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Thursday 6 October, 2016  7:30 pm

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

 

Viv McLean - piano

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

Bach/Busoni    Chorale Prelude, Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV.639

Ravel    Sonatine

Chopin    Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.45

Chopin    Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op.26 No.1

Chopin    Nocturne in E flat, Op.9 No.2

Chopin    Polonaise in A flat, Op.53

Grieg    Lyric Pieces:

Arietta, Op.12 No.1

Berceuse, Op.38 No.1

Sommerfugl (Butterfly), Op.43 No.1

Notturno, Op.54 no.4

Efterklang (Remembrances), Op.71 No.7

Gershwin    Song transcriptions (selection of 4 or 5)

Gershwin    Rhapsody in blue

 


 
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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 3 November, 2016  7:30 pm

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

 

 

Ghost Variations

 

 

 

Jessica Duchen    author & narrator

 

David Le Page    violin

 

Viv McLean    piano

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

 

 

The strangest detective story in the history of music - inspired by a true incident.

 

A world spiralling towards war. A composer descending into madness. And a devoted woman struggling to keep her faith in art and love against all the odds.

 

1933. Dabbling in the fashionable "Glass Game" - a Ouija board - the famous Hungarian violinist Jelly d'Aranyi, one-time muse to composers such as Bartok, Ravel and Elgar, encounters a startling dilemma. A message arrives ostensibly from the spirit of the composer Robert Schumann, begging her to find and perform his long-suppressed violin concerto.  Jessica Duchen's new novel Ghost Variations is based upon these extraordinary events.

 

The concert traces the story of the great Hungarian violinist Jelly d'Aranyi and her rediscovery of the Schumann Violin Concerto, mingling shortened extracts of the novel with some explanatory links and, of course, the music that she used to play including the Bartok Romanian Dances, extracts from the Mendelssohn and Schumann violin concertos, Ravel's Tzigane, Hubay's Hejre Kati, Schumann's Violin Sonata in A minor and the theme from the Geistervariationen...

 

 


 
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Jessica Duchen writes for The Independent on classical music, opera and ballet, and during the past 25 years has interviewed many of the world's finest musicians. Her first four novels (published by Hodder) have gathered a loyal fan-base and wide acclaim. "Duchen has a rare talent which is increasingly being recognised" (Gavin Esler, The Glasgow Herald).

  Jessica grew up in London, read music at Cambridge, also studying piano, and felt torn at first between the prospects of a musical career and a literary one. Having decided to be "sensible" - perhaps a debatable point - and choose the latter, she held editorial posts on several music magazines before going freelance to concentrate on writing.

 Her interest in cross-genre arts finds music playing a vital role in her novels as well as her journalism, and she frequently narrates concert versions of two of them, Alicia's Gift and Hungarian Dances. She is currently writing an opera libretto for the composer Roxanna Panufnik, a commission from Garsington Opera for 2017.

Her output also includes two plays, biographies of the composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Gabriel Faure (both published by Phaidon) and her popular classical music blog, JDCMB (http://jessicamusic.blogspot.com).

Jessica lives in London with her violinist husband and their two cats. She enjoys playing the piano, preferably when nobody can hear her, as well as cookery, long walks and plundering second-hand bookshops for out-of-print musical gems.

 

David Le Page was born in Guernsey and began learning the violin at the age of seven. He gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, aged twelve, where he studied with Margaret Norris. He was a prize winner in both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Yehudi Menuhin competition and completed his studies in Bern with Igor Ozim and in London with Sidney Griller. David has worked with a diverse selection of artists and ensembles including the Kreutzer quartet, Adderbury Ensemble, Billy Jenkins, Thomas Ades, Opera North, Matthew Sharp, Nicholas Daniel, James, Chroma, Roger Eno, Keith Tippett, Errolyn Wallen, David Gordon, Partikel, Benet McLean, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Tavener, Michael Tippett, Phillip Sheppard and the Gogmagogs. He is director of The Harborough Collective and has formed his own groups the Le Page Ensemble, Mysterious Barricades and Subway Piranhas.

 In 1999 David was appointed leader of the Orchestra of the Swan, a Stratford-upon-Avon based chamber orchestra, which has received critical acclaim for its imaginative programming, commitment to new music and numerous recordings. David has recorded and released two albums of his own material. 'The Reinvention of Harmony and Imagination' (2013) and 'As The Crow Flies' (2015). In 2016 he recorded 'Between Heaven and Earth' an album of solo violin music featuring works by Bach, Ysaye, Paganini, Tiersen and Biber as well as two of his own compositions. 2016 will also see the release of 'Barcos' an album recorded with renowned bandoeon player Eduardo Garcia and The Harborough Collective. David is artistic director of the successful Harborough Concerts series, based in Market Harborough, which presents around 20 groundbreaking performances a year. He is currently President of the European String Teachers Association.

David plays on a 1874 violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

 

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 24 November, 2016  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

Evva Mizerska    cello

 

Emma Abbate    piano

 

 

Programme

 

Schumann    Phantasiestucke, Op.73

Beethoven    Cello Sonata No.3 in A, Op.69

Stephen Dodgson    2 Romantic Pieces, Set 1

Algernon Ashton    Arioso, Op.43

Falla    Suite populaire espagnole

 


 
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Formed in 2003, the Evva&Emma Duo has given recitals in many European countries. Recent performances include appearances at the Salzburger Schlosskonzerte, Aldo Ciccolini Musical Association (Naples), Koscierzyna Chamber Music Festival (Poland), Fairfield Halls, Cheltenham Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St George's Bristol, Pump Room (Bath), and at various festivals and concert societies throughout the British Isles. They have just released the world-premiere disc of music for cello and piano by Stephen Dodgson for Toccata Classics. Their discography also includes world-premiere recordings by Krzysztof Meyer and Algernon Ashton. Published by Toccata Classics, their performances have been critically acclaimed in magazines such as The Strad, International Record Review, German Fonoforum and American Fanfare - where the Meyer album was selected as one of the five best CDs of 2009. Contemporary music plays a central part in Evva and Emma's careers: they have performed various works written for them and have given several world premieres including Two Romantic Pieces for Cello and Piano by Stephen Dodgson, Fable Fantaisiste by Graham Coatman,Numen by Piotr Grella Mozejko and Blue Note by Weronika Ratusinska.

 

Named "the rising star" by The Strad, Evva Mizerska is a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Born in Poland, she graduated with high distinction from the cello class of Andrzej Zielinski and Piotr Hausenplas at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Later she completed the PGDip and MMus courses at Trinity College of Music in London, where she studied with Richard Markson. She also received tuition from Yonty Solomon, Bernard Greenhouse, Raphael Sommer and Erling Blondal Bengtsson. Evva has been awarded numerous prizes, including the first prize at the Seventh International Leos Janacek Competition in Brno, the Vivian Joseph Cello Prize and the Leonard Smith Duo Prize in London, as well as scholarships and grants in the UK,  Germany and the USA.

 Evva currently lives in London where she is a cello lecturer at Morley College, and regularly gives recitals with pianist Emma Abbate. She is highly sought after as a chamber musician and has performed in various prestigious London venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room (Queen Elizabeth Hall), the Conway Hall, the Fairfield Halls, the Blackheath Halls as well as various other festivals and concert halls across the UK, such as St Georges in Bristol, Cheltenham, Plymouth, Hexham Abbey and Chester Festivals. Abroad, she has appeared in recitals in Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Poland. Evva has particular interest in Polish and contemporary music. She has commissioned works by contemporary Polish composers and performed them as part of her Junior Fellowship concert series at Trinity College of Music. Most recently Evva's third CD with Emma Abbate was released by Toccata Classics, featuring complete cello and piano music by by Stephen Dodgson. The first two discs, with music by Krzysztof Meyer (recorded with Emma Abbate and Katarzyna Glensk) and Algernon Ashton (with Emma Abbate) received outstanding reviews in magazines such as The Strad, The International Record Review, Fanfare and German Fonoforum. www.evvamizerska-cellist.co.uk

 

Described as "an amazingly talented pianist" by the leading Italian magazine Musica, the Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, Koscierzyna and Sorrento, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John's Smith Square, St George's, Bristol and Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. 

Emma has just released the first of two volumes of Mozart's complete piano duets on original fortepianos with Julian Perkins for Resonus Classics, and the world-premiere recording of complete works for cello and piano by Stephen Dodgson with Evva Mizerska for Toccata Classics. She is also releasing a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music, the latest of which is the world-premiere disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the baritone Ashley Riches for Resonus Classics. The album has been highly praised by the International Record Review and on BBC Radio 3's CD Review. Emma's discography also includes world-premieres of works for cello and piano by Krzysztof Meyer and Algernon Ashton with Evva Mizerska for Toccata Classics. Future plans include the release of Stephen Dodgson's piano quintets with the Tippett Quartet. 

Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she graduated with distinction. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples. www.emmaabbate.com

 


Thursday 19 January, 2017  7:30 pm

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

 

Hanna Hipp    mezzo-soprano

 

Oliver Dunn    baritone

 

Emma Abbate    piano

 

      

 

An evening of light operatic arias, duets, sea songs and piano solos

 

 

 

This concert is sponsored by the Barnes Community Association

 


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A graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at Royal Opera House in 2013, Polish mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp has been described as a singer who "lights up the stage" (Opera Britannia).  Hanna has sung a leading role in Wagner's Mastersingers at Glyndebourne and will perform the same role at the Royal Opera House in the 2016-17 season.

 

Hanna's past roles include performing the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges as Maman/Libellule/La Tasse Chinoise under Charles Dutoit. Later in the season, she also makes her house and role debut at the Scottish Opera as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly and the Glyndebourne Festival as Flora in La Traviata. She will perform in several concerts and recitals, including recitals at Opera de Lille and in London, the title part in Handel's Solomon with the Oxford Bach Choir and London Mozart Players under Nicholas Cleobury at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Handel's Messiah with the London Mozart Players at the Royal Festival Hall, London and with Classical Opera in London the role of Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. She also appeared in Strauss' Elektra at the BBC Proms 2014 under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. Future engagements include her return to Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival and Glyndebourne on tour, where she will be singing Ramiro in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, as well as debuts at Teatro alla Scala and Opera de Limoges.

 

Ms Hipp joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at Royal Opera House in September 2011. While at the Covent Garden, she performed Jean in Le Portrait de Manon by Massenet, and Les Nuits d'ete by Berlioz, Flora and Annina in Verdi's La traviata, Anna in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Emilia in Otello, Modestina in Il viaggio a Reims by Rossini, Zweite Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflote and Bianca in La rondine by Puccini. As a member of the programme, she also covered the roles of Magdalene in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Wellgunde in Wagner's Das Rheingold and Gotterdammerung and Second Angel-Marie in Written on Skin by George Benjamin.

 

Highlights of her time at Covent Garden include performing Emilia in Act IV of Verdi's Otello in the Placido Domingo Celebration, singing Anna in the BBC Proms presentation of Les Troyens in the Royal Albert Hall, and having her performance in Le Portrait de Manon and Les Nuits d'ete released as a CD recording by Opera Rara.

Ms. Hipp is also an accomplished concert artist, who has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the London Handel Festival and numerous twentieth-century music festivals in Europe.

 

She studied at Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk (MA in Singing and Drama with distinction), the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (MMus in Performance), graduating from the Opera Course with distinction, and at the National Opera Studio in London. While still a student, she participated in various opera productions with great success including: Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, The Anne who Strips in Sallinen's The King goes forth to France, Arina in The Marriage by Martinu, Aurelio in Donizetti's L'assedio di Calais, and title role in Massenet's Cherubin . Other roles performed have included Lucilla in La scala di seta by Rossini and Marianna in Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino, Poro in Hasse's Cleofide and Amastris in Handel's Serse.

 

Oliver Dunn was born in Kent and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and the National Opera Studio, where he was supported by the Lionel Anthony Charitable Trust. Awards include the 2011 Glyndebourne Donald A Anderson Prize, an Independent Opera Scholarship, and numerous awards at the RAM and the RNCM.

 Most recent and future plans include 'Brother' The House Taken Over for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, 'Marcello' La Boheme and 'Junius' The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne on Tour), 'Marchese d'Orbigny' La Traviata (Glyndebourne Festival), 'Masetto' Don Giovanni (Opera North), '1st Mate' Billy Budd and 'Arcas, Argive and Venegeance' Medea (English National Opera), 'Fiorello' Il barbiere di Siviglia (Lille), 'Cascada' in a semi staged version of The Merry Widow with the Philharmonia Orchestra and John Wilson at the Royal Festival Hall, 'Marcello' for Silent Opera, and 'Lopez' L'amant jaloux (Bampton Classical Opera), as well as covering title role 'Don Giovanni' and 'Baritone' The Cautionary Tales (Opera North), 'Donald' Billy Budd (ENO), 'Argante' Rinaldo and '1st Mate' Billy Budd (Glyndebourne Festival).

 Roles performed whilst a student include 'Marcello', 'Belcore' L'elisir d'amore and 'Count Almaviva' Le nozze di Figaro (National Opera Studio), 'Marullo' Rigoletto (Iford), 'Monterone' Rigoletto and 'Zuniga' Carmen (Clonter Opera), 'Aeneas' Dido and Aeneas (York Trust), 'Mr Gedge' Albert Herring, 'Cadmus' Semele, 'Don Parmenione' L'occasione fa il ladro (Royal Academy Opera), 'Figaro' Le nozze di Figaro, 'Forester' The Cunning Little Vixen, 'Narrator' The Threepenny Opera and 'Zaretsky' Eugene Onegin (RNCM). He also sung the role of 'Captain Corcoran' The Pirates of Penzance and 'Pish-Tush' The Mikado for Gawsworth Festival.

 On the concert platform he has appeared extensively across Britain with a variety of orchestras and ensembles including The Halle, The Hanover Band and Manchester Camerata. Oratorio performances include Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Bach St Matthew Passion (Christus) and St John Passion (Christus and Pilate), Mendelssohn Elijah, Handel Messiah, Haydn Nelson Mass, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Puccini Messa di Gloria, Purcell King Arthur and Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man, conducted by the composer. Oliver also performed concert excerpts of Disney's The Jungle Book and The Lion King with the RNCM Wind Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall in which he played the roles of Baloo and Scar.

 

Described as "an amazingly talented pianist" by the leading Italian magazine Musica, the Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, Koscierzyna and Sorrento, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John's Smith Square, St George's, Bristol and Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. 

Emma has just released the first of two volumes of Mozart's complete piano duets on original fortepianos with Julian Perkins for Resonus Classics, and the world-premiere recording of complete works for cello and piano by Stephen Dodgson with Evva Mizerska for Toccata Classics. She is also releasing a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music, the latest of which is the world-premiere disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the baritone Ashley Riches for Resonus Classics. The album has been highly praised by the International Record Review and on BBC Radio 3's CD Review. Emma's discography also includes world-premieres of works for cello and piano by Krzysztof Meyer and Algernon Ashton with Evva Mizerska for Toccata Classics. Future plans include the release of Stephen Dodgson's piano quintets with the Tippett Quartet. 

Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she graduated with distinction. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples. www.emmaabbate.com

 

 


 

Thursday 16 February, 2017  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

Alexandra Vaduva    piano

 

 

Programme

 

Schubert    Sonata in A minor, D.537

Bartok    Suite, Op.14

Enescu    Suite in G minor, Op.1 No.3 'Dans le style ancien'

Brahms    Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5


 
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Romanian-born pianist Alexandra Vaduva started playing the piano at the age of 4 with the teacher Doina Olteteanu. Since then she has won numerous national and international piano competitions, such as the first prize at the "Vienna International Piano Competition", second prize at "Orpheus Young Musician of the Year" contest, third prize at the "Beethoven Piano Competition", second prize at the "Sterndale Bennett Piano Competition", first prizes at the "Pro Piano" and "Carl Filtsch" International Piano Competitions and many more.

 

Her competitional activity is harmoniously blended with a busy concert schedule. Alexandra has performed with the Royal Academy of Music Sypmhony Orchestra the piano concerti by Stravinsky and Grieg during the period of 2011-2013.

 

She has performed in masterclasses given by famous pianists and teachers such as Imogen Cooper, Maxim Vengerov, Stephen Kovacevich, Stephen Hough, Pascal Devoyon, John O'Conor, Evgheny Sudbin, Joanna MacGregor, Galina Eguiazarova, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Petras Geniusas, Jerome Rose.

 

Alexandra's performances have taken her to the wonderful venues such as the Lobkowitz Palace (Vienna), Minato-Mirai Hall (Yokohama), Wigmore Hall, Duke's Hall, Yamaha Centre, The Castle - Wellingborough, St. James' Church, Steinway Hall, Colston Hall, Regent's Hall, Charlton House, The Romanian Cultural Institute, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, King's Place, Music University and Gasteig Philharmonic in Munich.

 

A devoted chamber musician, Alexandra's duo with viola player Ugne Tiskute is increasingly in demand due to the support of the Countess of Munster Trust which enables them to perform frequently in the UK during the 2015/2016 season.

 

Alexandra is grateful to the Help Musicians UK Fund, David Bowerman and Barry Sterndale-Bennett for their support. She is currently holding a double Fellowship at the Academy: the Hodgson Fellowship for solo pianists and the Royal Academy of Music chamber music Fellowship with her clarinet/violin/piano group, Trio Mirage, while studying on the Advanced Diploma Course.

 

 

 


 

Thursday 16 March, 2017  7:30 pm

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

 

 

Rautio Piano Trio

 

 

Jane Gordon    violin

 

Victoria Simonsen    cello

 

Jan Rautio    piano

 

with special guest

 

Eleanor Bron    narrator

 

 

                                                                                                           photo credit: Linda Nylind

 

Programme

 

 London-based theme for the 2017 Barnes Music Festival, featuring celebrity narrator Eleanor Bron

 

JC Bach    Trio in G, Op.2 No.2

Ethyl Smyth*    Piano Trio in D minor

Jim Parker    Betjeman Poems arr. for narrator and piano trio

Mendelssohn    Piano Trio No.2 in C minor, Op.66

 

 *Ethyl Smyth may not be a familiar name today as a composer, but she was notorious in her day as a suffragette, which resulted in a term in prison.  Her musical roots were firmly in the romantic tradition, influenced by Brahms, Grieg and Tchaikovsky, all of whom she knew personally.

Many of the amusing, nostalgic and satirical poems by Sir John Betjeman were set to captivating music by Jim Parker and originally recorded with the poet himself as narrator. The music has been arranged for this performance for piano trio.

 


 
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The award-winning Rautio Piano Trio is one of Britain's most dynamic chamber ensembles, critically acclaimed for their innovative programming and captivating performances. The Trio give highly imaginative concerts incorporating rarely performed works with the cornerstones of the repertoire, and regularly use historical instruments for their performances of 18th and 19th century music. In June they released a disc of Mozart Piano Trios with Resonus Classics, hailed by the Observer as 'an impressive achievement'. This was recorded on a fortepiano belonging to the late Christopher Hogwood.

 

The Rautio Trio have given multiple performances at the Wigmore Hall's Young Artists Series and concerts at the South Bank, Bridgewater Hall, live on BBC Radio 3, throughout the UK and in France, Austria, Germany and Israel. This season the Trio are exploring the often neglected trios of Johann Christian Bach (the 'London Bach') which they first performed for the London Bach Society BachFest in 2014. A Mendelssohn and JC Bach cycle featured in spring 2016 with double concerts at the Cobbe Collection of historical instruments and at St George's Bristol.

 

The Rautio Trio also regularly perform 20th century and contemporary music. In 2015 they gave a special Shostakovich concert at Kings Place, 'Approaching the Iron Curtain', where they celebrated the composer's life and music on the 40th anniversary of his death. Other highlights include performing at the Hambacher Musikfest in Germany, SOUND contemporary music festival in Scotland, English Haydn Festival, Pablo Casals Festival in France and at the Haydn-Saal in Vienna. The Trio curate Chamber Music Chiswick, a series of concerts in West London launched this year.

 

The Rautio Piano Trio was formed at the Royal Academy of Music and IMS Prussia Cove. They have been recipients of numerous awards from the Tillett Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians, Park Land Group, Musician's Benevolent Fund Ensemble Award, English Speaking Union and held a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.

 

Possessed of a quirky wit and striking Eastern European looks, Eleanor Bron was one of the few women to take a leading role in the male-dominated 'satire boom' of the early 1960s, following her 1959 Cambridge Footlights debut (alongside Peter Cook) in 'The Last Laugh'.

 

After appearing in the pilot for That Was the Week That Was (BBC, 1962-63), she missed out on becoming a regular when she joined Peter Cook's Establishment troupe on a year-long American trip. However, upon her return she became part of another David Frost-fronted, Ned Sherrin-produced show, Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life (BBC, 1964-65), and the following year made her film debut in the Beatles' second feature, Help!(d. Richard Lester, 1965), as enigmatic high priestess Ahme.

 

There were regular film roles over the next few years, providing romantic interest and comic relief in Two for the Road (d. Stanley Donen, 1967) and Bedazzled (d. Stanley Donen, 1967), while Women in Love (d. Ken Russell, 1969) gave her the opportunity to display more depth as Hermione. On television she collaborated with Johns Bird and Fortune, blending social commentary and political satire with bizarre flights of fancy in her writing and performing on BBC3 (BBC, 1965-66), My Father Knew Lloyd-George (BBC, 1965), and Where Was Spring? (BBC, 1969-70).

 

Following The National Health (d. Jack Gold, 1973) she concentrated on the small screen, including collaborations with Michael Frayn on the sketch series Beyond a Joke (BBC, 1972) and comedy drama Making Faces (BBC, 1975). After concentrating mainly on her theatrical career in the 80s, the following decade saw a return to the big screen in Black Beauty (d. Caroline Thompson, 1994), and a recurring role as Patsy's flamboyant mother in Absolutely Fabulous (BBC, 1992-2004).

 


 

Thursday 11 May, 2017  7:30 pm

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

 

Fitzroy String Quartet

 

 

Stefano Mengoli    violin

 

Laura Custodio Sabas    violin

 

Emily Pond    viola

 

Michael Newman    cello

 

 

 

Programme

 

 

Mozart    String Quartet in B flat, K.589

Beethoven    String Quartet in F, Op.135

Tchaikovsky    String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11

 


 
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The Fitzroy String Quartet formed in 2014 at the Royal Academy of Music. In October 2014 they were accepted onto the Academy's prestigious Poznanski Quartet Scheme. They recently won the Wolfe Wolfinssohn Quartet Competition for their performance of Beethoven Op.135.

Since September 2014 have worked closely with Christoph Richter, and have had masterclasses with Sylvia Rosenberg, The Escher Quartet, Garfield Jackson of the Endellion Quartet, and Martin Outram of the Maginni Quartet.

They have been invited to give numerous recitals across the UK including Drapers Hall, Regents Hall and The Royal Academy.