Home > Past Concerts > 65th Season

65th Season

From October 2018 to March 2019

Raphael Wallfisch, cello
John York, piano

Saturday 6th October 2018, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Raphael Wallfisch Cello
John YorkPiano
SchubertSonata in A Minor ‘Arpeggione Sonata’
BrahmsSonata No 1 in E Minor Op 38
FranckSonata in A Major (from the violin sonata)


Raphael Wallfisch and John York’s first recital together was in Rangers House, Blackheath on 30 October 1983. Since then they have performed extensively both in the UK and throughout the world and 2018 marks 35 years of their duo partnership

This concert is a birthday celebration of the remarkable contribution to the wealth of music for cello and piano that they have brought to our concert platforms through live performance, and to our front rooms through their fourteen highly acclaimed duo recordings.

Raphael is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. He was born in London into a family of distinguished musicians, his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch.

John was awarded the International Debussy Prize in Paris in1973 followed by an auspicious début at the Wigmore Hall. His career has taken him around the world as a soloist and as a chamber music partner.

Raphael Wallfisch and John York

Alke Quartet

Saturday 17th November 2018, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Soh-Yon KimViolin
Henry ChandlerViolin
Benjamin Harrison Viola
Karen French Cello
HaydnString Quartet Op 64 No 4 in G Major
JanáčekString Quartet No 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata‘
Schubert String Quartet No 15 in G Major D887


The Alke Quartet was formed in 2011 from members of the Southbank Sinfonia. During 2015/17 they were in residence at the Royal College of Music on the Chamber Music Course. Following their highly successful Park Lane Group audition in spring 2015, they have performed at several PLG sponsored concerts and made their Wigmore Hall debut in March 2017.

Finalists in the Bloch Music Competition and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, they were accepted for the International Music Seminar Prussia Cove, working closely with the Endellion Quartet’s David Waterman. In January 2017 they participated in the Winter Residency Programme at Banff, Canada.

Alke Quartet


Saturday 1st December 2018, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Belinda SykesVoice, bagpipes, director
Angela HicksVoice, harp
Tad Sargent Voice, bouzouki, bodhran
Mary Robertson Fidel, voice
Louise Anna Duggan Percussion, dulcimer, voice


Heigh Ho the Holly!

Joglaresa filled the Civic Centre in 2012 and now they return to blow the dust off medieval song and bring seasonal cheer to Yuletide, romping through the carols of Christmas Past. With fidel, harp, bells, bagpipes and voices Joglaresa ring in Christmas and New Year.

Directed by Belinda Sykes, this London-based ensemble has been playing since 1992. They imaginatively push, and often transcend, the limits of what is often thought of as early music. They were the first medieval band to develop a programme of songs entirely devoted to Mary Magdalen, and they were pioneers in programming medieval Jewish and Arabic texts.


Coull Quartet

Saturday 2nd February 2019, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Roger CoullViolin
Philip GallawayViolin
Jonathan Barritt Viola
Nick Roberts Cello
KodályString Quartet No 2 Op 10
MozartString Quartet No 23 in F Major K590
‘Prussian No 3’
BeethovenString Quartet Op 59 No 1 in F Major
‘Razumovsky No 1’


The magnificent, seasoned Coull are back in Berkhamsted. “Here the playing is so brim-full with enthusiasm and commitment, and at the same time so infused with the accumulated wisdom of decades, that the music simply reinvents itself as it should”. (The Strad)

Formed in 1974 at the Royal Academy of Music they rapidly achieved national recognition and were appointed Quartet-in-Residence by the University of Warwick in 1977, a post which they still hold today. The Quartet, which includes two of its founder members, has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, and has made tours of Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, China, India and the Far East.

Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to contemporary British music.

Coull Quartet (2)

Emmanuel Bach, violin
Jenny Stern , piano
sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Saturday 2nd March 2019, 7.30pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre

BachSolo Sonata No 2 in A Minor BWV 1003
Beethoven Sonata No 8 in G Major Op 30 No 3
PoulencSonata for Violin and Piano FP119
KreislerVariations on a theme by Corelli,
in the style of Tartini
KreislerLa Gitana
YsaÿeCaprice d’après l’étude en forme de valse de Saint-Saëns


Emmanuel Bach read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is taking an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, with Radu Blidar, as a Drapers Music Scholar. Previously, he studied with Natasha Boyarsky. He won the Royal Overseas League String Competition 2018 and is a Countess of Munster Artist.
He has played concerti by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Tchaikovsky and others; was a co-soloist with Anne-Sophie Mutter in Bach’s Double Concerto and played in a live-streamed masterclass conducted by Maxim Vengerov, on the Brahms Concerto.
He is grateful for support from the English-Speaking Union, RCM and HR Taylor Trust.

South-African pianist Jenny Stern has recorded for radio and television in Europe and her home country. Following studies at the Royal College of Music with Lamar Crowson, she took a Masters in South Africa, winning the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship for further study. Major performances include live broadcasts of Rachmaninov’s First Concerto and the Grieg Concerto, with the orchestras of Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Durban. She teaches at Eton College and Royal College of Music, Junior Department. She has recently recorded a CD with violinist Emmanuel Bach.

Emmanuel Bach