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Guide to Conway Hall

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Please join us for Conway Hall Sunday Concert’s Spring 2019 season! During the coming months we will offer a huge variety of chamber music from the Baroque to the present day, played by some of the finest musicians from the UK and abroad. This season there will be new opportunities to get closer to the musicians, with pre-concert events introducing the evening’s programme, along with post-concert informal question and answer sessions with some of the performers. One of our long-standing pre-concert speakers, composer and musicologist Robert Hugill, will curate a concert in May, setting his own music in context with other composers who influenced his work.

Pre-concert events this season also include the continuation of Hiro Takenouchi’s Mozart series, which culminates in a full recital finale in May. Those of you who attended the first three of his wonderful concerts in 2018 will certainly not want to miss the final events, completing his cycle of Mozart piano sonatas! Jessica Beck, who recently completed her research into the Conway Hall archive, will also give a pre-concert talk, presenting some of her work.

I am particularly pleased at the variety of instrumentations and repertoire on the programme this season. Alongside some wonderful string quartet and piano trio works, we will hear wind, vocal and guitar music, a highlight of which will surely be a rare London performance by leading Mexican guitarist, Morgan Szymanski in collaboration with the Benyounes Quartet.

In February the Alluna Ensemble will bring together the voice, strings, wind and piano in a specially-constructed programme centred around Arnold Schoenberg’s melodrama, Pierrot Lunaire. A unique opportunity to hear this masterpiece interspersed with related works from Bach to Berio!

Finally, as always, I would to take this chance to thank our wonderful audience. Without you, our concerts simply could not happen, and I look forward to welcoming you to many more performances at Conway Hall!

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Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series is the longest-running of its kind in Europe. Conway Hall was purpose-built in 1929 to host concerts and lectures, and they have continued here until the present day. The ethos of “affordable classical music for all” still remains.

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From shimmering moonlight to Florentine sunshine

© Ruth Rogers
Despite being nestled in London’s Red Lion Square, Conway Hall somehow captures the atmosphere of your old-fashioned village hall. Yet it has a most tempting Sunday Concert series offering, on the evidence of this evening’s fare from the London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble, an excellent standard of performances. 
****1
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Virtuosity and elegance at Conway Hall

Irene Enzlin (cello), Gerard Spronk (violin) and Vera Kooper (piano) © Sarah Wijzenbeek
Regarded by fellow musicians as one of the most promising young ensemble, the Delta Piano Trio have made a name for themselves with their raw, uncompromising musicianship, their energy and a willingness to invest oneself beyond comfort.
*****
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London Mozart Trio play Brahms, Shostakovich and Schubert at very short notice

The scheduled programme had included Trios by Debussy and Chaminade, and I’d done my homework so that at least I’d have some idea about what was what. But very unfortunately the Fiorini Trio had had to cancel at very short notice - so it was extraordinary that the concert took place at all, thanks to the London Mozart Trio standing in.

Stunning Appassionata from Takenouchi bonus before Beara Trio's fine Conway Hall concert

These Conway Hall Sunday Evening Concerts are always good value, but this one was especially generous: there was a ‘pre-concert recital’, 40 mins before the concert proper. As we were taking our seats, pianist Hiro (Hiroaki) Takenouchi was still driving frantically to the venue, having been severely held up in traffic.