Welcome to the Darlington Chamber Music Series for 2016
I am delighted to welcome you to our most ambitious season yet. Not only are we presenting our traditional winter concerts, but also for the first time we will be holding a Spring Festival, starring brilliant soprano Sara Macliver. Three concerts will be held on the weekend of October 22/23 – two on Saturday in Darlington Hall, and a lunchtime performance at the Darlington Estate Winery.
Information on this momentous event will be released closer to the time. In the meantime our expanded ensemble – Semra Lee-Smith (violin 1), Zak Rowntree (violin 2), Sally Boud (viola), Graeme Gilling (piano) and myself on cello – will showcase some spectacular work, most of it for the first time, beginning on Sunday, May 8, at 3 pm.
The line-up will include Shostakovich’s powerful Op. 67 Piano Trio, Beethoven’s Op. 95 String Quarter, Schumann’s Piano Quartet and, for the final concert, the magnificent Septet by Beethoven. There will also be a special concert, Champagne and Song Too, by soprano Penelope Reynolds and baritone Robert Hofmann, backed on piano by Tommaso Pollio, whose on-stage antics have always delighted Darlington audiences.
Come and join us for another fantastic year of fine music, food, fun – and our outrageously decadent afternoon teas.