7:30 PM19:30


harlem quartet & ognisko ensemble

The launch of Ognisko Ensemble's first concert series, sees a collaboration with a veteran ensemble: New York's Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet. The evening will feature the third of Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets, two standard jazz numbers specifically arranged for the Harlems who cross effortlessly between classical and jazz. The second half opens with the evocative and dazzling but rarely heard Quartet for Four Violins by the prolific Polish composer and virtuoso Grażyna Bacewicz followed by one of the most exuberant masterpieces of all chamber music - the Octet by Felix Mendelssohn.

  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9, op. 59 no. 3
  • Gillespie: A Night In Tunisia
  • Strayhorn: Take the A Train
  • Bacewicz: Quartet for 4 violins (1949)
  • Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, op. 20

New York-based HARLEM QUARTET, has been praised for its "panache" by The New York Times and hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” Since its debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the quartet has thrilled audiences across the U.S.A., U.K., France, Belgium, Brazil, Panama, Canada, Venezuela, and South Africa.  The Harlem Quartet has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman; Carter Brey; Paquito D’Rivera; Misha Dichter; jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton, Stanley Clarke, John Patitucci and the critically acclaimed Shanghai Quartet. 

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The OGNISKO ENSEMBLE, gave its first concert in 2015 at Ognisko Polskie in London where it is about to embark the first year of its residency. Founded and directed by violinist Michał Ćwiżewicz, they bring together leading chamber musicians in diverse programmes featuring string and piano ensembles, song and instrumental recitals, as well as collaborating with other artists and groups in the UK and abroad. The Ognisko Ensemble will be performing concerts at the Polish Hearth throughout the year.

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7:30 PM19:30



Schubert, Franz - Violin Sonata in A major, D 574

Cant, Stephanie - Suite in Ancient Style for cello and piano


Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich - Piano Trio ‘In memory of a Great Artist’

Evgenia Startseva (piano), Michal Cwizewicz (violin), Alexei Sarkissov (cello)

£7 / £5 concessions / Free (under 16s accompanied by adult) available on door
Contact: 01273 510595 / musicandwineatstlukes@gmail.com


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7:30 PM19:30

Karol Szymanowski - Lecture Recital

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Musicologist and tenor, James Savage-Hanford will explore Szymanowski's life, legacy and music.  This talk will be accompanied by chamber works for voice, violin and piano, spanning all three distinct periods of the composer's oeuvre, performed by soprano Marie-Anne Hall, violinist Michał Ćwiżewicz and pianist John Paul Ekins.

Tickets: http://ogniskopolskie.org.uk/.../lecture-series-june/ 
(select "June Lecture Series")

The ways Karol Szymanowski’s music has been received among scholars and, more generally, among audiences in both Poland and Britain prompts numerous questions regarding social, cultural, historical, and ideological influence. An exploration of the concerns underpinning Szymanowski’s reception at home and abroad effectively allows us insight into two cultural contexts: the music serves as a lens through which certain place-determined aesthetic judgements may be brought into focus.
The talk takes its cue from the fact that, historically, Polish and Anglo-American scholars have been excited by contrasting aspects of Szymanowski’s oeuvre. Anglo-American scholars have concentrated largely on the exotic works of Szymanowski’s middle phase, and more generally on the role of exoticism throughout his oeuvre. Polish writers have focused instead on the works belonging to the composer’s final phase (which exhibit the use of indigenous folk material from the Polish Tatras), claiming furthermore that they represent the peak of Szymanowski’s creative endeavours.
This combined lecture and recital explores the variety of Szymanowski’s oeuvre, together with what it has meant – and why – to different people, in different places, as well as considering the place Szymanowski occupies for contemporary audiences today.

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7:00 PM19:00

Cwizewicz Brothers Recital - SOLD OUT

Bacewicz - Suite for two violins (1943)
Birchall - Delirium (2015 - Cwiżewicz Brothers commission)
Mozart - Duo No. 2 in B-flat major for violin & viola, K. 424
Prokofiev - Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56
Bartok - Duos for Two Violins, Sz. 98, BB 104
Ćwiżewicz - Tatra Melodies (2013)
Halvorsen - Passacaglia (after G.F. Handel)

Member Ticket Price: £ 10 including wine.
Non-member Ticket Price: £ 15 including wine.
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7:30 PM19:30

DANCE AND POETIC FANTASY - St. John’s Smith Square (Minerva Piano Trio)

Minerva Piano Trio - St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists 

Mozart Piano Trio in B-flat, KV 502, 1786
Ravel transcr. David Knotts Scenes from Daphnis and Chloe, 2017
transcribed for piano trio with dance choreography (WORLD PREMIERE)
Cheryl Frances-Hoad - My Fleeting Angel, 2011
Ravel - Piano Trio in A minor, 1914
Michal Ćwiżewicz (violin), Richard Birchall (cello), Annie Yim (piano), Patricia Okenwa (choreography), Thomasin Gülgeç (dance), Estela Merlos (dance)

Dance, poetry, and storytelling are inextricably linked in the Minerva Piano Trio’s second concert of the series at St John’s Smith Square, collaborating with the dance and art world in association with MusicArt London. With a newly commissioned piano trio transcription by David Knotts plus dance choreography, the Minerva Trio adapts Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe – the legendary Ballets Russes commission – for the concert stage. Inspired by the Greek epic poem by Longus that was set as a romance in late antiquity, Ravel saw the work as “a vast musical fresco…with faithfulness to the Greece of my dreams”. The new transcription with dance evokes its poetic essence, based on Ravel’s own selected scenes transcribed for solo piano and two shortened Orchestral Suites.
My Fleeting Angel by Cheryl Frances-Hoad is based on Sylvia Plath’s short story The Wishing Box about a husband and wife’s disparate dream worlds descending into a dark and macabre fantasy. The three-movement work is “at once so phantasmagorical and tightly structured, so assured in all its aspects and hinting so elegantly at a complex web of experience.” (Malcolm MacDonald). The piece won the Robert Helps Composition Prize in 2006.
Poetry and dance are woven into the fabric of Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor, which was written two years after the premiere of Daphnis and Chloe. The second movement is inspired by a complex Malaysian poetic form, known as the Pantoum, which requires a special pattern of alternating and combining distinct themes.



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2:30 PM14:30

Chekhov's Seagull - Hemar Theatre

A new production of Chekhov’s The Seagull, the great classic tale of unrequited love and romantic conflicts, will be staged at Ognisko's 120 seat Hemar Theatre. Directed by experienced director Gigi Robarts, the production features an international cast of highly experienced, classically trained professional actors in a new traditional version of this great play.

7.30 pm Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February.
2.30 pm Sunday 5th February
Saturday is now SOLD OUT.

Gigi Robarts - Director

Cast and Crew.

Hannah Keeley - Masha
Matthew James-Harrison - Simon
Paul Easom - Sorin
Adam Cunis - Treplieff
Jeanette Clarke - Polina
Keith Hill - Dorn
Lynne O'Sullivan - Arkadina
Niall Bishop - Trigorin

Cwizewicz Brothers - Music.
Musical scenes selected and performed by Filip and Michał Ćwiżewicz.  

Maja Lewis - Producer and Artistic Director.
Andrzej Blonski - Costume / Flyer.

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3:00 PM15:00


Young Brahms


Minerva Piano Trio - St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists 2016/17

Schumann Trio in D minor, Op. 63

Richard Birchall Contours (2013/14)

––– Interval –––

Brahms Trio in B major, Op. 8a (original version)


Michal Ćwiżewicz VIOLIN
Richard Birchall CELLO
Annie Yim PIANO

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4:00 PM16:00

Konzert mit den Brüdern Cwizewicz in den Jerichower Sommermusiken

Louis Spohr
Duo Concertant in G minor op. 67 n. 3

Richard Birchall
Delirium   * German Première * 
(Cwiz.Bros. commission 2015)

Sergey Prokofiev
Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56 (1932)

Béla Bartók
Medley of 6 Duos for Two Violins, from 44 Duos Sz. 98, BB 104 (1931)

Michał Ćwiżewicz
Tatra Airs (2013) * German Première * 

Johan Halvorsen
Passacaglia for Violin and Viola (1893)

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3:00 PM15:00

Minerva Piano Trio - Recital, St Mary's, Perivale

Roxanna Panufnik | photo: www.roxannapanufnik.com

Roxanna Panufnik | photo: www.roxannapanufnik.com

A fascinating look into the music for piano trio written or inspired by female composers.

CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17.
ROXANNA PANUFNIK Around Three Corners, 1995.
JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Trio in B major,
Op. 8a.  The 1st (1854) version.

with Annie Yim (piano) and Richard Birchall (cello)

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4:00 PM16:00

GCO Players at POSK, Hammersmith

Metamorphosing between combinations of violin, cello, piano, violin-duo and string-quartet, this versatile and exciting ensemble brings works by Brahms, Górecki, Mendelssohn, Mozart and the 125-year-old-Prokofiev to the stage of its London home, at the POSK theatre. A showcase of the finest chamber repertoire performed by Soloists of the Górecki Chamber Orchestra, this is a concert not to be missed!

Photo: Lamine Lahouasnia

Michał Ćwiżewicz - violin
Filip Ćwiżewicz - violin
Elitsa Bogdanova - viola
Benjamin Havas - 'cello
Łukasz Filipczak - piano

H.M. Górecki - Sonatina in One Movement for Violin & Piano, Op. 8
S. Prokofiev - Sonata for Two Violins in C major, Op. 56
J. Brahms - Sonata for Piano & Cello No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
W.A. Mozart - Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K. 304
F. Mendelssohn - String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

TICKETS: £18 & £15 / Students: £5
Tickets Available from Posk Box Office
from 14 February 6:30 - 8:30pm
Tel: 02087411887 /02087410398

Ticket reservation at day time:
Tel: 02077362629 or 02087410398

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Violin & Piano Recital - Beethoven, Franck, Szymanowski.  Clare, Suffolk.
7:30 PM19:30

Violin & Piano Recital - Beethoven, Franck, Szymanowski. Clare, Suffolk.

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Violin & Piano Recital - Parish Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

with John Paul Ekins (piano)

K. Szymanowski – Dance from the Ballet ‘Harnasie’ Op. 55, arr. Violin & Piano by P. Kochanski

K. Szymanowski – Chant de Roxanne, de l’Opera “Le Roi Roger” transcr. Kochanksi for Violin & Piano

L. van Beethoven – Sonata in C Minor, Op. 30/2


C. Franck – Sonata for Violin & Piano in A Major

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7:30 PM19:30

Górecki Chamber Orchestra - London Début Concerts

POSK Theatre 238-246 King Street, London W6 0RF  
Tickets: £20/ £15 (available from 10 October)
Box office: 020 8741 0398/ 020 8741 1887
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
Three Pieces in Old Style (1963)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Keyboard Concerto in A-Major, BWV 1055
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
Piano Concerto, Opus 40
Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Two Violins in d-minor, BWV 1043
Benjamin Britten
Simple Symphony, Op. 4 (1934)
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6:30 PM18:30

Górecki Chamber Orchestra - London Début Concerts

Devonia Parish, 2 Devonia Road,
Islington, London N1 8JJ


Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
Three Pieces in Old Style (1963)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Keyboard Concerto in A-Major, BWV 1055
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
Piano Concerto, Opus 40
Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Two Violins in d-minor, BWV 1043
Benjamin Britten
Simple Symphony, Op. 4 (1934)

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7:30 PM19:30

Gala Concert - celebrating 75 years of Ognisko Polskie


Michał and Filip Ćwiżewicz (violins)
Matthias Wiesner (viola)
Richard Birchall (‘cello)
*JP Ekins (piano)
**Evgenia Startseva (piano)

Edward Elgar (1857 –1934)*
Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991)*
Piano Trio, Op. 1, 1934, rev. 1945/85

Krzysztof Cwizewicz
Dance and Prayer in the Polish Style, “String Quartet for Ognisko, 2015”
World première.

Juliusz Zarebski (1854-85)**
Piano Quinet in G minor - Op 34


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