Saturday, 14 July 2018

Watch this space for news of the 2018-19 season, including concerts given by two of Britain's most inspiring string quartets, the Doric Quartet and Endellion Quartet, and concerts featuring piano and voice thanks to the loan of the fine Steinway piano from Hall for Cornwall.  Full details should be available mid-August.

In the mean time, do hear Penzance Youth String Orchestra who perform 4 public concerts between 16th and 22nd July - all free!  'A Year and a Day' features Vivaldi's Four Seasons performed by outstanding young violinist Bilegtugs Lut, along with music by Sally Beamish, Elgar, Ravel and Bartok, inspired by times of the day.

For a taster, hear Autumn performed by Bill and PYSO at Birmingham Town Hall on July 5th:

16th July - 7.30pm St. Just Miners' Chapel
20th July - 7pm,the church of Lanteglos-by-Camelford
21st July - 7.30pm St. Bartholomew's Church, Porthleven
22nd July - 6.30pm The Centre, Newlyn  (This concert has been rescheduled from 15th July to avoid clashes with the Wimbledon and World Cup finals.)

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Saturday  10th March 2018
St. John’s Hall, Penzance
Nordic Legends
The Engegaard Quartet
with Tim Boulton, viola

Haydn String Quartet op.76 no.2 in D minor ‘The Fifths’
Oli Mustonen Quartet no.1
Mozart String Quintet in G minor K.516

The Engegård Quartet has attracted international recognition with their bold and fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire, combined with an irresistible inclination to be true to their Scandinavian roots, inspiring both Nordic programs and partnerships. 
Their programme for Concerts Penzance is no exception, combining two of the bedrocks of the classical chamber repertoire with the first string quartet by Finnish pianist, conductor and composer Oli Mustonen, written for the Engegard Quartet in 2017.

Pre-concert food is available at the Honey Pot until 7pm
Please book your table in advance on 01736 368686

Friday, 1 December 2017

5pm Sunday 10th December - St. John’s Hall, Penzance

The Dante String Quartet 
with Penzance Youth String Orchestra  
and East Cornwall Youth String Orchestra

Haydn Quartet op.33 no.2 ‘The Joke’
Shostakovich Quartet no.8 op.110
Arensky Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky 
(arranged for string quartet and string orchstra.)
Beethoven ‘Razumovsky’ Quartet in C, op.59 no.3 

“Playing of spellbinding atmosphere”  “The unflinching integrity of their interpretation and the excitement of their playing were consistently superb.”   
The Guardian 

Tickets £12 (£3 under 19s)* in advance from The Honey Pot  01736 368686 or on the door. Pre-concert food is available at The Honey Pot - please book your table in advance

Saturday, 21 October 2017


Concerts Penzance are delighted to welcome outstanding young Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe with his 'uncompromisingly monumental' softLoud performance on Saturday 4th November. 

 “What is it about the young Edinburgh-born Sean Shibe that marks him out as one of the foremost guitarists of the young generation? It is quite simply that rare symbiosis of technical mastery and innate musicality… a golden representation of the old and new in English guitar music.” The Scotsman /August 2017 

Challenging preconceptions, softLOUD juxtaposes early Scottish lute pieces for acoustic guitar, with electric guitar arrangements of multi-tracked repertoire including US Pulitzer prize winning composers Julia Wolfe’s powerful elegy LAD, (originally written for 9 bagpipes) and David Lang’s Killer.

Sean Shibe was born in Edinburgh in 1992 and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and with the inspirational Paolo Pegoraro in Italy.   At the age of 20 he became the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.  As a concerto soloist Sean has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony Orchestras performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasía para un Gentilhombre, the Malcolm Arnold and Villa-Lobos Concertos, and recording Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream.

Over the last two years Sean has given recitals at major venues and festivals throughout Europe including Wigmore Hall, the Heidelberger-Frühling, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 3 Palaces Festival Malta, the Aldeburgh, East Neuk, Northern Chords, Newbury Spring and Bath International Festivals.   He returned to the Marlboro Summer Music Festival & Academy in the USA (on the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida), recorded solo works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies for Linn Records as part of a Scottish Chamber Orchestra disc, and was the featured cover disc for BBC Music Magazine.   Further afield he has toured throughout China.

Tickets cost £12 and £3 for under 19s, available in advance from the Honey Pot 01736 368686.  Pr-concert food is available at the Honey Pot until 7pm on the day - please book your table in advance.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Concerts Penzance New Season

Concerts Penzance announce a new season of concerts between October and March, presenting a diverse range of international quality performances at a fraction of the cost of similar events in the big cities.   
To celebrate the opening of the season the first concert on Saturday October 14th does even better than that – a FREE concert given by the outstanding young violinist Bilegtugs Lut with Concerts Penzance’ founder Tim Boulton.  At just 12 years old Bill has already been prizewinner in 4 international violin competitions and his playing has a maturity, depth, magnetism and virtuosity that captivating to hear – a top class star in the making.  Bill will perform Bach’s D minor Partita alongside virtuoso showpieces by Wienawski and Paganinni, and together with Tim Boulton they perform Mozart’s G major duo and the Passacaglia for violin and viola by Handel arranged by Halvorsen.  There are no advance tickets for this free concert – just come along to St. John’s Hall at 7.30pm on October 14th.

Looking a little further ahead, the extraordinarily talented Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe comes to Penzance on Saturday 4th November, following his success at the Edinburgh Fringe earlier this year.  His programme contrasts ancient Scottish lute music with contemporary works for multitracked electric guitar.

And further ahead still, on December 10th the Dante String Quartet take their turn with a concert including works by Haydn, Shostakovich, Arensky and Beethoven, followed on March 10th by the Engegaard Quartet from Norway, featuring Haydn's 'Fifths' quartet, Oli Mustonen's recently comissioned string quartet, and Mozart's G minor String Quintet, with Tim Boulton.

New this season, pre-concert meals are available at the Honey Pot café, who are also selling tickets for all except the first free concert.  Please book meals in advance. 

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Watch this space for news of the 2017-2018 series
 to be published soon.

For now, reserve these dates in your diary...

Saturday 14th October
Saturday 4th November
Sunday 10th December
Saturday 10th February
Saturday 10th March 

... and watch this space!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Humphry Davy Science and Music Lecture


Concerts Penzance look forward to welcoming Marcus du Sautoy and musicians from the Royal Academy of Music for the lecture on March 26th.  The event is now sold out with return tickets only if and when they become available.

If you have reserved a place please arrive at least 20 minutes before the performance to collect and pay for your ticket.  

If you booked in advance but no longer need a ticket reserved please email or phone/text 07422 972622 to release the ticket for someone else to use.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Music and Maths - Concerts Penzance offer a Winter of Content

The Concerts Penzance series of international quality classical music events continues through the winter months.  On Saturday 11th February at 7.30pm, Concerts Penzance welcome back the Doric String Quartet whose members first performed in Penzance 6 years ago.  Now firmly established as the leading British string quartet of its generation, the quartet is now attracting major awards for it’s outstanding concerts and recordings.  The Doric continues the series of Haydn quartets which have featured in several of this season’s concerts and the programme ends with Beethoven’s second Razumovsky quartet op.54 no.2.  The central work is Berg’s Lyric Suite – one of the pinnacle works for string quartet of the early 20th century, fusing highly romantic passion with revolutionary tonality.  Tickets cost £12 or £3 for under 21s.
On Sunday 26th March at 2.30pm, Concerts Penzance present their Fifth Humphry Davy Science and Music Lecture at Zennor Theatre, Penwith College.  Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and Britian’s leading Maths advocate explores Messiaen’s Maths.  Composed and premiered at the Nazi war camp where the composer was imprisoned, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is one of the most ethereally beautiful works of the 20th century – and also one of the most mathematically complex. With live musical excerpts, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy visualises the numerical intricacies and ideas that inspired the music, followed by a complete performance of the quartet given by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music, Charles Dale-Harris clarinet, Kate Oswin violin,  Ghislaine McMullin cello and Joseph Havlat piano.  Tickets cost £8 or £3 for under 21s.
Tickets are available on the door or in advance from Mounts Bay Wine, Bread Street, Penzance.  To reserve tickets in advance email or phone/text 07422 972622