Pianist Kathryn Selby is joined by a raft of old and new friends in an excitingly diverse season.

A number of familiar faces and exciting newcomers will take part in Kathryn Selby’s chamber music series, Selby & Friends, in 2018. The season is dedicated to the exploration of new soundscapes and the deconstruction of ensembles, with trios expanding to quartet and reducing to duos. Composers like Messiaen, de Falla, Piazzolla, and Arensky are set to make the upcoming year a thrillingly varied one.

The season kicks off with a tour dedicated to Beethoven, featuring returning young violinist Grace Clifford and cellist Clancy Newman. The programme gives each player their time in the spotlight – Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B, WoO. 39 is joined by his Spring Sonata, his joyful third sonata in A, and the popular Archduke Trio, something of a specialty for Selby who performed it in 2016 to acclaim.

The second tour, aptly titled Alchemy, begins in April, with the return of spirited Finnish duo Vesa-Matti Leppänen and Timo-Veikko Valve. They join Selby for Schumann and Kirchner’s Sechs Stücke in kanonischer Form, Arensky’s nostalgia-laden late...