Saturday 30th May 2015

  • Katherine Gowers. Violin
  • Simone van der Giessen. Viola
  • Philip Higham. Cello
  • Chi-chi Nwanoku. Double Bass
  • Simon Lane. Pianp

This is one of four different concerts being given around the country in celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society.

Vaughan Williams. Six Studies in Folk Song for Cello & Piano

The original version of the Six Studies was written for May Mukle, a very good amateur cellist, who ran an underground dining club near Oxford Circus during the Second World War. RVW would often visit it after giving composition classes at the Royal College of Music.Unlike some modern arrangements of folk song, his allow these beautiful melodies to speak for themselves

Vaughan Williams. Romance for Viola & Piano

This powerfully lyrical work may have been intended for the famous violist Lionel Tertis. There is no indication that he ever performed it or knew of it and it remains undated, The work lay dormant until 1962 when it was given a first performance in London. Interestingly the viola was Vaughan William's own instrument.

Vaughan Williams. Piano Quintet in C Minor*

 Composed in 1903, the Piano Quintet is very much in the Romantic tradition, having the same instrumentation as the Schubert Piano Quintet, recently receiving a brilliant recording by the Nash Ensemble on Hyperion. It was. composed in 1903, and revised twice before its premiere in the Aeolian Hall in December 1905. This work preceded his study with Ravel in 1908, which was to prove one of the most important influences on his later compositions..

Schubert. Piano Quintet in A major D.667 'The Trout'


The Trout Quintet was written following a commission from an amateur cellist friend. Written during the summer of 1819, the Quintet's five movements burst with joy and energy. Its nickname comes from the quotation of his song Die  Forelle (The Trout) written two years earlier. This work is considered to be Schubert's earliest chamber masterpiece.

Pre concert Talk 6.30pm

Hugh Cobbe OBE, will give an illustrated pre concert talk on the Vaughan Williams works being performed at this concert. Hugh was Head of Music Collections at the British Library from 1985 until 2001. He edited the Letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams 1895 - 1958, published by OUP.

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Ralph Vaughan Williams, circa 1932.

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Hugh Cobbe