This Season’s Programme

Abbotsholme Arts Society
53rd Concert Season

Welcome to our 53rd season of concerts in the beautiful and intimate setting of Abbotsholme School on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire border.

We are particularly glad to be able to present concerts again after a long period of silence, and we hope that you will enjoy the artists we have chosen to perform for you.

We begin our season with the renowned soprano, Lucy Crowe, who grew up in Burton-on-Trent, and is now enjoying an international career in opera and on the concert platform. Her recital includes Richard Strauss’ voluptuous Four Last Songs, and the Berg Seven Early Songs – a veritable feast for the ears!

This season features young artists from the Royal Northern College of Music alongside established professionals. Abbotsholme has always prided itself on discovering new talent, and we are sure that Victor Lim and the Hillon Piano Trio, current students at the RNCM, are musicians whose careers are on the brink of great things.

Some names will be more familiar to our members: Martin Roscoe makes his welcome return to Abbotsholme, and the Brodksy Quartet are closing our season with one of Beethoven’s late, great, string quartets. And the internationally renowned violinist, Jack Liebeck, makes a welcome return to Abbotsholme with music of Beethoven and Fauré.

Our featured chamber ensembles this year include a quartet of principal players from the Hallé Orchestra, and the delightfully entertaining Four Girls Four Harps, with a programme of seasonal favourites for Christmas.

In these challenging times we have taken all precautions to make our concerts safe for audience and artists alike. This season’s concerts will be one-hour recitals with no interval, and we will be observing social distancing at all events.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Abbotsholme this season!

Simon Crookall
Artistic Director

  • Lucy Crowe with Anna Tilbrook

               Saturday 23 October, 2021 7:30 pm

    Born in Burton-on-Trent, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is now a Fellow. In recital she has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Mostly Mozart and Salzburg Festivals and the BBC Proms. Lucy has a vast discography. Her debut disc for Linn records with Anna Tilbrook featuring Berg, Strauss, and Schoenberg has just been released.

    Programme to include Richard Strauss’ voluptuous Four Last Songs and the Berg Seven Early Songs.

  • Martin Roscoe

               Wednesday 17 November, 2021 7:30 pm
    • Beethoven
      Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique'
    • Brahms
      Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
    • Wagner (arr. Liszt)
      Isolde's Liebestod
    • Liszt
      Sonetto Del Petrarca 104
    • Liszt
      Legend No. 2; St. Francis of Paule Walking On The Waves

    During his illustrious career, Martin Roscoe has become one of the UK’s most loved and respected pianists. With his extensive repertoire, consummate musicianship and immediate connection with audiences, he is in great demand as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. Martin appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall and has long-standing associations with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic and the BBC Scottish Symphony. A prolific recording artist, Martin has a distinguished discography and is one of the most broadcast pianists on BBC Radio 3.

  • 4 Girls 4 Harps

               Friday 10 December, 2021 7:30 pm

    Since their formation in 2000, 4 Girls 4 Harps have been heard in numerous venues and festivals in the UK and across Europe, delighting audiences with their dynamic performances and innovative repertoire. Harriet Adie, Keziah Thomas, Eleanor Turner and Elizabeth Bass are four harpists who have a shared goal of presenting new works and their own idiomatic transcriptions to show off the full scope of four concert harps. Many original works have been commissioned by the group, helping them to establish themselves as the leading harp ensemble in Europe.

    Their programme includes popular favourites, with a seasonal flavour!

  • Victor Lim

               Saturday 22 January, 2022 7:30 pm
    • Debussy
      Suite Bergamasque
    • Scriabin
      Sonata No. 4, Op. 30
    • Granados
      Valses Poeticos
    • Grieg
      Holberg Suite
    • Ravel
      La Valse

    Described as a pianist with ‘with great possibilities of nuance and perfect flexibility’ (Revista Arta), Victor Lim is establishing himself as one of the most versatile and creative musicians of his generation. Following his first public appearance in the televised BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2012, Victor has performed around the world in UK, France, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Romania, China, Singapore and South Korea. As a musician with tireless curiosity for all genres of music, Victor’s repertoire ranges from Rameau to Kapustin and his interest in new music has led to recent collaborations with Graham Fitkin and Stephen Hough. Victor is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with Kathryn Stott.

  • Jack Liebeck with Katya Apekisheva

               Friday 18 February, 2022 7:30 pm
    • Beethoven
      Violin Sonata No.1 Op. 12
    • Ysaye
      Poéme Elégiaque
    • Fauré
      Sonata No. 1

    Violinist, director and festival director Jack Liebeck, possesses “flawless technical mastery” and a “beguiling silvery tone” (BBC Music Magazine). Jack has been named as the Royal Academy of Music’s first Émile Sauret Professor of Violin and as the new Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 2022. Jack’s playing embraces the worlds of elegant chamber-chic Mozart through to the impassioned mastery required to frame Brett Dean’s award-winning violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing.

  • Hillon Piano Trio

               Saturday 19 March, 2022 7:30 pm
    • Beethoven
      Kakadu Variations Op 121a
    • John Ireland
      Piano Trio No 2
    • Beethoven
      “Archduke” Trio Op 97

    The Hillon Trio is an upcoming group of young performers at the Royal Northern College of Music. Enjoying a range of repertoire, they strive to find and revive hidden gems of the classical and romantic era and bring repertoire that is undeservedly and unjustly forgotten back into the spotlight.

  • Le Quatuor Hallé

               Sunday 3 April, 2022 3:00 pm
    • Moeran
      Fantasy Quartet
    • Mozart
      Oboe Quartet
    • Britten
      Phantasy Quartet

    Le Quatuor Hallé are all principal players at the Hallé Orchestra. Led by Principal Oboe, Stephane Rancourt, they combine their careers as orchestral musicians with an active schedule of chamber music.

  • Brodsky Quartet

               Wednesday 25 May, 2022 7:30 pm
    • Bach
      Sonata for Solo Violin G minor (arr. Paul Cassidy)
    • Borodin
      Scherzo
    • Beethoven
      String Quartet Op. 132

    Now in their 45th year, the Brodsky Quartet continue to strike that perfect balance between being masters of their craft, whilst keeping things fresh and innovative. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide.

    Photograph by Sarah Cresswell