Local concerts worthy of support

Publicity 2015/ 2016

The Oxshott and Cobham Music Society holds a winter series of six high quality professional concerts between September and March, each year. These are on Saturday evenings, at 8pm, (except in January when there is an early evening concert at 5.30pm), and are given at Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Claygate, KT10 OJP.

This year the 2015/ 2016 season, includes a cast of international musicians of great stature and repute, commencing on September 19, with the astonishing young Russian Violinist, Alexander Sitkovetsky, described as the “star of the new century,” by the musicians’ magazine “the Strad,” and as producing a “shatteringly magnificent performance” with “rivetting playing, …tense and compelling.” His programme includes works by Schubert and Schnittke, as well as the Prokofiev and Cesar Franck sonatas,- both pillars of the violin repertoire.

Along with two exceptional visiting Danish Chamber Music Ensembles, – (the Nightingale Quartet, and Trio Con Brio, Copenhagen) -there is also the astonishingly good Notus Winds Quintet Ensemble, – graduates of the Royal Academy and now awarded a one-year Fellowship at the Conservatory to promote their ensemble skills and explore further important repertoire in the field. Their programme is varied and includes a work by Danzi and the quintets of Nielsen and Francaix.

The youngest ever winner of the Leeds Piano Competition in 2008, Korean, Sunwook Kim, will give the first of the two Celebrity Recitals on February 6, 2016, at 8pm. He returns, now aged only 26, to play a recital which includes Beethoven’s monumental “Diabelli Variations.” Three days later he will perform the work in the new Parisian Concert Hall.

The second Celebrity recital will be given by Israeli Soprano, Chen Reiss on March 19, 2016 at 8pm.. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and a protegee of conductor Zubin Mehta, she comes direct from Vienna State Opera. She has sung at Carnegie Hall, in Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, London, Israel etc., and last December, at the request of the Pope, she sang Mozart in a performance recorded during a Christmas Mass, and broadcast around the world to an estimated 7 million viewers. Wonderful to hear, and stunning to look at, Chen Reiss is sure give immense pleasure to all.

Full details on the website: (www.ocms-music.org.uk). Concert tickets £17.00 (£20 for the Celebrity concerts), Students, 8-25 years, FREE with ID.   Subscription for six concerts, £72 (£70 if paid by the 1st September). A wonderful bargain and so close to home!

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