1997 - 1998
21 March, 1997
NORTH WALES POCKET OPERA
There may only be three performers in this 'pocket', but between them they cover (to piano accompaniment) the whole history of opera from its origins to the present day. In Dolgellau they will be visiting Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro' and Monteverdi's 'The Coronation of Poppea', an early opera whose passionate story and melodic appeal are irresistible.
26 September, 1997
FREE TRADE WINDS
Free Trade Winds is a wind quintet whose members are drawn from the internationally famous Hallé Orchestra, now based at the acclaimed Bridge-water Hall in Manchester. The traditional wind quintet produces a delightful blend of sounds and a wide repertoire. Free Trade Winds will present a mixture of lighter and more substantial pieces including the beautiful Quintet by Nielsen.
17 October, 1997
ELAINE CLARK (violin), DAVID CLARK (piano)
Elaine comes to us with the blessing and sponsorship of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Born and educated in Scotland, she is now Co-Leader of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland having graduated in 1995 with a First Class B.Mus. degree from the Guildhall in London. She is already an established recitalist and concerto performer.
7 November, 1997
MARGARET KELLY COOK (soprano), KATHRYN TURPIN (mezzo-soprano), RICHARD HETHERINGTON (piano)
Born in Glasgow, Margaret Kelly' Cook trained in the USA. where she won the International Bel Canto Competition. She has sung widely in Britain. the USA and Austria. Kathryn Turpin is already well known to audiences in Wales. and was a finalist in the Young Singer of Wales Competition in 1996. She has also performed frequently on Radio 3 and Classic FM and with minor orchestras in concerts oratorio and opera.
5 December, 1997
SIMON DINNIGAN (guitar)
Simon is at present Professor of Guitar at Birmingham Conservatoire. and is very much a rising star. He gave a superb recital at the Criccieth Festival in 1995, and is playing major festivals this ~'ear at Bath. Northumbria and Taiwan. His programme will include works by Bach Rodrigo Aguado and Takemitsu. He will also be giving a workshop for young players while in Dolgellau.
22 January, 1998
ANDREW WILDE (piano)
Andrew's recital at the Club in 1995 'on him a standing ovation. Since then he has gone from strength to strength with packed and acclaimed recitals at the Wigmore Hall. The new Bridgewater Hall. and in America. His programme on this occasion will include works by Chopin and other major classical composers. Don't miss it!
20 February, 1998
The Johannes Ensemble is essentially, a Piano Quartet that grew in 1993 from the former Johannes Trio. Amlwch-born Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, well known to this Club, remains a key player. The group plays mainly in mid-Wales; in 1997 they are giving 6 concerts at the Tabernacle Machynlleth that explore 'The Schubert-Brahms Experience'. In Dolgellau they will be playing music by Schubert Brahms and Dvorak.
20 March, 1998
Since its formation in 1993 by 4 students at the Royal College of Music this saxophone quartet has more than lived up to its early promise. They have premiered many new works, appeared regularly on radio, and played all the major venues. They will end our season with a mix of classics & 'lollipops'!
All concerts took place at 7.3O pm in the hall of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor