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Quatuor Danel

Dec 5, 2018

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Trio Volant

Feb 13, 2019

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Kosmos Ensemble

Mar 13, 2019

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Variations on a Russian Folk Song: each variation is by a different composer: Artsibushev, Scriabin, Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Liadov, Wihtol, Blumenfeld, Ewald, Winkler and Sokolov
Shebalin: String Quartet No. 5 in F minor, Op. 33 “Slavonic”
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”

Quatuor Danel

Dec 5, 2018

The Quatuor Danel was founded in 1991 and has been at the forefront of the international music scene ever since, with important concert performances worldwide and a row of groundbreaking CD recordings. The quartet is famous for their bold, concentrated interpretations of the string quartet cycles of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, and Weinberg.

Their lively and fresh vision on the traditional quartet repertoire has delivered them subsequent praise from public and press. The other part of their force lies in the collaboration with major contemporary composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Helmut Lachenmann, Sofia Gubaidulina, Pascal Dusapin Jorg Widmann and Bruno Mantovani.

Since 2005, the Quatuor Danel has been quartet in residence at the University of Manchester, where they uphold a tradition of coaching and collaborations with world-renowned musicologists.

Picture courtesy of Marco Borggreve.


Rossini: Barber of Seville Overture
Beethoven: Trio in C Op. 87
Mozart: Divertimento No. 3 K.439b
Joseph Canteloube: Rustiques
Mozart: Voi che sapete from The Marriage of Figaro
Cecilia McDowall: Century Dances
Johann Strauss II: Perpetuum Mobile

Trio Volant

Feb 13, 2019

Trio Volant was formed in 2010 whilst all the members were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. The Trio regularly give formal recitals and lunchtime concerts in and around Manchester and the North West as well as further afield from Wales to Essex! Past engagements have included recitals for Buxton Festival, Huddersfield Music Society, Harlech Concert Society, amongst others. The Trio particularly enjoy the opportunity to perform the lesser known reed trio chamber music repertoire.

The individual members have a wealth of solo, chamber music and orchestral experience between them. Richard Beards is a busy freelance bassoonist and is in demand throughout the North West. Bea Hubble enjoys a varied career as a peripatetic teacher, animateur and freelance oboist. Tom Evans divides his time between instrumental teaching, performing as a freelance clarinettist and working as a Music for Health practitioner.


To be announced by the artists

Kosmos Ensemble

Mar 13, 2019

Kosmos Ensemble, music performed with: “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship.” - Richard Morrison, The Times. An inspirational combination of Tango, Gypsy, Balkan and Japanese music referencing Classical composers, with fearless improvisation and impeccable technique. Prepare to be intoxicated by entrancing dance rhythms, soulful improvisation and gypsy passion delivered with inimitable panache and virtuoso technique. All three members of Kosmos are soloists in their own right and have recorded concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Nova to critical acclaim.

Harriet Mackenzie is an international violinist, concerto soloist and chamber musician who has recorded concertos with a number of leading orchestras. Meg-Rosaleen Hamilton is a unique viola player specialising in world and folk music styles including Celtic, Romanian, Greek and Middle-Eastern music. Milos Milivojevic is a Serbian classical accordionist, winner of many international competitions and the prestigious Derek Butler London Prize at the Wigmore Hall.