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Mark Bebbington & Coull Quartet   12th Mar 2018 at St. Mary’s Church  Map

The fourth of our collaborative ventures with London’s Conway Hall, this is a chance to bring together two well-loved and regular visitors to Luton. Mark Bebbington gives his award winning performance of Ireland’s highly personal Piano Sonata, a passionate response to the horrors of the First World War. It is also an opportunity to complete our survey of the chamber music of Worcestershire composer Ian Venables with an account of his romantic and lyrical Piano Quintet. The concert ends with the F minor Brahms Piano Quintet which, with its rousing gypsy finale, offers a further glimpse of the Eastern European traditions we have been exploring throughout our current season.

“A truly remarkable pianist…” The Times

“A standard of intonation and tonal matching that is well nigh flawless; their ensemble is as refined as any quartet I can think of.”  The Guardian

Ian Venables – Piano Quintet op 27*

John Ireland – Piano Sonata

Johannes Brahms - Piano Quintet in F minor op 34


“This is a work pulsing with genuine personality in every bar, right from its haunting, gently pastoral opening. Its language, proudly, unflinchingly lyrical, has a directness of emotional appeal, and Venables’s rhythms unfold with a sure sense of knowing where they are going.”

The Birmingham Post

Roger Coull - violin
Philip Gallaway - violin

Nicholas Roberts - cello
Jonathan Barritt - viola



We are most grateful to the John Ireland Charitable Trust and RVW Trust for helping with the sponsorship for this concert.

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