Concert Series

Our not-for-profit Concert Series, which was founded in 2003, makes a makes a unique contribution to South West London’s musical calendar. It is a community festival of the highest quality. Concerts feature up-and-coming and established musicians and often feature our beautiful Yamaha piano either as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble.

Once a year we have a band or solo artist to entertain at a more informal Jazz Supper with hot food and dancing.

Out aim has always been to welcome the community to high-quality local concerts where they pay a reasonable price for their tickets.

CONCERT SERIES

2024

If you have any queries about the series or forthcoming concerts please contact the Chair of the Concert Series, Fiona Stewart, by clicking the button below.

Ignas Maknickas

Piano

February 24th, 2024 – 7:00pm

We are thrilled to present the talented pianist and YCAT winner in 2023 Ignas Maknickas for an unforgettable performance. Get ready to be captivated by his virtuosity and passion as he takes you on a musical journey.

Schumann: Kinderszenen Op 15
Vine: 5 Bagatelles
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie Op 61

Interval

Schubert: Sonata in B flat, D.960

 

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Ignas took first Prize at the XIX Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Youth in Szafarnia, First Prize at the XX Piano Competition “Young Virtuoso” in Zagreb, Third Prize at the Aarhus Piano Competition and, in 2021, was the semi-finalist of the Vendome Prize. In the same year, he received “The Queen’s Commendation for Excellence” as the highest-scoring graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Ignas has appeared with many orchestras as a soloist including the Aarhus Symphony, Lithuanian National Symphony and London Mozart Players. As a soloist he has appeared at prestigious concert halls including the Steinway Hall in London, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Charlottenborg Festival Hall in Copenhagen and Lithuanian National Philharmonic in Vilnius.

Highlight of Ignas’ 23/24 season include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major K467 with the London Mozart Players, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and his solo debut recital at the Wigmore Hall in London. He will also perform in recital throughout the UK, including opening the University of Leeds Concert Series in October.

Born in California in 1998, Ignas was raised in Lithuania. In September 2021 he commenced the Master of Arts Programme at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Joanna MacGregor CBE, on full scholarship.
He is a recipient of the Julien Prize, the ABRSM Scholarship Award, the Imogen Cooper Music Trust Scholarship, Munster Trust Mark James Award, Robert Turnbull Piano Foundation Award, Tillett Trust and Colin Keer Trust Award and Hattori Foundation Award.

Ignas is also an Artist of the Munster Trust Recital Scheme.

The concert experience

At the heart of the Series is the chance for audiences to appreciate a more intimate concert experience. This includes the opportunity to meet the artists after the performance, breaking down the barrier between artist and audience.

Refreshments are always available for half an hour before each concert and during an interval.

Children are welcome at no charge

Local children can attend at no cost. The opportunity for young musicians to see at close hand prestigious musicians is invaluable, and the artists are an inspiration to young people’s musical development.

Acoustics

Musicians who have performed universally praise the fine acoustic that allows them to enjoy a warm resonance combined with clarity.

Piano

The Yamaha piano is kept in pristine condition through regular re-voicing, maintenance and repairs funded from the interest earned on a designated capital fund established for this purpose at All Saints.

Previous Concert Series

2023 Series

In our Twentieth 2023 season of concerts at All Saints we have enjoyed some wonderful talent.

In February we had a concert with artists from the Young Classical Artists Trust. Three prize-winners of their competition, Jonathan Leibovitz, Ariel Lanyi and Maciej Kulakowski played a virtuosic concert of music by Beethoven, Fauré, and Brahms. This started our 20th season of concerts with music-making of the highest standard, in the tradition of the All Saints Concert Series.

In May we presented two artists from the National Opera Studio in Wandsworth, which is responsible for training the stars of the future. The Studio has a rigorous audition process, drawing a small group of young artists from all over the world and providing them with the best training in collaboration with practitioners from the opera world.

Last year we had a visit from Indira Grier and Daniel Lebhardt, playing Beethoven and Brahms cello and piano sonatas with immense authority and verve.

We then had a remarkable and moving evening with Roger Allam reciting The Waste Land with Angela Hewitt playing interludes on the piano; this was an occasion when one felt the touch of greatness in the poetry and the music. Our last concert of the year was an evening of Baroque and contemporary music by our own organist James Cryer and his friends that created the happiest atmosphere.