2001 - 2002
5 October, 2001
The Aurora Ensemble is a dynamic young wind quintet. They have already performed at the Purcell Room, the Cheltenham Music Festival, and on Radio 3 in the BBC Young Artists' Forum Series. Their education project 'Sounds Exciting' will offer a workshop for local pupils in the afternoon.
2 November, 2001
SALLY MATTHEWS (soprano), DIANA MOORE (contralto), CHRIS GOULD (piano)
Sally Matthews was a finalist in the Llangollen Singer of the World 2000 Competition, and since then has appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Covent Garden. Those at the 2000 Dee & Clwyd Festival will remember the outstanding performance of Diana Moore, who has trained with singers such as Robert Tear and Elly Ameling. Besides appearing in opera and oratorio, both singers love giving song-recitals.
28 November, 2001
EDEN-STELL GUITAR DUO
The guitar duo of Mark Eden and Christopher Stell ia amongst the best in the world. While at the Royal Academy they won the Julian Bream Prize, and later studied with the Brazilian Assad Duo. They have appeared worldwide. One of their specialities is performing transcriptions of baroque pieces by Bach, Rameau, Couperin and Scarlatti.
18 January, 2002
SAM HAYWOOD (piano)
Already familiar to those who heard the Messiaen Clarinet Quartet in February 2001, Sam Haywood - winner of the German Chopin Gold Award in 2000 - is well on his way to becoming a star. Since being a finalist (at the tender age of 13!) in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, he has gone from strength to strength. He combines technical virtuosity with great musical imagination and sensitivity.
8 February, 2002
SMART STRING QUARTET
The Smart String Quartet (leader, Helena Smart) was formed from amongst the best musicians currently at the Royal Northern College of Music.
22 February, 2002
LAWRENCE POWER (viola), SIMON CRAWFORD-PHILLIPS (piano)
"Lawrence Power's viola nearly burst into flames" (The Times). Winner of the William Primrose International Viola Competition (and first ever British winner), Lawrence Power is bringing new distinction to his instrument. His debut recitals in the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room met with warm critical acclaim.
Sponsored by Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
22 March, 2002
For the first time, and by way of response to popular request, the Club is devoting a whole concert to jazz. So come and enjoy the vocal skills of Frannie Verney, with backing from her 4-piece band (guitars, piano, percussion), in order to give the season a worthy send-off. The musicians will also be leading a jazz workshop in the college during the afternoon.
All concerts took place at 7.3O pm in the hall of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor