Eluned Pierce

Eluned is one of the United Kingdom’s most experienced and versatile professional harpists with an international reputation as both a player and high level teacher.

Her career has taken her to the four corners of the globe and she has performed in America, Japan, Hong Kong, Holland, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Spain, Germany, Norway, Mexico and Austria at such famous venues as Carnegie Hall, The MusikVerein and ConcertGebouw. At home in the UK she has performed at Covent Garden, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and most of the other major concert venues.

Her vast repertoire covers classical and contemporary music which she has performed both as a soloist and as a Principal Player with most of the UK’s major orchestras, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Celebration of the Harp – 26th July 2015

We welcome renowned Harpist, Eluned Pierce to the Broadstone Music Series on the 26th July 2015. Featuring Eluned Pierce, BSO harpist, Marina Finnamore, Royal Opera House clarinet, BSO and other local musicians. Proceeds from this concert will be donated to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.  The recital will be followed by a delicious cream tea.  Tickets are £12 and £7 for students, they may be purchased in advance from Hintons Broadstone or on the door.

Handel Concerto for Harp in B flat op 4 no6

With Rosie Gill, harp

Demonstration Solo piece for harp Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn” (watching the wheat)  by Rosie Gill

Prelude, Marine et Chansons
For flute violin viola cello and harp
By J Guy Ropartz

Epitaphium by Igor Stravinsky
For flute clarinet and harp

Deux Interludes
By Jacques Ibert
for flute violin and harp

Introduction and Allegro by Maurice Ravel
For harp, with string quartet, flute and clarinet.


February Half-Term Workshop – Participants Sought

String Workshop

We are organising our next lot of half term music workshops which will take place at St Nicholas Church, Corfe Mullen on Wednesday 18th February 2015.   This time we will be hosting  junior and advanced string groups and a grade 5+ brass group.

The youngsters will be coached by highly experienced professional visiting music tutors from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to improve their play and ensemble playing,  a rare opportunity for some and so important to their musicianship.  At the end of the day, they will be able to come together with other participants to show  what they’ve learned;  friends and family welcome.

This  is a really great opportunity for them, which  should be grasped both hands.  We had some great feedback from our previous workshops and already have a number of students confirmed.  Places are limited and demand is expected to be high.  This opportunity is greatly subsidised by the fundraising activities of the Broadstone Music Series and is available for just £15, Junior String Group £10.

An application form for the workshop is available download here.  Please read the playing standards required for participation in each group.  Exact start times for various instrument workshops will be confirmed shortly.

Upcoming Concert : An Autumn Prelude 12th October, 7pm

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Marina Finnamore

The latest in the 2014 Broadstone Music Series of Concerts is An Autumn Prelude, the programme is as follows:-

String Quintet No.2, Op.77 (Dvořák, Antonín)
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581 (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus)

Performed by:  Guest clarinet Marina Finnamore, from Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra & local young guest, Jack Bond on double bass,  Jack is an under graduate student at Trinity College of Music London & principal bass Wessex Youth Orchestra

violins Jennifer Curiel & Magda Gruca-Broadbent from BSO

with viola Alison Kay

& cello Judith Burgin from Opera North

St John’s Church, Macaulay Rd, Broadstone BH18 8AR
Tickets: £10, Senior Concession £9, Student £3.

Adult Tickets include a glass of fizz during interval
Call 01202 695773


Welcome to the Broadstone Music Series

Welcome to our 2014 series of concerts and workshops. 2013 was full of a variety of enjoyable musical events and proved to be a great success. Professional and student chamber music concerts throughout the year were combined with workshops for young musicians. Our fund raising Vintage tea in July was thoroughly appreciated by the local community, when the audience enjoyed a selection of locally made sandwiches and delicious cakes in the United Reformed Church gardens, while entertained by young musicians and older members from the community here in Broadstone. This is something that we would like to develop into a summer tradition, so look out for another one this year, hopefully!

Our various workshops and recitals were successful again throughout 2013. A highlight was when we invited Bournemouth Symphony players to tutor young musicians, alongside Maxime Tortelier, the “Young Conductor in Residence”. 65 young musicians took part in this day and it wasn’t just performing music. We invited a zumba instructor to give everyone a gentle workout during the afternoon break!

Gala concert. Six talented advanced young violists, enjoyed a workshop in the summer from the viola professor Jon Thorne from Royal Academy of Music, and towards the end of the year, we were joined by the “Alauda” string quartet, post graduate students from Royal Academy of Music. They performed for us, but also tutored two young string quartets during the afternoon. This was closely followed by a fund raising quiz night when locals, young and old were challenged during a fun evening while they also enjoyed a ploughman’s meal!

Our Christmas concert was a great end to an action packed second year, when young players sat in an orchestra next to professionals for an evening of Haydn, Mozart and Handel, in candlelight, and solo performances around the Christmas tree. This was a very atmospheric and festive evening. We also formed our own community choir for the last part of the concert.

We are now excited about our 2014 series plans, which will hopefully be another full year of quality music making. Fund raising remains a priority, to enable us to continue at this level, but there will be concerts by seniors students, our returning young professionals, and we are delighted to be able to welcome further professional players to enchant us, and work with and inspire our up-and-coming young musicians. One highlight this year will be a violin recital on June 8th by Amyn Merchant, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s leader.

We continue to be dedicated to the highest standards of excellence and providing performing opportunities for young aspiring musicians alongside renowned professionals. It is our goal to integrate professional musicians, including those in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with local young talented musicians through workshops and joint performances. This enables these young musicians who historically further their studies away at Music College or University to have a performance platform at home to the pleasure of us all.

We once again plan to finish the year with a Christmas concert celebration, to include many musicians who have participated throughout the series. We will continue to work towards the objectives of providing education and opportunities to our young musicians and outstanding music for us all with the most generous help of our local professional players. We remain grateful to the advertisers in our programmes and all those who donate time and energy to help with the fund raising in order for our series to continue.

Violin Recital with Amyn Merchant

Violin recital
Amyn Merchant, violin
Daniel Tong, piano

Tickets £14.00 Students £5.00


Schubert Sonatina D.384 in D Major
Janacek Sonata

INTERVAL with Tea & Cakes

Debussy Sonata
Kreisler selection (tbc)


Amyn Merchant – Violin

Amyn Merchant studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, and was awarded a post-graduate degree with a distinction in performance in 2001. A keen chamber musician, Amyn has performed recently with other members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the Portsmouth Chamber Music series, and has appeared in the Chichester Festivities and Wye Valley Festival. He has also given recitals with piano throughout the UK. He has appeared many times as soloist, including with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Sir Michael Tippett’s Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli, with performances in London, on Radio 3, and on tour in the Far East, and with the BSO in concerts in the UK and France. Most recently Amyn performed The Lark Ascending by Vaughan-Williams with the BSO at the Guildhall in Portsmouth.

Amyn has held posts in the Hallé Orchestra and in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, including Principal 2nd Violin. He has led the 2nd Violins in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and has appeared as Guest Leader of the Philharmonia and the Ulster Orchestra. In February 2012 he was appointed Leader of the BSO.
He plays a violin by Andrea Guarneri, which may date from the 1660s.

Daniel Tong – Piano

Daniel Tong was born in Cornwall and studied in London, where he now lives.
His musical life is spent performing as soloist and chamber musician, as well as directing two chamber music festivals, teaching and occasionally writing. Outside the UK he has performed in Sweden, France, Belgium and Portugal. He has recently released his first solo CD of works by Schubert for the Quartz label. He also recorded short solo works by Frank Bridge for Dutton as part of a London Bridge Ensemble disc and broadcast Janacek’s piano sonata live on BBC Radio 3.

He has appeared at many of the foremost British venues and festivals – Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, St Georges Bristol, Birmingham Town Hall, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh as well as the Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals. He is frequently heard on BBC Radio and his performances have been broadcast throughout Europe and beyond. His project, ‘unravelled’ in collaboration with musicologist Richard Wigmore, has seen a series of lecture-recital weekends on Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert amd Schumann piano works. It continues throughout 2013 and 2014 in Oxford and Winchester. In autumn 2012 he was invited to curate an Elgar festival at Kings Place in London and he will curate a Dvorak programme there in 2014. This year he has presented lecture-recitals on Beethoven piano sonatas at St Georges.

His London Bridge Ensemble has established itself as an exciting presence on the UK music scene, combining different combinations of strings, piano and voice to form challenging and inspiring programmes. They were resident for several years at the Ponte de Lima Festival in Portugal and have recorded two CDs of works by Frank Bridge for Dutton (the most recent of which was shortlisted for the Gramophone Chamber Music Award) as well as Schumann and Faure for Sonimage. These releases have each been praised and recommended in the press. The ensemble recently gave performances at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London and broadcast a live concert from Champs Hill in Sussex on BBC Radio 3. In 2009 they established their own festival in Winchester.

Daniel has collaborated with the Elias, Navarra, Callino, Barbirolli and Allegri quartets. He has a regular duo with baritone Ivan Ludlow. Each year Daniel plays with an array of wonderful individual artists, often at his own chamber festivals; in Winchester and also in the Wye Valley. Founded in 1999, the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival attracts many of the most exciting chamber musicians of the younger generation to spend ten days making music in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Festival has become a well-established and treasured event in the region’s cultural life, also gaining national attention for its creative spirit and artistic vibrancy.

For 2015 and beyond, Daniel is teaming up with violinist, Krysia Osostowicz for Beethoven Plus! They will present the ten sonatas by Beethoven for violin and piano alongside ten new pieces, each written by a different composer as their reaction to one of the Beethoven works. The project is expanding quickly, but the series is already set to take place at St Georges Bristol and Kings Place in London.

Daniel teaches at the Centre for Young Musicians in Westminster, St Paul’s Girls’ School and privately. He has given classes for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Junior Guildhall, the Gothenburg Conservatoire and Oxford University. He studied piano with Hilary Coates at school and with Irina Zaritskaya and Paul Roberts at music college. He then went on to work with Grorgy Sebok, Andras Keller and Ferenc Rados at IMS Prussia Cove.