Events 2018-19 Season

‘The musicians appearing at Concerts Penzance this year are all artists who 
we love to hear performing at Wigmore Hall. 

Do go and hear them if you can.’ 

John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall

7pm Saturday 13th October 2018   St. Mary’s Church, Penzance

International Soloist Recital

Michael Collins clarinet
Vanessa Latarche piano

‘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

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.

Over the summer, before coming to Penzance, Michael will have performer in the BBC’s Young Musician 40th Anniversary concert at the Proms, hosted a series of ‘Michael Collins and Friends’ chamber concerts at LSO St. Lukes in London, completed a major 5 week tour of Japan as conductor and soloist, spent a week conducting the Minnesota Orchestra, USA, and driven to Cornwall!

4pm Saturday 17th November 2018   St. John’s Hall, Penzance

Best of British String Quartets 1

The Doric String Quartet

Haydn Quartet op. 33 no.5
Bartok Quartet no. 5
Schubert Quartet in G major

‘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.

7pm Saturday  1st December 2018   St. Mary’s Church, Penzance

International Singers 1

Anush Hovhannisyan soprano Tim Dean piano

A concert of song and opera

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

Anush’s appearance as a finalist in ‘Cardiff Singer of the World’ last year has catapulted her to stardom on the operatic stage in both Europe and the UK. She stunned critics as Violetta in Scottish Opera's La Traviata, and has also broadcast for the BBC Radio, appeared at the Proms and recently recorded songs by Rimsky Korsakov and Scriabin.

In this concert, her first visit to Cornwall, she sings a richly varied programme including Berg’s luscious early songs, Russian song by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky Korsakov, Rossin’s funny and charming Regata Veneziana and a selection of Italian opera arias by Verdi and Puccini. This is a rare opportunity to hear a rare, generous talent.

4pm  Monday 21st January 2019   St. Mary’s Church, Penzance

Inspiring Young Musicians

A Free Family Concert

Presented by musicians from IMS Prussia Cove
with young musicians fromSouth West Music School
and MusicAbility

A one hour concert of chamber music played by young people for audiences of any age, in smaller-sized portions, including a performance of Dvořák’s American String Quartet performed by musicians from IMS Prussia Cove, Sini Simonen (Finland) and Christel Lee (USA) violins, Tim Boulton (UK) viola and Sarah Wiederhold  (Germany) cello.

7pm  Saturday  9th February 2019   St. Mary’s Church, Penzance

International Singers 2

Julien Van Mellaerts baritone
with Tim Dean piano

 Julien Van Mellaerts won first prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and first prize in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. 

'A beautiful voice is not enough to animate a recital, and animation was what the New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and the British pianist …brought to their Schumann, Britten, Tchaikovsky and Debussy, alert to the specifics of style, language and character in each miniature narrative. No surprise that Van Mellaerts, witty and wiry-toned, walked away with the top prize.'   The Times

New Zealand baritone Julien van Mellaerts has already established himself as one of the stand-out song singers of his generation. He has recently won both the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Wigmore International Song Competition. He is demand all over the world for the finesse and detail of his ability to tell stories in song, and broadcasts regularly.

In this programme he will sing Vaughan Williams’ characterful and moving ‘Songs of Travel’, and a selection of Britten’s Folksong arrangements. The Folksong theme continues with songs from Mahler’s ‘Knaben Wunderhorn’ collection; there are classic songs by Schubert and a colourful finale with Ravel’s touching and funny ‘Don Quixote’ songs

7pm  Saturday  9th March 2019    St. John’s Hall, Penzance

Best of British String Quartets 2

The Endellion String Quartet

Haydn Quartet op.74 no.3 ‘The Rider’
Bartok Quartet no.2
Beethoven Quartet op.131

Now in its fortieth season, The Endellion String Quartet is renowned as one of the finest quartets in the world. It was founded in January 1979 and three of the original players continue to be members – 2nd violinist Ralph de Souza joined a mere thirty-two years ago. As Gramophone magazine stated in 2013;
‘There’s always a feeling when listening to the Endellion String Quartet that you’re listening to the Urtext method of quartet playing. Maybe 35 years of playing together has brought to them as a group a uniformity of thought and instinct that allows them to play as a single entity.’

There are few top concert halls in the world where the Endellion Quartet have not performed, but in their 40th anniversary year we are delighted that the quartet  return to their roots in Cornwall, performing repertoire that they love to play.

4pm  Saturday  27th April 2019   St. Mary’s Church, Penzance
Humhry Davy Science and Music Lecture Recital
Marcus du Sautoy ~ Goldberg Maths
with Bach's Goldberg Variations performed by Charles Owen
Marcus du Sautoy, outstanding advocate for all things mathematical, returns to Penzance with his compelling exposure of the maths beneath 
Bach's Goldberg Variations.
Charles Owen has been described by Gramophone magazine as  “one of the finest British pianists of his generation” and his particular affinity with Bach's music has brought him outstanding critical acclaim.