But I like to sing...songs bySchubert, Wolf, Poulenc, Duparc, Bernstein, Barber, Strauss
Carolyn Sampson is one of today's leading sopranos. Her wide-ranging and eclectic programme celebrates the launch of her 100th recording. Equally at home on the concert and opera stages, she has enjoyed notable success in the UK as well as throughout Europe and the US and performs with the most illustrious orchestras and opera companies. Joseph Middleton is her wonderfully sensitive accompanist and a leading light in contemporary lieder programming.
Carolyn Sampson's "freshness of tone, superb control and subtle sensuality” Guardian
Joseph Middleton "a perfect accompanist" Opera Now
Free tickets for 8 - 25 year-olds!
New Town Concerts Society is delighted to announce membership of CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust which exists to encourage more young people to attend chamber music concerts. CAVATINA operates a Ticket Scheme under which young people can obtain free tickets for certain chamber music concerts. Up to 50 free tickets will be available free of charge for all New Town Concerts (except the piano recitals) for any young person aged 8 to 25 inclusive. Please encourage young people you know to discover the delights of chamber music. Tickets available via the Queen's Hall box office either in person or by phone (0131 668 2019).
Since their breakthrough as BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists in 2009 the Elias String Quartet's exceptional ability to communicate musical meaning has led to an international following. They perform in the world's most prestigious chamber venues across Europe and the US and this year undertook a residency at Suntory Hall, Tokyo. This programme comprises Schubert's thrilling 'Quartettsatz', one of six string quartets by Latvia's Peteris Vasks who counts Arvo Pärt as one of his 'spiritual relatives' and concludes with one of Mendelssohn's most passionate early works.
"Simply astounding, in the freshness, intensity, assurance, and seeming spontaneity of their playing" BBC Music Magazine
The Barbican Quartet is an original voice on the chamber music scene, based between London and Munich, delighting audiences with their intimately powerful performances and virtuosic ensemble playing. A multi award-winning ensemble, they made their Wigmore Hall debut in 2017 and were first prize winners of the 2022 ARD International String Quartet Competition. A varied programme begins with the first of Haydn's "Prussian" quartets, continues with Alban Berg's two movement quartet Opus 3, and culminates in one of Beethoven's late, great quartets written towards the end of his life and including one of his most sublime movements, dedicated by the composer as: "A Convalescent's Holy Song of Thanksgiving to the Deity, in the Lydian Mode."
"Finely structured and virtuosically balanced..." Süddeutsche Zeitung
Stravinsky: 'The Soldier's Tale' suite for clarinet, violin and piano
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Ravel: Piano Trio
New Town Concerts is delighted to welcome back the Nash Ensemble, described by The Sunday Times as "chamber music royalty". Acclaimed for its exceptional performances, the ensemble has won numerous accolades including The Edinburgh Festival Critics award "for general artistic excellence" and two Royal Philharmonic Society awards in the chamber music category "for the breadth of its taste and its immaculate performance of a wide range of music." Four of its highly acclaimed musicians will perform a virtuoso programme for clarinet, violin, cello and piano.
"Performances of exemplary standard customarily expected from the Nash Ensemble" The Gramophone.
Adrian Brendel, Jack Liebeck ,Alasdair Beatson, Kaupo Kikkas