Five to perform Matlock concert

The Lekker Quintet
The Lekker Quintet

The latest concert in the series presented by Matlock Music is to take place at Highfields School on Friday, April 26.

The performers are to be the Lekker Quintet, an exciting new wind ensemble, featuring the flute, oboe, French horn, bassoon and clarinet.

Formerly studying at the University of Manchester, all members are now at the Royal Northern College of Music.

In the short time that the quintet has been in existence, it has appeared in the North West New Music Festival, the RNCM Chamber Music Festival and they were recently finalists in the St. Martins-in-the-Field Chamber Music Competition.

Individually, the players are forging careers for themselves and have performed with the Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.

They have travelled all over the world, performing in China, USA, South Africa and across Europe, in addition to some of the UK’s top concert venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham.

Their concert in Matlock features music specially composed for wind quintet.

The French composer Jacques Ibert wrote Three Short Pieces in 1930. The ‘Ibert sound’ is typically breezy, good-humoured and evocative. The German-American Paul Hindemith wrote Kleine Kammermusic in 1922.

Peteris Vasks, born in Latvia, composed In Memory of a Friend in 1982.

Julio Medaglio, born 1938 in Brazil, wrote his suite Belle Epoque in Sud-America in 1997.

Carl Nielsen, widely regarded as Denmark’s greatest composer, wrote his Wind Quintet in 1922. It is one of his most popular pieces.

The concert is on at the Wheeldon Hall, Highfields School, Lumsdale, off the Chesterfield Road, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at the door before the concert at £10. Under 18s, students and registered jobseekers pay half-price. All seats are unreserved. There is ample parking at the school. Further information is available on 01629 733296 or from www.matlockmusic.org.uk.