Verso la Serenissima, ‘Towards la Serenissima’
Jan
20
4:00 PM16:00

Verso la Serenissima, ‘Towards la Serenissima’

Verso la Serenissima - ‘Towards la Serenissima’

A musical journey from the Alps to the Adriatic featuring virtuoso works for recorder, viola da gamba and lute from 17th century Northern Italy. Music evoking the passionate excitement of the early baroque in Northern Italy along the valley of the River Po.

Naomi Okuda - recorder
Kate Conway - viola da gamba
Toby Carr - lute


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Songs to the fortepiano – Early classical masterpieces
Feb
24
4:00 PM16:00

Songs to the fortepiano – Early classical masterpieces

Songs to the fortepiano – Early classical masterpieces 
KATE SEMMENS - soprano, STEVEN DEVINE - fortepiano

In 1791, the year that Mozart died, the young Beethoven travelled to Vienna where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn. His song Adelaide was composed around 1795 and is likely to have been strongly influenced by Haydn’s song O Tuneful Voice. Beethoven was already familiar with Vienna having made an earlier attempt to study with Mozart in 1785.

This concert balances the later lieder of Mozart with early songs of Beethoven, finally leading to Haydn’s masterpiece Arianna a Naxos, first published in Vienna in 1791. Also featured are early piano sonatas by Beethoven and Haydn.

At the heart of the programme is a copy of a Viennese fortepiano built by Mattheas Heilmann in 1785, exactly the kind of instrument that Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn would have known, bringing the listener into an intimate sound world perfect for these chamber masterpieces.

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"Handel à la française" -  Naomi Burrell (violin),  Gavin Kibble (cello) 
and David Gerrard (harpsichord).
May
26
4:00 PM16:00

"Handel à la française" - Naomi Burrell (violin), Gavin Kibble (cello) 
and David Gerrard (harpsichord).

*Handel à la française*

Naomi Burrell (violin), Gavin Kibble (viola da gamba), David Gerrard (harpsichord)

Handel's deliciously francophone instrumental music for Alcina (1735) is illuminated by
selected chamber works of his French contemporaries Couperin, Rameau and
Mondonville.

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The Tiny Baroque Ensemble: Martin Clark (bassoon), Simon Ballard (violin/viola) Rachel Ballard (viola) and Ellie Robertson (recorders).
Jun
23
4:00 PM16:00

The Tiny Baroque Ensemble: Martin Clark (bassoon), Simon Ballard (violin/viola) Rachel Ballard (viola) and Ellie Robertson (recorders).

The Tiny Baroque Ensemble is a unique and rich quartet of bassoon, recorder and two violas, playing an original mix of core baroque repertoire and traditional folk tunes. With it's strong inner parts and lots of variety they create accessible, historically informed performances.

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Flauguissimo Ensemble
Oct
21
4:00 PM16:00

Flauguissimo Ensemble

Flauguissimo Ensemble

Yu-Wei Hu (baroque flute) 
Boris Bizjak (baroque flute) 
Johan Löfving (baroque guitar and theorbo)
Masumi Yamamoto (harpsichord)

Marin Marais (1656-1728) - Pieces en trio: Suite in G Minor
Girolamo Kapsberger (1580-1651) - Canario  
François Couperin (1668-1733) - La François from Les Nations 
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) - Deuxième Récréation de musique

For the last decade, Flauguissimo has dazzled audiences across UK and beyond, performing at many prestigious venues including Kings Place and Cadogan Hall in London, Sage Gateshead in Newcastle and St George’s Bristol. Recent festival highlights include those in Stratford-on-Avon, Kings Lynn and Deal as well as London Guitar Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe and Brighton Early Music Festival. This ensemble featuring Yu-Wei Hu and Boris Bizjak on flutes accompanied by Masumi Yamamoto (harpsichord) and Johan Löfving (theorbo/guitar) made their debut in the ‘Sydenham Concerts’ Series and have several upcoming concerts in London. The intimate sound of two flutes has led to a particular interest in the sensuous repertoire of the French baroque.


 Yu-Wei Hu (photo credit: Aiga Ozo)

Yu-Wei Hu (photo credit: Aiga Ozo)

Yu-Wei is a professional flautist specialising in historically-informed performance. As both a recitalist and orchestra musician, Yu-Wei has performed baroque and classical flute throughout the UK and Europe. She has performed with many baroque chamber ensembles and orchestras, such as Florilegium, London Handel Orchestra, Hanover Band and International Baroque Players. She performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Radio France Festival at Montpellier, BBC Proms 2012 at Cadogan Hall, London Festival of Baroque Music, Oxford Early Music Festival, London Handel Festival as well as St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Johns Smith Square and Palace of Versailles in France. Her broadcast presences include BBC Radio 3, Radio France and Austrian Radio Ö1. Yu-Wei has also performed with British harpsichordist Jane Chapman in Grove Forum at the RCM and Arts and Humanities Festival 2011 at Kings College London; their CD The Oriental Miscellany was released under Signum lable in April 2015.

As a chamber musician, Yu-Wei’s baroque group Ensemble de Trianon won Richard III Prize in RCM early music competition 2010They are ensemble in residence in Opera Barga FestivalItaly in 2015. Les Nation Réunies, the other baroque ensemble she co-founded in 2010, is the winner of the International Early Music Competition in Middelburg/The Netherlands 2011. They have been invited to perform in Austrian Radio Ö1 "Alte Musik-Neu Interpretiert" with Bernhard Trebuch, live from the Radiokulturhaus Wien in October 2011. Les Nation Réunies were also invited to perform in in Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands, UK, Vienna Bachwoche Festival and Carinthischer Sommer Festival in Austria.

Yu-Wei performs classical flute with Swedish guitarist Johan Lofving asFlaugiussimoDuo. They performed many duo recitals around UK and Sweden, including Cadogen Hall,Kings Place, Pump Rooms in Bathas well as Brighton Early Music Festival, London Guitar Festival, Kings Lynn Festival, Stratford-on-Avon Festival, Honiton Festival, and Allsköns Musik Festival concert series at Blomskogs Kyrka, Sweden. Flauguissimo Duo's performances were highly appreciated by both audience and music critics.


Yu-Wei studied baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk and modern flute with Sue Thomas and Daniel Pailthorpe in Integrated Master of Music programme at the Royal College of Music London, supported by a Kit & John Gander Award 2008-9 and Taiwan Government Scholarship for Studying Abroad 2008-10, Yu-Wei was nominated the McKenna Prize for Baroque Music 2009/2010, and was awarded Master of Music in Advanced Performance with Distinction at the RCM in July 2010.Yu-Wei has taken part in OAE Experience Scheme for Young Players 2011 and Jeune Orchestre Atlantique in France 2011-12.Generously supported by an Parnassus Award, Yu-Wei continued her study of historical flutes with Lisa Beznosiuk and Rachel Brown at the RCM, and was awarded an Artist Diploma degree in 2013.

For more information please visit: www.yuweihu.com


Boris Bizjak.jpg

“Bizjak is distinguished by his musicality, captivating performance and modern and ample perception of concert appearance and stage presence.” Marjan Zlobec, Delo

"Boris Bizjak's performance was a triumph. His technique completely transcended the barriers that the instrument puts in the way of a performer." Jure Dobovišek, Dnevnik

Boris regularly performs as a soloist and a chamber musician. In 2016 he was selected by the Slovenian Government to perform a series of concerts in Slovenia, the UK, the USA and Japan to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Slovenian Independence. His recent performance with British pianist Simon Lane at 62. Ljubljana Festival was publicly and critically acclaimed; one of the reviews described his concert as "extraordinary, filled with unprecedented musical message".

Recent collaboration as a soloist with orchestra includes Slovenian Philharmonic String Ensemble, City of London Chamber Orchestra, London Euphonia Orchestra and Solisti Divini.

His latest CD release in collaboration with flutist Marko Zupan and pianist Yoko Misumi, “Music for two Flutes and Piano” of classical and romantic era, features a world premiere recording of a romantic masterpiece by Johannes Frederik Frohlich - Duet in C minor and a new arrangement (for two flutes and piano) of W. A. Mozart's Sonata for two pianos in D Major K. 448 / 375a.

Boris has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Slovenia, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Cyprus, Croatia, Serbia, The Netherlands and China in halls such as the Beijing Concert Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall and Gallus Hall in Cankarjev Dom.

Currently London-based Slovenian flautist Boris Bizjak graduated from the ENMP "Alfred Cortot" in Paris, where he obtained the "Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste" guided by renowned French flautists Pierre Yves Artaud (CNSMDP) and George Alirol. His teachers were also Fedja Rupel (Academy of Ljubljana), Marzio Conti and Jasenka Jelacic (Ljubljana Conservatoire).

Throughout his studies Boris won number of classical flute competitions - he is a 1st prizewinner of the International Flute Competition in Picardie, France. Three times 1st prizewinner of the Slovenian National Flute Competition and twice prizewinner of the Slovenian National Chamber Music Competition.

Boris was granted a number of concerts as the young Slovenian music artist winner as well as a scholarship for postgraduate studies abroad by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.

Boris is also recording engineer at Hedone Records and cofounder of Blackheath International Chamber Music Festival.

For more information please visit: www.borisbizjak.co.uk


 Johan Löfving (photo credit: Aiga Ozo)

Johan Löfving (photo credit: Aiga Ozo)

Since being prize winner in the prestigious London International Guitar Competition, Swedish Johan Löfving has established himself as one of the most exciting musicians of a new generation. His performances have taken him to some of the world's finest concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, The Sage Gateshead, Wiener Saal Salzburg and Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben in Vienna. Additionally, he has appeared in major festivals including Spitalfields, King's Lynn, Stratford-on-Avon, Brighton Early Music Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Bath Guitar Festival, Saxå Chamber Music Festival, Styriarte Festival Graz and Carinthischer Sommer in Villach, Austria.

He graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music in London where he studied guitar with Gary Ryan, theorbo with Jakob Lindberg and conducting with Natalia Luis-Bassa. At RCM he was awarded both the Guitar Prize and the Hilda Anderson Dean Prize. Later, he completed his studies with Prof. Robert Wolff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Additionally, in 2011 Johan was awarded the First Prize in the Young Talent Concert at the Uppsala Guitar Festival in Sweden the performance was recorded and broadcasted later by the Swedish Radio P2.

The following year he was honored to receive the Jörgen Rörby Prize from the Swedish Guitar and Lute Society as well as their audience prize.

Since 2009, Johan has been performing regularly with his wife, flautist Yu-Wei Hu as Flauguissimo Duo. They have specialized in the early 19th century repertoire and its exciting blend of spontaneous musical conversations and sublime beauty. The musical experience is heightened by their use of period instruments and Johan is particularly fond of his beautifully ornamented french guitar dating back to 1850.

Apart from his long term work with Flauguissimo Duo, he has worked with some of the finest musicians, such as baritone Thomas Guthrie, tenor Rob Murray, Barokksolistene and pianist David Owen Norris who invited him to take part in the 'Playlist Series' on BBC Radio 4. His passion for new music has resulted in several world premieres of both solo and chamber works, notably by the highly acclaimed British composer and guitarist Sam Cave.

Johan also works regularly with recorder player Fatima Lahham as Improviso, focusing largely on music of the 17th century.

Johan is keen to emphasize the great inspiration he received from his teachers since the very beginning. He started to play at the age of nine at the Music School in Årjäng with Lars Eriksson. From there, he went on to study privately with the distinguished Norwegian Guitar Professor Sven Lundestad and later with Bo Hansson in Stockholm. Later he had the honour to study with legendary Eliot Fisk in Salzburg as part of the Erasmus Exchange Programme.

Johan plays on a guitar made by the Norwegian Luthier Yngvar Thomassen, a theorbo by German Wolfgang Emmerich and a French Tribout guitar from 1850.

For more information please visit: www.johanlofving.com


 Masumi Yamamoto - Harpsichord

Masumi Yamamoto - Harpsichord

Harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto was born in Osaka Japan, grew up on Australia's Gold Coast and has been based in the UK since 2001. She has appeared with orchestras including St. James’s Baroque, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the International Baroque Players, and at venues such as the Purcell Room, the Royal Albert Hall, St. John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall. Recent concerts have taken her to France, Germany, Norway and Italy, and she has also performed as far afield as Malaysia, Japan and Australia. Masumi was a prize winner at the prestigious International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges in 2007 and became the first Japanese harpsichordist to reach the finals in 21 years. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig (2006), and the winner of 2012 Fenton House Keyboard Ensemble Competition with ensemble Akenside Players. A solo recital in London was also given a four-star rating in The Independent in 2012: "her tempi follow the pulse of the heart, and her ornamentation is as natural as breathing".

Masumi graduated with a University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane Australia. In the UK, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, then at Trinity College of Music as a pupil of harpsichordist James Johnstone and was later "The English Concert" Junior Fellow with ensemble Melopoetica.

Masumi is also passionate about the repertoire for two harpsichords and has appeared in concerts across the UK with her duo partner Takako Minami. They will make their debut in Japan later in 2015. Masumi is also active as a soloist, and during the 2014-2015 season, she made concerto appearances with Paulus Barokk in Norway, and London Concertante, Solisti Divini and the Keld Ensemble in the UK.

Now also a keen teacher, Masumi has given lessons and Masterclasses at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia, and is Teacher of Harpsichord at St. Paul's Girls' School.

For more information please visit: www.masumiyamamoto.com

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Darragh Morgan - Violin and Ruaidhri Mannion - Electronics
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

Darragh Morgan - Violin and Ruaidhri Mannion - Electronics

'One of the most adventurous violinists around' (Andrew McGregor - Record Review BBC Radio 3)

Irish violinist Darragh Morgan, a previous resident of Plumstead Common, known for his diverse creativity from leading London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern to playing chamber music with Fidelio Trio, has worked closely with composers Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Sir John Tavener and Arvo Pärt. He brings an eclectic programme to Plumstead of repertoire from baroque masterworks by Bach and Telemann to new music by celebrated British composer Tansy Davies (another ex Plumstead resident), new works with live electronics from Irish composer Ruaidhrí Mannion and American composer Charles Nichols plus a Macedonian folk tune, another of Morgan's many musical facets.

Charles Nichols - Multiplication of Machines 1. Pistons for solo violin and computer (2010)
J. S. Bach - Preludio from Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006
Tansy Davies - Louré (2000)
Charles Wuorinen - The Long and The Short (1969)
G. P. Telemann - Fantasia No. 7 in E flat TWV 40:20
Scopsko Oro - Macedonian Traditional
Ruaidhrí Mannion - le socrú (2013)

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Improviso
May
27
4:00 PM16:00

Improviso

Fatima Lahham (recorders),
Elin White (violin),
Florence Petit (cello)
Johan Löfving (theorbo).

Improviso is an exciting and versatile young quartet who formed in 2015 at the Royal College of Music in London. They explore historically informed improvisation alongside performing chamber music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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The Hermes Experiment
Mar
18
4:00 PM16:00

The Hermes Experiment

Winners of the Tunnell Trust Awards 2016, Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015/16 and winners of Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands 2014, The Hermes Experiment is a contemporary quartet made up of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass. Capitalising on their deliberately idiosyncratic combination of instruments, the ensemble regularly commissions new works, as well as creating their own innovative arrangements and venturing into live free improvisation. So far, the ensemble has commissioned 40 composers at various stages of their careers.

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The Boscobel Quartet: Sophie Barber & Iona Davies (violins), Kate Fawcett (viola), Kinga Gáborjáni (cello).
Jan
21
4:00 PM16:00

The Boscobel Quartet: Sophie Barber & Iona Davies (violins), Kate Fawcett (viola), Kinga Gáborjáni (cello).

The Boscobelles are four friends with a wealth of experience playing period instruments and a shared passion for plundering the riches of the golden age of the string quartet, bringing this sound world vividly alive for audiences today.  
Sophie Barber & Iona Davies (violins), Kate Fawcett (viola), Kinga Gáborjáni (cello).

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Naomi Burrell (violin) & Andreas Gilger (harpsichord).
Nov
19
4:00 PM16:00

Naomi Burrell (violin) & Andreas Gilger (harpsichord).

An Enlightened Musical Princess

In connection with the "Enlightened Princesses" exhibition at the Historic Royal Palaces (June 22nd to Nov 12th 2017), Naomi presents a programme of violin and early keyboard exploring the music making of the Royal Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.  She married George III in 1761 and was an enthusiastic patron of the arts as well as a fine musician herself, inviting the likes of W.A. Mozart to her court who dedicated a sonata to her. Naomi and Andreas will also play music by some of Charlotte's teachers, J.C. Bach and  Johann George Linike.

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The Albach Duo: Rebecca Baulch & David Black (guitars).
Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

The Albach Duo: Rebecca Baulch & David Black (guitars).

The Albach Duo is comprised of Rebecca Baulch and David Black, both international prize-winning graduates of the Royal College of Music. The Duo have played at the Houses of Parliament, the Long Room at the Oval, the Orangery at Kew Gardens, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery amongst other venues. Their repertoire spans the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and twentieth/ twenty-first-century periods and includes an extensive collection of South American and Spanish music. 

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Jul
16
4:00 PM16:00

"Beyond the Song" Nicholas Mulroy (tenor) & Toby Carr (lute/guitar)

‘Beyond the Song’ - an imaginative collection of songs from 17th century England and 20th century Latin America

Nicholas Mulroy:

Born in Liverpool, Nicholas was a chorister at the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral before studying Modern Languages at Cambridge and voice at the RAM. He has since been in constant demand both in the UK and further afield in a wide range of concert, recital and opera engagements.

Widely known for his performances of Baroque repertoire, he has sung with some of its most noted exponents: Bach’s Evangelist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and EBS, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, Laurence Cummings, Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic, John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, and further afield with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Layton and the Auckland Philharmonia and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has also sung to great acclaim with groups such as the OAE, the Choir of New College, Oxford, I Fagiolini, the King’s Consort, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Brussels Philharmonic, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, le Concert d’Astrée, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Jordi Savall and La Capella Reial de Catalunya, the Britten Sinfonia, and at opera houses including Paris (Palais Garnier and Opéra Comique), Glyndebourne, Lille, and the Grand Capitole in Toulouse. Nicholas has particularly enjoyed prolonged collaborations with John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, John Butt, Andrzej Kosendiak, Stephen Layton and Jordi Savall.

Away from the Baroque, he has sung Tavener’s Requiem with BBCNOW, Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires with Mr McFall’s Chamber, Berio Sinfonia and the world premiere of Stephen Pratt’s Uneasy Vespers with RLPO, Haydn Creation with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Britten’s Serenade with Orquesta del Principado de Asturias, Britten Nocturne and Mozart Requiem with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

A committed recitalist, he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall singing Schubert Lieder (also taken for BBC Radio 3) and the complete Britten Canticles on the occasion of the composer’s 100th birthday. He has sung Janacek’s Diary of One who Vanished for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, for the Philharmonia at the RFH and as part of the Aurora Janacek Festival, and given recitals in the Maribor Festival (Winterreise), Oxford Lieder Festival (Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo) and the Chelsea Schubert Festival (Die Schöne Müllerin) and has appeared with regular partners John Reid, Joseph Middleton, Iain Burnside and Eugene Asti.

He has recorded extensively, with credits including a Gramophone Award-winning Messiah and critical acclaim has followed for recordings of Acis and Galatea, Matthäus-Passion, Handel’s Esther and a recent Johannes-Passion where he sings both Evangelist and arias. Engagements for this season have included further recitals for the Oxford Lieder Festival, a tour of the Christmas Oratorio with the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, Evangelist in Johannes-Passion with the OAE, Matthäus-Passion with the Gabrieli Consort for the Aix Easter Festival, and a programme of Purcell Odes at the Wigmore Hall as part of their Purcell Retrospective. Future plans include a tour of China with the Britten Sinfonia, concerts with Concerto Copenhagen, Johannes-Passion (Evangelist and arias) with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, and Purcell’s Fairy Queen at the Danish Royal Opera.

www.nicholasmulroy.com

 Toby Carr

Toby Carr

A versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from medieval music to new collaborative compositions, Toby Carr is a guitarist and lutenist based in London.  Having studied with the foremost exponents of these instruments at Trinity Laban Conservatoire followed by Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he works professionally as a soloist, chamber musician, continuo player and accompanist.  As well as performing Toby is an instrumental teacher and workshop leader, with particular knowledge and experience of working with young people with special needs.  Toby lives with his girlfriend in Greenwich and spends his spare time watching cricket and football.

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Jun
18
4:00 PM16:00

Austral Harmony - Jane Downer (oboe) & Warwick Cole (harpsichord)

Harmonische Freude - Music byJohann Sebastian Bach and his circle including pupils and copyists.

 

J S Bach Chorale Prelude Jesu meine Freude BWV713a for oboe d’amore & hpsd

J L Krebs Praeambulum supra Jesu meine Freude keyboard solo

G A Homilius Sonata à Oboe Solo col Basso

J L Krebs Chorale prelude nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein for oboe d’amore & hpsd

J S Bach Schubler Chorale Prelude BWV 650 arr for oboe d'amore & hspd

J S Bach Courante & Gigue from Cello Suite BWV 1010 for oboe da caccia solo

J S Bach Trio BWV 527 arr for oboe & hspd

C G Tag Chorale Prelude Nun danket alle Gott for oboe & hpsd

AUSTRAL HARMONY
Jane Downer - baroque oboes
Warwick Cole - harpsichord

Jane Downer HISTORICAL OBOES & RECORDERS

After gaining a BA (Modern Languages) and BMus Performance (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, Jane won a Scholarship from the David Reichenberg Trust for baroque oboe tuition in the UK. She plays principal oboe with the Oxford Bach Soloists, Instruments of Time and Truth and Orchestra seventeen88, and has performed with Concerto Kőln, Oslo Barokkorkester, Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists, State Opera of South Australia and Pinchgut Opera. Jane has appeared at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, New England Bach Festival, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, Adelaide Festival Fringe and Canberra International Music Festival. Jane has worked as external specialist examiner for the Royal College of Music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire, is a regular Presenter, Recitalist and Adjudicator for the Australasian Double Reed Society, and is the official programme-note writer for the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.

Jane’s main musical focus is as Artistic Director of Austral Harmony who regularly tour Australia, promoting chamber music of the baroque era using historical instruments, and will host an inaugural Early Music Festival in Canberra in 2016. Their CD “Harmonische Freude” released on the Chandos Records label was described as “beautifully, joyously performed” by Gramophone magazine.

"The greatest joy of this disc is simply the sound of Jane Downer’s effortlessly fluid and gracefully phrased oboe playing" - Jane Shuttleworth - North East : Music Monthly

   Warwick Cole - harpsichord   According to his mum, Warwick Cole tries to do too many things and needs to concentrate on doing less. He read music at Brasenose College, Oxford, and subsequently wrote a Ph D on ornamentation in Bach’s keyboard and chamber music. He plays the harpsichord, cello and organ, and has performed for the CBSO, BBC NOW, and the Philharmonia. Warwick has written extensively on Bach and contributed articles to Early Music, the Musical Times and the American journal BACH. He promotes concerts and fixes orchestras and has a regular round of teaching. Additionally, he makes, repairs and sells violins, is an amateur bookbinder and brews beer in his spare time as well as building extensions on his house. He has a very patient wife and three children who think he is slightly mad. In the words of the song, he’s ‘just a bloke who can’t say “No”.

Warwick Cole - harpsichord

According to his mum, Warwick Cole tries to do too many things and needs to concentrate on doing less. He read music at Brasenose College, Oxford, and subsequently wrote a Ph D on ornamentation in Bach’s keyboard and chamber music. He plays the harpsichord, cello and organ, and has performed for the CBSO, BBC NOW, and the Philharmonia. Warwick has written extensively on Bach and contributed articles to Early Music, the Musical Times and the American journal BACH. He promotes concerts and fixes orchestras and has a regular round of teaching. Additionally, he makes, repairs and sells violins, is an amateur bookbinder and brews beer in his spare time as well as building extensions on his house. He has a very patient wife and three children who think he is slightly mad. In the words of the song, he’s ‘just a bloke who can’t say “No”.

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May
28
4:00 PM16:00

Emily Baines (early woodwinds & voice) & Arngeir Hauksson (lute)

 Emily Baines - early woodwinds and voice

Emily Baines - early woodwinds and voice

Emily Baines

Emily Baines is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians working in the UK today. A specialist recorder player and singer (mezzo-soprano), she is also a skilled multi instrumentalist performing worldwide on shawms, bagpipes and other early reed instruments.

Emily’s work as a performer involves a myriad different roles, from concerto or vocal soloist and chamber musician to theatre band and actor/musician roles.

As a musical director Emily is in increasing demand, her main work is currently in drama from the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras using both period and more contemporary musical styles.

As a researcher Emily is predominantly interested in the performance of historical music. Her current research is investigating the style of playing found in eighteenth-century mechanical musical instruments and how that might influence contemporary attitudes to playing eighteenth century music. However research plays an important role in all avenues of Emily’s professional life from leading foot-tapping ensembles to scoring bloodthirsty Jacobean theatre.

www.emilybaines.co.uk

 Arngeir Hauksson - lute

Arngeir Hauksson - lute

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Apr
23
4:00 PM16:00

Naomi Okuda (recorder) & Mie Hayashi (harpsichord)

Handel and his friends
Music by Telemann, Stanley, Babell and others

Naomi Okuda (recorder) & Mie Hayashi (harpsichord)

Naomi Okuda performs extensively as a solo recitalist and as an ensemble player,  including appearances with orchestras such as Bach Collegium Japan and recordings for NHK and a number of record labels in Japan. She has been the 'Recommendation Artist' of her home city of Osaka and collaborates regularly with the Musical Instrument Museum, Hamamatsu. Since  moving to the UK in 2010 she continues to develop her performing career and teaches actively in both UK and Japan. She teaches the recorder at the Wellington College, has taught the Advanced Baroque Recorder Course at Benslow Music Trust, Morley College and has recently begun regular teaching at the Blackheath Conservatoire, teaching recorder and Baroque Ensemble. www.emclute.com/okuda/

 Naomi Okuda Wooderson - recorders

Naomi Okuda Wooderson - recorders

Mie Hayashi was born in Kyoto, Japan, and studied at Kobe College, graduating summa cum laude. In London she studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Laurence Cummings and the late John Toll, and then at the Royal College of Music with Robert Woolley. She was awarded the Lincoln Scholarship (RAM) and Century Fund (RCM). During her studies she also won the Croft Sherry Ensemble Prize with the chamber ensemble Abendmusik, as well as the Ruth Dyson Keyboard Prize and Amadeus Fortepiano Prize.

With the ensemble La Sfera Musicale, she won top prize at the Yamanashi Early Music Competition 2005 and honourable mention at the Bruges International Early Music Competition 2006. With Abendmusik, and her husband, the flautist/recorder player Graham O'Sullivan, she has performed throughout the UK and overseas, including concerts for the Countess of Munster Recital scheme, and recitals for the Cheltenham International Music Festival, the Barcelona Early Music Festival, the National Trust recital series at Fenton House and the Lake District Summer Festival. With La Sfera Musicale she has performed recitals across Europe and in Japan.

As an orchestral musician, Mie has received invitations to perform with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the London Handel Orchestra.   In Japan, she was for several years principal harpsichordist with the Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra with whom she appeared frequently as a concerto soloist. As a duo recitalist and orchestral musician, Mie has shared the concert platform with many renowned musicians, including the harpsichordists Laurence Cummings and Masaaki Suzuki, the cellist Anner Bylsma and the flautists Rachel Brown and Masahiro Arita, giving acclaimed performances and radio broadcasts both in the UK, in continental Europe and the Far East.

 Mie Hayashi - harpsichord

Mie Hayashi - harpsichord

 

 

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Mar
19
4:00 PM16:00

Albach Duo: Rebecca Baulch (guitar) & David Black (guitar)

 Albach Duo: Rebecca Baulch and David Black

Albach Duo: Rebecca Baulch and David Black

The Albach Duo is comprised of Rebecca Baulch and David Black, both international prize-winning graduates of the Royal College of Music. The Duo have played at the Houses of Parliament, the Long Room at the Oval, the Orangery at Kew Gardens, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery amongst other venues. Their repertoire spans the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and twentieth/ twenty-first-century periods and includes an extensive collection of South American and Spanish music.

 David Black - guitar

David Black - guitar

David Black was born in 1978 in Bangor, North Wales and began playing the guitar at the age of 10. In 2000 he graduated with first Class Honours from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where he studied with Allan Neave. In 2004 he completed an MMus at the Royal College of Music, London studying guitar with Gary Ryan and lute with Jakob Lindberg. Since college, David has been busy performing a wide range of music on guitar, lute and electric guitar. Performances include the Vivaldi double guitar concerto, with Slava Grigoryan and the Orchestra of St John Smith’s Square in Edinburgh; the Concierto des Aranjuez at the Ulster Hall, Belfast; a featured concert at the Dundee Guitar Festival and 2nd prize at the International Guitar Competition there. David regularly performs solo, as one half of the ‘Albach Guitar Duo’ and is a member of the contemporary music group ‘Rarescale’

 Rebecca Blauch - guitar

Rebecca Blauch - guitar

Rebecca Baulch was born in 1978 in London and began playing the guitar when she was 6, taught by her parents. Rebecca studied at the Purcell School of Music where she was a scholar under the Music and Ballet Schools Scheme and at the Royal College of Music where she was a Foundation Scholar. Rebecca’s career has taken her to concert halls and festivals all over the world, including the Wigmore Hall, London’s South Bank Centre, St George’s Bristol, festivals in New York, Italy, France and Hungary, and she has appeared on BBC 1, BBC 3, BBC Radio 3, and Classic FM. Rebecca is a member of the Appassionata trio with Hayley Savage and Amanda Cook and has recorded two CDs with the trio: Let Go (BGS 111) and Watersmeet (Cadenza Music CACD 0603) 

www.rebeccabaulch.net

 

 

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Jan
22
4:00 PM16:00

'The notebooks of Anna Magdalena Bach': Kate Semmens (soprano) & Steven Devine (harpsichord)

Kate Semmens is a soloist with many leading groups and opera companies, and has sung with some of the UK's finest choirs with conductors including Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, John Butt and Eric Whitacre.  Her opera performances have included Cupid (Venus and Adonis), Mycene (Isis), Suzanna (Le Nozze de Cherubino), and Mrs P (The Man who mistook his wife for a hat). Kate is a regular performer for New Chamber Opera, with whom performances include Galatea (Acis and Galatea), Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), Orgando (Amadigi), Atalanta (Xerxes), Semira (Artaxerxes). She was the title role in Mozart's 'Il Re Pastore' and most recently played Asteria in Handel's 'Tamerlano'. She created the role of Euridice in Caldwells' The Story of Orpheus.  Of her Ciro, in their production of Stradella's Il Trespolo Tutore, Opera Magazine wrote " the clarity and charm of Kate Semmens' soprano was dissarming". 

Kate has been particularly involved in historic performances, singing the title role in the first modern performance of John Stanley's Teraminta for Opera Restor'd and recently completed performances of Cavalli's Erismena, from the original English edition bought by the Bodleian Library in 2009. 

Kate particularly enjoys singing with instrumentalists, and has been enjoying recent performances of Bach Cantatas with violinist Margaret Faultless, Jacobean programmes with lutenist Lynda Sayce, and viol programmes with Jacob Heringman and Susanna Pell. 

Kate has been particularly enjoying performing recitals of music from the pleasure gardens, and the recent anniversaries of Thomas Arne and William Boyce have given opportunities to explore the wealth of this music even further. Her latest solo CD Delicatessen performed with harpsichordist Steven Devine and recorded at the Sendesaal in Bremen gave opportunity to record some of this repertoire.

www.katesemmens.com

Steven Devine enjoys a busy career as a music director and keyboard player working with some of the finest musicians.

Since 2007 Steven has been the harpsichordist with London Baroque in addition to his position as Co-Principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is also the principal keyboard player for The Gonzaga Band, Apollo and Pan, The Classical Opera Company and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made six solo recordings. His recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations (Chandos Records) has been received critical acclaim - including Gramophone magazine describing it as "among the best". Volumes 1 and 2 of the complete harpsichord works of Rameau (Resonus) have both received five-star reviews from BBC Music Magazine and Steven's new recording of Bach's Italian Concerto has been voted Classic FM's Connoisseur's choice.

He made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there - including making his Proms directing debut in August 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has conducted the Mozart Festival Orchestra in every major concert hall in the UK and also across Switzerland. Steven is Music Director for New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has performanced repertoire from Cavalli to Rossini. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted Handel's Orlando and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

From 2016 Steven will be Curator of Early Music for the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and will complete his complete Rameau solo recording for Resonus Classics.

www.stevendevine.com

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Oct
16
4:00 PM16:00

In Voice and Verse - Shakespeare in Song

A captivating programme of glorious song settings from across the centuries which illuminate Shakespeare's own words.

Belinda Yates (soprano)
Lance Pierson (actor)
and Heather Chamberlain (piano)

The Trio present a 1 hour musical journey through some of the finest vocal settings, interspersed with spoken excerpts, all using Shakespeare's original texts. Composers include the 17th & 18th century masters Pelham Humfrey and Thomas Arne; the great Arthur Sullivan, Rossini and Ivor Gurney. From our own era we offer illuminating pieces by Madeleine Dring and Richard Stoker.

 

Belinda Yates GRSM ARCM (Soprano)

 

Belinda studied at the Royal College of Music and since then has given many performances as a soloist, in recital, opera and with chamber choir. She was awarded a Young Artists Platform BBC recital and has performed abroad for the British Council. Belinda appears as a soloist on a number of classical CDs with music ranging from Purcell to Poulenc. 

As a regular member of the Monteverdi Choir, her opera experience includes a memorable production of “The Trojans” by Berlioz in Paris conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She toured the Far East performing Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” and in has sung in New York & California. Recent projects include work with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, with concerts in France and at the BBC Proms planned for this year. 

She performs regularly with her accompanist Heather Chamberlain in recital, and together with Lance Pierson, they are enjoying increasing success with their “In Voice and Verse” performances. 

You can find more information and contact details at www.bellavoce.me.uk

Lance Pierson MA. Dip Theol (Actor)

 

Lance is an actor and professional poetry performer who has been entertaining audiences across the country for the last 14 years. As a lifelong poetry-lover Lance aims to take published poetry off the page and bring it to life. He has performed light-hearted entertainments and biographies of famous poets at venues from the Victoria and Albert Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral to the Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

His biographical shows cover the lives and work of George Herbert, William Cowper, Gerald Manley Hopkins and John Betjeman. He also regularly leads guided walks around poetry sites in London. 

Poetry is only one of the “worlds” in which Lance is involved. He also offers one-man shows of sketches, stories and poems to churches and a variety of groups as an alternative to a speaker. 

You can find more information and contact details at www.lancepierson.org

Heather Chamberlain LRAM ARCM LTCL (Pianist)

 

Heather studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly (piano), Georgina Dobree (clarinet) and Wilfrid Parry (chamber music). She has enjoyed a varied career as accompanist, instrumental and class music teacher, chamber music coach, amateur singer, conductor, freelance organist and director of music at several North London churches. 

She has collaborated with soprano, Belinda Yates, in several recitals and interesting projects such as the launch of the Shakespeare Collection, the 400th anniversaries of the poets Edmund Waller and John Milton, verse and music entertainments at dinners and parties, as well as recording a number of CDs. Other innovative ideas for “anniversary” programmes with Belinda and Lance are being planned and developed. 

Heather works regularly with violinist, Miranda Walton, and pianist, Luisa Valmori-Sen, with whom she has enjoyed exploring a wide and varied repertoire. 

You can find more information and contact details at www.bellavoce.me.uk

 

www.invoiceandverse.co.uk

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Sep
25
4:00 PM16:00

ARPARLA - Maria Cleary (harp) and Davide Monti (violin)

Arparla

 


The ARPARLA ensemble, Davide Monti on violin and Maria Christina Cleary on harp, takes inspiration from a desire to speak through music - parla in Italian means ‘speak’. Using the soft and refined sonorities of the harp and the expressive range of colours of the violin, both Davide and Maria stay true to historical ways of playing.

The Monti and Cleary duo give concerts with energy and enthusiasm, receiving excellent reviews from all over the world, bringing a musical message that goes beyond language, culture, and social class.

Their repertoire focuses on two specific musical periods in which their instruments perfectly express the synthesis of the Baroque period (17th century), and the transition period between Classicism and Romanticism (end of the 18th, beginning of the 19th century).

Formed in 2005, Arparla has performed many concerts - not only in Italy, their inspiration and home, but around the world. The duo’s first tour was in Japan, where they also gave master classes in Early Music and Historical Performance Practice.

Arparla has performed all over Europe including festivals like Aqua Music Amsterdam, Itinéraire Baroque Perigord, the Early Music Festival in Brugges, Rethymno Renaissance Festival, the International Mozart Festival Rovereto, Mazovie Goes Baroque Warsaw and Muzyka w Raju Paradyz. They have also performed at the Montreal Early Music Festival. They toured Australia and Singapore in 2011, including a performance at the launch of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival in Victoria.

In 2009 they premiered Spohr's Double Concerto on original instruments.

Arparla has also given series of concerts and lessons in Kampala, Uganda, to sustain the NGO COOPI, performing for the Italian and Irish Embassies, Makerere University, The International University of Kampala, and the Africa Institute of Music.

Besides performing, Arparla has taught at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Guildhall School of Music in London, the Conservatories of Padova and Vicenza, NUS Singapore, RMIT and Monash UNI in Melbourne, the Griffith Conservatory in Brisbane, the Kraków Music Academy, the Conservatory in Vienna, and also collaborated with the Menuhin Foundation MUS-E project.

Arparla has recorded two duos CDs under the Stradivarius label. The first, So mach' die Augen zu is of the Chamber works and harp solos of Louis Spohr, the premiere recording of this composer using original instruments. Their second CD, Le Grazie del Violino, is a collection of Italian instrumental music of the 17th century including Marini, Pandolfi-Mealli, Selma, Uccellini, Frescobaldi, Merula and Fontana. This recording culminates many years of research into performance expressiveness, effects and musical rhetoric. These CDs has received rave reviews from international music journals.

www.arparla.it/en/

Maria Christina Cleary

The extraordinary harpist Maria Christina Cleary from Ireland, “a pioneer of period harp practice” has been described as “a true virtuoso”, and a “brilliant player”. She is noted for her improvisatory skills and ingenious continuo playing, combined with a particular care to creating a beautiful sound on a perilous instrument.

Specialising in historical harps, Maria is part of a rare breed of harpist who performs on medieval harps, the Italian arpa doppia, the Spanish arpa de dos ordenes and the 18th century harpe organisée. She promotes a pedal technique that was exclusively used on harps with a single-action pedal mechanism. She has developed several innovative tunings for performing medieval and renaissance music, which can heard on recordings with Ensemble Tetraktys.

She has performed as soloist with, among others, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Bayerische Staatsoper, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Arion Ensemble Montreal and the RTE Concert Orchestra. In 2014, Maria was invited to perform a Concerto by J. B. Krumpholtz with the Orchestra of the Antipodes at the The World Harp Congress in Sydney. This was the first time the harpe organisée was featured at the Congress. Maria performs regularly with Davide Monti under the name Arparla, a violin and harp duo specialising in repertoire from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
 
Her recordings include So mach’ die Augen zu, the first ever CD of Louis Spohr’s music using original instruments and historical performing practices. Other solo recordings of works by Frescobaldi, Merula, Uccellini and Rossi can be found in Arparla's CDs: Le Grazie del Violino, Uccellini Op 5, Uccellini Op 4. Le Grazie del Violino is the first ever CD using the harp exclusively as an accompanying and solo instrument.
 
She has been prizewinner at the following competitions as soloist: Utrecht Early Music Competition (First Prize ex-aequo, 1997), Nippon International Harp Competition (sixth prize, 1996), Dutch National Harp Competition (second prize, 1997). As an orchestral player she has worked as Principal Harpist in the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam and further held the position of harpist of the RTE Concert Orchestra Dublin. Maria has worked for years in the area of contemporary music, with MusikFabrik Köln and Remix Ensemble Porto. She has premièred over fifty pieces for solo harp and harp in ensemble, including Arc Song by T. Hosakawa at the Darmstadt Festival in 2002 with Peter Veale (oboe).

Maria holds Bachelor and Master's degrees from Dublin, London, Den Haag and Bruxelles, where she studied with Susanna Mildonian. She is currently completing an artistic Ph.D. at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Maria teaches historical styles, improvisation and chamber music to both modern and historical harpists. She has taught at the Guildhall School of Music London, Conservatories of Singapore, Brisbane, Venice, Padova (2005-2008), Krakow Academy of Music, Sibelius Academy Helsinki and the Haute École de Musique de Genève. She holds the position of historical harp professor in Verona Conservatory, Italy. In 2016 she will join the renowned team of teachers at Urbino Summer Music course and will give a masterclass at the Juilliard School of Music New York.

 

Davide Monti


Davide Monti is a violinist who combines his infectious energy with an exceptional talent of being a completely natural performer. A much sought-after director, soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician, his playing has been described as “phenomenal”, a “top solo violinist” with “incredible freshness” where “all appears extraordinarily spontaneous and organic”. His prize-winning recordings include his version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons which has been reviewed as “definitely one of the best versions of the decade”.

After the degrees from the Conservatories of Parma and Verona, Davide’s playing has evolved and developed thanks to his ongoing research on historical practices, and many collaborations with great musicians of our time, each noteworthy for their own individual approach to music: from Ton Koopman to Michael Radulescu and Gabriel Garrido, from Alberto Rasi, Stefano Veggetti and Susie Napper to Enrico Gatti, Enrico Parizzi and Stanley Richie (his violin teachers), from Emma Kirkby to Roberta Invernizzi and Gemma Bertagnolli, from Sergio Vartolo to Lars Ulrik Mortensen and John O'Donnell.

Davide is known all over the world for his passion and charisma, and for creating a special sound. He has been leader/soloist with The European Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), Il Tempio Armonico (recording the complete orchestral works of F.E. Dall’Abaco), Accademia Arcadia Australia, Ensemble Elyma, Athestis e Accademia de li Musici, Verdi Baroque Orchestra, il Complesso Barocco, Cordia. He was guest director and soloist with Tafelmusik Toronto in 2014. Due of the depth of research and syntony achieved, he is also noted for his work with small chamber groups including Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Ensemble il Falcone, and Arparla with his wife the harpist Maria Christina Cleary.

Davide focuses on the art of improvising, where the experience of extemporaneous communication parallels other art-forms such as jazz, theatre, traditional music, dance and fencing. He considers the score to be a canvas in which each performance and interpretation is different and vital.

Davide has taught on many occasions, giving master-classes in Conservatories and Universities in Italy, France, Ireland, Norway, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Canada, and Uganda, always emphasising the role of improvisation in historical informed practices. He has also taught historical improvisation at the Conservatory of Vicenza. In 2015 he founded The International School of Improvisation which dynamically embraces a multidisciplinary approach.

The recordings of Arparla, with harpist Maria Christina Cleary, include So mach’ die Augen zu, the first ever CD of Louis Spohr’s music using original instruments and historical performing practices. Their second prizewinning CD, Le Grazie del Violino, is a journey through some of the most beautiful Italian sonatas of the 17th century. Arparla is specialising in the complete works by Marco Uccellini, and after releasing Canzoni over Sonate Op 5, the very first book of solo sonatas for violin and basso continuo, they have just finished recording his most famous sonatas for violin, basso and basso continuo from Op 4.

Davide likes to speak with his violin, a Guadagnini dated 1766.

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Aug
28
4:00 PM16:00

Boxwood and Brass

Plumstead stalwarts Boxwood & Brass perform music for winds and strings.

Emily Worthington - clarinet
Anneke Scott - natural horn
Robert Percival - bassoon
Rachel Stroud - violin
Ben Sansom - violin and viola
Alexandria Lawrence - viola
Gavin Kibble - cello
 

A concert of virtuosic works for solo winds and strings - designed to herald in the inaugural Plumstravaganza! Repertoire to include the modern premier of a long forgotten Franz Tausch (1762–1817) Clarinet Quartet, a Franz Krommer (1759–1831) Bassoon Quartet and a masterful arrangement of the Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826) Concertino for Horn by Robert Percival.

www.boxwoodandbrass.co.uk
www.plumstravaganza.co.uk
 

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Jul
10
4:00 PM16:00

Masumi Yamamoto

Masumi Yamamoto will be coming to Plumstead and bringing with her her harpsichord! She'll be performing a selection of baroque favourites but is eager to hear from local young pianists and invites "special requests" of repertoire for this recital.

Harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto was born in Osaka Japan, grew up on Australia's Gold Coast and has been based in the UK since 2001. She has appeared with orchestras including St. James’s Baroque, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the International Baroque Players, and at venues such as the Purcell Room, the Royal Albert Hall, St. John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall. Recent concerts have taken her to France, Germany, Norway and Italy, and she has also performed as far afield as Malaysia, Japan and Australia. Masumi was a prize winner at the prestigious International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges in 2007 and became the first Japanese harpsichordist to reach the finals in 21 years. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig (2006), and the winner of 2012 Fenton House Keyboard Ensemble Competition with ensemble Akenside Players. A solo recital in London was also given a four-star rating in The Independent in 2012: "her tempi follow the pulse of the heart, and her ornamentation is as natural as breathing".

Masumi graduated with a University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane Australia. In the UK, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, then at Trinity College of Music as a pupil of harpsichordist James Johnstone and was later "The English Concert" Junior Fellow with ensemble Melopoetica.

Masumi is also passionate about the repertoire for two harpsichords and has appeared in concerts across the UK with her duo partner Takako Minami. They will make their debut in Japan later in 2015. Masumi is also active as a soloist, and during the 2014-2015 season, she made concerto appearances with Paulus Barokk in Norway, and London Concertante, Solisti Divini and the Keld Ensemble in the UK.

Now also a keen teacher, Masumi has given lessons and Masterclasses at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia, and is Teacher of Harpsichord at St. Paul's Girls' School.

www.masumiyamamoto.com

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Jun
19
4:00 PM16:00

Ibrahim Aziz and Sam Stadlen (baroque cellos) with James Akers (theorbo)

We're delighted to welcome another local musician - Ibrahim Aziz who will be joined by his colleague Sam Stadlen. The duo of baroque cellists will perform works by Boismortier, Barrier, Vivaldi and more.

 Ibrahim Aziz

Ibrahim Aziz

Ibrahim Aziz studied the viola da gamba with Alison Crum at Trinity College of Music London where he won several awards including the Ricordi Prize in conducting in 2003 and the college’s Gold Medal in 2005. A member of the Rose Consort of Viols and several other ensembles in Europe, he has collaborated with many distinguished artists such as singers Emma Kirkby and Clare Wilkinson, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, recorder players Emma Murphy and Pamela Thorby, gamba player Charles medlam, jazz musicians Liam Noble and David Wickins, the contemporary music company Sound Affairs with composer Charlie Barber and the Oxford-based baroque ensemble Charivari Agréable.

He has appeared on the BBC and Dutch radio stations as well as on various recordings on the Signum, Delphian and Deux-Elles labels. Ibrahim has performed in many festivals worldwide for all kinds of audiences ranging from the BBC Proms to Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street to Highgrove House for HRH The Prince of Wales. He leads the Historical Performance Practice course at Morley College, London.

 


 Sam Stadlen

Sam Stadlen

Sam Stadlen is a cellist, viola da gamba player, lecturer, musicologist, and teacher.  Based in York, he is active as a musician in London and the North of England, performing as a soloist and with various period music ensembles. Taught baroque cello by Rachel Gray and viol by Susanna Pell, Sam has performed as a baroque cellist and viol player with Fretwork, Sestina Consort, Chelys, and with members of the Rose Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He has also benefitted from masterclasses and tuition from players such as Christophe Coin, Wieland Kuijken, Jonathan Manson, Alison McGillivray, Alison Crum, Richard Boothby and Ibi Aziz.

Sam has just finished a PhD at the University of York investigating the influences of poetry and declamation on the pièces de viole in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century France. This research aimed to bring together a detailed understanding of the language, culture, and politics of French society in order to better understand both the composition and performance of music by the great French violists, most notably Marin Marais. It resulted in a series of recordings of both pièces de viole and vocal airs arranged for viol which demonstrated the poetic nature of this music. Other research interests include the history and construction of string instruments and French Baroque rehearsal and practice techniques.

http://www.samstadlen.co.uk/

 

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