Sterndale Bennett Performances

Here’s a round-up of what went on in 2016, William Sterndale Bennet’s Bicentenary Year.

Article in Choir & Organ magazine

Oxford, Holywell Music Room 7.30pm Villiers Quartet String Quartet WO17
Pre-concert talk at 6.30 in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre

David Clover Song Competition, Sheffield

Lansdowne Club, London (public event), 7pm. Sonata in F minor Op 13. Hiroaki Takenouchi (piano)

RAM Chamber Music Festival 1.05pm Songs Op 23

RAM Chamber Music Festival 1.05pm Chamber Trio Op 26

Cardiff University/ National Museum of Wales 12.30pm Fantasia in A Op 16 Olivia Sham (piano)

Sheffield, Crucible Theatre – Ensemble 360 1.30pm Chamber Trio Op 26

RAM seminar 2.30pm Discussion on interactions between Mendelssohn, Piatti and WSB, then at 6pm Sonata Duo Op 32 Olivia Sham and Job ter Haar

RAM 6pm Research presentation on WSB as student, professor and principal

Article in FineMusicAustralia magazine and on their website

RAM Victorian Virtuosity. WSB and Romantic Pianism 6pm Olivia Sham

Cambridge Faculty of Music West Road 1.05pm CUMS Selection by musicians from the University Instrumental Award Scheme to celebrate the bicentenary

All Saints Parish Church, Orpington 7.30pm
Orpington Symphony Orchestra, conductor Raymond Lewis. Overture The Naiades Op 15 and Piano Concerto No 4 Op 19. Soloist David Owen Norris

All Saints Church, Esher. God is a Spirit from Op 44. The Ripieno Choir David Hansell (director)

All Souls, Langham Place, London. Queen’s College Founders Day Service. Selection from Preludes and Lessons Op 33, orchestral adaptation of Romance No 2 Op 14 and The Lake from Op 10;
and the Anthem God, who madest earth and heaven.

Articles in the Journal of the British Music Society, FineMusicAustralia magazine, the Yorkshire Post magazine and BBC Music Magazine
Museum of Music History, Website. Composer of the Month

RAM Display Case (on show until end August)
See some of the items here.

Bodleian Library, Oxford: Display Case (on show until end May)

Conway Hall, London. 6.30pm Galos Trio. Chamber Trio Op 26 and Sonata Duo Op 32

Kuwait, Colleges of Basic Education, B11, Music Department, Room F36 (time to be confirmed)
Lecture Recital: “William Sterndale Bennett’s Preludes & Lessons Op. 33, a Practical Consideration”
Dr Sana’a Alsaif

BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week

13th (The 200th Birthday)
Oxford Convocation House 1pm Sonata Op 46 David Owen Norris (Booking for Friends of Bodleian only until March)
FOB Sterndale Bennett flyer

Ecclesall Parish Church, Ecclesall Road South / Ringinglow Road S11 7PP at 7.30pm
The Sterndale Singers, conductor Robert Webb, and pianist Jonathan Gooing
A celebratory concert of songs, choral and piano music

Stockport Town Hall 7.30pm Overture The May Queen Op 39
Stockport Symphony Orchestra, conductor Wyn Davies

Britannia in Bamberg Festival, Germany, to include a selection of choral music, songs and the
Sonata Duo Op 32

10.00am Marlow, Christ Church United Reformed Church. Speakers include Barry Sterndale-Bennett, Ruthie Cheung and Keith Bartlett. Piano soloists Robert and Ruthie Cheung will play works by William Sterndale Bennett including Romance Op.14, No.2; Genevieve, WO42; and Agitato Assai Op.24, No.3.

Cobbe Collection Hatchlands Park nr Guildford in collaboration with the RAM
A conference-festival The Historical Pianist

Schumann-Haus Zwickau at 5pm. Sextet Op 8 with Chamber Group from the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Cobbe Collection Hatchlands Park at 12 noon Fantasia in A Op 16 Olivia Sham

Woking HG Wells Centre 7.30pm Holywell String Quartet Quartet in G WO17

Schumann-Haus, Zwickau at 5pm. Piano Sonata No 1 Op 13. Thomas Synofzik (piano)

English Music Festival, Dorchester Abbey near Oxford. Pre-concert talk by Barry Sterndale-Bennett

English Music Festival, Dorchester Abbey near Oxford Two partsongs: Come live with me and Sweet Stream, City of London Choir. Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)

Article in BRIO, the journal of IAML(UK and Irl)

Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands Park, 12 noon Sonata Duo Op 32 Adrian Bradbury (cello) and Oliver Davies (piano)

Lindersaal Koncert Hall , Leipzig at 5pm. Sextet Op 8 with the Chamber Group from the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Ushaw College, Durham at 7.30pm. Overture The Woodnymph Op 20. Cipriani Orchestra. Lewis Wilkinson (conductor)

Schumann-Haus, Leipzig at 3.30pm. Sonata Duo Op 32 Christian Giger (cello) and Yuka Kobayashi (piano)

29th at 12.45pm
Parish and Priory Church of St Mary, Chepstow, Monmouthshire
Sterndale Bennett: Suite de Pieces, op.24
Duncan Honeybourne piano

30th at 7.30pm
Gillingham Methodist Church, Gillingham, Dorset, during the Gillingham Festival
Sterndale Bennett: Suite de Pieces, op.24
Duncan Honeybourne piano

David Conway wrote an article on Bennett for the Slovak music magazine ‘Hudobny zivot’.
Pennsylvania State University. Matthay Piano Festival. Special presentation by Terry McRoberts

3rd: a communication from Tom Quick in Canada
Broadcast No. 184 for The Grand@101 for July 3/2016
The Grand 101’s programming included:
London Philharmonic Orchestra. Overture: The Wood Nymphs. William Sterndale Bennett
Conductor. Nicholas Braithwaite.

Malcolm Binns: Piano. Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor Op. 1. W. S. Bennett.
London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Conductor. Nicholas Braithwaite

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church, Holborn, London. Partsong Come live with me WO47.
Londinium Chamber Choir. Andrew Griffiths (conductor)

22nd at 6pm
Miry Concertzaal, Ghent, Belgium
Gentse Vleugels international piano festival as part of the Ghent Festival
Sterndale Bennett: Suite de Pieces, op.24
Duncan Honeybourne piano

Ambleside Parish Church, pianist Andrew Brownell will perform the Fantasia in A major, Op.16 together with Schumann’s Etudes Symphoniques, Op.13 (connected by their reciprocal dedications).

Ulster Hall, Belfast 7.45pm. Piano Concerto No I Op 1. Ulster Orchestra with Howard Shelly (soloist and conductor). Broadcast by BBC Radio 3 Summer Invitation series.

Geelong College, Australia. 3pm. Chamber Trio Op 26. Trio Anima Mundi with Rochelle Ughetti (violin),
Noella Yan (cello) and Kenji Fujimura (piano),

Husum Music Festival Florian Noack Fantasie op. 16

Annenkirche, Dresdan. Part song Come live with me. RBS Europa Choir. Jeremy Jackman (conductor)

WSB was a featured composer in the 2016 ‘Indian Summer in Levoca Festival’ in Levoca, Slovakia, from September 9th-September 13th, as follows:

Holy Trinity Anglian Church East Melbourne, Australia. 3pm. Chamber Trio Op 26. Trio Anima Mundi
with Rochelle Ughetti (violin), Noella Yan (cello) and Kenji Fugimura (piano)

Saturday 10 September, 15.00 Minorites Church, Levoca. Choral concert by Chorus Minor, Levoca, to include works of Sterndale Bennett.

Monday 12 September, 19.00 Congress Hall, Levoca. Jakob Vad (baritone)/ Elisabeth Nielsen (piano) (Denmark). Programme will include Bennett’s six Songs, op. 35

Tuesday 13 September, 19.00 congress Hall, Levoca. Jonathan Powell (piano) (UK)/ Igor Karsko (violin) (SK) and Jozef Luptak (cello) (SK). programme to include Bennett Chamber Trio op. 26.

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. 1.10pm. Chamber Trio Op 26. Trio Severn with Zoe Beyers (violin),
Powell (cello) and Robert Markham (piano)

Article in Nineteenth- Century Music Review

2nd 5.00pm
Atelier Concert Series
The American Church in Paris, 65 quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris
Sterndale Bennett: Suite de Pieces, op.24
Duncan Honeybourne piano

Stockbridge Music David Owen Norris Maid of Orleans Sonata

Mendelssohn Festival, Aarau, Switzerland. Overture The Naiades Op 15 and Symphony in G minor Op 43. Argovia Philharmonic Orchestra. Douglas Bostock (conductor)

7pm West Wight Arts Association, The Memorial Hall, Avenue Road, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9UU
Sonata Duo (Joseph Spooner, David Owen Norris)

1.10pm St. Margaret’s Westminster
The Treasury Singers, conducted by William Ormerod
Abide with me from The Woman of Samaria

Sunday, 11th December 2016, 7:45 pm
All Saints’ Parish Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington, BR6 0QD
Raymond Lewis (piano)
Alex Barnes (cello)
Sonata Duo William Sterndale Bennett
Max Bruch Kol Nidrei
Mendelssohn Sonata no. 2

In addition
Illustrated lectures by Barry Sterndale-Bennett were given to the following members of the Federation of Recorded Music Societies:
Carshalton 13 October 2015, Leicester 10th November, Godalming 15th January 2016 , Sheffield 15th April, Banstead 21st April, Epsom 13th September, Bookham 22nd September, Croydon 26th September (for the Friends of the London Mozart Players), Kidderminster 28th October and Orpington 14th November.

25th March 2017
United Reformed Church, Southenhay, Exeter at 7.30pm. Piano Concerto No 4 Op 19. Exeter Symphony Orchestra. Brian Northcott (conductor) Richard Deering (piano)

Peter Horton has a chapter on WSB in The Piano in Nineteenth-Century British Culture edited by Therese Ellsworth and Susan Wollenberg (Ashgate 2007,ISBN: 978-0-7546-6143-6) Details

Visit the London Bach Society for details of their tributes to WSB.

The Royal Academy of Music had a chamber series called The Leipzig Connection.

The conference on ‘Muzio Clementi and the British Musical Scene’ in Lucca included a number of papers on WSB. The programme and abstracts can be found here.

Here’s the concert company WSB found himself in!

may queen

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