Sispara Chamber Music is a well established group of chamber music enthusiasts who have been playing in the Wimbledon area for more than twenty years. Our unique approach focuses on the string quartet and over time our repertoire has spanned Beethoven to Schostakovitch and Bach to Mendelssohn.
We are coached by two highly qualified and experienced professional musicians who bring an enviable level of expertise to our amateur status.
In our newly refurbished premises at St Paul’s Hall we meet once a week on Thursday evenings. We put on concerts at the end of term and this year a concert is scheduled to take place at Drake Hall in Wimbledon.
Our two tutors are Alexis Bennett and John Sharp. Alexis is a young professional musician much in demand currently completing a PhD. He performs in many Chamber groups and promotes his own group in concerts around the country. John completed a long career playing with all the London orchestras at the South Bank where he was also a concerto soloist. As a cellist with the LPO he joined the education team and embarked on a teaching career leading to a professorial appointment at Trinity Laban. He was the cellist with the Quarteto Artis funded and managed by the Gulbenkian Foundation. Weekly technical nuggets from the two tutors up our game and give us further skills.
These two coaches bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the group which give it an edge over other similar setups.
We welcome new and enthusiastic players so get in touch with Yvonne our organiser on 0208 764 0590
Currently, the membership comprises return learners however young players and students who could do with a bit of financial help will be given the incentive of a fee reduction.
Although we play the quartet repertoire as a group, each term two solo groups are elected for a half term period and they play as a quartet as and when they elect to do so. This gives them the opportunity to shine and the more retiring members to play and enjoy the quartet repertoire within the security of the larger group.
Our repertoire has got off to a lively start in 2016 with the opus 17 set by Haydn, where there is a wealth of stunning music and the C Major quartet by Hummel a really exciting and demanding work. All the foregoing rarely performed and neglected repertoire is rediscovered and hugely enjoyed by the Sisparas.
Visiting artists during the coming season will include Trismegistus performing the Mozart flute quartets.