With the dawning of a new year, Shropshire Music Trust is excited to preview its next three concerts taking place during January and February, writes John Moore.
There are some wonderful concerts to look forward to in Shrewsbury in the next few months, with performances from Fretwork, the Carducci Quartet and saxophonist Trish Clowes.
In the magical surroundings of St Alkmund’s Church in the heart of Shrewsbury, on January 14th, the UK’s leading exponents of music for Viol Consort, Fretwork, will present a fascinating programme of music by Henry Purcell, William Locke and William Lawes (7.30pm).
Music written for consorts of viols, the predecessors of our modern family of stringed instruments, is just some of the most beautiful ever created. This programme also includes compositions by William Lawes, who was killed fighting for the royalist cause during the siege of Chester, and whose brother, Henry, wrote the music for Milton’s masque Comus, first performed for the Bridgewater family in the Great Hall of Ludlow Castle. A lovely Shropshire connection then in Fretwork’s delightful programme!
Fretwork will perform in the magical surroundings of St Alkmund's Church on January 14th at 7.30pm
In February, there are two wonderful concerts to look forward to. The first, on February 4th at St Alkmund's Church (7.30pm), is the third in the Carducci Quartet’s Vienna to Moscow series, which has attracted record audiences and standing ovations already this season.
This programme features quartets by Schubert, Beethoven and Shostakovich as the Carduccis continue to explore masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire from very different periods. So far, it has been the most exciting of journeys.
The Carducci Quartet will return to Shrewsbury to continue their Vienna to Moscow Series, February 4th
Also in February, Shropshire Music Trust welcomes back saxophonist Trish Clowes (pictured here) to her native Shrewsbury, with her pianist Ross Stanley in a breath-taking programme of jazz standards, arrangements and new compositions. Trish, who studied Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, is now a Wigmore Hall Artist, and recognised as one of the most original and exciting voices in British Jazz today. Her recital is in The Maidment Building, Shrewsbury School, at 7.30pm on February 25th.
We hope very much that audiences, whilst complying with current government guidelines concerning the Covid situation, will nonetheless feel able to come along and support both the wonderful musicians performing and of course the work of the Trust itself.
Full details of this year’s Shropshire Music Trust Programme and ways to book tickets through Ticketsource can be found on the Trust’s website: www.shropshiremusictrust.co.uk