All concerts are at 7:30pm at St Mary's Church unless otherwise stated.
- 28th September 2019
Harry & Alisa Recital Duo (piano-cello)
Harry graduated as a Kendall-Taylor Scholar of the Masters in Performance course at the Royal College of Music in 2013. Shortly afterwards he was named as a Young Steinway Artist and won the special prize at the Valletta International Piano competition. He was also the 2015 Grand Prize winner at the Windsor International Piano Competition. In 2017 he founded the Harry & Alisa Recital duo with his wife, the Belarusian Cellist Alisa Liubarskaya. Alisa is a guest cellist at venues including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and the Scottish and Welsh National Opera Orchestras. Amongst her numerous awards are several first prizes and the Barbirolli Memorial Prize for Cellists.
For our concert their music will include memorable tunes from Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Brahms and Piazzola.
- 26th October 2019
David Bednall (Organ)
David is recognised as one of the leading choral composers of his generation. He was Organ Scholar at The Queen's College, Oxford and then at Gloucester Cathedral. He also spent periods there as Acting Director of Music and Acting Assistant Organist and was closely involved with the Three Choirs Festival. He studied for a PhD in Composition at the University of Bristol and is signed to Oxford University Press. He is a Teaching Fellow and Organist of The University of Bristol, Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral and Director of The University Singers. He has given recitals in many English Cathedrals, the La Trinité, Paris, and in 2008 he gave a recital at Notre-Dame de Paris. He has also appeared as stunt-organist on BBC TV's Dr Who. His compositions are widely performed, broadcast on Radio 3, 4, and Classic FM, and recorded. His first CD, Hail, gladdening light, was a Gramophone Editor's Choice, his Requiem received similar accolades, and Flame Celestial, received a Gramophone Recommendation.
- 30th November 2019
"iSax" Saxophone Quartet
"Everything you have wanted to know about the saxophone" - In the first half of the concert, iSax will take the audience on a musical journey from medieval times to the present day.
"What does it matter if the saxophone didn't appear until the middle of the 19th century?" - The quartet will demonstrate the amazing ability of the instrument to interpret pretty much any style of music from the renaissance, through the baroque, classical, romantic periods to jazz and pop.
In the second half the quartet will play a selection of music representing many different styles, including classical, show tunes from the musicals, and recent popular songs.
- 25th January 2020
Hollie-anne Bangham with Ffion Perrett
Hollie-anne, Mezzo soprano, and close friend Welsh Soprano Ffion Perrett, bring an evening of song, with repertoire from Opera Classics through to avant-garde music, show stoppers and unaccompanied folk songs. An evening to be enjoyed by everyone. Both graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music and between them have performed up and down the United Kingdom as well as internationally. Hollie-anne has recently been awarded the Simon Sandbach's award and has worked with many prestigious companies including the English Touring Opera, and national opera festivals. She has had the privilege of performing as a soloist at the Notre Dame Paris and with the Ukrainian choir. Ffion has sung with many Welsh male voice choirs and has enjoyed much success in National Eisteddfods.
- 29th February 2020
Natalia Williams-Wandoch (piano)
Natalia performs as a soloist and chamber musician and has developed a wide and versatile repertoire with strong emphases on Romantic, Impressionist and contemporary music. Natalia gave her first full-length recital at 14, and performed the complete Op. 10 Etudes by Chopin in the composer's house whilst still a student. She was enthusiastically received by the audience and critics in the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Natalia studied at music-specialising schools, before going on to complete her Master of Music degree with first class honours. She has won numerous prizes include winning every piano competition she entered at the Royal Academy of Music. For our concert Natalia will present a programme of piano music inspired by landscape and the sense of place. The recital will feature works by Chopin and Liszt, as well as music by British and French composers.
- 28th March 2020
Bristol Brass Consort
The Bristol Brass Consort Quintet was formed in 1985 and is a symphonic brass ensemble that provides high quality performances to mix the best of the original brass quintet repertoire with commissions and their own arrangements to treat audiences to a unique brand of entertainment which captivates all ages. The ensemble has a lively repartee, touched with humour and personality, which bridges the ocean of the classical formality in an evening of great music mixed with fun.
- 25th April 2020
Luca Luciano (clarinet) with Yukiko Osedo (piano)
"Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer based in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances" (The Musician).
He is a former clarinet professor in the UK and internationally recognized for his ground breaking contributions to contemporary music. Introduced as "the new voice of the clarinet" on the front page of De Klarinet magazine. Luciano graduated from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy) and has been described by the BBC Radio as "one of Europe's leading exponent of jazz clarinet". He has held many master-classes, has regularly premiered his music at St Martin in the Fields London and Cambridge University. He has performed at the South Bank Centre (recording live for BBC Radio at the Royal Festival Hall), Edinburgh Festival, and American Cathedral Paris. His solo albums have received much critical acclaim in three continents.
Yuki Osedo after entering music conservatory at fifteen has studied at Toho University Tokyo, the Royal Antwerp Conservatory of Music, and Monash University's School of Music (Australia). She now teaches and performs as a soloist and accompanist.
For our concert they will play music for clarinet and piano by Brahms, Schumann and Debussy along with original material and arrangements of famous tunes by Gershwin and Piazzolla.
- 16th May 2020
Katy Latham (violin) with Helen Mills (piano)
Katy is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and has played with many of the leading orchestras in the country including the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. For two years she toured extensively throughout the UK as a full-time member of the orchestra of Welsh National Opera. She now plays with many of the leading ensembles in the South West, and is a regular leader of the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra. She is a member of the Minerva String Quartet, which has recorded for BBC Radio and TV, and has played for international pop artists. Alongside her busy playing career, Katy teaches at Badminton School, the Redmaids' School and is a Violin Tutor for the South West Music School.
After graduating from Birmingham University Helen took up a staff appointment at Wells Cathedral School. She went on to win a scholarship to study Piano Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she graduated with distinction. Helen has performed with established musicians across Europe and south America.
Concert tickets price 10 pounds, or 8 pounds for Society members. Students' and childrens' tickets are half adult price. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night or can be obtained in advance from:
- Team Office, St Mary's Church, Yatton
Please note that the society reserves the right to change programmes/artists
in the light of unforseen circumstances beyond its control.