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Wednesday 29 October, 2014  7:30 pm

  Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

Gemma Rosefield    cello

Tim Horton    piano

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

 

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

 

 

 

 


 
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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

 

 

Programme

 

 

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

 


 

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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

 

     

 

Programme

 

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

 


  
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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).

 

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

 

 

 

Programme

 

 

Janáček    Violin Sonata

Hugo Ticciati    Improvisations on a Purcell ground bass

Elgar    Salut d’amour; Chanson de matin

Schoenberg    Phantasy, Op.47

Albert Schnelzer    Apollonian dances

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

 

 


 

 
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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

 

Claire Hammond    piano

 

 

Programme

 

Sibelius    6 Impromptus, Op.5

Satie    Gnossiennes Nos.2 & 3

Schubert    Sonata in A, D.664

Sergei Lyapunov    3 Etudes from the 12 Etudes d’Exécution Transcendante

Chopin    Selection from Etudes, Op.25

Nikolai Kapustin    3 Studies in different intervals

 

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.

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Wednesday 4 March, 2015  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

Jad Azkoul    guitar

 

 

Programme to include works by Stephen Dodgson, Villa-Lobos, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Roland Dyens and Francisco Tárrega, including some pieces played on a perfect reproduction of the 1856 Torres model `La Leona’ guitar.

 

Jad Azkoul was born in New York when his father was representing Lebanon to the United Nations. In high school and university he played the electric guitar, and turned to full time music study only after doing a BA and MA in experimental psychology at the American University of Beirut. There followed ten years of intensive study, first in Boston for two years of jazz studies, and then five in Paris in guitar and composition, with such greats as Nadia Boulanger and Pierre Petit.

 

The last three years were spent in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was invited to study the new school of guitar developed by the virtuoso guitarist and composer, Abel Carlevaro. The maestro was so impressed with his student that he later selected him as one of his privileged teaching assistants.

 

He has since developed a career as a performer and teacher of the classical guitar, and gives masterclasses in many countries of the world. The prestigious American String Teachers Association (ASTA), for example, invited him on more than one occasion to serve as their exclusive guitar clinician at their national conventions. He has also been invited to adjudicate at several international guitar competitions.

 

He has been giving annual Master classes in France since 1985, and now conducts 2 summer workshops/Masterclasses in France every year.

 

There are two CDs that were recorded for the French label Forlane and which have been highly acclaimed. They are available on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon, as well as many other internet sites.

 

In addition to solo performances, he also enjoys doing chamber music. As founding member of the Gentlemen Quartet he did a lot of interesting arrangements for this unusual formation (violin, cello, flute and guitar). He was also a founding member of the International Tango Quintet in which he played his first instrument, the electric guitar, a vintage custom Telecaster from 1969.

 

In concert Jad plays on a beautiful Italian guitar by luthier Enrico Bottelli, as well as on a wonderful George Lowden guitar from Northern Ireland.

 

His pedagogical activities are now divided between the London College of Music in England and the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique, Danse et Théâtre in Geneva in Switzerland.

 

Jad now lives and teaches in London. The first of his new series of monthly articles on the Carlevaro School of guitar was published in the June 2014 issue of Classical Guitar magazine.

 

He has two sons who are both very musical: the younger, Mike, is a a talented hip hop artist while the older, Julian, is a very fine violinist, with whom he often gives duo concerts of violin and guitar.

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Thursday 26 March, 2015  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

The Coull String Quartet

This event is one of the Society's two contributions to the 2015 Barnes Music Festival

 

Roger Coull    violin

Philip Gallaway    violin

Rose Redgrave    viola

Nicholas Roberts    cello

 

 

Programme

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

‘…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 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)

 

The Coull Quartet currently records 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.

 

 

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

 

 

Programme

 

Schubert    String Trio in B flat, D.581

Dodgson    String Trio No.1

Beethoven    String Trio in E flat, Op.3

 

Harriet Mackenzie has toured Europe, America, China, South America, South Africa and Japan as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Harriet made her highly acclaimed Purcell room debut as part of the Park Lane Young Artists Series. Since then she has given recitals worldwide in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and the Expo Dome in Japan, NCPA and Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre in China. She premiered Robert Fokkens violin concerto, written and dedicated to her, at the South Bank Centre, London and in 2012 gave the premiere of Graham Coatman’s violin concerto at the Swaledale Festival, which was also written and dedicated to her. She has broadcast recitals 'live' for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Hungarian National Radio. She frequently performs concertos both in the UK and abroad.

Harriet graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where she was supported by numerous awards: the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, Tillett Trust, Hattori Foundation and the Manoug Parikian Award. Harriet is passionate about contemporary music and has collaborated with composers such as Anthony Payne, Mauricio Kagel, Paul Patterson, Marc Yeats and Gyorgy Kurtag. Harriet collaborated with number of musicians; the Carducci Quartet, guitarist Morgan Szymanski and with pianists Anna Tilbrook, Christopher Glynn and in the 'Sutherland Duo' with Christina Lawrie (winners of the Enterprise Music Scotland Award 2012). She is a founder member of the innovative, unique string trio Kosmos (www.kosmosensemble.com ) and Retorica Duo (www.Retorica.co.uk ).

In 2012, Harriet released three CDs - her debut CD with Retorica - all all English album on the NMC label with the premiere recordings of pieces written for the duo by David Matthews, John McCabe and Jim Aitchison as well as works by Rawsthorne and the debut recording of the Sonata for two violins by the esteemed composer Moeran. Future performing highlights include Retorica being Artists in Residence at the Prestiegne Festival performing Paul Patterson Double concerto and recitals and a new commission by Cecilia MacDowall; a new piece for the Sutherland Duo written by Gareth Williams; concerto performances in China and South Africa. Harriet is also the artistic director of the Jersey Liberation Music

 

 

Following studies as a scholar with John White at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and with Thomas Riebl at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Sarah-Jane Bradley received numerous awards from Young Concert Artists Trust, Royal Over-Seas League (Bernard Shore Award), the Trevor Snoad Award (Martin Trust), Leverhulme, Myra Hess, Countess of Munster, Fleming, Alban Berg, and Abbado Trusts. She was a prizewinner at the 1994 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, followed by two first prizes in Spain at Capellades and Sant Joan de Vilatorrada in 1995.

 Sarah-Jane made her Wigmore Hall debut in 1997 and has played there many times since, along with other high profile concerts including the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. At home with works from all eras, she's also known as a pioneer of new music for the viola and has premiered many new works written especially for her. Leading composer David Matthews has written a number of new pieces for Sarah-Jane, including the concerto, Winter Remembered, which, after joint premieres at the Deal and Presteigne Festivals in 2002, was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 with the City of London Sinfonia in 2003. This was to form the basis for her acclaimed CD recording for Dutton of British Viola Music with Orchestra Nova conducted by George Vass, released in February 2007.

Subsequently Sarah-Jane has recorded the Arthur Butterworth Viola Concerto for Dutton in May 2008 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the composer conducting in his celebratory 85th birthday year. The CD of his Viola Concerto and Fourth Symphony was released in February 2009. Sarah-Jane also recorded the Delius double concerto in the version for violin and viola with Philippe Graffin and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd-Jones in January 2009. This was released on Dutton Epoch in May 2009 and was Classic FM Editor's Choice.

Sarah-Jane gave the world premiere of Paul Patterson's Viola Concerto at the 2009 Hampstead and Highgate Festival, and premiered his Elegiac Blues for viola and piano in December 2008. She recorded the viola concerto with George Vass and Orchestra Nova, released on Dutton Epoch in October 2010. In May 2011 Sarah-Jane recorded Arthur Benjamin's Elegy, Waltz and Toccata for viola and orchestra, and the Romantic Fantasy for violin, viola and orchestra with violinist Lorraine McAslan and the RSNO with John Gibbons conducting.

In July 2011 Sarah-Jane gave the premiere of Matthew Taylor's Viola Concerto "5Humoreskes" with Sinfonia Tamesa and is due to record this work with the BBCSO and Garry Walker for Toccata Classics in January 2013. Premieres have included the double concerto by David Matthews with violinist Sara Trickey at the Presteigne Festival in 2013.

As a distinguished chamber musician Sarah-Jane has toured throughout the world and has been invited to participate in many festivals, including the prestigious Marlboro Festival in Vermont (1992) and Kuhmo Festival in Finland (2001), as well as the Moments Musicaux Festival in Normandy in August 2008. She was a founder member of the Leopold String Trio (1991-9), a member of the Sorrel Quartet (1999-2005) and Fidelio Piano Quartet.

More recently Sarah-Jane has been invited to join the London Soloists Ensemble with distinguished players Lorraine McAslan (violin), Karina Georgian (cello), Anthony Pike (clarinet) and John Lenehan (piano). The group was acclaimed for performances of the Stanford 2nd piano quartet, notably at the John Ireland in Chelsea Festival, and recorded a CD of quintets by Vaughan Williams for Naxos in July 2013.

 Sarah-Jane also works with pianists John Lenehan, Martin Roscoe, Geoffrey Pratley, Tom Poster and Anthony Hewitt. Other chamber music collaborations include the Rautio Piano Duo and an exciting fusion with the virtuoso violin duo "Retorica" with Harriet McKenzie and Philippa Mo focusing on 20th/21st century repertoire. Her numerous well-received recordings for Dutton, Chandos and Hyperion include the complete Beethoven String Trios which was runner-up for the 1999 Gramophone Award, the recording of John Pickard's String Quartets with the Sorrel Quartet which was Gramophone Editor's Choice in 2002, and the Elgar Quartet and Quintet which received a top nomination on BBC Radio 3.

 Sarah-Jane is currently working with pianist Anthony Hewitt, director of the Ulverston Festival, in a partnership that toured Britain successfully as a selected duo for Making Music for 2008/2009. Their Naxos recording of East European Romantic Works for Viola and Piano was released on digital download in June 2010, when it was also featured in an article in The Strad, 'Echoes of the East'; and was released on CD in September 2011. Sarah-Jane recorded a further CD for Naxos of "English Viola Music" with pianist Christian Wilson, released to high acclaim in September 2012. Sarah-Jane has also recorded the Sonatina by William Alwyn with Sophia Rahman for the William Alwyn Foundation for Naxos, released in July 2010.

Sarah-Jane plays on a viola by GA Chanot of Manchester, 1896

 

Graham Walker enjoys a flourishing career as a solo and chamber musician, playing at numerous festivals and other venues throughout Europe and the US. Graham was first a chorister and later a choral scholar of St John's College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in Mathematics. In 2000 he took up a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied cello with Lionel Handy and baroque cello with Jennifer Ward-Clarke. Graham is cellist of the Farrington Ensemble, the British Camerata, Janiculum, La Nuova Musica and Classico Latino (a piano trio performing classic Latin-American music with whom he has twice toured Colombia, selling out the Bogotá Opera House and being offered a contract by Sony). Highlights of his work as a continuo player include Charpentier's Acteon under Emmanuelle Haïm.

 Principal cellist of Opera East and the Pepys Ensemble, Graham is a regular deputy for the ROH and the BBC NOW, and has performed with the ENO, RSNO and BSO. He has recorded variously as a cellist, singer and conductor for EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Quillisma and Naxos. In 2008 he undertook his second recital tour of the USA, where he performed all of Bach's Cello suites, an achievement he repeated across the UK, including during the Edinburgh festival. He gave his solo debuts on Radio 3 and at the Concertgebouw and Birmingham's Symphony Hall in 2009.

Graham is choir director of St Mark's, Newnham, Musical Director of the Haslingfield Choir and Orchestra, and in 2013 accepted the musical directorship of the New Cambridge Singers.