Rosamunde Piano Trio – 17th November 2018

The final concert of 2018 will be held on Saturday evening, November 17th, at the usual time of 7pm.

It will be performed by one of our very favourite ensembles, the Rosamunde Piano Trio – Martino Tirimo (piano), Ben Sayevich (violin) and Daniel Veis (Cello).

The programme they have chosen is exceptional, and I’m sure you will make very effort to be there.

They will perform this special programme at King’s Place on 11th November, marking the exact 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The programme reflects that unique purpose and quality: two of the works are truly ‘war’ pieces, both written at the time of the First World War.

This is the programme:

  • Lili Boulanger – D’un soir triste (1918)
  • Shostakovich – Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67

INTERVAL

  • Casella – Pagine di Guerra Op.25 (1916)
  • Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No.2 in C minor Op.66

The Casella ‘Pages of War’ is for piano duet, which Martino will play with Atsuko Kawakami.
Lili Boulanger’s work was written at the age of 24 in 1918, shortly before her death.

Some brief notes on the major works:

  1. Those who have heard Shostakovich’s E Minor Piano Trio (composed in the last year of the second World War) will never forget that stark opening theme played entirely on the harmonics of the Cello strings, without a trace of vibrato, followed by the Violin, and then repeated “marcato” on the Piano. The second movement is a restless, frenzied dance, followed by the slow movement consisting of sombre melodic lines from all three instruments, fading into the “Dance of Death” finale that includes a Jewish melody quoted in Shostakovich’s famous String Quartet No. 8.
  2. The first three movements of Mendelssohn’s monumental Piano Trio No 2 in C Minor (composed exactly 100 years before the Shostakovich) are in the classical style of Allegro, Andante and Scherzo. The Finale is labeled “Allegro appassionato” and it includes a chorale melody associated the English tune “Old Hundredth” and Psalm 100 – sung to the lyrics “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” Bach used it extensively in his own Chorale Cantata BWV 130.

You will all agree that this promises to be one of Maxability’s most memorable evenings of 2018, and I recommend that you reserve your places as soon as you have checked your diaries. As usual, the concert will begin at 7pm, but you are free to arrive from 6.30 to reserve your place(s) and enjoy a pre-concert glass of wine or juice. The concert will finish before between 8.45 and 9.00, followed as usual by supper, with wine.

For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page.

Maxability’s courses include several techniques, giving you an all-purpose ceramic ‘toolkit’ that will enable you to make anything you can think of, from simple bowls, cups and plates to big vases and unique sculptural pieces.

Maxability’s courses include several techniques, giving you an all-purpose ceramic ‘toolkit’ that will enable you to make anything you can think of, from simple bowls, cups and plates to big vases and unique sculptural pieces. At one of the first sessions you can learn how to make a coilpot.
Here you can see how it is made by Maxability’s teacher- highly skilled and experienced ceramicist- Vinicius Les (Colour & Clay).

Join us, we still have spaces: Email bookings@maxability.org.uk
for more information, or just turn up!

Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis – 27th October 2018

We are delighted to welcome Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis for a return concert on 27 October, at the usual time of 7pm.

For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page.

Multi-award-winning folk musicians Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis first met at university in Brighton in 2010 and started performing around Brighton as a duo, playing folk and blues songs. They have become two of the most respected and innovative musicians on the British folk scene, and are the main songwriting partnership behind the hit folk band Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys.

They continue to play together throughout the UK at folk clubs, music venues and festivals, performing inventive interpretations of tunes and songs (in between humorous anecdotes and stories of their misadventures). An evening of most pleasurable musical entertainment is guaranteed!

You can find out more about them by visiting Sam Kelly’s website.

Sam and Jamie performed for Maxability a few years ago. The event proved so popular that, ever since, audience members have been entreating us to bring them back! The enforced cancellation of our previously scheduled ensemble has enabled us to oblige, and thankfully the lads were not booked to play elsewhere that night!

Their work has attracted numerous rave reviews. Here are just a few edited highlights:

About Sam Kelly:

‘What a beautiful singer. He has that really rare male voice, that soft-edged tone, you know those beautiful tenor voices of the 30’s and 40’s… it really draws you in.’
Kate Rusby, fRoots magazine (on the ‘next big thing’).

‘Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I’ve seen him perform live a few times and he’s amazing.’
Cara Dillon

‘I think this guy is absolutely brilliant…. His voice is beyond sublime.’
Mike Harding

‘Amazing, thrilling music.’
Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2 Folk Show

‘A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously… Check him out!’
Sean Lakeman

About Jamie Francis:

‘Fantastic banjo player’
Mike Harding, the Mike Harding Folk Show

‘Stealing the banjo from the clutches of Mumford and Sons’
Huey Morgan, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, BBC Radio 2

‘Exemplary Banjo’
Folkradio.co.uk

‘Superb banjo picking’
Folkall.blogspot.co.uk

Don’t take our word for it – have a look for yourselves!