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AGM & future concerts to note

Wednesday, 01.12.2021


at 12.00 noon

Annual General Meeting of TRMS
The annual General Meeting of The Three Rivers Music Society will take place at the Baptist Church High Street Rickmansworth Herts WD3 1EH at 12.00 noon on Wednesday, 1st December 2021

Minutes of the last AGM - 2019

Agenda for AGM - 2021


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Wednesday, 01.12.2021

Lunchtime concert at 1.00 pm

Purcell School (6)

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Highly appetising musical lunch on offer

Some of the most gifted teenage musicians in the UK will be displaying their talents at a lunchtime recital in Rickmansworth on Wednesday, December 1.

Students from the Purcell School in Bushey, the country's oldest specialist music school, are to perform works by Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms and the 20th-century French composer Darius Milhaud. The school is a world-class centre of excellence that has produced three recent winners of the BBC Young Musician competition.

The concert will open with the first two movements of Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, which was admired by Claude Debussy. The Purcell students will then play the first movement of Brahms' Clarinet Quintet in B minor, which the great German Romantic composer wrote for the star clarinettist of the day, Richard Muhlfeld.

As is customary at Purcell School concerts, TRMS invites around 30 Year 6 pupils from a local primary school not only to familiarise them with classical music but also to take inspiration from the talented Purcell School students. This time it is the turn of Arnett Hills School in Rickmansworth.

The concert will be held in the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH and will begin at 1pm. Tickets Pounds 6 at the door. Reduced price for members. Free entry for under-25s.

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TRMS's recent concerts

An Evening Concert

by Galliard Ensemble
a wind quintet

held at 7.30 pm in the Baptist Church

Saturday, 13.11.2021

Even better than Strictly Come Dancing...

TRMS was delighted to welcome the leading English composer, Paul Patterson, to the Galliard Ensemble concert on Saturday, November 13.

Professor Patterson, the former head of composition at the Royal Academy of Music, composed the final piece in the wind quintet's programme - the punningly titled Westerly Winds, a four-movement work inspired by West Country folk tunes.

What did he think of the Galliards' performance? "Wonderful," he enthused. "I've had a long and happy working relationship with them. I'm a great fan."

The first half included works by Mozart, Giulio Briccialdi, and the British composer Cecilia McDowall, and closed with Luciano Berio's eccentric Opus Number Zoo, which mixed music and the spoken word in a style reminiscent of Walton's Facade.

The second half was equally diverse. Jacques Ibert's Trois pieces breves jostled for attention with Gyorgy Ligeti's Six Bagetelles and a pastorale by the still little known American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944). We hope to hear more of Beach's work in the future as she was a remarkable musician - and a child prodigy who knew 40 songs by the age of one and was composing waltzes on the piano by age four.

Typically, the Galliards offered a mischievously witty encore - a spirited Charleston for those who had been prepared to skip Strictly Come Dancing to experience some wonderful live music. It had the TRMS audience dancing out into the street after yet another great concert.

article written by David Budge

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An Evening Concert

by Thomas Bowes (violin) and
Verona Maier (piano)

held at 7.30 pm in the Baptist Church

Wednesday, 06.10.2021

Thomas Bowes is one of the UK's finest violinists. He is very active in the realm of cinema, and millions have heard him on the soundtracks of his numerous (200+) film credits.

Verona Maier (piano) Prize-winning pianist, harpsichordist, organist, teacher, academic, prize-jury member and adviser to movie and TV productions, it's hardly surprising that Verona Maier was awarded in 2004, the "Cultural Merit Medal - First Class" by the President of Romania.

They played -

Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791) Sonata in E minor for Violin & Piano K.304
1. Allegro; 2. Minuet and Trio
Johannes Brahms (18343-1897) Sonata No.1 in G major for Violin & Piano op.78 "Regensonate"
1. Vivace ma non troppo; 2. Adagio - Piu andante - Adagio; 3.Allegro molto moderato


George Enescu (1881-1955) Sonata No.3 for Violin & Piano, op.25 (dans le caractere populaire roumain)
1. Moderato malinconico; 2. Andante sostenuto e misterioso; 3. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo mosso

One of the people attending the concert remarked "My husband and I have attended many concerts at Cadogan Hall and we have never heard better playing than we did tonight."

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John Donegan Jazz Sextet


at an evening concert

on Wednesday, 22.09.2021

The sextet played a selection of tunes from John's last album -
A Kite for Kate. The sextet also played a few tunes from
the Siamsa Suite from John's previous album.
During lockdown John was busy writing 2 new Sextet albums,
a new Siamsa Suite album and a new Elegy Suite (album).
The sextet also played some of this new material at the concert.

John Donegan - Piano
Steve Fishwick - Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Steve's twin brother - Matt - Drums
Jamie O'Donnell - Alto and Soprano Saxes
Alex Hitchcock - Tenor Sax
Paul Jefferies - Double Bass

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Jayne Walker(violin)-Steven Halls(cello)


at a lunchtime concert

on Thursday, 08.07.2021

The one-hour recital by English National Opera violinist Jayne Walker and cellist Steven Halls was the first event that Three Rivers Music Society had staged since the initial Covid-19 lockdown began in England in March 2020.

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Iain Farrington and John Reid
(piano duet)

Saturday, 29.02.2020

They performed a wildly exciting programme referred to as Lords of the Dance because it comprised a wide variety of Dance-inspired music.

The concert was be held in the the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH on Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7.30pm. There was also a pre-concert talk at 7.00 pm.

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Jayne Walker Piano Trio

Wednesday, 29.01.2020

Jayne Walker Piano Trio returned to Rickmansworth for her second concert.
The programme included Piano Trio in G minor, op.17, by Clara Schumann and two trios by Haydn. The concert was performed at the the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH on Wednesday 29 January at 1.00pm to a loyal and enthusiastic audience.

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Purcell School (5)


Lunchtime Concert

Lunchtime concert by gifted music students
Young musicians from the Purcell School in Bushey – Britain’s oldest specialist music school -- gave a lunchtime concert in the Baptist Church at Rickmansworth on Wednesday, December 11.
As is customary in such concerts, Year 6 pupils from Chorleywood Primary School attended the concert as special guests.

  Yena Gook (cello) playing Bach Cello Suite No 6 in D  

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Maggini Quartet (6)


The Maggini Quartet led by Julian Leaper (violin), Ciaran McCabe (Violin), Martin Outram (Viola) and Michal Kaznowski (Cello) returned to Rickmansworth for the 6th time to play Beethoven, Frank Bridge and Mendelssohn string quartets. The concert was held in the the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH on Friday 29 November with the Pre-concert talk by Dr. Steven Halls followed by the main concert at 7.30pm.

Maggini Quartet

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John Donegan Jazz Sextet


John Donegan returned with his Jazz Sextet to Rickmansworth including the much acclaimed saxophonist Tomasso Starace. The sextet played John's new compositions from his recently released album called A Kite for Kate dedicated to his youngest daughter Catherine at her wedding in Tuscany in August 2019. The concert was held in the the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH on Tuesday 19 November at 7.30pm.

Donegan Jazz Sextet

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Hallses & Moody Quartet


For the first time ever, David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, his daughter Caroline and his brother Steven came with their long-time friend and professional colleague, Daphne Moody to present a unique programme on Saturday 26 October and included Dvorak’s first piano trio, a baroque cantata for soprano and strings, Elgar’s obbligati to popular songs written for violin and cello.

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A string ensemble led by

Peter Nall


One of the most remarkable musical compositions of the 19th century was performed in Chorleywood Memorial Hall on Sunday, October 13.

It was a huge success; so much so that overflow seating arrangement had to be provided at the packed to capacity Chorleywood Memorial Hall.

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A solo harp recital

by Louise Thomson


Louise Thomson's Harp Recital on Friday 3rd May 2019 at 7.30 pm at the Baptist Church in Rickmansworth was not only the unique first of this type but was a huge success with the full audience thoroughly enjoying the whole programme including in particular, Theme from Tchaikovsky's Opéra Eugène Onégin.

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A Jazz evening with

John Donegan Jazz Quartet


TRMS welcomed back the John Donegan Jazz Quartet to Rickmansworth with John himself on the piano, highly-regarded Italian Saxophonist, Tommaso Starace, Steve Riddle (Bass) and Greg McCarthy (Drums) on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 7.30 pm.

The programme included compositions by John Donegan from his recent compilation CD Album.

Donegan Jazz

The concert took place at the Baptist Church, High Street Rickmansworth with full audience who enjoyed new showcase pieces from John's latest composition - Siamsa suite soon to be released.

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Purcell School

lunchtime performance

on 13.02.2019

TRMS with its longstanding partnership with the internationally well-known Purcell School of Music in Bushey organised yet another, 4th lunchtime concert with its students performing solo recitals on trumpet, cello, flute, piano and violin to a packed audience. We had to use the overflow balcony for the first time in 3 years.

The concert was held at the Baptist Church, High Street Rickmansworth,
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm on Wednesday 13th February 2019.

As is customary at these concerts, TRMS invited the Year 6 boys and girls from Holywell Primary School to attend the concert and both the primary school pupils as well as the audience were really impressed with the the skills and talent of the Purcell Scool student musicians.

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The Ferio Saxophone Quartet

evening concert

on 23.01.2019

  Ferio Saxophone Quartet  

Programme included -

Bach Italian Concerto, BWV 971, arr. Tochio (I and III) and Ferio (II)
Bach Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata BWV 208, arr. Iain Farrington
Bach Air from Suite no.3 in D major, BWV 1068, arr. Iain Farrington
Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major, BWV 1048, arr. Iain Farrington
Reinhart Quartet in F minor for Saxophone Quartet
Lago Ciudades (selection):
Montevideo; Sarajevo and Herzegovina; Addis Ababa

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Jayne Walker Piano Trio

a lunchtime concert

on 05.12.2018

Piano Trio with David Butterworth (piano), Jayne Walker(violin) and Steven Halls (Cello) in their 3rd appearance at TRMS in Rickmansworth played-

Franz Schubert
Piano Trio No.2 in E flat

Joseph Rheinberger Variations from Suite in C minor for organ, violin and cello

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TRMS's History
TRMS Concerts
Purcell School (6)
TRMS Past Concerts


Galliard Ensemble
Bowes (violin) & Maier (piano)
John Donegan Jazz Sextet
Jayne Walker (violin) & Steven Halls (cello)Duet
Iain Farrington and John Reid piano duet
Jayne Walker Piano Trio


Purcell School (5)
The Maggini String Quartet (6)
John Donegan Jazz Sextet
Hallses & Moody Quartet
Peter Nall Chamber Ensemble
Louise Thompson Harp Recital
John Donegan Jazz Quartet
Purcell School (4)
Ferio Saxophone Quartet


Jayne Walker Piano Trio
Symphonia Academica (2)
Purcell School (3)
Maggini String Quartet (5)
Maggini String Quartet (4)
Gunning Speech on Rubbra's music
Thomas Bowes Violin Solo
Stokes (flute) & Lee (piano)
Butterworth Organ Recital
Julian Trevelyan piano
Purcell School (2)


Purcell School (1)
John Donegan's Jazz Quartet
The Sansara Consort
Maggini (3)
Uday Bhawalkar
What is Dhrupad?
Symphonia Academica
RYMY - 2017
Ashley Fripp
Donegan Jazz Trio
Maggini (2)
Sad news - David Angel's sudden death...
Nall & Ward

By the by
articles by David Budge

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