Founded some twenty years ago to encourage the love of serious music especially amongst the young, we provide live music in different genres performed by highly gifted professional artistes, many of whom have international recognition.   Probably no other local venue provides such recitals on a regular basis throughout the year and at a very reasonable expense.

Why travel to London when this quality of musical satisfaction can be found so close to home?

Next Concert:Sunday 19th November 2017, 3:00pm

DRW trio
David Rees-Williams Trio
David Rees-Williams - piano
Phil Laslett - drums
Neil Francis - bass
Sunday 19 November 2017 • 3:00pm • £15
To include arrangements of JS Bach & D. Scarlatti from the trios' latest release "Classically Reminded" (Champs Hill Records)
£15 in advance, or cash at the door.

Children 16 and under admitted free with accompanying adult. Students £3 (with ID card).

Amounts indicated are a suggested donation. If you are a tax payer a Gift Aid declaration would be appreciated.

Tickets are available from:
Guildford Tourist Information Centre

Guildford House
155 High Street
Tel: 01483 444 333
David Rees-Williams Trio

David Rees-Williams began his musical career as a chorister at New College Oxford. The rich variety of musical styles performed by choir and organ were to make strong and lasting impressions. From there he won the top music scholarship to Cranleigh School where he studied piano, oboe and organ. He progressed to The Royal College of Music in 1979 and graduated from there with a B.Mus (Hons) in 1981. While still a student, he held the post of organist at the church of St. Mary Magdalene, Paddington.

The David Rees-Williams Trio was formed in 1988 featuring Neil Francis on bass guitar and Phil Laslett on drums alongside David. Based in and around Canterbury, Kent, they have performed over the years in a diverse selection of concerts in festivals and events in the UK, Europe and USA. They specialize in a programme that unites the best of classical and jazz. They first caught the imagination of Radio 3 listeners when David’s arrangement of Purcell’s When I am Laid in Earth from their first, privately recorded album Classically Minded, was played by Sean Rafferty on In Tune in the summer of 2001. The response to this was described as “extraordinary”, with the producer of the programme being inundated with enquiries about how to obtain a copy of the recording. This led to the trio being invited to record a disc for the BBC on their new Late Junction label.

The resulting Hidden Colours was released in May 2002, featuring David’s arrangements of Purcell, Bach, Grieg, Faure, Franck, Debussy and Ravel. It received 4-star reviews in The Times and The Independent On Sunday and shortly after its release, was the Editor’s Choice in HMV Choice Magazine. It then went on to become No2 of HMV’s 10 Best Classical discs of 2002. It was also rated best of its genre by The Financial times in its end of year album review of world music for 2002.

In September 2004, Time Scape was released, featuring arrangements of works by Ravel, Bach, Chopin, Stanford, Purcell, Buxtehude, Elgar, Warlock and Bossi. It too received 4-star reviews in The Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday and Jazzwise magazine. It was also named as one of the top ten CDs of 2004 by Clive Davis in The Sunday Times Culture magazine in December 2004.

Thinking Allowed was released in February 2007 and was featured regularly on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM’s new station at the time, “The Jazz”. It was widely and unanimously acclaimed as one of the outstanding albums of its genre by critics such as Guy Dammann (Guardian) who jested with the comment “Franckly Stunning”, and Clive Davis (Sunday Times). The arrangements had now developed a more progressive feel, featuring added Hammond Organ. They also included works by Cesar Franck, Scarlatti, Mozart and Debussy. /p>

Back from Before followed in 2010, again receiving similar reviews including an enthusiastic offering from John Fordham in The Guardian. This disc particularly highlighted works from the choral tradition and more “colour” development by the addition of some overdubbed vibraphone passages.

David’s first solo album Full English was released in the summer of 2012 by Champs Hill Records to coincide with the Jubilee celebrations. This was followed shortly by the trio’s Christmas album Ex-Mass. Both received outstanding reviews in publications such as Gramophone, The Art’s Desk and Classics Today. Tracks from Full English were played on Radio 2, and Ex-Mass was chosen by David Mellor as one of his best Christmas discs to be reviewed on his New Releases programme on Classic FM in December 2012. The trio was once again invited to be guests of Sean Rafferty in the Christmas edition of In Tune that year, where they performed some of their music from Ex-Mass.

This latest offering, Classically Re-Minded, featuring mainly the work of J S Bach in a wrapping of two light hearted sonatas by Scarlatti, is a nostalgic reminder of the album that started it all, with a pure piano trio sound created in the lovely music room at Champs Hill Records.