Saturday 15th October 7.30pm


In support of Chernobyl Relief Foundation in the UK

BEETHOVEN: Cello Sonata in D, Op 102
BRAHMS: Cello Sonata in E minor
SCHUMANN: Drei Fantasiestücke, Op 73
GLAZUNOV: Chant du Ménestrel, Op 71
DEBUSSY: Cello Sonata

Russian cellist Svetlana Muchalova graduated with first class honours from the
Royal Northern College of Music in 2006 before completing her Masters with
distinction. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and has appeared in many
international festivals. Ukranian-born Slava Sidorenko gained the coveted Gold
Medal at the RNCM before studying on the International Artist Diploma Course.
He has won prizes in the Luzenko, Moray, Brant and Busoni international
competitions and was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of
Musicians in 2008. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2009. In this special
concert supporting Chernobyl Relief, Svetlana and Slava offer some of the great
masterworks of the cello and piano repertoire. A superb evening is in prospect.

Admission by programme at the door £12.50 (conc £12, children £2)

Monday 17th October 7.30pm

MUSICAL MILESTONES Latin American Celebration


A talk by Adrian Boynton, illustrated with fine CD recordings
Appropriately in this Olympic year, Brazilian composers take centre-stage in the
first of two evenings celebrating the music of Latin America. Villa Lobos is rightly
regarded as the most important creative figure in Twentieth Century Brazilian art
music. Guarneri and Mignone who followed him made significant contributions in
the field of orchestra music, chamber music and song. Tonight we also consider
the work of two outstanding Mexican composers, Carlos Chavez and Sylvester

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door

Thursday 27th October 7.30pm


HANDEL: (i) Early Years

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

Handel travelled widely in Germany and Italy before settling in England. His
music reflects his cosmopolitan life, and the taste of the public for whom he
composed. Important works of the early years are ‘Dixit Dominus’, ‘Ultrecht Te
Deum’, ‘Chandos Anthems’, ‘Coronation Anthems’ (including ‘Zadok the Priest’),
‘Birthday Ode for Queen Anne’, ‘Water Music’, Harpsichord Suites (including the
‘Harmonious Blacksmith’ Variations), the pastoral ‘Acis and Galatea’, and the
operas ‘Rinaldo’, ‘Ottone’ and ‘Julius Caesar’.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door

Saturday 29th October 7.45

with LESLEY GARRETT (soprano)

John Byron (director), Anna Tilbrook and Anna Le Hair (piano)

 Programme to include:

MOZART: Laudate Dominum VERDI: La Vergine degli Angeli
STANFORD: Magnificat in G ELGAR: Lux Aeternam (Nimrod)
GRAINGER: Brigg Fair RUTTER: Gaelic Blessing
GJEILO: Northern Lights SHEARING: Sonnets and Songs
BARBER: Sure on this Shining Night

Polymnia have sung in a wide range of venues, including Mantua's Ducal Palace
as part of the Mantova Chamber Festival, Granada Cathedral, and the Nerja
Caves in Spain, as well as The Stables and MK Stadium (for the Rugby World
Cup). For their 10th Anniversary Gala Concert, they are joined by international
soprano Lesley Garrett. Lesley will perform some of her favourite songs,
accompanied by Anna Tilbrook, and join Polymnia in Mozart's Laudate
Dominum, Verdi's La Vergine degli Angeli and Rutter's Gaelic Blessing. The choral
repertoire has an English focus, including George Shearing's Jazz-based settings
of Shakespeare, Stanford's iconic Magnificat and John Cameron's arrangement of
Elgar's Nimrod.

Hilton Hotel will provide interval drinks in aid of their DM
Thomas Foundation for Young People charity and the concert will also support the

Tickets £30 and £25 available from or telephone
07961 348697

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