Concert dates

All concerts run from 3pm to 4pm:

The next concert will be on Sunday June 2nd 2024, and the venue is Charlbury Memorial Hall. Dates for the rest of 2024 are Sundays July 21st, September 15th, October 27th, and December 8th, all in Charlbury Memorial Hall.

Previous concerts: (visit the facebook page to see some photos)


Sunday 2 June 2024: Mozart: 1st movement from Divertimento in F KV 138; George Speckert: The smell of tango, for string quartet. Alan Richardson: Sonatina in F, 2nd movement; Martinu: Allegretto, number 4 from Ctvrtky a osminski H257; Dianne Rahbee: Prelude, Twilight opus 69, for solo piano. Maria Szymanovska: Nocturne in B flat major, for solo piano. Mozart: Kegelstatt Trio in E flat major KV498, 2nd movement (minuet and trio), for piano, clarinet, and viola.

Sunday 21 April 2024: Alan Richardson: Sonatina in F, 2nd movement, for solo piano. Beethoven: Variations 6 and 7 on La ci darem la mano from Mozart’s Don Giovanni; Pido: Wandering; Pfeiffer: Musette, for clarinet, oboe, and bassoon. Kern: Can’t help loving that man; Gershwin: Someone to watch over me, for soprano and piano. Weber: Clarinet concerto no.2 in E flat major, opus 74, 2nd movement, for clarinet and piano. Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, opus 79 no.2, for solo piano. Philip Houghton: Ophelia – a haunted sonata, I.Fear and the angel; II.Suffering and madness; III.Chant of the flower moon: IV.Water; V.Death, for solo guitar.

Sunday 10 March 2024: Thomas Peter-Horas: Sarah, for solo piano. Adam Carse: Eventide; Waltz Time, for violin and piano. Brahms: sonata opus 120 no.1 in F minor, second movement; Allegretto grazioso, for clarinet and piano. Krommer: Variations on a theme by IJ Pleyel, for clarinet trio. WF Bach: Alla Breve from Duo no.3, for viola duet. Chopin: Waltz in A flat major opus 42, for solo piano. Mozart: Kegelstatt Trio in E flat major KV498, 3rd movement, for piano, clarinet, and viola.

Sunday 21 January 2024: Joe Hisaishi: Summer, for solo piano. Schumann: piano quartet opus 47, 2nd movement Scherzo. Traditional arr. Gary Ryan: Shenandoah; Carlo Domeniconi: Journey into India, for solo guitar. Bizet arr. Maganini: Entracte from Act III of Carmen; Bizet arr. de Smet: Duet “In the depths of the Temple” from The Pearl Fishers, for piano and two clarinets. William Hargreaves: Burlington Bertie from Bow; R.Strauss: Morgen, for soprano and piano. Debussy: Prelude from Suite Bergamasque, for solo piano.


Sunday 10 December 2023: Goss arr Turner: See amid the Winter’s Snow, Corelli arr Nelson: Pastorale from Christmas Concerto, for string quartet. Franz Krommer: concerto for two clarinets in E flat op.91, 2nd movement. Telemann: andante and allegro from viola concerto in G Major, TWV 51:G9, for viola, two violins, viola, and piano continuo. Mozart: Mirror quartet (Der Spiegel) from Four Spiegelkanons, K.Anh.10.16, for two violins. J.E. Galliard: Menuet Alternat, from sonata no.6 in C Major, Godard: Berceuse de Jocelyn, op.100, for trombone and piano. Chopin: Polonaise op.40 no.2 in C Minor, for solo piano. Medley of Christmas tunes, for all players!

Sunday 29 October 2023: Telemann: Andante from viola concerto in G Major, TWV 51:G9, for viola and piano. JS Bach: Bourrées from cello suites in C Major and C Minor, arranged for solo trombone. Liszt: Liebestraum number 3 in A Flat Major, S541/R211, for piano solo. Benedetto Marcello: sonata in F Major, opus 2 number 12, for flute and basso continuo. Liszt: Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (from the Années de Pèlerinage, deuxième année – Italie), S158/3, for piano solo. Peter Maxwell Davies: Farewell to Stromness, Jutte Jost: Cool, Bart Howard: Fly me to the Moon, for clarinet quartet.

Sunday 24 September 2023: Wicklow (Irish trad.); Blow the wind southerly (arr. Sheila Nelson); Slovakian folk song (Bartok, arr. Sheila Nelson), for string quartet. Chopin: Nocturne no.16 opus 55 no.2 in E-flat Major, for piano solo. Shin-Itchiro Yokoyama: Valse de Mariage; Gordon Lewin: Scherzola; Gershwin (arr. Lisa Portus): Walking the Dog, for wind trio. Telemann: Methodical Sonata, TWV41:g3 (Adagio, Allegro), for violin and piano. Schumann, Dichterliebe: Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen; Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen, for soprano and piano. Teddy Bears’ Picnic; Schumann: Träumerei; Saint-Saëns: Elephant (from Carnival of the Animals), for wind quintet.

Sunday 30 July 2023: Schubert: “Am Feierabend” from Die Schöne Műllerin, D795, for soprano and piano; Purcell: Bourrée and Hornpipe and Schubert: Lullaby, for viola and piano; Debussy: La plus que lente, L121, for piano solo; Mozart: second movement from Clarinet concerto, K 622, for clarinet and piano; Ben Moore: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, for soprano and piano; Beethoven: second movement (Rondo) from Cello Sonata, opus 5, number 2, for cello and piano; Kapustin: “Big Band Sounds”, opus 46, for piano solo; Beethoven: “Sally in our Alley”, from Scottish Folksong Arrangements, opus 108, number 25 and “Behold my Love” number 9, for two tenors, violin, cello, and piano.

Sunday 25 June 2023: Verdi: “Va pensiero” for trombone and piano; Mozart: sonata number 17 in B flat major, K570; Pleyel: duet opus 8, number 2, for violin and viola; Cole Porter: Night and Day, Kurt Weil: My Ship; Christian Petzold: minuet in G major and G minor, Leslie Sanford Duet no 6, for violin and viola; Bach: Toccata in E minor, BWV 914, for piano solo.

Sunday 26 March 2023: Fesca: Abendlied and Pepusch: Theatermusik for violin and piano; Grieg: Wedding Day in Troldhaugen for piano; Brahms: Feldeinsamkeit for voice and piano; Brahms: Geistliches Wiegenlied, opus 91, number 2for alto, viola and piano; JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor, BWV 891; Brahms: Intermezzo opus 118, number 2; Irving Berlin: Puttin’ on the Ritz, Walter Donaldson: Yes Sir! That’s my Baby and You’re Driving Me Crazy arranged for clarinet quartet.

Sunday 12 February 2023: JS Bach: Sarabande and Double from Violin Partita  number 1, BWV 1002 arr guitar; Gary Ryan: Across the Plain for guitar; Mozart C minor piano sonata, K457, final movement; Purcell: Dido’s Lament from Dido and Aeneas, Z626 arr trombone and piano; Mendelssohn: Sonata in E flat major, MWV Q15, slow movement; Camilleri: Concertino for clarinet and strings, slow movement; John Sturte: Lady Banning’s Almand and JS Bach: Rondeau for alto recorder; Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte; Baermann: clarinet quintet number 3, opus 23, Adagio; Mozart, Kegelstatt Trio, K498 third movement for clarinet, viola, piano.


Sunday 11th December: Beethoven: Abschied, Rieding: second movement violin sonata and Papaen: Loure for violin and piano; “Allerseelen” Richard Strauss; Corelli trio sonata no 2 opus 3 (arr clarinet trio); Isaac Albéniz: Tango (Op. 165, No 2) and Armand Coeck: Mystical Movements for guitar; Gershwin. Two preludes for piano; Bourree from Handel’s Firework Music (arr trombone and piano); Encore: Jingle Bells for piano 6 hands.

Sunday 23rd October: Bourree from Handel’s Firework Music (arr trombone and piano); Three Polish dances, and Selection from Miniatures for String Trio, George Speckert; Duet for violin and viola Playel; “Salutation” from Dies Natalis, Finzi; Allegro from Sonata number 5, Jean-Xavier Lefevre for clarinet and piano; Three Dowland duets: My Lord Willoughby’s Welcome Home; My Lord Chamberlain, His Galliard; The Frog Galliard for two guitars; Chopin Nocturne in B major, opus 62, number 1 ; Third movement from Kegelstatt Trio, Mozart.

Sunday 11th September: cancelled due to multiple illnesses.

Sunday 3rd July: Poulenc: nocturne number 8, FP 56; Gabriel Pierné: Canzonetta, opus 19 for clarinet and piano; Own composition for piano: “Esperanza”; Schubert: Impromptu D899, number 2 in E flat major; Elgar: Salut d’amour, opus 12 (arr cello and piano); Neil Gow’s Lament for the death of his second wife (arr David Russell), Pokarekare Ana (arr Gary Ryan) and El Testament d’Amelia (arr Gary Ryan) for guitar; Brahms: Intermezzo opus 118 number 2 in A major; Robert Schumann: Dein Angesicht, and Ich grolle nicht.

Sunday 8th May: Schumann: Arabeske in C major, opus 18; Barrios: Gitanos por Siguiryas, and Maurice Ohana: Tiento for guitar; Own composition for piano: “Molly”; Handel: “Samson”, opening of Act 2, Scene 4; Mozart: first movement from Quartet no 1 in D, K285 (arr flute and piano); Poulenc: first movement (allegretto malincolico) and second (cantilena: assez lent) from Sonata for flute FP 164; Moondance; Moon River; A Grand Day Out! for clarinet quartet.

Sunday 13th March: Humperdinck: Abendsegen from the opera Hansel & Gretel (arr violin and piano); William McGibbon: Adagio from Sonata number 5 in C minor for violin and piano; Schubert: Winterreise D911, number 1 “Gute Nacht”, number 20 “der Wegweiser” and number 24 “der Leiermann”; Clare Grundman: Waltz and Interlude for flute, clarinet and piano; Chopin: waltz in A flat major opus 60, number 1; Chopin: nocturne in F# minor, opus 48, number 2; Roland Dyens: Lettre number 2 (Lettre à la Seine) from 20 lettres for guitar; Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto number 1 for guitar; Mozart: Kegelstatt trio, K498, first movement.

Sunday 6th February: Finzi: Carol and Romance from Five Bagatelles for clarinet and piano, opus 23; Pergolesi: Se tu m’ami, sospiri (arr trombone); Purcell: Evening Hymn, Z193; Mozart: Porgi amore (from Marriage of Figaro); Cole Porter: I get a kick out of you; Purcell: Sweeter than roses, Z585; Joan Trimble: The pool among the rushes; JS Bach: prelude & fugue in C minor, BWV847; Paulo Galvao: Fado; Hoagy Carmichael: Georgia; Three pieces arranged for wind band: Que sera, sera; MacCartney: Yesterday; Gershwin: I got rhythm


Sunday 12th December: Chopin: nocturne in A flat major, opus 32, no 2; Grande Valse Brilliante in A minor, opus 34, no 2; Paul Reade: prelude from Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite for clarinet; Kuhlau: divertimento in G for solo flute; Rodrigo: second movement from Fantasia para un gentilhombre; Chestnuts roasting on an open fire arr flute and piano; First Noel for flute duet; Christmas Time is Here arr solo piano.

Sunday 24th October: P Racine Fricker: Toccata, number 2 from 12 Studies, opus 38; Irish folk song for unaccompanied viola: Black Water Side Air; Chopin: Nocturne in C# minor, opus posth; Chopin: Polonaise in C# minor, opus 26, number 1; Duets for violin and viola: Rigadoon, Loch Lomond and Jupiter; JS Bach: Fugue in A minor, BWV 889; Mozart: Rondo (allegretto) in F from Sonata number 15, K 533; Julian Arcas (arr): Tango, and Habanera; Atahualpa Yupanqui: Canciones del abuelo No 2; Harold Arlen: Somewhere over the rainbow arr for solo piano.

Sunday 5th September: Two Irish folk songs for unaccompanied viola, John’s Song, The Wandering Minstrel; Mozart: First movement divertimento 3, K166; Baermann: Schlummerlied opus 84, number 2 (clarinet and piano); Faure: Apres un rève, opus 7, no 1 (arr for trombone); Rieding: Second movement, violin concerto in B minor, opus 35; JS Bach: Prelude in A minor, BWV 889; Dvorak: Humoreske Opus 101, number 7 (arr for violin); Rautavaara: Serenades of the Unicorn (1977); Mendelssohn: First movement clarinet sonata in E flat, MSV Q15.

2020 – no concerts


Sunday 8th December: Chopin: first movement, Sonata number 2 in B flat minor, opus 35; Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue number 19 in E flat major, opus 87; seasonal duets for two violins; Faure: Au bord de l’eau, arr clarinet and piano;  Milhaud: Scaramouche for clarinet and piano; Armand Coeck: nocturne number 2, and Mystical Moments for guitar; Edward German: Pastorale and Bourree, for two clarinets; Clarence Hurrell: Chincoteague for two clarinets; Corpus Christi carol, from A Boy was Born, variation 5; Poulenc: le Bestiaire FP 15

Sunday 27th October: Rieding: Marcia for violin and piano; three pieces for piano [awaiting details]; Llobet: el Testament d’Amelia and Albeniz: Cordoba, opus 232 number 4 for guitar; Mendelssohn: Hear ye people, from Elijah opus 70; Britten: Corpus Christi carol, from A Boy was Born, variation 5; Poulenc: le Bestiaire FP 15

Sunday 22nd September: Folk song arrangements for violin and piano; Prokofiev (arr for piano): theme from Peter and the Wolf; Schubert: Heidenroslein D257 (arr for clarinet and piano); CM von Weber: Kleine Fantasie from Oberon; JS Bach: Prelude in A minor, BWV889; Poulenc: Romanze from Sonata for Clarinet FP184; Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in D major, opus 87, number 5; Mozart: Divertimento number 2 K439b: minuet and trio, larghetto and rondo.

Sunday 7th July: Rieding: Violin concerto in B minor, opus 35, second movement; Brahms: Intermezzo in A major, opus 118, number 2; Granados: La Maja de Goya and Tarrega: El Columpio (guitar); Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Book 1 Well-tempered Clavier, BWV 861; Berlioz: Recitative and Prayer from Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale; Schubert: Sonata in G major, D894, first movement

Sunday 19th May: Finzi: Carol for clarinet and piano; Faure: three songs for soprano and piano; Berlioz: piece TBA for trombone and piano; Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major, opus 9 number 2; TBA – string trio.

Sunday 7th April – two last-minute cancellations were filled by two professional pianists who asked if they could try out pieces for an up-coming concert. Not the usual thing for the club, but why not? Stunning performances of Chopin Ballade number 4 and Scriabin sonata number 5 as well as Brahms, Ginastera and Mozart for the piano; two pieces by Barrios for classical guitar; and Mozart arr Beethoven for cello and piano. A piano-filled concert followed by Simnel cake in honour of the season.

Sunday 3rd March – a lovely concert with a lot of variety and everyone feeling much more confident: Telemann and Einaudi pieces for clarinet and piano; Elgar pieces for viola and piano; Piazzolla, Bach and Cardoso for classical guitar; slow movement from Weber’s first clarinet concerto; more Piazzolla but for accordion and piano; some show songs and some popular songs. No solo piano! First time ever. A very special clementine, pomegranate and almond cake which is apparently a February special in Iran.

Sunday 20th January – an interesting concert that almost didn’t happen. Due to a lot of last-minute cancellations, the formal programme was abandoned and anyone who was available came along with their music for a classical equivalent of an open-mic night. There was a movement from a Haydn piano sonata, one from a Beethoven cello sonata, some Purcell songs and a Handel aria. It turned out rather well! As did the marmalade cake.


Sunday 9th December – a big one to round off the year with 22 performers (11 performances) including a singer, three clarinettists, a classical guitarist; a piano trio; six pianists (two playing four-hand duets); a French music group and a banjo player! Music by: Bach, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Faure, Rodrigo, Brahms, Bridge, Gershwin arr Grainger and a variety of popular composers. Special frangipani mince pies and mulled wine.

Sunday 21st October  – seven performers (five performances); piano, flute, viola, cello; abilities from Grade 4 to diploma; Ian Clarke, Haydn, Brahms, Mozart, Elgar, more Mozart, Schumann. Spiced apple cake for tea, and £54 raised for charity.

Sunday 9th September – ten performers (eight performances); piano, accordion, viola, clarinet; abilities from Grade 1 to diploma; Bach, Bach and more Bach, Scriabin, anonymous, Gershwin, Leonard Cohen, Mozart and Grainger. Plum nut streusel cake for tea, and £25 raised for charity.

Sunday 15th July – eleven performers (six performances); piano, trumpet, recorders, cello, accordion; abilities from Grade 4 to diploma; folksong arrangements (for recorders), Poulenc, Faure, Haydn, Beethoven, some jazz pieces and an international medley; bilberry and lavender cake for tea, and £40 raised for charity.

Sunday 22nd April – eight performers (piano, voice, guitar, trumpet); abilities from Grade 2 to diploma; Mozart, Brahms, Smetana, Beethoven, Lennon & McCartney and others; marmalade cake for tea, and £80 raised for charity!