Saturday, 14th October at 7.30pm
A quartet for the combination of flute, violin, cello and piano, Pocket Sinfonia have made their name reinterpreting orchestral masterpieces in fresh and dynamic arrangements. They were praised by the Telegraph for managing ‘to make Mozart’s brilliant Haffner Symphony burst with the energy of an orchestra’. Hear them work their magic tonight on Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Prokofiev’s ballet music for Romeo and Juliet.
Tuesday, 28th November at 7.30pm
James Newby and Joseph Middleton
The baritone, James Newby, is a recent graduate of the BBC’s New Generation Artists scheme and one of the most outstanding young singers of his generation. He appears tonight with Joseph Middleton, an internationally acclaimed accompanist and chamber musician who works with some of the biggest names in song and lieder today, including Dame Sarah Connolly and Sir Thomas Allen. Their programme features several songs from their recent – and enthusiastically received – recording, I Wonder as I Wander.
Sunday, 21st January at 3.00pm
(Note earlier starting time)
Ensemble 360 are a versatile and unique ensemble of 11 musicians based in Sheffield and are at the heart of the city’s internationally renowned chamber music festival. Known for their ‘virtuoso performances, bold programming and engaging interpretations’ (The Guardian), they were nominated in 2023 for the Royal Philharmonic Society Ensemble Award. This afternoon, four ensemble members treat us to three masterful piano quartets by Mahler, Fauré and Dvořák.
Saturday, 10th February at 7.30pm
Well-known and admired in the North-East for his time as music director and, now, Conductor Laureate of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair founded the Zehetmair Quartet in 1994. They are regarded as one of the world’s finest quartets and have played at major venues and festivals throughout Europe. We are delighted to be hosting them in Hexham for a concert featuring Sibelius’s only mature string quartet and, ahead of a major new recording, Brahms’ first quartet.
Sunday, 10th March at 3.00pm
Ferio Saxophone Quartet
One of Europe’s leading saxophone ensembles, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, come to Hexham with a fascinating programme combining arrangements of classic masterpieces (such as Gershwin’s An American in Paris) and music written specifically for the saxophone (such as Andy Scott’s My Mountain Top). Winner of the Royal Over-Seas League’s Ensemble Competition prize and other awards, the quartet have been delighting audiences since 2012 with the broad range and flexibility of their instruments, repertoire and collaborations.
Saturday, 13th April at 7.30pm
This supremely talented young pianist from Ukraine is well known in the Tyne Valley, having lived in Corbridge and given recitals to enthusiastic audiences at St. Andrew’s Church. Still only a teenager, she has been awarded a bursary to study piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London from September 2023. The academy’s principal has hailed Khrystyna as ‘an extraordinary talent of rare maturity for her age’. This will be a remarkable concert.