24 March 2018: Tasmin Little/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 16th March 2018

Tasmin Little returns to Australia in March to record a new CD with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis on the Chandos Label.  Her visit will include a performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall, Melbourne on Saturday 24 March 2018 at 5:00pm



Elgar In London Town
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams English Folksong Suite
Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Wood Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No.1


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Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 16th March 2018


In the historic setting of the Great Chamber at the Charterhouse, the London Handel Players are joined by one of today’s great Handel sopranos, Julia Doyle, to perform a selection of Handel’s exquisite German arias which he wrote whilst in London during the mid-1720s. This one-hour programme will also include charming trio sonatas by Handel and Johann Christoph Pepusch, Handel’s friend and contemporary, who wrote the music for The Beggar’s Opera and who was also organist at the Charterhouse from 1737 until his death in 1752.

The Charterhouse is one of London’s great survivors, with over 660 years of history to its name. Over the centuries the Charterhouse has been a monastery, a great Tudor mansion and a charity, functioning both as an almshouse and school and charitable work remains the Charterhouse’s main purpose, offering a community for elderly people in financial and social need. Tickets to the performance will include a post-recital guided tour by one of the resident brothers.

Das zitternde Glänzen HWV 203
Süßer Blumen Ambraflocken HWV 204
Trio Sonata in C major for flute, violin and continuo (Pepusch)
Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise HWV 206
Trio Sonata Op. 5 No. 6 in F major HWV 401 for flute, violin and continuo
Künft’ger Zeiten eitler Kummer HWV 202
Meine Seele hört im Sehen HWV 207

SILAS WOLLSTON harpsichord
with JULIA DOYLE soprano

TICKETS: £40 unreserved seating

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Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch on tour in the UK April 2018

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 16th March 2018

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of hear Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch in performance I am delighted to let you know that they will giving four concerts in England next month, April 2018.

21 April 2018           Ship Theatre, Sevenoaks

25 April 2018           Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London

26 April 2018            Latymer Upper School, London

28 April 2018             Whitstable Methodist Church, Whitstable


Grieg                           Andante con moto

Dvorak                        Piano Trio no.4 in E minor ”Dumky”

Schubert                    Piano Trio in Bb major op.99


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Wonderful review of the Arcadia Quartet’s concert in Chichester (Chichester Observer)

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 26th February 2018

Outstanding String Quartet brings Varied and Exciting Programme to Chichester
The visiting artistes at the Chichester Chamber Concert on Thursday 22nd February were the Arcadia String Quartet. This prize-winning Romanian ensemble is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of their generation and are much sought after on the world stage. They last visited Chichester in 2013 shortly after winning the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and their return visit was eagerly anticipated. The anticipation was not misplaced.
They opened their concert with the String Quartet in E Op. 33 no 2 by Haydn. It was a performance of lightness and delicacy admirably led by first violin Ana Török. The Arcadia’s command of the music was evident from the first bar through to the delightful finish. The quartet, one of the so-called Russian quartets written in 1781, acquired the nickname The Joke because of its false ending, leading the audience to believe the quartet has finished before it actually has. Pre-warned by the programme notes, the Chichester audience did not fall for the deception.
The second, and more substantial, item on the Arcadia’s programme was the second String Quartet in D major by Alexander Borodin. This gorgeously romantic work is an expression of serene happiness and the sheer joy of being alive. Borodin’s biographer, Sergey Dianin, has suggested that the whole quartet is based on the happiness of Borodin’s marriage to his wife Ekatrina and is, in effect, an extended love letter. It received an affectionate and compelling performance. It opens with a cello statement, played rather briskly by cellist Zsolt Török, and taken up by the first violin. The second subject, played with great delicacy by Ana Török over a pizzicato accompaniment, was a delight. The best known movement, the heart-stoppingly exquisite Notturno, was beautifully crafted. It begins with an Andante introduced by the cello over syncopated chords on the second violin and viola answered by the first violin in a high register. Ana Török’s floated violin entry was sublime. The second subject, marked appassionato e risoluto, entrusted to the second violin of Rasvan Dumitru, was also beautifully played. The final movement, after the opening few Andante bars, was set off at a brisk pace by viola player Traian Boala and was suitably energetic and dramatic.
After an interval, the Arcadia Quartet returned to play something altogether more gritty and problematic, the 8th Quartet of Dmitri Shostakovich in C minor Op.110. The quartet was written in the space of three days in 1960 in Dresden where the composer had gone for treatment for polio. The city still lay in ruins from the bombing raids of February 1945 and Shostakovich dedicated the quartet to victims of fascism and war, including victims of brutality in his own country. According to his daughter Galina, Shostakovich saw himself as being a victim and the quartet contains frequent eruptions of the composers own initials as well as quotations from earlier works – Symphonies 1 and 5, the Jewish theme from the Piano Trio No 2, the first cello concerto and an aria from the third act of the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk where Katerina sings about woman’s great sense of sacrifice. The quartet, which also includes a Russian hymn Tormented by Grievous Bondage, was given an intensely moving interpretation by the Arcadia with dramatic dynamic contrasts portraying both bitterness and anger.
This was a most rewarding evening of music making from a closely co-ordinated, finely tuned ensemble who brought to Chichester a varied, entertaining and challenging programme of great interest. The next Chichester Chamber Concerts presentation is on Thursday 22nd March when Ensemble Mirage will be including in their programme the much loved clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms.
Peter Andrews, Chichester Observer

Arcadia Quartet – rehearsing in advance of their concerts in Chichester, Lewes and Ipswich this weekend

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 21st February 2018

Fabulous review of the Arcadia Quartet’s concert in Devon on 18 February 2018

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 21st February 2018

A really lovely review from Jeff Colman of the Arcadia Quartet’s concert in Devon last Saturday – it pretty much sums up to a T how they perform and the musical message they transmit.

Arcadia String Quartet after their NADSA concert at The Courtenay Centre

Transylvanian magic landed in Newton last Sunday: magic because the audience was so spellbound by the Romanian muscians

As soon as the Arcadia Quartet were playing the first few bars of Haydn’s ‘Joke’ Quartet I felt there was something sonorously different. There was a warm balanced tone and also beautifully resonant pianissimos. The Scherzo gave us the jollity and the expressive light heartedness one expects of Haydn. Arcadia’s credentials now firmly established, we came to the Largo sostenuto and a complete change of mood: for me a slight frisson in that I felt a surreal edge to this movement’s pomposity. And as any comedian knows, one must establish credibility before a joke will work. The Arcadia’s poise and timing worked a treat in the finale.

To programme Borodin’s ‘This is My Beloved’ quartet after Haydn’s ‘Joke’ seemed rather a risk too close to the hackneyed. However the Arcadia transported us well clear of the commonplace. Mercifully, we were spared excessive use of vibrato. Instead we delighted in their clarity of tone, sensitivity of dynamics and pianissimos to die for! Perhaps it is the fact that this quartet has travelled together so extensively through the concert halls of the world that they play so effectively as one. There was no need of physical flamboyance or affectation; the music arose from the group. It felt somewhat of a relief to be free of the, admittedly engaging and visually exciting, experience of a live performance of a string quartet where the melodic line is thrown around as a ‘pass-the-parcel’ exercise. The Arcadia transcended this; their music was all.

The second half of the concert was Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor ‘Dresden’, something I should admit is not in my comfort zone. However, what a huge difference performers can make to the perception of a piece of music. The intensity of emotion was overwhelming whether in a lament of despair, hauntingly eerie passages, or the startling shrieks of the ‘Psycho-like’ episode. The final movement left the audience numb. Eventually applause started, then grew and persisted until the Arcadia gave us an encore. The viola player said that they would leave us with a more cheerful mood of a Folk Bagatelle. What a masterpiece of planning that was, and how amazingly versatile the Arcadia Quartet is.

Not only are the Arcadia stunning musicians [their sustained notes of enduring purity will stay with me], but they are also technically innovative. All their instruments had ZMT Tailpieces, which may, at least in part, account for my initial feeling that the sound quality of this Quartet was different from anything I had heard before.

London Handel Players: Concert on 16 February 2018 at Birmingham Conservatoire to be streamed live on Facebook

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 8th February 2018

16 February 2018:  Catch the London Handel Players’s concert of Baroque dance music with Baroque dancers Mary Collins and Steven Player in Birmingham live on Facebook on the following link:
Rachel Brown, flute/recorder
Adrian Butterfield, violin
Oliver Webber, violin/viola
Rachel Byrt, viola
Katherine Sharman, cello
Silas Wollston, harpsichord
with Mary Collins, dancer
and Steven Player, dancer
Baroque Rebellion
Handel (1685-1759) Scipio HWV 20
Overture and March (‘Queen Caroline’, choreography by L’Abbé)
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor BWV1067
Overture; Rondeau; Sarabande; Bourée; Polonaise; Menuet; Badinerie
Handel Trio Sonata Op.5 No.4 in G major HWV 399 for 2 violins, viola and continuo
Corelli (1653-1713) Violin Sonata Op.5 No.12 in D minor La Folia
Anon La Bourgogne (choreography by Pécour)
Courante; Bourée; Sarabande; Passepied
Lully (1632-87) Atys LWV 53
Sarabande (Air pour les nymphes de Flore); Gavotte (Air pour les mêmes)
Lully Marche pour la Cérémonie des Turcs from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme LWV 43
Campra (1660-1744) from ‘L’Europe Galante
Premier Air, pour les Espagnols
Lully Chaconne d’Arlequin from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme LWV 43
D’Anglebert (1635-91) Suite in G major for solo harpsichord
Prélude; Chaconne en Rondeau
Lully Persée LWV 60
Leclair (1697-1764) Deuxième Récréation In G minor Op.8
Sarabande; Menuet; Tambourin
Rebel (1666-1747) Les Caractères de La Dance
Prélude; Courante; Menuet; Bourée; Chaconne; Sarabande; Gigue; Rigaudon; Passepied; Gavotte; Sonate; Loure; Musette; Sonate

Arcadia Quartet performs in St Petersburg

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 21st January 2016

Arcadia Quartet made their debut in Russia in November with a programme of Mozart, Bartok and Mendelssohn.

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London Handel Players release ‘A tribute to Bach’

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 21st January 2016

Partnered with her fellow members of the London Handel Players, Laurence Cummings, harpsichord and Katherine Sharman, cello and cello piccolo, internationally renowned baroque flautist Rachel Brown presents the flute sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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London Handel Players joins O’Carroll Artist & Project Management’s roster

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 21st January 2016

O’Carroll Artist & Project Management is delighted to announce management of the renowned period ensemble, the London Handel Players.

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