Important Message


Ash Patil

Chair @TRMS

TRMS 2024 Season

ended with a celebration of Bach's music

AFTERNOON CONCERTS at 1.00pm and 2.30pm
by Purcell School Students


harpsichord solo by Julian Perkins

on 25.03.2024

TRMS celebrated Birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach
at Baptist Church, Rickmansworth
on 25.03.2024

No new concerts for the rest of 2024 are being planned

Statement from the Chair

Dear Friends of TRMS
I have an update for you with regard to the future of our music society. It is my intention to call an Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 3rd September 2024 3.00pm This will be a hybrid meeting also available via Zoom and for those who wish to attend the meeting in person, the address to come to will be communicated in good time for the meeting along with the agenda.

The meeting will be attended by all trustees and the subscribers and patrons are invited to attend (RSVP only; please confirm by email).

Ash Patil

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TRMS's recent concerts & AGM

A celebration of Bach's music

by Purcell School Students

by Julian Perkins

held at the Baptist Church
Monday, 23.03.2024

Bowing out with a day of Bach

The finale of TRMS's 2023-24 season was perhaps the most remarkable day of music-making that the society has ever staged.

The three recitals held in Rickmansworth Baptist Church on Monday, March 25 were timed to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach, who entered this world in late March,1685.

The concerts also marked the anniversary of TRMS's founding in 1976 and the much-regretted departure of the society's programme director, Dr Steven Halls, who has helped to attract several of top-class musicians to our concerts since 2016 and provided programme notes for every concert.

During the two afternoon recitals, six brilliant young sixth-formers from the Purcell School in Bushey, the country's oldest music school, played all the suites that Bach wrote for the unaccompanied cello.

Pablo Casals, the great Spanish cellist, apparently practised the six suites for 13 years before playing them in public. The Purcell students did not have that luxury but they offered their audience some remarkably sensitive and mature interpretations nonetheless.

In the evening, Julian Perkins, artistic director of the Cambridge Handel Opera, gave a bravura performance of the Goldberg Variations, perhaps the most ambitious composition ever written for the harpsichord.

Each recital was preceded by a witty talk by Dr Halls that sketched out the highlights - and lowlights - of Bach's life and career, while also dispelling some dogged misconceptions and offering up some surprising facts.

No, it's not really likely that Bach wrote the Goldberg Variations to help cure a Polish count's insomnia, he said. That is almost certainly an apocryphal tale. But yes, it is true that Bach was imprisoned for a month when he agreed to take a post with Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Kothen without asking for permission to leave another nobleman's service.

It seems incredible that anyone could have treated the immortal Bach so disrespectfully. But we have the consolation of knowing that our March 25 recitals may have helped - in a very small way - to make up for the indignity he experienced more than 300 years ago.

contribution by David Budge...

Suite No.1
in G major BWV1007

Suite No.2
in D minor BWV1008

Suite No.3
in C major BWV1009

Suite No.4
in E flat major BWV1010

Suite No.5
in C minor BWV1011

Suite No.6
in D major BWV1012

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Piano Voice Duet

Alexandra Lowe-soprano

Emma Abbate-piano

held at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church
Monday, 12.02.2024

Classical music was once seen as an all-male, and largely German-speaking, club. But as the latest Three Rivers Music Society concert in Rickmansworth demonstrated, those days were well and truly over.

The guest artists - soprano Alexandra Lowe and pianist Emma Abbate - presented an evening of 'Women in Song', devoted to songs written for, by and about women.

Alexandra was recently described by The Times as "stunningly assured and superbly expressive" while Emma has been hailed as "amazingly talented" by the leading Italian music magazine, Musica.

Their concert on Monday, February 12 included some works by male composers - Claude Debussy, George Bizet and Richard Strauss - but the majority of the programme will be given over to songs written by 19th and 20th-century female composers.

The best known of them, Nadia Boulanger, taught many of the leading male composers and musicians of the 20th century. Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, Astor Piazzolla and Daniel Barenboim were among her students.

The music was received enthusiastically by the loyal and discerning audience at the Baptist Church concert on Monday February 12.

Alexandra Lowe-soprano

Emma Abbate-piano

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Evening Jazz Concert

John Donegan

His Sextet

held at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church
Monday, 15.01.2024

One of the acclaimed jazz pianist and composer John Donegan along with his sextet performed from his recently publishe dalbum called Light Dreams

The music was received enthusiastically by the loyal and discerning audience at the Baptist Church concert on Monday Jan 15.

Riley Stone-Lonergan
Tenor/Soprano Saxophone

Steve Fishwick
Trumpet and Flugelhorn

Jamie O'Donnell
Alto Saxophone

Matt Fishwick

Paul Jefferies

Riley Stone-Lonergan
John Donegan

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Evening Concert - Piano solo

Tim Horton

held at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church
Monday, 04.12.2023

From Pole to Pole - musically speaking

One of the country's leading classical pianists performed master works by Frederic Chopin at a concert in Rickmansworth on Monday, December 4.

Tim Horton, who has played at the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall and performed with major UK orchestras, introduced his audience to compositions by Chopin's fellow Pole, Karol Szymanowski.

Though less well known than Chopin, Szymanowski is highly regarded by many musicians. The conductor Sir Simon Rattle has described him as "one of the greatest composers of the 20th century".

The programme included two nocturnes and four scherzos by Chopin and three pieces by Szymanowski that were inspired by legendary figures: Scheherazade, the Arabian Nights storyteller; Tristan, the doomed lover of Isolde; and Don Juan, the legendary Spanish womanizer.

Tim Horton is a founder member of the internationally acclaimed Leonore Piano Trio and has been a regular guest pianist with the Nash Ensemble. This was his second performance for Three Rivers Music Society.

Contribution by David Budge

Tim Horton

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Evening Concert - Flute & Harp Duet

Daniel Ephgrave-flute


Valeria Kurbatova-harp

held at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church
Monday, 14.11.2023

Valeria Kurbatova on Harp and Daniel Ephgrave on flute played wonderful recitals for TRMS in the evening of Monday 14 November and delighted 50+ discerning local audience with sublime music by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Ravel.

Valeria Kurbatova

Daniel Ephgrave

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Evening Concert

by Symphonia Academica

led by Peter Bussereau

held at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church
Monday, 16.10.2023

Symphonia Academica Ensemble
Peter Bussereau and
Marcus Broome violins
Judit Kelemen viola
Jacqueline Phillips cello
Nicola Summerscales flute
Michael Briggs keyboard

They played -
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Symphony No.104 in D major "The London Symphony", arranged for Flute, String Quartet and keyboard by Johann Peter Salomon (1745-1815)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067
1. Ouverture; 2. Rondeau; 3. Sarabande; 4. Bourree; 5. Polonaise; 6. Menuet; 7. Badinerie
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Flute quartet in DK285
1. Allegro; 2. Adagio; 3. Rondeau
Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, arranged for string quartet by Joseph Kuffner (1776-1856)
Florence Price (1887-1953)
Andante Cantabile and Juba from String Quartet in A minor

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Afternoon Concert

by David(piano) and Steven(cello) Halls

with Daphne Moody(violin)

held at 1.00pm in the Baptist Church
Friday, 15.09.2023

Concert celebrating music by

Dimitri Shostakovich, Frank Bridge, David Halls

and Felix Mendelssohn

A first love immortalised in music
A piece of music that the Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich wrote for his first love when he was only 16 was played at an afternoon concert that Three Rivers Music Society held in Rickmansworth on Friday, September 15.

The astonishingly precocious Shostakovich entered St Petersburg's leading music school when he was only 13 but his studies were interrupted by tuberculosis three years later and he was forced to convalesce in a Crimean sanatorium. It was there that he met Tatyana Glivenko, the girl to whom he dedicated his Piano Trio No.1 after completing the work on his return to St Petersburg in 1923.

The concert was given by a trio who are popular with the music society's audience -- pianist and composer David Halls, director of music at Salisbury Cathedral, his cellist brother Steven, and violinist Daphne Moody.

Their concert also featured a set of three charming miniature compositions by Frank Bridge, Benjamin Britten's teacher, and a fourth miniature that David Halls recently wrote as a tribute to Bridge. This will be the first-ever public performance of this new work.

The other works on the concert programme were by Felix Mendelssohn (Piano Trio No.2 in C minor) and the 17th-century Italian violinist Arcangelo Corelli (Sonata in D minor).

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Evening Concert

by Thomas Bowes (violin)

narration by Dr Steven Halls

held at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church
Monday, 14.06.2023

Stunning performance by Britain's violin virtuoso

Thomas Bowes, one of the UK's top violin virtuosi, held the TRMS audience spellbound on Monday 12 June when he gave us only the second outing of his show Paganini - Mystery, Myth and Magic. Based on performances of the first twelve of the 24 Caprices for solo violin, op.1 ("'Utterly unplayable" was the consensus when they were first published in 1821), Tom gave fascinating insights on the technical challenges each presented, then executed them brilliantly.

The performances were dotted among a thoroughly researched and well written (again by Tom) account of Paganini's life, life, loves, setbacks and triumphs all over Europe. The Narrator was the TRMS Programme Director, Steven Halls, who added amusing asides to his clear and moving delivery. The final Question & Answer session gave a further reason to applaud Tom, who modestly accepted them on behalf of himself and Paganini. Definitely an unforgettable night.

Contribution by Sue Howse.

The Programme included -
From Paganini's 24 Caprices opus 1 in the following order of play:

Nos 10,3,1,2,12 and 5
Nos 9,4,7,8,11 and 6

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Evening Concert

by Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins

4 hands:1 piano

held at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church
Saturday, 13.05.2023

4 hands make light work of piano masterpieces

In Rickmansworth Baptist Church on Saturday, May 13, husband and wife pianists Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins gave a commanding classical performance not only as a good alternative to the Eurovision Song Contest but also was a superb display of agility, tonality and faultless co-ordination coupled with sublime music.

Emma and Julian presented 'Duality: four hands on one piano', a programme that included some of the finest compositions ever written for duetting musicians.

The Programme included -
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sonata for piano four hands in C Major K. 521
1. Allegro; 2. Andante; 3 Allegretto

John Field (1782-1837)
Variations in A minor on a Russian Air

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Fantasia in F minor, D.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Ma mere l'Oye 1. Pavane de la Belle au Bois dormant; 2. Petit Poucet;
3. Laideronnette; 4. Imperatrice des Pagodes;
5. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete; 6. Le jardin feerique

Amy Beach (1867-1944)
Summer Dreams, op.47
1. The Brownies; 2. Robin Redbreast; 3. Twilight;
4. Katy-dids; 5. Elfin Tarantelle; 6. Good Night

Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013)
Tournament for twenty fingers, part 2
1. Allegretto in F major; 2. Cradle Song; 3. A Bohemian Entertainment

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Evening Concert

by John Donegan Jazz Sextet

held at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church

Wednesday, 05.04.2023

The John Donegan Jazz Sextet played a selection of tunes from their recent albums.
Steve Fishwick, Trumpet
Alex Western-King, Tenor Saxophone
Jamie O'Donnell, Alto Saxophone
Paul Jefferies, Bass
Clark Tracey, Drums
John Donegan, Piano (Composer)

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A Lunchtime Concert

by Purcell School Students

held at 1.00 pm in the Baptist Church

Wednesday, 01.03.2023

A taste of classical music at lunchtime

Students from the Purcell School in Bushey, who are among the most talented teenage musicians in the UK, returned to Rickmansworth on Wednesday, March 1 to give another of their hugely popular lunchtime recitals.

The Purcell School is the country's oldest specialist music school and it has produced no fewer than three recent winners of the BBC Young Musician competition.

This will be the ninth in a remarkable series of concerts that the school has given for Three Rivers Music Society.

The one-hour concert included music by Dvorak, Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninov, as well as works by two lesser-known composers, Marseille-born Henri Tomasi, one of the first conductors to perform on the radio, and Belgium's Eugene Ysaje, known as the "King of the Violin" in the early years of the 20th century.

Jacqueline playing Ysaje's Sonata No. 3 in D minor

Teodora playing Bach's Prelude and Fugue in c minor, WTC II, BWV 871 and Rachmaninoff's Prelude in b flat minor, Op.32 no.2

Yazdi playing Rachmaninoff's Prelude Op.32 No.1 in C Major and Chopin's Polonaise in A-Flat Major Op. 53 No. 6

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Three Rivers Music Society

held at 2.15pm in the Baptist Church

Wednesday, 01.03.2023

TRMS AGM took place on Wednesday 1 March at 2.15pm

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A Lunchtime Concert

by Purcell School Students

held at 1.00 pm in the Baptist Church

Wednesday, 07.12.2022

The Purcell School once again provided a selection of their supremely gifted pupils at TRMS's final concert of 2022. A large audience, including 40 extremely well-behaved pupils of Shepherd Primary School at Mill End, were entertained first by Tessa Ractliffe on the Saxophone, an instrument rarely heard in the concert hall. Movements from the JS Bach Sonata in C major BWV 1033 originally for flute were followed by a movement from Lawson Lunde's intriguing Sonata for Saxophone.

Even rarer at TRMS than the Sax is the Accordion, and it was a treat watching and listening to the Russian accordionist Mikhail Pankinion tackle the Second Sonata by Zolotaryov, like Lunde, a composer never before encountered at a TRMS concert, and the playing and the work itself delighted everybody.

Two pianists followed, playing widely contrasting works: Anastasia Gould tackling Ravel's impressionistic Jeux d'Eau with atmospheric finesse followed by Zev Sebastian playing the first two movements of Beethoven's Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op.13, 'Pathetique', which was written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old. The enthusiastic applause clearly indicated the audience would have liked to hear the last movement as well.

Max Bruch's famous Kol Nidrei, op.47 for cello and piano was sensitively played by Ivanna Oliinyk and the concert was brought to a superb end by Shlomi Shahaf's virtuosic rendition of the Adagio and Fugue from JS Bach's Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor.

All in all, a fitting end to our first full post-Covid season, and the presence of performers from both Russia and Ukraine lent a poignancy to the event, showing once more that music transcends national boundaries.

contribution by Steven Halls.

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Verona Maier

Evening Piano recital on
Wednesday 16 November 2022

On the rain-soaked evening of Wednesday 16 November, the Romanian pianist Verona Maier did Romania and its music a great service on her return visit to TRMS with a beautifully judged, well-planned and superbly executed recital specially prepared for the Society. Following the wonderful recital for us with the violinist Thomas Bowes in October 2021, Verona was immediately engaged to deliver this solo recital in 2022.

Entitled Dancing with Bach to Bucharest and Back, not one of the works played had ever before been presented to a TRMS audience in its over 40 - year existence.

Bookending with two dance suites by JS Bach, the French Suite in G major BWV 816, and the Partita No.1 in B flat major BWV 825,...


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John Donegan Jazz Sextet

Evening concert on
Wednesday 19 SOctober 2022

Chorleywood jazz pianist who creates melodies that linger

Modern jazz pianist and composer John Donegan, one of the star performers at this autumn's international jazz festival in Limerick, brought his highly rated sextet to Rickmansworth on Wednesday, October 19.

The sextet performed some of the stand-out tracks from two of John's most recent albums at a concert organised by TRMS.


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Maggini String Quartet

Evening concert on
Friday 29 September

On Friday 29 September we welcomed the internationally famous Maggini String Quartet for the 7th time.


They played Beethoven (Quartet in C Minor Op.18 No.4), John Ireland (Quartet no. 1 in D Minor) and Dvorak (String Quartet in A flat op.105) followed by encore - Mozart's String Quartet No 17 in B flat major K 458, which is nicknamed 'The Hunt' as encore. This was the fourth of the quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn. It dates from 1784.


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Purcell School Students

lunchtime concert on
Wednesday 29 June

Musical talent at young age

On Wednesday 29 June we welcomed Purcell School Students for the 7th time.


Their extraordinary talent and musical ability never ceases to amaze and impress the discerning Rickmansworth audience.


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Samuel Bristow

lunchtime organ concert on
Thursday 29 May

A rare treat

on Thursday 26 May we welcomed that seldom-seen creature, an organist, to play in one of our lunchtime concerts. Samuel Bristow, now of Salisbury Cathedral and formerly from St. Paul's is more used to the mighty (and recently gloriously refurbished) Willis organ in Salisbury's vast acoustic, but he produced colour and variety on the Baptist Church's much more modest instrument, making light of any deficiencies of the instrument and giving us a performance to savour.

Commencing majestically with two Bach masterpieces, the Prelude and Fugue in C minor and the Chorale Prelude 'Schmucke dich', he moved onto rarities by Wolfgang Mozart: the Fantasie in F minor and his own Chorale Prelude arrangement of 'Ach Gott vom Himmel' from The Magic Flute. It was disarming to hear a virtuoso admitting the technical difficulty of these works, which latter was not apparent at all to my ears, so he must have overcome them with ease.

Felix Mendelssohn's Organ Sonata in D was a fine conclusion to the first, 'serious' half of the programme which was made more notable by Samuel's fluent and expert introductions to the works in the concert.


contribution by Steven Halls...

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Symphonia Academica

afternoon concert on
Saturday 2 April

Symphonia Academica came back to TRMS, Rickmansworth for the 3rd time and put on another exhilarating performance including Interpretation of Four Seasons by two composers almost 300 years apart..

The Programme included Vivaldi's Four Seasons successively intermingled with Piazzolla's Buenos Aires version of Four Seasons. They ended their performance with two short pieces of encore.

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Daphne Moody (violin) Steven Halls (cello) David Halls (piano)

afternoon concert on
Wednesday 9 March

Daphne and David appeared in October 2019 to begin the cycle of Dvorak's piano trios and returned to TRMS, Rickmansworth with the more tragic No.2. David is Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral and received national media attention with his organ playing for the queues receiving their Covid jabs in the Cathedral.

The Programme included Vivaldi's Sonata in C minor for Violin, Cello and Continuo, Bridge's Three Miniatures Set, David Halls's Quodlibet on Bridge's Miniatures and Dvorak's Piano Trio in G minor.

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Rachel Roberts (viola) & Tim Horton (piano)

played at an afternoon concert

on Wednesday 26 February

On Saturday 26th February 2022, we welcomed for the first time to our series the violist Rachel Roberts accompanied by the pianist Tim Horton. Rachel is Professor of Viola at Guildhall School of Music and Drama who has given masterclasses at the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme, Dartington International Summer School, Chethams School of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

They began their recital with Robert Schumann's Marchenbilder, and gave characterful interpretations of these widely differing works.

They then tackled a work never before heard in our series, the Sonata for Viola & Piano in F min. op.120 no.1 by Johannes Brahms. One of the pieces composed in a final flare of creativity, this work was beautifully delivered, with a heart-stopping slow movement.


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Wednesday, 01.12.2021

The Three Rivers Music Society's AGM was held in the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH on Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 12.00 noon.

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A Lunchtime Concert

by Purcell School Students

held at 1.00 pm in the Baptist Church

Wednesday, 01.12.2021

We at TRMS finished our 2021 concerts on Wednesday 1st December, when the Purcell School presented a concert in a different format from previously: instead of solos with their School accompanist, the marvellously talented pupils took the reins themselves, starting with the string quartet of Yinong Xiao and Maria Noskova (violins), Elsa Rapisarda (viola) and Tianao Pan (cello) performing the first two movements of Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F Major. Starting a little nervily, they really hit their stride in the second movement and we were left regretting they did not play the complete work.

The same musicians were then joined by clarinettist Lily Payne to perform one of Johannes Brahms' last works, the piercingly beautiful first movement from his Clarinet Quintet in B minor. It might have been the stage layout but the balance was less than ideal making it difficult to hear throughout the excellent playing of Lily Payne, but it is always lovely hearing such musicians tackling one of the pinnacles of the chamber music repertoire.

Tha advertised programme ended with an immensely stylish and bravura performance by Zaki Osahn (clarinet) and Djordje Jovanovic (piano) of Darius Milhaud's three-movement Scaramouche, the final Brasileira drawing enthusiastic applause.


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As a delightful unexpected addition to the concert, Momo Alnajjar modestly sat at the piano and stunningly played Chopin's Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor. Again, the applause was long and loud.

The concert ended with the young people from Arnett Hill School, Rickmansworth - and some of the more senior audience - enjoying a question & answer session with the friendly young musicians.

article written by Dr. Steven Halls

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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.

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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.

This evening concert was held in the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH on Saturday 29 February. There was also a pre-concert talk.

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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


Statement from the Chair
TRMS Past Concerts


Bach Celebration
Lowe & Abbate Duet
John Donegan Sextet (8)


Tim Horton Piano solo
Harp & Flute Duet
Symphonia Academica (4)
Hallses & Mooody trio (3)
Thomas Bowes (3)
Emma Abbate & Julian Perkins
John Donegan Jazz Sextet (7)
Purcell School (9)
Sad news - Christopher Gunning's death...


Purcell School (8)
Verona Maier (2)
John Donegan Sextet (6)
Maggini Quartet (7)
Purcell School (7)
Organist Samuel Bristow
Symphonia Academica
Hallses & Moody trio (2)
Roberts & Horton


Purcell School (6)
Galliard Ensemble
Bowes (violin) & Maier (piano)
John Donegan Jazz Sextet (5)
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 (4)
Hallses & Moody Quartet (1)
Peter Nall Chamber Ensemble
Louise Thompson Harp Recital
John Donegan Jazz Quartet (3)
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 (2)
The Sansara Consort
Maggini (3)
Uday Bhawalkar
What is Dhrupad?
Symphonia Academica
RYMY - 2017
Ashley Fripp
Donegan Jazz Trio (1)
Maggini (2)
Sad news - David Angel's sudden death...
Nall & Ward

By the by
articles by David Budge

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Gioconda de Vito
tinkling the "ivories"

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Gunning Speech on Rubbra's music
Sound of Music best heard in Watford
Rosa Newmarch - a truly unforgettable woman
Gilbert loved Harefield
Janacek's "fairy tale" visit to Chorleywood

Previous articles

Sir Andrew Davis's journey
Strange link between Delius and Fanny Cradock
Arnold Bax's brief exile in Rickmansworth
Composers on the train to Rickmansworth
Musician's chapel
Sir Henry Wood
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