medley of traditional carols accompanied by members of the Concert Orchestra of St John’s College led by Director, Jeffrey Howard.
Plus, the Royal Welsh College Brass Band (Friday 7 December) reel off festive favourites for a sing-a-long with the whole family – the perfect escape from the winter weather and Christmas shopping frenzy!
The New Year brings the hugely promising pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason (Tuesday 22 January), who performs Chopin’s Complete Preludes. Isata is currently an undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, but has already been awarded the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship and performed with him in Los Angeles in 2013.
Prodigious guitarist Sean Shibe (Tuesday 29 January) provides a suitably fitting finale to the Autumn & Winter Lunchtime Concerts 2018/19 Season with a tantalising trio of Villa-Lobos preludes before Bach’s Lute Suite No 2. At the age of 20, Sean became the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.
St David’s Hall Manager, Roger Hopwood said: “The Autumn & Winter Lunchtime Concerts Season emphasises the continuing commitment of the National Concert Hall of Wales and Cardiff Council in hosting high quality concerts, which are affordable for all. I feel in this day and age we need to take every chance to try to let people experience the thrill of live music.”
All of the Lunchtime Concerts in the Autumn & Winter 2018/19 Season at St David’s Hall are £6 in advance and £7 on the day (concessions are £5 in advance and £6 on the day).
All concert starts at 1pm and last for approximately one hour (except for Ensemble Cymru on Tuesday 20 November 2018, which will be slightly longer to accommodate John Metcalf’s new work Octet).
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