In Music Discovery Live Richard collaborates with leading performers for interactive study sessions and concerts of piano and chamber music masterpieces. Artists include Daniel Tong, Krysia Osostowicz, Robin Michael, the Fitzwilliam Quartet, the Elias Quartet and the London Bridge Ensemble.

Recent Events

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Chamber Music in Canterbury 23rd – 24th September 2015
The London Bridge Trio – pianist Daniel Tong, violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and cellist Kate Gould – and I were delighted to add Canterbury to our tally of Music Discovery Live venues. At the end of September we explored piano trio masterpieces by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, all composed between 1788 and 1795, in the beautiful Georgian Methodist church of St Peter’s.
Mozart was represented by his lyrical, rather wistful trio in the rare key of E major, K542, Haydn by the ever-popular ‘Gypsy Rondo’ Trio, No. 25, and the melancholy F sharp minor, No. 26.
Exactly contemporary with the Haydn trios are Beethoven’s three Op. 1 trios, the works with which the brilliant young firebrand announced himself to the wider world. Having unravelled Op. 1 No. 2 in Winchester a few years ago, this time we explored Op. 1 No. 1 in E flat, and the darkly dramatic Op. 1 No. 3 in the quintessential Beethovenian key of C minor. In the private concert on 23 September, Dan and Tamsin played the last and arguably greatest of Mozart’s violin sonatas, in A major, K526, composed just before the premiere of Don Giovanni.
The two days certainly whetted the appetite for Canterbury next year.

 

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Beethoven House party in the New Forest 13th – 16th July 2015

Daniel Tong and the Elias Quartet

Exploring Beethoven chamber music including Cello Sonata Op 69

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Beethoven Quartets in Cambridge May 2015

For the final instalment in our four-part Beethoven quartet exploration, the works under scrutiny will be the impassioned A minor Quartet, Op. 132, with the transcendent ‘Sacred Song of Thanksgiving’ at its heart, and Beethoven’s last work, the Quartet in F, Op. 135, which outwardly returns to the compact dimensions and sociable wit of Haydn and Mozart. Anyone who has attended a previous Cambridge study event with the Fitzwilliam will know that we are in for a lively exchange of ideas!

As before, the study sessions, concert and dinners will be in Fitzwilliam College, situated between Huntingdon Road and Storeys Way (with entrances from both roads), and a 15-20-minute walk from Cambridge city centre. There is also a frequent bus service. I have again reserved ensuite rooms in the nearby Moller Centre, a modern hotel-cum- conference centre. Rooms look out over lawns, and guests have free Wi-fi/internet access. There is ample parking.

 FRIDAY 8 MAY

1.45 onwards Arrival at the Moller Centre, Storeys Way, Cambridge CB3ODE (01223 465562). I shall be in reception from 2.30.

3.00-5.30    Study session in Fitzwilliam College Auditorium (a 10-minute walk

from the Moller Centre) with myself and the Fitzwilliam Quartet.
There will be a break for tea/coffee, and time for questions
7.30 Dinner in Fitzwilliam College: three courses, including wine
(If we behave, the college may invite us to drinks beforehand)

 SATURDAY 9 MAY

10.30-1      Study session in Fitzwilliam College Auditorium, with break
6.00 Concert in Fitzwilliam College Auditorium (ends c 7.45):
Beethoven: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132
                     Quartet in F major, Op. 135
8.00 Dinner in Fitzwilliam College (three courses, with wine)

 

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Beethoven Quartets in Cambridge March 2015

 Fitzwilliam Quartet

FRIDAY 6 MARCH
1.45 onwards Arrival at the Moller Centre, Storeys Way, Cambridge
CB3ODE (01223 465562). I shall be in reception from 2.30.
3.00-5.30    Study session in Fitzwilliam College Auditorium (a 10-minute walk
from the Moller Centre) with myself and the Fitzwilliam Quartet.
There will be a break for tea/coffee, and time for questions
7.30 Dinner in Fitzwilliam College: three courses, including wine
(If we behave, the college may invite us to drinks beforehand)

SATURDAY 7 MARCH
10.30-1      Study session in Fitzwilliam College Auditorium, with break
6.00 Concert in Fitzwilliam College Auditorium (ends c 7.45):
Beethoven: Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74, ‘Harp’
Quartet in E flat major, Op. 127
8.00 Dinner in Fitzwilliam College (three courses, with wine)

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Romantic Chamber Music in the Cotswolds February 2015

Burford in the Cotswolds is the venue for a three-day Winter House Party devoted to masterpieces of nineteenth-century chamber music. The Bay Tree Hotel is a beautiful, four-star hotel dating back to 1565, situated in the centre of the picture-postcard Cotswold town.
In five concerts we shall hear works for various combinations of instruments by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Dvořák, performed by members of the London Bridge Ensemble – pianist Daniel Tong, their young new violinist, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, and cellist Kate Gould, a founder-member of the Leopold String Trio. For some of the works they will be joined by violinist Ben Hancox, leader of the Sacconi Quartet, and a viola player, tbc.
As in the summer House Parties, each day will include a study session, with the players on hand for instant demonstration and comment, and one or more concerts. The programme allows time to explore the charms of Burford, which should be mercifully free of the tourists and film-crews that inundate the town in the summer!

TUESDAY 10 FEBRUARY
12.30 Arrival at the Bay Tree Hotel, Sheep Street, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4LW UK. Tel 01993 822 791. There is ample parking.
1.15 Buffet lunch
2.30-4.30 Study session, with break for tea/coffee
6.00 Concert
Schumann: miniatures for piano/piano and cello
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor
7.30 Dinner in the hotel restaurant

WEDNESDAY 11 FEBRUARY
10.30-12.15 Study session, with break
12.30 Concert
Dvořák: Piano Trio in E minor, ‘Dumky’
1.15 Buffet lunch
Free afternoon to explore Burford
6.00 Concert
Brahms: Solo piano pieces
Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor
7.30 Dinner in the hotel restaurant

THURSDAY 12 FEBRUARY
10.30-12.15 Study session, with break
12.30 Concert
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat
Free afternoon
6.00 Concert
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor
Dvořák: String Quartet in F major, ‘American’
7.30 Dinner in the hotel restaurant

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Beethoven Violin Sonatas in Oxford December 2014

WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER
1.45-2 Arrival at the Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel, 73
High Street, Oxford , OX1 4BE (01865 248332)
3-5 Study session in the Du Pre Building, with coffee break
7.00 Concert in the Du Pre:
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 12 No. 2
Violin Sonata in A major, Op 30 No.1
Violin Sonata in A, Op. 47, ‘Kreutzer’
(drinks will be served in the interval)
8.40 Dinner in St Hilda’s College (3 courses, including wine)

THURSDAY 11 DECEMBER
10.30-12.30 Study session in the Du Pre Building, with coffee break.

7.00 Concert in the Du Pre Building:
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in E flat, Op. 12 No. 3
Violin Sonata in A minor, Op 23
Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 96 
 (drinks will be served in the interval)
8.45 Dinner in St Hilda’s College (3 courses, including wine)

 

 

 

Brahms Piano Trios in Winchester

18th – 19th May

The London Bridge Trio

Total Brahms immersion may not seem like everyone’s idea of a jolly weekend, but the passion, beauty and sheer ingenuity of the B major and C minor piano trios came as a revelation.  It was particularly exciting to explore and hear both versions of the B major trio, especially in the London Bridge Trio’s fiery and lyrically sensitive performances.  On his own, Dan Tong also gave moving performances of the G minor Rhapsody and two secretive late Intermezzos.

The twenty-one people in the group included Wigmore’s World regulars, as well as  several welcome new-comers.  There was lively give-and-take during the study sessions with plenty of stimulating discussion points.  I suspect the weekend converted more than one Brahmsian floating voter.

 

 

 

 

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Mozart and Haydn String Quartets in Cambridge

7th – 8th March 2013

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Despite perpetual drizzle, these were two days that renewed our delight and wonder in Haydn and Mozart’s endless inventiveness.  Many in the study group were returning to Cambridge for this follow-up to last year’s event, and the Fitzwilliam Quartet, with their superb new 2nd violinist Marcus Barcham-Stevens, were predictably lively and communicative in study sessions.

The concert in Fitzwilliam chapel more than fulfilled expectations, ending with a riotous performance of the finale of Haydn’s quartet Op 77/2.  It duly brought the house down and capped a brilliant evening of music-making.

As last year, Francis Knights, Fitzwilliam College’s Director of Music, was a generous host to the study group, not least with pre- and post-dinner drinks.

 

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Beethoven Violin Sonatas in Oxford

20th – 21st February 2013

Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano)

We have had two brilliant days of Beethoven immersion, plus an inspiring centenary celebration of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring – minus the 1913 Parisian rioting – that included talks by Jane Prichard, curator of the V & A, and Dame Monica Mason of the Royal Ballet and Jonathan Williams, Music Director at St Hilda’s college.  Dan and his brother Jo then gave  the piano a punishing work-out in an overwhelming performance of Stravinsky’s four-hand version of the ballet.

After Stravinsky’s violent paganism, Dan then morphed into a paragon of Beethoven style, in tandem with the superb violinist Krysia Osostowicz.  The pair struck exhilarating sparks off each other during explorations and performances of five of Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas, ranging from the spirited, Mozartian D major, Op. 12 No.1, through the favourite ‘Spring’ and the stormy C minor, Op. 30 No. 2, (a torrential performance) to the sublime final Sonata, Op. 96. The study group were rightly purring; JDP administrator Taya Smith and St Hilda’s college did us proud.

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