Alicia Chaffey (Piano)
Our next concert is on Saturday 24th December at our usual venue St Johns Methodist Church, Argyle Road Whitstable and features the pianist Alicia Chaffey.
Alicia has the unique ability to connect with her audience by expressing the power of emotion in her playing. She is devoted to piano music of the romantic era and more recently has championed some of the lesser known contemporary repertoire.
Alicia graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in 2013, where she was twice winner of the annual concerto competition and recipient of the Dame Felicity Lot Bursary. She recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she studied with the renowned Italian concert pianist Gabriele Baldocci.
This season we are championing the work of women composers and Alicia will commence her recital with the Three Romances Op.11 by Clara Schumann. Other works include Three Sketches by Frank Bridge, the Dohnanyi Rhapsody in C major, the Chopin Ballade in A flat Op 47 No.3 and the Schumann Fantasiestucke Op.12.
Do make a note of the concert in your diary and we very much look forward to seeing you there
Fujita Piano Trio
Our second concert in this current series forms part of The Canterbury Festival and takes place on Saturday 27th October at 7.30pm at our usual venue Whitstable Methodist Church Argyle Road Whitstable CT5 1JS.
On this occasion we are pleased to welcome back to Whitstable the wonderful Fujita Piano Trio, one of the most remarkable piano trios of their generation. The Fujita sisters have been playing chamber music together since early childhood and because we recognise the extraordinary quality of their playing, all completely from memory, this will be the third occasion on which they have been invited back to perform for us in Whitstable. This in itself is a mark of the very high regard in which we hold this trio bearing in mind the exceptionally high standards we set ourselves as a chamber music society.
In this current season we have decided to draw attention to the work of some exceptional women composers whose remarkable works are sometimes overlooked. We are therefore delighted that in addition to works by Haydn, Frank Bridge and Felix Mendelssohn the trio have included the remarkable Piano Trio in G minor Op 17 by Clara Schumann.
Do make a note in your diary and I very much look forward to seeing you on 27th October.
Dear Members and Friends
Welcome to a new season of Whitstable Music Society Concerts.
Our first concert in this current series is on Saturday 29th Sept at 7.30pm at our usual venue Whitstable Methodist Church Argyle Road Whitstable CT5 1JS.
The concert features the Heath Quartet with a wonderful programme which includes the Haydn Quartet Op.71, Tchaikovsky Quartet No.1 and the late Beethoven Quartet Op.132.
The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music they were selected for representation by YCAT, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The Heath first played for us about ten years ago and this will be their third visit to Whitstable Music Society. Since their first visit to Whitstable they have developed their own very distinctive voice and are now one of this country's most sought after string quartets with a strong and growing international reputation.
More information about the Heath and their programme by using the links below as well as details of the other concerts in our current season.
Do make a note in your diary and we very much look forward to seeing you on 29th September.
Trio Shaham, Erez Wallfisch
It hardly seems possible; a visit of the world beating piano trio playing in Whitstable but it happened. It was the last concert of their international tour; and what a concert. Any previous concert by piano trios could easily be put aside. The music had obviously been chosen to allow the musicians to get the best of expressions by all three instruments. Doing it they each had the thought of the others, the violin in particular was given space by both the cello and piano and the result something quite exceptional.
The music too was chosen to all the three musicians to play at their best. The concert opened with the Trio, andante con moto by Grieg. He only wrote the slow movement. It was a good introduction. It was followed by Dvorak's Piano Trio Op. 90 (Dumky) with its various 6 movements. The concert ended with the well known Schubert's D898. The audience response was also something exceptional. They were on their feet after every work and in the end the applause went on and on. In response we got an encore, a movement from Beethoven's Archduke Trio.
What an end that was bringing again exceptional applause. Nothing like had ever been heard before. It will be heard again. Another has been booked in eighteen months time.
Whitstable Music Society
Our concert on Sat 28th April will be the final concert of our 2017/18 season and you might be forgiven for thinking that we've saved the best 'till last!
Trio Shaham, Erez Wallfisch consists of three of the finest musicians in Europe today. The are currently on a UK concert tour and Saturday 28th April is the last day of their tour so we were very fortunate to secure them for Whitstable.
Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch was founded in 2009 and comprises three of the finest international instrumentalists performing today. Playing chamber music together at the Pablo Casals Prades Festival Hagai Shaham and Raphael Wallfisch recognised an immediate musical synergy. Arnon Erez joined them for trio concerts in Lucerne and the Netherlands later that year and the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch was established. Since 2009 the Trio have performed, broadcast and recorded widely throughout Europe and Israel, giving concerts in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Israel and Spain. They perform regularly at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and will return there for performances in 2017/18 season. Similarly, they have been chosen by the Wigmore Hall to present the complete Beethoven Piano Trios in 2020, Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year. I think that probably speaks for itself!
Their programme for Whitstable includes:
You may like to watch this short video featuring the trio in rehearsal, in concert and backstage at London’s Wigmore Hall (June 2013).
We particularly thank our sponsors Roger and Heather Parry and Pockocks Solicitors of Whitstable who have been very generous in their support for this concert. Our grateful thanks are especially due to Canterbury Arts Council for their sustained support over many years.
We will be finishing our current season on a high so I very much hope you will be able to join us for this very special concert.