Kingston Chamber Concerts presents evening programmes of professional chamber music in a relaxed format, using the small, intimate space of the East End Cafe, in the original chancel of Kingston’s historic All Saints Church, beside the Market Place.
The acoustics are ideal for chamber music.
Kingston Chamber Concerts present different chamber ensembles, voice and piano.
There are six concerts a year, in two mini-series in May-June and September-October, on a mixture of days of the week.
We particularly provide a platform for locally-based professional musicians; and for early-career young professionals. They value the exposure and financial support, while we enjoy music from the wealth of young talent coming out of London’s conservatoires.
Kingston Chamber Concerts are different in style and feel – the intimate scale and space; the closeness to the performers; the small tables for enjoying a glass of wine, or sharing a bottle with friends.
The venue is open beforehand, from 6:45 pm. (And the wine is better than concert hall average.)
‘The concert was a treat for all sorts of reasons…A privilege to enjoy such splendid music so close to home …The audience seated around small tables, reminiscent of the way music was enjoyed prior to 1850 when the modern concert format as we know it today developed… I enjoyed a glass of delicious Riesling on arrival (and a second in the interval!). A really delightful concert, engaging, informative, and very enjoyable. Review by The Cross-Eyed Pianist.
2017 concerts included:
- John Irving playing Haydn and Mozart sonatas. ‘A fascinating and beautifully-presented glimpse into the soundworld of Vienna in the late eighteenth century on a copy of a fortepiano by Walter which both Haydn and Mozart owned’. The Cross Eyed Pianist;
- The Piatti String Quartet, playing Beethoven’s Op 130 and Grosse Fuge;
- The young Armorel Piano Trio with Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ trio and Dvorak Op 90;
- The Ceruleo Baroque ensemble and their programme exploring the theme of ‘Betrayal’ in the songs of Handel and Barbara Strozzi;
- Robin Blaze – world-famous counter-tenor (and Kingston resident), presenting ‘A Shakespeare Miscellany’ of words and songs, with lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and actor Nick Asbury.
2018 concerts include:
- The young and increasingly well-known Artesian Quartet with a programme of Beethoven, Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade, Webern, and Mozart’s ‘Hunt’ Quartet Monday 14 May.
- A return visit by the Armorel Piano Trio, joined by with two friends, to play the Schumann and Brahms Piano Quintets – very substantial music, which promises to be a revelation in the East End’s intimate acoustic. Tuesday 29 May.
- The Linos Piano Trio, performers at the 2017 Wimbledon International Music Festival, will play CPE Bach, Beethoven Piano Trio No 1, Schumann, Piano Trio No 1, and Linos’s own arrangement of Ravel’s La Valse. Saturday 16 June.
- A return visit by John Irving and his Walter fortepiano, presenting ‘Beethoven and his mentors’ – the Pathetique, Tempest and Moonlight sonatas, contrasted with works by Haydn and Mozart. Monday 8 October.