Timothy Ridout, Matthew Hunt and Alasdair Beatson: June 24th 2023


Saturday June 24th at 7pm

Dore Abbey, Abbeydore

Internationally renowned and recognised as three of today’s most successful musicians, we are delighted that violist Timothy Ridout, clarinettist Matthew Hunt and pianist Alasdair Beatson have been willing to trade London’s Wigmore Hall for Dore Abbey, Abbeydore.

Their programme includes works by Mozart, Debussy, Bruch, Clara Schumann and Rebecca Clarke.

Further details below.


Mozart                         Trio in Eb "Kegelstatt" K 498
Rebecca Clarke           Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale
Debussy                       Première Rhapsodie
Thomas Adès              Four Berceuses from "The Exterminating Angel"
Clara Schumann         3 Romances, Op. 22
Bruch                            5 pieces from Op 83

Timothy Ridout

Timothy Ridout, a BBC New Generation Artist and Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellow, is one of the most sought-after violists of his generation. This season he appears as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Odense, San Jose symphony orchestras and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra amongst others. In 2020, Ridout won Hamburger Symphoniker’s inaugural Sir Jeffrey Tate Prize and joined the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in 2021.

Other highlights this season include recitals and chamber concerts at Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Philharmonie Köln. Further afield, Ridout embarks on a South American tour with the Chamber Society of the Lincoln Centre, returns to Taipei for a series of concerts, and tours Australia with Musica Viva.

In recent seasons, Ridout has made his debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lille, Camerata Salzburg, Graz Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Hallé, BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra, and performed the Walton Concerto at the BBC Proms/Sakari Oramo and with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich/ David Zinman. He has also worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Lionel Bringuier, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Sylvain Cambreling, Nicholas Collon and Sir Andras Schiff.

Sought after as a chamber musician, Ridout has taken part in numerous festivals across Europe, including Rheingau, Bergen, Rosendal, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sion and Lockenhaus, and regularly collaborates with leading international artists including Janine Jansen, Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, Kian Soltani, Benjamin Grosvenor, Nicolas Altstaedt and Christian Tetzlaff, among many others.

Ridout records for the Harmonia Mundi label. His latest album – ‘A Poet's Love’ was recorded with pianist Frank Dupree and features selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and their own transcription of Schumann’s Dichterliebe. New releases include amongst others, Berlioz Harold en Italie with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/John Nelson on Warner/Erato, and Bloch Suite for Viola and Orchestra and Elgar Concerto with BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Martyn Brabbins.

Born in London in 1995, Ridout studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He completed his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai in 2019 and, in 2018, took part in Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World.

He plays on a viola by Peregrino di Zanetto c.1565–75 on loan from a generous patron of Beare's International Violin Society.

Matthew Hunt

One of Europe's leading clarinettists, Matthew Hunt is a distinctive musician, renowned for the vocal quality of his playing and his ability to communicate with audiences. Matthew has an international career as both soloist and chamber musician, is Professor for Chamber Music at the Folkwang University in Essen, is a member of the Orsino Ensemble and is the Solo Clarinettist of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen.

A distinguished chamber musician, Matthew is a well known figure at many of the most prominent Halls and festivals. His recent partners include the Meta4, Chiarascuro, Pavel Haas and Elias quartets, Thomas Adès, Lawrence Power, Nicholas Aldstaedt, Antoine Tamestit, Cedric Tiberghien, Elisabeth Leonskaja and the Jazz Pianist, Iiro Rantala. His recent solo appearances include Mozart’s concerto with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Trevor Pinnock, Bruch’s Double concerto with Nils Mönkemeyer and Paavo Järvi, a tour in South America performing Magnus Lindberg’s clarinet concerto with Andrew Gourlay, and a tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective directed by Pekka Kuusisto.

As a recording artist Matthew has broadcast for radio and television as well as featuring on many film scores; he was the solo clarinettist on the score for the hit film ‘Love Actually’. His CD recording for the ASV label of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet was given five stars by BBC Music Magazine and acclaimed as: "the benchmark recording of this much recorded work”.

Alasdair Beatson

Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson works prolifically as soloist and chamber musician. Performances during 2022 include numerous appearances at Wigmore Hall; as concerto soloist with Royal Northern Sinfonia; in chamber music alongside such colleagues as Alina Ibragimova, Steven Isserlis, Viktoria Mullova, Pieter Wispelwey, and as member of the Nash Ensemble.

Alasdair is renowned as a sincere musician and intrepid programmer. He champions a wide repertoire with particular areas of interest: Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann; the solo and chamber music of Gabriel Fauré, Bartók and Janáçek; concertos of Bach, Bartók, Britten, Fauré, Hindemith, Messiaen and Mozart; and contemporary works, including the piano quintet of Thomas Adès, George Benjamin’s Shadowlines and Harrison Birtwistle’s Harrison’s Clocks. Future plans include the first performances of a new piano concerto, written for him by Helena Winkelman.

Recent recordings include a solo piano recital Aus Wien on Pentatone, featuring music of Schumann, Schoenberg, Ravel, Korngold and Schubert, and Schubert works for violin and fortepiano with Viktoria Mullova on Signum. These join a discography of solo and chamber recordings on BIS, Champs Hill, Chandos, Claves, Evil Penguin, Onyx, Pentatone and SOMM labels.

Additional information

Ticket Type

Front Nave, Rear Nave, Restricted View, Student

Venue: Dore Abbey, Abbeydore

Venue Website: http://www.doreabbey.org.uk/

Address: Dore Abbey, Abbeydore, Herefordshire, HR2 0AA, United Kingdom

Description: A Brief History

A photo of the screen at Dore Abbey venue for Concerts for Craswall summer concerts
The Screen Dore Abbey

The Abbey was founded in 1147 by French Cistercian Monks from Morimond. The construction of the present stone buildings in the ‘new’ Early English style started in 1175 and was consecrated in 1280.

Having avoided being razed by Owen Glendower in 1405, the Abbey was suppressed (dissolved) by Henry VIII in 1537 and the buildings sold to John Scudamore. All the monastic buildings, the nave and roof of the Abbey were dismantled and the stone sold by Scudamore. All that remained (i.e. the present Abbey) was left as a roofless ruin until c1630.

John Scudamore’s great-great-grandson (John Viscount Scudamore) had no male heir, all his sons having died at birth or soon after. Archbishop Laud suggested that his ancestor had perhaps overdone the commercial benefits of the dissolution and that he should “consider his conscience”. Restoring the ruins into a Parish Church was deemed an appropriate penance and the rebuilt church was re-consecrated in 1634. Subsequently, Scudamore’s wife had a son who survived !

Laud had considerable influence on the restored church. The Screen through which the raised altar can be seen by the congregation was one of his innovations. His coat of arms together with those of Lord Scudamore and Charles I are on the Screen.

The church was further restored, first around 1700 when the wall paintings were created, and later around 1900 when the church was ‘shrunk’ into what had been the presbytery. The Church you see today has been little altered since the 1900 rearrangement.

Today The Abbey enjoys regular Church services, has a fine organ and a peal of 6 bells. It is also the venue for many concerts and local community activities, including Concerts for Craswall.