Music Club Concerts

Programme for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Seasons

Along with all performing arts societies, the Music Club faces the issue of how to plan for the coming season. After lengthy deliberation the club committee agreed on the following plan of action:

   All of the concerts for the 2020-21 season have been cancelled but we have rebooked the same artistes for the equivalent dates in the 2021-22 season.

  “The Kanneh-Mason Duo” and "The Parnell Phil with Ghiulnara Raileanu” (the 90th Anniversary Bonus Concert) have been rebooked  for April and May 2021. Entry for these concerts will be free to subscribers to the 2019-20 season as well as to honorary members and students. 

All of these concerts are subject to prevailing government guidelines at the time.

Sat 17th April at 7:30pm
The Kanneh-Mason Duo

Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano)
Braimah Kanneh-Mason (violin)

Venue: ChristChurch, Finkin Street

Subject to Coronavirus Restrictions

The Music Club has also formed close ties with the KANNEH-MASON family which culminated with Sheku performing with his sister ISATA so successfully in the final concert of the 2017-18 season. ISATA, who has just signed a record deal with Decca, now returns to perform with another member of this hugely talented family, her brother BRAIMAH. He studies at the Royal Academy and has already given critically acclaimed performances.

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Sat 15th May at 7:30pm
The 'Parnell Phil' with Ghiulnara Raileanu, soprano

Subject to Coronavirus Restrictions

90th Annivesary Bonus Concert
Ghiulnara Raileanu (Soprano)
Alistair Parnell (Saxophone)
Philip Robinson (Piano)

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

The group will perform a wide range of inspiring music including dramatic Operatic arias, jazz tunes and classic melodies, as you've never heard them before.

Ghiulnara Raileanu was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, in 1984. She attended the College of Music “St. Neaga" (2004), and subsequently graduate and alumnus of the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts, Chisinau (2008), studying with the professor Tatiana Busuioc, Master of Arts.

Her notable roles includes title roles such as: Floria Tosca in “Tosca” by G. Puccini, Countess Rosina Almaviva in “The marriage of Figaro”, Desdemona in “Otello” by G. Verdi, Mimi in “La Boheme” and Liu in “Turandot”, etc.

Alistair Parnell and Phillip Robinson formed ‘The Parnell Phil’ in 2010 after collaborating on various projects together in the East Midlands. Both graduates of the Royal College of Music, they each bring a wealth of musical experience to draw on in styles from Baroque. 

Their aim is to rediscover music that is often well known but present it in either a new arrangement, or with a new combination of instruments. Organ, Harpsichord, synthesiser, alto and soprano saxophone, and the fascinating Electronic Wind Instrument as well as voice combine to create a refreshing but accessible programme of music, suitable for all ages and tastes all presented in their own lively and informative style. 

The 2021/22 Season
Wed 6th October at 7:30pm
Eboracum Baroque

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

Eboracum Baroque are a group of young professional singers and instrumentalists that performs across the UK and Europe. They specialise in Baroque music in an historically informed style and on period instruments. The ensemble are particularly renowned for their performances of 17th and 18th Century English music. They are passionate about ensuring Baroque music is accessible to all ages and have an active education programme.

Wed 3rd November at 7:30pm
Larisa Trio with Rosie Spinks

Venue: Christchurch Finkin Street

The Larisa Piano Trio are an award-winning chamber group formed in 2016 at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. Holders of the prestigious Christopher Rowland Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year Award, they have had many competitive successes.

The trio were recently invited to play in Wigmore Hall in a masterclass with György Pauk and to perform in the 2019 Joseph Haydn: Innovation and Inspiration Chamber Music Festival and Leeds International Festival.

The trio are passionate about new music, having worked with Michael Finnissy on a new Piano Trio dedicated to the ensemble as well as performing regularly for the Norfolk Composers Group.

As well as giving classical concerts nationwide, contemporary collaboration across the arts is an integral part of the trio's ethos.

Wed 8th December at 7:30pm

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

Directed by Belinda Sykes, this London-based ensemble has been playing since 1992. Now well-established, they are particularly interesting for the way in which they imaginatively push, and often transcend, the limits of what is often thought of as early music.

They were the first medieval band to develop a programme of songs entirely devoted to Mary Magdalen, and they were pioneers in programming medieval Jewish and Arabic texts for otherwise more-commonplace Iberian and Crusades programmes.

Their work focuses on connecting ancient and traditional musics but, rather than create a 'fusion' or a surreal mix of these styles, they aim to use their combined experiences (upbringings drenched in traditional Irish, English, Maghrebi, Balkan and Middle Eastern music) to create a homogenous sound - Joglaresa members spent years in North Africa and the Middle East absorbing the best traditional tunes, learning the local languages.

Wed 12th January 2022 at 7:30pm
The Jonny Kerry Quartet

The Jonny Kerry Quartet is an acoustic ensemble inspired by Gypsy Jazz, New Musette, Classical & Tango music. The quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms.

The quartet is led by accordionist and singer Jonny Kerry and completed with guitarists Harry Diplock, Ducato Piotrowski and Mike Green on double bass. The band have performed at hundreds of concerts and festivals all over the UK.

Wed 9th February 2022 at 7:30pm
Nigel Hinson and the Veloce Quartet

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

Wed 16th March 2022 at 7:30pm

Cantabile, also known as The London Quartet, have been delighting audiences since 1982 with their amazing range of programmes. From a cappella favourites to the sacred music of the last millennium they are outstanding in both Comedy and the Classics.

“My favourite Vocal Group” - Sir Tim Rice