During their first visit, in 1993, they went on to perform in London’s famous Wigmore Hall venue on the following evening. On this occasion, things were reversed: they played in the Wigmore two nights before their performance at Oswestry School. During this year's Wigmore concert, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, they gave a plug for our Oswestry concert – so our name is definitely spreading!
To end the Season, a return (the fifth) by the Skampa Quartet - longstanding friends of this Series who first played for us in the mid 1990s. Since their founding at the Prague Academy in 1989 and mentoring by members of the famed Smetena Quartet, the quartet has established a formidable reputation on the international chamber music circuit, including close ties with several of the UK’s premier music centres.
James Gilchrist is now recognised as one of the elite of English tenors, although he started out in life as a doctor. He has made numerous appearances on the national and international concert platform with most of the great orchestras and conductors, and is also renowned for his many operatic roles and recitals. His recording output, too, is huge, and much praised.
A chance to hear one of the world’s greatest vocal ensembles here in Oswestry! Founded 32 years ago by its eminent director, Harry Christophers, the choir has built an almost unrivalled reputation for its singing of the greatest masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire.