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Concert Dates 2017

Friday 26th May 7.30pm

DIGBY AND THE HALF DOZEN

In 2016 Digby (now celebrating forty years in the professional jazz business) continues to lead his 'Half Dozen'. During their 20th Anniversary tour in 2015 (they formed in 1995) they played nine jazz festivals (including Bude and Brecon); more than thirty theatres and a record-breaking number of jazz clubs! The Half Dozen have just won the 'Top Small Group' category the British Jazz Awards (the 'Jazz Oscars') for the TENTH time in eleven years.

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Friday 2nd June 7.30pm

PIATTI QUARTET

Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet is amongst the UK’s foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name. They have performed in all the major venues around the country, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) radio and France Musique (France).

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Friday 9th June 7.30pm

LONDON MOZART QUINTET (OR TRIO) AND FRIENDS

The London Mozart Trio was formed in 1989 and through recordings, broadcasts on radio three and recitals at major concert halls in London and continental Europe, gained a reputation as one of the leading chamber music ensembles.
Since 2000 the ensemble has collaborated with a variety of distinguished soloists and chamber musicians to perform some of the great piano quartets and quintets.

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Friday 16th June 7.30pm

PICCADILLY DANCE ORCHESTRA

Returning to The Barn for their 21st or 22nd annual concert (no-one can remember exactly!), Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra bring a programme of popular music from the 1920s Gatsby era through the beautiful classic songs of the 1930s, to swing and jazz hits.  Elegant, musically immaculate and infused with toe-tapping rhythm, the PDO’s recordings have recently been chosen for film and television soundtracks…and two of the PDO’s recordings (Happy Feet and Dance Little Lady) have been heard by more than two and a half million people on YouTube.

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Friday 23rd June 7.30pm

GALLIARD ENSEMBLE


The Galliard Ensemble has a lively, entertaining and distinctive performance style that has thrilled audiences in Britain and abroad. The ensemble’s CDs have been selected by the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and BBC Radio 3 in their critics’ choices of outstanding releases.

With a strong interest in contemporary composition, in addition to working with Gyorgy Ligeti, Paul Patterson, and Luis Tinoco, the Galliard Ensemble has worked with Sir Harrison Birtwistle on his quintet Five Distances for their performance at the BBC Proms and their award-winning CD of Birtwistle’s chamber music for winds. 2014 saw the premiere of their anniversary commission by Nimrod Borenstein and the announcement of the winner of the Galliard anniversary composition competition.

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Friday 30th June 7.30pm

PLASTIKES KAREKLES


Plastikes Karekles is a  group of musicians with backgrounds in classical, jazz and traditional Greek music. Thay have performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal festival hall, St.David's Hall and festivals all over Europe. The musicians of the group are the founding members of the London Rebetiko Carnival, a one month festival dedicated to the music of Rebetiko supporting musicans based in London and from Greece. They will be performing their own arrangements of the Epitaphios album in the 2nd half of tonight's concert. The first half will be a performance of classic rebetika songs, from which Theodorakis drew inspiration.

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Friday 7th July 7.30pm

KAMUS QUARTET

The dynamic Kamus Quartet was formed in Helsinki in 2002 whilst     studying at the prestigious Sibelius Academy.

In 2004, the Quartet won 3rd prize at the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, including the prize for best performance of the compulsory work; and 1st prize at the Erkki Melartin Competition.

Following the Kuhmo competition, the Quartet had the opportunity to participate in the European Chamber Music Academy, ECMA; first as a guest ensemble from the Kuhmo Festival and, since 2006, as an official ECMA Ensemble Fixe.

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Friday 14th July 7.30pm

ODYSSEUS TRIO

Formed in 2015, the Odysseus Piano Trio is developing a reputation as one of the most dynamic and distinctive ensembles to emerge in recent years. Comprising three musicians with very different interests, the trio brings a fresh perspective to core works of the repertoire while championing lesser known pieces.

Pianist Clare Hammond won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist’ Award for 2015, has released three internationally acclaimed discs for BIS Records and appeared as the young Miss Shepherd in the Alan Bennett film adaptation ‘The Lady in the Van’. Violinist Sara Trickey has been praised by The Strad for her “fiery and passionate” performance style, recently made world-premiere recordings of William Mathias for Naxos, and has a long-term collaborative relationship with composer David Matthews. Composer-cellist Gregor Riddell straddles the worlds of classical music and electronics, has recently performed a double cello concerto of his own composition in La Paz, Bolivia and is currently setting up an Oslo-based digital radio station.

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Friday 21st July 7.30pm

CASTALIAN QUARTET

Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a Masters. They have also worked with Thomas Brandis, Levon Chilingirian, Simon Rowland-Jones and members of the Endellion Quartet. 

The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. Over the last three years they have won top prizes at major international competitions including 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International Quartet Competition (where they were the only European quartet to progress to the live rounds), 1st Prize and three special awards at the 2015 Lyon International Competition, and in 2013 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Kammermusik Hannover Next Generation Competition.   In 2016 they were selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). 

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Friday 28th July 7.30pm

SACCONI QUARTET

The award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment, the Quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity of interpretation. Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Quartet have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artist at the Bristol Old Vic.

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Friday 4th August 7.30pm

BUSCH TRIO

Named after the legendary violinist Adolf Busch, this young piano trio has emerged as one of the leading piano trios among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK and Europe. Winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, the trio went on to win several prizes including 2nd prize at the 2012 Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition and the 3rd prize at the 2013 Pinerolo International Chamber Music Competition in Italy as well as the 2nd prize at the International Schumann Chamber Music Award in Frankfurt.

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