Music at Matrix

Sunday 23 September Captain Digorie Piper and his Merry Medieval Pirates

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Season ticket offer (available till 1 November 2018)


Music at Matrix is a series of concerts organised by Rossella Rubini at Matrix Arts Centre. Matrix is an arts educational charity which provides a warm and friendly environment for children and adults to explore the arts.  Founded by Lindsay MacKenzie and George Taylor in 1989, the school has been providing a refreshing musical start to hundreds of students.

This concert series aims to enrich and broaden the cultural activities available to the local community, and to foster students’ engagement with music by exposing them to high-calibre, professional musicians. The beautifully simple and intimate concert room, along with our new reception area, makes Matrix Arts Centre a music venue worth visiting. Our wish is also to support the music profession at large, ensuring performers receive appropriate remuneration for their work, reflecting their perseverance, passion and dedication.


Rossella Rubini can be contacted directly on this email: (please use the office email for all other enquiries:

"Thank you so much for Music at Matrix! Both concerts we've been to have been very special evenings for all of us. The opportunity to come out on a Sunday evening and hear such high class musicians in such an intimate setting is really magical and a true privilege. Our children still enjoy the cd they bought at one and so the experience lives on. There's something quite special too about the events being in the same place where the children themselves have been learning music for so long - but with it changed into a world class concert venue!
We're looking forward to the next one already..."
Horner family (children aged 10, 8 & 7)

"What a rare, unparalleled display of talent that Mariangela Vacatello is. I have not heard or seen a pianist of her dexterity on the ivories and maybe never see better again."  Derren Nick Leary



23rd September 2018: Captain Digorie Piper and his Merry Medieval Pirates


4th November: Aura Trio (string trio with piano)

3rd February 2019: Louisa Fuller and Charlotte Brennand (violin and piano)

31st March: Hanna Hipp and Emma Abbate (mezzo soprano and piano)

19th May: Cecilia Le Poer Power and Amadou Diagne


The 2019 season ticket is available online at a very special price: £38 adults/£20 students. Alternatively, you can email Rossella if you want to buy tickets direct. Please, note that the children's event Captain Digorie Piper and his Merry Medieval Pirates is not part of the season ticket subscription. 





Captain Digorie Piper and his Merry Medieval Pirates

by Mr. Simpson's Little Consort


This is an interactive performance for children, with storytelling and audience participation. We will introduce you to the instruments of the Tudor period and perform music by Antony Holborne and Thomas Forde. You are invited to come suitably attired for life at sea as a Sea-Dog pirate, and be prepared to dance, sing and be merry!

Captain Digorie Piper was a real Tudor pirate. The “Sea-Dogs” were a group of privateers employed by Queen Elizabeth I to raid and pillage the Spanish fleet. The most important crew members on any pirate ship were, of course, the shanty men and musicians. Join our motley crew of Elizabethan pirates who will introduce you to their strange Tudor instruments, and invite to you sing, dance, gambol and shake the rhythms of our mighty music as we unfold the story of Captain Digorie Piper.

Online tickets: £8 / £28 family ticket + booking fee

Tickets on the door: £10 each

Book your tickets here

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Aura Trio  

Simona Foglietta (violin)

Maria Antonietta Gramegna (cello)

Anna Rosaria Valanzuolo (piano)

Aura Trio

Postcards from Italy

Online tickets: £12/£6 students/£28 family ticket + booking fees.

Tickets on the door: £14

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Sunday 17th June: Mariangela Vacatello
Born in Naples (Italy), Mariangela is recognised worldwide as an exceptionally gifted artist:
She was awarded Second Prize at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in 1999 at the age of 17; Finalist and Worldwide Audience Award at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; 1st Prize Top of the World International Piano Competition 2009, Laureate Prize Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in 2007. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Walt Disney Hall, Montpellier Festival, Weill Hall in NYC, and the Oriental Centre in Shanghai.

Mariangela will be one of the guests at In Tune programme on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 15th June around 6pm. For podcast and online listening, please click here.



The internationally-knwon pianist Mariangela Vacatello will meet our students!

As a former Yamaha student, Mariangela will tell us about her early studies and her experience as a student in a Yamaha school first and in a Conservatoire afterwards. She will also talk about practice and passion, and how they can co-exist successfully. Mariangela will also perform and answer any questions coming from the young audience.

We have asked Mariangela to meet our students because we strongly believe that these kind of experiences are able to leave a mark in ourselves, regardless our age and attitude. A considerable number of well-regarded musicians can still recall the first proper concert they have attended in their youth, or the performer who truly motivated them to nurture their musicianship. We would like to consider this event as a great chance for all our student to meet a successful, professional pianist, to raise questions and see her in action from a very close distance. We know from our own experience that this can’t be taught through lessons. And if Mariangela would be the one who leaves on them their first mark, we would feel to have done our best to fulfil our educational mission.

Sunday 28th January: Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo

Julian and Dan graduated in July 2016 at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Distinction .

In June 2017 they were awarded second place at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Ensemble Competition (Los Angeles) and the 2016 Royal Academy of Music’s Club Prize. The duo have performed extensively around the UK, including at Wigmore Hall, St. James’ Piccadilly,  St. John’s Smith Square, Courtauld Gallery, Kings Place (London Guitar Festival), The Sage (North-East Guitar Festival), Bath Guitar Festival, Shrewsbury Guitar Festival and Colston Hall (Bristol).


Sunday 24th September: David Mears (clarinet) & Joseph Cummings (piano)

David Mears (clarinet) and Joseph Cummings (piano) have both recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music of London.
Their concert music ranges from the classic repertoire for clarinet and piano to some popular pieces for piano solo.


Sunday 11th June: Colli&Rubini Duo (piano duet)

The Colli&Rubini Duo is a piano duet founded by Martina Colli and Rossella Rubini. Their large repertoire includes classical music as well as original transcriptions by Martina of pieces taken from jazz, famous symphonic works and even pop music.

A short excerpt is available here:


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Matrix Arts Centre
15 - 17 The Nursery
Sutton Courtenay
OX14 4UA

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