TRMS Past Concerts (2020/21)

Purcell School Students (6)

Lunchtime Concert


Unquestionably exceptional musical ability at such a young age

The young students of Purcell School have such an extraordinary musical talent that if you close your eyes and imagine; you could be sitting in a London musical hall listening to any major concert by international artists.

TRMS is genuinely proud to have this special alliance with the Purcell School of Music

They played -

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) String Quartet in F Major
1. Allegro moderato. Tres doux, 2. Assez Vif. Tres rythme

Yinong Xiao (violin), Maria Noskova (violin)
Elsa Rapisarda (viola), Tianao Pan (cello)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Clarinet Quintet in B minor
1. Allegro

Lily Payne (Clarinet)
Yinong Xiao (violin), Maria Noskova (violin)
Elsa Rapisarda (viola), Tianao Pan (cello)

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) Scaramouche:
1. Vif, 2. Modere, 3. Brasileira

Zaki Osahn (clarinet), Djordje Jovanovic (piano)

Next Lunchtime concert of Purcell School Students is planned for Wednesday 29th June 2022.


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The Galliard Ensemble

A wind quintet

Evening Concert


Serious music can be great fun

One of Britain's leading chamber music groups, the Galliard Ensemble, performed in Rickmansworth on Saturday, November 13.

The Galliards are former BBC New Generation Artists who are renowned for both their high level of musical skill and their playfulness.

The wind quintet included
Kathryn Thomas flute
Owen Dennis oboe
Katherine Spencer clarinet
Richard Bayliss horn
Helen Storey bassoon
They played -
Mozart: Adagio & Allegro in F minor
Briccialdi: Quintet in D
McDowall: Subject to Weather
Berio: Opus Number Zoo
Ibert: Trois Pieces Breves
Beach: Pastorale
Ligeti: Six Bagatelles
Patterson: Westerly Winds, op.84


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Thomas Bowes (violin)


Verona Maier (piano)

Evening Concert

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.

In a concert for TRMS at the Baptist Church on October 6, to a discerning audience, they played some delightful and sublime music by Mozart and Brahms as well as a sonata by Enescu which was not only playful but had Romanian folk music as its soul. Everyone greatly enjoyed the concert and some of them also said "It probably was one of the best in the recent past put up by TRMS."

The Programme included Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791) Sonata in E minor for Violin & Piano K.304 followed by Johannes Brahms (18343-1897) Sonata No.1 in G major for Violin & Piano op.78 "Regensonate" and after the interval George Enescu (1881-1955) Sonata No.3 for Violin & Piano, op.25 (dans le caractere populaire roumain)

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

Evening Concert


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

The sextet performed 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 included some of the outstanding talents on the British jazz scene. At the Rickmansworth concert, John and his regular playing partner Paul Jefferies (double bass) was 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.


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Jayne Walker and Steven Halls

(violin/cello duet)

Lunchtime Concert


The programme included a duet by Beethoven's teacher, Johann Albrechtsberger, and the first public performance of a new work, Lento Cantabile, composed by David Halls, director of music at Salisbury Cathedral.

The younger brother of Steven Halls attracted international media attention earlier this year after a mass vaccination centre was set up in the 800-year-old cathedral. As people queued for their jabs, David Halls soothed their nerves by playing organ music by Bach and Handel - and a little Rodgers and Hammerstein.

The detailed programme was -

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Duets for Violin & Cello Nos 2 in F & 3 in G, BWV 803 & 804

Johann Albrechtsberger (1736-1809) Duet No.2 in F

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Duet for Violin & Cello in D, HobVI:D1

Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Fugue for Violin & Oboe

David Halls (b. 1963) Lento Cantabile for Violin & Cello
specially written for TRMS, first performance

Wolfgang Mozart (1757-1792) Duet for Violin & Cello in B flat K424

None of the works in the programme had ever been played before for the Three Rivers Music Society.


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Iain Farrington and John Reid

(piano duet)

Evening Concert


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

Lunchtime Concert


Female composer who proved that music has no gender - Clara Schumann

A piece of music that has come to symbolise women's struggle for gender equality was performed at a lunchtime concert in Rickmansworth on Wednesday, January 29. Clara Schumann, wife of the composer Robert Schumann, wrote her brilliant Piano Trio in G minor opus 17 in the 1840s - a time when women were expected to play, but not compose, music.

Clara, who was an outstanding concert pianist, also wrote choral music, solo piano pieces, a concerto and many songs but her work was never as highly regarded as her male contemporaries' compositions.

Today we like to think that such prejudices no longer exist. But as recently as 2015 the A-level music syllabus offered by Edexcel, Britain's biggest exam board, featured 63 male composers and not a single woman.

It took a petition organised by a 17-year-old London music student, Jessy McCabe, to help correct that balance - and now Clara Schumann's piano trio is one of five works by female composers that Edexcel candidates study.

The Three Rivers Music Society concert featuring Clara's best-known composition was given by a trio led by violinist Jayne Walker. She was accompanied by cellist Steven Halls and Chorleywood-based pianist Rosemary Venner.

The one-hour concert, which also included two trios by Joseph Haydn and Paul Juon, was performed at the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH to an enthusastic and loyal audience of over 70 people.

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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


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


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


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

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