World-class musical talent heads to town in new season

Cellist Guy Johnston will get the season underway
Cellist Guy Johnston will get the season underway

Bedford Music Club’s Music on Thursdays concert season begins on October 22 with a concert given by internationally renowned cellist and past BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Guy Johnston.

He is joined on the piano by the new artistic director of the club, William Vann, in an enthralling programme of Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Stravinsky and a new commission written this year for Guy by Charlotte Bray.

The concert and the solo piano recital is at Bedford Girls’ School, with future performances at the Bunyan Meeting Church in Mill Street.

Guy and William were Choristers together at King’s, Cambridge over twenty years ago and this recital is the first time they have formally performed together since then.

William was born and raised in Bedford and is now an award-winning pianist and the director of music at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and is responsible for programming the whole of the Music on Thursday season.

The rest of the season comprises five concerts by leading musicians in their respective fields. American violinist Elicia Silverstein and harpsichordist John McKean perform The Cosmopolitan Baroque on 19 November.

This intriguing programme demonstrates how even 400 years ago, violin performance was virtuosic and international.

Clare College Choir make the trip over from Cambridge on January 14 to perform a programme of choral music for Epiphany. The choir brings together old and new music in this seasonal concert.

Pianist Mengyang Pan brings together Beethoven, Debussy, Schubert and Schumann on February 18, while The Navarra Quartet arrive at the Bunyan Meeting Church on March 17, performing through three major works by Beethoven, Haydn and Ravel.

The season is closed by tenor Robin Tritschler, one of the UK’s finest young tenors, performing an enticing mix of old and new repertoire for voice and guitar.

Season tickets for all six concerts cost£85 or and £75 for concessions. Individual tickets are also available.

Email enquiries@bedfordmusicclub.co.uk to book or for more information.