Past Seasons

  • Plush 11: Doric Quartet

    Saturday 10 September 2016

    Alex Redington violin
    Jonathan Stone violin
    Hélène Clément viola
    John Myerscough cello
    & Adrian Brendel

    Bartók String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91
    Thomas Adès The Four Quarters, for string quartet, Op. 28 (2010)
    Schubert String Quintet in C major, D.956

  • Plush 10: Encounters 2

    Friday 9 September 2016

    Adriano Adewale percussion
    Joanna MacGregor piano
    Martynas Levickis accordion
    Adrian Brendel cello

    Joanna MacGregor OBE joins sensational Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale, cellist Adrian Brendel and Lithuania’s hottest star and virtuoso accordionist Martynas Levickis, for a special night of tango inspired music.

    This collaboration was a huge success at Dartington Hall in 2015, and returns there this year (already a sell out) with new addition Martynas, ahead of their performance at Plush.

  • Plush 9: Evening Concert

    Sunday 28 August 2016

    Tim Horton piano
    Melinda Maxwell oboe
    Jonathan Morton
    Clio Gould
    Mark Holloway 
    Adrian Brendel cello

    Richard Strauss 3 Ophelia Songs, Op. 67 (Booth, Horton)
    Knussen Triptych (Maxwell, Gould, Holloway, Brendel)

    Berg Four Songs, Op. 2 (Booth, Horton)
    Schumann Piano Quintet Op. 44 (Horton, Gould, Morton, Holloway, Brendel)

  • Plush 8: Revue Z

    Sunday 28 August 2016

    One-woman cabaret written and performed by Zoë Martlew.

    Cellist, performer, composer, broadcaster and educator; the increasingly uncategorisable Zoë Martlew performs and records around the world. She is artistic director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam, cello tutor for the NYO, and makes regular appearances as performer and commentator on TV and radio.

    Revue Z  features Zoë’s  theatrical compositions for cello, voice and pre-recorded soundtrack in an array of musical styles linked together by the shimmering virtuosity of her cello playing.

  • Event Open Rehearsal & Pre-Concert Talk

    Sunday 28 August 2016

    Plush Ensemble in rehearsal

    Oliver Knussen & Harrison Birtwistle in conversation

  • Plush 7: Lunchtime Concert

    Sunday 28 August 2016

    Tim Horton piano
    Melinda Maxwell oboe
    Jonathan Morton violin
    Clio Gould violin
    Mark Holloway viola
    Zoë Martlew cello
    Adrian Brendel cello

    Stravinsky 3 pieces for String Quartet (7) (Morton, Gould, Holloway, Martlew)
    Knussen Ophelia’s Last Dance (Horton)*
    Birtwistle An Interrupted Endless Melody (10) (Maxwell, Horton)
    Mozart String Quartet in A major, K.464 (30) (Morton, Gould, Holloway, Brendel)

  • Plush 6: Evening Concert

    Saturday 27 August 2016

    Claire Booth soprano
    Jonathan Morton
    Clio Gould violin
    Mark Holloway viola
    Adrian Brendel cello
    Tim Horton  piano

    Debussy Violin Sonata (Gould, Horton) (17 mins)
    Knussen Ophelia’s Last Dance (Horton) (10 mins)
    Knussen Whitman Settings for Soprano & Piano, Op. 25 (Booth, Horton) (10 mins)
    Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (Horton, Morton, Holloway, Brendel) (40 mins)

  • Plush 5: Film Screening

    Saturday 27 August 2016

    Sounds from the Big White House: Oliver Knussen at 50 (2001)

    This special film was made to celebrate Oliver Knussen’s 50th birthday and includes original interview footage, videos from rehearsal and archive material.

    The composer talks about the perils of early fame, about meeting Stravinsky as a child, and demonstrates his amazing collection of musical mechanical toys in the eccentric domain of his home, the big white house. Music performed by the London Sinfonietta and BBC Symphony Orchestra includes excerpts from the Rite of Spring, Where the Wild Things Are and the Horn Concerto.

  • Plush 4: Trio Dali

    Saturday 20 August 2016

    Mendelssohn Piano Trio No 2 in C minor, Op 66
    Roger Smalley Trio (1991)

    Schubert Trio in B flat major, Op 99 (D.898)

  • Plush 3: Discovery Concert

    Saturday 20 August 2016

    Bach Toccata in D Major, BWV912 for Keyboard (Savary)
    Cassadó Suite for Solo Cello (La Marca)
    Martinů Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H.157 (Liebeck, Brendel)

  • Plush 2: Encounters 1

    Saturday 16 July 2016

    Andrew McCormack piano
    Thomas Gould violin
    Bernhard Schimpelsberger percussion

  • Plush 1: Emerging Artists

    Friday 15 July 2016

    Samson Tsoy Piano Recital

    CPE Bach Piano Sonata in G minor
    Beethoven Fantasia in G minor, Op. 77
    Tchaikovsky/Pletnev Nutcracker Suite
    Schumann Kreisleriana

  • Plush 10: Heath Quartet

    Saturday 29 August 2015

    Heath Quartet
    Adrian Brendel cello

    Haydn  Quartet in G, Op. 76 No. 1, 21”

    Rautavaara Les Cieux Inconnues (1997) for String Quintet, 22”

    Schubert String Quintet in C, D. 956, 50”

    The Heath Quartet give our annual performance of Schubert’s Quintet alongside a recent work by Einojuhani Rautavaara, perhaps the most significant Finnish composer since Sibelius. Both quintets feature an additional cello instead of
    viola, exploring richer and darker textures through this formation.

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  • Plush 9

    Saturday 25 July 2015

    James Clark violin
    Fenella Humphreys violin
    Tobias Breider viola
    Adrian Brendel cello
    Michael Petrov cello
    Imogen Cooper piano
    Tim Horton piano

    Schubert ‘Lebensstürme’ for piano 4 hands, D. 947, 15”
    (Cooper, Horton)

    Dohnanyi Piano Quintet No. 2 in Eb minor (1914), 25”
    (Humphreys, Clark, Breider, Petrov, Horton)

    Schubert Moments Musicaux in C, Ab, F minor, 15”

    Mozart String Quartet in F, K. 590, 27”
    (Clark, Humphreys, Breider, Brendel)

  • Plush 8: Discovery Concert

    Saturday 25 July 2015

    Adrian Brendel cello
    Imogen Cooper piano
    Tim Horton piano

    Scriabin Sonata No.7, Op.19 (1898), 10”

    Debussy Cello Sonata (1915), 16”
    (Brendel, Cooper)

    Debussy Elegie for solo piano (1915), 7”

    Scriabin Vers la flamme’ for solo piano, Op.72 (1914), 8”

  • Plush 7: Emerging Artist

    Saturday 25 July 2015

    Emerging Artist Lunchtime Concert

    Michael Petrov cello
    Tim Horton piano

    Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, 20”
    Franck Sonata in A, arr. cello/piano, 25”



  • Plush 6: Ensemble 2

    Friday 24 July 2015

    James Clark violin
    Fenella Humphreys violin
    Tobias Breider viola
    Adrian Brendel cello
    Imogen Cooper piano
    Tim Horton piano

    Schubert String Trio movement in Bb, D.471, 10” (Humphreys, Breider, Brendel)
    Kurtág Prelude & chorale, Hommage a Schubert (1992), 5” (Cooper)
    Adès  Darknesse Visible (1992), 6” (Horton)
    Schubert Fantasy in F minor, for piano 4 hands, D. 940, 25” (Cooper, Horton)

    Franck String Quartet in D (1890), 40”
    (Clark, Humphreys, Breider, Brendel)

  • Plush 5: Ensemble 1

    Saturday 13 June 2015

    Andrej Bielow violin
    Adrian Brendel cello
    Richard Hosford clarinet
    Noam Greenberg piano
    Simon Crawford-Phillips piano

    Chopin 4th Ballade in F minor, Op.52, 12″ (Greenberg)
    Berg Adagio for clarinet, violin, piano (1925), 13″ (Bielow, Hosford, Crawford-Phillips)
    Bach Two-part inventions arr. violin and cello 15″ (Bielow, Brendel)

    Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time 50″ (Greenberg, Hosford, Bielow, Brendel)

  • Plush 4: Film Screening

    Saturday 13 June 2015

    The Crystal Liturgy

    ‘Birds, rhythms, colours, faith’ – a film about Olivier Messiaen by Olivier Mille, 55″

    The Crystal Liturgy is a fascinating introduction into the world of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). Mille brings together archival footage of the composer with musical extracts, evoking the composer’s ideas, thematic tropes and emotional landscapes.

    Shown on a large screen in the church

  • Plush 3: Trio

    Friday 12 June 2015

    Simon Crawford-Phillips piano
    Lawrence Power violin & viola
    Adrian Brendel cello

    York Bowen Fantasy for viola and piano, Op. 54 (1918), 13”
    Brahms Trio in A minor, Op.114, arr. viola, cello, piano by the composer, 25”

    Kurtág Selected works from Signs, Games, Messages for piano and strings, 12”
    Brahms Trio in B, Op. 8, 30”


  • Plush 2: Solo Piano Recital

    Monday 8 June 2015

    Sir András Schiff

    Haydn Sonata No. 60 C Major, Hob. XVI:50
    Beethoven Sonata No. 30 E Major, Op. 109

    Mozart Sonata in C KV 545
    Schubert Sonata C minor D 958


  • Plush 1: Andy Sheppard Jazz Quartet

    Saturday 6 June 2015

    Andy Sheppard soprano & tenor saxophone
    Eivind Aarset guitar & electronics
    Michel Benita double bass
    Sebastian Rochford drums

    Saxophonist and Bristol resident Andy Sheppard frequently collaborates with musicians from all over the world, drawing his influences from Brazilian percussion, Indian violin, English folk music, and of course lead figures of jazz, such as the late Gil Evans.

    Drummer Seb Rochford, French double bassist Michel Benita and Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Eiving Aarset all share Sheppard’s freely lyrical open-mindedness. They come together to perform music from his most recent ECM album, alongside improvisations and their own material.

  • Plush 10: Hermes Quartet & Adrian Brendel

    Saturday 13 September 2014

    J. Haydn
    String Quartet, Op. 33, No. 1

    G. Kurtag
    Pieces for solo cello from Signs, Games & Messages

    F. Schubert
    String Quintet in C major (D. 956, Op. posth. 163)

  • Plush 9: Workshop with Alfred Brendel

    Saturday 13 September 2014

    Schubert String Quintet in C Major

    Pre-Concert Talk
    6.30pm (this event is free)
    with broadcaster and music presenter Sandy Burnett, the musicians & Alfred Brendel

  • Plush 8: Hermes Quartet

    Friday 12 September 2014

    J. Haydn
    ‘Emperor’ String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 No. 3

    A. Webern
    5 movements for String Quartet, Op. 5

    R. Schumann
    String Quartet, Op. 41 No. 2

  • Plush 7: Solo Piano Recital

    Saturday 30 August 2014

    W. A. Mozart
    Rondo in A minor, KV 511

    J. S. Bach*
    4 Preludes & Fugues from the
    Well-Tempered Clavier
    D major, D minor,
    E flat major & D sharp minor

    J. Haydn
    Sonata in D, Hob XVI:37

    R. Schumann
    Davidsbuendlertaenze, Op. 6

  • Plush 6: Live Junction

    Saturday 23 August 2014

    Inspired by BBC Radio 3′s Late Junction, Live Junction is quickly developing a reputation for its unique and imaginative programming, curated by pianist Holly Cullen-Davies.


  • Plush 5: Guitar Recital & String Trio

    Saturday 12 July 2014

    Christoph Denoth guitar
    6pm (50 mins)

    J. Dowland 
    Selected Works

    B. Britten
    Nocturnal after John
    Dowland Op. 70

    H. Villa-Lobos
    Préludes No. 1, 3 & 4

    I. Albeniz
    Granada (Serenata)
    Asturias (Leyenda)

    J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations
    arr. Dimitri Sitkovetsky
    7.30pm (70 mins)

    Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin
    Krzysztof Chorzelski viola
    Adrian Brendel cello

  • Gwilym Simcock

    Plush 4: Gwilym Simcock & friends

    Friday 11 July 2014

    Gwilym Simcock piano
    Yuri Goloubev double bass
    Thomas Gould violin
    Martin France drums
    Adrian Brendel cello


  • Richard Hosford

    Plush 3: Ghosts in the Kaffeehaus

    Saturday 21 June 2014

    B. Bartok
    (Hosford, Nabarro Horton)

    L. v. Beethoven
    Ghost Trio in D, Op. 70, No. 2
    (Nabarro, Rosefield, Horton)

    E. v. Dohnanyi
    Sextet in C, Op. 37
    (Nabarro, Rosefield, Atherton, Hosford, Horton, Brendel)

  • Ben Nabarro

    Plush 2: The Third Way

    Saturday 21 June 2014

    L. v. Beethoven
    D Major Sonata, Op. 102, No. 2 (Brendel, Horton)

    I. Stravinsky
    3 Pieces for Clarinet Solo (Hosford)

    G. Ligeti
    Horn Trio (1982)
    (Atherton, Nabarro, Horton)


  • Tim Horton

    Plush 1: Love & War / BBC Radio 3

    Friday 20 June 2014

    A. Arensky
    String Quartet No. 2, Op. 35 (Nabarro, Zhislin, Brendel, Rosefield)

    S. Prokofiev
    Piano Sonata No. 7 in B major, Op. 83 (1942)
    Stalingrad (Horton)

    S. Taneyev
    Canzone for Clarinet & Piano (Hosford, Horton)

    D. Shostakovich
    Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (Nabarro, Rosefield, Horton)

  • Sam Lee

    Plush 11 Folk Night

    Saturday 14 September 2013

    Martynas Levickis accordion
    Abe McWilliams violin

    Bartok Romanian folk dances
    Piazzolla  Seasons of Buenos Aires
    Lithuanian folk songs & other surprises

    BBQ food & Indian street snacks

    Sam Lee & Friends

  • Pavel Kolesnikov

    Plush 10

    Saturday 31 August 2013

    Seasons for Piano Solo

    Piano Quartet in G minor, Op.25
    (Kolesnikov, Brendel, Gruening, Gerchikov)

  • Ariel Quartet

    Plush 9 Ariel Quartet

    Friday 30 August 2013

    Hugo Wolf
    Italian Serenade

    String Quartet No. 2 in C, Op. 36

    String Quartet, Op.131

  • Roderick Williams co. Benjamin Ealovega

    Plush 8 Song Recital

    Saturday 24 August 2013

    Hugo Wolf
    Song selection (Williams, Glynn)

    Wesendonck Lieder arr. cello/piano (Brendel, Glynn)

    Schwanengesang (Williams, Glynn)

  • Plush 7 Solo Recital – Nicolas Hodges

    Friday 23 August 2013

    Etudes (1915) Book 1 (25′)

    Nigel Osborne
    Remembering Esenin (1974) (12′) with Adrian Brendel – cello

    Giga, Bolero e Variazione (Study after Mozart) (1909) (4′)

    Sofia Gubaidulina 
    Musical Toys (1968) – (8′) Selection

    Etudes (1915) Book 2 (25′)

  • Plush 6

    Sunday 7 July 2013

    Signum Quartet
    Adrian Brendel cello

    Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, No.2

    Joerg Widmann
    String Quartet

    String Quintet in C major (with Brendel)

  • Beatson co. Giorgia Bertazzi

    Plush 5

    Saturday 6 July 2013

    Charles-Valentin Alkan
    Grand Duo Concertante (Cerovsek, Beatson)

    Gideon Klein
    String Trio (Kufferath, Holloway, Brendel)

    ‘Aus Der Ferne III’ for String Quartet (Kufferath, Cerovsek, Holloway, Brendel)

    String Quartet, Op.132 (Kufferath, Cerovsek, Holloway, Brendel)

  • Elisabeth Kufferath

    Plush 4

    Friday 5 July 2013

    Trio in C major, Hob.XV:27 (Kufferath, Brendel, Beatson)

    Sandor Veress
    String Trio (Kufferath, Holloway, Brendel)

    Selection from ‘Mikrokosmos’ for piano solo (Beatson)

    Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, ‘Dumky’ (Cerovsek, Brendel, Beatson)

  • Nick Daniel

    Plush 3

    Saturday 22 June 2013

    Oboe Concerto in C minor (Full ensemble)

    Oliver Knussen
    Cantata, Op.15, for Oboe and String Trio (Daniel, T Gould, Morton, Brendel)

    6 Metamorphoses after Ovid, with readings from text by Ted Hughes (Daniel, Quick)

    String Quartet No. 14, ‘Death and the Maiden’ (T Gould, C Gould, Morton, Brendel)

  • Charles Owen Co. Jack Liebeck

    Plush 2 Lunchtime Concert

    Saturday 22 June 2013

    ‘Moonlight’ Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Opus 27, No. 2 (Owen)

    Sequenza VII for oboe (Daniel) 10 mins

    Tombeau de Couperin (Owen) 25 mins

  • Plush 1

    Friday 21 June 2013

    Temporal Variations (Daniel, Owen)

    Cello Sonata (Brendel, Owen)

    Isang Yun
    ‘Piri’ (Daniel)

    Piano Quintet (C Gould, T Gould, Morton, Brendel, Owen)