Bit of a run of duo concerts with instrumentalists at the moment! Very enjoyable recital for Haywards Heath Music Society last week with Cara Berridge (cello) – a first half of Schumann, Beethoven and Bloch, and then the Rachmaninov sonata after the interval (our fourth performance of it this year – and it really does take that many goes to feel we truly have a handle on it: what a huge piece!). Tonight sees Brahms F minor sonata with John Slack (clarinet), as part of the series at St Peter's Church in Streatham, curated by the Berkeley Ensemble (of which he is a founder member). It's been great to revisit this after playing it together in Germany over the summer! And then Thursday holds a lunchtime concert with James Turnbull (oboe) at the beautiful St John's Smith Square, with a programme of English music, ranging from a Walmisley sonatina (the first performance of Christopher Hogwood's new edition, which we assisted him with) to music by contemporary John Woolrich, via Britten and the gorgeous Howells sonata.
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