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Friday, 30.09.2022


The Maggini Quartet

Evening concert


at 7.30 pm


7th time to TRMS, Rickmansworth

Led by Julian Leaper

The programme will include...

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Quartet in C Minor Op.18 No.4

John Ireland (1879 - 1962)
Quartet no. 1 in D Minor

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
String Quartet in A flat op.105

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The venue:
Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH
It will begin at 7.30 pm (pre-concert talk from 7.15 pm). Tickets £ 16 on the door incl. free concert programme. Reduced prices for TRMS Members/Patrons, online and advance booking. Free entry to all under the age of 25.

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Other 2022 concerts



Wednesday, 19.10.2022


John Donegan Jazz Sextet

evening concert


at 7.30 pm


6th time to TRMS, Rickmansworth

The programme details are being finalised.

The venue:
Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH
It will begin at 7.30 pm (pre-concert talk from 7.15 pm). Tickets £ 16 on the door incl. free concert programme. Reduced prices for TRMS Members/Patrons, online and advance booking. Free entry to all under the age of 25.

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Wednesday, 16.11.2022


Verona Maier

afternoon concert


at 3.00 pm


2nd time to TRMS, Rickmansworth

The programme details are being finalised.

The venue:
Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH
It will begin at 3.00 pm (pre-concert talk from 2.45 pm). Tickets £ 16 on the door incl. free concert programme. Reduced prices for TRMS Members/Patrons, online and advance booking. Free entry to all under the age of 25.

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Wednesday, 07.12.2022


Purcell School Students

lunchtime Christmas concert


at 1.00 pm


Exceptionally gifted and talented young students from this world-famous music school returning for the 8th time to the Three Rivers Music Society in Rickmansworth for a lunchtime Christmas concert .

As is customary, TRMS will invite 30 Year 6 boys and girls from a local primary school (at no cost). The aim is not only to familiarise them with the classical music but also to give them inspiration from the young students with remarkable musical ability from Purcell School who are not much older than themselves. Details about which school this will be to be announced soon.

The venue:
Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH
It will begin at 1.00 pm (pre-concert talk from 12.45 pm). Tickets £ 6 on the door incl. free concert programme. Reduced prices for TRMS Members/Patrons, online and advance booking. Free entry to all under the age of 25.


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TRMS's recent concerts & AGM


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.

THE TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS OF THE PURCELL SCHOOL RETURNED TO TRMS TO PLAY-

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.

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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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TRMS's AGM

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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An 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

performed

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)

performed

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)

11.12.2019

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)

29.11.2019

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

19.11.2019

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

26.10.2019

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

13.11.2019


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

03.052019

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

03.04.2019

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
Interval
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
Maggini Quartet (7)
John Donegan Sextet (6)
Verona Maier (2)
Purcell School (8)
TRMS Past Concerts

2022

Purcell School (7)
Organist Samuel Bristow
Symphonia Academica
Moody & Halls Brothers
Roberts & Horton

2020/21

TRMS AGM 2021
Purcell School (6)
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

2019

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

2018

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)

2017

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

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