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What’s On: Painswick Music Society’s – 76th season, including renowned saxophonist Jess Gillam  

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Painswick Music Society’s 76th season takes place this spring with four attractive Saturday afternoon concerts in St Mary’s Church.

Starting on 26th March with the Carducci Quartet and pianist Clare Hammond. Together they are playing Schumann’s great Piano Quintet and the remainder of the programme comprises quartets by Fanny Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.

The second concert on April 9th is by the saxophonist Jess Gillam, who, since being the woodwind finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition,  has established herself as one of the outstanding performers of our day, noted for her infectious personality and passion for bringing joy to people through music.

She is also the youngest ever presenter on Radio 3 where she hosts her own award-winning weekly show and podcast called ‘This Classical Life’. Jess and pianist James Baillieu are playing original pieces and arrangements ranging from Telemann and Poulenc to Piazzolla and Chilly Gonzales.

The choral group Voces8 are returning to Painswick on 30th April with a programme perfectly suited to these times entitled Stardust – Choral Music Celebrating Natural and Spiritual Regeneration, recognising loss, beauty, love and joy.

It comprises music by composers from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as the group’s trademark jazz standard arrangements, and takes its title from a new commission for the group. The final concert on May 14th is by the charismatic young Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer, chosen as ‘One to watch’ by International Piano Magazine and whose first CD was described as ‘an outstanding debut’ by BBC Music Magazine. Iyad’s programme comprises works by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann and Sibelius, as well as a beautiful newly commissioned work by Helen Ottaway. 

Membership, giving access to all four concerts costs £55 (a saving of £31 compared with the cost of four single tickets) and £10 for under18’s and students in full-time education. 

Tickets for individual concerts are £20 for the Carducci Quartet with Clare Hammond and Iyad Sughayer, and £23 for Jess Gillam and Voces8, and £5 for under18s and full-time students.

Membership and individual tickets may be bought online at www.painswickmusicsoc.co.uk  or, subject to availability, at the door, but to avoid disappointment, you are encouraged to book well ahead. For all ticket and membership enquiries contact Edward Bowron tickets@painswickmusicsoc.co.uk   or   07789  006006.  Voces8’s concert starts at 4pm and the others at 3pm. 

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