• A beautiful programme for viola and piano
  • Wyvern Theatre, Wednesday November 13th, 1.05pm

 Duo Karadys – Carol Hubel-Allen viola and Paul Turner piano – present a programme of beautiful music celebrating the combination of these two instruments.  Duo Karadys was originally formed in 2010 when Carol joined forces with pianist Alan MacLean, however, in May 2017 Alan moved to Scotland and his place at the piano was taken by Paul, well-known in Swindon as Founder of Swindon Recital Series. The duo combines classical and romantic favourites with neglected works and the programme for this recital ranges from the Classical to the Modern.

The classical period is represented by Franz Schubert whose Arpeggione Sonata reflects the whole gamut of human experience.  Max Bruch was a German Romantic composer whose composition Romance is a delightful work, displaying two conflicting aspects of love.  Paul will play a selection of Lyric Pieces by Edvard Grieg whose use and arrangement of Norwegian folk music in the 19th century helped to develop a Norwegian national identity and Arvo Päart’s Spiegel im Spiegel, written in 1978, is an example of minimal music.  The title literally means ‘mirror(s) in the mirror’, which produces an infinity of images.  According to Paul, ‘The piece is deceptively simple but the level of concentration needed makes this a challenge to play.’

 Carol and Paul will appear at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, on Wednesday November 13th at 1.05pm.  Tickets £6, accompanied children (14 and under) free. 

Carol Hubel-Allen received her musical training at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Sidney Griller, Gwynne Edwards and Max Rostal, and was invited to play in master classes with Louis Persinger, Bruno Giuranna, Sandor Vegh, and György Kurtag. 

After a spell with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra she joined the Pfeifer String Quartet in Stuttgart, touring extensively throughout Europe, also giving recitals with piano and appearing as a soloist with orchestras in Switzerland and Germany. During an extended stay in the US, she was invited to become a member of the Princeton Chamber Orchestra and the Chanterelle String Quartet. 

More recently, she joined the Dehler String Quartet of the Staatskapelle, Weimar, and then in 2006 returned to this country where she formed the Duo Karadys and the Bochmann String Trio.

Carol holds a number of awards from the Royal Academy of Music and the Colmar International String Quartet Competition in France and she has made numerous radio and TV recordings and discs.


  • Paul Turner banishes the January blues
  • Wyvern Theatre, Wednesday January 29th, 1.05pm

 Banish the January blues with some beautiful piano music by Chopin!  Paul Turner, the Swindon Recital Series founder, makes a much-anticipated return to the Wyvern stage with a programme of melodic and contemplative compositions.  Included are such favourites as the ‘Raindrop Prelude’, ‘Fantaisie-Impromptu’ and the ‘minute’ waltz.

 Chopin disliked descriptive titles and the ‘Raindrop Prelude’ was suggested by his lover, the novelist George Sand.  The piece is described as ‘nocturnal’ – reflective or evocative of the night – and is the longest and probably most famous of his 24 preludes.  The Fantaisie-Impromptu later became the source of the hit Tin Pan Alley tune ‘I’m always chasing rainbows’ and the ‘minute’ waltz (minute as in miniature, not a unit of time) was inspired by the sight of Chopin’s small dog chasing its tail.

A recent performance was described by Sheila Harrod, Patron of the Old Town Festival, as “Just wonderful and so very uplifting. It calmed my busy day. A very special man who speaks with his hands!”

Paul will appear at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, on Wednesday January 29th at 1.05pm.  Tickets £6, accompanied children (14 and under) free. 

 Paul Turner is an Honours graduate and an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where his many prizes and awards culminated in the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence and the Peter Pears Accompaniment Prize.  An experienced recitalist he has appeared at London’s leading venues and major UK festivals.  He has given concerts in Europe and South America and worked with eminent singers and instrumentalists.

“For his part, Turner offered…intricate piano writing rendered with exemplary clarity and poise” (Richard Whitehouse – St. Johns Smith Square)

About Swindon Recital Series

Swindon Recital Series was founded 26 years ago by Paul Turner.  The Recital Series is committed to providing world-class chamber music in the Swindon area by presenting regular concerts of chamber music given by professional musicians.  The Series takes place between September and April each year at various venues in and around Swindon, including the Wyvern Theatre and the Arts Centre.

For more information contact either Artistic Director Paul Turner at turner.paul@virgin.net, recitals@hotmail.co.uk or on 01793 531316 or 07989 397372 or SRS Secretary Julia Singleton at juliaesingleton@gmail.com or on 01793 644660 or 07718185518

Information about the recital series can be found at www.swindonrecitalseries.org