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The four members of Tubalaté are Paul Walton and John Powell (euphoniums), Ryan Breen and Les Neish (tubas).

Music by:

  • Gorb
  • Nicklas Schmidt
  • JSBach
  • Buckland
  • Forbes
  • McQueen
  • Scott
  • Stevens and McGarr

Brass bands have been crucial in assisting many youngsters to develop an interest and expertise in music and this certainly applies to John Powell.

This evening’s concert showcases repertoire from the last 25 years, offering many different styles and sounds.

Piatti String Quartet

Artist Details

  • Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, violins
  • Michael Trainor, violins
  • David Wigrams viola
  • Jesse Ann Richardson cello

The highly recommended award winners and broadcasters who, in their own words, felt that they “have risen above trophy level”

Their programme included

  • Haydn Op 33 no.1,
  • Joseph Phibbs – String quartet no.1 (2014) and
  • Dvorak – Op.106

Zelkova String Quartet

Artist Details


  • Haydn
  • Janacek
  • Pavel Fischer

I went, with John Williamson, to RNCM for a special evening and came across this quartet; you may recognise one of its members because she came to Rhyl for a summer concert with a trio.

I heard her again recently at the Gold Medal event and am now delighted to have invited her String Quartet to visit us.

Many will know Janacek’s Intimate Letters Quartet but I doubt if another Czech composer, Pavel Fischer, will mean much to most of us.

Fischer, born 1965, founded the Skampa String Quartet and has written music based around Moravian folk themes in addition to his composing and teaching work.

Fischer has taught at RNCM and I suspect our Quartet mem-bers tonight will have worked on the Quartet with the composer himself.

Wu String Quartet

Artist Details

The Wu Quartet is now in demand at major music venues in both the UK and internationally.

They were 2nd prize-winners at a 2012 competition in the Netherlands.

The members are Qian Wu and Edward Brenton, violins, Matthew Kettle, viola, and Joe Zeitlin, cello.

They present a programme from the Classical and Romantic eras and in between, as part of the Benjamin Britten anniversary, they include work from the 20th century.

  • Haydn string quartet Op 77 no 1
  • Britten string quartet no 2
  • Dvorak string quartet Op 106

Mavron String Quartet

Artist Details

  • Christiana Mavron
  • Katy Rowe
  • Niamh Ferris
  • Lucy Simmonds
  • www.mavronquartet.co.uk

Their programme includes

  • Borodin String Quartet No 2
  • Korngold String Quartet
  • Part Fratres

Mavron is a Welsh quartet of 10 years standing; the quartet has enjoyed two residencies including the National Concert Hall of Wales.

The group is committed to music from varying eras and has commissioned a number of new works.

An important recent development is that the quartet has been chosen by the Concert Promoters’ Group of Making Music.

The programme contrasts well with the Ardeo concert from the autumn and club members may have the chance to find out about some music they never even knew existed.

For example a short piece by Arvo Part, and some music which appears in the film “”Kismet”: this film reference may tug a few chords in the audience.

Kosmos Ensemble

Artist Details

  • Harriet Mackenzie, violin
  • Meg Hamilton, viola
  • Shirley Smart, cello
  • with Milos Milivojevic, accordion

Internationally acclaimed trio Kosmos unites the rich texture of the string trio with the depth and integrity of traditional music from the Balkans and beyond.

With their inspiring fusion of folk music traditions from around the world, sophisticated jazz glides magically into wild gipsy fiddling, emotive Jewish music into hot-blooded tango, free improvisation into Arabic melody.

Performing highlights include a number of live radio broadcasts and festival appearances.

As well as writing their own original material, Kosmos enjoys collaborating both with composers and with other prestigious artists, not least of which is the international prize-winning accordionist for this evening, Milos Milivojevic.