A former Droitwich High School headmaster, the late Clifford Bingham, launched the Concert Club in 1973 with the aim of bringing to Droitwich live professional chamber music. Two distinguished musicians, Christopher Robinson and the late Marjorie Thomas gave the inaugural concert in the theatre within Droitwich High School but in 1989 the Club moved to the Methodist Church which has a better acoustic and a more intimate ambience.
There are five concerts a year at the Methodist Church plus a Summer concert. Each season the mix of artists ensures something for all tastes with string quartets, instrumental or vocal soloists, baroque or early music groups, wind or brass ensembles. As well as bringing in established artists, the Club does try to encourage up-and-coming ones and was fortunate to 'spot' amongst others the Maggini and Coull string quartets, pianist Llyr Williams and baroque chamber ensemble Florilegium all of whom have since gained international recognition.
Outstanding artists from Russia, Japan, France, the U.S.A. and the Czech Republic have appeared over the years; the quality of the artists regularly attracts enthusiasts from far afield.
In January 2007, the Club celebrated its 200th concert with a performance by Baroque group Charivari Agréable.
In summer 2010, the club was privileged to host a concert given by our President, Dr Christopher Robinson and tenor Allan Clayton.
2012-13 was our 40th season; to commemorate this anniversary we have commissioned (jointly with our friends at Bromsgrove Concerts who are commemorating their 50th season) a short work Canzonetta For Clarinet And String Quartet from our Vice-President, Worcester composer Ian Venables (see below). The new work will receive its first performances on 21st and 22nd March 2014 by clarinettist Tim Orpen and the Cavaleri String Quartet.The commission has been made possible by funding from the Ernie Kay Trust Fund.
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