Saturday 20 January 2018 at 7.30pm
Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Road, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4BT
Maddalena Laura Sirmen String Quartet No.4 in B flat
Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Schubert Octet in F D803
Pre-concert talk with David Bednall at 6.45pm
Schubert’s celebrated masterpiece, the Octet for wind and strings, takes centre stage in this New Year concert, alongside Mozart’s sublimely beautiful Clarinet Quintet, one of the most well-loved works in the chamber music repertoire, celebrated through the centuries for its exquisitely-crafted melodic lines.
The octet also enjoys enduring popularity for its sumptuous melodies and harmonic twists and turns. Commissioned by a famous clarinettist of the day in 1824, it was written to complement Beethoven’s Septet, and is considered to be one of the greatest chamber works ever composed.
As part of the Bristol Ensemble’s Notes for Women series, the concert also includes Maddalena Laura Sirmen’s spirited string quartet in B flat. Born in Venice in 1745, Sirmen studied violin with the violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini and became a virtuosic performer in her own right, as well as becoming well known as a composer. Throughout the year marking the 100th anniversary of women being given the vote in Great Britain, the Bristol Ensemble is programming works by female composers in its concerts, and is giving a series of three concerts at St George’s Bristol devoted solely to music by women. The first of these takes place on 28 April, exploring music from plainsong to the Baroque.
Season ticket for six series concerts £70 including membership
Annual Society Membership £10
Tickets for members £13.50
Tickets for non members £16
Under 25 year olds £5
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Tickets are also available from Opus 13 music shop, by telephone on 0117 923 0164, and from the shop at St Michael’s Hill, Bristol. Card payments accepted. The shop is open from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
Tickets are also on sale at Henleaze Post Office.
You can also book by sending a cheque payable to Henleaze Concert Society, covering note and SAE to 2 Saville Mews, Kingsdown Parade, Bristol BS6 5UL