CONCERTS

Saturday, 26 May, 4pm - Jong-Gyung Park (piano) and Katy Johns (violin)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Sonata in E minor, KV 304
  • Allegro
  • Tempo di Menuetto

Cesar Franck

  • Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
  • I Allegretto Ben Moderato
  • II Allegro Molto
  • III Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben Moderato
  • Allegretto poco mosso

Richard Strauss

  • Sonata in Eb Major, Op. 18
  • Allegro,  ma no troppo
  • Improvisation: Andante Cantabile
  • Finale - Andante - Allegro

Jong-Gyung made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of thirteen. After study at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston on a scholarship, she finished her formal musical training at the International Piano Academy Lake Como.

She has performed across the UK and abroad: in North and South America, Germany, Russia, Italy, and Netherlands. Her recent concert activities include solo and chamber music recitals in concert series in Solothurn, Switzerland, the Royal Theatre of Monnaie in Brussels, and the Sala Verdi in Milan. She is regularly invited to give masterclasses in the United States, South America, and Asia.

Tickets - telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 14 free, to include post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).


Saturday, 7 July, 4pm (guided tour of the house available at 2pm/tea 3:15pm) - 'Jane Austen at Home' - an afternoon rediscovering the great novelist

A lively and varied recital/performance, with engaging drawing-room intimacy, celebrating the life and mind and writings of one of our greatest novelists. Devised and directed by Jane Austen aficionado Stephen Siddall, this is a highly acclaimed, one-woman, costumed show, consisting entirely of Jane Austen’s words: it celebrates the variety and wit of her writings, with extracts from her memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels, and takes us into the attitudes, imagination and sensations of those who lived in country houses and rectories in the early nineteenth century.

We include much of her perceptive (often satirical) observation of the social life of the English county families. The extracts also capture her warm-heartedness and affection.

Tickets - telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £18 members of the Hammerwood Park Society; £20 for non-members; children under 14 free, to include post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).



Saturday, 28 July, 4pm (guided tour of the house available at 2pm/tea 3:15pm) - music for a summer afternoon: Helen Lacey (voice) and Gary Branch (piano)

A fine collection of art song from the 18th-20th century (programme details to follow).

Tickets - telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members - to include post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).



Saturday, 29 September, 4pm (guided tour of the house at 2pm/tea 3pm) - guitar duo - Jonathan Rattenbury and Brian Ashworth

  • Spanish Dances - E. Granados
  • Two tangos - A. Piazzolla
  • Music inspired by Sussex - B. Mills
  • Renaissance dances from Terpsichore - M. Praetorius

Jon and Brian return to Hammerwood for another season.

Jon Rattenbury is an active guitarist and music educator. He has wide experience as a performer on guitar and as a music tutor. Jon has worked as a music examiner for RSL and the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and has recently worked as a music consultant for ABRSM, helping to develop a new popular music syllabus. Jon completed his Masters in music at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has interests in both historical and contemporary musicology. In 2014, the Lute Society published Jon's critical edition of 17th century baroque guitar songs from the library of Samuel Pepys at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Brian Ashworth studied classical guitar; piano, and harmony, benefiting greatly from his studies with Robert Brightmore at music college in London. Professional projects have included TV and radio work with composer Karl Jenkins, working from Olympic Studios in London. His recent focus has remained in contemporary music and education, working in Brighton as a guitar, bass, drum kit and ukulele teacher. Brian also travels internationally as a performer, presenter, and educator. He has played and recorded with many ensembles over the years, with particular interest in 'Early' and 'Late' periods of music.   Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars began playing as a duo to prepare music for a celebration of composer Milton Babbitt's centenary in 2016.

Their performance was recorded for later broadcast by BBC Radio 3's 'Hear & Now' show (clip here), and Brian and Jon also performed Babbitt's music at further concerts. Inspired to explore the guitar duet repertoire further, Brian and Jon now perform a wide range of music for two guitars. This includes arrangements of Baroque keyboard music, well-known Classical guitar duets, choros from Latin America, and works by the American minimalists. Both guitarists are also members of the Sussex Guitar Quartet, which is currently rehearsing for concerts later this year.

Tickets - telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £18 members of the Hammerwood Park Society; £20 for non-members; children under 14 free, to include post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

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