Skill: Programmes

Piano and Winds

Two classical piano quintets, one in homage to the other, share the programme with works by French composers, writing much later, and and with fewer constraints of form. Ravel's Mother Goose Suite takes the best, most evocative, moments from his ballet, and Poulenc's Sextet is full of ... Read More

Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets

This is one of our favourite programmes, both to play and for our audiences.  In his quintet, Mozart basks in an unusually wide range of moods and textures, bringing enormous richness from his themes.  Philip Venables’ short prelude is a thought-provoking, reverent exploration of the opening ... Read More

Hommage à Brahms

An illuminating programme that really takes the listener on a spiritual journey.  From the joyous chirrups of the violin in one of Beethoven’s most famous works to the poignant, heavenly stillness of the end of Ligeti’s masterful horn trio.  Ligeti’s inspiration was not the hunting calls ... Read More