16 October 2018: Tasmin Little and Piers Lane perform at Sydney Opera House tonight

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

Piers Lane and Tasmin Little together in recital

In one of the most exciting collaborations of 2018, internationally acclaimed Australian piano virtuoso Piers Lane, partners with one of England’s greatest violinists, Tasmin Little. This will be a recital of dazzling works by some of the world’s best loved composers including Beethoven’s Spring Sonata.

This outstanding duo are firm favourites with audiences in Britain where they regularly collaborate and this eagerly anticipated performance marks their first full recital together in Sydney.

Presented by Andrew McKinnon Presentations. Information

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No.5 Op. 24 “Spring” – 26 minutes

BRAHMS: Sonata No. 3 in D minor – 24 minutes

KATS-CHERNIN: Russian Rag Revisited – 5 minutes

FRANCK: Sonata in A major – 28 minutes

Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch now on tour in the UK and Ireland

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

Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch are currently on tour in the UK and Ireland.  You can catch one of their performances as follows:

14 October 2018        Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

16 October 2018        Queens Hall Centre, Hexham

17 October 2018       Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Clitheroe

18 October 2018       St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda

19 October 2018       Sussex Downs College, Lewes

We look forward to the Trio returning to the UK no less than 5 times in the 19/20 season when they bring their programmes of Beethoven Trios to audiences up and down the country.

2019 Windsor Festival International String Competition now open for applications

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

2019Windsor Festival International String Competition, UK

I am delighted to announce that the 2019 Windsor Festival International String Competition is now open for applications.

The 2019 Windsor Festival International String Competition will take place in Windsor, United Kingdom between 23 and 30 March 2019.  We welcome international applications from violinists, violists and cellists aged between 16 and 26 years and the closing date for receipt of application is 1 December 2018.  The competition takes place in the historic town of Windsor with the Final taking place in Windsor Castle in the presence of its patron, HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex.

Amongst the prizes is the opportunity to return to the UK and play a concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Windsor Festival the following September, a commercial recording with Champs Hill Records, a contemporary bow to the value of £5,000 from Bishop Instruments & Bows and a cash prize.  We are delighted that our 2018 winner, the American violinist Nathan Meltzer, was signed by the British based agency, Hazard Chase after his moving performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto at this concert.

Further information on the competition and application forms may be found at

Raphael Wallfisch and John York on tour in Scotland and England.

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 28th September 2018

Toi toi to Raphael and John as they hit the road next week for 5 recitals, including 4 in Scotland.

1 October       Perth

2 October      Dundee

3 October      Crieff

5 October      Kelso

6 October     Berkhamstead

The programmes include Schubert Arpeggione, Brahms Sonata in E minor, Macmillan Kiss on Wood, Franck Sonata and Leighton Alleluia Pascha Nostrum


Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch give an outstanding performance to a sold out audience at the ElbPhilharmonie in Hamburg, 23 September 2018

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 25th September 2018

Mysticism and Magic: The Arcadia Quartet release Bartok’s complete string quartets on the Chandos Label

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 18th September 2018

The Arcadia Quartet’s long awaited dream of recording the Bartok quartets has been realised in a recording on the Chandos Label to be released in October.

Although Bartok’s nationality is widely known as Hungarian, his birthplace, Nagyszentmiklós in the Kingdom of Hungary,  has since 1920 been part of Romania and is now called Sannicolau Mare, Romania.  This town is 150km from the Arcadia Quartet’s own Romanian hometown of Cluj.  For the quartet, performing Bartok is about exploring that connection with this region of Transylvania and its folk idioms.

‘Like the Arcadia Quartet itself, the composer’s heritage lies in Transylvania…(it is)..a place where Hungarian, Romanian and German people lived together and influenced each other, within the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and after the First World War, as part of Romania.  Bartok is indisputably a Hungarian composer, but his roots are Transylvania – his music makes it so obvious – and no politics or nationalist paradigm can take that away’

Train Boala (Violist) speaking to Gavin Dixon, The Strad Magazine, September 2018 edition

Ahead of its release, you can listen to excepts of the recording on the following link:

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Cellist, Raphael Wallfisch and pianist, John York give a highly acclaimed recital in Bucharest

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 12th September 2018

On 5 September, Raphael Wallfisch and John York performed the following programme at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest as part of the George Enescu International Competition.  Raphael is currently on the Jury of the competition which is in its final week this week.


Kenneth Leighton Alleluia Pascha nostrum op. 85 (written for Raphael Wallfisch)

Alexander Zemlinsky Sonata in a minor (1894) lost for a century, rediscovered by Wallfisch, first performed in modern times by Wallfisch & York

Sir James MacMillan Sonata no. 1 (dedicated to Raphael Wallfisch) first performed in 1999 by Wallfisch & York

Guillaume Lekeu Sonata in G (the version for cello and piano, arr. by Ronchini & Wallfisch)

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Arcadia Quartet plays with violinist, Sarah Chang at the Soria Festival in Spain

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 12th September 2018

The Arcadia Quartet played with violinist Sarah Chang to a packed house at the Soria Festival in Spain on 8 September.  The programme that featured Sarah Chang playing Vivaldi Four Seasons and the Arcadia Quartet playing Debussy Quartet in G minor.

The Strad Magazine features the Arcadia Quartet’s forthcoming Bartok release on Chandos Records

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 12th September 2018

The music of Bartok holds a special significance for the members of the Arcadia Quartet. In the September 2018 edition of The Strad magazine Gavin Dixon speaks to violist Traian Boala about recording the composer’s string quartets.

London Handel Players toast the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa for a fantastic series of concerts and workshops

Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 13th July 2018

A toast from the London Handel Players to Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa for inviting them to bring their dance project, A Baroque Rebellion!, to the festival in July this year.  Joined by the internationally renowned baroque dancers, Mary Collins and Steven Player, the ensemble performed three concerts of music of English, French and German dances.

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