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Concert Dates 2018

Friday 8th June 7.30pm

GEMEAUX QUARTET

Representing four different nations, the Gémeaux Quartett is one of the leading ensembles of its generation. During the 2010/11 season, the Quartet made its highly acclaimed debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Recent highlights include concerts in Hong Kong with clarinetist Paul Meyer, a performance of Schubert’s Octet with Jörg Widmann and Bruno Schneider, an appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos as well as a collaboration with the Bundesjugendballet at the Konzerthaus in Berlin.

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Friday 15th June 7.30pm

COUNTERPOISE


Counterpoise is a highly acclaimed ensemble consisting of some of the most sought-after instrumentalists in the UK. It was formed in 2008 to give the first performances of a new work, On the Edge, commissioned from the outstanding young English composer Edward Rushton. Its programmes cross musical genres and explore the relationship between music, poetry and visual elements, seeking also to develop aspects of narrative and other extra-musical influences.

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Friday 22nd June 7.30pm

VAN KUIJK QUARTET


Completing two seasons as BBC New Generation Artists this autumn, the Van Kuijk Quartet’s international accolades boast First, Best Beethoven and Best Haydn Prizes at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition, First Prize and an Audience Award at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, as well as becoming laureates of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy. Further to this, they join the ECHO Rising Stars roster for the 2017/2018 season.

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Friday 29th June 7.30pm

TRIO ISIMSIZ


Formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in 2015 the Trio Isimsiz won 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Trondheim Competition, and in 2017 2nd Prize at the Haydn Competition in Vienna. The Trio has performed widely in Europe, highlights including recitals at the Stavanger, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Aldeburgh and Peasmarsh Festivals, the Tivoli Concert Hall, Fundacion Juan March in Madrid and Marianischer-Saal in Lucerne.  Further afield they have undertaken tours in China and Argentina. Engagements this season include an all Beethoven programme at the Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, concerts at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and recitals at the Köln Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall and  Saffron Hall.    Their first CD will be released on the Rubicon label in November. The Trio Isimsiz are currently Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.   They have collaborated with Anthony Marwood, Krysztof Chorzelski, Richard Lester and Aleksander Madzar and attended IMS Prussia Cove working with Ferenc Rados.   The Trio was selected by YCAT in 2013.

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Friday 6th July 7.30pm

PICCADILLY DANCE ORCHESTRA

Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra celebrate their 30th Anniversary during 2018 and are delighted to return to The Barn, where they have loved to perform annually for more than twenty years. Michael and his orchestra and singers present a cocktail of great songs from the Golden Age of popular music, the 1920s and 30s, performed with their usual panache.

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Friday 13th July 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 Europe. Omri Epstein, Mathieu van Bellen and Ori Epstein have all won prizes in solo international competitions. Brought together by a shared deep passion for chamber music and inspired by Mathieu’s possession of the “ex-Adolf Busch” G.B. Guadagnini violin (Turin, 1783), they have been recognized for their achievements and their playing with “incredible verve”.

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Friday 20th July 7.30pm

THE VILLIERS QUARTET

The Villiers Quartet is winner of the First Prize of the 2015 Radcliffe Chamber Music Competition, and Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Oxford.
Hailed as one of the most charismatic and "adventurous" quartets of the British chamber music scene (The Strad), the Villiers Quartet have developed an international reputation as exceptional interpreters of English composers including Elgar, Britten and Delius. Formed in 2011, they have been declared "one of the best young quartets around today" (Jerry Horner, Fine Arts Quartet), and their performances of Shostakovich and Tischenko have been hailed as "masterful playing." (Classical Source)

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Friday 27th July 7.30pm

MARTINU PIANO TRIO

MARTINŮ PIANO TRIO was formed at the Prague Conservatoire in 1990, and continued to study at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under the guidance of Professor Antonin Kohout (a member of the well-known Smetana Quartet). In 1996-7 they studied for two years at the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik under Professor Michael Schnitzler, a member of the Haydn Trio, and have taken part in several series of master classes, the most notably in the Netherlands under Sandor Devich and Menahem Pressler, a member of the Beaux Arts Trio. Very soon they have become famous worldwide and have embarked on a trajectory paved with success and awards. These have included semi-final standing in the international competition at Trapani (Italy), third price in the International Contest of Chamber Ensembles at Heerlen (The Netherlands) in 1992, and most notably, victory in the same competition three years later, in 1995. In 1995 the ensemble also received the annual Award of the Czech Chamber Music Society (CCMS) attached to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

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