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Tuesday 8 October
Chineke! Chamber Ensemble
1pm, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Coleridge-Taylor Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.1
Schubert Piano Quintet in A, D667
The Chineke! Chamber Ensemble perform a programme of quintets by Coleridge-Taylor and Schubert, displaying the astonishing maturity and virtuosity of the young composers.
Premiered in 1893, Coleridge-Taylor's charismatic four-movement quintet was written at the age of eighteen. The influence of his favourite composer, Dvorak, as well as Schubert, is evident in the inventive, melodic lines and rich tone colour of this Post-Romantic piece, demonstrating a remarkable self-assurance for one so young.
This is complemented by Schubert's innovative Trout Quintet composed in 1819 when he was just 22 years old. The fourth movement features variations on his earlier Lied, Die Forelle and is scored for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass rather than the more usual piano and string quartet configuration.
Chineke! Chamber Ensemble comprises principal players of the critically-acclaimed Chineke! Orchestra, Europe's first majority Black Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra. Founded in 2015 by distinguished international double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Chineke!'s mission is to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music.
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Blog written by Jill Davies, who runs the Severn Muses project as well as Chamber Music Plus.
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