Lunchtime Classical Concerts

Lunchtime Classical Music Concerts are held in St Martin’s Church Hall, at 12.15 pm, on the last Wednesday of the month (except, July, August and December).

There is a retiring collection which is used to defray the considerable expenses associated with these concerts - artistes fees, hall hire, publicity materials - and for the benefit of the Myosotis Trust.  The concerts are arranged on a voluntary basis for the benefit of the community and receive no subsidy of any kind.  Your generosity is much appreciated. Thank you.

The concerts are held in St Martin's Church Hall, adjacent to the church.  Directions to the church, public transport and parking details can be found on our location page.

Concert Programme

Wednesday 28th June - Jeannette Ager (mezzo soprano) and Viv McLean (piano)

Folk songs and melodies have always been an important part of the popular culture of every country, transmitted down the generations through an oral tradition. Many classical composers have used folk music in their works.

Jeanette and Viv have devised a charming programme of folk songs by Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel and Benjamin Britten. Jeanette will be talking about the various sets of songs which will add much interest to the programme. She brings a great deal of character to her singing, which will make this programme a joy to listen to, but also easy on the ear. Viv is a very attentive accompanist, whose playing will do much to enhance your enjoyment of this delightful recital.

Brahms’s love and reverence of folk songs is seen throughout his work. We will hear his ‘Zigeunerlieder’ (Gipsy songs) - Opus 103, in which he captures the spirit of Hungarian folk music. Ravel’s setting of five folk songs and popular poems will follow, each in a different language. The concert will conclude with a selection of Benjamin Britten's stylish folk song arrangements from France and the British Isles, including such favourites as ‘The last rose of summer’, ‘O Waly Waly’ and ‘Salley Gardens’.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO CONCERTS IN JULY AND AUGUST. 

We trust you will enjoy the summer and look forward to welcoming you back to our concert series recommencing on Wednesday 27th September.

Wednesday 27th September - Michal Szymanowski (piano)

 

MichaƂ has given concerts across Europe, as well as North and South America, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong, and is flying in from Poland for a series of concerts in London, one of which will be at St Martin’s Ruislip. 

He has chosen an all Chopin programme for you to enjoy.

Wednesday 25th October - Natalia Lomeiko (violin) and Olga Sitkovetski (piano)

 

Hailed by Lord Menuhin as “one of the most brilliant of our younger violinists” (1998), Natalia Lomeiko has already established herself as a versatile internationally acclaimed violinist. Olga Sitkovetsky is a renowned accompanist.

Wednesday 29th November - Masayuki Tayama (piano)

 

Masayuki is well known to audiences at St Martin's. He is an outstanding pianist, and is noted for his brilliant performances of the works of Rachmaninov.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO CONCERT IN DECEMBER.   Concerts restart on 31st January 2018.

 

 

Lunchtime Classical Concerts - Reviews

Wednesday 31st May 2017 - Renata Konyicska (piano)

Although the first half of the concert comprised some of Franz Liszt’s less familiar works, the performance was so sensitive that my attention was rapt throughout.

Renata managed to bring out a very expressive dynamic and wonderful singing tone from the piano which so enhanced the music I was hearing for the first time - Saraband and Chaconne from Almira (Liszt/Handel), Impromptu in F sharp major (Liszt) and Six Polish Songs (Liszt/Chopin). 

These pieces were followed by an exquisite performance of Schubert’s Impromptu in A flat major, which must surely be very familiar to all lovers of the piano repertoire.  Finally, in spite of the huge technical difficulties of Liszt’s operatic fantasy, Reminiscences de Don Juan, based on themes from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, Renata seemed totally relaxed and at one with the piano and those familiar themes from the opera sang out from the music.

“A most memorable concert” was a comment from one of our regular audience members.

Wednesday 26th April 2017 - Tommaso Carlini (piano)

After announcing a slight change in the order of play, Tommaso started his concert with Beethoven’s own favourite Sonata, No 24 in F sharp major. This charming work, is unusual in that it has only two movements, and the emotive theme in the opening 4 bars marke d‘adagio cantabile’, does not appear again anywhere in the sonata. 

Next there was a stirring rendition of the Bach/Busoni Toccata and Fugue in D minor(BWV565), which caused one of our audience to remark at the end of the concert, that although this was his first hearing, he now preferred the Busoni transcription to the original organ version. 

Although the Six Intermezzi Op 4 by Robert Schumann, which formed the centre-piece of the concert, was perhaps less familiar to our audience, I found myself listening with rapt attention at this expressive and masterly rendition. 

The concert ended with a technically brilliant performance of Liszt’s Reminescences de Norma S394, which left me breathless.

Wednesday 29th March 2017 - Valentin Schiedermair (piano)

A Valentin Schiedermair performance is more than just a concert….it is a musical event. Valentin engages with his audience and draws on all his exceptional background and experience to take them on a musical journey. His objective is simple - to share the joy and excitement of music with his audience. At his recital on 29th March, Valentin did not disappoint, and it is easy to understand why he remains one of our most popular artists, attracting a large enthusiastic audience.

His well balanced programme, comprised Two Preludes and Fugues by J S Bach, Three Piano Pieces D.946 by Franz Schubert and three delightful Chopin waltzes, with each piece prefaced by an interesting back-story, which contributed to both the understanding and enjoyment of the music. A masterly performance indeed.

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 - Helen Wilson (flute) and Gamal Khamis (piano)

It was very encouraging to have so many people come up and say how much they enjoyed this concert.

The first half was filled with wonderful melodies from Bizet’s opera ‘Carmen’, Mozart’s Andante in C, Faure's Fantasie for flute and piano and Brahms’ Intermezzo in A major for solo piano.

The second half comprised César Franck’s Sonata in A Major, which, although originally written for violin and piano, converted beautifully to the arrangement for flute and piano, and was exquisitely played by Helen and Gamal.

Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Haruko Seki (piano)

In spite of it being a very cold and foggy morning, over 110 people attended Haruko Seki’s successful concert on 25th January.

It started with a very sensitive performance of a selection of Chopin’s Preludes. This sensitivity continued into the playing of the far more technically demanding works by Liszt and Prokofiev, which is always a sign of a truly skilled pianist.

The concert concluded with a delightful and amusing rendition of Mozart’s musical joke, ‘A Slice of Bread and Butter’, in which, Haruko told us, Mozart gave the instruction that the right hand part was to be played with one finger, which she did.

The audience clearly left in an uplifted mood.

Wednesday 30th November 2016 - Ashley Fripp (piano)

J. S. Bach’s English Suite No 2 in A minor, followed by the Piano Sonata no 7 in D major by Beethoven, concluding with a selection from Rachmaninov’s opus 23 Preludes, including numbers 2, 3, 4, and 7.

An exquisitely and sensitively played performance of Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninov, with every piece succinctly and informatively introduced.

The attention to detail was extraordinary as only a pianist of the calibre of Ashley Fripp could achieve.