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Swindon Recital Series

  • Explosive start to 25th Anniversary Series - Quartet for the End of Time
  • Swindon Wyvern Theatre, Wednesday September 26th, 1.05pm

The 25th Anniversary season explodes into action with a masterpiece of the 20th Century - Quartet for the End of Time, written by Olivier Messiaen and performed for us by Miranda Dale violin, Caroline Dale cello, Joy Farrall clarinet and Paul Turner piano.

Born in 1908 in France Messiaen became a first aid conscript in the French Army in World War II and, following capture by the Germans, was interned in June 1940 in Gorlitz in Poland. He managed to take with him the scores of compositions by Bach and Beethoven amongst others. The Quartet was written entirely during his imprisonment and was based on the availability of instruments and competent musicians within the camp. The Quartet was premiered in January 1941 to an audience of 4000 prisoners and their guards. This was stunning music performed by extraordinary musicians. Messiaen later wrote, "The cold was excruciating, the Stalag was buried under snow. The four performers played on broken-down instruments. Etienne Pasquier's cello had only three strings, the keys on the piano went down but did not come up again. But never have I had an audience who listened with such rapt attention and comprehension."

Miranda, Caroline, Joy and Paul will perform at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Wednesday September 26th at 1.05pm. All tickets are £6. Accompanied children 14 and under free.

Paul Turner is an Honours graduate and an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where his many prizes and awards culminated in the Queen's Commendation for Excellence and the Peter Pears Accompaniment Prize. An experienced recitalist he has appeared at London's leading venues and major UK festivals. He has given concerts in Europe and South America and worked with eminent singers and instrumentalists. "For his part, Turner offered…intricate piano writing rendered with exemplary clarity and poise" (Richard Whitehouse - St. Johns Smith Square)

Miranda Dale gained a scholarship at sixteen to study with Howard Davis at the Royal Academy of Music in London before furthering her studies in Canada and the USA. She is Principal Second Violin with the Britten Sinfonia and is in demand as a Guest Principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera and English Chamber Orchestra. She also tours with chamber players in the US.

Caroline Dale also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At 13 years old she was the string winner in one of the first BBC Young Musician of the Year competitions and at 15 was the youngest ever recipient of the Isserlis Scholarship.

Caroline was a member of the Nigel Kennedy Quartet and the Balanescu Quartet, as well as founder member of the American-based Apollo Piano Trio. Prior to her appointment as Principal Cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra she was principal of the BT Scottish Ensemble and the London Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Joy Farrall is one of Britain's most successful and highly respected wind soloists. She has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players, the Ulster Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia, with whom she recently made her second recording of the Mozart Concerto for BMG Conifer which went straight into the classical charts in its first week of release and is now a best seller.

Joy is a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble with whom she has broadcast and toured widely. This ensemble has broken down many barriers with its education work, introducing thousands of children to hands-on music making.

Joy is Principal Clarinet with the Britten Sinfonia and a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
  • October with SRS - an embarrassment of riches in poetry and music

In collaboration with Poetry Swindon, SRS brings T S Eliot to Christ Church in a presentation of 'Vivienne', an Opera in Six Songs - the lyrics are based on templates provided by TS Eliot's verse. Vivienne is sung by mezzo soprano Clare McCaldin, accompanied by Paul Turner piano.

Vivienne Haigh-Wood married TS Eliot in June 1915 against the wishes of her family and died in 1947 in an asylum. Eliot later wrote: "To her, the marriage brought no happiness. To me, it brought the state of mind out of which came The Waste Land."

"All is delivered by catty, horny McCaldin, all with a sheen of barmy. It's a far better performance than we're entitled to from someone who can also sing." (★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Evening Standard) This recital will take place at Christ Church, Swindon, on Thursday October 4th at 1pm. Entry is free.

A few days later SRS Artistic Director Paul will be on his own when he celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the SRS by presenting a celebration of music written when composers were 25. Schubert's monumental 'Wanderer Fantasy' takes centre stage, alongside Beethoven's early Sonata in C and the first Ballade by Chopin.

"Turner obviously enjoyed the challenges of this virtuosic score and threw off the difficulties with aplomb." (Bob Briggs - Wigmore Hall)

This recital will take place at Swindon Arts Centre on Sunday October 7th at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (£12.50 concession), students £2.50, accompanied children (14 and under) free. A booking charge applies.

The end of October sees the welcome return of SRS favourites Enigma 14, composed of Lisa Nelsen flute, Julian Metzger cello and Paul Turner piano. The ensemble offers a classical programme of charming Haydn and moody Beethoven trios, alongside a new work dedicated to them by Paul Carr called 'Summer Music'.

Enigma14 have "...a lively and fresh creative approach and play with great authority as an ensemble" (Peter Hewitt, Music Director at Benslow Music Trust), "Delicious!...wonderful powers of communication in concert" (David Campbell Aberfest)

This recital will take place at Swindon's Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday October 24th at 1.05pm. All tickets are £6. Accompanied children 14 and under free.

Paul Turner is an Honours graduate and an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where his many prizes and awards culminated in the Queen's Commendation for Excellence and the Peter Pears Accompaniment Prize. An experienced recitalist he has appeared at London's leading venues and major UK festivals. He has given concerts in Europe and South America and worked with eminent singers and instrumentalists.

"For his part, Turner offered…intricate piano writing rendered with exemplary clarity and poise" (Richard Whitehouse - St. Johns Smith Square)

Clare McCaldin is a lyric mezzo-soprano whose presence in performance marks her out as a communicator of outstanding quality on the dramatic stage and concert platform. She is a powerful creative influence, as an interpreter of existing repertoire or commissioning and premiering new music.

Enigma 14 - Lisa Nelsen (flute) grew up on a pig farm in Western Canada and followed the example of her parents, both professional singers, by opting for a life in music, which takes her throughout the UK, Europe and North America. Julian Metzger (cello) delights audiences with his rich palate of sound colours and recently played in front of members of the Danish Royal Family. Paul Turner (piano) is a native of Swindon and founded the SRS. He combines being the SRS Artistic Director with performing across the UK and abroad.

Lisa is a Yamaha artiste -


Diary:
  • Quartet for the End of Time - Swindon Wyvern Theatre, Wednesday September 26th, 1.05pm
  • T S Eliot 'Vivienne' - Christ Church, Swindon, on Thursday October 4th at 1pm.
  • Paul Turner: Schubert, Beethoven & Chopin - Swindon Arts Centre on Sunday October 7th at 7.30pm.
  • Enigma14: Haydn & Beethoven Trios - Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday October 24th at 1.05pm.
About Swindon Recital Series

Swindon Recital Series was founded 23 years ago by Paul Turner. The Recital Series is committed to providing world-class chamber music in the Swindon area by presenting regular concerts of chamber music given by professional musicians. The Series takes place between September and April each year at various venues in and around Swindon, including the Wyvern Theatre and the Arts Centre.

For more information contact either Artistic Director Paul Turner at turner.paul@virgin.net, recitals@hotmail.co.uk or on 01793 531316 or 07989 397372 or SRS Secretary Julia Singleton at juliaesingleton@gmail.com or on 01793 644660 or 07718185518

Information about the recital series can be found at www.swindonrecitalseries.org
Future events:

  • Raymond Burley guitar - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wednesday March 21st, 1.05 - 2pm
  • Paul Turner piano - famous classics - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wednesday April 25th, 1.05 - 2pm