Chamber music you should hear live

This is the time of year for building inspiring programmes of chamber music for the group to play over the coming months. As usual, Harmoniemusik likes to mix the familiar with the less well known, while keeping each member of the group – from flute player to double bass – happy with the music they’re going to play. Well that’s the aim anyway…

As a warm up for the annual trip to St Columb in Cornwall (programmes to be revealed very soon), we’ve two concerts in June coming up – one featuring music for piano and wind, and the other octets and nonets. Samuel Barber’s atmospheric Summer Music sits alongside the sparkling Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano by Francis Poulenc. Both are pieces you never get tired of, no matter how many times you play or hear them – and well worth listening to live on a summer afternoon. As is the less well known but equally attractive sextet for piano and wind by the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen. Come along to St Anne’s Church in Kew on at 3.30pm on 17th June and enjoy the Sunday afternoon experience of uplifting wind music, followed by tea and cake (our favourite combination).

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