Chamber Concert

Adderbury Ensemble, Saturday 28th September 2024

Viv McLean - piano
Jenny Sacha – violin
Chris Windass – violin
Vanessa McNaught – viola
Jane Fenton - cello


Chopin Nocturnes and Mazurkas
Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478
Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81, B. 155

We start the season in very traditional style with strings and piano.  We are delighted to welcome the Adderbury Ensemble back to Amersham Concert Club for our first concert of our fifty eighth season.  Adderbury are joined by pianist Viv McLean for this concert.  

The concert begins with solo piano works by Chopin, before the string instruments join us for Mozart’s first piano quartet.  The quartet is in G minor which is the key Mozart reserved for his most turbulent ideas, and this piece proved to be too difficult for the amateur performers for whom it was commissioned.

The Dvorak in the second half of the concert is one of the masterpieces of the piano quintet repertoire and has something for everyone; wonderful melodies, a stunning, playful scherzo and strong folk music influences.

“a wonderful evening of music for an enthusiastic audience”  

“the concert was a treat for the ears”

The Adderbury Ensemble brings together some of the UK’s top musicians to perform the world’s finest chamber music.  Adderbury played for us at the Amersham Concert Club in 2019, and were very well-received. We are looking forward to hearing them again.

The group were formed in 1986 by some of the UK’s finest young freelance musicians, and the ensemble have always had a flexible line-up, mixing and matching different players to deliver performances primarily as quartets, quintets or small chamber groups and occasionally adding further instruments to play symphonies and concertos by the likes of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn or Brahms – with or without a conductor.

Everyone who performs as part of the Adderbury Ensemble is an eminent instrumentalist, usually a principal player with one or more of the leading orchestras of Europe. From their early years playing Sunday evening concerts in the beautiful village of Adderbury in north Oxfordshire, the group have gone on to develop a global reputation. They perform regularly throughout Britain and other European nations, and played their first concerts in the United States in Spring 2016. They also helped found the world-famous Oxford Coffee Concerts at the Holywell Music Room, the oldest purpose-built music venue in Europe.

The Adderbury Ensemble have released ten recordings in their own right since their first CD was released in 1997, and individual members have recorded many more, either as soloists or as members of other groups.