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Season Highlights, Spring/Summer 2019

As our thoughts turn to the Christmas season, London Conchord takes a moment to reflect on our busy Spring and Summer seasons from the past year.

    

London Conchord Rehearsing for Gower Festival 2019

In June, the Gower Festival invited London Conchord to be the first Ensemble-in-Residence in the festival’s history. Over the course of three days, Conchord presented four concerts in different venues in this stunning part of the world. We opened the festival with a Viennese programme showcasing some of the works from our recent “Vienna” CD: Zemlinsky’s Clarinet Trio, Brahms’s Piano Quintet, and Schoenberg’s wonderful arrangement for chamber ensemble of Johann Strauss II’s Kaiserwalzer. The second concert was in the remote and exquisite church at Reynoldston, and treated the audience to some intimate earlier music by Bach (father and son) and Purcell. The musicians rounded off their residency with an all-Mozart programme in the magnificent surroundings of the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea.

Emily Pailthorpe (Oboe) at Gower Festival 2019

One of the highlights of the residency in the Gower (aside from coastal walks and a dip in the sea!) was the school concert/workshop in a primary school in Sketty. Daniel Rowland had 500 children in the palm of his hand as he and the other ensemble members led them through a musical voyage of discovery. The students’ singing and responsiveness was amazing and huge fun was had by all!

Thomas Carroll (Cello), Emily Pailthorpe (Oboe), and Daniel Rowland (Violin) in the Champs Hill Gardens

Our busy Summer 2019 season began earlier in May with a wonderful concert featuring oboist Emily Pailthorpe on the Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major and J.C. Bach’s Oboe Quartet in Bb Major. The concert was in the Blyth Centre, a wonderful state-of-the-art music facility in the heart of Imperial College London.

The season continued with a concert in the beautiful 12th century Beaulieu Abbey Church with performances by Daniel and Emily Pailthorpe on the Bach Partita for Flute in A Minor and Ginastera’s Duo for Flute and Oboe. Bassoonist Andrea de Flammineis joined for arrangements of Mozart’s Divertimento for Wind Trio and Villa Lobos’ poignantly tender (and pyrotechnically demanding!) Bachianas Brasilieras No. 6.

Tea Break in the Champs Hill Gardens!

London Conchord returned to their original “home” at Champs Hill, Sussex for an evening of Venetian concerti by Vivaldi and Albinoni. Nine of Conchord’s musicians presented their new programme, entitled “Conchord in Venice” to a sold-out hall. A flute-playing gondolier and a masked violin virtuoso even made an appearance!

Conchord ended their summer season at St. Mary’s Church in Wendover with a concert for Wendover Music, at the invitation of Edward Blakeman. The concert featured the Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves and Debussy’s Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp, as well as two works by Mozart—the Oboe Quartet and the Concerto for Flute and Harp. It was a joy to play this programme, and the audience gave a suitably rapturous applause—a fitting end to a wonderful summer of music-making.

Julian Milton (Piano), Daniel Pailthorpe (Flute), and Thomas Carroll (Cello) explore the peninsula.