Thanet Chamber Concert


at the Salvation Army Citadel, Ramsgate

Rescheduled from 30 July to 17 September 2022 due to the rail strike, then indefinitely due to the Queen's death and ongoing uncertainty.

A unique concert by a new, specially convened ensemble: "Off the Wall"! Click on the poster below to view/download a hi-res PDF; there is also a Facebook 'event' you can share. Click here for directions to the venue.

Click for 6MB Thanet Chamber Concert poster

The focus of the programme will be the rediscovered Piano Quartet by Alfred Wall, which is being revived after 100 years. The quartet was one of the first Carnegie Award winners, and was premiered in 1918 (source).

First performance of Alfred Wall's piano quartet

It disappeared for decades, before being 'rediscovered' in the 1980s (for the full story, see the Concert of Thanet Music page). At that time it was merely typed into the software Sibelius, to hear at least a mechanical reproduction, as there were no recordings. You can hear the result yourself:

Following more research into Alfred Wall, we discovered he had links with Thanet, and that 2022 would actually be the centenary of the presumed last time this quartet was performed (17 October 1922, as shown below), so an ideal time to revive it.

Alfred Wall piano quartet 1922 performance

Yuriko Matsuda, a talented young violinist who has already performed several times in Canterbury Cathedral and other venues in East Kent, agreed to gather colleagues from the Guildhall to tackle this challenging work, and create an enjoyable programme also to include Frank Bridge's Phantasy piano quartet (1910) and some shorter chamber works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

The players

Yuriko Matsuda 松田祐理子 (violin)

Yuriko Matsuda, violinist

Yuriko came to the UK aged 14 to study violin, gaining a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School and subsequently a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she continues to study for her Masters. She has been guest leader of London Schools Symphony Orchestra, played with the London Symphony Orchestra, and performed locally in Canterbury Cathedral, Eastry, Ramsgate and St Nicholas-at-Wade (twice).

Josh Law (viola)

Josh Law, violist

Josh is a former principal of the National Youth Orchestra, and ambassador for the Nicola Benedetti Foundation. He is continuing his viola, violin and composition studies at the Guildhall. For more details see his various pages under LinkTree or profile on Olsen Verlag.

Harry Everitt (violoncello)

Harry Everitt, cellist

Harry is a scholarship student at the Guildhall, studying for a Masters in Advanced Instrumental Studies (MPerf). For more details see his website.

Yuki Hammyo 半明結貴 (piano)

Yuki Hammyo, pianist

Yuki has performed in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, as well as the UK and her native Japan, winning prizes at the Windsor International Piano Competition and European International Piano Concours. She too is continuing her studies at the Guildhall.