TRMS Past Concerts (2018)

Jayne Walker Piano Trio

Lunchtime Concert


Music from two of the 19th century's greatest musical prodigies

One of Franz Schubert’s lesser-known masterpieces was performed at a lunchtime concert in Rickmansworth on Wednesday, December 5.  

Schubert was fantastically prolific and composed more than 600 pieces of music before dying at the age of 31. He wrote operas, symphonies, masses, string quartets and hundreds of songs.

But his Piano Trio No 2 in E flat, which was written towards the end of his short life, is among his most astonishing achievements. It is rarely performed in concert halls but has featured on the soundtracks of some memorable films, such as The Piano Teacher, starring Isabelle Huppert, and Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.

TRMS's December lunchtime concert was given by the Midlands-based Jayne Walker Piano Trio, which has played for the society on two previous occasions.

The trio – Jayne Walker (violin), David Butterworth (piano and organ) and Steven Halls (cello) -- performed variations from another seldom-heard work, Josef Rheinberger’s Suite in C minor for organ, violin and cello. This highly original composition is one of very few pieces written for this unusual combination of instruments.

Although little known today, Rheinberger displayed his musical precocity at an even younger age than Schubert. He was only seven when he became the parish church organist in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, and he caused a sensation by composing a Mass one year later.

Rheinberger went on to become a music professor in Munich and taught some of the most famous German musicians of the late 19th and early 20th century, including the conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler.

The concert took place on Wednesday 5 December 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Piano Trio No.2 in E flat op.100 D929-
1. Allegro;  2. Andante con moto;  3. Scherzando: Allegro moderato;  4. Allegro moderato

Joseph Rheinberger (1839-1901) Variations from Suite in C minor op.149, for organ, violin and cello

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Symphonia Academica (2)

Evening Concert


Women composers finally get much-deserved hearing

  Doreen Carwithen  

Two works by unfairly neglected women composers featured in the lastThree Rivers Music Society concert in Rickmansworth on Wednesday, November 21.

Symphonia Academica, one of the country’s most versatile chamber ensembles, performed string quartets by Doreen Carwithen and Fanny Mendelssohn, older sister of the more celebrated Felix.

Buckinghamshire-born Doreen Carwithen studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and went on to write the scores for more than 30 films in the late 1940s and 1950s – many of which were shot at Rank’s Denham Studios.

She also composed the music for Elizabeth is Queen, the official film of the 1953 coronation, as well as two prizewinning string quartets. But as music publishers at that time were very reluctant to publish work by women, she went into premature retirement in the early 1960s after setting up home with her future husband, the composer William Alwyn.

Like her brother, Fanny Mendelssohn was a musical prodigy. She composed more than 460 pieces of music during her relatively short life but she too found that her gender ruled out a career as a composer. Even her father is said to have told her: "Music will perhaps become his [Felix's] profession, while for you it can and must be only an ornament."

The November 21 concert included rare performances of Doreen Carwithen’s String Quartet No.1, which was admired by Vaughan Williams, and Fanny Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E flat. Symphonia Academica also played Arthur Bliss’s Oboe Quintet Opus 21 and Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings.

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Symphonia Academica (1) 11.2018

Symphonia Academica (2) 11.2018


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Purcell School (3)

lunchtime concert


The Purcell School students performed solo trumpet, cello, flute, piano and violin recitals in this lunchtime concert.

Wednesday 10 October 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Gregson – Trumpet Concerto
Allegro giusto
Max Labazzi – trumpet
Sollima – Lamentatio for solo cello
Davidoff – At the Fountain
Rhys Herbert – cello
Burton – Sonatina for Flute and Piano
Simone Qiu - flute
Ravel – La Valse
Yumeka Nakagawa – piano

In the audience were the year 6 pupils from Arnett Hills JMI School in Rickmansworth.

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The Maggini Quartet (5)

evening concert



The marvellous Magginis came to Rickmansworth again for their 5th concert for TRMS featuring

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)  String Quartet in A op.20 no.6

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) String Quartet No.1 in G minor

Felix Mendelssohn  (1809-1847) String Quartet No.1 in E flat op.12

with a Pre-concert talk by Dr. Steven Halls

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The Maggini Quartet (4)

evening concert


The Magginis returned with their wonderful string music for a packed Rickmansworth audience

The marvellous Magginis concluded our 2017/2018 season with their concert for TRMS featuring Haydn's Quartet in B flat op.55 no.3; Edmund Rubbra's Quartet No.3 (1963) and Schubert's Death and the Maiden quartet.

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Edmund Rubra

The man & his music

June 8 Concert

Christopher Gunning gave a pre-concert talk on Rubbra's music to a packed audiance

The final concert of Three Rivers Music Society’s 2017-18 season shone a much-needed spotlight on an English composer who is unknown to many of today’s concertgoers.

Although Edmund Rubra’s music fell out of fashion about 50 years ago, some argue that he was one of the most significant British composers of the 20th century.

On Friday, June 8 the hugely popular Maggini Quartet underscored the importance of the Gerrards Cross composer’s work with a memorable performance of his Third String Quartet.

Their concert in Rickmansworth’s Baptist Church, which also included works by Haydn and Schubert, was attended by Rubbra’s younger son, Adrian Yardley, a music librarian who is currently working on his father’s archive.

The society was also delighted to welcome one of Rubbra’s most distinguished students, Christopher Gunning, who lives in Rickmansworth.

Gunning, a multi-award-winning composer of film and television scores, gave the pre-concert talk in which he offered insights into Rubbra’s music, his personality and his teaching style.

A prolific composer of instrumental and vocal works, Rubbra was highly respected by major musical figures such as Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Adrian Boult.  His fame was at its peak in the mid-20th century but his name had been almost forgotten by the time of his death in 1986.

Christopher Gunning with Adrian Yardley- Rubbra's son.

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Thomas Bowes

solo violin recital

part of his Bach Pilgrimage


Tom Bowes undertook his second 'Pilgrimage' travelling through Europe performing some of J. S. Bach's sublime compositions of some of his partitas and sonatas.

The picture shows Tom Bowes explaining in his pre-concert talk the background to Johan Sebastian Bach's music, insight into what Bach's approach might have been, his family circumstances at the time and his prolofic music writing that is so complete in every aspect of music making such as the melody, the structure, dynamics, rhythm, tempo and the clear methodical discipline with mathematical accuracy that Bach's music shows in variations on the main theme within the melody.

Tom Bowes played
Partita no 3 in E Major BWV 1006 (Preludio, Loure, Gavotte en Rondeaux, Menuet I, Menuet II, Menuet I da capo, Bourée, Gigue)

Sonata no 2 in A minor BWV 1003 (Grave, Fuga, Andante, Allegro)

Partita no 2 in D Minor BWV 1004 [Allemanda, Corrente, Sarabanda, Giga, Ciaccona (Chaconne)]
Tom Bowes's solo violin Bach's music was not only sublime and wonderful but it also kept the TRMS audience spellbound.

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Stokes (flute) & Lee (piano)

Evening Concert


We had a thrilling and memorable flute recital on Wednesday, 18th April 2018 by Anna Stokes (flute) and Wai-Yin Lee (piano). It featured a programme ranging from Fauré's Fantaisie to C.P.E. Bach  ‘Hamburg’ Sonata and taking in a virtuoso Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ the French Romantic School along the way.  Anna Stokes has worked with numerous orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Her 2014 CD entitled 'Luminance - Solo & Duo Works for flute and piano', released under Champs Hill Records, was chosen as 'Classic FM CD of the Week' and David Mellor's Album of the Week (5 Star Review) in the 'Mail on Sunday'.

Wai-Yin Lee was born in Hong Kong, and obtained her undergraduate degree in Piano from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). In 2000, she was awarded a two-year full scholarship from the Royal College of Music in London to do a postgraduate study in piano performance, she then went on to study a Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Following this Wai-Yin pursued her studies as a repetiteur on a City Educational Scholarship. She then was awarded a fellowship at the GSMD in 2007, and in the same year was also invited to join the prestigious National
Opera Studio as a part-time repetiteur trainee. She is now currently working at the Royal College of Music as a repetiteur for the Opera School, and also as an official accompanist for the RCM entrance exams.

The programme on Wednesay, 18th April 2018 at 7.30 PM included -

Fauré Fantaisie op.79
C.P.E. Bach ‘Hamburg’ Sonata in G
Godard Three-Piece Suite('Suite de Trois Morceaux’)
Drigo Serenade
German Romance
Chaminade Concertino op.107
Taktakishvili Sonata
Clarke The Great Train Race for solo flute
Borne Fantaisie Brillante on Bizet’s ‘Carmen’

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David Butterworth

solo organ recital


David Butterworth Organ Concert replaced the previously planned Walker, Maguire, Butterworth & Halls concert

David was expecting to play piano in the Walker, Maguire, Butterworth & Halls lunchtime concert at Rickmansworth Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 21.

However, when the quartet’s viola player, Anna Maguire, injured her shoulder and was told she would have to rest it for two months, David immediately agreed to give a solo recital on the church's organ rather than see the concert cancelled.

David, a former organ scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, has given recitals at Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, King's College, Cambridge, and many other important venues.

His programme featured some of the finest compositions ever written for the organ. They included Charles-Marie Widor’s exuberant Toccata from Symphony No. 5, which has been played at thousands of weddings, and other favourite pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and William Walton.


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Programme Details

Fanfare in D Jacques Lemmens (1823 - 1881)

Chorale preludes on ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’ S. 659 / 661
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

Three pieces
from incidental music
to Richard III
March - Elegy - Scherzetto - March
Sir William Walton
(1902 - 1983)

Sonata no. 5 in D
Andante - Andante con moto - Allegro maestoso
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 - 1847)

Sortie in B flat
Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély
(1817 - 1869)

Mozart Changes (1995)
Zsolt Gárdonyi (born 1946)

‘Great’ Prelude and Fugue in G, S. 541
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

Two pieces:
Andante sostenuto  (Symphonie Gothique)
Toccata (Symphony no. 5)
Charles-Marie Widor
(1844 - 1937)

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Julian Trevelyan

in Rickmansworth


Solo piano recital by an exceptionally talented local young musician

Julian Trevelyan played sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven and other works by Ravel, Granados, Brahms, Ligeti, Chopin and Debussy and also Prelude for Vova, by English composer Howard Blake, best known as Walking in the Air, from The Snowman

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Purcell School (2)



Lunchtime recital by star pupils from the Purcell School

Some of the country’s most accomplished teenage musicians displayed their talents at a lunchtime recital in Rickmansworth on Wednesday, 7 February .

Ellen Wilkinson played Albinoni's Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op.9 No.2
The concert was given by four students from the Purcell School, Bushey, Britain’s oldest specialist school for talented young musicians.
Eugenie Dalgleish

The students performing at the Three Rivers Music Society concert were Ellen Wilkinson (oboe), Chris Price (tuba), Francesca Lauri (piano) and Eugenie Dalgleish (violin).

The concert was attended by Year 6 pupils from Holywell Primary School in West Watford. They not only enjoyed the concert but also enjoyed the talk with the performers after the concert.

Chris Price
Eugenie Dalgleish played Scerzo from Brahms's F-A-E Sonata in C minor

Chris Price played Complex, from Per Tuba ad Astra by Derek Bourgeois

Francesca Laurie
Francesca Laurie played Chopin’s Fantaisie in F minor, op. 49.

The next Purcell School TRMS Lunchtime concert will be solo Organ recital with Bach's organ music. Details to follow soon.

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