New Welwyn Garden Concert Club Chamber Music season opens

Thomas Hancox

Thomas Hancox


THE new Welwyn Garden Concert Club Chamber Music season opens at Campus West this weekend.

Sacconi Quartet [Picture: Clive Barda / ArenaPAL]Sacconi Quartet [Picture: Clive Barda / ArenaPAL]

Two young and talented performers take to the Hawthorne Theatre stage on Saturday for a musical journey around the world.

David Massey, a guitarist from Welwyn Garden City, will be performing with flautist Thomas Hancox in the first of the 2012-13 season organised by Welwyn Garden Concert Club and Green Square Productions.

Unfortunately, the string quintet Pentatonic, who were going to start the season, are unable to perform due to illness but luckily organisers were lucky to secure David and Thomas in there place. They will be performing a lovely concert featuring a tantalising range of music from around the world.

Starting in Italy with music by composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who became well known for writing for both the guitar and writing scores for 200 MGM films, via Brazil with Villa-Lobos, and Argentinia with Piazzola, who specialised in writing Tango music.

The east is represented by Japan’s Toru Takmitsu’s evocative work Towards the Sea for alto flute and guitar and American composer Robert Beaser’s Mountain Songs draws heavily on folk music. Finally there is an arrangement of Mozart’s Sonata K330.

Though young, the two accomplished musicians already have outstanding pedigrees. Since his initial success as a finalist in the 2006 BBC Young Musician competition, David Massey has undertaken numerous solo recitals as well as concertos and regular chamber music and orchestral parts at prestigious venues throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, Southbank.

He has expanded his range to banjo and mandolin as well as electric guitar.

Thomas Hancox read music at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford, from where he graduated with a double-first. He has performed as a soloist alongside Trevor Pinnock, collaborated with ensembles including the Allegri and Sacconi string quartets, played as guest principal flute of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and also worked with the orchestra of English National Opera.

The David Massey and Thomas Hancox concert starts at 7.45pm in the Hawthorne Theatre on Saturday.

Tickets are £16, and just £5 for students, and are available online via, in person at the box office or telephone on 01707 357117.

* The Chamber Music Series continues on November 17 with the Sacconi Quartet and a special introduction by composer Paul Patterson.

Later highlights include Tom Poster on piano, and another talented, international clarinettist, Michael Collins.

Tickets are still available for the whole season at £69.

Full details are available on the Hawthorne Theatre website.

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