Music at the Museum

2024 PROGRAMME

49th Season

All concerts take place at the Victorian Hall, Dorset Museum, 66 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA


WEDNESDAY 28th FEBRUARY 7.30pm

MAXIM CALVERT Cello

KUMI MATSUO Piano

The cream of the 19th century cello repertoire in one programme.

Programme

  • DEBUSSY Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
  • BRAHMS Cello Sonata No 1 Op 38 in E minor
  • SCHUMANN Fantaisiestucke Op 73
  • MENDELSSOHN Cello Sonata No 2 Op 58 in D major

BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist 2018. Praised for the “elegance of his technique, overall sound and natural poeticism.” – The Strad Magazine

Programme Notes by Richard Hall

Maxim Calver | Cellist (maximcalvercellist.com)


WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH 7.30pm

RUISI QUARTET

Major works by two of the great masters of string quartet writing alongside fascinating explorations of choral repertoire reimagined for strings.

Programme

  • MONTEVERDI arr Scodanibbio Madrigals Old and New
  • HAYDN String Quartet Op 76 No
  • BRUCKNER Two Motets
  • BRAHMS String Quartet Op 51 No 2 in A minor

“Compelling spontaneity, breathtaking clarity, gloriously poetic and expressive”
– The Strad Magazine, 2023

Ruisi Quartet


WEDNESDAY 24th APRIL 7.30pm

YUANFAN YANG Piano

Water is the inspiration behind much of this programme which will conclude with a voyage into the unknown in the company of this remarkably talented young man.

Programme

  • BACH-BUSONI Chaconne
  • LISZT Au lac de Wallenstadt; Au bord d’une source
  • YUANFAN YANG Waves
  • FAURE Barcarolle no. 1 in A minor, Op. 26
  • CHOPIN Barcarolle in F sharp, Op. 60
  • SCHUMANN Carnaval. Op. 9
  • YUANFAN YANG Improvisations based on Themes and Style Suggested by the Audience

“Yang’s dazzling Schumann and Liszt rivalled those of the young Ashkenazy.”
– International Piano Magazine

Yuanfan Yang (杨远帆)| Pianist & Composer


WEDNESDAY 22nd MAY 7.30pm

HORN TRIO

BEN GOLDSCHEIDER French Horn
CALLUM SMART Violin
RICHARD UTTLEY Piano

What is surely the outstanding work for this combination of instruments alongside music by a great Frenchman near the end of his creative life and a 20th century master with a fresh and questioning approach.

Programme

  • FAURE Piano Trio in D minor Op 120 (arr)
  • LIGETI Horn Trio
  • BRAHMS Horn Trio Op 40

“The horn soloist, Benjamin Goldscheider, was superb.”— The Times / Halle Orchestra – Sir Mark Elder

“Callum Smart and Richard Uttley here make a formidable partnership, which  encompasses not only technical prowess, a well-honed sense for  interpretation, and, most importantly a true feeling of shared empathy” – MusicWeb International – Philip R Buttall

Ben Goldscheider | Horn Callum Smart | Violinist Richard Uttley | pianist


WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE 7.30pm

The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

‘BRIDGES TO BACH’ with Soprano PHILIPPA HYDE

A range of Baroque music brought vividly to life by a leading authentic early music group.

Programme to include:

  • J S BACH Harpsichord Concerto in F minor BWV 1056
  • VIVALDI Cello Concerto
  • J S BACH Solo Cantata ‘Weichet nur’ BWV 202
  • VIVALDI Aria ‘Gelido in ogni vena’ from Farnace
  • Works by PEPUSCH and ZELENKA and FINGER

“Purveyors of uplifting and exhilarating music” – BBC Radio 3

‘The TFG (as we say) was founded in 2006 in London by a group of leading players in London’s early-music scene with the core goal of devoting ourselves to overlooked repertoire. It started slowly, with a few concerts in London and Liverpool, but since then have recorded four critically-acclaimed CDs and performed at many of Europe’s most prestigious festivals and also on radio broadcasts.’ – taken from The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen (violplayer.wixsite.com)


WEDNESDAY 24th JULY 7.30pm

KORROS ENSEMBLE

A beguiling programme to conclude our season in light and elegant style.

Programme

  • DE FALLA Spanish Dance No 1
  • BRUCH Rumanische Melodie
  • SAINT SAENS Tarantella
  • BIZET Carmen Rhapsody
  • TOURNIER Au Matin
  • MARSHALL On Butterfly Wings
  • POSTON Trio for flute, clarinet, and harp
  • RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte

“Impish and Gorgeous”

— Katie Derham, BBC Radio 3

Comprising the beautiful and unusual combination of Flute, Clarinet and Harp, the Korros Ensemble has been performing together since its formation in 2001 during the musicians’ studies at the Royal Academy of Music.

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This concert will be preceded by the AGM at 7.00pm


Single tickets

Adults £20. Young persons in full time education: £5. Tickets can be purchased online here FROM 1st JANUARY 2024

There will be a small service charge added to the cost of each purchase. The seating capacity of the Victorian Hall is only 120, therefore it is advisable to buy tickets in advance. However, any remaining tickets will be for sale on the door on the evening of each concert.

Membership

The full membership subscription for all six concerts in the 2024 Season is £90.00.

To apply for Membership please email Sue Bruce-Payne: contact@dorsetmuseummusicsociety.uk

Subject to numbers (the Museum seating capacity is 120) membership can also be obtained on the night of the first concert. We can accept cash, cheques, debit and credit cards. Applications and payment in advance would be very much appreciated and will avoid disappointment in the event that we are over-subscribed.