Events 2016-17 Season

Sunday 26th March  2.30pm
Zennor Theatre, Penwith College, Penzance
Humphry Davy Science & Music Lecture
Messiaen’s Maths Quartet for the End of Time
Marcus du Sautoy 
(Oxford Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science)

Musicians from the Royal Academy of Music
Charles Dale-Harris - clarinet     Kate Oswin - violin
Ghislaine McMullin - cello     Joseph Havlat - piano

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.

Saturday 11th February 2017 7.30pm
St. John's Hall, Penzance

The Doric String Quartet

Haydn  Quartet Op.64 No.3, Berg Lyric Suite, Beethoven  Quartet Op. 54 no.2
Subtle yet responsive readings of Haydn, Bartók and Schubert show why this ensemble has been so durable.  The Doric String Quartet, formed in 1998, has continued onwards and upwards from its early successes in competitions to major awards for its recordings over the past few years.  Financial Times 

Saturday 10th December 2016   7.30pm
St. John's Hall, Penzance 

The Castalian String Quartet

Haydn  Quartet Op.76 No.1, Ades The Four Quarters, Brahms Quartet in B flat op.67
Sini Simonen and her quartet were first prize winners at the 2015 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, and 3rd prize winners at the prestigious Banff International Quartet Competition in 2016.  Top quality musicianship from a new generation of British based quartets.

Saturday 12th November 2016  7.30pm

St. John's Hall, Penzance

Richard Lester cello, with Tim Boulton viola
with Penzance Youth String Orchestra

Works for cello by JS Bach, WF Bach and CPE Bach - two sons by his first marriage to Maria Barbara Bach.
JS Bach - Suite in C major for solo cello, Two Part Inventions, Canons from The Art of Fugue

WF Bach - Duo for 2 violas (arranged)   CPE Bach - Concerto in A major

Leading chamber-musician, solo-cellist, orchestral principal and renowned teacher, Richard Lester appears regularly at the world’s foremost concert venues and festivals.

Saturday 15th October 2016  7.30pm
St. John's Hall, Penzance
The Van Kuijk String Quartet

Haydn  Quartet Op.76 No.4 ‘Sunrise’, Ravel Quartet op.35, Beethoven  Quartet Op. 127

"Style, energy, and a sense of risk ...These four young Frenchman made the music smile."  The Guardian
Winners of the 1st prize, Haydn prize and Beethoven prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition,