2018-19 Concert Programme published

You can now see the programme of Curry Rivel Music concerts for the 2018-19 season here.

The first concert is just over two weeks away, so make sure that you have it in your diary now! It’s the Kosmos Ensemble, an intriguing combination of violin, viola and accordion. See here for the details.



Change of programme for tonight’s concert

Unfortunately, one of the violinists, Daniel Roberts, has been taken ill, so cannot play this evening. Therefore, the Castilian Quartet has heroically transformed itself into a Trio, and has prepared a new programme for us, which you can see here.

Personally, I’m not at all disappointed by the change. You see (don’t tell anyone that I said this), Haydn and Britten are both composers that I feel that I ought to like more than I actually do. But Bach … particularly the cello suites … sublime! I’m really looking forward to it.

This Saturday: The Castalian Quartet

We get our next helping of world-class music in Curry Rivel this Saturday, 14th April, at 7 p.m. in St Andrew’s church, as usual.

This time, we have a string quartet. See here for the programme and more information.

So here’s a thing; suppose you wanted a bit of top-quality culture, and you were going to treat the family (let’s say two adults and two children). You could go up to London next week and see the Castalian Quartet in the Wigmore Hall. That will cost you £38 each for the best seats plus a £2 booking fee. The train fares are going to cost you £396 (!), and you aren’t going to get back the same night, so you’ll need a hotel; £90 if you’re not too fussy. All adding up to £564, and you haven’t bought your evening meal yet.

Or, you could come along to the pretty much the same concert in the village on Saturday, where it will cost you and your partner £12 each, and the kids will be free. You can have dinner before you come out, a nice glass of wine in the interval, a chance to chat with the musicians, and there’ll still be time for a pint in The Firehouse after. In total, the London option will be 24 times more expensive and a lot more hassle.

You’d be daft not to, I reckon.


Tonight’s concert cancelled, 17 March

Due to the illness of one of the musicians, we have had to cancel tonight’s concert by The Thorne Trio. We are very sorry for the disappointment and any inconvenience. We are very disappointed too! But we still have the Castalian Quartet to look forward to on 14th April.

Please pass on this message to anyone else you know who might have been intending to come tonight; thank you.

Programme available for The Thorne Trio, 17 March

We now have the programme for the next concert in the 2017/18 Curry Rivel Music series, the Thorne Trio: see here for details. This time, we have a wind band: oboe, clarinet and bassoon. As usual, quality, energy and variety are guaranteed. Drag along all those family and friends who say that they “don’t like classical music”; they will thank you afterwards. And as children and students get in free, it’s a cheap night out too!

Less than two weeks till the next concert

What wonderful music we had from the Pelleas Ensemble last month! You can find a review of it here, to refresh those memories.

The next concert, in less than two weeks’ time, promises to be just as good. This time, we have world-class piano music from Alexandra Vaduva. So, clear your diary for 7 p.m. on Saturday 21st October.

If you aren’t telling your friends, you are doing them a serious disservice, so phone them now before they find out from someone else!

And don’t forget that students are free, so it won’t cost you a penny to “treat” your children, grand-children, nieces and nephews, and show them that great music need not be boring and stuffy.