Thames Concerts’ 2012 season of classical music is given by some of the finest performers in the country in the atmospheric setting and superb acoustic of All Saints’ Church Kingston (Kingston Parish Church).
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The repertoire ranges from Bach to Turnage and from the classical string quartet to the unique sounds of the tango, played by world-class artists including Craig Ogden, David Juritz, Robert Quinney, Quatuor Mosaiques and the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.
This year, we welcome David Juritz as Artist-in-Residence, who opens the season by bringing his London Tango Quintet to Kingston. Including Classic FM artist Craig Ogden and the brilliant accordionist Milos Milivojevic (described by the Times as 'a hurricane of imaginative invention'), the programme includes Piazzolla’s popular Four Seasons, a new commission from Mark-Antony Turnage and works by Rachmaninov and Mendelssohn. The concert is preceded by a reception for members of the Thames Concerts Inner Circle.
Soon after this, David Juritz presents Bach’s sonatas and partitas in two Thursday evening shoppers’ concerts. These last an hour and are by candlelight, and finish with a Bach violin concerto accompanied by the Tiffin Chamber Orchestra. On the second of these evenings, Thursday 22nd March, we form the very first Thames Concerts Community Orchestra – open to all string players of all ages – to play Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring under David Juritz’s leadership. Further details can be found on the Thames Concerts website.
A very special evening will be the visit of the French period-instrument string quartet Quatuor Mosaiques on Monday 12th March. Tickets for the quartet’s last Wigmore Hall series sold out fast, and we are delighted to be able to host them as part of their UK tour. Their recordings have received unanimous critical acclaim, as did the BBC broadcasts of their most recent London concerts, and their programme for Thames Concerts features three well-loved quartets by Haydn and Mozart. Book early to be sure of a seat.
Following on from the recent visits of King’s College and St John’s College Choirs in Cambridge, we welcome the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, under its inspirational Director of Music Stephen Layton. Acknowledged by Gramophone Magazine as one of the five best choirs in the world, this will be their first visit to Kingston Parish Church, and is not to be missed!
The season closes with the final Frobenius organ recital before the renovation of the church, and is given by the sub-organist of Westminster Abbey, Robert Quinney. As organist for the Royal Wedding, his exceptional playing gained a worldwide audience, and his recent recording of Bach Trio Sonatas was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine (“Quinney delivers finger-and foot-perfect performances”) and praised in The Times as “a pure unfolding of pleasure”.
The series of Thames Concerts is run entirely by volunteers and relies upon generous donations from individual concert-goers, as well as a grant from the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. An easy way of helping to ensure the survival of classical music concerts in Kingston is to join the Inner Circle: details are in the Rose Theatre Shop.
Tickets are half-price for those in full-time education. Full details about all of the concerts, including information about the performers, composers and works performed, as well as video and audio clips, can be found online at the Thames Concerts Blog.
Artistic Director, Thames Concerts