Wiltshire Music Centre

Wiltshire Music Centre hits the right note

with piano concert series

Live music venue, Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon, rounds off its Autumn Winter season with a series of live and livestreamed concerts by virtuoso pianists.

International pianist Tom Poster returns to present a mini chamber festival with his all-star chamber ensemble, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective (10-11 Nov). The two rich and diverse recitals will include contrasting works ranging from duo to quintet. The opening concert sets Schubert’s unfinished string trio alongside Clara Schumann’s lyrical violin romances and Korngold’s sumptuous and virtuosic piano quintet. In the second programme the artists shine a light on three exquisite examples of American romanticism: the most celebrated work of the great African-American composer George Walker, a beautiful salon piece by Amy Beach and a popular favourite by Cole Porter in Tom Poster’s new arrangement, before concluding  with Elgar’s great Piano Quintet.

Later in November, leading fortepianist Steven Devine directs and performs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a powerful contemporary programme that culminates with Mozart’s masterful Piano Concerto No (25 Nov). 

The season finale is given by outstanding young pianist Cordelia Williams who presents an emotive programme of works by Mozart, Lizst and Schuman. The recital concludes with Thomas Tomkins’ 1649 Pavan, with its soaring melodies and raw harmonies, and jazz pianist Bill Evans’ Peace Piece for a moment of expansive calm.

Each of these concerts are available to watch live at WMC and online, as part of the Centre’s new Livestream concert series. 

“The transformational impact of our new live stream broadcast capabilities is very exciting and we will make sure that the online experience is as rich and interactive as the live one.” James Slater, Artistic Director

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“The transformational impact of our new live stream broadcast capabilities is very exciting and we will make sure that the online experience is as rich and interactive as the live one.” James Slater, Artistic Director.

Virtual audiences can look forward to exclusive backstage content and Q&A sessions with the artists. Audiences attending concerts in person at the venue can expect the warmth and charm that is synonymous with this vibrant community centre, plus a range of new measures to ensure your safety. There will be limited seated capacity in the auditorium to allow for social distancing. Each performance will last 60 minutes with no interval and audiences are asked to wear a mask whenever possible in the building.

For full details about the Centre’s Autumn Winter season and to book, go to www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk or call the WMC box office on 01225 860100.