The Milverton Concert Society

Friday March 13th · 2015

Busch Ensemble

Busch Ensemble

Omri Epstein · piano; Mathieu van Bellen · violin; Ori Epstein · cello

“All are within their twenties; the youngest recruit, cellist Ori Epstein, is a mere 22. But the group already play as though musically joined at the hip – something to be expected with Epstein and his older brother Omri, the group’s marvellously sensitive pianist.

Beyond the players’ individual gifts, what impressed most was the group’s effortless musicianship and unity of thought and attack. The threesome even seemed to be breathing in synch”

The Busch Ensemble is a London – based piano trio founded in November 2010. They take their name from Adolf Busch, the German violinist and composer who later settled in the USA; it is his violin that is played by Mathieu van Bellen.

Winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition they are one of the leading piano trios of the new generation.

Most recently they have been selected for the prestigious Chamber Studio Mentorship Programme, which will expose them to guidance and teaching from some of the world’s leading musicians.

  • Debussy · Piano Trio in G major
  • Busch · Busch Piano Trio in A minor
  • Schubert · Piano Trio No 2 in E flat major D 929
Visit The Busch Ensemble’s Web Site The Busch Ensemble performing Haydn Piano Trio in G Hob. XV “Gypsy Rondo” on YouTube The Busch Ensemble perform Schubert ‘Sonatensatz’ D.28 Live at Wigmore Hall on YouTube

Friday February 13th · 2015

Pavel Kolesnikov · piano

Honens Prize Laureate

President's Concert

Pavel Kolesnikov · piano

Born in Novosibirsk, Pavel entered the Moscow State Conservatoire in 2007 and was awarded the President’s Order Young Talent of Russia in that year. Presently he is studying at the Royal College of Music in London and has been introduced to us by the society’s honorary president, Melvyn Tan.

Pavel was winner of the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition, a prestigious Canadian accolade which nurtures lifelong artistic and professional development. His prize includes a debut concert at Carnegie Hall, for which his concert in Milverton will be a dry-run! As well as the better known pieces by Mozart, Schumann and
Beethoven, Pavel will be playing the wonderfully fiery ‘Vers la flamme’ by Scriabin as well as the post-Romantic Sonata No 4 by the same composer.

  • Mozart · Fantasy in C minor K. 475
  • Scriabin · Vers la flamme Op. 72
  • Scriabin · Sonata no. 4 in F sharp major Op. 30
  • Beethoven · Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111

Sunday November 30th · 2014

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band · ‘Carols & Capers’

Please note this day and start time!

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band  · ‘Carols & Capers’

Tossed together in 1984 on a ‘let’s see what we come up with’ basis for a BBC Yuletide broadcast, what began as a one-off session in a village hall in Cumbria has endured for over twenty years and has become something of a tradition in its own right! Fortunately it shows little danger of fossilisation as both parties keep coming up with new ideas, seeking out obscure and ancient versions of carols and delighting people with their energetic take on more familiar material. Their album, ‘Gold Frankincense and Myrrh’, introduced a good deal of Arabic and African-influenced music into the equation.

Maddy Prior was part of the folk-rock group Steeleye Span who took folk music out of the backroom clubs and into the charts with a string of hit albums, gold discs and world tours.


Friday November 7th · 2014

Zelkova Quartet with Abel Selaocoe* · cello

Zelkova Quartet with Abel Selaocoe* · cello

Caroline Pether · violin 1; Simran Singh · violin II; Alexander Mitchell* · viola;
Jonathan Pether · cello

The Zelkova Quartet have many RNCM awards under their belt and have recently been made associates of the European Chamber Music Academy. They were one of four quartets selected internationally to participate in the Trondheim International String Quartet Academy 2012 and attended the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in September 2013.

*This is a change to our printed programme

Steffan Morris has some trial dates with a London orchestra which he is unable to reschedule so the Zelkova Quartet have proposed a young upcoming cellist, Abel Selaocoe from RNCM, as a substitute for the Schubert Quintet. If you would like to find out more about him and his journey from Sebokeng, South Africa to the RNCM, follow these links:

Information about the Zelkova Quartet can be found at:

  • Webern · Langsamersatz
  • Mozart · String Quartet No. 16 in E flat major K.428
  • Schubert · String Quintet in C major · Op. 163 D956

Friday September 19th · 2014

Opera Gala · 4uartet & Marc Verter

Tribute Concert for Shelagh Blackmore

Opera Gala · 4uartet & Marc Verter

Natalie Montakhab · soprano; Beth MacKay · mezzo-soprano;
Warren Gillespie · tenor; Jamie Rock · baritone; Marc Verter · accompanist

4uartet is a new vocal ensemble of graduates from the Alexander Gibson Opera School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). Their Patron is Malcolm Martineau. Drawing on years of conservatoire training they explore a range of music and look for new ways of presenting the vocal repertoire.

Their programme, from an extensive repertoire, will include Soave sia il Vento from Così Fan Tutte.

Marc Verter is one of the most exciting and versatile collaborative pianists of his generation and dedicates much of his time to performing with singers.