The Haydn D Major quartet was one of the significant waymarks on the journey as the string quartet came out of the closet, or out of the court chambers, and into the concert hall, and the Solem made light work of its brilliance and bravura.
The Solem addressed this Bartok with heartfelt brio and winningly understated virtuosity. Bartok makes cruel fingering and bowing demands on his first violin especially, but Amy Tress led an inspired reading that illuminated the folkloric and dance imperatives of the score.
The Solem Quartet’s performance was full of energy and extremely engaging both sonically and visibly, with the piece dramatised by a strong emphasis on Beethoven’s characteristically heavy accents and close attention paid to the dynamic subtleties found in the piece.
The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the Beethoven Quartet no 12 in E flat major, which was played with dedication and aplomb. The changes of tempo and mood were skilfully handled, at times putting the audience on the edge of their seats.
The Solem Quartet
Our first concert in 2020 is on Saturday 25th January at the usual time and place.
We are delighted to welcome the wonderful Solem Quartet with Amy Tress (Violin); William Newell (Violin); Stephen Upshaw (Viola) and Stephanie Tress (Cello).
The Solem Quartet has established itself as one of the most innovative and adventurous quartets of its time. Originally formed at the University of Manchester in 2011, the Solem Quartet takes its name from the university’s motto Arduus ad Solem – ‘striving towards the sun’.
Since winning the 2014 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Competition the quartet has enjoyed a busy concert schedule, ranging from international tours to performances at venues including London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Oxford’s Holywell Music Room. Alongside this, their groundbreaking series ‘Solem Lates’ has seen the Quartet rise to prominence as leading exponents of new music, working closely with living composers in pioneering multimedia performances. In their latest ‘Solem Lates’ project they perform the live score to screenings of Yorgos Lanthimos’s 2015 film The Lobster, in collaboration with Picturehouse Cinemas.
Their programme at Whitstable consists of Haydn's Quartet No.53 (The "Lark"), The Bartok String Quartet No.5 and the Beethoven Quartet No.12 Op.127, the first of his legendary "late quartets"- six string quartets that compromise Beethoven's final and perhaps greatest musical achievement.
Do come and join us for this first concert of the New Year, you won't be disappointed!
Just a reminder that the Canterbury Music Club have very kindly offered free admission to their next concert at the Collier Ferguson Room at the University of Kent on Sunday 15th December at 3pm.
This is a recital by Elysium Brass. Elysium Brass were the Guildhall winners of the June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Competition 2015 and have since been fortunate to be guest artists at festivals in Girona, Spain, Stogumber Norway Sutton Coldfield and Leicester.
If you plan to attend please remember to take your Whitstable Music Society Membership card which will allow you free admission when shown. For more information please click on the links below:
Nicholas Mogg (baritone) & Jâms Coleman (piano)
Our last concert in 2019 is this coming Saturday when the baritone Nicholas Mogg will be giving a recital of songs by Ivor Gurney, Roger Quilter, Frank Bridge, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert and others, accompanied by the pianist Jams Coleman.
Winner of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Singers Section, Nicholas Mogg has recently completed his studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham, having previously read music at Clare College, Cambridge where he was a choral scholar. In 2018, he received a Young Artist Development Award through the Glyndebourne New Generation Programme, supporting his time at the National Opera Studio. In September 2019, he joins the International Opera Studio at the Staatsoper Hamburg.
Jâms Coleman is a pianist who enjoys a rich and varied musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. He finds it inspiring and fascinating to collaborate with different musicians and values the rewards of this process.
As a vocal accompanist, he enjoys collaborating with many singers and his engagements include recitals with Ailish Tynan, James Gilchrist, Sir John Tomlinson, Robert Murray, Nicholas Mulroy, Robert Murray, Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Mogg and Katie Stevenson at festivals such as the Leeds and Oxford Lieder Festivals.
Hiroaki Takenouchi (Piano)
Our next concert will be on Saturday 26th October at the usual time and place.
Sadly Lara Melda tripped and broke her ankle a couple of weeks ago and is currently out of action but we have been able to secure the wonderful pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi to take her place. We wish Lara a speedy recovery and hope that perhaps she might be able to come and play for us next season instead.
Hiro has offered us a wonderful programme including Mozart, Beethoven (Pathetique), Chopin and the Schubert Wanderer Fantasy.
He has appeared on many concert platforms including the Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera, The South Bank Centre, Bath, Cheltenham and Salzburg Festivals and given numerous recitals in the UK, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Portugal, Italy and Canada. Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone, Hiro's curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity makes his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists. His love for the music of classical masters – particularly Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin – sits side by side with his passion for the music of Medtner, lesser-known British composers such as Sterndale Bennett and Parry, and the contemporary repertoire.
This is a great opportunity to see and hear one of the most interesting and remarkable pianists of his day so I do hope you will put this date in your diary and I look forward to seeing you there. Tickets are available via our website or on the ticket desk at the concert.