Thursday 26 November, 2015  7:30 pm

Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0LF


Fibonacci Sequence


Thomas Lessels    clarinet

Benjamin Hughes    cello

Kathron Sturrock    piano



President: Steven Isserlis


Barnes Music Society is proud to have as its President the world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis.  Born in Barnes, he comes from a very musical family.  His two sisters are professional string players (Annette a violist and Rachel a violinist), and his grandfather Julian Isserlis was a composer.


 The Society in its current form was created through a merger in 1985 of Castelnau Concerts with the Barnes Music Club, although its roots go back to the 1950s.  Our outgoing President, the late Stephen Dodgson, had been Chairman of Castlenau Concerts, whilst the new President's late father, George Isserlis, had been Chairman of the Barnes Music Club.  Both played a major role in maintaining the Society's high standards.


Barnes Music Society aims to foster appreciation of music, promoting first-class concerts, and encouraging other musical activities especially involving young musicians.  These last are achieved by the Saturday family concerts for children and by the annual concert each May given by young musicians.


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Beethoven    Variations in E flat 'Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen' for cello and piano

Brahms    Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114

Brahms    Sonata for clarinet and piano in E flat, Op.120 No.2

Beethoven    Clarinet Trio in B flat, Op.11

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Originally from Aberdeen, Thomas Lessels studied clarinet at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Michael Harris and in Norway with Hans Christian Braein. In 2006 he completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was taught by Angela Malsbury, Timothy Lines, Nicholas Rodwell, Michael Collins, and Richard Addison.


He is active in a wide variety of musical activities, not only in the UK but across Europe and with various ensembles. Tom has been the principal clarinettist of the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2004, performing throughout the world with such great conductors as Haitink, Jarvi, Gardiner, Ashkenazy, Davis and Tortelier. He had been a member of the Zermatt Festival Academy and Chamber Orchestra since 2005, working with Scharoun Ensemble which is formed of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.  Chamber music plays a large part in his musical life - he performs regularly with numerous ensembles including the Bozza Ensemble, and the EUYO Soloists whose forthcoming European tour includes performances in the Mozartsaal in the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Zurich Tonhalle. He performs regularly with many of the UK's leading orchestras, most recently with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as part of a trial for Principal Clarinet.


He is principal clarinet of the Ossian Ensemble, Fellows in New Music at the Royal Academy of Music, with whom he performs regularly. He is deeply committed to the performance of new music and has performed countless premieres, and particularly enjoys working side-by-side with composers, who have included Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Thomas Ades, Jonathan Harvey, Colin Matthews and Rodion Shchedrin to name but a few.


He has won many prizes and awards including the Royal Academy of Music Clarinet Prize, the Harold Craxton Chamber Music Prize, the Leverhulme Award, a Countess of Munster Musical Trust award, a Martin/Philharmonia Musical Scholarship, Sir James Caird's Travelling Scholarships Trust award and the Scottish International Educational Trust, to whom he is extremely grateful.


One of the UK's dynamic and versatile cellists, Benjamin Hughes is Principal Cello of the BBC Concert Orchestra. As a soloist he has recorded for films such as Brighton Rock, Norwegian Woods, Glorious 39 and concerto performances include Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, Gulda Cello Concerto and Patrick Nunn's 'Fata Morgana', which features a semi-acoustic electric cello which Benjamin made, all broadcast live on BBC R3. He received a 'Sony Radio Academy Award' for a performance on BBC R2 in 2013, and has just released a solo recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra, a world premiere of John Fould's Lento and Scherzetto.

He was a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra before his appointment as Principal with the BBC Concert Orchestra and is in demand as a Guest Principal Cellist with other major British Orchestras. Since joining the Fibonacci Sequence 2005 he has recorded works by Messiaen, Schubert, Elgar and Brahms for the Dutton and Deux Elles labels.


Kathron Sturrock was twice the winner for the best pianist at the Sofia International Opera Competition. After these awards she was invited to work for several years with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in her Master Classes throughout Europe. She is a founder member and Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble The Fibonacci Sequence, and records frequently for BBC Radio 3. As a soloist she has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, making her Proms debut in 1994 playing Alan Rawsthorne's Concerto for 2 pianos with Piers Lane. She has recorded CDs for Hyperion, Chandos, Gamut, Pickwick, Sain, ASV, Black Box, Quartz and Deux-Elles. In September 2003 she joined the Keyboard Faculty at the Royal College of Music, London. Her distinguished mentor and coach is Professor Niel Immelmann, Royal College of Music.

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