The Milverton Concert Society

Friday April 29th · 2016

The Bushel Lights in Concert

The Bushel Lights in Concert
  • Lisa Tustian
  • Alison Pink
  • Gareth Dayus-Jones
  • Christian Hopwood

Ranging across the centuries of English music, with occasional sojourns to the Continent, this concert is a quirky, eclectic and light-hearted journey of exploration, through gorgeous vocal, piano and instrumental music. With solo, duet and ensemble performances on an array of instruments and voices, from early pastoral delights, folk song from who knows when, romantic myth and legend via Shakespeare, into the 20th century. Including music from Purcell, Handel, Finzi, Grainger, Bridge, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and that all-time great, Anon.


Lisa Tustian

Lisa TustianLisa began playing the cello at the age of seven, performing with Northamptonshire Country Youth Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall in her teens, and earning good pocket money for many a G&S or choral society gig. Immersed in singing from early age, during her sixth form, the urge to sing, be on stage and generally be the centre of attention overwhelmed her, and she trained as a singer at the Royal Academy of Music. Now living in Milverton, with her partner, 4 sons, 2 cats, and very small dog, Lisa has a very busy and fulfilling musical life teaching singing, conducting choirs, coaching orchestras, leading workshops, engendering exciting new musical schemes and performing. In her spare time, she plays hockey and netball, and is a keen allotmenteer, a nod to her farming heritage.

Alison Pink

Alison PinkAlison studied at the Royal college of Music in London as a joint French Horn player and Pianist at a time when CDs were the new must-have invention! After working freelance in London for many year, including at the Royal Ballet School – no, not as a dancer – she moved to Taunton with her family to work as Director of Music at Taunton Preparatory School. Let out for good behaviour 5 years ago she now has a varied career including coaching brass players for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, teaching, lots of trips abroad for examining, and running Taunton Children’s Orchestra. She lives in Cushuish with 2 cats and a trumpet player!

Gareth Dayus-Jones

Gareth Dayus-JonesGareth was born in Durham and showed no particular interest in music at an early age. He was, however, observed to watch – unprompted – the entirety of Turandot on television around the age of ten which signalled perhaps a change of heart. He initially studied as a pianist but then turned to singing in his late teens and, after four years singing at St John’s, Cambridge, embarked upon twelve years of professional choral and solo singing. For eight of those years, he was fortunate enough to live and work in Windsor Castle where he also met Her Majesty The Queen, got married and where both of his children were born. He became Director of Music at King’s Hall in 2013 and is enjoying imparting his knowledge and love of music to the next generations of musicians.

Christian Hopwood

Christian HopwoodChristian was encouraged to practice his instruments from an early age. As a result he was principal trombone for the Oxfordshire and Thames Valley Youth Orchestras including playing that solo from Bolero in the Royal Festival Hall. From 1986-1989 and beyond he studied music at Kingston University and performed all over London. In the early 2000s Christian worked as a website producer for Radio 3 on the Late Junction and Andy Kershaw shows which was basically an excuse to attend as many music festivals as possible! He currently looks after his three children and is the master of finding ways to encourage them to practice their multiple instruments. In his spare time Christian plays trombone with local 10-piece band Louis and the Iguanas and the Somerset County Orchestra.


Saturday March 12th · 2016

David Waterman & Mishka Rushdie Momen

David Waterman & Mishka Rushdie Momen
  • David Waterman · cello
  • Mishka Rushdie Momen · piano

David Waterman was born into a musical family in Leeds and studied cello privately with Martin Lovett, William Pleeth and Jane Cowan. In 1979 he founded the Endellion Quartet which has played all over the world. By contrast, Mishka Rushdie Momen is “an extraordinarily gifted young artist and a recitalist of distinction – audiences have been both enchanted by her performance and that such a young player should bring such maturity and depth to her interpretations”. She won First Prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition 2014 at the age of 22.

  • Beethoven · Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’
  • Mozart · WoO 46 from The Magic Flute
  • Schumann · Fantasiestücke op. 73
  • Schubert · Fantasie in C major D. 760 “Wanderer-Fantasie” for solo piano
  • Interval
  • Chopin · Ballade No. 2 Op 38 for solo piano
  • Bach · Aria from Organ Pastorale BWV590
  • Brahms · Sonata no. 1 in E minor op. 38
  • Dvorak · Waldesruhe op. 68

David Waterman, ‘cellist with the celebrated Endellion Quartet, will give a 10 minute talk after the interval on his life and career in music.

Information about Mishka Rushdie Momen can be found at:


Friday February 12th · 2016

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio
  • Alexander Sitkovetsky · violin
  • Wu Qian · piano
  • Sebastien Van Kuijk · cello

First prizewinner of the International Commerzbank Chamber Music Award 2008 and recipient of the Nordmetall Chamber Music Award at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival 2009, the Sitkovetsky Trio was formed two years earlier and has since emerged as one of the oustanding trios of today, receiving numerous awards and critical acclaim. Founder members Alexander Sitkovetsky and Wu Qian were delighted to welcome cellist Richard Harwood for their 2014/15 season. Highlights this year include the launch of their new CD featuring Brahms’s C minor Piano Trio and Schubert’s expansive E flat Piano Trio on the Wigmore Hall label, and performances at the Bath Mozartfest and the Wiltshire Music Centre.

The Sitkovetsky Trio would like to announce that cellist Richard Harwood is no longer a member of the ensemble, effective immediately. The Trio is delighted that cellist Sebastien Van Kuijk will be joining them as guest cellist for their next performances.
  • Haydn · Piano Trio no. 39 in G major. Hob XV/25 'Gypsy Rondo'
  • Ravel · Piano Trio
  • Tchaikovsky · Piano Trio in A minor Op. 50

Information about the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio can be found at:


Friday December 11th · 2015

Blossom Street

Blossom Street

Blossom Street is a highly versatile and vibrant chamber choir comprising some of the UK’s best young singers which performs regularly on TV and radio as well as on the concert platform and has released two critically acclaimed CDs with Naxos. In 2005, Blossom Street filmed a medley of Christmas carols for BBC2, since when they have performed nationwide. In 2008, the group sang to Prince Charles on ITV1 as part of his 60th birthday celebrations. In this concert, Blossom Street presents highlights from the group’s recent disc of choral works by Peter Warlock, from best loved carols to lesser known gems, interspersed with seasonal favourites.

Information about Blossom Street can be found at:


Friday November 13th · 2015

Sacconi Quartet

Sacconi Quartet
  • Ben Hancox · violin
  • Hannah Dawson · violin
  • Robin Ashwell · viola
  • Cara Berridge · cello

‘A quartet of genuine substance’ – the award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment the Quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity of interpretation. The Quartet is enjoying a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe and at London’s major venues and is currently Associate Artist at the Bristol Old Vic.

  • Puccini · Chrysanthemums
  • Schubert · Quartettsatz D 703
  • Haydn · String Quartet in G Op. 76 No. 1
  • Interval
  • Beethoven · String Quartet No. 14 Op. 131

Information about the Sacconi Quartet can be found at:


Friday October 23rd · 2015

Benyounes Quartet with Jeremy Young

Benyounes Quartet with Jeremy Young
  • Zara Benyounes · violin
  • Emily Holland · violin
  • Sara Roberts · viola
  • Kim Vaughan · cello
  • with Jeremy Young · piano

Formed in 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Benyounes Quartet went on to win the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship. In 2013 the quartet held a residency at St John’s Smith Square in which they collaborated with pianist Jeremy Young to perform the complete Britten quartets and have recently released their debut recording with him of the Mozart Piano Concertos, one of which is included in this concert. Jeremy studied as a scholar at the Purcell School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music where he now holds the position of Senior Piano Tutor and Head of the International Chamber Music Studio.

  • Haydn · String Quartet Op. 76 ‘Emperor’
  • Mozart · Piano Concerto K 414 in A major
  • Dvorak · Piano Quintet

Information about the Benyounes Quartet can be found at: