Newsletter #59

We are delighted to announce a final concert in the 2020/21 season, livestreamed from the Brighton Dome Concert Hall. As with the last concert it is presented by Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival in association with Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and Strings Attached and, as before, the players will be Joanna MacGregor and members of the Brighton Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble. The cellist from the last concert, Peter Adams, returns but with four new players. The Ensemble seems able to draw on players of international standing, often as soloists as well as section leaders of well known orchestras. We give more details of the players below.

Sunday 18 April  11.30 am  From Purcell to Piazzolla

Thomas Gould violin
Kathy Shave violin
Sascha Bota viola
Peter Adams cello
Stephen Warner double bass
Joanna MacGregor piano/director

Bach   Concerto in F minor BWV 1056
Mozart   Fugues after Bach K.405
Arvo Pärt   Fratres
Piazzolla arr. MacGregor   Three Tangos: Michelangelo 70, Milonga del Angel, Libertango
Purcell arr. Britten    Chacony in G minor
Vaughan Williams   Piano Quintet in C minor





may be booked here at £5 per device. A link to the programme notes by Chris Darwin will be sent by Brighton Dome to those who book tickets. The notes will also be available in due course on the Strings Attached website.

Notes about the players

Joanna MacGregor and Peter Adams are already known to us from the last concert.
Thomas Gould (violin) is a guest leader of Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and leads the Britten Sinfonia. The Evening Standard described him as “one of the most talented and charismatic British violinists of the younger generation”.
Kathy Shave (violin) studied with the Amadeus String Quartet and is also a Britten Sinfonia player. She founded the Praga Piano Trio and plays in the Kentish Piano Trio.
Sascha Bota (viola) is sub principal violist of the Britten Sinfonia with a distinguished career in orchestral and chamber playing, including with the Navarra Quartet, whom members may remember from their Strings Attached concert in January 2012 (before Sascha’s time we think).
Stephen Warner (double bass) leads his section in the English String Orchestra and gets around all over the place, as is the way with double bass players. He works a lot with Nigel Kennedy, which can’t be dull.


We have no details of the performers or the programmes for the next season but we do have provisional dates for your diary.

24 October 2021       14 November 2021     5  December 2021
23 January 2022       20 February 2022       20 March 2022

The concerts will once again be held at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) at the University of Sussex because of the delayed reopening of the Corn Exchange..


Brighton Festival begins on 1 May. Interestingly, there is no published end date. A fascinatingly varied and rich programme is planned with open air and online events before 17 May and Covid-safe indoor performances from that date. Flexibility has been built into the programme in case the Government’s road map alters. For that reason there will be no printed programme.
The programme will be released online to coincide with the Festival Launch on 30 March.  Priority booking for Festival members opens at 10 am on 31 March and for the general public at 10 am on 7 April. From what Strings Attached has gathered this promises to be as exciting a Festival as ever – rendered more exciting than any because we have been starved of live cultural events for so long. Details will be announced on

Seaford Music Society has announced two summer concerts.

Sunday 6 June at 3 pm and again at 6 pm subject to demand
Sebastian Comberti (cello) and Maggie Cole (piano) play Beethoven (the marvellous third sonata Opus 69), Popper, Jones and Schumann

11 July at 3 pm and again at 6 pm subject to demand
London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble plays Mozart, Britten and Beethoven

Both concerts will be at Seaford Baptist Church, which is an excellent, airy space for Covid times.
For more details consult

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