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A masterful exploration of the rich world of chamber music and song, in its many diverse forms, from the 18th century to the present day.

Christopher Ellis during his career in education, first as a teacher of English and later as Principal and Headmaster of independent schools throughout Australia, has always been a strong advocate of music as a beneficial and an essential part of the educational experience of every young person.

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14th January

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  • Spohr: Piano Trio No.3 in A Minor, Op.124. Borodin Trio.
  • Schubert: By the Lake, D746. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Schubert: Suleika I, D720. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Schubert: Suleika II, D717. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Lachner: Octet in B flat, Op.156. German Wind Soloists.
  • Szymanowski: String Quartet No.2, Op.56. Maggini Quartet.
  • Greenbaum: Three Places for a New Millenium. rompduo.

  • 7th January

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  • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.5/2. Martha Argerich, pno., Mischa Maisky, vlc.
  • Brahms: Trio in E flat, Op.40. Ilya Gringolts, vln., Alexander Mogilevsky, pno., Nathan Braude, vla.
  • Berg: String Quartet, Op.3. Kronos Quartet.
  • Berg: Four Songs Op.2. Dorothy Dorow, sop., Tan Crone, pno.
  • Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.80. Isaac Stern, vln., Alexander Zakin, pno.

  • 31st December

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  • Haydn: Trio No.12 in D for flute, cello & piano, Hob.XV:16. Aurele Nicolet, fte., Rocco Filippini, vlc., Bruno Canino, pno.
  • Pleyel: String quartet in E flat, Op.2/4. Enso Quartet.
  • Schumann: Duets Beneath the window, Op.34, No.3, Truly as the sun shines, Op.37. No.12, Dance song, Op.78, No.1, He and she, Op.78, No.2, Fair is the Festival of Spring, Op.37, No.7 Jan DeGaetani, m-sop., Leslie Guinn, bar.Gilbert Kalish, pno.,
  • Spohr: String quintet in E flat, Op.33/1. Sandor Papp, vla., Danubius Quartet.
  • Moscheles: Septet in D, Op. 88. Caroline Weichert, pno., Mayumi Shimizu, vln., Jaap Zeijl, vla., Christoph Groth, vlc., Volker Donandt, db., Walter Hermann, cl., Christoph Moinian, horn.

  • 24th December

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  • Charpentier: Carols for instruments, H531, 534. English Concert/Trevor Pinnock.
  • Bach: Schlafe, mein Liebster, geniesse der Ruh from Christmas Oratorio, BWV248. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., The English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Vivaldi: Violin concerto in E, RV270, Il riposo - per il Natale. Collegium Musicum 90/Simon Standage.
  • Mozart: String Quartet No.20 in D, K499 - Hoffmeister. Salomon Quartet.
  • Cornelius: Weinachtslieder, Op.8. Irmgard Seefried, sop., Erik Werba, pno.
  • Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet in C minor, Op.1. Barry Snyder, pno., Cleveland Quartet.
  • Sculthorpe: Morning Song for the Christ Child. Quodlibet Singers, Queensland PO/Ralph Morton.
  • Leek: Peace. Quodlibet Singers, Queensland PO/Ralph Morton.

  • 17th December

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  • Buxtehude: Sonata No.3 in A minor, BuxWV254. Jaap ter Linden, viola da gamba, John Holloway, vln., Lars Ulrik Mortensen, hpschd.
  • Handel: Duetto XVII: No, di voi. James Bowman, alto., Gillian Fisher, sop., King's Consort.
  • Bach W.F.: Duet No.5 in E Flat. Hansjoerg Schellenberger, oboe, Wolfgang Schulz, fte.
  • Mozart: Duo for violin and viola in G, K423. Arthur Grumiaux, vln., Arrigo Pelliccia, vla.
  • Haydn: String Quartet in D, Hob.III:34, Op.20/4. Simon Standage, vln., Jennifer Ward Clarke, vlc., Micaela Comberti, vln., Trevor Jones, vla., Salomon Quartet.
  • Boccherini: Piano Quintet in E minor, Op.56/1. Patrick Cohen, pno., Quartet Mosaiques.

  • 10th December

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  • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No.1 in F, Op.5/1. Martha Argerich, pno., Mischa Maisky, vlc.
  • Brahms: Piano Trio in A, Op.posth.. Beaux Arts Trio.
  • Alfred Hill: String Quartet No.9 in A minor. Dominion Quartet.
  • Mirrie Hill: In Spite of All. Margaret Schindler, sop., Philip Mayers, pno.
  • Mirrie Hill: My Bird Singing. Margaret Schindler, sop., Philip Mayers, pno.
  • Mirrie Hill: I Heard a Sound of Singing. Margaret Schindler, sop., Philip Mayers, pno.
  • Mirrie Hill: Down Sunlit Glades. Margaret Schindler, sop., Philip Mayers, pno.
  • Reinecke: Flute Sonata in E minor, Op.167, ' Undine'. Yefim Bronfman, pno., Emmanuel Pahud, fte.

  • 3rd December

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  • Lachner: Septet in E flat. Ensemble Villa Musica.
  • Lachner: Fragen. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Barry Tuckwell, horn, Richard Bonynge, pno.
  • Lachner: Frauenliebe und leben. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Barry Tuckwell, horn, Richard Bonynge, pno.
  • Lachner: Herbst. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Barry Tuckwell, horn, Richard Bonynge, pno.
  • Schubert: Variations in A Flat, D813. Daniel Barenboim, pno., Radu Lupu, pno.
  • Saint-Saens: Violin Sonata No.2 in E flat, Op.102. John Lenehan, pno., Xue Wei, vln.
  • Britten: Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op.2. Janet Craxton, oboe, Members of Gabrieli String Quartet.

  • 26th November

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  • Schubert: String Quartet No.11 in E, D353. Op.125/2. Kodaly Quartet.
  • Arensky: Piano trio No. 2 in F minor, Op.73. Borodin Trio.
  • Hahn: D'Une Prison, Offrande, l'Incredule, Fetes Galantes Martyn Hill, ten., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Bartok: Violin Sonata No.2, Sz.76. Anne-Sophie Mutter, vln., Lambert Orkis, pno.
  • Kats-Chernin: Sunshine Journal. Tamara-Anna Cislowska, pno., Kirsty McCahon, db., Christina Leonard, sax., Catherine Hewgill, vlc., Frank Celata, cl.

  • 19th November

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  • Bach JC: Quintet in C, Op.11/1. English Concert.
  • Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Hob.III:33, Op.20/3. Simon Standage, vln., Jennifer Ward Clarke, vlc., Micaela Comberti, vln., Trevor Jones, vla., Salomon Quartet.
  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A minor, Op.23. Elizabeth Wallfisch, vln., David Breitman, pno.
  • Mendelssohn: Greeting, Op.19a/5. Eugene Asti, pno., Sophie Daneman, sop.
  • Mendelssohn: Sunday Song, Op.34/5. Eugene Asti, pno., Sophie Daneman, sop.
  • Mendelssohn: Renunciation, Op.9/11. Eugene Asti, pno., Sarah Connolly, m-sop.
  • Mendelssohn: The stars in silent night gaze down, Op.99/2. Eugene Asti, pno., Sarah Connolly, m-sop.
  • Goetz: Piano Trio in G minor Op.1. Gobel Trio Berlin.