Received from Andrei Tolstoy
The first annual Kazakh Gala is being held at St John's Smith Square,
Westminster at 7.30pm on Saturday 4th December. This event will showcase
the best of Kazakh musicianship and will this year feature the
Kazakh-born Bekova Trio in a programme which includes Haydn and Dvorak.
Although London-based, the Bekovas often play outside the UK and this
will be the last opportunity for a while to see them performing in the
The Gala is being organised with the support of the Kazakh Embassy in
London and the sponsorship of the British-Kazakh Society, the Informa
Group plc, and the Kazakhstan Foreign Investors Consortium. It is
anticipated that it will draw many members of the Kazakh community and
prominent people with business, banking, energy and cultural links with
Kazakhstan in addition to music lovers in general.
We very much hope you will be able to join us on 4th December.
With best wishes,
J Haydn Piano Trio in A major (Hob. XV:18)
A Dvorak Piano Trio opus 90 "Dumky"
J Hesford Piano Trio "Highway of Abandon" with Marc Layton-Bennett,
4th December sees the first Gala Concert organised to celebrate
British-Kazakh relations. Organised by the Embassy of Kazakhstan, the
British-Kazakh Society and the London-based Bekova Trio, this will
become an annual event held to mark Kazakhstan's National Day which
falls on 15 December.
Tickets at £25 (including post-concert reception), £15 and £10 are
available from the Box Office, St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA.
For postal bookings, please include a stamped addressed envelope for
return. For telephone bookings, ring 020 7222 1061. MasterCard, Visa and
Switch are accepted. Tickets may be booked by fax on 020 7233 1618 or
online at www.sjss.org.uk
Advanced booking opens on 1st November and tickets can be bought in
person at the Box Office. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
extended to 6pm on the days of concerts. Tickets cannot be bought at
week-ends or on Bank Holidays. The Box Office also opens at 6.30pm on
the day of the concert if there are tickets available.
The Footstool Restaurant will be open in the crypt for buffet and
licensed refreshments from 6pm but will be unavailable after the concert
as it is reserved for the reception. The telephone number is 020 7222
St. John's Smith Square Charitable Trust, registered charity number
1045390. Company registered in England number 3028678. General Manager,
Ambassador of Kazakhstan
I am delighted to welcome you to the concert of the world-famous Bekova
Trio. As the Ambassador of Kazakhstan I am very proud to be associated
with the Bekova sisters Elvira, Eleonora and Alfia. They are not only
contributing to the world music heritage but they also promote greatly
the image of our country, its cultural and human potential.
I hope that this event will serve to develop cultural ties between
Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom even further. I would be extremely
happy to see them flourish as in the areas of diplomacy and economy
where we have developed a lively bilateral dialogue.
This concert was made possible through the generous support of the
British-Kazakh Society, the Informa Group, plc, and Kazakhstan Foreign
Investors Consortium. Taking this opportunity I would like to express
our sincere gratitude to them.
I would also like to thank all of you for your support of this concert,
which falls under a series of cultural events organized by the
British-Kazakh Society, and hope that its membership will grow
significantly through the events such as this one.
Ambassador of Kazakhstan
The legendary Bekova Trio consists of three sisters who were born in
Kazakhstan and studied at the Moscow Conservatoire. Prolific recording
artists, the Bekovas have nearly 30 CDs between them, mostly on Chandos.
Many of their recordings have achieved high critical acclaim,
particularly their Shostakovich which is regarded as the benchmark
performance of the opus 67 Trio, the Tchaikovsky, Martinu and
Clarke/Ives which received recognition as CD of the month or nominations
for CD of the year.
The Bekovas are also known for their outstanding arrangements for piano
trio which include Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky’s
Seasons and a collection of Russian encore pieces; two volumes of these
arrangements have been published by Boosey&Hawkes in 2003/4.
“The performance simply glows…The Bekovas could hardly be more
persuasive”- Classic CD on the two volumes of Franck Trios and Sonatas.
“The Bekovas deliver strong performances of considerable punch”- Fanfare
on the second volume of Martinu Trios. “The Bekovas play with great
authority and elegance”- Fanfare reviewing Rachmaninov. “Bekovas’
performances are first class”- BBC Music Magazine on the final volume of
Martinu. “Stunning” and “Breathtaking”- Gramophone comments on the
The Trio have have performed on concert and festival platforms around
the world and are frequently broadcast