Welcome to our Conservatoire Concerts web page which we hope will enable you to find out more about our exciting Concert Series.
Our Next concerts are the following….
Chamber Music Festival
26th and 27th of November, 7.00pm at Godalming Baptist Church GU7 1BA
26th November – Aristeé String Trio
Schubert : String trio in B flat major D471
Beethoven: String Trio in C minor Op.9 No. 3
W.A. Mozart: Divertimento in E flat major, K.563
The members of the Aristee Trio have been performing together for over ten years, trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as scholars, in the classes of; Mayumi Fujikawa, Rivka Golani and Naomi Butterworth. Tadasuke, Jordi and Austen are all recipients of the Directors Award – Trinity Laban and laureates of numerous international competitions including; The Toshiya Eto Violin Competition, The Hamamatu Philharmonic Soloists Competition, The Gold Medal – Trinity Laban, The Stratford International Chamber Music Competition, The Britten Pears Intercollegiate Competition and The Kent Festival.
27th November, 7.00pm Godalming Baptist Church
Two String Quartets perform…
Haydn: String Quartet No. 2 ‘The Fifths’
Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
Mendelssohn: Octet E flat major Op. 20
Lunchtime Concert – A Song Recital
Rachel Ridout (Soprano) and Ilan Kurtser (piano)
Tuesday, 30th November, 12.00-1.00pm
Godalming Baptist Church
Works by Beethoven, Faure, Rachmaninov, Boulanger and more
British Soprano Rachel Ridout studies with Mary Nelson and James Baillieu. She holds a First-Class Honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Van Smith Prize, 2021. Recent successes include making her debut at the Oxford Lieder Festival and the International Lied Festival Zeist as part of a professional duo in the Masterclass week.
As a passionate song singer, she has worked closely with Elly Ameling, Robert Holl and RAM Professors Richard Stokes, Michael Dussek, Joseph Middleton and Sholto Kynoch. She has also sung in masterclasses to Wolfgang Holzmair, David Selig, Hans Eijsackers, Graham Johnson, Malcom Martineau, Helmut Deutsch, and Justus Zeyen. Externally Rachel is a regular recitalist around the UK, and she has also performed at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Malta. This summer Rachel and her Duo partner Ilan Kurtser were the recipients for the Hester Dickson Duo Prize for Oxenfoord International, due to the pandemic this has been moved to the summer of 2022.
During her time at RAM she performed regularly for Academy Voices song recitals and the Accompanist @6 concert series. Rachel performed the world premiere of Emma Ruth- Richards’ song Red Anemones, written as one of the 200 Pieces project commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music for their bicentenary celebrations. She has also performed as a soloist in the Bach the European concert series, singing under Masaaki Suzuki, Trevor Pinnock, Iain Leddingham and Eamonn Dougan. Rachel placed Very Highly Commended in the Major Van Someren-Godfrey English Song Prize 2020 at RAM and was Runner Up in The Charles Wood International Song Competition 2021.
Recent opera roles include Norina from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in RAM Opera scenes, First Boy for the RAO production of Die Zauberflöte and Olympia from Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman. Rachel has also performed the Title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Abingdon Music Society, Papagena for Upperhill Music Festival’s production of Die Zauberflöte and First Lady for Cavatina Orchestra. In opera scenes Rachel has performed the roles of Mozart’s Zerlina and Susanna.
Upcoming performances this month include Soprano Soloist in Mozart Requiem under Daniel Collins of the Sixteen and song recitals in Hitchin and Godalming.
Born in 1996, Israeli pianist Ilan Kurtser began studying with Enn Wittenberg at the municipal music school of Petah-Tikva and continued his studies at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv with Asaf Zohar.
Ilan is currently studying on the Advanced Diploma course at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Michael Dussek, James Bailleau and Malcolm Martineau. He is one of a select few to receive the Academy’s Bicentenary Scholarship for his studies this year. He is a member of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music’s Song Circle, a Leeds Lieder Young Artist and the winner of the Major Van Someren-Godfrey Piano Accompaniment Prize and the Brenda Webb Piano Accompaniment Award at RAM.
Mr Kurtser has participated in the David Goldman Chamber Music Program for Outstanding Young Musicians (Jerusalem Music Centre) and in numerous international festivals in the USA, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Italy.
He has taken part in masterclasses with Paul Badura-Skoda, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, Helmut Deutsch, Malcolm Martineau, Felicity Lott, Iain Burnside and Graham Johnson.
Ilan is very thankful to have been a scholar of America-Israel Cultural Foundation from 2010 to 2020.
As part of his Bicentenary Scholarship this year, he will be recording a double CD album of the complete Goethe-Lieder by Hugo Wolf.
Annual Baroque Day
15th January 2022 at
Godalming Baptist Church GU7 1BA
11:00-12:00 noon Morning recital
Maddy Pickering (violin) performing
J.S. Bach Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor
Rowena Taylor (cello)
Candlelit Baroque Gala Concert
with the participation of soloists and
The London Conservatoires String Ensemble
Saturday 15th January 7.00pm
J.S. Bach – E minor Violin Concerto (Soloist Maxim Del Mar)
A. Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto (Soloists Thibault Blanchard Dubois and Urska Horvat)
Solo Pieces on Cello and Violin
Handel Arias by Thea Grace Callaghan and Michael Temporal Darell
Due to restrictions in seating capacity, advanced booking for all our concerts is necessary.
All our concerts our brought to you Free of Charge. However as we have to pay our musicians and the rent of the venue we rely on the generosity of our sponsors and audience. Contributions can be made via paypal on the link found on this page or by online transfer using the following bank details and quoting ‘Godalming’ when you make the payment.
Account Number: 00030776 Sort Code: 40-52-40
If you wish to view any of the video recordings of the Online Concerts we organised during the lockdowns, please visit our Past Concerts page.
You can watch a recording of the 2nd concert from our
Beethoven 250th Anniversary Festival
by clicking on the link below
Irina Lyakhovskaya (piano), John Mills (violin) and Beethoven Sextet
Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50
Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’, Op. 68
(arranged for sextet by Michael Gotthard Fischer)
Irina Lyakhovskaya (piano)
We are very grateful to our sponsors without whom this Festival would not have been possible.
Mr and Mrs Bernard Jeffcote
Mr and Mrs George Burnett
The Godalming Music Listening Group
Watch this space. More concerts to follow!