Concert 2011/12

Saturday 3rd December 2011, 7.30pm – Seasonal Candlelit Concert
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, Worcs
Daniele Rosina, guest conductor
Bach ~ Brandenburg Concerto No.3
Holst ~ St Paul’s Suite
Corelli ~ La Follia
Warlock ~ Capriol Suite
Scarlatti ~ Pastorale ‘Sonata for Christmas Day’
Suk ~ Meditation on Good King Wenceslas

Some of the most popular music for string orchestra is coupled with seasonally-themed items in the atmospheric setting of a candlelit St Laurence Church. Heart-warming music from Scarlatti to Suk and featuring Bach’s evergreen 3rd Brandenburg Concerto, directed by guest conductor, Maestro Daniele Rosina, followed by mince pies! What better way to start your festive season?

Saturday 18th February 2012, 7.30pm – Mendelssohn and More
Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove, Worcs
Richard Laing, conductor
Shulah Oliver, guest soloist
Mendelssohn ~ Violin Concerto
Beethoven ~ Symphony No.7
Mozart ~ Symphony No.35 ‘Haffner’

Mendelssohn’s violin concerto in the hands of Shulah Oliver will be a thrilling and beautiful occasion. But, not content with that, we’re adding two of the most uplifting symphonies ever written, Mozart’s Haffner and Beethoven’s astonishing Seventh, featuring one of the largest orchestras Midland Sinfonia has yet presented!

Sunday 4th March 2012, 3pm – Youth Showcase
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
Tickets: free entry ~ donations appreciated
Young musicians, aged 10 to 16 years old, from local schools and colleges take the stage for another delightful afternoon of music. TMS wishes to encourage young emerging talent in the art of performance.

Phoebe Clayton, (voice) Gershwin My Ship & Arne arr. Diack Where the Bee Sucks
Sam Heywood, (piano), Paul Harvey Rumba Toccata
Joe Joiner, (violin) Mozart Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, 1st Movement
(and piano) ‘Evanescence’ My Immortal
Molly Joiner, (flute), Sullivan Dance a Cachucha, from ‘The Gondoliers’
Kai Moohan-Shotan, (piano) Debussy Le Petit Negre
Freya Morgan, (voice), Eduard Toldrà Maig and Schumann Nachtlied
Tom Scarle, (violin) Vittorio Monti arr. Graham Longfils Czardas
Will Scarle, (violin) Telemann Sonatina no.6 in F, 1st Movement
Niall Simmons, (violin) Telemann Sonata in F, 1st Movement
Jacob Taramasco, (cello) Lully Gavotte
Kota Ueshima, (violin) Vivaldi – Concerto in A minor op.3 no.6, 3rd Movement
Samuel Worksett, (violin) Handel Sonata in F, 2nd Movement
and the ’Beamish Quartet’ players Fiona Wilson, (violin), Nina Veeranna, (2nd violin),
Flick Smith, (viola), & Sarah Batten, (cello), Mozart Divertimento no.1, 1st Movement

Calling all teachers, pupils and parents: an opportunity to gain experience playing to an appreciative audience. For more details contact Marian Barwell on 0121 447 7040 or by email:

Generously sponsored by Arch Media and St. Laurence Church

Saturday 10th March 2012, 7.30pm – Nigel Morley Piano Recital
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
Nigel Morley, piano
Bach ~ Italian Concerto
Schumann ~ Humoreske
Schumann ~ Kinderscenen
Schubert ~ Sonata in A major op.120

By popular demand, a long overdue return of The Midland Sinfonia’s founder, Nigel Morley. Performing works by some of the finest composers for the piano, featuring beautiful music by Bach, Schubert and Schumann in the delightful setting of St Laurence Church.

Saturday 21st April 2012, 7.30pm – Celebrity Chamber Music
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
David LePage and Richard Laing, violins
Cathy Bower, viola
Eduardo Vassallo and Nick Stringfellow, cellos
Tchaikovsky ~ Andante Cantabile
Shostakovich ~ String Quartet No.8
Schubert ~ String Quintet in C, D956

Following on from last season’s stunning performance of Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Schoenberg, join TMS Music Director Richard Laing with special guests David LePage (leader, Orchestra of the Swan), Eduardo Vassallo (principal cello, CBSO), Cathy Bower (CBSO) and Nick Stringfellow (principal cello, Orchestra of the Swan) for three of the greatest pieces of chamber music ever written.

We will be performing Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous Andante Cantabile, Shostakovich’s powerful 8th quartet, and Schubert’s divine Quintet in C major ~ book early to avoid disappointment!

Saturday 19th May 2012, 7.30pm – Favourite Classics
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
Richard Laing, conductor
Keith Slade, clarinet
Mozart ~ Symphony No.29
Mozart ~ Clarinet Concerto
Schubert ~ Symphony No.5
Mozart ~ overture to The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto regularly tops polls of the most popular classical music, and in this concert it’ll be in the expert hands of Keith Slade, director of the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra and a clarinetist of renown. Also in the programme is an effervescent overture and a thrilling dance-like symphony by Mozart, together with Schubert’s sunny Fifth.

Saturday 19th November 2011, 7.30pm – Quiz and Supper Evening
The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
Simon Raine, quizmaster
This year with a new Quizmaster striking a more traditional note when brain teasers, conundrums and devilishly cunning questions will abound. Teams of up to six, with singles and couples happily accommodated. Only £7.50 per person to include a light supper. Bar available for wines and soft drinks.

This is a very popular annual fundraising event, so to secure your table please contact Marian Barwell on 0121 447 7040 or