Friday, 7 December 2018

Advance notice

We are very pleased to announce the return visit to Concerts Penzance by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and the first visit by pianist Charles Owen on April 27th.  Marcus explores the maths behind Bach's Goldberg Variations with musical examples, followed by a comlete performance of Bach's masterpiece.

And what about the music in the picture?  Here is a description from an article in the Guardian:

'In his right hand, Bach is offering us a complete compositional kit, a musical riddle that’s called “Canon triplex à 6 voc”, a six-voice perpetual canon, which loops back on itself, again and again. The riddle takes some solving, as Gardiner does in his book. To generate the six voices, you have to read the three parts in the clefs that Bach is presenting, but then you need to read backwards from his perspective in different clefs, and there is even a “double mirror canon” there too, “if we reflect the notes along the middle line of each stave”, as Gardiner says.
Bach wrote this canon as one of 14 that he transcribed on the back of his copy of the Goldberg Variations, Gardiner also tells us, and in his submission for admission to Mizler’s Society of Musical Sciences in 1747, the work was included along with the first Hausmann portrait (the musical riddle is in that picture too), as well as his Canonic Variations on “Von Himmel hoch”. Bach became the 14th member of Mizler’s society, and those 14s are significant: if you add up the letters of B-a-c-h numerologically, you get 14 (2+1+3+8), a numerological quirk that Bach was fond of, especially since if you add up J-S-B-a-c-h, you get 41, which is of course 14 backwards.'

Sunday, 4 November 2018

4pm Saturday 17th November 2018   St. John’s Hall, Penzance
The Doric String Quartet
Haydn Quartet op. 33 no.5    Bartok Quartet no. 5   Schubert Quartet in G major
‘a true togetherness…. One marvellous utterance followed by another.’
The Sunday Times  (March 2018)

‘Subtle yet responsive readings of Haydn, Bartók and Schubert show why
this ensemble has been so durable’  The Financial Times
The Doric String Quartet is now firmly established as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe.  Their last visit to Penzance left the audience blown away by the intensity, consistency and sheer panache of their performance.
Ten years ago, the Doric Quartet was an excellent young competition-winning quartet, but now the musicians have become seasoned professionals in the prime of their careers, greatly admired by musicians and audiences alike and with a list of concert engagements that reads like a world travel guide.
www.doricstringquartet.com

Thursday, 11 October 2018


Saturday 13th October 7pm
St. Mary’s Church, Pz. TR18 4AQ


Michael Collins clarinet
Vanessa Latarche piano



Music for clarinet and piano by Weber, Brahms, Debussy,
Saint-Saens and Poulenc.

One of the most distinguished musicians of his generation, Michael Collins MBE is a soloist, chamber musician and in recent years a highly regarded conductor.  His pure tone and refined, flexible musicianship have earned him many fans, copious awards and accolades, and a massive professional reputation.
‘Collins's breath control and easy virtuosity … had to be heard to be believed. An exhilarating hour of music-making.’ The Sunday Times
 ‘Brilliant playing in every sense’ Classic FM
Vanessa Latarche’s concert career has taken her to Europe, the USA and the Far East, as well as many festivals within the UK.  She is Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music and a renowned pedagogue with many international piano competition prize-winners amongst her students.