CONCERTS: Update 20th July 2021

We have greater freedom to engage with each other now, and many are taking advantage of this in a big way. So here's a message from Jane Turner, who will be responsible for he website from September onwards.

Some of you may be aware that, despite many of us being ‘double-vaxed’, we have a number of clinically vulnerable and anxious audience members. We want everyone to feel safe and confident to come to the concerts. In view of this, we decided:

  •          to continue with advanced booking - the system works well and helps with entry and planning seating arrangements

  •          to admit people who come to the door without booking and to note their contact details

  •          to ask people to sanitize hands on entry

  •          to request that face coverings continue to be worn inside the church

  •          to continue to space out chairs (which are sanitized before and after concerts)

  •          to organise concerts throughout August

  •          to retain £5 entry fee (free for under 18s)

  •          to review these arrangements at the end of August


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Entry is still £5. We now have the means of accepting payment by plastic. No tickets are issued.


Church of St Mary the Virgin, Aylesbury


​Thursdays. 12.45. £5.00, 18 and under free

Admissions payment from 12.15. No pre-booking necessary - except during COVID restrictions, as informed. The programme arranged so far  is:

24.6.21:  Anna Le Hair, Arwen Turner, Alan Thorogood, Nicholas Turner, Fran Freer.

Dvorak, Piano Quintet op 81; Granados, Piano Quintet.


1.7.21: Bela Hartmann:

Bach, Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue; Beethoven-Liszt An die ferne Geliebte; Beethoven, PS 28 op.101.

8.7.21:  Jumis Ensemble: Sabine Sergejeva, violin; Henrietta Hill, viola; Toby White, cello 

Home Roots’ - inspired by Folk Music:, Rhiannon Randle: Three ‘Jumis Ensemble Solos’ (2020). 

*World Premiere in person performances. Part of Jumis Ensemble Composer Collaboration Project 2020-21.

1. 'Triquetra' for Solo Cello; 2. ‘Ozoliņi’ for Solo Violin; 3. 'Barcarolle' for Solo Viola

Rebecca Clarke: Lullaby and Grotesque for Cello and Viola; Zoltán Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op.7, first movement, Allegro serioso, non troppo; Ernst von Dohnányi: Serenade in C for String Trio Op.10 (1904)

15.7.21: Emma Smith/Sam Rodwell, guitar Roth Guitar Duo ,


22.7.21: Freiern Ensemble  : Paul Willey, Colin Callow, Ian Byrne Brito, Natasha Michael, Nigel Blomiley and Erica Simpson, violins, violas, cellos.

Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht ; Brahms Sextet 1           Confirmed

29.7.21: Arwen Turner/Anna Le Hair violin and piano

Beethoven, Violin Sonata op.30 no. 2; Messiaen, Variations;  Fauré, Violin Sonata no. 1 op.13

5.8.21: Alim Beisembayev, piano  

Beethoven, Piano Sonata 32 op.111; Chopin, Twenty-Four Preludes op. 28.

12.8.21: Peter O'Hagan

Bach, two chorale preludes; Beethoven, Hammerklavier Piano Sonata op. 106.


19.8.21: Emmanuel Bach/Jenny Stern, violin and piano.

JS Bach, Solo Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003, 1. Grave, 2. Fuga; Schubert, Rondo Brillant D.895 Op.70; Poulenc Sonata for Violin and Piano; Chausson, Poème, Op.25.


26.8.21: Maria Razumovskaya, piano

Includes Schubert Piano Sonata in B flat D. 960


2.9.21: Tailleferre Wind Ensemble: Emma Halnan, Nicola Hands, Jennifer Dunsmore, Kristina Yumerska, Amy Thompson, Lana Bode (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, piano):

Germaine Tailleferre, Sonate Champêtre; Rimsky Korsakov,Quintet in Bb Major; Louise Farrenc, Sextet for piano and winds Op. 40.

9.9.21: Ensemble Mirage Matthew Scott  and friends

Schubert Octet                                








Two links to the brilliant first round performances in the famous Leeds Piano Competition of two of 'our musicians':

Alim Beisembayev, who comes to play on 5th August.


Tyler Hay who came some time back.

#LEEDSPIANO - First Round with Alim Beisembayev (

#LEEDSPIANO - First Round with Tyler Hay (

Bela Hartmann came recently to play a wonderful programme of music by Bach, Beethoven-Liszt and neat Beethoven.


The musicians who come to perform are of the highest calibre and you might be interested to explore  some of them on YouTube. Have a look at the names on our programmes, past and present, and explore.

Here are a couple of suggestions, one for piano, and one for violin and piano. You might also like to look up their CD releases.

Jenna Sung:


Ravel, Gaspard de la nuit:


Schumann, Carnival:


Alkan, le festin d’Esop: [if you don't know about Alkan, try this. It's great fun.]

Joo Yeon Sir with Irina Andrievsky:

Igor Frolov, Concert Fantasy on Gershwin themes from Porgy and Bess:


A little clip from one of our other favourite pianists, Tyler Hay, that I think you'll enjoy:

Tyler Hay plays his own arrangement of Kitten on the Keys: Fly on the Wall.

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