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Wednesday 2 October, 2013  7:30 pm

  Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

John Bradbury    clarinet

James Cryer    piano

Susanna Hurrell    soprano

 

 

 

Stanford    3 Intermezzi for clarinet & piano, Op.13

Schubert    3 Songs:

                Die Forelle, D.550             

                Ganymed, D.544               

                Rastlose Liebe, D.138       

Alamiro Giampieri    The carnival of Venice, capriccio variations in B flat for clarinet & piano

Spohr    Fantasie and variations on a theme of Danzi, Op.81 for clarinet & piano

Spohr    3 Songs from: 6 Deutsche Lieder, Op.103 for voice, clarinet & piano:

No.1. Sei still mein Herz                                   

No.4. Wiegenlied (Alles still in susser Ruh)         

No.5. Das Heimliche Lied                                 

Stephen Dodgson    Baermann’s Treasure - introduction and variations on a theme of Weber for clarinet & piano           

Schubert    Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock), D.965.

 

 

Born in 1967, John Bradbury read Natural Sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge, and went on to the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Hawkes Clarinet Prize and the Principal’s Prize. His orchestral career began in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, followed by appointment to the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 he was invited to become Principal Clarinet with the BBC Philharmonic with which he has recorded over 120 CDs, made over 500 broadcasts, given fifty Proms and over twenty international tours. He has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra many times, notably performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto under Günther Herbig, and Busoni’s Concertino under Neemi Järvi. His recording of Malcolm Arnold’s Scherzetto was Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone. He has often appeared as Guest Principal with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

 

As a chamber musician John has shared platforms with the Quatuor Danel, the Sorrel Quartet and the English Chamber Orchestra Soloists. He teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music and coaches the clarinet section of the National Youth Orchestra.

We are delighted to welcome back James Cryer, who was educated at St Paul’s School where he was a music scholar. He was taught the organ by Richard Popplewell at the Chapel Royal, and won the Dixon prize for improvisation at FRCO. He went on to become organ scholar at Westminster Abbey under Simon Preston, and then at St John’s College, Cambridge, under George Guest. He has appeared as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra and The London Soloists playing Handel Organ Concertos. He has been assistant organist at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy under Philip Berg and has also played at St James’s Palace, Hampton Court Palace, and at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. He combines piano and organ playing. He has studied the piano with Patricia Carroll, and has a long and successful duo partnership with John Bradbury with whom he has given many concerts.

 

Susanna Hurrell was born in London and trained at the Royal College of Music with Patricia Rozario, and the National Opera Studio with Jeffrey Talbot.  During her studies Susanna was the recipient of several awards including a Miriam Licette scholarship, a Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, a Countess of Munster Award and a Sybil Tutton Award. She also won the RCM English Song competition, the John Kerr English Song competition and the Dean & Chadlington summer music competition. 

Notable concert performances have included the premiere of David Oppenheimer's Deborah with the Southbank Sinfonia at the Rose Theatre, Haydn Nelson Mass with Andras Schiff and the Oxford Philomusica, Handel Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall (recorded by EMI), Pergolesi Stabat Mater at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a selection of Kurt Weill's Broadway hits with Keith Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (recorded for Radio 3), Rossini Petite Messe Solemnelle with David Parry at the Southrepps Classical Music Festival, Handel Messiah with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Reading Hexagon and Cadogan Hall, Britten Les Illuminations at the Linbury, ROH, Strauss Four Last Songs with the Misbourne Symphony Orchestra, and operatic hits for the Proms ‘Out and About’ event at Westfield with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

During the summer of 2013 Susanna will hold a position in the Glyndebourne chorus and also looks forward to performing at the Dean and Chadlington Music Festival, and the Southrepps Classical Music Festival. In 2014 she will make her Royal Opera House debut as Erisbe in Cavalli's L'Ormindo.

 


 

Wednesday 23 October, 2013  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

Ken Aiso   violin

Alasdair Beatson    piano

 

 

Schubert    Sonata in A minor, D.821 (Arpeggione)

Schumann    3 Romances, OP.94

Beethoven    Sonata in E flat, Op.12 No.3

Saint-Saëns    Havanaise in E, Op.83

Sarasate     Spanish dances Nos.5 & 6 (Playera y Zapateado), Op.23

 

Japanese violinist Ken Aiso has a varied career as soloist, chamber musician, teacher and educator. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has performed widely in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan, in such concert halls as Wigmore, Queen Elizabeth in London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Suntory in Tokyo.  He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in music festivals such as Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, IMS Prussia Cove, Salisbury, Menuhin and Sangat.

In 2003, Ken was honoured to appear as soloist before the Emperor and Empress of Japan. In 2004 he founded the acclaimed AISO Quartet. His teaching activities include performance classes at the Royal Academy of Music and masterclass at the Montecito Summer Music Festival in Santa Barbara. Ken’s commitment to music education combined with his special rapport with young people makes him much in demand for music workshops in schools.

 

Pianist Alasdair Beatson is highly regarded as a distinctive and vibrant musician.  Highlights of the 12/13 season include appearances as soloist with Britten Sinfonia, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, solo recitals in Glasgow’s The Piano Festival and Bath’s Mozartfest, and a BBC Radio 3 Recital live from Wigmore Hall with Natalie Clein.  His recent CD of Mendelssohn piano music with SOMM

 Recordings received praise for highly sensitive playing of rare insight (Classic FM Magazine) and was awarded the ‘Outstanding’ accolade of International Record Review.

As one of the most established chamber pianists of his generation, Alasdair collaborates in a wide and varied repertoire with some of today’s finest musicians.  During 2012 he appears in festivals in Belgium (Resonances), USA (Charlottesville, Virginia), Switzerland (Ernen), Aldeburgh, Plush and Oxford Chamber Music Festival; he plays alongside such musicians as Adrian Brendel, the Doric String Quartet, Guy Johnston, Pekka Kuusisto and Pieter Wispelwey.  A regular participant of IMS Prussia Cove, Alasdair was invited to join their touring groups in 2007 and 2011.  He is Artistic Director of the chamber music festival Musique à Marsac.

Alasdair enjoys a regular association with the Scottish Ensemble.  In addition to numerous chamber music projects, he has twice toured with them as concerto soloist – in Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings alongside Alison Balsom, culminating in a sold out performance at Wigmore Hall, and with violinist and artistic director Jonathan Morton in Mendelssohn’s double concerto, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Often attracted to less familiar repertoire, Alasdair’s approach to programming has been described as canny and uncompromising (Classical Source).  His debut solo CD – the opus 1′s of Schumann, Brahms, Grieg and Berg – was released on SOMM Recordings in 2009 to critical acclaim.  Other uncommon works explored include Debussy’s own arrangement for solo piano of his ballet Jeux, Fauré’s rarely performed Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, Hindemith’s Four Temperaments, the complete solo piano music of Ludwig Thuille, and piano trio arrangements of Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata.  Keen to collaborate directly with living composers, Alasdair has worked closely with George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Heinz Holliger.

 


 

Thursday 14 November, 2013  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

Marie Vassiliou    soprano

Harry Nicoll    tenor

John Trusler    violin

Graham Walker    cello

Jane Clark    harpsichord

 

 

Programme to include vocal and chamber works by Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Scarlatti, Bononcini, Pasquali, Schwindl, Ariosti, Anfossi, Cocchi, Vinci & Stephen Dodgson

 

Jane Clark, widow of our past-president Stephen Dodgson, is well known as a harpsichord recitalist in Europe and the USA.  She is the founder of Janiculum, a group of instrumentalists and singers from which tonight’s artistes are drawn.  She founded Janiculum initially to perform the unpublished music she had discovered during her research on The Grand Tour. It takes its name from the hill in Rome.

 

Her research into the music of François Couperin and Domenico Scarlatti has received international recognition.  She has played the complete Pièces de Clavecin of François Couperin on several occasions and her research on the background to the pieces is published in 'The Mirror of Human Life' Reflections on François Couperin's Pièces de Clavecin, in which she is joined by Professor Derek Connon.

 

Jane has given recitals and lectures extensively in the USA including The Fine Arts Museum in Boston, The Frick Collection in New York, Indiana State University at Bloomington, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and The Round Top Festival Institute in Texas.  She has taught, lectured and played at summer courses including the Dartington International Summer School, Fort Bergwin, New Mexico and the Aston Magna Academy at Yale. She has published articles in many journals including Early Music and Early Music Today.

 

Marie Vassiliou studied at the Royal College of Music where she won many prices including the Tagore Gold Medal. She has sung major roles in Handel operas in Halle and London, Calisto (Calisto) at Batignano, Belinda (Dido & Aeneas) in Tokyo, Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress) and other roles in London. She has performed widely in concerts in the UK and many other European countries and her performances have been broadcast live by Radio France and Classic FM. Noted for her performances of contemporary music she recently sang the role of Desirée, which was created for her, in Mike Westbrook's Jago and Belisa in Simon Holt's The Nightingale's to Blame in Vienna.

 

From Inverness in the Scottish Highlands Harry Nicoll has sung principal roles with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, ENO, Scottish Opera, WNO, Opera North and Glyndebourne. Abroad he has been a guest principal in Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, Athens, Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin, Venice and New York. Roles include Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Pedrillo (Il Seraglio), Platée (Platée), Simpleton (Boris Godunov) and Flute (A Midsummer Night's Dream). He is one of the UK's leading interpreters of the Evangelist in Bach's Passions. Recordings include The Company of Heaven by Britten, The Count of Luxembourg by Lehàr and Robert Burns Songs with the Scottish Early Music Consort.

 

John Trusler was an Associated Board scholar at the Royal College of Music. He has been a member of the Amici Quartet and the English Quartet and for the last ten years the Delme Quartet. John plays with the Contemporary Music Group, the Composers Ensemble and the Terroni Piano Trio, and has appeared many times in the major London concert halls as a soloist with the London Bach Orchestra.

 

Graham Walker was a choral scholar at St. John's College Cambridge. Awarded a scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music he studied both baroque and modern cello. He now plays both instruments in chamber groups and orchestras, including Classico Latino and The British Camerata. He recently made his début tour of the USA with the pianist Christopher Whitton. In 2003 he was Emanuelle Haim's continuo cellist in a programme of music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier at the Aldeburgh Festival. In 1996 he won the UNICEF Young Conductors' platform.

 

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Wednesday 27 November, 2013  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

Kathron Sturrock    piano

 

 

 

 

Beethoven    Rondo in D, Op.51 No.2

Mozart    Sonata in B flat, K.333

John White    Sonatas

Schubert    Sonata in D, D.850

 

Kathron Sturrock is a British pianist who studied with Cyril Smith, Joan Trimble, Alfred Brendel and Rostropovich.  She is a professor at the Royal College of Music where in September 2003 she joined the Keyboard Faculty.  Her distinguished mentor and coach is Professor Niel Immelmann.  Kathron has recorded for a number of record labels including Hyperion, Chandos, Gamut, Pickwick, Sain, ASV, Black Box, Quartz and Deux-Elles.  She has performed in most countries in Europe, North America, India and Australia, performs regularly in the London concert halls, and records frequently for BBC Radio 3.

 

Kathron 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.

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Wednesday 29 January, 2014  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

The Fidelio Trio

 

Darragh Morgan    violin

Robin Michael    cello

Mary Dullea    piano

 

 

Schumann    Piano Trio No.3 in G minor, Op.110

Graham Fitkin    Lens

Saint-Saëns    Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op.92

 

The ...virtuosic Fidelio Trio... (Sunday Times) perform extremely diverse music internationally and features Irish musicians Darragh Morgan (violin) and Mary Dullea (piano) and Scottish cellist Robin Michael.  In promoting contemporary music, they are constantly commissioning new works and the range of leading international composers that The Fidelio Trio are closely associated with includes Toshio Hosokawa, Charles Wuorinen, Johannes Maria Staud and Michael Nyman. Their many world and UK premieres include Gerald Barry, Donnacha Dennehy, Evan Ziporyn, Simon Bainbridge, Edison Denisov and Beat Furrer whom they have performed throughout Europe, the USA, South Africa and China.

 

They broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and in 2010 were featured in a Sky Arts documentary. Since their South Bank debut they have appeared at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room and Royal Opera House, London, festivals including City of London, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Brighton, Vale of Glamorgan, Petworth and Fuse Leeds, West Cork Music, Belfast Festival at Queens and National Concert Hall, Dublin, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Casa da Musica (Porto), Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris), Contemporaneamente Festival, Lodi and Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice (Italy), Johannesburg Music Society, Symphony Space, New York City and MIT Boston.

 

The Fidelio Trio’s most recent CD release is the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios for MN Records and their substantial discography includes Bulb (Kevin Volans, Deirdre Gribbin), My Broken Machines (Ed Bennett) and Bartlebooth (Joe Cutler) all on NMC, Metamorphoses (Haflidi Hallgrimsson), The Piano Tuner (Sally Beamish, Nigel Osborne and Judith Weir) and Airs, Waters (Piers Hellawell) for Delphian Records, Rob Keeley on Convivium and Luke Bedford’s debut portrait CD on Col Legno as Ernst von Siemens composer award winner 2012. Forthcoming are the first instalment of From Vienna (Korngold and Schoenberg) for Naxos and portrait discs of Robert Fokkens and Tom Armstrong. The Fidelio Trio have worked closely with composition and performance students on contemporary music and its extended techniques through masterclasses and seminars at institutions including The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, University of Manchester, Surrey University, Royal Holloway University, Cardiff University, University of Ulster, Cork School of Music, Stellenbosch Conservatorium, WITS Johannesburg and University of KwaZulu- Natal. They have been artists-in-residence at the Association of Irish Composers’ Composition Summer School, CoMA Summer School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Davenport Residency holders at State University of New York, SUNY.

 

The Fidelio Trio are selected artists for Concert Promoters’ Group 2013/14 season, and are artists-in-residence for 2012-15 at St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin City University.

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Thursday 27 February, 2014  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

Poom Prommachart    piano

 

 

Liszt    Variations on a theme from J S Bach's Cantata Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, S.180

Chopin    Etude in A flat, Op.10 No.10

Rachmaninov    Etude-tableau in D, Op.39 No.9

Rachmaninov    Liebesfreud (after Kreisler)

Scriabin    Sonata No.9 in F, Op.68 (Black Mass)

Chopin    Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58

 

Poom Prommachart was born in Bangkok and regarded as one of the most accomplished Thai pianist today. His performances are highly considered for their lyrical intensity and virtuosity.

 

He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Performance (Distinction) from the Royal College of Music (RCM), London in 2013 which received an exception high destination for both solo piano and chamber music. He also has been awarded the most prestigious Tagore Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution to RCM, which was presented to him by HRH The Prince of Wales.  Most recently, Poom was awarded First Prize in the Grand Final of Sussex International Piano Competition, 2013 where he performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no.3 with Worthing Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Gibbons.  The Argus wrote: "Poom Prommachart of Thailand performed Rachmaninov’s third concerto in D minor. Choosing a well-known concerto can be a disadvantage as audiences make comparisons, but Poom’s interpretation was distinctive and individual while still measuring up to more famous predecessors"

 

He was a student of Peerapong Surawan, later on of Rena Phua and Boris Kraljevic at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. He attained the FTCL Diploma from Trinity College at the age of 15. At age 16, he was granted a full scholarship by H.R.H Princess Galyani Vadhana and the Royal College of Music, which enabled him to continue his studies in London where he was the last student of a legendary pianist, Yonty Solomon, until his death in 2008. After that, Poom became a student of Professor Ian Jones. The scholarship was continued and supervised by the kind support of Thanpuying Tasna-Valaya Sorasongkram for his Master’s Degree in Performance at RCM. He is currently a student of the renowned Russian pianist and teacher, Dina Parakhina and continued his Doctorate of Music programme in January 2014.  Poom has been a Steinway Artist since April 2012.

 

Poom has performed throughout Europe and Southeast Asia and worked with many leading Orchestras. He has already developed an international reputation as an outstanding performer of rare expressive depth, and has been acclaimed by critics who called him “a young Ashkenazy” after his performance of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto in London. He appeared at the Fifth International Isidor Bajic Piano Competition in Serbia where he won 1st prize, a special prize for Brahms’ Piano Quintet performance in the semi-final round as well as the audience prize. At the final concert, in collaboration with the Timisoara Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Radu Popa, he played the Brahms’ First Piano Concerto filled with tragic tones and in a full richness of rare musical talent after which the daily newspaper “Dnevnik” from Novi Sad wrote: “Playing with a mixture of controlled freedom and exceptional depth of expression, with rounded phrases and rich decorations of “Chopin” kind of sound, beginning deep in his piano and a great dynamic range, purified in style and expression, the pianist from Thailand has confirmed that the first prize and title of the laureate of the whole competition have come into the right hands”. In addition to an outright win in Novi Sad, Poom won prizes at more than fifteen International and National Competitions: He was the winner of Hopkinson Gold Medal (RCM, London), 1st prize and audiences prize at UK Intercollegiate Sheepdrove Piano Competition, 1st prize at Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Soloist Competition, Silver Medal in Moray, 1st prize at RCM Concerto Competition for his performance of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto, John Chisell Schumann Award, 2nd prize and a special prize for the best performance of Liszt at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Budapest and the Sarah Mundlak Memorial Prize for Piano for the best fourth year Graduation recital. In 2011, Poom was the 1st prize winner of The 2nd Thailand International Piano Competition and he played Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gudni A. Emilsson. He has also nominated to be one of 2009 RCM's rising star.

 

Poom has also performed in many world-famous concert halls such as Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, South Bank, St John's Smith Square, Belgrade Kolarac Hall, and National Theater of Serbia. After his success in Serbia which marked his international career, Poom’s engagements have included Brahms’ First Piano Concerto with Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra, Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto with RCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Phillip Ellis and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Blair, Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Olivier Ochanine to great acclaim, with Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rauf Abullayev in Nomus Festival, Serbia, Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto with Serbia National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mikica Jevtic which was broadcasted live on TV, Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with Stroud Symphony Orchestra as well as The Capriol Chamber Orchestra. In Manila 2011, he conducted a masterclass at University Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. Poom performed Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claude Vallaret and Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto conducted by Dariusz Mikulski.

  

Recent performances have included Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Maestro John Gibbons at the Malcolm Arnold Festival 2013, Chopin's Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no.2 with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no.3 with the Stroud Symphony Orchestra, Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Capriol Chamber Orchestra, Liszt's Piano Concerto no.1 with the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra, Vine's Piano Concerto with the Ealing Symphony Orchestra and a recital at the Majorca Festival. Poom has also made a commercial recording of Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto in Berlin for Concorno Kulturmanagement.

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Thursday 3 April, 2014  7:30 pm

St Mary's Church, Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL

 

Villiers String Quartet

This event is the Society's contribution to the 2014 Barnes Music Festival

 

 

James Dickenson    violin

Tamaki Higashi    violin

Carmen Flores    viola

Nick Stringfellow    cello

with special guest Daire Halpin    soprano

 

 

Elgar    Quartet in E minor, Op.83

Delius    Quartet

Holst    4 songs for voice & violin, Op.35

Robert Still    Quartet No.1 in A minor

 

James Dickenson studied both in the UK and the USA and lists Lydia Mordkvitch, Danny Phillips, Jerry Horner, Wen Zhou Li, and Christopher Rowland as some of his many teachers and mentors.  After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music, James left the UK to lead the Degas Quartet in the USA.  With this quartet James gave concerts all over the USA, in Carnegie Hall and at the Aspen Music Festival, and held various residencies in over ten universities.  Since leaving the quartet in 2007, James returned to the UK to continue his teaching, performing, and chamber music career.  An advocate of new music, James has worked closely with many American composers, including Jeffrey Mumford, Andrew Waggoner, and he is currently commissioning a new piece for violin from Shafer Mahoney.

 

Japanese-born violinist Tamaki Higashi started violin at the age of seven and was a multiple winner of the South Japan Music Competition in her hometown of Kagoshima.  She was invited to study with Lewis Kaplan in New York City, and she received both her bachelors and masters degrees from the Mannes College of Music.  After graduating in 2002 she founded the Degas Quartet.  Together with her husband James, the Degas Quartet held residencies at Syracuse University and with the Western Piedmont Symphony, working closely with the Cassatt Quartet and Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard Quartet.  The Degas Quartet toured frequently within the United States and was featured live on NPR broadcasts, appearing in many prestigious venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival, and the Library of Congress.

 

Tamaki and James moved to the UK in 2007, and since then she has enjoyed a busy schedule as recitalist, teacher, and chamber musician. A passionate advocate for music education and community outreach, Tamaki organised several music projects in North Carolina, USA and Kagoshima, Japan, bringing chamber music to local schools and children's groups.  Tamaki plays on a fine Italian violin by Antonio Ungarini of Fabriano, 1740.

 

Carmen Flores attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and studied viola at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada.  Her principal teachers were Yizhak Schotten and Steven Dann.  In 2007 she was appointed Principal Viola of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the orchestra of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.  She has also performed as guest principal viola with the orchestras of the Canadian Opera Company and the English National Opera.  Carmen has performed chamber music with many artists and groups including Claude Frank, Joseph Silverstein, Midori, and the Grammy-nominated ARC Ensemble. A recipient of the US Fulbright Award to the Philippines, Carmen retains a strong interest in music history. She plays on a viola made in 2006 by British luthier William Castle.

 

Nick Stringfellow began his musical education at Chetham’s School of Music, performing in masterclasses at an early age with Heinrich Schiff and Janos Starker.  After further study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Clive Greensmith, he completed his training at the Royal College of Music, studying jointly with Anna Shuttleworth and Anthony Pleeth.  Nick cut his chamber music teeth as cellist with the London Mozart Ensemble alongside violinist David le Page.  He is Principal Cellist with the Orchestra of the Swan, often appearing as soloist with the orchestra and taking part in its extensive education and outreach programmes.  Nick has performed with many ensembles including the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and the Brook Street Band, and he has recorded for EMI, Naxos, Somm and Orfeo labels.  He is the featured cellist on Schott’s Baroque around the World series and his trio Spirituoso is resident ensemble at Handel House.

Daire Halpin is an Irish soprano based in London. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Conservatorio Statale di Musica ‘Luigi Cherubini’ (Florence) and the prestigious Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Daire has made a number of recordings including Lyric fm’s number 1 best-selling Joyce Songs and the soundtrack for BBC Radio 4’s recent adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses. Her performance of Lucy Lockitt (Beggar’s Opera) for the European Opera Centre with the Liverpool Philharmonic will be released later this year. Daire’s operatic appearances include: Hulda (The Alma Fetish-Raymond Deane – world premiere) Wide Open Opera/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Julia (Duchess of Malfi–Torsten Rasch–world premiere production) English National Opera,  Adina (Elisir D’Amore) Pavilion Opera, Diana (Orpheus and the Underworld) Scottish Opera/NI Opera/Young Vic, Hilde (The Lady from the Sea–Craig Armstrong–world premiere production) Scottish Opera, Gianetta (The Gondoliers) RTE Concert Orchestra Proserpina/Ninfa (Orfeo) Opera Theatre Company, Jano (Jenufa) and Amor (Orfeo) Opera Ireland,  Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) Yorke Trust and Endellion Festival, Theodora (Title Role) and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Yorke Trust, Despina (Cosi fan Tutte) and Susanna (Nozze di Figaro) Candlelight Opera. Daire is equally at home on the concert stage and has recently performed as a soloist with the European Union Youth Orchestra on tour in London and Reykjavik.

 
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