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Friday 17th March, 2017, 7.30 pm
The United Reformed Church,
Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1AB

Sarah Beth Briggs, piano


BEETHOVEN - Bagatelles, nos. 1-4, Op.119
BEETHOVEN - Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, (Pathétique)
HAYDN - Sonata in C, Hob XVI/50
BRITTEN - Three Character Pieces
DEBUSSY -  Two Arabesques
CHOPIN - Berceuse, Op. 57
CHOPIN - F Minor Fantasy, Op.49

Pianist SARAH BETH-BRIGGS is a leading classical pianist, recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician.  A long-standing pupil of the late Denis Matthews, she gained a Hindemith Scholarship to study chamber music in Switzerland.  Her professional career was launched in 1983 at the age of eleven when she became the then youngest-ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.   Four years later she gained interenational recognition as joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg

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Friday, 17th February, 2017, 7.30 pm
The Trinity Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DH (map)

Martin Bickerton, guitar


SANZ DE LA MAZA  – Platero y yo
ARNOLD – Fantasy, Op. 107
BICKERTON -  Homage de Alexandre Tansman
ENRIQUE GRANADOS – Valses Poeticos (arr. M. Bickerton)

MARTIN BICKERTON is one of the most exciting young guitarists of his generation.  Born in Southport in 1989, he became inspired by the guitar at the age of 10.  He studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with first class honours.  He has since studied privately with Eduardo Catemario - with the generous support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Martin has won numerous competitions and performed at many festivals.  In 2012, he was invited to perform for HM the Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Martin returns to the Avon Valley Concerts by popular request.

Friday, 13th January, 2017, 7.30 pm
Alessandro Taverna, piano



CHOPIN - Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op.23
CHOPIN - Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op.38
CHOPIN - Ballade No. 3 in A Flat Major, Op.47
CHOPIN - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op.52
RAVEL – Gaspard de la nuit
GERSHWIN – Rhapsody in Blue

This concert sees the welcome return of ALESSANDRO TAVERNA who, on his last visit in 2014, brought our audience to its feet in a rare standing ovation.  Born in Venice in 1983, Alessandro has already won numerous awards in international competitions,.  His success has led to many engagements, including debuts with, amongst others, the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonia.  The prestigious Keyboard Trust has presented him in recitals in London, New York, Berlin and Hamburg.  

A documentary of his life has been shown on BBC 4 and he has also recorded for Radio 3 and other broadcasters around the world.

Friday, 16th December, 2016, 7.30 pm
The United Reformed Church, Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1AB

Sarah Bennett, flute
Olivia Jageurs, harp

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SARAH BENNETT is studying towards a Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music and was previously at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with a first class degree.  Her postgraduate studies have been very kindly funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

OLIVIA JAGEURS studied at the University of Manchester (2007-10) before graduating with a Masters degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2013.  She is a London-based, freelance harpist and the resident harpist at The Orangery, Kensington Palace.

Friday, 18th November, 2016, 7.30 pm
The United Reformed Church, Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1AB (map)

The Alauda Quartet


Cristina Prats-Costa, violin
Milan Bergin, violin
Rhoslyn Lawton, viola
Elena Cappelletti, cello

HAYDN – String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 'The Rider'
BORODIN - String Quartet No. 2 in D Major
DEBUSSY - String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

Formed by four MA students at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2011, the ALAUDA QUARTET was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music from the Royal Academy of Music and was a Park Lane Group group artist for 2015 through which it had its Purcell Room debut.  The members of the quartet completed their Masters at the Hochschule in Hannover in 2014.

Friday, 21st October, 2016, 7.30 pm

The Trinity Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DH 

Kammerphilharmonie Europa, wind ensemble

VIVALDI – 'Concerto di Parigi' for strings and basso coninuo in G Minor, RV 157
HUMMEL - Concerto for trumpet and orchestra E Flat Major (soloist: Cyrill Gussaroff, trumpet)
BACH - Concerto for violin and orchestra in A Minor BWV 1041 (soloist: Pavel Zuzanski, violin)
MOZART – Divertimento F Dur KV. 138
FAURÉ - Pavane Op. 50
HOLST – Suite for Strings, Op. 29

The KAMMERPHILHARMONIE EUROPA is a wind ensemble founded in Cologne, Germany.  It consists of around 60 of the most talented young musicians from 18 European nations.  Its outstandingly high artistic level is demonstrated by the many concerts and festivals which the orchestra has played throughout Europe as well as by glowing reviews from the press.  A chamber ensemble of 9 players will present a programme including Vivaldi, Hummel, Bach, Mozart, Faure and Holst, featuring two soloists - Cyrill Gussaroff on trumpet and Pavel Zusanski, violin.

2015-16 Performers - Gallery


Martin Roscoe, 


Katherine Gowers, violin

Leon McC

Leon McCawley, pianist


Emma Johnson, clarinet

Aurora Wind Ensemble

Pomegranage Piano Trio
The Musicke Companye

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