Sunday Concerts

Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series (now Conway Hall Sunday Concerts) - are the longest-running of their kind in Europe. The ethos of "affordable classical music for all" still remains.

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Sunday Concerts

Carducci Quartet

Sun 21 Sep 2014, 18.30

Matthew Denton violin
Michelle Fleming violin
Eoin Schmidt-Martin viola
Emma Denton cello 

Pre-concert recital at 17.30:
Hiro Takenouchi piano
Nancarrow Two Canons for Ursula (1988)
Prokofiev Sonata No.7 in B flat Op.83 (1942)

Main recital:
Haydn Quartet in E flat Op.33/2 'Joke'
Shostakovich Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110
Dvorak Quartet in F Op.96 'American' 

"…playing of constant variety, a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose."

The Strad 

"'...the Carducci players displayed a deep and almost familial sense of unity in everything they played… full of life and vitality...extravagantly beautiful...'

The Washington Post

"...high-octane playing balanced control with devil-may-care spontaneity..."

The Guardian 

"...the Carducci String Quartet were stunning...they are clearly musicians of high intelligence..."

The Times

Hiro Takenouchi was born in Japan but is now based in London, where he came in 1997. As a soloist, he has appeared on many concert platforms including the Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City, the South Bank Centre, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and Steinway Halls in London, Hamburg and Tokyo. He has also given recitals in the UK, Japan, Austria, Germany, Portugal and Italy.

Takenouchi was featured on the BBC Four documentary on Sir Hubert Parry, The Prince and the Composer in May 2011. Takenouchi’s discography includes the world première recordings of works by James Dillon, Edwin Roxburgh and Jeremy Dale Roberts as well as a debut solo CD Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan, and most recently Husum Festival Highlights 2011. In 2011 he recorded two further CDs including piano concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.00. Pre-concert recital at 17.30. Main Concert 18.30.


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Sunday Concerts

Maggini Quartet

Sun 28 Sep 2014, 18.30

Photos by Melanie Strover

Julian Leaper violin
David Angel violin
Martin Outram viola
Michal Kaznowski cello

Pre-concert talk at 17.30:
The Maggini Quartet introduces William Mathias's Second String Quartet

Mozart Quartet in B flat K458 'The Hunt'
Mathias Quartet No.2 Op.84
Mendelssohn Quartet in E flat Op.44/3

Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is one of the finest British string quartets.  Its acclaimed recordings have won international awards including Gramophone Chamber Music Award of the Year, Diapason d’Or of the Year and a Cannes Classical Award, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards.  The Quartet is currently recording the complete Mendelssohn quartet cycle for Meridian Records.

The Maggini Quartet appears frequently in prestigious concert series at home and abroad and makes regular media broadcasts. Recent international visits have included Dubai, Switzerland, the Netherlands and a major tour of Germany last autumn. The Quartet tours in Norway every summer, and will be returning to France in autumn 2014.

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.00. Pre-concert recital at 17.30. Main Concert 18.30.


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Sunday Concerts

Allegri Quartet

Sun 5 Oct 2014, 18.30

Ofer Falk violin
Rafael Todes violin
Dorothea Vogel viola
Vanessa Lucas-Smith cello 

Pre-concert talk at 17.30:
By composer, Alec Roth

Haydn Quartet in D Op.1/3
Alec Roth Quartet No.3
Brahms Quartet in C minor Op.51/1

As the Allegri Quartet celebrates its 60th anniversary, making it Britain's oldest chamber group, it looks back upon its key role on the British musical scene. It has worked with composers such as Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett, Elizebeth Maconchy, John Woolrich, Anthony Payne, James MacMillan, Matthew Taylor and Alec Roth, collaborating with new commissions and recordings.

Having completed a Beethoven and Shostakovich Cycle at King's Place in London, it is continuing with a further cycle in September 2013 in Switzerland and Benslow, UK. The process of recording the cycle has begun with the forthcoming release of the first CD of the Op 18's, on the Vivat label, recorded on Hi-Definition audio at the Yehudi Menuhin School's concert Hall.  Forthcoming projects include invitations to Italy and Uzbekistan, two World premiers of Quartets by Alec Roth, for the Salisbury International Festival, and Malvern Music Club, and a host of birthday celebrations throughout the UK.

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.00. Pre-concert talk at 17.30. Main Concert 18.30.


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Sunday Concerts

Fujita Trio

Sun 12 Oct 2014, 18.30

Photo by Aidan Woodcock

Arisa Fujita violin
Honoka Fujita cello
Megumi Fujita piano 

Mozart Trio in C K548
Smetana Trio in G minor Op.15
Beethoven Trio in B flat Op.97 'Archduke'

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Sunday Concerts

Benyounes Quartet

Sun 19 Oct 2014, 18.30

Zara Benyounes violin
Emily Holland violin
Tetsuumi Nagata viola
Kim Vaughan cello 

Mozart Quartet in C K465 'Dissonance'
Beethoven Quartet in F minor Op.95 'Serioso'
Brahms Quartet in A minor Op.51/2

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Sunday Concerts

Jubilee Quartet

Sun 26 Oct 2014, 18.30

Tereza Privratska violin
Alma Olite violin
Stephanie Edmundson viola
Lauren Steel cello 

Mendelssohn Quartet in A minor Op.13
Webern Langsamer Satz
Beethoven Quartet in F Op. 59/1

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Sunday Concerts

Werther Ensemble

Sun 2 Nov 2014, 18.30

Photo by Oliver Markham

Jamie Campbell violin
Hannah Strijbos viola
James Barralet cello
Simon Callaghan piano 

Pre-concert talk at 17.30:
Roderick Swanston.  Exploring Walton's Piano Quartet: Context and Analysis

Beethoven Piano Quartet in C WoO36
Mendelssohn Piano Quartet in F minor Op.2
Walton Piano Quartet

The London-based Werther Ensemble consists of four distinguished musicians - Jamie Campbell (violin), Hannah Strijbos (viola), James Barralet (‘cello) and Simon Callaghan (piano), who are all leading soloists and chamber musicians in their own right with interesting and varied careers.

The individual members have won many major prizes and performed at most of the major UK venues, including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Symphony Hall and Bridgewater Hall and throughout Europe. For several years the Werthers have played together in different formations, both in the UK and abroad. They gave their first performance as a piano quartet in February 2013, when they played Brahms’ op 60 -’the Werther’ - from which they take their name. In May 2013 they made an enormous impact at the inaugural Whittington International Chamber Music Festival, of which James Barralet is the Artistic Director.

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.00. Pre-concert talk at 17.30. Main Concert Start 18.30


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Sunday Concerts

Badke Quartet

Sun 9 Nov 2014, 18.30

Photo by Ollie Ford

Charlotte Scott violin
Emma Parker violin
Jon Thorne viola
Jonathan Byers cello
with Simon Callaghan piano

Pre-concert talk at 17.30:
Rachel Moore.  Harmony on the Home-Fronts: Wartime Chamber Music in Paris and London

Haydn Quartet in F Op.77/2
Ravel String Quartet
Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor Op.84

The Badke Quartet, celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, is widely recognised as one of Britain’s finest string quartets. Winners of the 1st prize and audience prize at the 5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2007, the Badke Quartet has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances.

The Quartet has worked with some of the world’s greatest members of the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne. From 2005 to 2009 the Quartet held the Senior Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free
entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.00. Pre-concert talk at 17.30. Main Concert Start 18.30


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Sunday Concerts

Kelsier Trio

Sun 16 Nov 2014, 18.30

Colin Scobie violin
Reinoud Ford cello
Simon Lane piano 

Pre-concert recital at 17.30:
Colin Scobie violin & Reinoud Ford cello
Kodaly Duo for Violin & Cello Op.7

Main recital:
Beethoven Trio in E flat Op.1/1
Grieg Andante con moto
Mendelssohn Trio in D minor Op.49

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.00. Pre-concert recital at 17.30. Main Concert Start 18.30


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Sunday Concerts

Fitzwilliam Quartet

Sun 23 Nov 2014, 18.30

Lucy Russell violin
Marcus Barcham-Stevens violin
Alan George viola
Heather Tuach cello 

Tchaikovsky B flat Quartet
Suk Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn "St Wenceslas" Op.35a
Haydn Seven Last Words Op.51
(interspersed with readings of secular war poetry) 

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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