We would normally be posting details of our forthcoming concert but as you may have anticipated the latest government guidance strongly recommends that events of this kind are cancelled or at least postponed until the present Coronavirus crisis has passed which could take several months.
The Whitstable Music Society Committee have therefore reluctantly decided that we cannot proceed with our concert on 28th March for reasons which I am sure you will all understand.
We will be reviewing the situation in mid April and will contact you again at that time with a further update.
One idea we are exploring is that we might be able to reschedule the March and April concerts as a mini Summer Season during in say July and August, assuming it is safe to do so by then, so please watch this space or go to our website for further information.
Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause but the Coronavirus epidemic is still on the increase and until the government relax the current restrictions we feel we must abide by their recommendations.
In the meantime please stay safe!
With all best wishes
At Whitstable Music Society we are closely monitoring and following all advice of the Government, also other advisory bodies relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Our highest priority is to ensure the health and well-being of our audience, artists, and volunteers. This means we encourage audience, artists, and volunteers to maintain good personal hygiene.
On the day of each of our concerts we hire our venue from the Methodist Church here in Whitstable and, on the day of our concerts, have asked them to extend their cleaning regimes to ensure that a high level of cleanliness is in place throughout the building.
In line with current guidance, we would kindly ask that if you have recently returned from a Category 1 country or area, or are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, that you refrain from going ahead with your planned concert visit. As a precautionary measure, we are also discouraging people who have recently returned from a Category 2 country or area from attending events.
For the latest information on COVID-19 (coronavirus) please see the UK Government’s advice.
Currently we remain optimistic that the final performances of this current season will be unaffected and look forward to welcoming you unless we are advised otherwise. We will continue to review the ongoing situation and will update this website accordingly.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Chairman of the Trustees
The London Bridge Trio
Our next concert is on Saturday 29th February at 7.30 pm at our usual venue.
We are delighted to welcome The London Bridge Trio who will be playing three amazing piano trios- The Beethoven C minor Op.1, the Schumann Piano Trio in F major and the Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 Op 66- and you really can't get better than that!!
The London Bridge Trio is one of Britain’s leading chamber ensembles, known for their deeply nuanced and searching interpretations. The trio originally formed in 2002 as the London Bridge Ensemble and they continue to prioritize strong, composer-led programmes and collaborate with regular guest artists. Their name reflects an admiration for English music of the early twentieth century, which forms part of the group’s varied repertoire and is represented by their hugely successful Frank Bridge recordings.
The Gramophone said of the Trio: ‘The London Bridge Trio aren't afraid to tell it like it is. Playing that is as compelling as it is rapt...’
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!