What’s On

    Ensemble 360

    “Eleven international musicians, brimming with body and soul with passion, vitality and virtuosity, whose performances never cease to amaze.” The Independent

    Tim Horton piano
    Benjamin Nabarro violin
    Yuri Zhislin viola
    Gemma Rosefield cello
    Naomi Atherton horn
    Richard Hosford clarinet
    Adrian Brendel cello

    Members of Ensemble 360 visit us from Sheffield for our special opening weekend. They join forces with clarinettist Richard Hosford and cellist Adrian Brendel for three varied concerts of great works alongside new discoveries.

    Alongside the concerts our free Open Rehearsal gives valuable insight into the rehearsal process ahead of their evening performance.

    Saturday 21st June - 
    Open Rehearsal
    3-5pm, free, St Johns, access any time
    Beethoven, Dohnányi

    Sunday 22nd June - Education Project
    Ensemble 360 bring their expertise and energy to local, young musicians for an inspiring day of masterclasses and workshops.

  • Plush 1: Love & War / BBC Radio 3

    Friday 20 June 2014

    7.30pm £20

    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)

    This is a rare chance to hear two great Russian wartime works in one evening. Sergei Prokofiev’s titanic 7th Sonata of 1940 is a classic of the solo piano repertoire, while Shostakovich’s trio enjoys equally iconic status as one of the most profound musical comments on WWII. Both composers keenly felt the influence of Anton Arensky and Sergei Taneyev, two of the most interesting and dynamic figures of Russian fin-de-siecle culture.

    BBC Radio 3 will be recording the concert for broadcast later in the season.

    Read the 4*review of Tim Horton performing Prokofiev’s 7th Sonata (Guardian, May 2014).

    Watch this powerful performance by Grigory Sokolov

    Listen to Shostakovich, Gilels/Kogan/Rostropovich

    Watch Arensky’s String Quartet

  • Plush 2: The Third Way

    Saturday 21 June 2014

    1.00pm £10

    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)

     five cello sonatas are all widely regarded as masterpieces, of which the last is the most unusual, best-known for its fugal finale which emerges miraculously out of the rapt tension of the slow movement. Stravinsky’s monologues for clarinet explore the lower registers of the instrument, an ‘imitation’ of improvisation without bar lines and lastly, tango and ragtime. György Ligeti was one of the great figures of contemporary music, whose horn trio was dedicated ‘with ironic distance’ to another giant of the 19th century – Brahms.

    Listen to Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Alfred and Adrian Brendel

    Listen to Ligeti’s Horn Trio


  • Plush 3: Ghosts in the Kaffeehaus / SOLD OUT

    Saturday 21 June 2014

    7.30pm £20

    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)

    Beethoven’s struggles with setting Macbeth to music may have inspired the ghostly atmosphere of his famous trio’s second movement. Equally distinctive, Bartók’s Contrasts evoke the poetic bravura of its dedicatees Benny Goodman’s clarinet and Joszef Szigeti’s violin. In contrast, godfather of Hungarian music Erno v. Dohnányi’s sextet is a dynamic mix of rousing Vienna Kaffeehaus culture and inspired lyrical writing.

    Listen to Bartok Contrasts, performed by Benny Goodman, Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartok

    Listen to Dohnanyi’s Sextet in C

    Adventures in Form

    Our second festival weekend brings you two unmissable concerts showcasing virtuoso improvisations, new jazz compositions, solo guitar and a string trio arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, offering new perspectives on this great work.

    Gwilym Simcock’s prodigious creations on the piano straddle the border between classical and jazz to mesmerising effect…a stupendous improviser and a remarkable musician all round.”  The Observer

    “The pairing of UK pianist Gwilym Simcock and Russian double-bassist Yuri Goloubev was something of a masterstroke. Both musicians are fluent improvisers with strong personalities who blend jazz and classical influences with panache” Financial Times




  • Plush 4: Gwilym Simcock & friends

    Friday 11 July 2014

    7.30pm £20

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

    Described by the great Chick Corea as a ‘creative genius’, Gwilym Simcock is one of the most imaginative and technically brilliant jazz pianists on the circuit. He joins us with collaborators from recent award-winning albums, including multi-talented violinist Thomas Gould and double bassist Yuri Goloubev, to perform solo, trio and quintet works from his original repertoire. 

    Here is a glowing review of his show at Kings Place in Jan 2014.

    This fascinating video gives us insight into the composition process of this unique artist…


  • SOLD OUT / 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)

    Christoph Denoth combines teaching at London’s Royal Academy with a concert career that has taken him around the world, most recently to London’s Proms and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He presents a virtuoso programme of solo guitar music including Britten’s Nocturnal after Dowland, often described as one of the greatest guitar works of the 20th century.

    Interval – food & drink available

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

    Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin
    Krzysztof Chorzelski viola
    Adrian Brendel cello

    Dimitri Sitkovetsky’s arrangement of the Goldberg Variations has become universally popular since its appearance 25 years ago. Skilfully reinvented for strings, it brings new hues and characters to the work. Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Krzysztof Chorzelski visit Plush for the first time, reforming the trio after their 2013 performance in London.


    New Horizons

    The Live Junction collective visit Plush to develop a unique show exploring a variety of genres and repertoire with imagination and panache.

    “Live Junction sessions are always a joyful surprise and delight…they transport you down little known byways with a verve, musicality and cluster of sheer brilliant talents that you don’t often get to see.”
    Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3

  • Plush 6: Live Junction & BBQ

    Saturday 23 August 2014

    7.30pm £20

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

    Bringing together some of the most versatile and imaginative musicians in their fields Live Junction explores the boundaries between classical, jazz, world and folk music, producing shows which seamlessly juxtapose original composition, traditional pieces and dazzling improvisations.

    The collective visit Plush to develop and launch a new program, to include piano music for four hands, Bartok duos, Irish and gypsy fiddle music, original jazz compositions by guitarist Kristian Borring and pianist Bruno Heinen, songs by Alice Zawadski and recently celebrated jazz arrangements of Stockhausen’s Tierkreis, incorporating a number of the composer’s original music boxes.



    Solo Piano Recital

    Plush has a rich legacy of hosting leading pianists from around the world. This season we welcome a return visit from Austrian Till Fellner with his new programme.

    ‘Till Fellner confirmed his standing among the foremost keyboard virtuosi of the day.” The Observer


  • SOLD OUT / Plush 7: Solo Piano Recital

    Saturday 30 August 2014

    7.30pm £25

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

    A. Stankovski
    New work (world premiere)


    J. Haydn
    Sonata in D, Hob XVI:37

    R. Schumann
    Davidsbuendlertaenze, Op. 6 

    Internationally renowned pianist Till Fellner visits us for a solo recital opening with Mozart’s mysterious Rondo in A minor. Mozart’s mentor Haydn enjoys contrasting high spirits in his most famous piano sonata in D before Schumann’s imaginary world of the Davidsbund takes centre stage. Joining these works is the world premiere of a new piece by Viennese composer Alexander Stankovski.


    Emerging Artists

    The Hermes Quartet have rapidly gained a reputation for nuanced and charismatic performances. They visit us for two concerts showcasing some of their favourite works, and join Music Director Adrian Brendel to perform Schubert’s great quintet.

    A special workshop sees a rare visit from retired pianist Alfred Brendel, who will work together with the quintet, offering unique insights into the music ahead of their performance.

    Pre-Concert Talk Saturday 13th September, 6.45pm (Free event)
    Broadcaster and music presenter Sandy Burnett in conversation with the musicians & Alfred Brendel

    ‘Their musical intelligence – sensitivity, speech – and the overall cohesion… beautifully illustrated the accuracy and the expected maturity of the great quartets.” Le Courier

  • 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

    Haydn’s quartets are a rich world of masterpieces, none more so than the Emperor. Webern was known as ‘the mad scientist of music’, whose Cinq Movements dramatically altered the quartet landscape with their intense brevity. Schumann’s Opus 41 was his first quartet work, full of grace and humour, written in his chamber music bonanza year of 1842.

  • Plush 9: Workshop with Alfred Brendel

    Saturday 13 September 2014

    2.00pm £10

    Schubert String Quintet in C Major

    Pre-Concert Talk
    6.45pm (this event is free)
    with broadcaster and music presenter Sandy Burnett, the musicians & Alfred Brendel (to be confirmed)

  • SOLD OUT / Plush 10: Hermes Quartet & Adrian Brendel

    Saturday 13 September 2014

    7.30pm £20

    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)

    Hungarian composer György Kurtág has spent decades teaching, studying and writing about the works of Haydn and Schubert. The evening builds up to Schubert’s timeless Quintet with one of Haydn’s finest earlier works and a set of Kurtag miniatures which pay homage to cultural figures from Bach to Cage.