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Thursday 1 October, 2015  7:30 pm

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


Sam Haywood - piano








Schubert    Impromptu in G flat, D.899 No.3


Schubert    Impromptu in A flat, D.899 No.4


Schumann    Phantasiestűcke, Op.12


FX Mozart    Polonaise in C minor, Op.22 No.1


Chopin    Polonaise in C minor, Op.40 No.2


Julius Isserlis    Ballade in E flat minor, Op.3 No.2


Chopin    Ballade No.2 in F, Op.38


Schubert    Scherzo in B flat, D.935 No.1


Chopin    Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor, Op.31




We warmly welcome back Sam Haywood, who has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world's major concert halls. As a chamber musician he is a regular duo partner of Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, and performs with many leading chamber ensembles.


For Hyperion he has recorded the piano works of Russian pianist-composer Julius Isserlis, grandfather of our President, cellist Steven Isserlis. His latest album 'Composers in Love' brings together both well-loved and lesser known music inspired by composers' muses. To celebrate Chopin's bicentennial year, Haywood made the world premiėre recording on Chopin's own Pleyel piano, part of the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands. He is also featured on Joshua Bell's 'Musical Gifts' for Sony Masterworks. He has broadcast widely in USA and Europe and was recently a guest on BBC Radio 4's Midweek.


Following Haywood's early success in BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him their prestigious Isserlis Award. He studied with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna, where he began his enduring love affair with opera. At the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was mentored by the great teacher Maria Curcio, a pupil of Artur Schnabel.


Private audiences have included Princess Diana, HRHs Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Hillary Clinton and Xi Jingping, President of China.


Haywood is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Solent Music Festival, which combines recitals by internationally-renowned artists with projects in the local community. He attaches great importance to his work with young people. He is an Ambassador to the West Lakes Academy, has written a children's opera and is regularly involved in family concerts, workshops and master classes. His 'Song of the Penguins', for bassoon and piano, is published by Emerson Editions.


He is also the inventor of memorystars (memory-stars.com), which can dramatically reduce the time needed to memorise a music score, or indeed any printed text.


His many passions include inspiring science lectures, natural history, technology, magic, scooting, table tennis and chess.


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Thursday 22 October, 2015  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Kamila Bydlowska    violin


Clara Murnig    piano









Schumann    Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor, Op.105


Szymanowski    Nocturne and tarantella for violin and piano, Op.28


Saint-Saens    Violin Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.75


Sarasate    Fantasy on Bizet's Carmen for violin and piano, Op.25



Kamila Bydlowska recently graduated from the Royal College of Music with an Artist Diploma in Performance where she was under the tutelage of Ani Schnarch, supported by Jacqueline Ward Award.  She previously studied at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, USA, where she was awarded a full scholarship and also served as a teaching assistant .

Kamila has won prizes at numerous competitions including the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition in Bloomington and the Matinee Musicale Competition in Indianapolis (USA),the Premio Citta di Padova in Italy and chamber music competitions in Croatia, Germany and  Slovenia. She is also a winner of the  the Ealing Festival Concerto Competition. Performances  as a soloist and a chamber musician include: the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, St. James's  Piccadilly, the National Gallery, St Martin-in-the Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall at the  Southbank Center,  the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, Victoria& Albert Museum, Steinway Hall. As a soloist she recently appeared  with the Angel Orchestra, Chamber Academy Orchestra, Croydon Symphony Orchestra and  Ealing Symphony Orchestra and the nearest  engagements include Wieniawski concerto no 2 with the Worthing  Symphony Orchestra and Szymanowkski Concerto no 2 with the North London Symphony Orchestra.

 Kamila is a Concordia Foundation artist and a member of iPalpiti Ensemble of International Laureats based in Los Angeles. She performed at Bowdoin International Music Festival  ( USA), New Virtuosi ( Italy), Keshet Eilon( Israel), iPalpiti Festival of International Laureats (Los Angeles) Orford Music Festival (Canada), Farm de Villefavard (France). A winner of multiple awards, she is the recipient of the Ministry of Culture of Poland scholarship, Richard Carne Trust, American Music Fraternity 'Mu Phi Epsilon', Anna Sosenko Trust (USA) Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland). She received an Artistic Excellence Award from Indiana University.


 Clara Murnig is an associate lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Pflichtfach, Klavierpraktikum, Begleitpraxis, Instrumentalpraktikum) and a freelance pianist, collaborative pianist and accompanist.

 She studied piano accompaniment with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles at the Royal College of Music (London) and solo piano with Ursula Kneihs and Anna Pfeiffer at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Vienna).


In 2014, Clara was a Samling Artist, working with Malcolm Martineau, Stephen King and Sir Thomas Allen; and in 2012, Clara participated in the Schubert Institut Baden bei Wien where she worked with Elly Amling, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake and Rudolf Jansen. She has participated in masterclasses with Helmut Lachenmann, Robert HP Platz, Clay McMillan (Viennese Days of Contemporary Piano 2007-2013), the Klangforum Wien (isa 2011) and Ferenc Rados (Traditions of Piano Playing - Hungary 2010).


In 2012, she was awarded the Lucy Ann Jones Award from the Royal College of Music; the STARTStipendium from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Eduction, Art and Culture in the section Music and Performing Arts; and the Josef-Krainier Stipendienfond of Styria (Austria). She was also awarded the piano accompaniment prize at the Brooks van der Pump English Song Competition (Royal College of Music 2013) and a prize for interpretation of contemporary music (21st isa pragwienbudapest 2011).


As a collaborative artist and soloist Clara has performed concerts in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall; the Norfolk Music Room at the Victoria & Albert Museum; Charlton House (London); St. Ann's Gate (Salisbury); St. Mary Abbots Church and Stift Heiligenkreuz.  She has appeared at many major festivals including classic.muerz (Austria), the Viennese Days of Contemporary Piano Playing, the Festwochen Gmunden (Austria) and the Chilingirian Schubert Festival in the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music (London).


In Vienna Clara facilitates school workshops as a pianist in collaboration with the Arnold Schonberg Center and the team tak.tik. Clara also worked as a coach and accompanist at the Austrian Master Classes in Zell an der Pram, at the opera Festival Burg Gars (Der Freischutz), the Tete a Tete Opera Festival in London (Black Sand. Soap Opera Productions) and the Next Liberty in Graz (Figaros Hochzeit).




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









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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Thursday 4 February, 2016  7:30 pm

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



Trio Cardinale - piano trio



Julian Azkoul    violin   


Alberto Casadei    cello


Florian Mitrea    piano









Shostakovich    Piano Trio No.1 in C minor, Op.8

Beethoven    Piano Trio in C Minor, Op.1 No.3

Brahms    Piano Trio in C, Op.87



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With more than fifteen solo concerto performances in the past two years alone, London-based concert violinist Julian Azkoul keeps a busy schedule, having appeared in over a dozen countries as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. He has worked closely with prominent conductors Stephen Cleobury, Jacques Cohen, Richard Gonski, and Wojciek Czepiel, and past highlights include solo performances with the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra at St. John's Smith Square, the Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra (replacing internationally-acclaimed violinist Jiafeng Chen at short notice), the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oxford Beethoven Orchestra, the King's College Orchestra, and the Torbay Symphony Orchestra in Devon. Additionally, Julian was honoured to be soloist Ofer Falk's partner of choice in 2009-2010 for performances of Bach's Double Violin Concerto with the London Musical Arts Orchestra and the Allegri String Quartet at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church. The 2012/13 season included performances of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra in the UK, France and Switzerland, as well as performances of Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 and of the Chausson Chamber Concerto with pianist Kate Whitley at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford.


Julian's extensive performing experience also includes being an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist's Programme under Oliver Knussen, being selected to lead the second violin section in a rare performance of Berlioz's opera Beatrice and Benedict under Sir Colin Davis in London, and being selected to lead the Al-Andalus Orchestra, a project of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, for performances in Spain under the baton of Maestro Daniel Barenboim in July 2011. He was invited to perform with the Symphony Orchestra of India in a series of concerts at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, including a chamber music recital with Marat Bisengaliev in September 2010. From 2007-2010, Julian was first violin and founding member of the Halcyon String Quartet (John Thompson Award 2009, Inter-Collegiate Competition Audience Prize at the Greenwich International String Quartet Festival 2009, Barbirolli Prize 2009, 1st Prize and Audience Prize at CAVATINA Chamber Music Competition 2007). The quartet held a two-year residency at Les Musicales Festival in Provence, and was twice invited to perform the Mendelssohn Octet with the Allegri String Quartet. Julian also regularly gives recitals with his father, concert guitarist Jad Azkoul, and pianists Kate Whitley and Robert Thompson.


A graduate of King's College, Cambridge University and twice a laureate of the CUMS Concerto Competition, Julian studied violin with Stephane Tran Ngoc and Ofer Falk. He is currently enrolled in the Masters programme at the Royal Academy of Music on awards from the Leverhulme Trust, the Musicians Benvolent Fund, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Barenboim-Said Foundation studying with Professor Mateja Marinkovic. He is a member of the London Contemporary Orchestra, the London Musical Arts Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Paul's, and co-leader of the United Strings of Europe. In the UK, Julian has appeared at the Spitalfields, Dartington, Latitude, Easter at King's, Aldeburgh, and English Music festivals, and at major London venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House, St. John's Smith Square, and the Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. He performed and appeared on-screen in the first episode of BBC 2 television drama The Hour (aired August 2011). Julian's teaching experience includes being a Violin Tutor at the Cambridge School of Arts and Sciences (2009-10) and adjudicating for orchestral auditions of the Cambridge University Music Society. He is also currently working towards the Royal Academy of Music's Licentiate Diploma in Instrumental Pedagogy.


His achievements include winning the Cambridge University Concerto Competition (2011), being awarded a Trustee Scholarship to study at Lawrence University (2008), the City of Geneva Artist's Prize (2007), winning the Geneva Young Violinist's competition and performing in the Swiss National Finals in 2006. He also holds a Certificate in Performance awarded with distinction from the Geneva Conservatory (2007). Julian has greatly benefited from masterclasses with Ani Kavafian, Rachel Barton-Pine, Jan Repko, Ani Schnarch, Krzysztof Smietana, Gyula Stuller, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Simon Rowland-Jones, David Waterman, Rivka Golani, Michael Bochmann, and Bernard Greenhouse amongst others.



Alberto Casadei was born in Rimini, Italy. He first started studying cello with his father Claudio Casadei and at the age of five he won his first competition. He graduated from the Conservatory 'G.Rossini' in Pesaro with top marks. Then he studied with David Geringas (2001), Franco Maggio Ormenzosky (2003-2004), Natalia Gutman (2006-2010), Gary Hoffman (2008-2009), Boris Baraz (2008-2011), Rocco Filippini (2010-2012) and chamber music with Konstantin Bogino (2009-2011). He undertook further studies on full scholarship (Leverhulme Trust) at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London (2012-2014), where he completed the  Master of Arts Programme with Distinction and was awarded a Dip.RAM for an outstanding final recital. He then completed the Advanced Diploma course, also at RAM (2014-2015), on full scholarship (Leverhulme Trust and Sally Dessange Foundation), with professors Felix Schmidt, Mario Brunello and Colin Carr. At the Academy, he is the winner of the Wilfred Parry Prize (2012) and the Cavatina Trust Competition (2013).


Internationally, he has won numerous competitions including the London Grand Prize Virtuoso (2015), the London Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists (2014), the Gaetano Zinetti chamber music competition (2009), the Astor Piazzolla 'Libertango' competition (2008), the CIDIM 'Nuove Carriere' (2008), the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe competition (2004) and the Antonio Janigro cello competition (2002). Last Summer, he was Principal Cello in the Arena di Verona Orchestra.


He has performed as a soloist in various venues including the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory with the Moscow Youth Orchestra, the Teatro Politeama of Palermo with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana , the Concert Hall of the National Philarmonic of Ukraine with the Symphony Orchestra, the Perm Theatre with the Perm Orchestra, the Teatro delle Muse of Ancona with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, the Sala Maffeiana of the Teatro Filarmonico of Verona with I Virtuosi Italiani, the Basilica Santa Maria in Aracoeli of Rome with the Orchestra Uto Ughi per Roma and the Basilica S.Pietro of Perugia with the Camerata Strumentale of Prato. He has performed recitals in the following prominent venues, Cortot Hall (Paris), Royal Albert Hall (London), Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro C. Melisso of Spoleto, Auditorium dell'Annunziata of Sulmona, Teatro G. Verdi of Pisa, Royal Overseas of League (London), Teatro Savoia of Campobasso, Teatro Massimo of Pescara, Auditorium 'Fondazione Cariplo' (Milan), Teatro Gentile of Fabriano, Teatro D.Alighieri of Ravenna, Teatro A.Ponchielli of Cremona, Teatro Manzoni of Milano and Teatro D.Fabbri of Forli.


He has performed under conductors Marco Zuccarini, Michele Mariotti, Nicola Paszkowski, Edward Higginbottom, and Yury Tkachenko. He has performed in recitals with musicians Hector Ulises Passerella, Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna, Rocco Filippini, Guo Gan and Vladimir Zubitsky. He toured as a soloist in Russia and the Balkan Countries. In 2009 he recorded a CD of Beethoven, Brahms and Debussy with the pianist Federico Colli under the 'Azzurra Music' label. The CD was distributed with the prestigious 'Suonare News' Italian magazine. Alberto is very interested in contemporary music and jazz and has composed his own solo cello piece, 'In memory of Piazzolla', which has been professionally recorded and the video has been released on DVD with the Italian director Davide Legni.


He plays a Domenico Rogieri cello of the 17th century, which once belonged to Pablo Casals.


Born in Bucharest, Romania, Florian Mitrea's early passion for the piano led him to a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, which has become a second musical home. Recently he was awarded second prize at the 2015 Santa Cecilia Competition in Porto, having previously won third prize and the Classical Concerto Prize at the 2014 ARD International Competition in Munich, and winning the Lagny-sur-Marne 2014 and Panmusica 2010 Vienna International Piano Competitions. He also won the Beethoven 2010 and the Sheepdrove 2011 Intercollegiate Competitions in the United Kingdom. Earlier prizes included several First Prizes in the Romanian Music Olympics, Ada Ulubeanu Piano Competition and the Third Prize in the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition. He has performed recitals and concertos across Romania, and in Austria, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea.

 In the UK Florian has performed at venues including King's Place, St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. James' Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, Draper's Hall, Colston Hall and Bath Abbey. He has benefited from participation in master-classes given by Leif Ove Andsnes, Angela Brownridge, Imogen Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Stephen Hough, Stephen Kovacevich, John Lill, Joanna MacGregor, Boris Petrushansky and Michael Roll. After studying with Boris Berman at the International Holland Music Sessions in summer 2013, Florian was granted a fellowship at Yale University - Norfolk Music Festival for summer 2014, and throughout this six week period he received intensive coaching from Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Wey-Yi Yang and Melvin Chen.

Florian's piano studies started in Bucharest as a student of Flavia Moldovan and Gabriela Enăşescu, ultimately at George Enescu Music High School. While studying at RAM with Diana Ketler he obtained his BMus with First Class Honours and the Regency Award for notable achievement. In the summer of 2014, he obtained his Master of Arts degree with Distinction and a DipRAM for his final recital, and received the Alumni Development Award for distinguished studentship. He is currently holder of the Hodgson Memorial post-studentship Fellowship at RAM, and will continue to be involved in the Academy's musical life through various concert projects, while studying under the guidance of Christopher Elton. Florian remains an active chamber musician. His duo with cellist Alex Rolton won the Brahms RAM Competition and they were invited to perform at Colston Hall, Bristol and Academy Festivals.

His Trio Cardinale won the Cavatina Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition in 2013. As a Sonoro Chamber Music Festival scholar, Florian has performed alongside Alexander Sitkovetsky, David Cohen, JanErik Gustaffson and Nabil Shehata, among others. Florian has been generously supported by the Rațiu Family Foundation and was the holder of the 2010/2011 Enescu Scholarship awarded by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London and the 2012/2013 Roy King Scholarship at the Academy. His postgraduate studies were supported by awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Tillett Trust and he was awarded the Silver Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Performances by Florian have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Romanian radio and television (SRR and TVR), and Sudwestrundfunk (SWR2) and Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR-Klassik) in Germany. In March 2015 Nimbus Records released a CD of chamber and organ works by Sir Nicholas Jackson: Florian accompanies soprano Mary Bevan in recordings of Three Hymns and the song cycle Six Elizabethan Songs (Mary and Florian gave the premiere of this song cycle in London at Draper's Hall in 2011).


Thursday 10 March, 2016  7:30 pm

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



James Turnbull - oboe


Robyn Parton - soprano


Libby Burgess - piano


This event is one of the Society's two contributions to the 2016 Barnes Music Festival, the theme of which is Handel and the composers of Barnes - see www.barnesmusicfestival.com





Handel    Nine German Arias

Herbert Howells    Sonata for oboe and piano

Stephen Dodgson    Sonata for oboe and piano

Jim Parker    Sonata for oboe and piano

Gerald Finzi    Dies Natalis



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Described by The Independent as "a worthy champion" of contemporary oboe music, James Turnbull has dedicated much of his performing life to promoting and extending the oboe repertoire. James has performed frequently throughout the UK and Europe including a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2010. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and appeared as a soloist  in numerous UK festivals including Oxford, Leicester, Cambridge, Thaxted, Ryedale, Machynlleth, Swaledale and, King's Lynn. James has released solo recordings for Champs Hill Records, Quartz Music and the ABRSM as well as featuring on a disc of Thea Musgrave's works for Harmonia Mundi USA. Gramophone Magazine described his debut recital disc, Fierce Tears, as a "notable debut" and it was selected as the Editor's Choice Recording by Classical Music Magazine.


James was seven when he began his oboe studies, learning with Irene Pragnell, Melanie Ragge, Celia Nicklin, Tess Miller and Chris Cowie. After gaining a First Class degree in music from Christ Church, Oxford University, James continued his oboe studies at the Royal Academy of Music and under Nicholas Daniel at Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, where he was awarded First Class for both his Artist and Soloist Diplomas.


James is deeply committed to expanding the oboe repertoire. He worked closely with Michael Berkeley, John Casken, Jonathan Dove, John Woolrich, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies on their compositions for oboe. Composers including Patrick Hawes, Thomas Hewitt Jones and Norbert Froehlich have also written for him. James has a keen interest in researching lost repertoire and bringing to new audiences works which have been rarely performed. In 2011 he worked closely with Christopher Hogwood on preparation for a new edition of Thomas Attwood Walmisley's Sonatinas for oboe and piano.


James is an active chamber musician and is Artistic Director of Ensemble Perpetuo. Founded in 2013, Perpetuo is a chamber music collective that specialises in multi-art form collaborations and innovative ways of performing chamber music in new contexts. James has also performed with other chamber music ensembles including the Berkeley Ensemble and the Allegri String Quartet.


Aside from his performing interests, James is dedicated to broadening the appeal of the oboe and encouraging young people to learn the instrument. To this end, he has launched the website LearnToPlayTheOboe.com which now receives over a thousand new visitors every month from across the world. James also teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and gives masterclasses across the UK.


James plays a Loree Royal Oboe and Cor Anglais supplied by Crowthers of Canterbury. For more information about James and his playing, visit www.james-turnbull.com.


Robyn Parton made her debut as Mercedes (Carmen) with the Opera Comique de Paris while studying at the RCM. She read Music at Worcester College, Oxford, has completed ENO's Opera Works programme, Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship, and is currently studying at the Wales International Academy of Voice assisted by a Goldman Award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.


Robyn was a Kathleen Ferrier Award finalist in 2012, semi-finalist in Berlin's prestigious Das Lied Competition 2013, and winner of Garsington Opera's Helen Clarke award, the Nachwuchspreis at Salzburg's Oper im Berg Festival, Making Music's concert award and the Oxford Lieder Festival prize.


Recent roles include Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) with Christian Curnyn for Britten-Pears and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Tim Murray ('a force to reckon with' Gramophone and 'irresistible' Opera magazine). She has performed with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Garsington Opera, in concert with the LPO, RPO, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and understudied Euridice (La Musica) at Munich Bayerische Staatsoper last summer. Robyn has recently recorded the title role in Charpentier's Caecilia Virgo et Martyr for Novum.


Libby Burgess is a pianist dedicated to the fields of song and chamber music, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She enjoys a diverse song recital schedule, ranging from the Wigmore Hall and St John's Smith Square to the Aldeburgh, Buxton and Oxford Lieder Festivals; from music societies around the country to broadcasts on Radio 3. A committed chamber musician, Libby relishes partnerships with a range of string and woodwind players, collaborates regularly with The Berkeley Ensemble, and has performed in The Sacconi Quartet's festival. In 2013 she established Konstellation, which presents programmes exploring the intersection of song and chamber music; this combined interest is reflected in her discography, which ranges from The English Oboe: Rediscovered with James Turnbull, released in 2013 to excellent reviews, to a forthcoming disc featuring songs of madwomen with mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin.

Born in Sussex, Libby read music at Oxford, where she was the first female organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, before specializing in piano accompaniment with a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. Here she was awarded numerous accompanist prizes and graduated with the DipRAM for an outstandingly high final recital mark, subsequently being awarded both the Shinn and Lucille Graham fellowships.

 Libby's passion for working with singers extends beyond the piano: she has conducted Britten and Mendelssohn operas for Ryedale Festival Opera, and is highly regarded as a chorusmaster, in which role she collaborated with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in the premiere of his Kommilitonen!.  She is regularly asked to give choral workshops and be a guest conductor for choirs throughout the country, and is in demand as a vocal coach. Libby is resident accompanist on courses ranging from Dartington International Summer School to the annual Cello Gathering, gives masterclasses at schools and universities across the UK, and since 2014 has been Head of Keyboard at Eton College.



Wednesday 18 May, 2016  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Corinne Morris    cello


Viv McLean    piano








Boccherini    Cello Sonata No.6 in A, arr. A. Piatti for cello & piano

Schubert    Sonata in A, D.921 (Arpeggione)

R. Strauss    Romanze in F

David Popper    Hungarian Rhapsody, Op.68

Granados    Intermezzo from Goyescas

Piazzolla    Grand Tango


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Described as 'a triumphant assertion' by Classical Music Magazine, Corinne Morris's relaunch album 'Macedonian Sessions' recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, marks the British/French cellist's return to the platform after a debilitating shoulder injury brought her career to a halt for over 5 years.

Corinne has a long list of professional accomplishments, including being a prizewinner of the Maria Canals International Cello Competition in Spain, and the International French Music Competition in France. Corinne was chosen by Rostropovich to perform at his festival in Evian (where he affectionately nicknamed her Corinotchka). She was also invited to perform and take part in the world-famous Verbier Academy in Switzerland, as well as the international Cello festival in Kronberg in Germany. Corinne has performed throughout Europe and beyond, including chamber music performances with Schlomo Mintz at the Jerusalem Conservatory. She has made several recordings for France Musique, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany) and ORF (Austria). Her BBC debut recital was broadcast on Radio 3, and she is on the list of solo artists for Radio 3 programmes.

Corinne started the cello at the age of 8 and was a student of Raphael Sommer, a major disciple of Paul Tortelier. At age 16, she obtained an ARCM with honours (Royal College of Music, London) and continued her training at the prestigious Conservatoire in Paris where she graduated with a first prize in both cello and chamber music. She then completed a post-graduate solo cello performing degree at the University of Music in Vienna, Austria. During her studies, Corinne had the privilege to work with Paul Tortelier, Mtislav Rostropovich, Andre Navarra, Bernard Greenhouse, Ralph Kirshbaum and Franz Helmerson.

Corinne's story has inspired many in the music industry and beyond. She has given several interviews for publications including International Arts Manager, Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone and Australia's Limelight Magazine. Most recently Corinne has been featured on BBC radio 3's 'In Tune' programme and she was invited to Classic FM's weekly Webchat. She is currently discussing the possibility of a documentary about her extraordinary story of courage and determination and the implications of re-launching a performing career in the 21st Century.

Further afield Corinne has been invited to China to give a series of concerts and masterclasses and she will also be appearing in recitals and concerto appearances in the UK, Germany, France and South-Africa.

Corinne plays a cello by C.A. Miremont dated 1876 on loan to her by a private investor.


Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the US. Viv's concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra and the National Musicians' Symphony Orchestra.

 Recent concerto highlights include Mozart K. 467 with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Grieg with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican, a tour of the USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin; Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge, Rachmaninov's 2nd Concerto with the London Concert Orchestra at the Barbican; and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall. Viv McLean enjoys a regular collaboration with the Halle, with which he recently has performed the Ravel Concerto in G at The Sands, Carlisle and Middlesbrough Town Hall; Gershwin, Bernstein and de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the Sage Gateshead.

Viv has performed chamber music with leading groups such as the Ysaye String Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet, the Galliard Wind Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio and has collaborated with musicians such as Natalie Clein, Marianne Thorsen, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power, Eijin Nimura, Phillip Dukes, Matthew Sharp, Kate Gould, Guy Johnston, Richard Dubugnon, David Le Page, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, David Charles Abell, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch.

 Viv McLean has performed at festivals including the Cheltenham International Festival and Harrogate Festival in the UK, the International Beethoven Festival, the Mecklenburg Festival and the Kultur Kreis Festival in Germany, the Melle Festival and Festival de Saintes in France, the Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Musik vid Kattegatt Festival in Sweden.

Viv studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne where he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies' Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain.


Thursday 9 June, 2016  7:45 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Bel Vil Trio



Tamara Zivadinovic    soprano


Diana Galvydyte    violin


Evelina Puzaite    piano




Programme includes:



JS Bach    Ave Maria arr. Gounod for violin and piano

Piazzolla    Oblivion

Bizet    Excerpts from Carmen

Rachmaninov and Villa Lobos    Songs


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Tamara Zivadinovic is an exceptional soprano of bel canto and Mozartian roles, which have included Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (National Theatre, Belgrade and Theatre Slavija, Belgrade), Pamina in The Magic Flute (for British Youth Opera) and understudy of Monique The Sofa by E. Maconchy for Independent Opera Sadler's Wells, London.

Tamara has studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has made appearances on many concert platforms in ex-Yugoslavia, Italy, France and Great Britain. Tamara has won numerous prestigious prizes including the Susan Longfield prize, the Anthony and Barbara Dee special award at the Les Azuriales Opera in Nice. Last year Tamara has been offered a place for the Opera Works/Young Artist Programme at the English National Opera.


Lithuanian born violinist Diana Galvydyte is a prize winner of 16 international competitions. In 2009 Diana won the Windsor Festival International String Competition which offered her a concerto performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Windsor Castle. In November 2009 Diana made her USA debut performing Elgar's Violin Concerto with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and in 2010 she was chosen to represent the Baltic Nations at the US - Baltic Foundation's Annual Gala held in Washington DC.

Diana's recent appearances include the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall's Purcell Room, St. James's Piccadilly and live on BBC Radio 3. Diana also performed at Buckingham Palace for HRH the Earl of Wessex.

Diana studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey and later at the Royal College of Music in London.


Lithuanian-born pianist Evelina Puzaite is an internationally recognised performer of natural sensitivity and strong charisma. She is in constant demand as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. Evelina regularly performs at the most prestigious venues including the Barbican, the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre. Evelina has won numerous prizes, including First Prize at the Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris, First Prize at the Tel-Hai International Piano Competition in Israel, and many others. After unanimously winning the Abstract Securities Landor Competition in 2006, Evelina was awarded a long term recording contract with Landor Records.

Evelina's recent concert appearances included the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Radio 3, recitals at the Carnegie Hall (New York) and at the Rudolfinum Hall (Prague).