JW3 welcomes you to this brand-new classical music series, showcasing artists of the highest international quality, in a friendly and intimate setting.

The curator of the series, the cellist, David Waterman writes:

I was delighted to be asked to curate this series in such an ideally intimate hall, which has excellent acoustics and facilities for audience and artists alike. Everyone I invited to play has thrown themselves into the project with enthusiasm and generosity. I am thrilled to present an outstanding line-up of truly exceptional artists playing masterpieces from Bach to Janáček.

For this opening season of The Classical Series, I decided that we should, for the most part, share together masterpieces at the very pinnacle of the classical music canon- which meant we had to emphasise J.S. Bach. There were many great composers before Bach, but his Shakespearean emotional depth and range, and his utter mastery set the scene for the next 200 years of musical history, and well beyond. He particularly influenced most of the composers in our series, especially Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms. So, two of our programmes are wholly devoted to Bach. These are given by Steven Isserlis and Angela Hewitt, both long-established as globe-trotting international stars. Yet they could probably walk to their concerts at JW3 from their homes nearby (as could I).

JW3 would love to welcome you to this series which will be friendly, intimate and local, but of the highest international quality.

Kindly supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe.

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