Sprotbrough Music Society

Concerts 2016-2017

Thursday 15th September 2016


1st Prize winner of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2015 the Linos Piano Trio is recognised as one of the most dynamic and creative young chamber ensembles. They have won awards from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in 2014 The Royal Philharmonic Society Albert and Eugenie prize for outstanding young ensemble all in addition to many international competitions. They are renowned for their distinctive voice in a very wide range of repertoire, “The Strad” praising their “slow burning, gripping performances”. A fine start to our season then with Piano Trios by Schubert and Mendelssohn plus the rare chance to hear an arrangement for the trio of music by Wagner - the wonderful prelude to “Tristan and Isolde”.

Thursday 20th October 2016


Another chance to hear the magical sounds of the harp in our concert series. Louise began to study the instrument at the age of 12 and was awarded a place at Chethams School of music in Manchester subsequently being awarded a place at the Royal Northern College of Music. A versatile and experienced musician she has appeared at some of the most distinguished venues, The Royal Albert Hall, and St David’s Hall Cardiff among them, performing with some of our most respected orchestras such as The Halle, the RLPO and Manchester Camerata . Always a popular recital tonight’s is no exception with music old and new from many countries including Russia, France and Italy. A Fantasy on themes from “Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky is promised, along with works by Glinka, Debussy, and Faure plus a few more less well known names !.

Thursday 17th November 2016


A return visit to Sprotbrough for this outstanding pianist who appeared in 2013 with Simon Callaghan in duets .As a soloist he has appeared at the Wigmore hall, Tokyo Opera City and the South Bank Centre in addition to festivals in Bath, Cheltenham and Salzburg. Radio and TV appearances include R3 “Composer of the Week” on Sterndale Bennett, and for BBC4 “The Prince & the Composer” on the music of Parry with HRH The Prince of Wales. A prolific recording artist he has recorded Haydn Sonatas, contemporary Japanese piano music, world pemiere recordings of works by James Dillon, Edwin Roxburgh, and piano arrangements of music by Delius (with Simon Callaghan. “Gramophone” magazine refers to his “impeccable pianism and unfailing idiomatic grasp”. Our concert will include music by Sheffield born composer William Sterndale Bennett as well as music by Mendelssohn (Songs without Words) Chopin, and Schumann (Symphonic Etudes). A treat for all lovers of the romantic piano repertoire.

Concert sponsored by Terry & Liz Bramall

Thursday 19th January 2017

HUW WIGGIN (saxophone)

SOMI KIM (piano)

One of our more unusual offerings, tonight’s programme will include music ranging from the baroque in the form of Marcello, through to Schumann as arranged by Liszt, by way of modern works by Piazzolla, Messiaen, and Leonard Bernstein – a suite from “West Side Story”. Hugh Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation, winner of the Gold Medal of the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition in 2014 , the following year 2015 saw the commissioning of a concerto for saxophone plus appearances at the Brighton, Newbury, Ripon and Edinburgh Festivals. South Korean born New Zealand pianist Somi Kim recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an MA (Distinction) and is completing her Advanced Diploma under the tutelage of Michael Dussek and Ian Brown. Something for everyone surely in this recital !

Thursday 16th February 2017



A glorious evening of the late Romantic repertoire both familiar and unfamiliar with music by Walter Macfarren, Arthur Alexander (attractive music from New Zealand), Debussy and Chopin (his rarely heard and very attractive Sonata for cello & piano). Kathryn & Joseph met while studying at the Royal Academy of Music; they have both performed internationally, and appeared together in the UK, France, Denmark & Russia. In 2016 they undertook a 5 week tour of New Zealand, Kathryn’s homeland. A particular specialism has been research into English & New Zealand repertoire of the late 19th and early 20th century. They gave the 1st modern performance of the Macfarren sonata we shall hear tonight, wonderful music written in 1861. Kathryn’s playing has been singled out for its “ vivacity, vigour and conviction” (“Gramophone”) who also said of Joseph’s playing “Other cellists, please copy !” An evening of wonderful music making is assured by these 2 outstanding artists.

Thursday 16th March 2017



Our vocal recital this season features the baritone voice of Nicholas Morton who together with pianist Claire Harris will perform a programme of attractive music by Saint-Saens , Poulenc, Liszt, and Schumann in the first half and mainly English song thereafter from John Ireland, Benjamin Britten and the poignant “Songs from a Shropshire Lad” by George Butterworth. Nicholas is studying at the Royal College of Music with Tim Evan-Jones and has appeared in several operatic roles at the Rye Festival (Don Giovanni) and the London Handel Festival (Giove in Argo). As a recitalist he has appeared at the Elgar Rooms (RAH), Cadogan Hall and Leith Hill Place. Claire graduated with a Masters in Piano Accompaniment in 2015 from the Royal College of Music where she studied amongst others with Roger Vignoles. She has performed widely in the UK and Europe as an accompanist, chamber musician and soloist with a special interest in contemporary music.

Sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Thursday 20th April 2017

please note change of venue


Hailing from the North East of England the ensemble consists of 2 trumpets (doubling flugel horn and piccolo trumpet), french horn, trombone and tuba. Mike Walton, Derek Ruffel, Chris Senior , Stuart Gray, and Stephen Boyd make up the group who met whilst playing in orchestras, brass bands and big bands and so decided to “do their own thing” and form tonight’s ensemble. When not playing together they could well be seen playing in leading orchestras such as the North East’s own Royal Northern Sinfonia. Tonights concert is entitled “From Bach to Boogie” and is a whistle stop tour of the brass quintet repertoire with music ranging from renaissance through classical and the 20th century plus popular music as well as Bach of course ! As ever with brass players a thoroughly entertaining evening would seem to be in prospect.



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