Swindon Recital Series, Boheman Rhapsodies, Musical Moments and Queen

Where: Wyvern Theatre, Arts Centre

When: Wednesday October 19th, 1.05pm (Wyvern), Sunday October 30th, 3pm (Arts Centre)

At October’s Lunchtime Recital Clare Toomer and Paul Turner will present a programme of piano duets - six short compositions by both Dvorák and Rachmaninov.  Dvorák’s charming musical sketches entitled ‘From the Bohemian Forest’ depict the evocative atmosphere of the Sumava region, an extensive mountain range and forest in South Bohemia, in all its various forms.  Each of Rachmaninov’s Six Morceaux reproduces a musical form characteristic of a previous musical era.

Caroline Dale cello has performed music for a number of films (amongst them Truly, Madly Deeply and Atonement), with a wide range of pop and rock musicians (David Gilmour, Led Zep’s Page and Plant, Oasis…) and credits her time with Nigel Kennedy’s quartet for enjoying performing so many different types of music.

On October 30th she will join Paul Turner piano in a programme that includes Shostakovich’s Sonata in D minor Op 40, written when he fell in love with a 20-year-old student, Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, a work composed especially for Liverpool’s Jewish community and inspired by traditional Hebrew melodies, and Freddie Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Clare Toomer (pictured below) and Paul Turner appear at the Wyvern Theatre on October 19th at 1.05pm.  Standard tickets are £7 plus administration fee of 50 pence.  Student tickets are £3 plus administration fee of 50 pence; accompanied children aged 14 and under are admitted without charge. 

There is an additional charge of £3.65 for each financial transaction undertaken (not for each ticket if you are buying more than one)

Caroline Dale and Paul Turner appear at the Arts Centre on October 30th at 3pm.  Tickets are £16 for adults and £13 for Seniors and unwaged people.  There is also a theatre administration fee of £1.50.  Student tickets are £3 plus an administration fee of 50p; accompanied children aged 14 and under are admitted without charge. 

Clare Toomer

Clare Toomer was born in Swindon and began her piano studies here at the age of six before going on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She had a long and successful performing career around the concert halls around Great Britain, Europe and the Far East, won many prizes and recorded for both Classic fm and BBC Radio 3.  After having children, she decided to settle down to a career in teaching but likes to perform occasionally to keep her mind and fingers alert. As an academic music and piano teacher at Marlborough College she finds herself fully occupied and a good proportion of her time is spent performing with the students.

Caroline Dale studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  At 13 years old she was the string winner in one of the first BBC Young Musician of the Year competitions and at 15 was the youngest ever recipient of the Isserlis Scholarship.

Caroline was a member of the Nigel Kennedy Quartet and the Balanescu Quartet, as well as founder member of the American–based Apollo Piano Trio. Prior to her appointment as Principal Cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra she was principal of the BT Scottish Ensemble and the London Chamber Orchestra.

She has appeared as concerto soloist with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Paul Turner is an Honours graduate and an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where his many prizes and awards culminated in the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence and the Peter Pears Accompaniment Prize.  An experienced recitalist he has appeared at London’s leading venues and major UK festivals.  He has given concerts in Europe and South America and worked with eminent singers and instrumentalists.

About Swindon Recital Series

Swindon Recital Series was founded 28 years ago by Paul Turner.  The Recital Series is committed to providing world-class chamber music in the Swindon area by presenting regular concerts of chamber music given by professional musicians.