Chamber Music

Chamber Music Concerts

Hampden Quartet photoSt Mary Magdalene's is well known locally for the outstanding concerts held twice a year. The foundation of these concerts is the Hampden Quartet, a talented quartet of young musicians, two of whom, Alexandra and Charlotte Reid, grew up in the area and have maintained their strong links with their church. Many excellent musicians from the Royal Academy of Music have played at our Chamber Music Concerts.

Recent concerts have included Brahms' dramatic String Quartet in C Minor and Schubert's String Quartet in D minor, "Death and the Maiden".

Tickets sell out within hours, so keep an eye on our notices to see when the tickets are available for the next concert.




Zoë  Matthews  -  Viola      Elizabeth  Burgess  -  Piano


Viola Sonata in F minor,  Op. 120  No. 1      Johannes  Brahms

1.  Allegro appassionato

2.  Andante un poco Adagio


Arrival Platform Humlet         Percy  Grainger



Lucy  Goddard  -  Mezzo-Soprano      Elizabeth  Burgess  -  Piano


Airs Chantés,  FP46         Francis  Poulenc

Air romantique

Air champêtre

Air grave

Air vif


Songs from Liederkreis,  Op. 39  Robert  Schumann

8.    In der Fremde

9.    Wehmut

12.  Frülingsnacht



Kate  Kelly  -  Flute Elizabeth  Burgess  -  Piano

Tom  Kelly  -  ‘Cello


No. 1 from Three Romances,  Op. 94               Robert  Schumann


The Jet Whistle                   Heitor  Villa-Lobos





Toilet facilities are available during the interval



The  Hampden  String  Quartet


Alexandra  Reid  and  Charlotte  Reid          Violin


Ashley  Giesing                    Viola


Tom  Kelly                               ‘Cello


String Quartet in D minor,  D. 810  “Death and the Maiden”     Franz  Schubert

1.  Allegro

2.  Andante con moto

3.  Scherzo (Allegro molto)

4.  Presto

Great Hampden Concerts - An appreciation

reid-sisters-photoWhile recently surveying the posters adorning the platform of the Bakerloo line at Oxford Circus, I found myself indignant at an advertisement enticing tourists to visit Austria.  A few cosy chalets were pictured amid imposing mountains, in front of which stood the members of a string quartet.  The text read “Visit Austria: where even the smallest villages are home to great music”.

The tiny village of Great Hampden in Buckinghamshire may not stand aloft Alpian peaks (though the Chilterns could give them a run for their money), but it certainly does play host to a concert series that would save many an English music enthusiast their airfare to Austria.  At the heart of the village is the beautiful Church of St. Mary Magdalene, which provides the idyllic setting for concerts that are now achieving wide renown: only a few weeks ago someone as far away as Chorleywood in Hertfordshire asked me where I was from, and, upon my saying “Great Hampden” then proceeded to exclaim: “Oh, that’s where they have the concerts!”.

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