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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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11th March

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  • Mozart: String Quartet No.18 in A, K464. Quartetto Italiano.
  • Hummel: Piano Trio in E, Op.83. Borodin Trio.
  • Spohr: Six Songs, Op.154. Melvyn Tan, fortepiano, Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Nils-Erik Sparf, vln.
  • Moscheles: Grande Sonate concertante in A, Op.44. Caroline Weichert, pno., Hans-Udo Heinzmann, fte.
  • Holland: DSH self-portrait. Paul Champion, cl.

  • 4th March

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  • Francaix: Little quartet. Eddie Daniels, cl., Peter Handsworth, cl., Trio di Clarone.
  • Cadman: Quintet in G minor for Piano and Strings. Paul Posnak, pno., Bergonzi String Quartet.
  • Bartok: Violin Sonata No.1, Sz.75. Martha Argerich, pno., Renaud Capucon, vln.
  • Shostakovich: String Quartet No.11 in F Minor, Op.122. Borodin String Quartet.
  • Stanhope: Three Lorca Songs. Greta Bradman, sop., Benaud Trio.
  • Higdon: Pale Yellow/Fiery Red. Muses Piano Trio.

  • 25th February

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  • Farrenc: Trio in E minor for flute, cello and piano, Op.45 Opera Ensemble: Carlo Enrico Macalli, flute, Andrea Bergamelli, cello, Linda Di Carlo, piano
  • Spohr: Double String Quartet in E minor, Op.87. Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
  • Hill: String Quartet No.6 in G, The Kids. Dominion Quartet.
  • Strauss R (arr. Wolff): Four Last Songs. Barbara Bonney, sop., Malcolm Martineau, pno.
  • Glass: Glassworks: Facades. Philip Glass Ensemble.

  • 18th February

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  • Danzi: Wind quintet in B flat, Op.56/1. Vega Wind Quintet.
  • Haydn: String Quartet in A, Hob.III:36, Op.20/6. 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.
  • Brahms: Piano Trio No.1 in B, Op.8. Beaux Arts Trio.
  • Dvorak: Rondo in G minor, Op.94, B171. Maria Kliegel, vlc., Nina Tichman, pno.
  • Dvorak: Pisne, Op.2. Roger Vignoles, pno., Bernarda Fink, m-sop.

  • 11th February

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  • Berwald: Piano trio No.3 in D minor. Ilona Prunyi, pno., Andras Kiss, vln., Csaba Onczay, vlc.
  • Smetana: From the Homeland. Renata Ardasevova, pno., Ivanna Tomaskova, vln.
  • Dvorak: Songs from the Dvur Kralove Manuscript, Op.7, B.30. Roger Vignoles, pno., Bernarda Fink, m-sop.
  • Dohnanyi: Serenade in C, Op.10. Eldering Ensemble.
  • Genzmer: Wind Quintet. Hindemith Quintet.
  • Sculthorpe: String Quartet No.14, 'Quamby'. Goldner String Quartet.

  • 4th February

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  • Zelenka: Trio Sonata No.4 in G minor. Heinz Holliger, oboe, Christiane Jaccottet, hpschd., Maurice Bourgue, oboe, Klaus Thunemann, bsn., Lucio Buccarella, db.
  • Kalliwoda: Duet in C, Op.208/1. Vaughan Jones, vln., Reiad Chibah, vla.
  • Dvorak: String Quartet No. 7 in A minor, Op.16, B.45. Chilingirian Quartet.
  • Suk: Four Pieces, Op.17. Renata Ardasevova, pno., Ivanna Tomaskova, vln.
  • Janacek: Moravian Folk Poetry in Song. Excerpts Iva Bittova, voc., Skampa Quartet.
  • Janacek: Pohadka (Fairy-tale) for Cello and Piano. Seraphim Trio.

  • 28th January

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  • Haydn: String Quartet in F minor, Hob.III:35, Op.20/5. Simon Standage, vln., Jennifer Ward Clarke, vlc., Micaela Comberti, vln., Trevor Jones, vla., Salomon Quartet.
  • Dvorak: Violin Sonatina in G, Op.100, B183. Gil Shaham, vln., Orli Shaham, pno.
  • Suk: Ten Songs for Female Voices and Piano Four Hands, Op.15. Marian Lapsansky, pno., Daniel Buranovsky, pno., Prague Chamber Choir/Josef Pancik.
  • Saint-Saens: Piano Trio in E flat, after Septet, Op.65. The Australian Trio.
  • Khachaturian: Trio for clarinet, violin and piano in G. Walter Boeykens Ensemble.
  • Boyd: Bali Moods I. Bali Moods II. Geoffrey Collins, fte., Nicholas Routley, pno.

  • 21st January

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  • Crusell: Clarinet Quartet No. 3 in D, Op. 7. Thea King, cl., Members of Allegri String Quartet.
  • Schumann C: Die gute Nacht. Isabel Lippitz, sop., Deborah Richards, pno.
  • Schumann C: Ich stand in dunklen Traumen. Isabel Lippitz, sop., Deborah Richards, pno.
  • Schumann C: Sie liebten sich beide. Isabel Lippitz, sop., Deborah Richards, pno.
  • Schumann C: Liebeszauber. Isabel Lippitz, sop., Deborah Richards, pno.
  • Schumann: Five pieces in popular style, Op.102. Steven Isserlis, vlc., Denes Varjon, pno.
  • Dvorak: Piano Trio No.1 in B flat, Op.21, B51. Macquarie Trio.
  • Hill: String Quartet No.8 in A. Dominion Quartet.