The Sunday Times on the Sunday Music Series

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 by Tricycle

We are delighted with how well the Sunday Music Series is going, and so too it seems is The Sunday Times. Here is what they thought of Sunday 13 November’s concert…

“It was just down the hill from where ENO rehearses, in West Hampstead, that I went to a striking musical event the following afternoon. The Kilburn High Road has not, I suspect, often played host to classical music, but, thanks to the young violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and her Honeymead Ensemble, the Tricycle Theatre is mounting a rather marvellous Sunday chamber series. It is proving popular, and connoisseurs might well take an interest, for the shoebox-ish space turns out to have near-ideal acoustics – warm, focused, joyous – for this form of music. From the front of the balcony, one can follow the kaleidoscopic part-writing of, say, Brahms’s G major Sextet with the eye as well as the ear. One is practically sitting with the players, who don’t have to distort the music by projecting it publicly.

After Brahms last week came as glorious an account of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht sextet as I’ve heard. It’s enough to out-Wigmore the Wigmore, and the string-trio arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations being offered (in candlelight) on December 18 should not be missed.”

The Sunday Times, 20 November 2011