TRMS Upcoming Concerts

A Jazz Concert

at 7.30 pm in the Baptist Church

on Wednesday September 22nd by

John Donegan Jazz Sextet

The highly regarded John Donegan Jazz Sextet will celebrate the return of live music with a concert in Rickmansworth on Wednesday, September 22.

The sextet will perform some of the stand-out tracks from John's most recent releases - A Kite for Kate, which was dedicated to his youngest daughter, and Siamsa Vol.1and 2, two albums that were inspired by his native Ireland.

The Three Rivers Music Society audience will also get a preview of new compositions that the popular Chorleywood jazz pianist wrote during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

"The pandemic was a difficult time for everyone, not least myself," John said. "Not being able to play with other musicians and in front of an audience was a real loss. Performers feed off the reactions of the audience and their fellow instrumentalists. It's a musical conversation.

"However, the lockdowns also gave me an opportunity to be creative and I wrote sufficient material for two new sextet albums, a new Siamsa album (Vol. 3) and a fourth album - The Elegy Suite - in memory of all those artists who died during the pandemic. The first of these new albums should be recorded by the end of the year."

John's sextet includes some of the outstanding talents on the British jazz scene. At the Rickmansworth concert, John and his regular playing partner Paul Jefferies (double bass) will be joined by Alex Hitchcock (tenor sax), Jamie O'Donnell (alto and soprano sax), Steve Fishwick (trumpet and flugelhorn), and Steve's twin brother, Matt (drums).

Alex Hitchcock is an award-winning saxophonist and composer. His own quintet won the Conad Jazz Contest in Umbria, Italy, in 2018. Jamie O'Donnell, is a prolific composer who studied at the Guildhall School of Music. Steve Fishwick has been lauded by Wynton Marsalis, the great American trumpeter, who said: "I can't think of another trumpet player that can do what he does." Matt Fishwick studied at the Royal Academy of Music and is now one of London's leading jazz drummers.

The September 22 concert will be held at the Baptist Church in High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH. It will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets via EventBrite and also at the door. Reduced price for members. Free entry for under-25s.

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An Evening Concert


Thomas Bowes (violin) & Verona Maier (piano)

at 7.30 pm in the Baptist Church

on Wednesday October 6th


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

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.

Tom's recording of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas was released in 2018 on the Navona label to great critical acclaim. Laurence Vittes in Gramophone Magazine noting it was 'deeply human-unusually communicative-a succession of miracles.' His 'Bach Pilgrimage' is a feature of every season and future events will take him all over the world. n 2019 Tom was given a 'Sebastian Award' by the Ars Ante Portas Civic Association of Bratislava, Slovakia for his 'Extraordinary contribution in maintaining public appreciation of the work of JS Bach'.

His concerto appearances in the UK, Germany and the USA have included highly praised performances of concertos by Elgar, Britten, Szymanowski and Walton.

Navona also released Tom's recording of the complete Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas in 2020. Critics noted a depth of interpretation and characterisation. The recording was nominated for the solo instrumental category of the International Classical Music Awards.

Between 1988 and 1993 Tom was the founding leader of the Maggini String Quartet and together with his wife, the composer and pianist Eleanor Alberga, formed the duo Double Exposure in 1995. The duo toured extensively with concerts and broadcasts in the USA and Europe and together they made a major tour of China in 1997, winning the hearts of their audiences wherever they played. They returned to China in November 2019.

Tom had been a constant advocate of Alberga's music and has given first performances of many of her works including her two violin concertos. With the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conducted by Joseph Swensen, a world premiere recording of both concertos is due for release on the Lyrita label in late 2021.

Between 2003 and 2015 Tom was the Artistic Director of the Langvad Chamber Music Jamboree in Denmark. More recently, with Alberga, he founded the music festival 'Arcadia' in north Herefordshire, England.

Tom is privileged to own and play a violin by one of the great Cremonese makers - a splendid 1659 Nicolo Amati.

Verona Maier is a 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.

Verona began her piano studies from the age of six at the Music and Fine Arts School No.2 in Bucharest, going on to graduate in 1980 the "George Enescu" Music High School, where she studied under professors Maria Spirescu, Maria Zaharescu and Angela Marbe. She furthered her education at the Music University of Bucharest, graduating in 1984. Six years later, she was appointed University Professor for Chamber Music at The National University of Music in Bucharest. In 2006 she gained summa cum laude her doctorate with the thesis "Spontaneous tempo options in J. S. Bach's Well Tempered Clavier". She has made many recordings for Romanian National Radio and appeared many times on Romanian National Television.

An interesting strand to her career has been to act as musical advisor for several Romanian cinema and TV movies: "Moara lui Califar" ("Califar's Mill"), with ?erban Marinescu (1986), "O vara de neuitat" ("An Unforgettable Summer") with Lucian Pintilie (1994), "Craii de Curtea Veche" ("Ancient Court Philanderers") with Mircea Veroiu (1996), "Scrisorile prietenului" ("Friend's Letters") with Mircea Veroiu (1997). Since 2013 Verona Maier has been a member of the Romanian Film Association and, as well as serving on the juries of many international piano competitions, she has also been a judge at film and theatre festivals.

She has given recitals in Romania, Italy, Switzerland, France, Greece, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Greece, Spain , Portugal , Denmark, Poland, United Kingdom, Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway, Israel, Iran and Macedonia. She has also appeared with many orchestras as soloist or chamber musician and is a member of the Studio of Ancient Music chamber ensemble, playing harpsichord, organ and percussion.

Her repertoire covers chamber music for piano from Classicism to Romanticism to modern works. On the harpsichord and organ, she covers Early, Renaissance and Baroque music, as well as contemporary music. She has given world premiere for over 100 works, for piano solo, chamber music or piano concert.

Verona is currently Vice-Rector of the Bucharest National University of Music.

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A Wind Quintet

at 7.30 pm in the Baptist Church

on Saturday November 13th by

Galliard Ensemble

Former BBC New Generation Artists now in the 23rd year, the Galliard Ensemble is established as Britain's leading Chamber Groups, known for its virtuosic, entertaining and distinctive performance style and its recordings have been widely praised; the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone and BBC Radio 3 have all selected a Galliard Ensemble CD as "outstanding" or as Critic's Choice.

They will play -
Mozart: Adagio & Allegro in F minor
Briccialdi: Quintet in D
McDowall: Subject to Weather
Bario: Opus Number Zoo
Ibert: Trois Pieces Breves
Beach: Pastorale
Ligeti: Six Bagatelles
Patterson: Westerly Winds, op.84
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Members & Patrons 14.00 5.00

John Donegan Sextet
Bowes & Maier Concert

Non-members 16.00 6.00
All under the age of 25* Free
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TRMS's History
TRMS Concerts
John Donegan Jazz Sextet
Bowes (violin) & Maier (piano)
Galliard Ensemble
Purcell School (6)
TRMS Past Concerts


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)
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