Thursday 9 June 2022
7.00pm Wine tasting (3 wines) (or welcome drink)
8.45pm Wine tasting (3 wines)
£50 Tasting Notes ticket
(incl. tastings of 6 fine wines, concert and nibbles)
£35 Concert-only ticket
(incl. a complimentary welcome drink)
What is Tasting Notes?
Tasting Notes is a pairing of a traditional classical music concert with a wine tasting to create a multi-sensory experience, adding a fun and accessible twist to a sophisticated cultural offering. Both the wine and the music are carefully chosen to enhance and complement each other.
Who chooses the musicians and wines?
The musicians are chosen by the award-winning concert pianist Waka Hasegawa. She is the Founding Director of Tasting Notes - Wine & Music Pairing Concert Series.
And for the wine, we are delighted to partner with Peter Ledgerwood from Lant Street Wine in Borough, London.
How does the evening work?
The audience is given a fascinating insight into each sensory experience. Our wine tasting is split into two parts with a one-hour concert in-between to give members of the audience the maximum opportunity both to enjoy their wine and to meet the musicians. There will be opportunity to purchase and enjoy more of your preferred wines beyond the tastings.
Rondo in A major D.951
Richard Rodney Bennett
Suite for Skip and Sadie for Piano Duet
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano 4 Hands
Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa
Widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading piano duos, Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa were prize winners at the Tokyo International Piano Duo Competition in 2003 and at the Schubert International Competition held in the Czech Republic. The duo has given recitals in Japan, Germany, Spain and the USA as well as broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. Since their critically acclaimed London debut for the Park Lane Group in 2002, Piano 4 Hands has performed regularly at Wigmore Hall including several recitals under the auspices of the Kirckman Concert Society. Joseph and Waka have performed at many of the major concert venues around the UK and at festivals including Buxton, Cheltenham, Bury St Edmunds, Oundle and Presteigne. The duo’s debut CD of Debussy piano duets for the Quartz label was chosen as Album of the Week in The Independent, followed by recordings of Schubert and McCabe which have drawn similar critical praise.
Piano 4 Hands has commissioned new works from composers including Dai Fujikura, Rob Keeley, Nicola LeFanu, David Matthews, Edwin Roxburgh and the late John McCabe. In 2018 Joseph and Waka gave a recital at the newly reopened Purcell Room in London promoted by the Park Lane Group, marking the Debussy centenary with a performance of La mer alongside the London Premières of Daniel Kidane’s Jungle and David Matthews’ Variations on a theme by Haydn Op.144. These two new works were co-commissioned with the Cheltenham Music Festival.
Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa were elected Associates of the Royal Academy of Music in 2008. Recent projects have included a new commission from the British composer Edwin Roxburgh and a series of concerts with the Bath Camerata, performing the Brahms German Requiem. Joseph and Waka will also be leading a course devoted to piano duets and two-piano repertoire at Benslow Music in Hertfordshire this July.
Lant Street Wine
Lant Street Wine is an independent wine merchant and an evolution of the Waterloo Wine Co., which has been at home in Borough since 1986. The shop and warehouse - rather aptly once a cork factory - are located less than a minute's walk from Borough Underground Station.
"We have long-standing relationships with our producers, who are, for the most part, family-run estates. So we are selling wines that we feel we know all about – the way they've evolved, the people who make them, the incredible care that goes into their production. Customers can stroll into the shop and know that, nine times out of ten, we will have tried the bottle they're looking at and can offer genuinely knowledgeable advice on its style and flavours."