Outlook 23
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Ten ... not out!
It seems amazing that Woodbridge Chamber Concerts is now in its tenth season! St Mary’s has hosted some brilliant young professional artists, including the Carducci, Sacconi and Heath Quartets and the cellist Philip Higham. Perhaps most amazing of all was the soprano Natalya Romaniw who, after appearing in the 2010 season with accompanist Iain Burnside, went on to win the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award. Equally important has been the collaboration between WCC and the town’s two secondary schools, It has enabled students to be coached in the performance of a Haydn string quartet, as well as participating in public concerts with the Royal College of Music Strings under its conductor Mark Messenger. The first concert this season includes some of the best-loved music in our repertoire, and will be given by an amazing young violin/piano duo whose recent performance at the Wigmore Hall received a well-deserved standing ovation. They are followed by the Artesian Quartet, performing a late Haydn quartet alongside an early one of Beethoven, and ending with Smetana’s folk-inspired First String Quartet. The last concert brings together the Alke Quartet, who made such a great impression last year in Mendelssohn’s Octet, with the young RCM violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish, who studied at the Juilliard School, New York. Lisa Cooper joins them in Mozart’s popular Horn Quintet. Lisa, who grew up in Woodbridge, is now Principal Horn with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark. The series ends with Mendelssohn’s passionate final string quartet. All concerts begin at 7.30 p.m. 6 May: Marta Kowalczyk (violin), Somi Kim (piano): Beethoven, Brahms, Franck 13 May: Artesian Quartet: Haydn, Beethoven, Smetana 20 May: Alke Quartet, Bryony Gibson-Cornish, Lisa Cooper: Mozart, Mendelssohn Full details are available on www.woodbridgechamberconcerts.org.uk, where a brochure can be downloaded and tickets ordered. John Treadway