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Our concert season runs from September to April with seven  concerts per season. Concerts are  held at St. Mary's Primary School in Tickhill and occasionally at the Parish Church. Our popular musical recitals span classical repertoire, jazz, folk and world music, all performed by professional musicians.

Join us on Friday, 7th December, for what promises to be an evening of 'the simple Yuletide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer' as Green Matthews present A Christmas Carol in concert.  This, together with the usual temptations of wine, mince pies and our popular raffle (two luxury hampers and another beautiful floral arrangement kindly donated by Flower Hill of Tickhill) combine to make this a special event for young and old in the run-up to Christmas.      


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Here is Adrian Hattrell's review of Trio Martinu's concert.

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A packed audience at Tickhill Music Society was privileged to hear an outstanding performance at their November concert by the Trio Martinu of Prague. The Trio has been together for 25 years and it showed in the rapport between violin, cello and piano.

They started with a piece by their namesake, written in 1951 while he was in exile in New York. Martinu’s music has a reputation for being “difficult”, but the Trio succeeded in making it accessible and enjoyable.

To use a familiar phrase, this was followed by something entirely different, in the form of a trio by Mendelssohn. Although the piano took the lead, all three players displayed remarkable empathy in their interpretation of the piece.

The finale to the evening took the form of Beethoven’s Archduke trio. The programme note reminded us that Beethoven played the piano part at the premiere in 1814 and received unflattering reviews for his playing, which was not helped by his increasing deafness. No such criticism could be levelled at the Martinu Trio, whose performance came as close as was possible to perfect ensemble playing. If that were not enough, the evening closed with the Trio playing an encore and evoking their homeland with a movement from Dvorak’s Dumky Trio. The audience was left in no doubt that they had witnessed an evening of very special music-making.
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A good audience braved the worst Storm Callum could deliver for a thrilling concert of piano duets by Jinah Shim and Raymond Yiu at St Mary's School, Tickhill. Many of us had heard Jinah play two years ago so we knew we were in for a rare treat. She had promised to return with another pair of hands and, even though Raymond was a welcome late replacement, it was certainly a double treat.

Jinah introduced the evening as simply "Music we like!" There could have been no better theme as they started with a lively Mozart sonata, the perfect antidote to Callum raging outside. Truly empathetic playing followed in Faure's Dolly Suite, written to celebrate the life of the daughter of his mistress, according to our programme- or his very good friend, according to Jinah's introduction! Let's settle for the latter since Berceuse brought to many of our minds Listen With Mother - and even brought on a few tears. Le Jardin de Dolly evoked a lovely stroll in a gorgeous garden - despite Callum - but how suitable was the energetic Le pas espanol on October 12th, the national day of Spain!

A romantic opening to the Dumka Slavonic Dance by Dvorak entranced us all after the interval followed by his dynamic Starodavny with those tricky changes of pace. The final Fantasie by Schubert, an important part of the challenging repertoire for piano duet, written in four interconnected movements, held the audience throughout, particularly in the dramatic pauses when even the wind seemed to hold its breath. Rarely have so many notes been played simultaneously to such glorious effect on our Yamaha!

The welcome encore from Ravel's Mother Goose Suite saw Jinah and Raymond change places with some virtuosic glissandi conjuring calm after the storm, before we renewed our battle with Callum.

Philip James
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Merry Organ meets Sounding Brass

For the opening concert of its 42nd season Tickhill Music Society used the splendid surroundings of the Parish Church and the talents of two local musicians – Matthew Pitts on the organ and (for the second half) David Tonkin on the trumpet.
Matthew (who had his first lessons on the organ of this church) started in rousing fashion with variations on a theme by Handel, and continued with a varied programme covering different ages (from the 17th century onwards) and different countries of Europe and different styles, including a march, a dance and hymn tunes. All were performed with the skill you would expect from a past organist of Chichester Cathedral and St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich.
The first half closed with a major work in three movements by the 19th century organist Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, whose sonorities filled every corner of the magnificent building.
Trumpet and organ joined forces after the interval, for a programme of baroque music, starting with Purcell. Using a piccolo valve trumpet instead of a natural period instrument, David Tonkin worked his way through pieces by household names like Handel and Telemann and less known but equally satisfying compositions. He ended in the familiar territory of Jeremiah Clarke, whose work “The Prince of Denmark’s March” was for many years attributed to Purcell. All were rendered with great panache and humour, and the contrasting styles of the musicians and the contrasting timbres of their instruments were considered a perfect combination.
Adrian Hattrell
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Our Performers

Please click to see details about some of our performers, past and upcoming

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Our new concert calendar for 2018-2019 has now been published! Please click on the image below to view the larger version.

 TMS 2018-19 season


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