2017 - 18  SEASON



A warm welcome to our 2017-18 season!  It barely seems possible that the Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts have been going for fifteen years, and it's thirteen years since we moved to the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church. Following structural work we're now back there - with magnificent new facilities - and I'm proud to be able to introduce you to the delights of what I think is one of our richest and most varied programmes yet!

I enjoy sharing with my Weymouth friends a few tastes of my work elsewhere, and this autumn I'm heavily involved with a unique festival in the Yorkshire Dales, presenting a weekend of British romantic chamber music under the umbrella of the English Music Festival.  I'm thrilled that we are presenting one of the programmes here in Weymouth, featuring one of today's  most distinguished British chamber music interpreters - Joseph Spooner.

Later in the season we extend an enthusiastic welcome to the colourful Belgian pianist and composer Ward de Vleeschouwer, whom I met on a European tour and whose repertoire is fascinatingly broad and eclectic. 

Cellist Hannah Sloane first played for us as a prizewinning 16 year old from the Junior Royal Academy of Music, and we have enjoyed several return visits from her during her studies at New York's Juilliard School.  Now back at the RAM as a staff member, she'll be with us in February for a recital of works by Poulenc and Britten.  

We've always made a point of giving a platform to young musicians, and in November we'll welcome a cohort of gifted soloists from the Music Department of the University of Southampton.

Playing chamber music with friends and colleagues is one of the great pleasures that I get from the Lunchtime Chamber Concerts, and I'll be joined once again by my colleagues in the Southampton Piano Trio - for Beethoven and Dvorak - and the Wessex Piano Quartet for the richly romantic Quartet by the Russian composer Taneyev.
Duncan Honeybourne

Please make sure the dates are in your diary now - and we look forward to your company!





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