Concerts 2012/13

Saturday 1st December 2012, 7.30pm – Candlelit Concert
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, Worcs
Daniele Rosina, guest conductor
Elgar ~ Serenade, op.20
Delius ~ Two Aquarelles
Barber ~ Adagio
Mozart ~ Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Purcell ~ Chacony in G minor
Carl Stix ~ Spielerei arr. Eugene Ormandy
Elgar ~ Elegy, op.58
Grieg ~ Holberg Suite, op.40

The annual return of a perennial favourite. Held in the lovely St Laurence Church complimented by beautiful candlelight, a great start to the festive season.

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 7.30pm – Farewell, My Lovely
Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove, Worcs
Richard Laing, conductor
Steve Lee, soloist
Wagner ~ Siegfried Idyll
Haydn ~ Symphony No.45 ‘Farewell’
Mozart ~ Symphony No.33 in B flat major
Hummel ~ Trumpet Concerto

Four wonderful works in one concert!

It’s 1772 and the court has its annual stay at the Royal Summer Palace. Prince Esterhazy, Haydn’s employer, dallied longer than usual and had staff itching to return home to loved ones. So, our hero composed the Farewell so each musician would leave the stage one by one during the final movement. Performance completed, the Prince took the hint…

Originally composed in three movements, Mozart completed his offering this evening whilst in Salzburg, some seven years after Haydn’s symphony.

Add a century and we see Wagner giving a delightful birthday present to his wife, Cosima. She was awakened Christmas morning to the musicians playing on her villa’s steps…

The final piece in our programme sees Haydn’s successor at court during 1803 composing his first work for the prince.

book tickets here – (n/a 18 & 19/1/13)

– our audience members have been specially invited to a post concert
Private Exhibition Viewing of the works of the late Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) at Artrix by Kenrick Fine Art – further details

Saturday 2nd March 2013, 7.30pm – Gilbert & Sullivan and more…
The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, Worcs
The Midland Sinfonia presents
The Enigma String Quartet
with guests Clare Spencer-Smith, cello
and Bromsgrove Operatic Society soloists
Moeran ~ String Quartet in A minor
Schubert ~ String Quintet in C major 2nd and 3rd movements
Selection from The Mikado ~ string quartet
Gondoliers Selection ~ string quartet
Pirates of Penzance – ‘Poor Wandering One’ ~ soprano and string quartet
Yeoman of the Guard – ‘I have a song to sing’ ~ baritone, soprano and string quartet
HMS Pinafore – ‘When I Was a Lad’ ~ baritone and quartet
Trial by Jury – ‘When I, good friends, was called to the bar’ ~ baritone and string quartet
Ruddigore, ‘if somebody there chanced to be’ – soprano and string quartet
Pirates of Penzance – ‘A Policeman’s Lot’ ~ baritone, string quartet and audience!

Another visit from our favourite quartet and a very welcome return to The Ark. Always offering more than the sum of their parts, a special evening celebrating the songs of G&S and string works of Schubert and Moeran. With special guests members of the Bromsgrove Operatic Society and Clare Spenser-Smith, cello.

This promises to be “the very model of a modern major concert”, to misquote Major-General Stanley, (Pirates of Penzance).

Sunday 28th April 2013, 3pm – Young Musicians Showcase
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
Tickets: free entry ~ donations appreciated
Young musicians, up to 18 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, gaining confidence and valuable experience.

Calling all teachers, pupils and parents: an opportunity for that young musician to play to an appreciative audience. For more details contact Marian Barwell on 0121 447 7040 or by email:

This players:
Joe Joiner
, (piano) • Frédéric Chopin – Nocturne in E flat
and (violin) Johan Severin Svendsen – Romance Op.26
Niall Simmons, (violin) • George Perlman – Israeli Concertino, Hora-Hatikva, 1st mvt.
Philip Asante-Siaw, (piano) • Pam Wedgwood – Litter Bin Blues
Samuel Worskett, (violin) • Brian Chapple – For Latin Lovers
Kirsty Harrison, (voice) • Jerome Kern – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
and The Folks Who Live On The Hill and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man o’ Mine
Tom Scarle, (violin) • Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Summer ~ 1st mvt., presto
Molly Joiner, (flute) • George Frideric Handel – Larghetto
Izzy Cowan, (voice) • Richard Rodney Bennett – The Bird’s Lament
and Franz Schubert – An Sylvia and Roger Quilter – Fair House of Joy
Kai Moohan-Shotan, (piano) • CPE Bach – Solfeggietto
and Frédéric Chopin – Prelude in E minor
Kota Ueshima,(violin) • Erich Wolfgang Korngold – Mummenschanz, from Much Ado About Nothing Op.11
Jess Douglas,(piano) • Claude Debussy – Reverie

Generously sponsored by Arch Media, St. Laurence Church, John Tyrrell MPTA MIMIT,
Dr Rehan ul-Haq MBA, FRSA and The David Morgan Music Trust

Saturday 18th May 2013, 7.30pm – Celebrity Chamber Music
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
David Le Page and Catherine Leech, violin
Catherine Bower and Myriam Guillaume, viola
Richard Jenkinson and Nick Stringfellow, cello
Allan Schiller, piano
Charles Wall, double bass
Schubert ~ Piano Quintet ‘The Trout’
Mahler ~ Piano Quartet Movement in A Minor
Tchaikovsky ~ Souvenir de Florence

How could we not! Hot on the heels of last seasons Celebrity Concert success, we offer another delectable music treat featuring the talents of our leading musicians. TMS Music Director, Richard Laing, has produced a programme to captivate once again

Two late changes to the published musicians: Richards place will be taken by Catherine Leech and Allan Schiller will replace John Humphreys on the piano due to a hand injury. Nevertheless, with David LePage, first violin, and celebrity guests we look forward to three of the greatest pieces of chamber music ever written. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 20th October 2012, 7.30pm – Quiz and Supper Evening
The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
Simon Raine, quizmaster

With the General Knowledge Quiz well in it’s stride, Quizmaster Simon Raine continues in his quest to entertain, educate and general enthral – all in the best possible taste, of course. Teams of up to six, with singles and couples happily accommodated. Only £8 per person to include a Fish & Chip supper. Bar available for wines and soft drinks.

Booking is essential for this is a very popular annual TMS fundraising event, not least for the catering team – so secure your table now!
Please contact Marian Barwell on 0121 447 7040 or