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Coull Quartet

  “This is a work pulsing with genuine personality in    every bar, right from its haunting, gently pastoral opening. Its language, proudly, unflinchingly lyrical, has a directness of emotional appeal, and Venables’s rhythms unfold with a sure sense of knowing where they are going.”  Christopher Morley, The Birmingham Post




Luton Music Club 

 Monday 12th March 2018 at 7.45pm

St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Luton LU1 3JF

Programme: Ian Venables: Piano Quintet Op.27 John Ireland: Piano Sonata Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

Malvern Concert Club

Thursday 15th March 2018 at 7.30pm

Forum Theatre, Grange Rd, Malvern WR14 3HB

Programme: Villa-Lobos: String Quartet No.5, Ian Venables: Piano Quintet, Op.27 Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

Sunday 18th March 2018 at 6.30pm

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

 John Ireland: Piano sonata Ian Venables: Piano quintet, Op.27 Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34



Thursday 25th January at 7.30 pm

St James’s Church

Piccadilly, London W1J PLL

With April Fredrick (soprano), Darwin Leonard, (baritone), Eric McElroy (piano)

This concert is presented jointly by The Robert Graves Society and The Wilfred Owen Association. It includes a wide range of song settings of both Graves and Owen, including those by Ireland, Gurney, Bliss, Butterworth, Elaine Hugh-Jones, Eric McElroy and Ian Venables. The composer’s setting of Owen’s poem ‘The Send Off’ is taken from, ‘Through These Pale Cold Days’ Op. 46   – a song cycle, composed in 2016 to commemorate the Great War. (See below)

A New Publication from Novello (Music Sales)

‘At the Court of the Poisoned Rose’ Op.20

for Countertenor or mezzo soprano and piano

The song At the Court of the Poisoned Rose’ is a setting of a prose poem by the Scottish poetess Marion Angus (1866 – 1946). Published under the title  ‘Alas poor Queen’, the poem narrates the tragic story of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots who was manipulated by the political ambitions of those around her. Given the work’s length and sectional nature, the song is more akin to a ‘Dramatic Scena’. It was composed for the counter-tenor James Hugh-Jeffries and was first performed by him and Sarah Wilkinson in June 1996 at Cappleside, Settle. Last year it was performed by David Hurley and Roger Owens at the Three Choirs Festival, Worcester.

Reviewing the concert Richard Bratby wrote, “It’s a striking musical depiction of the struggle between love and power, and the emotional price paid by a queen who ‘loved little things and re-headed partridges, and the golden fishes of the Duc de Guise’.”

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‘Celebrating English Song’

With baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Susie Allan

“This wonderful Celebration of English Song was recorded especially for SOMM by baritone Roderick Williams deliciously partnered here by Susie Allan in a collection to gladden the hearts of all lovers of English music. This splendidly wide-ranging collection features two well-loved song cycles, Butterworth’s Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad and Finzi’s Let us Garlands bring. It also includes some of the best-known English songs of the periods before and after World War II – Ireland’s world-famous Sea Feverand Great Things and The Kiss and Flying Crooked, from Ian Venables – now widely regarded as the finest living English composer of art songs and a true successor to Benjamin Britten, represented here by two irresistible settings of English folk-songs, The Salley Gardens and The Ploughboy. Also included are songs by Quilter, Gurney, Warlock and E.J. Moeran” – SOMM

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A New Publication By Novello and Co.

‘Through These Pale Cold Days’ Op.46

Five Songs of War and Remembrance

for voice, viola and piano


The composer’s commemorative 1st WW song cycle has been published by Novello and Co. The work was commissioned by the Limoges Trust for the City of Worcester. Its premiere was given at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester on 30th June 2016 by Nick Pritchard, Benjamin Frith and Lousie Williams and later a 2nd performance at Gloucester Cathedral sung by James Gilchrist.

The music score is available from

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‘Procrastination’ Op.46 no 3 



Archery Promotions’ latest publicity brochure showcases Ian Venables’s CD recordings

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