Meiningen Ensemble

Historically-Informed Performance without constraint

history happening

Thursday 18 January 2017, 1.15pm, St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield
Pre-concert talk at 12.30pm

FRANZ SCHUBERT: OCTET D.803

The Meiningen Ensemble goes supersize to bring you one of the greatest works of 19th-century chamber music, Schubert’s glorious Octet, performed on historical instruments. The concert is preceded at 12.30pm by a talk given by members of the Meiningen Ensemble and CRPP, Huddersfield University's Centre for Research in Performance Practices.

The Meiningen Ensemble Quartet
Boxwood and Brass

David Milsom - violin

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Saturday 4 November 2017, 7.30pm, Frodingham Parish Hall, Scunthorpe

HERBERT HOWELLS: PIANO QUARTET

With other chamber works by Howells.

The Meiningen Ensemble Piano Quartet
David Milsom - violin
Charlotte Kenyon - viola
George Kennaway - ‘cello
Jonathan Gooing - piano

Tickets £8 - email howellshumberfest@gmail.com


Thursday 28 September 2017, 1.15pm, St Paul's Hall, University of Huddersfield

ROBERT SCHUMANN: PIANO QUARTET, OP 47 (1842)

Performed with period instrument set-up, representing traits of late 19th-century performing style.

The Meiningen Ensemble Piano Quartet
David Milsom - violin
Rebecca Smith - viola
George Kennaway - ‘cello
Jonathan Gooing - piano (7'4" Broadwood of 1897, restored by Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios) 


Sunday 19 March 2017, 7.30pm, Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield

CLASSICAL SHEFFIELD presents 'CLASSICAL WEEKEND 2017'

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Trio No.2

Shostakovich's tempestuous trio performed in a small warehouse. Part of Classical Sheffield's innovative 'Classical Weekend' project which mounts short performances by the city's myriad musical entities, often using unusual venues.

The Meiningen Ensemble Trio
David Milsom - violin
George Kennaway - ‘cello
Jonathan Gooing - piano


Thursday 29 September 2016, 1.15pm, St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield

Twentieth-century soundscapes

Maurice ravel:               piano TRIO
dmitri shostakovich:   piano TRIO no.2

Continuing the Meiningen Ensemble’s current concentration on twentieth-century works, this concert, the inaugural event in the 2016-2017 concert season at the University of Huddersfield, brings together two contrasting works from very different sound worlds – the experimental 1914 piano trio by Ravel, and Shostakovich’s tempestuous 1942 piano trio. Reflecting the very different tonal and technical parameters of these works, the Meiningen Ensemble will seek to evoke appropriate sonic and stylistic sound worlds. The latter-day ‘Franco-Belgian’ school of string playing was recognisably distinct until at least the death of violinist Jacques Thibaud in 1953, and was characterised by a sound of tightly-wound sensuousness, conveyed vividly in a fast and quite tight but near-continuous vibrato, and regular uses of what Carl Flesch termed in his 1924-30 Violinschule the ‘L’ portamento – the sliding on to the new position of the finger used at the ‘destination’ pitch, creating an aurally-conspicuous glide from beneath the note, and found commonly in playing by Thibaud, and others. Conversely, Soviet era string playing, famously evoked by the cellists Daniil Shaffran and Mstislav Rostropovich, and the violinists Leonid Kogan and David Oistrakh, came quite quickly to dispense with the portamento, but was characterised by a particularly vigorous and intense application of vibrato which, as Henry Roth was later to criticise, could nonetheless incorporate the stark tones of open strings sitting at times rather uncomfortably within such a tonal scheme. This performance, inspired by the performance style of ensembles associated directly with Shostakovich such as the Beethoven and Borodin Quartets, and by the composer’s own pianism, draws upon David Milsom’s frequent performance of and interest in Shostakovich’s music from his time as an undergraduate student, and George Kennaway’s expertise in Russian and Baltic music and performance.

The Meiningen Ensemble Trio
David Milsom - violin
George Kennaway - ‘cello
Jonathan Gooing - piano


Friday 15 July 2016, 7.30pm, St Lawrence’s Church Hall, Scunthorpe

Thomas Dunhill: Phantasy Trio; Piano Quartet in B Minor

Joined by guest artist, Tina Sharaz, this concert is part of the 2016 Scunthorpe Dunhill Festival, organised by Jonathan Gooing and Clare Wheat, and held at the adjacent church hall (including an early twentieth-century Chappell grand piano appropriate to the repertoire) at the church where Dunhill himself married Isabella Simpson Featonby in 1942. The event is preceded by a pre-concert talk by Dunhill’s grandson, and interlaced with a selection of Dunhill’s songs for soprano and piano, performed by Clare Wheat and Jonathan Gooing.

Thomas Dunhill’s music has a number of indirect and direct connections with members of the Meiningen Ensemble. In general terms, his music and attendant performing practices is relevant to the membership of the group. Jeremy Perkins, an alumnus of the Brussels Conservatory and Royal Academy of Music, was a pupil of Emmanuel Hurwitz, amongst others, and thus links directly to early and mid-twentieth century British string playing pedagogy and style. David Milsom, whose teachers included Roger Bigley, Peter Cropper, and Martin Milner, can trace the ancestry of his formative training back to Watson Forbes, David Martin, and Henry Holst, and hence through direct connection to Albert Sammons and Lionel Tertis. More directly, Jonathan Gooing’s wife, Clare Wheat, is currently pursuing doctoral study into Thomas Dunhill’s vocal writing at the University of Huddersfield, whilst Jeremy Perkins is a PhD student of Huddersfield University’s Head of Performance, David Milsom, researching the style, practice and repertory of Emmanuel Hurwitz.

Based upon their knowledge and experience of historical performing practices, the ensemble will seek to evoke appropriate sonorities for these early twentieth-century works. Performed on modern strings (which were already used – in gestational form - by a number of players at this time) and with a piano of appropriate vintage and nationality, the performance will seek to integrate typical aspects of performance of the early twentieth century, including regular but quite fast vibrato, a degree of tempo volatility, and regular uses of conspicuous portamento.

The Meiningen Ensemble Piano Quartet
David Milsom - violin
Jeremy Perkins - viola
Tina Sharaz - ‘cello
Jonathan Gooing - piano


Friday 6 November 2015, 7.30pm at Shirley House, Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL [map]

Ticket details

Concert for Sheffield Music Club: THE ROMANTIC PIANO TRIO

NIELS GADE:               TRIO IN F MAJOR, OP 63
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: TRIO IN D MINOR, OP 49
FRANZ SCHUBERT:      TRIO IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP 99

This programme of three piano trios from the Austro-German tradition is performed with modern instrument set-up, according to principles of string- and piano-playing outlined in 19th-century writings. Allowing themselves to be freely influenced by extensive knowledge of historical practices, the Meiningen Trio explores this repertoire of the past in terms of their own collective musical experience, and demonstrates how scholarship that closely examines performance practices of bygone traditions can stimulate creativity in shaping a contemporary performance.

The Meiningen Ensemble Trio
David Milsom - violin
George Kennaway - ‘cello
Jonathan Gooing - piano


Thursday 29 October 2015, 1.15pm at St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield [map]

Pre-concert talk at 12:45pm by Prof. Rachel Cowgill

'Elgar's piano quintet in context'

Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 84 (1919)

Performed with instrument set-up appropriate to c.1919.

This concert, which introduces to Huddersfield audiences our newly-acquired and fully-restored Broadwood grand of 1897, seeks to present Elgar's seminal work in a dramatic light, with performing practices influenced by what we know of likely 'Elgarian' ways of playing. The event, preceded by a talk by Professor Rachel Cowgill (12.45pm), presents an example of experimental performing practice, associated with the University of Huddersfield's Centre for Performance Research (HuCPeR)

The Meiningen Ensemble Piano Quintet
David Milsom & Bianca Blezard - violins
Jeremy Perkins - viola
George Kennaway - ‘cello
Jonathan Gooing - piano


Friday 24 April 2015, 7.30pm at St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield

Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm by David Milsom

'HIP HAPPENING IN HUDDERSFIELD': THE ROMANTIC PIANO TRIO

Niels Gade:               Trio in F major, op 63
Felix Mendelssohn: Trio in D minor, op 49
Franz Schubert:      trio in B-flat major, op 99

Performed with modern instrument set-up, according to principles of string playing outlined in 19th-century treatises and contemporary documentation.

The Meiningen Ensemble Trio
David Milsom - violin
George Kennaway - ‘cello
Jonathan Gooing - piano

The festival features performances and workshops by visiting artists including Emma Kirkby, Jacob Heringman, Penelope Cave, Andrew Brownell, Four’s Company and the University’s Chamber Choir, Early Music Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra. It is organised under the auspices of the University Music department's Centre for Performance Research (HuCPeR)

https://www.hud.ac.uk/concerts/hip-happening/themeiningenensemblehiphappeninginhuddersfield.php


Friday 12 December 2014, 1.15pm at the University of Hull

THE ROMANTIC PIANO TRIO

NIELS GADE:               TRIO IN F MAJOR, OP 63
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: TRIO IN D MINOR, OP 49

Performed with modern instrument set-up, according to principles of string playing outlined in 19th-century treatises and contemporary documentation.

The Meiningen Ensemble Trio
David Milsom - violin
George Kennaway - ‘cello
Jonathan Gooing - piano