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Wednesday 29 October, 2014  7:30 pm

  Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Gemma Rosefield    cello


Tim Horton    piano









Beethoven    Cello Sonata No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1

Schumann    5 Stücke im Volkston (5 Pieces in folk style), Op.102

Dvořák     Klid (Silent woods), Op.68 No.5 vers. for cello & piano

Rachmaninov    Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19






Winner of the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award at Wigmore Hall in 2007,  we are delighted to welcome back Gemma Rosefield who made her concerto debut at the age of sixteen when she won First Prize in the European Music for Youth Competition in Oslo, Norway, playing a televised performance of the Saint-Saens Concerto with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Other numerous awards and prizes include the Premier Prix Maurice Ravel in France.

Gemma studied with David Strange at the RAM, where she gained the Vice-Principal’s Special Prize, and then with Ralph Kirshbaum at the RNCM, where she won the coveted Gold Medal. She has also studied with Johannes Goritzki, Gary Hoffman, Bernard Greenhouse and Zara Nelsova, and has participated in master-classes with Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis and Yo-Yo Ma. Gemma has performed with eminent musicians such as György Pauk, Menachem Pressler and Stephen Kovacevich, with whom she played last summer at Dartington. Gemma has a deep interest in contemporary music, and works have been written for her by David Matthews, Cecilia McDowall, James Francis Brown, Julian Dawes, Rhian Samuel and David Knotts.

Described by The Strad on her 2003 Wigmore Hall debut as ‘a mesmerising musical treasure’, by the London Evening Standard in 2005 as ‘a phenomenal talent’, and featured in BBC Music Magazine as ‘one to watch’ in 2007, Gemma has made her solo debut in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and in the Diligentia, The Hague, in the New Masters International Recital Series. She gave the highly successful Pierre Fournier Award recital in September 2008 at Wigmore Hall, and also the 2008 and 2009 Jacqueline du Pré Memorial Concerts at the same venue. She has recently performed on BBC Radio 3, Michael Ellison’s Concerto for cello, Turkish instruments and orchestra with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Following a Wigmore Hall Sunday Morning Coffee Concert with Ashley Wass in April 2009, Gemma played a very well-received ten concert series in Japan, and has just returned from giving six concerts in Mexico, one televised live, with Morgan Szymanski, her cello/guitar duo partner, and Machaca, their Latin American group.

Gemma has performed solo recitals and concertos at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe, together with performances with Machaca, the Čepický, Rosefield, Dussek Piano Trio, and with the prize-winning Fidelio Piano Quartet. Gemma also appeared at La Linea Festival at the Southbank with Morgan Szymanski. In Europe, she has played in Belgium (Brussels), the Czech Republic (Prague), France (Orpheus and Bacchus Festival, Bordeaux, Obernai Festival and Strasbourg), Italy (La Mortella Festival, Ischia) and in Sweden.


Tim Horton studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Charles Hopkins and Heather Slade-Lipkin and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1995.


In the same year he replaced Alfred Brendel at short notice in two performances of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Festival Hall, London. Since then he has played with the RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

In 2005 Tim was chosen as the scholar of the Klavier Festival Ruhr at the recommendation of Alfred Brendel, an honour that included a recital at the Festival and a bursary.


Tim has a duo partnership with cellist Adrian Brendel with whom he has given tours of Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK, including concerts at the Wigmore Hall, London and in 2011 they made their debut at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. He has played regularly at the Plush, Aldeburgh, Bath and Elverum Festivals and has collaborated with many leading chamber musicians including Paul Lewis, Peter Cropper, the Elias Quartet, the Vertavo Quartet and the members of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio.


He has been playing with violist Robin Ireland since 2008 and they have toured Britain extensively. Their Nimbus Alliance disc of Shostakovich and Prokofiev was highly acclaimed on its release and they have just released a disc of the Brahms Sonatas and the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata.


With the Leonore Piano Trio Tim has given concerts in Italy and throughout the UK, touring New Zealand in 2012, and they have future engagements throughout Europe and in 2013. They recorded a disc of the two Arensky Piano Trios for Hyperion and have plans to record the Trios of David Matthews.




Thursday 27 November, 2014  7:30 pm

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

Tribute to Stephen Dodgson


Music composed by and loved by Stephen Dodgson

This event is in association with the Friends of St Mary's Barnes






Janáček    Pohádka (Fairy Tale) for cello & piano


Dodgson    2 Romantic Pieces, Set B for cello & piano (first performance)


Dodgson    5 Occasional Pieces for cello & piano


Schubert    Fantasia in F minor, D.940 for piano duet


Dodgson    Tournament for 20 Fingers for piano duet


Wagner    Polonaise in D, Op.2 for piano duet




Evva Mizerska    cello


Emma Abbate    piano


Julian Perkins    piano


Evva Mizerska is a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Born in Poland, she graduated with high distinction from the cello class of Andrzej Zieliński and Piotr Hausenplas at the Frédéric 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, and also received tuition from Bernard Greenhouse and Yonty Solomon. Evva has been awarded numerous prizes including the first prize at the Seventh International Leoš Janáček Competition in Brno, the Vivian Joseph Cello Prize and the Leonard Smith Duo Prize in London. She also received scholarships from the Dartington Summer Music School (UK), Kronberg Academy (Germany) and the Third World Cello Congress in Baltimore (USA). In London, Evva was awarded the Trinity College of Music full scholarship, the Joan Greenfield scholarship, the Solti Foundation grant, and the Trinity College of Music Junior Fellowship.

 Evva currently lives in London where she is a cello lecturer at Morley College. She 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 Purcell Room, the Conway Hall and the Fairfield and Blackheath Halls as well as various other festivals and concert halls across the UK, such as St George’s in Bristol, Cheltenham, Plymouth, Hexham Abbey and Chester Festivals. Abroad, she has appeared in recitals in Austria (the Nola-Salzburg Festival), 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. Evva’s debut CD for Toccata Classics was the world-premières recording of music for cello and piano by her compatriot Krzysztof Meyer with Emma Abbate and Katarzyna Glensk, which was reviewed enthusiastically by such magazines as The Strad and International Record Review in the UK, Fanfare in the USA and FonoForum in Germany – where it was selected as one of the five best CDs of 2009. With pianist Emma Abbate, she has also released her second CD with Toccata Classics, which is the first recording of works by Algernon Ashton. www.evvamizerska-cellist.co.uk.


The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate pursues a varied career as a chamber musician and vocal coach, 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, St George’s, Bristol and for the Aldeburgh Festival.

Described as "an amazingly talented pianist" by the leading Italian magazine Musica, Emma is planning a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music, the last of which is the world-première disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the baritone Ashley Riches for Resonus Classics. Emma also released L’Infinito for Urania Records with the mezzo-soprano Kamelia Kader. Her discography also includes world-premières of works for cello and piano by Krzysztof Meyer and Algernon Ashton with the cellist Evva Mizerska. Published by Toccata Classics, their performances have been praised by The Strad for their "great expressive range and impressive authority".

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 at the age of only 19 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 and Patsy Toh as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment with Distinction. Her many prizes have included the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust Award, the International Ibla Grand Prize as Distinguished Musician, the Grover Bennett Prize and the AMA Calabria Award. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples. www.emmaabbate.com


Julian Perkins performs widely as a soloist, conductor and chamber musician. As director of Sounds Baroque, he has launched two in a series of cantata recordings with Avie Records and performed at London’s Southbank Centre and festivals such as Ryedale, York and Tel Aviv. Julian regularly works with most of the UK’s leading period instrument ensembles and has performed concertos with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Sixteen and the New London Soloists. He has also performed and recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and given world premières of works by leading composers including Stephen Dodgson and Jonathan Dove. His solo harpsichord recordings feature a range of important historical instruments, including the Royal harpsichord at Kew Palace by Burkat Shudi.

His conducting engagements have included appearances at the Anghiari Festival and staged productions of Telemann’s Pimpinone (Buxton Festival), Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (Dutch National Opera Academy), a Handel pasticcio – Handel Furioso (Grimeborn Festival), Arne’s The Cooper and Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), Arne’s Artaxerxes (New Chamber Opera), Platt’s King Fred who never was (New Kent Opera) and Cunningham’s The Okavango Macbeth (Cambridge Summer Music Festival), and recently directed the world-première recording of Daniel Purcell’s The Judgement of Paris with Spiritato and the Rodolfus Choir for Resonus Classics.

Based in London, Julian is a tutor for the Southbank Sinfonia, a visiting teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music and has taught at the National Opera Studio. He benefited greatly from his studies in Cambridge, Basel and London, and from singing in the Monteverdi Choir. He is one of only a handful of harpsichordists to have studied with Trevor Pinnock, and his current mentor is David Parry. In 2010, Julian was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his contribution to the music profession. www.julianperkins.com



Thursday 4 December, 2014  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Hanna Hipp    mezzo-soprano


Oliver Dunn    baritone


Emma Abbate    piano






Roger Quilter    4 Shakespeare Songs, Op.30

Castelnuovo-Tedesco    Selection of songs from Shakespeare Sonnets, Op.125:

-      When to the sessions of sweet silent thought (Sonnet 30)

-      To me, fair friend, you never can be old (Sonnet 104)

-      Weary with toil, I haste me to my bad (Sonnet 27)

-      Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore (Sonnet 60)

Manuel de Falla    7 Canciones populares españolas

Berio    4 Canzoni popolari

Mozart    Hai già vinta la causa  & Voi, che sapete from The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart    Il core vi dono from Così fan tutte

Mozart    Papagena! Papagena! from The Magic Flute

Mozart    Torna di Tito a lato & Deh, per questo istante solo from La clemenza di Tito

Mozart    Deh vieni alla finestra & La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni

Mozart    Concert aria, Ch'io mi scordi di te? Non temer, amato bene, K.505



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).


The 2013-14 season marks her debuts with the Turku Music Festival in Finland, performing the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges 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 Opéra 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 will also appear 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 Mozarts´s La Finta Giardiniera, as well as debuts at Teatro alla Scala and Opéra 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’été by Berlioz, Flora and Annina in Verdi's La traviata, Anna in Berlioz' Les Troyens, Emilia in Otello, Modestina in Il viaggio a Reims by Rossini, Zweite Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte 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 Nürnberg, Cherubino in Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro, Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Wellgunde in Wagner's Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung 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 Plácido 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’été 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 Gdańsk (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 Martinů, Aurelio in Donizetti´s L’assedio di Calais, and title role in Massenet´s Chérubin . 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)‚ 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 Hallé‚ 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.



The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate pursues a varied career as a chamber musician and vocal coach, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. Based in London, she has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, Koscierzyna and Sorrento, and in many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St George’s, Bristol and for the Aldeburgh Festival.


 Described as 'an amazingly talented pianist' by the leading Italian magazine Musica, Emma is planning a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music. The first of these, entitled L’Infinito, has been released on Urania Records with the mezzo-soprano Kamelia Kader and includes works by Respighi, Casella, Alfano and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. It has been praised by Classical Music as 'a carefully planned treasure-trove of fascinating repertoire, warmly recorded and sympathetically performed'.

 Emma has also released her second CD with Toccata Classics: the world-première recording of works for cello and piano by the late-Romantic English composer Algernon Ashton with her duo partner, the cellist Evva Mizerska. The disc has been highly praised by critics and rated among the ‘Best Finds of 2012’ by Classical Lost and Found. Their previous CD – the world-première recording of complete works for cello and piano by the contemporary Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer – was placed by William Zagorski of the American Fanfare magazine in his “Top 5” of all the CDs published worldwide in 2009.

Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and acts as a staff accompanist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. She regularly coaches singers, and is an official accompanist for the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and the Royal Over-Seas League Competition.

Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples at the age of only 19 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 and Patsy Toh as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment with Distinction. Her many prizes have included the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust Award, the International Ibla Grand Prize as Distinguished Musician, the Grover Bennett Prize and the AMA Calabria Award. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples.

Thursday 22 January, 2015  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Hugo Ticciati    violin


Henrik Måwe    piano







Messiaen    Theme and variations

Hugo Ticciati    Improvisations on a Purcell ground bass

Janáček    Violin Sonata

Elgar    Salut d’amour; Chanson de matin

Schoenberg    Phantasy, Op.47

Hugo Ticciati    Improvisations on a Purcell ground bass

Albert Schnelzer    Apollonian dances

Kreisler    Schön Rosmarin & Liebeslied (Old Viennese Dances Nos.3 & 2)




Hugo Ticciati embraces the world of contemporary music, collaborating with composers such as Sven-David Sandström, Albert Schnelzer, Anders Hillborg, Djuro Zivkovic, Leonardo Coral, Andrea Tarrodi, Tobias Broström, Thomas  Jennefelt, Sergey N. Evtushenko and Esaias Järnegard. In the coming seasons he will be performing world premières of concertos dedicated to him  in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Hugo also loves devising concerts and events that combine music with the other arts, notably dance  and literature. He is currently working with the English composer Bill Connor on “An Improvised Violin Concerto.”  This season’s highlights include concertos by Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Hartmann, Shchedrin, Piazzolla, Auerbach, Glass, Lutoslawski, Takemitsu and world premieres of concertos by Tobias Broström, Sergey N. Evtushenko and Albert Schnelzer in venues including Carnegie Hall, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall and Cadogan Hall (London).


Next season features tours in China and the USA with his own string orchestra, tours in Sweden and China with Bach’s solo partitas and sonatas,  and a series of concerts at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.  Hugo has a passion for chamber music and gives regular recitals in prestigious halls across Europe and the Far East, collaborating with artists  such as Anne-Sofie von Otter, Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt, Michael Collins, Torleif Thedéen, Leslie Howard, Staffan Scheja, Michael Tsalka and Henrik Måwe. He is also regularly invited to renowned music festivals such as The Baltic Sea Festival (Sweden), Hermitage Music Festival (St Petersburg), St-Denis-Festival (Paris), Cervantino (Mexico), Edinburgh Festival (England), Gotland Chamber Music Festival (Sweden). Hugo is the artistic director of his   own festival O/MODƏRNT at Ulrikdals Palace Theatre Confidencen, Stockholm, and a new festival in Kazan, Russia.


Hugo regularly gives masterclasses and seminars on violin teaching, and lectures on music-related subjects all over the world. In autumn 2008, he was invited to the post of guest violin teacher and lecturer in music history at a newly-started university in New York. At the heart of Hugo’s teaching is the exploration of ways to apply the physical and spiritual aspects of meditation   to the art of practising, playing and living in music. He is currently working on a series of articles with Simone Kotva which explore music-making and repetition through the lens of various strands of Continental Philosophy.


Hugo began his violin studies in London before going to the University of Toronto. He continued his studies with the Russian violinists, Nina and Oleg Balabina in Sweden, where he has now settled as a Swedish citizen. Together with many scholarships Hugo has won the international competitions Giovani Talenti and Rovere d’Oro at San Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy (2002), and the Mendelssohn Cup in Bari, Italy (2004). In 2007 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music in the United Kingdom.


Hugo plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from Milan, 1751.

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Henrik Måwe, born in Sweden 1981, is considered one of the most prominent Swedish pianists of his generation. He has studied with Prof. Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and with Prof. Staffan Scheja at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

 He has performed in most of the European countries and in South Africa and the USA. During Spring 2008 he made his debut recital in Stockholm as well as a performance as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm. Henrik is also seen and heard frequently on TV, radio and other media.

As a soloist Henrik has performed with a number of Swedish orchestras, for example the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta and others, collaborating with conductors such as B Tommy Andersson, Hannu Koivula, and Mats Rondin to mention a few.

He has also given recitals at venues such as the Savigny le Temple and Moulin d´Andé festivals in France, the Gotland Chamber Music Festival and Mälar Music in Sweden, as well as some of the most important recital halls in Sweden.

Being a passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with some of the most established instrumentalists and singers of Sweden, for example the world famous baritone Håkan Hagegård and many others.

Henrik has also branched out to the field of jazz and improvisation, and has worked with the famous bass player and composer Georg Riedel. Henrik has also devoted whole recitals to improvisation, including getting themes from the audience to improvise on.

Since 2008 Henrik figures as chamber music coach at the “Lilla Akademien” in Stockholm. There he also works as the assistant of Prof. Staffan Scheja.

In 2008 Henrik was awarded the largest and most important scholarship for young musicians in Sweden, the “Rosenborg-Gehrmans” scholarship. Other scholarships received over the years include the Royal Academy of Music, Nordea Bank, and all of the important scholarships for young musicians in Sweden.

Prizes won in competitions include 3rd prize at the FLAME International Piano Competition in Paris, 4th prize at the Val Tidone Competition in Italy, 2nd prize at the Blüthner Nordic Piano Competition in Malmö, as well as prizes in numerous other Swedish competitions.



Thursday 19 February, 2015  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Clare Hammond    piano





Sibelius    6 Trees, Op.75

Satie    Gnossiennes Nos.2 & 3

Schubert    Sonata in A, D.664

Sergei Lyapunov    Etudes Nos.4, 5 & 6 from the 12 Etudes d’Exécution Transcendante

Chopin    Etudes, Op.25: Nos.1-7 & No.11

Nikolai Kapustin    Studies in different intervals: Nos.1, 4 & 5





Acclaimed by The Daily Telegraph as a pianist of “amazing power and panache”, Clare Hammond gave debut recitals at the City of London, Cheltenham and Presteigne Festivals, and made return visits to the Wigmore and Bridgewater Halls in 2013. Her Purcell Room debut for the Park Lane Group concert series was praised by The Guardian for its “crisp precision and unflashy intelligence”. A passionate advocate of twentieth and twenty-first century music, Clare combines a formidable technique and virtuosic flair onstage with stylistic integrity and attention to detail. Highlights in 2014 included 3 BBC radio broadcasts, debut performances at 7 festivals across Europe, including the 'Chopin and his Music' Festival in Warsaw, the world premieres of works by 10 composers, and a Panufnik Centenary tour of Poland under the aegis of the British Council's 'Artists' International Development Fund'.


Clare released her debut CD for Prima Facie Records in 2012, and appeared on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ to promote the disc. In 2013 her BBC recording of the six études by Unsuk Chin was broadcast on Radio 3’s ‘Hear and Now’ while her recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2012 was featured on ‘Live in Concert’. Her performance that evening of Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel was chosen as one of their classical highlights for the month and later broadcast on Radio 4 in the Netherlands. Highlights in 2013 included the premieres of works by Kenneth Hesketh, Ed Hughes, Robert Saxton and Robert Peate, three BBC broadcasts and two discs for BIS records; one of the complete solo piano works of Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik and the other of études by Unsuk Chin, Karol Szymanowski, Nikolai Kapustin and Sergei Lyapunov. The Guardian wrote of her performance of Ken Hesketh’s Horae at the Cheltenham Festival that she ‘displayed its scintillating passagework and poetic calm with great flair’.


In recent years, Clare has performed at St George’s Bristol, the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, Cheltenham Town Hall, the Barber Institute in Birmingham and the City of London, Presteigne and Brighton Festivals. She was Artist-in-Residence at Queen’s University Belfast in 2012-13 where she gave the world premiere of recently discovered pieces by Hamilton Harty and made two broadcasts for BBC Radio Ulster. An active chamber musician, Clare has worked with Andrew Kennedy, Jennifer Pike, Philippe Graffin, Lawrence Power, Ruth Palmer, Sara Trickey and the Endellion, Dante and Badke String Quartets. She has recently formed the Odysseus Piano Trio with violinist Sara Trickey and cellist Gregor Riddell. Clare is curating a chamber festival to celebrate the centenary of the birth of composer Andrzej Panufnik at Kings Place in November 2014, at which she will perform alongside the Brodsky Quartet and mezzo soprano Heather Shipp.


Eager to extend the boundaries of traditional concert life, Clare is intrigued by new perspectives that musicological study can bring to bear on performance. She completed a doctorate on twentieth-century left-hand piano concertos in 2012 and gave lectures and seminars as part of her residency at Queen’s University Belfast. Clare is also in demand as a speaker and has been invited to give presentations at Oxford, Manchester, and Surrey Universities this season. On the concert circuit, she enjoys introducing recitals, pre and post concert talks, and giving lecture recitals and workshops to audiences of all levels.


Clare completed a BA at Cambridge University, where she obtained a double first in music, and undertook postgraduate study with Ronan O’Hora at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and with Professor Rhian Samuel at City University London. She is grateful for the support of the Fidelio Trust, Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, RVW Trust, the Vernon Ellis Foundation and the Stradivari Trust. Clare is represented by Liz Webb Management.

For more details about Clare, please click on this link.


Wednesday 4 March, 2015  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Jad Azkoul    guitar





Villa-Lobos    5 Preludes for guitar

 Castelnuovo-Tedesco    Capriccio diabolico (Hommage to Paganini), Op.85

Stephen Dodgson    Fantasy Divisions for guitar

Francisco Tárrega    Adelita (Mazurka); Lágrima (Prelude); Capricho Arabe (played on a copy of the Torres 1856 `La Leona’, made by Nicholaus Wollf in 2013)

 Roland Dyens    Saudade No.3


Concert guitar by Enrico Bottelli (2008) 



We welcome back Jad Azkoul, who began music as a rock guitarist, and only turned to music study after doing a BA and MA in experimental psychology at the American University of Beirut. He began in jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, before totally switching to classical music in Paris.

While in France his meeting with the Uruguayan guitar virtuoso Abel Carlevaro was prodigious. Accepting an invitation to study in Montevideo under the great Maestro, he changed his whole approach and even went on to become Carlevaro's teaching assistant.

Jad is 1st prize winner of the Affiliate Artists Competition in New York, and recipient of the Order of the Cedar, a knighthood from the Lebanese government. He concertizes worldwide, adjudicates at international guitar competitions, and is sought after for his expertise in teaching.

The French label Forlane produced two highly acclaimed CDs that are available on many Internet sites including Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. He has written several articles for international music magazines, most recently the UK Classical Guitar. He has taught in Geneva and Washington, DC, and now teaches at the London College of Music.

Jad is fluent in four languages. He has two musical sons: the younger, Mike, is a talented hip-hop artist (Dr. Koul), and Julian is a very fine violinist who performed in a duo with his father here at the Barnes Music Society in 2012.

Jad gives master classes worldwide, and conducts a regular workshop every summer in the lovely French countryside, this year from July 12 to 21 (see festivalgrillon.free.fr).

For more details about Jad, please click on this link.



Thursday 26 March, 2015  7:45 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Coull Quartet -


Humanism in Music

This event is one of the Society's two contributions to the 2015 Barnes Music Festival - see www.barnesmusicfestival.com


Roger Coull    violin

Philip Gallaway    violin

Jonathan Barritt    viola

Nicholas Roberts    cello






Beethoven    String Quartet in F minor, Op.95


Britten    String Quartet No.2 in C major, Op.36


Sibelius    String Quartet in D minor (Voces Intimae), Op.56



Each composer rebelled against the established order of the day. Beethoven wrote music that cried out for freedom of the spirit, in an age of conformity. Britten was a wartime conscientious objector and stood by his beliefs in the face of establishment criticism. Sibelius wrote “Finlandia”, a virtual national anthem against oppression from Russia. 



David Matthews will give a pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm

David has recently been described as one of the finest living British composers.  He will talk about how his music relates to the English Tradition and why he has followed this throughout his long career.



Tickets now available for
The Coull String Quartet
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‘…the magnificent, seasoned ensemble of the Coull’. (The Strad)


Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick since 1977, the Coull Quartet has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, the USA and Western Europe, and has also toured China, India, the Far East, South America and Australia. The Quartet, which includes two of its founder members, has appeared at most of the major music societies and festivals in the UK, and gives an annual series of recitals at Warwick Arts Centre, where it is actively involved in the University of Warwick’s flourishing musical life.


The rare combination of maturity and freshness which characterises the Quartet’s performances is often singled out by reviewers:


“Here the playing is so brimful with enthusiasm and commitment, and at the same time so infused with the accumulated wisdom of three decades, that the music simply reinvents itself as it should”. (The Strad)


Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music. They currently record for Somm Records, and their disc of quartets by Maw and Britten has received universal acclaim. In addition to being featured in ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Gramophone, it was also described as the ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music Magazine. Their latest two CDs, of music by Sibelius and Ian Venables have recently received excellent reviews in the major musical publications.


“I have nothing but praise for a display so full of wisdom and musicality”
(The Gramophone)


In addition to performing most of the standard string quartet repertoire, the Coull Quartet often features modern British repertoire in its programmes. Their impressive list of commissions includes works by Sally Beamish, Edward Cowie, Joe Cutler, David Matthews, Nicholas Maw, and Robert Simpson.


For more details about the Coull Quartet, please follow this link.




Thursday 30 April, 2015  7:30 pm

  Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Karolos Ensemble


Harriet Mackenzie    violin

Sarah-Jane Bradley    viola

Graham Walker    cello





Schubert    String Trio in B flat, D.581

Dodgson    String Trio No.1

Beethoven    String Trio in E flat, Op.3


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Karolos Ensemble (String Trio Recital)
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Searing Intensity... A performance full of panache.... captivating” - The Strad

Harriet Mackenzie is an internationally renowned concerto soloist and recitalist, and has performed across five continents. A multi-faceted virtuoso, she performs music from Baroque to the 21st century, the strictly Classical to Gypsy, Klezmer, Argentinian, Balkan and Japanese music. She is at home improvising in these diverse styles and also enjoys arranging and composing.

Harriet has taken part in many world premieres playing music specifically written for her as a soloist, including Robert Fokkens’ violin concerto (premiered at the Southbank Centre, London) and Graham Coatman’s ‘Bakalo Drom’ violin concerto, (premiered at the Swaledale Festival) and Deborah Prichard's 'Wall of Water' violin concerto, inspired by the paintings of Maggi Hambling (premiered at LSO St Luke's and recorded and released on the Nimbus label).

In addition to her solo work she is founder member of the innovative trio ‘Kosmos Ensemble’, violin duo ‘Retorica’ and also performs with pianist Danny Driver and guitarist Morgan Szymanskil. Retorica’s internationally acclaimed CD of British Violin Duo was chosen as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone Magazine, cited for Harriet’s “superbly responsive playing … faultless technique and unfailing insight”. She has also recorded to critical acclaim on the Dutton Label, Nimbus label and has broadcast ‘live’ for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Radio London and Hungarian National Radio.

Harriet graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class honours, M.Mus and DipRAM She has also recently been honoured with being made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Future highlights include a disk with four solo violin works with the ESO conducted by Kenneth Woods to be released on the Nimbus label, a recording soon to be released featuring the solo violin and string trio works of Stephen Dodgson with the Karolos Ensemble, as well as another CD with pianist Christina Lawrie of Grieg and Prokofiev Sonatas, and the third album by Kosmos; new works being written for Retorica by Gabriel Prokofiev and Robert Fokkens; and concerto and chamber music performances in China, Channel Islands, Scotland, Wales, Poland, Germany and Japan.

www.harrietmackenzie.com, www.retorica.uk, www.kosmosensemble.com


Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1997, Sarah-Jane Bradley has established a distinguished international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician.Sarah-Jane is a pioneer of new works and has premiered and recorded a number of new concertos for solo viola, including those by David Matthews, Paul Patterson and Matthew Taylor. In January 2013 she recorded Matthew Taylor's Viola Concerto with Garry Walker and the BBCSO in a Radio 3 studio concert, released on Toccata Classics. Sarah­Jane has worked as a soloist with the Philharmonia, BBCSO, BBCCO, RSNO, ECO, CLS and Northern Sinfonia. Her acclaimed solo recordings include 5 CDs of British viola concertos for Dutton Epoch, plus most recently Walther Braunfels' Schottische Fantaisie and two recital discs for Naxos. As a former founder member of the Leopold String Trio and subsequently a member of the Sorrel Quartet, she has recorded extensively for Hyperion and Chandos. Sarah ­Jane is in high demand as a recitalist and chamber musician; her work as a chamber musician has taken her around the world to festivals such as Marlboro and Kuhmo.

Her numerous recent collaborations include the London Soloists Ensemble with pianist John Lenehan as artists in residence at St John's Smith Square. Their recording of chamber works by Vaughan-Williams is available on Naxos. Sarah-Jane also works with Ensemble 360, the Rautio Piano Trio, the Aquinas Piano Trio, the Honeymead Ensemble and Retorica as well as recitals with John Lenehan and Martin Roscoe. Engagements for 2015 include recitals with John Lenehan, and an invitation to the York Chamber Music Festival with Jack Liebeck, Tim Lowe and Carole Presland. Concerto performances include the Walton Viola Concerto, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, the London premiere of David Matthews double concerto for violin and viola with Sarah Trickey at St Johns Smith Square, and Vaughan Williams “Flos Campi” with the London Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London and the London Chorus at Cadogan Hall. Following studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Mozarteum Salzburg, Sarah-Jane won many awards and won first prize at Capellades and St Joan de Vilatorrada, Spain in 1995. A prizewinner at the 1994 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Sarah-Jane is now on the executive committee of the Competition and was on the jury in 2013. She teaches viola at the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban. Sarah-Jane plays a viola by G.A.Chanot of Manchester, 1896.

"Sarah-Jane Bradley: ardent, affecting soloist" The Daily Telegraph August 2009


Graham Walker is an award-winning cellist and conductor who recently gave his debuts on BBC Radio 3 and at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He studied mathematics as a Choral Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, and was subsequently awarded a scholarship and bursary to study cello as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Graham has performed as a solo and chamber cellist across Europe and North and South America; he regularly tours the USA, where in 2008 he performed all Bach’s Cello suites, an achievement he repeated around the UK, including during the Edinburgh International Festival. Graham is a highly respected choral conductor, and directs several choirs and orchestras; his first recording as a conductor, made in 1999, featured the music of Jean Mouton, a 16th-century Flemish composer, much of whose music was being recorded for the first time. Graham’s discography reflects his wide musical interests: he has recorded, variously as a cellist, singer and conductor, for Nimbus, Naxos, Chandos and EMI: his most recent recording for Chandos (“Hear my Words”, with the choir of St John’s College, Cambridge) is regularly to be heard on UK radio stations, and his third album with his Latin-American group Classico Latino (“Journey Through Latin America”) was warmly received by Latin-American critics and was pre-selected for the Latin Grammys in 2013.Graham’s work with Classico Latino has led him to discover the wealth of the Latin American popular repertoire, music which is almost entirely unknown outside the continent. With the group he has toured South America on several occasions, and in 2011 he was awarded a plaque live on Colombian national television in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to Colombian Andean music”. Graham is Director of Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Director of St John's Voices at St John's College, Cambridge, Musical Director of the New Cambridge Singers and Musical Director of the Haslingfield Choir & Orchestra.