Thursday, 31 October 2019

Concerts Penzance celebrate the Great American Songbook on Saturday 9th November with Gershwin and friends: Who could ask for anything else?   Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan is joined by pianist and tenor Sam Jewison in a programme of music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Ivor Berlin, Frederick Loewe and Duke Ellington, bringing Broadway and Hollywood to the centre of Penzance.  

Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan performed in Penzance last year and the audience were simply blown away – her stage presence was so powerful the audience were captivated before she had even sung a note, and when she did sing the audience begged for more!  Finalist in the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2017, Anush takes a break from her busy leading-role touring with Welsh National Opera to visit Penzance again.  She is joined by multi-talented tenor, pianist and conductor Sam Jewison, whose popular performances of multi-genre repertoire are regularly enjoyed in London venues such as Camden’s famous Jazz Café, Crazy Coqs, Piccadilly, Grand Caffé Concerto in Shepherds Bush and many other venues across Britain and Italy.  Together they create a truly inspirational team.

“Anush Hovhannisyan sweeps all before her with her bright, lyric soprano and tall, handsome figure. ...this was a “star is born” moment” 
The Sunday Times 

Expect a captivating evening of pure musical delight and indulgence, with great American standards including The man I love, Oh lady be good, I could have danced all night, I’ve got you under my skin and many more.

Starting at 7pm at St. Mary’s Church, Chapel Street, Penzance, the concert features two amazing voices and the warming tone of the fine Steinway piano on loan from Hall for Cornwall. 

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Esmé Quartet - Saturday 19th October

On Saturday 19th October 7pm at St. John’s Hall, Concerts Penzance welcomes the Esmé String Quartet – the latest winners of the prestigious Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and recipients of four of the five special prizes awarded in that contest.  Praised for their warm sound and powerful stage presence, this German based Korean quartet have gained a massive reputation across Europe, Korea and North America.  Come and hear some truly exceptional quartet playing, in a programme that features music by Bridge, Mozart, Webern and Schumann. 

Esmé String Quartet ~ Saturday 19th October ~ 7pm,  St. John's Hall
Frank Bridge Novelletten H.44
Mozart String Quartet in G K387 'Spring'  
Webern Langsamer Satz
Schumann String Quartet in A minor Op. 41 No. 1    

Tickets: £13 or FREE for those aged 25 or younger thanks to CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust

*** Special offer 6 concerts for £66 - a very welcome 15% off the full price! ***

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Look out for the Concerts Penzance 2019 – 2020 brochure which comes out 
on Friday 13th September

Six concerts given by amazing musicians in the centre of Penzance.  There are three pairs of related concerts this season, with a little thread of music by Brahms and Schumann (both Robert and Clara) that weaves through four of the concerts.  And for the first time we welcome the influence of Jazz, first through the music of Gershwin, and then with John Law’s Re-creations.

International String Quartets

October 19th the Esmé String Quartet perform an interesting programme
including music by Mozart, Bridge, Webern and Schumann.

In just three years the Esmé Quartet have gained a massive reputation and are already much in demand across Europe, Canada and Korea. Winners of the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and four of the five special prizes at this illustrious event, this concert forms part of a prize-winner’s tour of Britain.

February 8th the Heath Quartet return to Concerts Penzance 
performing quartets by Beethoven and Brahms.

The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet first visited Concerts Penzance as young ‘rising stars’ but a decade later the quartet have earned a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles today with regular performances at leading venues across Europe and North America.

International Soloists Recitals

December 7th Maxim Rysanov viola and Ashley Wass piano
Music by Bach, Britten, Akhunov, Schumann & Tabakova

Maxim Rysanov’s playing has been described as being like Uri Bashmet in his prime but better!  Hear his performance at the Last Night of the Proms here if you want proof that Maxim is absolutely at the top of the profession.

Ashley Wass is one of Britain’s most creative pianists – a soloist of the highest calibre with appearances with leading orchestras and festivals across Europe and beyond and a distinguished chamber musician, his career includes examples of virtually every way possible to share and deepen musical understanding.

March 14th Charles Owen & Dominic Degavino piano 2 and 4 hands
The Romantic Piano – Music by Brahms and the Schumanns

Charles Owen’s performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for us last April left no one in the building in any doubt that they were in the presence of greatness – he received what is probably the most rapturous standing ovation we have ever offered any of our visitors.  In March he returns with Dominic Degavino, one of Britains’s exceptionally talented new generation pianists, in a programme inspired by Charles’s latest and highly acclaimed CD of Brahm’s piano music.

Classical meets Jazz

November 9th Anush Hovhannisyan soprano and Sam Jewison piano
Gershwin and Friends

Highly acclaimed musicians Anush Hovhannisyan and Sam Jewison celebrate the great composer George Gershwin, whose music is as rooted as much in the classical tradition as it is in jazz - a programme exploring life and love with touching humour. 
Anush’s recital for Concerts Penzance last season was totally captivating – a total treat from beginning to end.  Unusually we have decided to invite her back immediately – and make sure many more people have the opportunity to hear such amazing singing.  Sam Jewison brings a unique blend of classical and jazz to the programme - as if the whole programme has just been improvised.

January 4th John Law Quartet

With appearances at over fifty festivals and with thirty albums and rising, John Law is one of the most interesting, diverse and prolific jazz pianists in Britain. Alongside classic jazz standards the quartet plays intriguing new arrangements of songs by The Beatles, Sting, Radiohead, Adele, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, weaving in classical works by Rossini, Satie and others. Featuring Sam Crockatt on Saxophones, James Agg on bass and Paolo Adamo, on drums and percussion.

Visit other pages on this website for venues, start times and to book tickets at £13 each or free for those aged 25 and under, thanks for generous support from CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, Cornwall Music Education Hub and The Fidelio Trust.