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58th Season

From October 2011 to March 2012

Aquinas Piano Trio

Saturday 1st October 2011, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Mozart: Trio in B flat maj. K. 502
Beethoven: Trio No. 5 in D maj. (“Ghost”) Op. 70 No.1
Schubert: Trio No. 2 in E flat maj. D. 929 Op. 100


The Aquinas Piano Trio was launched in 2009 and has already performed at the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank and the Barbican. Individually they have won several competitions and have played throughout the world. They have now produced their own CD.

Aquinas Piano Trio

Brodowski Quartet

Saturday 12th November 2011, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Schubert: Quartet No. 12 in C min. (“Quartettsatz”) D. 703
Vaughan Williams: Quartet No. 1 in G min.
Piazzolla: Four, for Tango
Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 6 in F min. Op. 80


The Brodowski Quartet has since 2005 performed often in London, in the rest of the UK and in Europe. They won the ensemble competition at the Royal Overseas League in 2008. Their Wigmore debut was in 2009 and they are the Quartet in Residence at Bristol University.

Brodowski Quartet

Rose Trio (wind)

Saturday 10th December 2011, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Mozart: Divertimento No. 1
Szalowski: Divertimento
Jolliffe: Call Me
Walthew: Triolet in E flat
Tansman: Suite pour Trio d’Anches
Dring: Polka
Mozart: Divertimento No. 3
Francaix: Divertissement
Farkas arr. Thorn: Serenade
Ibert: Cinq Pieces en Trio
Beethoven: Var. on “La ci darem la mano” from “Don Giovanni”
Gershwin arr. Thorn: Walking the dog
Arr. Thorn: Christmas Medley

Rebecca (clarinet), Suzanne (oboe) and Tamsin (bassoon) are sisters and have played music together since the youngest was 5 years old. They launched the Rose Trio in 2006 and won the Royal Overseas League ensemble competition in 2010. They are supported by the Countess of Munster Music Trust.

Rose Trio

Carducci Quartet with Libor Novacek (piano)

Saturday 11th February 2012, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Haydn: Quartet in G min. (“Rider”) Op. 74 No. 3
Brahms: Seven Fantasies for Piano Op 116
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A maj. Op. 81


The Carducci Quartet play regularly in London and elsewhere in the UK, as well as abroad. They have their own festival in Gloucestershire, and have many CDs to their name. Libor Novacek, the pianist, has produced some highly acclaimed CDs of Liszt and Brahms.

Carducci Quartet and Libor Novacek

Arpège Trio (flute, viola and harp)

Saturday 10th March 2012, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Bax: Elegiac Trio
William Alwyn: Naiades, fantasy-sonata for flute & harp
Ravel arr. Salzedo: Sonatine en Trio
Paul Reade: Dance preludes
Marin Marais: Five Old French Dances
Faure: Impromptu for harp in D flat maj. Op.86
Debussy: Sonate en trio, for flute, viola & harp


The Arpége Trio was formed in 2000 by musicians of international standing. The flautist, Philippa Davies, had her debut at the Proms back in 1977, while the viola player, Louise Williams, has played chamber music at a high standard for many years. The harpist, Christina Rhys, has premiered a number of new commissions and is a music therapist.

Arpege Trio