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McLachlan family

  • W.A.Mozart: piano concertos 9, 12, 13, 14

Rose, Matthew, Callum and Murraydemonstrate their pianistic prowess in transcriptions of four of Mozart’s piano concertos and Elizaveta Saul brings her quartet with three ex-Chetham’s students who performed the Schumann Quintet recently.

We as a club offer them an unusual opportunity while they give us fantastic music.

McLachlan family and Chetham’s

  • Haydn Gypsy Rondo Trio,
  • Mozart Trio for clarinet, viola and piano,
  • Grainger Zanzibar Boat Song,
  • Schumann Quintet

Rose, Matthew and Callum return to us with a completely different kind of programme from their Beethoven Concerto cycle. Wind and string players from Chetham’s in the guise of Elizaveta Saul’s quartet will also take part in the concert.

This connection was made through the late John Williamson and I am delighted that we have been able to continue to invite students from Chetham’s to Rhyl.

Alexander Janiczek

Artist Details

  • Alexander Janiczek was accompanied by renowned pianist partner
  • Llŷr Williams.

North Wales’ own internationally acclaimed pianist joined the Austrian virtuoso in what has been described as a “perfectly attuned duo”.

Llŷr has become an artist of world-class significance and he and Alexander have been performing together in chamber music concerts and as a duo for many years across Europe.

After making their debut at the Wigmore Hall they have been invited to return there and will also perform in other major venues such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg where Alexander’s musical career began.

We were privileged to have not just one, but two, artists of such outstanding musical calibre with us in Rhyl.


  • Beethoven – Violin Sonata No.5 in F major “Spring Sonata”,
  • Schumann – Sonata for violin and piano No.1 in A minor, Op 105,
  • Brahms – Sonata for violin and piano No.2 in A major. Op 100

David Shaw Quartet

Artist Details

  • David Shaw and Roman Lytwyniw violins
  • Alex Meikle-Briggs viola
  • Alex Talaifar cello with guest pianist Yuanfan Yang.

David brought the cream of Chethams for a delightfully varied musical menu from a young but highly talented quartet.

The acclaimed pianist Yuanfan Yang, who was the youngest of all finalists in the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, joined them in the Elgar quintet.


  • Mozart divertimento in F K138
  • Shostakovich string quartet no 7 op 84
  • Elgar piano quintet Op 84

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.