Classical Concert Series returns to Tewkesbury

Freddy Kempf

Freddy Kempf - Credit: Archant

The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury’s prestigious long-running Classical Concert Series will return for its ninth consecutive season, beginning with renowned pianist Freddy Kempf on Saturday, October 19 at 7.30pm and continuing into 2014 with the Jubilee Quartet on Friday, March 7 and violinist Joo Yeon Sir on Friday, April 4.

The first concert in the series showcases the talents of Freddy Kempf, who rose to international fame after winning the BBC Young Musician Of The Year Competition in 1992. Since then, Kempf has enjoyed a career as a recitalist, performing regularly in cities across the world; as a recording artist with BIS Records, with whom he has recorded numerous works for solo piano; and as a conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (with whom he originally made his concerto debut aged only eight years old).

A passionate performer known for his broad repertoire, Kempf will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op.109, Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude and Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition.

The second concert of each year’s Classical Concert Series is traditionally an ensemble. This season, the first-prize winners of the Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition, the Jubilee Quartet, perform for the first time in Tewkesbury. Formed in 2006 at the Royal Academy of Music, London, the quartet comprises Tereza Privratska (Violin 1), Alanna Tonetti-Tieppo (Violin 2), Stephanie Edmundson (Viola) and Lauren Steel (Cello), and currently hold a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship. The quartet have performed extensively in the UK and on the continent as well as involved themselves in a variety of outreach work as part of the ‘Live Music Now!’ scheme.

The Jubilee Quartet will perform Mozart’s Quartet K.421, Beethoven’s Quartet Op.18 No. 4 and Mendelssohn’s Quartet Op.80 on fine instruments on loan from the Royal Academy Of Music.

The final concert in this year’s series is performed by the partnership of violinist Joo Yeon Sir and pianist Irena Andrievsky. With a particular interest in Russian and British repertoire, Korean-born British Joo Yeon has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestras at numerous venues across the UK. She is also an accomplished composer, having won the coveted title of BBC/Guardian Young Composer in 2005.

Joo Yeon Sir and Irena Andrievsky perform Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat Major KV378, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Piano in F Major Op.24 ‘Spring’, Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano and Frolov’s Concert Fantasie on Themes from G ‘Porgy and Bess’.

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The Roses’ annual Classical Concert Series is a well established platform for both vetaran performers and rising musical stars to showcase their talents, and provides an opportunity for audiences to hear world-class classical music locally.


A series subscription price of £39 (£36 for concessions, £24 for under 25s) is available for the three concerts and can be purchased through The Roses Box Office on: 01684 295074

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It is also possible to obtain tickets separately for each concert.

Tickets for Freddy Kempf cost £17 full price, £16 concessions and £9 under 25s.

Tickets for the Jubilee Quartet cost £13 full price, £12 concessions and £9 under 25s.

Tickets for Joo Yeon Sir cost £14 full price, £13 concessions and £9 under 25s.