Schumann – Liederkries Opus 39
I. In der Fremde
IV. Die Stille
VI. Schöne Fremde
VII. Auf einer Burg
X. Im Walde
At the ball
I greet you all woods and forests
Debussy – Trois ballades de François Villon
I. Ballade de Villon à s’amye
II. Ballade de Villon fait à la requeste de sa mère
III. Ballade des femmes de Paris
New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts, has recently graduated from the RCM International Opera School where he was a Fishmongers Scholar supported by a Toeman Weinberger Award. Earlier this year, Julien won first place in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
Upcoming performances include Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, and City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Vespers at Snape Maltings, recitals at London Song Festival, and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Julius Drake at Fundaciòn Juan March in Madrid. This summer Julien has been performing the role of Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Diva Opera on tour, as well as performing at the Verbier Festival as part of the Lieder/Art Song academy with Thomas Quasthoff and Thomas Hampson.
He is very grateful for the continued support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, Concordia Foundation, Countess of Munster, The Hunn Trust, Peace and Prosperity Trust and Kiwi Music Scholarship Fund NZ.
After gaining a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London, Gamal Khamis completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music, and has since performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe and North America.
Gamal has won major prizes at the Norah Sande, ESO Young Soloist and Christopher Duke piano competitions, as well the Award for Accompanists at the 2017 ROSL competition and the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize at the 2017 Ferrier Awards. He has performed concertos across England and is a Concordia Foundation Artist, a Park Lane Group Artist, and a founding member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet, winner of the Elias Fawcett Trust Award at the 2016 ROSL competition.
This year he made his debut at the Marryat Players Chamber Music Festival, Flatirons Chamber Music Festival in Colorado and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as returning to the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark and IMS Prussia Cove Master Classes.
Born in 1996, Ning See is studying at the Royal College of Music with John Byrne and Dmitri Alexeev as a Charles Napper Scholar supported by a Hilda Houssart Award, a St Marylebone Educational Foundation Grant and an MMSF Mark James Piano Award. Ning was a 2014 BBC Young Musician keyboard finalist and laureate of the “Citta di Padova” (Italy), Cesar Franck (Belgium) and Steinway Youth Competitions, and received the RCM Esther Fisher Prize. She performed the Grieg Concerto with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, and has given recitals at Steinway Hall, Regent Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Venice and Padua.
Scarlatti Sonata in D Minor K213
Beethoven Sonata Opus 110
Chopin Etude Opus 10 No.12 in C Minor
Chopin Etude Opus 10 No.12 in C Minor
Schubert Impromptu Opus 90 No.2 in E flat Major
Schubert Impromptu Opus 90 No.3 in G Flat Major
Chopin Etude Opus 10. No.3 in E Major
Chopin Etude Opus 25 No.11 in A Minor
Matthew Palmer has worked for the Brigitta Festival - Estonia, Iford Arts, Opera North, Garsington Opera, Grange Park and Glyndebourne Education amongst others. He has performed live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and at LSO St. Luke’s and St. Martin in the Fields, the latter with the Concordia Foundation.
Richard Leach has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Charlton House and St Bride's Fleet Street. He was the musical director for Tosca (Grimeborn, 2016) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Pop-Up Opera, 2017), and has worked as a répétiteur for Royal Academy Opera, Pop-Up Opera, The English Concert and Blackheath Halls Opera. He is also the Organist of Ealing Abbey Choir.
Rodgers & Hammerstein - Oh What a beautiful morning - Oklahoma!
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs of travel
1. The Vagabond
2. Let beauty awake
3. Roadside Fire
Robert Schumann - Intermezzo - Liederkreis Op. 39
Robert Schumann – Myrthen op. 25
No. 24 - Du bist wie eine Blume
No. 1 - Widmung
Claude Debussy – Minstrels – Préludes, Livre 1 (Piano solo)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Deh vieni alla finestra - Don Giovanni
Gaetano Donizetti – Bella siccome – Don Pasquale
Paolo Tosti - Ideale
Benjamin Britten - Folk Song Arrangements
The Plough Boy
Ivor Novello - We’ll gather lilacs
Nacio Brown - Singin’ in the rain - Singin’ in the Rain
Sydney-born mezzo-soprano Vivien Conacher trained on ENO OperaWorks and holds a Masters in Performance (with Distinction) from the Royal College of Music. She has performed for Opera Australia, Pop-up Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Iford Arts Festival, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Grange Park Opera, and the BBC Proms. Vivien is a Concordia Foundation Artist, a Tait Memorial Trust Awardee, an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and was a finalist in London Song Festival’s 2016 British Song Prize. She also runs a dementia-friendly concert series in central London called Songhaven.
Vincenzo Bellini Vaga luna che inargenti (1838)
Samuel Barber Sure on this Shining Night
Four Songs Op. 13 no. 3 (1938)
Johannes Brahms Mondnacht WoO.21 (1853)
Reynaldo Hahn L’heure exquise
Chansons grises, No.5 (1892)
Samuel Barber Nocturne
Four Songs Op. 13 no.4 (1941)
Giuseppe Verdi Perduta ho la pace from Composizioni da Camera (1838)
Franz Schubert Romanze from Rosamunde D.797 no.3b (1823)
Hugo Wolf Agnes
Mörike Lieder, No.14 (1888)
Aaron Copeland Heart we will Forget Him
12 Poems of Emily Dickinson no.5 (1950)
Benjamin Britten Johnny from Cabaret Songs (1937)
Bartosz Glowacki is one of the leading lights of a new generation of accordionists. His artistic goal is to improve awareness of the accordion in classical music, as well as to develop a new repertoire for his instrument.
Bartosz won the Polish Young Musician of the Year in 2009, following which he represented Poland in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. He is a recipient of Concordia Foundation, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, John Hosier Special Award 2015 and Zygmunt Zaleski Foundation.
His plan for the year ahead is to release his debut CD “Out of the Depths” featuring contemporary music for accordion by composers such us Magnus Lindberg, Luciano Berio, Sofia Gubaidulina and Vladislav Zolotaryov as well as new commissions by promising British composers.
Domenico Scarlatti - Sonata in A major K.208
Harold Arlen - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Ruth Eating - All Of Me
Domenico Scarlatti - sonata in E minor K.98
Kurt Weill - Youkali
Richard Galliano - A French Touch
Dimitri Shostakovich - Waltz no.2
Franck Angelis - Interieur
Kurt Weill - Mack The Knife
J.S. Bach - oboe concerto in D minor “Adagio”
Bart Howard - Fly Me To The Moon
Edith Piaf - Under The Roof of Paris
John Murrena - Indefference
Matos Rodrigues - La Cumparsita
Joseph Kosma - The Autumn Leaves
Astor Piazzolla - Libertango
Luciano Berio - Les mots sont allés
Ludwig van Beethoven - 7 Variations for Cello and Piano on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen', WoO 46
Johannes Brahms - Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F major, op. 99 (1886)
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio affettuoso
III. Allegro passionato
IV. Allegro molto
Urška Horvat is a young Slovenian cellist, currently studying at Trinity Laban with internationally renowned cellist David Cohen. She finished Postgraduate Artist Diploma in 2016 with Distinction and Director’s Prize for Excellence in Strings.
Urška has worked with other great musicians such as Enrico Bronzi, Leonid Gorokhov, William Hagen, Maria Kliegel, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Valery Gergiev and Richard Markson. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes from national and international competitions: Concordia Foundation 2017, 1st prize at the Vera Kantrovitch Bach Competition 2015, 1st prize at the Soloists' Competition 2016, 1st prize at the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Competition 2016, TEMSIG national competition (Slovenia), Wettbewerb fur Violoncello Liezen (Austria), Young International Janigro Competition (Croatia)...
She has performed in Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey, both as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles and orchestras. Urška has appeared in venues including the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, St. James's Piccadilly, Cadogan Hall, King's Place, Southbank Centre and Flagey (Belgium). One of her artistic focuses is chamber music and this has brought her to collaborate with many musicians.
She is a member of YES Camerata (a Young European String Camerata) and a founder, with pianist Francesca Fierro and violinist Andrea Montalbano, of Tamesis Piano Trio, which has been awarded 2nd prize at TIM International Competition 2016, has been selected to play in the semifinal of St. Martin in the Fields Competition and became part of The Richard Carne mentorship programme at Trinity Laban. Urška is also playing in a cello duo, Duo Furioso with another young Slovenian cellist, Helena Švigelj. They performed in festivals in Belgium and Slovenia.
Urška has been invited as a soloist and a chamber musician to participate in various festivals, such as Davos Festival (Switzerland), Les Sons Intensifs (Lessines, Belgium), Festival "Côté Cour, Côté Jardin" (Belgium), Virenze Concerts Series (Netherlands), Glasbena mladina Ljubljanska (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Festival Lent (Maribor, Slovenia).
In June 2016 she performed Dvořák's Cello Concerto with Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall. After she was invited to play the concerto again with London Euphonia Orchestra.
She is very grateful to the Ofenheim Charitable Trust who generously supports her study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Francesca Fierro was born in Italy in 1985, at six years old she moved to Argentina where she began her piano studies with Ana Chaves and with Elizabeth Westerkamp, pupil of M° Scaramuzza. In 2005 she moved back to Italy and attended the Conservatoire G.B. Martini of Bologna with Valeria Cantoni, graduating cum laude from Bachelor in July 2008 and cum laude and honourable mention from Master Degree in 2013. From 2007 she had also received frequent musical guidance and advice from Aldo Ciccolini. In 2014-2015 she attended the Chamber Music Advanced Course under Giampaolo Pretto at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. Thanks to the Beverley Creed Scholarship she attended the Post Graduate Artist Diploma course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London under Gabriele Baldocci in 2015/16.
She made her debut at the age of eight for an Argentinean TV program, and at only nine years old she took part in the Festival about Beethoven’s Sonatas made at the National Conservatoire of Buenos Aires. She has been awarded in national and international competitions and she has also participated in the Seminar for Instrumentalists given by musicians from Julliard School of Music of Rochester University, in master classes of Piano Performance given by the Polish Piotr Paleczny, the Masterclasses at the Festival Martha Argerich in Buenos Aires, Alicja Kledzik, Boris Petrushansky, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling during the Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Deniz Arman Gelenbe, Gabriele Baldocci, Lilya Zilberstein, Luca Chiantore and David Kuijken at Mallorca Summer Academy, Arie Vardi at the 38th International Concert Weeks Working at Goslar (Germany), Benedetto Lupo, Jeffrey Swann and Claudio Martinez Mehner at Academy Dino Ciani of Cortina, Hakon Austbo; and Pier Narciso Masi, Nicholas Pendelbury, Kronos Quartet, Carducci Quartet, Wihan Quartet and Martin Lohr for chamber music.
She has performed regularly as a soloist and in chamber music in Argentina, Italy, Spain, Germany and UK. She made her orchestral debut at seventeen years old playing Mozart and Beethoven Concertos with the Camerata Santa Cecilia in Buenos Aires and Youth Orchestra of Berisso (Argentina). In 2006 and 2009 she was invited to play the Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra K365 Mozart in Argentina, with Ana Chaves and the Academic Orchestra of the Teatro Argentino of La Plata. In 2010 she played the Concerto No. 1 by Chopin at the Teatro Manzoni in Bologna, and in 2012 she performed at the Festival "Vivacissimo Italy" with the String Orchestra of Radio Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina). In 2013 and 2014 she performed as a soloist at Festival PalmaClassica in Mallorca-Spain. In 2014 she played the Concerto in G by Ravel with the SenzaSpine Orchestra at the Teatro Manzoni in Bologna.
She is founder, with cellist Urška Horvat and violinist Andrea Montalbano, of Tamesis Piano Trio, which became part of the Richard Carne mentorship programme at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London in 2015/2016. The trio has been selected to play in the semifinal of St.Martin in the Fields Competition, won 2nd prize at TIM International Chamber Competition and 3rd prize at ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso’ International Music Competition.
Bernstein - I Feel Pretty from West Side Story
Bernstein - Somewhere from West Side Story
Puccini - O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi
Gershwin - Summertime from Porgy and Bess
Sherwin - A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Puccini - Quando m'en vo from La Bohème
Loewe - I could’ve danced all night from My Fair Lady
Loewe - Wouldn’t it be loverly from My Fair Lady
Dvořák - Song to the Moon from Rusalka
Rodgers & Hammerstein - Edelweiss from The Sound of Music
Rodgers & Hammerstein - Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music
Arlen - Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
Traditional - O Danny Boy
Rodgers & Hammerstein - If I loved you from Carousel
Rodgers & Hammerstein - You’ll never walk alone from Carousel
Jenny Stafford attended the Royal Academy of Music where she won the Isabel Jay and Dame Eva Turner Operatic Awards. Performance venues include: Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg , Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Madrid. Roles: Mimì/Musetta (La bohème), Micaëla (Carmen), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni).
James Williams is a singer and pianist, who enjoys a versatile performing career in the UK and Europe. He is currently the Musical Director of the North London company, Brent Opera, an examiner for ABRSM, whilst also being a staff pianist for Junior Trinity. James has recently completed a tour of an opera revue in residential homes, raising awareness of the importance of high-quality arts in the care sector.
Ludwig van Beethoven - Bagatelles, Op. 33, No.1
Ludwig van Beethoven - Rondo a Cappriccio, Op.129
Alex North - Unchained Melody
Robert Schumann – Selection from Kinderszenen
John Williams – Theme from Schindler’s List
Frederic Chopin – Mazurka Op.68, No.1
Claude Debussy - ‘Arabesque’, Andantino con motoNo. 1
Claude Debussy - ‘Golliwogg’s Cakewalk’ from Children’s Corner, L.113
Henry Mancini - Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet
Di Capua - O Sole Mio
Johann Strauss - Schatz-Walzer Op. 418 (arr. by E. Dohnanyi)
Stavroula Thoma is a Cypriot concert pianist who has performed across Europe as a soloist, chamber pianist and concerto soloist. She is well acknowledged for her vivid sense of communication, warmth and lyricism in her music making. You can read more about Stavroula’s studies and career at: www.stavroulathoma.com
Jenny Stafford (soprano)
Michael Waldron (piano)
Phillip Leslie (piano)
Urska Horvat (cello)
Francesca Fierro (piano)
Concordia Foundation's International Ensemble present 'Masquerade' - a musical journey behind the Mask.
Concordia Foundation Prizewinners Concert
in association with
The Worshipful Company of Musicians
Jamal Aliyev (cello) Maria Tarasewicz (piano)
Nicholas Mogg (baritone) and Jams Coleman (piano)
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Nicole Crespo O'Donoghue (violin)
Mark Kinkaid (piano)
Charis Hanning (piano)
Daniel Shao (flute)
Andrey Lebedev (guitar)
Stavroula Thoma piano
Kodály - Maroszek Dances; Nine Pieces for Piano
Mikis Theodorakis - Sonatina for Piano
Stavroula Thoma is a critically acknowledged Cypriot concert pianist. She was awarded the second prize in Evangelia Tziarri’s International Competition in the age of 11, a scholarship from Georgiou and Marias Tirimou foundation, the Marzorie Hulzehurst Piano Award and the Weingarten scholarship for her studies at the Liszt Academy of Music.
15/02 - BALC (Synagogue & Pavilion) - Natasha Day (soprano); Julien van Mellaerts (baritone); Ian Tindale (piano)
Natasha Day soprano; Julien van Mellaerts baritone; Ian Tindale piano
Betty and Asher Loftus Centre (Synagogue & Pavilion)
Puccini - Quando m¹en vo from La Boheme
Mozart - Ein madchen oder Weibchen from Die Zauberflöte
Mozart - Bei Männern from Die Zauberflöte
Gounod – Mab, la reine des mensonges from Romeo et Juliette
Gounod – The Jewel song from Faust
Rossini - Dunque io son from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Liszt - Sonetto del Petrarca No. 123
Verdi - Caro nome from Rigoletto
Bizet - Toreador from Carmen
Mozart - La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni
Verdi – E strano… Ah, fors’e lui… Sempre libera from La Traviata
Gershwin - Bess you is my woman now from Porgy and Bess
Suite for clarinet, violin & piano
Trio in Eb Major Op. 20, No 5
Suite from L’histoire du soldat
i. Marche du soldat
ii. Le violon du soldat
iii. Petit concert
iv. Tango – Valse – Rag
v. Danse du diable
String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516
Lullaby for String Quartet
Quartetsatz in C minor, D. 703