Concerts 2013/14

Saturday 12th October 2013, 7.30pm – Heroic Music
Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove, Worcs
Richard Laing, conductor
Nathaniel Vallois, guest solo violinst

Mendelssohn ~ Hebrides Overture
Tchaikovsky ~ Violin Concerto
Beethoven ~ Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’

Each work immensely recognisable and each dedicated – a king, a lover and a prince. With Richard Laing at the baton, an emotional, magnificent, and atmospheric concert is guaranteed – not to be missed.

Quiz and Supper Evening – see below
Saturday 16th November 2013

The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch

Saturday 7th December 2013, 7.30pm – Candlelit Concert

St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, Worcs
Daniele Rosina, guest conductor

Mozart ~ Divertimento
Pachelbel ~ Canon
Puccini ~ I crisantemi
Bartók ~ Rumanian Folk Dances
Purcell ~ Abdelazar Suite
Walton ~ Henry V, two pieces from film score
Schumann ~ Traumerei
Rutter ~ Suite for Strings

We are very pleased to welcome back Daniele who brings his own personable style to our festive offering for this perennial favourite. Held in the lovely St Laurence Church and complimented by beautiful candlelight.

Now, almost an obligatory start to the festive season.

Saturday 8th February 2014, 7.30pm – A Fine Romance
Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove, Worcs
Richard Laing, conductor
with guest soloists
Shulah Oliver, violin and Diana Mathews, viola

Beethoven ~ Romance in F
Mozart ~ Sinfonia Concertante
Mozart ~ Symphony No.40

All three works, composed within 25 years of each other, beautifully demonstrate the emergence of the late 18th century romantic period. Two absolute masters of composition in one programme.

An early Valentine’s treat…

Sunday 16th March 2014, 3pm – 7th Young Musicians’ Showcase
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
Tickets: no charge ~ donations appreciated

TMS wishes to encourage young musicians by offering a platform to perform, to gain valuable experience and confidence.

This years players and chosen pieces:
Lakshya Jain, violin • Remembrances, Schindler’s List by John Williams
Samuel Worksett, violin • Méditation, Thais by Jules Massenet
Katherine Simkin, soprano • Simple Gifts, arr. by Aaron Copland
also Linden Lea by Vaughan Williams
Amy Jessica Moynihan, violin • Korngold by Mummenschanz
also Theme, Schindler’s List by John Williams
Izzy Cowan, soprano • The Lads in their Hundreds — A Shropshire Lad
by George Butterworth and AE Housman
also Weep No More and Fair House of Joy – 7 Elizabethan Lyrics, Op.12
by Roger Quilter
Kai Moohan-Shotan, piano • Waltz in A flat by Brahms
Jacob Taramasco, cello • Theme, Schindler’s List by John Williams
Catherine Prosser, violin • Allegro 2nd Mvnt, Sonata in G, K.301 by Mozart
Siobhan Hughes, soprano • Far from the Home I Loved – Fiddler on the Roof
by Jerry Bock, music and Sheldon Harnick, lyrics
also Caro mio ben (My dear beloved) by Giuseppe Giordani
Tom Scarle, violin • Presto, Concerto in A minor by Vivaldi

If you know a musically talented young person, 18 years or under, who would like to be considered for a future showcase (- apply online here) – please contact Marian Barwell on 0121 447 7040 or by email:

Saturday 5th April 2014, 7.30pm – Serenata Winds
The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, Worcs
Serenata Winds
Neil Aston, clarinet
Clare-Louise Appleby, flute
Simon Dewhurst, oboe
Cath Butler, horn
Alison Brierley, bassoon

Arnold ~ Divertimento
Jacob ~ A Simple Serenade
Warlock ~ Capriol Suite
Grainger ~ Lisbon
Grainger ~ Walking Tune
Hallam ~ Dance Suite
Holst ~ Wind Quintet in A flat, op.14
Central Composers’ Alliance ~ Fit for a King: Variations on ‘Sosban Fach’

‘Fit for a King’, written to celebrate the birth of Prince George, is premiered this evening during a programme of wide-ranging English music. A new and exciting ensemble to TMS.

"... Bob Ramskill, Peter Witchell and I attended the world première of our Fit for a King variations at the splendid venue of The Ark, Alvechurch. We three composers were pleased with the very warm welcome received and the performance of the piece which was the final item in a fascinating and often virtuosic cross-section of music for ensembles of three to five players. The standard was phenomenal and the whole concert was much enjoyed by the appreciative audience."
-David Fisher, chair Central Composers' Alliance

Saturday 3rd May 2014, 7.30pm – Enigma String Quartet play
The Sound of Musicals

The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch
The Enigma String Quartet

Charlotte Beresford, violin
Caroline Bodimead, violin
Ellen Brookes, viola
Elizabeth Garside, cello
and guest singers Hazel Watson and Peter Miles

Borodin ~ Nocturne, String Quartet No.2
Annie Get Your Gun (Berlin) ~ There’s No Business Like Show Business • Anything You Can Do
West Side Story ~ (Bernstein/Sondheim) – America • One Hand, One Heart • Somewhere • I Feel Pretty
Guys and Dolls (Loesser) ~ Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat
The Jungle Book (Gilkyson) ~ The Bare Necessities
Oliver! (Bart) ~ Reviewing the Situation
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim) ~ Green Finch and Linnet Bird
An American in Paris (Lerner/Gershwin) ~ Theme
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Legrand) ~ I Will Wait For You
The Wizard of Oz (Arien/Harburg) ~ Somewhere Over The Rainbow
The Phantom of the Opera (Webber/Hart/Stilgoe) ~ All I Ask of You
Les Misérables (Schönberg/Kretzmer) ~ On My Own
The Beggars Opera (Gay) ~ If the Heart of a Man
The Threepenny Opera (Weill/Brecht) ~ Mack the Knife
Evita (Webber/Rice) ~ Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
My Fair Lady (Lerner/Loewe) ~ Get Me to the Church on Time
The Sound of Music (Rodgers/Hammerstein) ~ medley singalong!

The Enigma String Quartet and their guests have devised yet another special evening from the ‘classics’. On this occasion, a very different programme and one that promises to have us all leave humming, whistling and singing well into the night!

Saturday 21st June 2014, 7.30pm – Midsummer Chamber Concert
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch

Richard Laing and Shulah Oliver, violins
Allan Schiller, piano
Ann Beilby, viola
Richard Jenkinson, cello

Schubert ~ Quartet in D minor ‘Death and the Maiden’
Dvořák ~ Piano Quintet in A, op.81

Now an established part of our season’s programme – another celebrity concert with special guests from local major orchestras.

A suitable finale to the season and part of The Bromsgrove Festival


Saturday 16th November 2013, 7 for 7.30 start – Quiz and Supper Evening
The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch

Entertaining evening of general knowledge quiz to raise funds for TMS. Teams of up to six, with singles and couples accommodated.
Only £8 per person to include a supper – bar available for wine and soft drinks. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Booking essential – contact: Marian Barwell 0121 447 7040 or