Sofia Castillo has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, London for a Master of Performance where she was a Doctor Knobel Fund Scholar with Sue Thomas, Celia Chambers and Stuart McIlwham. In 2011 she began studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Anna Noakes and Margaret Campbell. Sofia has recently won the 1st Flute prize in the RCM Solo Competition and the Edward & Helen Hague Senior Woodwind Prize 2017.
Sofia has performed at many of the major concert halls in London including Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James's Church, Piccadilly. With orchestras including Hastings Philharmonic, Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, YMSO, Orion Orchestra, Siegfried Camerata and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra working with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Thomas Zehetmair, Nicholas Collon, Martin Andre and Garry Walker.
She has premiered and recorded works by various composers and has done numerous recordings for short films, video games and documentaries such as the BBC ‘Horizon’ documentary, the audio production/software company ‘Auddict’ and the Musical Productions 'Rainfall'.
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in C Major "Pastoral" - K 513
César Franck - Pastorale - op.19
Isaac Albéniz - from Chant's d'Espagne , IV Córdoba - op 232, n. 4
Moritz Moszkowski - Spanish Capriccio
Antonio Soler - Sonata in F Major - R41
Franck Angelis - Soliloque
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Adagio in B minor - KV 540
Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion
Petri Makkonen - Disco Toccatta
Franck Angelis - Study on "Chiquilín de Bachín"
Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade was born in 1994 in Barañáin (Navarra) where he started playing accordion at the age of 7. He is now a Master of Arts graduate from the Royal Academy of Music (London).His aim as a musician is to contribute to show the generally unknown possibilities that accordion can display.
String Quartet in C major, Op.20/2
String Quartet in G major, Op.77/1
Formed at the Royal College of Music in 2012, the Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring Classical and early Romantic repertoire on period instruments. Winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize, Consone was awarded two prizes at York International Young Artists Competition in 2015, including a place on the EEEmerging Scheme in France. The quartet was recently selected to continue into the third and final year of the Eeemerging Scheme, which offers residencies in France and Slovenia, European concert engagements and a CD recording which will be released in the autumn of 2018.
Consone was selected to take part in the 2016/2017 Brighton Early Music Festival Live! Scheme and has since been re-invited to BREMF to present a programme wich was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The quartet was recently selected as Concordia Foundation artists.
Consone has participated in several Chamber Studio public masterclasses at King’s Place with Richard Lester and Alasdair Beatson as well as a masterclass at Lake District Summer Music with Robert Cohen.
The quartet has collaborated with soprano Gillian Keith, clarinettists Vlad Weverbergh, Jane Booth and Colin Lawson, flautist Ashley Solomon, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and members of the Hanover Band.
Past performances include a critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut and appearances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, York Early Music Festival, Buxton International Festival, Cadogan Hall, The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace and others. The group has performed in various European countries (France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy and the Czech Republic) and will be travelling to Bolivia in April 2018 to perform at the Misiones de Chiquitos Early Music Festival.
Other future engagements include a Bach weekend at Cheltenham Festival with Mahan Esfahani, Concerts d’été à St Germain, Geneva and a tour of the north of England and Scotland in 2019.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Johannes Brahms: Scherzo from FAE Sonata
George Gershwin: It Ain’t Necessarily So George Gershwin: Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Edward Elgar: Chanson de Matin
Claude Debussy: Clair de lune
Nigel Hess: Ladies in Lavender
Igor Stravinsky: Danse Russe
Manuel Ponce: Estrellita
Julia gave her debut at the age of nine, and since then has performed extensively both in the UK and abroad. She is a cultural ambassador for BRACE Alzheimer’s Research, and recently released a CD with Signum Classics to critical acclaim. She graduated from Cambridge University with the Larmor Award, and currently studies at the Royal College of Music.
Jennifer is a collaborative pianist based in London and Cambridge. She has performed across Europe, and appeared at Festivals around the world. She has been awarded many prizes including the Royal Over-Seas League Accompanist’s Prize, and is currently a Duo Coach at the Royal College of Music.
Johann Sebastian Bach - Prelude from Suite no. 1
Gabriel Fauré - Sicilienne
David Popper - Chanson villageoise
Camille Saint-Sæns - The Swan
Georg Goltermann - Capriccio
Maurice Ravel - Habanera
Frescobaldi/ Cassadó - Toccata
Johann Sebastian Bach - Bourree from Suite no. 3
George Enescu - Saltarello
Gabriel Fauré- Elegie
Enrique Granados - Spanish Dance
Franz Schubert - Auf dem Wasser zu singen
David Popper - Zur Gitarre
Astor Piazzolla- Libertango
The Arcana Ensemble is a family group of musicians who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London. They have studied with Mats Lidstrom, Philip Jenkins, Jack Liebeck and Diana Ketler.
The Ensemble has performed extensively in Massachusetts, USA, since July 2011, and have concertized in France and Romania as well.
In the UK, the Arcana Ensemble has performed numerous times within the Royal Academy of Music and in the London area. As Concordia Foundation Artists, they gave their debut recital at St. James's Church,Piccadilly in March 2016.
19/02 - Concordia Prizewinners Concert (in association with The Worshipful Company of Musicians) - Wigmore Hall
The Concordia Prizewinners Concert in association with the Worshipful Company of Musicians will take place at Wigmore Hall on Monday 19th February 2018 at 7.30 pm.
The featured artists are the Behn Quartet - Kate Oswin, Alicia Berendse, Lydia Abell and Ghislaine McMullin - and baritone Henry Neill accompanied by Somi Kim.
Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Quartet Op 36
Maxwell Davies: Quartet Movement WoO 29
Loewe: Tom der Reimer; Hinkende Jamben; Freibeuter; Meeresleuchten
Wolf: Five Songs from Mõrike-Lieder
Judith Weir: Songs from the Exotic
Ravel: String Quartet in F
Please attend if you can, and help support our young award-winners.
Please book your concert tickets direct with the Wigmore Hall: https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/behn-quartet-neill-kim-duo-201802191930 or telephone the Box Office on 020 7935 2141.
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata
Martinu Variations on a Theme of Rossini
Henry Eccles Sonata for Cello and Piano
BBC Introducing Classical Artist" Jamal Aliyev is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after cellists of his generation. His debut album with Anna Fedorova, Russian Masters was released in March 2017 on Champs Hill Records. Jamal will also record with Classic FM and Warner Classics next season for which the esteemed composer Sir Karl Jenkins will write a piece especially for him.
Jamal Aliyev gave his solo debut performance at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London in 2017 where he performed with Keith Lockhart conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra. Same year, he gave his solo debut appearance at the Royal Festival Hall in London under the baton of Sir Karl Jenkins and the Philharmonia.
Aliyev appeared on one of the world’s most influential classical music stations ‘BBC Radio 3’ regularly since 2012 when he was first invited to perform on Sean Rafferty's programme "In Tune” following his "BBC Radio 3 live broadcast" solo debut with BBC Concert Orchestra at the Menuhin Hall in London. Aliyev frequently performs live on on both television and radio. Appearances include Medici TV, London Live TV, Moscow 24 TV, Romania TV and Classic FM.
Jamal Aliyev has performed in various prestigious festivals including the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, Kronberg Festival in Germany and Enescu Festival in Romania. Additionally, he has been the First Prize winner of many international competitions including; Trakya International Competition (2002), V. Antonio Janigro International Competition (2004), Muriel Taylor Cello Competition (2014), Croydon Concerto Competition (2015), Bromsgrove International Competition (2015), Eastbourne Concerto Competition (2016), Arts Club - Sir Karl Jenkins Music competition (2017), Musicians Company Prince’s Prize (2017).
Jamal Aliyev enjoys performing as a solo artist as well as a chamber musician and has toured throughout Europe and Asia. His recent performances include prestigious venues such as: The Wigmore Hall (London), Royal Albert Hall (London) Royal Festival Hall (London), The Atheneum (Bucharest), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Reims Cathedral (France), The Arts Parliament House (Singapore), The Presidential Concert Hall (Turkey), Istrian Assembly Hall (Croatia), The Saanen Church (Menuhin Festival) in Gstaad - Switzerland, Rachmaninov Concert Hall (Moscow), to name a few.
As well as his appearance with BBC Concert Orchestra, Aliyev has collaborated as a soloist with orchestras such as; Presidential Symphony and Bilkent Symphony Orchestras of Turkey, Guildford Symphony, Epsom Symphony, The Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge, Croydon Symphony, RCM Classical, RCM Philharmonic, Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra, Kennemer Jeugd Orkest, Orpheus Sinfonia, LGSO, Whitehall Orchestra, Eskisehir Symphony, Kingston Chamber Orchestra and many others.
Jamal Aliyev is generously sponsored by; Neville Wathen scholarship, Amaryllis Fleming Award, Hattori Foundation, Stephen Bell Trust, Help Musicians, Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, Kathleen Trust, Worshipful Musicians Company, Teddington Tax Services Ltd, The Arts Club, Sir Karl Jenkins, Martin Trust, Talent Unlimited and the Bowerman family.
Jamal Aliyev plays on a Giovanni Battista Gabrielli 1756, on loan from a patron of the Beares International Violin Society.
F. Chopin Barcarolle op. 60 in F sharp major
Polonaise- Fantaisie op. 61 in A flat major
F. Schubert Adagio in A flat major
from the Sonata in c minor D958
A. Scriabin Deux Poems op. 32
F. Liszt Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto
Umberto has widely performed all over Europe in venues like the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Palacio Festivales in Santander, Steinway Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London. His performances have been live broadcasted by Rai Radio Tre. He recently graduated with honours from the Royal Academy of Music and from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the guidance of Ian Fountain and Benedetto Lupo.
Ludwig van Beethoven: 7 Variations for Cello and Piano on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ From Mozart’s Magic Flute, WoO 46 (9 minutes)
Serge Rachmaninoff : Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, op. 19 (34 minutes)
2. Allegro scherzando
4. Allegro mosso
Urška Horvat is a young Slovenian cellist. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes from national and international competitions: Music Club of London 2017, 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, Wettbewerb fur Violoncello Liezen (Austria), Young International Janigro Competition (Croatia)...
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).
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 at Cadogan Hall.
She finished Postgraduate Artist Diploma in 2016 with Distinction and Director’s Prize for Excellence in Strings under the guidance of internationally renowned cellist David Cohen.
Francesca Fierro has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Argentina, Italy, Spain, Germany and United Kingdom. She made her debut at the age of 8 for an Argentinean TV program, aged 9 she took part in the Beethoven Sonatas Festival in Buenos Aires, and at 17 she made her orchestra debut with the Camerata Santa Cecilia in Buenos Aires. She played also with Berisso Youth Orchestra, La Plata Academic Orchestra of the Teatro Argentino, String Orchestra of Radio Nacional de Còrdoba, and Senzaspine Orchestra of Bologna, among others. Francesca won the 2nd prize at the Mozart International Competition in Roma, the Magone Award in Bologna, the 2nd prize at the Scaramuzza International Competition in Crotone, 3rd prize at the International Competition of Osimo, 3rd prize at the Nuova Coppa Pianisti of Osimo and the 2nd prize at the Windsor International Piano competition. Thanks to the Beverley Creed Scholarship she finished Postgraduate Artist Diploma with distinction at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London under Gabriele Baldocci.
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in C Major "Pastoral" - K 513
César Franck - Pastorale
Moritz Moszkowski - Spaish Capriccio
Antonio Soler - Sonata in F Major - R41
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Adagio in B minor - KV 540
Petri Makkonen - Disco Toccatta
Franck Angelis - Study on "Chiquilín de Bachín"
Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade was born in 1994 in Barañáin (Navarra) where he started playing accordion at the age of 7. He is now a Master of Arts graduate from the Royal Academy of Music (London).
His aim as a musician is to contribute to show the generally unknown possibilities that accordion can display.
The programme will include songs by Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Benjamin Britten, Tom Lehrer, Leonard Bernstein and Ivor Novello
Bach/Petri - Sheep May Safely Graze, BWV 208
Schoenberg - Klavierstück op 11 no 3
Chopin - Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat, op 61
Brahms - Intermezzo in A, op 118 no 2
Debussy - La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune from Preludes Book 2
Liszt - Tarantella from Venezie e Napoli
After gaining a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London, Gamal Khamis completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Niel Immelman, Simon Lepper, Ashley Wass and Andrew Ball. He first performed at the Wigmore Hall at the age of ten, and has since appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Sage Gateshead, Oxford Lieder Festival, Buxton Festival and Chipping Campden Festival, as well as on BBC Radio and television. He has participated in festivals across Europe and North America and has been lucky to receive guidance from musicians including Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Paul Badura-Skoda, Leon Fleisher and Robert Levin, among many others.
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 by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and Finzi, as well as premiering works by Timothy Salter, Andrew Toovey, Eleanor Alberga, Howard Skempton, Shiva Feshareki and Charlotte Harding. Gamal has been a Concordia Foundation Artist since 2010, a PLG Artist since 2013, and is a member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet who won the Elias Fawcett Trust Award at the 2016 ROSL Competition, and recently made their Wigmore Hall debut.
Bach – Aria with Variations, “Goldberg Variations”, BWV 988 (after the Busoni edition)
Young UK-based pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and authority of his playing. He is a broad and thoughtful musician with a special interest in Liszt and Busoni. His critically-acclaimed debut on LINN Records earlier this year features Chiyan’s own Franz Liszt operatic transcriptions.
Recent debuts include the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Prokofiev 2), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (Liszt/Beethoven) where he was immediately re-invited for the 2017/18 season, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Wigmore Hall, Singapore International Piano Festival, Liszt Society an extensive recital tour in Germany and the Bad Bocket Spring Music Festival.
Chiyan enjoys working with conductors such as Edward Gardner and Okko Kamu. Upcoming performances include recitals in the United Kingdom, Europe and a return visit to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Chiyan was the sole recipient of the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) and won First Prize at the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2011). In addition, he has been awarded prizes by the Hattori Foundation in London, the International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine and the Premio Liszt in Parma. He is a recipient of the Postgraduate Performance Award by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the ABRSM Macklin Bursary. Chiyan is also a Concordia Foundation Artist.
Wong studied improvisation with the French-Lebanese organist, Naji Hakim, in Paris and is an honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. He was born in Hong Kong and later moved to England aged 12 to pursue his studies at Chethams School of Music and Royal Northern College of Music under Norma Fisher. A Lee Hysan Foundation Scholar, he is also grateful to the support of Lady Valerie Solti, Lionel Choi, and John Burgess.
Chiyan Wong is represented worldwide by Percius.
Caroline Tyler piano with The Piccadilly Quintet string quintet
Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 22 K482: chamber version arranged by Ignaz Lachner
Written in 1786, this one of eleven piano concertos written by Mozart within the space of only two years. By the time he completed this concerto he was composing The Marriage of Figaro. The role of Countess Almaviva comes to mind as we listen to this concerto, so subtle in its drama and sincere in its expression.
Caroline Tyler (piano) has performed at venues including the Barbican Hall in London, Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, and Martinu Hall and British Embassy in Prague. She graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a first-class Honours degree and a Masters. During her studies she competed with candidates from the Royal music colleges and Oxbridge to win the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, as well the Norah Sande, Christopher Duke and Anglo-Czech Trust competitions. She regularly performs with Ensemble Reza and RSC soprano Alexandra Ferrari.
Andrea Montalbano (violin) studied with Umberto Bruno, Silviu Dima, Stefano Pagliani and Ofer Falk and attended masterclasses with Tasmin Little, Francesco Manara and Carducci Quartet. He was member of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Giovanile Meditteranea, leader of London Euphonia Orchestra from 2014 and a member of Southbank Sinfonia from 2017. He is also founder of Tamesis Piano Trio, selected to play in the semifinal of St Martin in the Fields Competition, became part of the Richard Carne programme at Trinity Laban, won 2nd Prize of TIM Competition and 3rd Prize of Grand Prix Virtuoso Music Competition. He graduated with Distinction from Trinity Laban, under Professor John Crawford.
Maria Fiore (violin) studied at Trinity Laban. In 2012, under the guidance of Prof. Matthew Trusler, she was awarded a Masters in Performance with Distinction. After graduation, she moved to Vienna to continue her studies with Prof. Anna Kandinskaya. Maria Fiore has performed in festivals in the UK and abroad as soloist and orchestral musician, and has been a member of Southbank Sinfonia 2014, which she led in several projects, Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, Chipping Campden Festival Academy, and freelances with several orchestras and ensembles. Maria’s interest in contemporary music led her to the London Sinfonietta Academy, Ensemble Modern International Academy Klangspuren, and Bang on a Can Festival 2016 in the USA.
Jordi Morell (viola) is studying for a Postgraduate Degree with Dr Rivka Golani at Trinity Laban. He completed his Bachelor and Master’s Degree as a Trinity Laban Scholar, and was awarded the Band/Kurtz Prize for Viola in 2012. Jordi took up the viola at the Conservatori de Música de Vialseca under the guidance of Quim Miracle. At the Youth Orchestra of Catalonia he worked with conductors such as Karl Anton Rickenbacher and Manel Valdivieso. Recently Jordi performed the Sinfonia Concertante by Mozart with the London Euphonia Orchestra. He appeared alongside pianist Neus Peris at the Schumann concert series at St. James Piccadilly in March 2017.
Urška Horvat (cello) finished her Postgraduate Artist Diploma in 2016 with Distinction and Director’s Prize for Excellence in Strings with internationally renowned cellist David Cohen. Urška has worked with other great musicians such as Enrico Bronzi, Leonid Gorokhov and Valery Gergiev. She is the recipient of numerous prizes: Concordia Foundation 2017, 1st prize at Vera Kantrovitch Bach Competition 2015, 1st prize at Soloists' Competition 2016, 1st prize at Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Competition 2016, TEMSIG national competition (Slovenia), Wettbewerb fur Violoncello Liezen (Austria), Young International Janigro Competition (Croatia). Urška has appeared at Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, St. James's Piccadilly, Cadogan Hall, Southbank Centre and Flagey (Belgium).
Thibault Blanchard-Dubois is a French cellist currently based in London. As well as playing standard cello repertoire, he is working on mixing classical music, experimental-contemporary music, digital art and new technologies. He has won awards in many competitions: among them 1st prize at the Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition 2016, finalist at The Vera Kantrovitch Solo Strings 2016 and 2017, finalist ‘’Highly Commended’’ at The Leonard Smith & Felicity Young Duo Competition with the pianist Ettore Strangio. He is currently studying for an undergraduate degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music with internationally renowned cellist David Cohen. He is very grateful to the Montague Cleeve Scholar fund which generously supports his study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Samuel Oram baritone
Joseph Doody piano
If I Loved You from Carousel - Rodgers and Hammerstein
Homeward Bound - Marta Keen
My Way - Revaux
Bewitched from Pal Joey - Rodgers and Hart
Tell My Father from The Civil War – Boyd and Wildhorn
Silent Noon – Vaughan Williams
The Vagabond – Vaughan Williams
Let Beauty Awake – Vaughan Williams
Whither Must I Wander – Vaughan Williams
Die Mainacht - Brahms
Questo Amor from Edgar - Puccini
The Three Kings - Cornelius
O, Christmas Tree - Trad.
O, Holy Night! – Adams
Award winning, British baritone Samuel Oram has been acclaimed for singing “with fire and gusto” and for his "...masterful breadth of line”. He recently appeared as Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore/Westminster Opera Company), Thoas (Iphigénie en Tauride/Euphonia Opera), Nardo (Finta Giardinera/RCMIOS Scenes), Marquis de la Force (Dialogues des Carmelites/BCO), Oberon (P.U.C.K./RCMIOS) and John in John Joubert’s new commission of Jane Eyre with the English Symphony Orchestra.
Tenor Joseph Doody was born in Yorkshire and studied at Edinburgh University, the Royal College of Music, and the National Opera Studio. As a pianist, he coaches and accompanies around the UK on a regular basis.
J.H. Roman - Flute Sonata E minor (Lento - Allegro)
G. Kapsberger - Passacaglia & Canario
J. M. Hotteterre - Prelude in G & Air de Bousset
F. Bassanti - Dunbarton’s Drums from
A Collection of Old Scots Tunes
Anon. - Ack Värmeland, du sköna
R. de Visee - Masquerade from Suite in D minor “La Royale”
Trad. - Silent Night
Berlin - I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
J.H. Roman - Flute Sonata E minor (Grave - Allegro - Vivace)
Flauguissimo Duo (Yu-Wei Hu flute and Johan Löfving theorbo) has performed at many prestigious venues including Kings Place and Cadogan Hall in London and Sage Gateshead in Newcastle. Their recent appearances include Brighton Early Music Festival, Stratford-on-Avon Festival, Kings Lynn Festival, London Guitar Festival in the UK, Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe, Netherlands and Allsköns Music Festival, Sweden.
28/11 - Annie Yim (piano) - St Martin-in-the-Fields - Lunchtime Concert (in memory of Barbara Baxter)
In Memory of Barbara Baxter
Annie Yim piano
Natasha Day soprano
Kamila Bydlowska violin
Mina Beldimanescu piano
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (Scenes from Childhood)
1 Of Foreign Lands and People
2 A Curious Story
3 Blind Man’s Bluff
4 Pleading Child
5 Happy Enough
6 An Important Event
8 At the Fireside
9 Knight of the Hobbyhorse
10 Almost Too Serious
12 Child Falling Asleep
13 The Poet Speaks
In Memory of Barbara Baxter for Concordia Foundation:
Matthew Edwards - Nocturne
Alexander Scriabin - Prelude in B major, Op. 11 No. 11
Estampes: Pagodes; Jardins sous la pluie
Medley including: Love is my reason for living from Perchance to Dream
The violin began to play from King’s Rhapsody
Waltz of my heart from The Dancing Years
(Natasha Day – soprano; Kamila Bydlowska - violin; Mina Beldimanescu – piano)
This concert is in memory of the Concordia Foundation’s indefatigable supporter, valued team member and dearest friend, Barbara Baxter. Barbara was an integral part of the Concordia Team for the past sixteen years, working alongside Gillian and Peter in London, and travelling with many Concordia projects around the world.
Annie Yim performs throughout the UK, Europe and Canada in major international venues. Her playing has been acclaimed as ‘radiantly coloured’ (The Times) and ‘outstanding’ (Stratford Herald), with a wide-ranging repertoire that encompasses canonic works and new music. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Canadian CBC Radio 2 and Portuguese Radio Antena 2. Her ensemble Minerva Piano Trio have been selected as St John’s Smith Square Young Artists in Residence 2016/17. Born in Hong Kong and grew up in Vancouver, Annie made her London concerto debut playing Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ concerto at LSO St. Luke’s. Annie is grateful for the support of the Concordia Foundation: she was a recipient of the Serena Neville Award as well as the Foundation’s inaugural mentorship scheme. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and completed her research on Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms at the Guildhall School of Music with Joan Havill and City University London with Dr. Christopher Wiley. She received her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the University of British Columbia while studying with Robert Silverman. Annie is founder of MusicArt London, with projects in 2017 including a collaboration at a Berlin art gallery, and a keynote concert and dialogue at an international, multi-disciplinary conference at the University of Surrey.
Concordia Foundation presents a soiree of impressionist French chamber music and song to compliment the National Portrait Gallery's Cezanne Exhibition.
William Vann presenter, piano
Vivien Conacher mezzo-soprano
Raphael Lang cello
Sofia Castillo flute
Generously sponsored by Dasha Shenkman OBE
Syrinx - Claude Debussy
Écoute, mon cœur (Corbeilles de fruits) - André Caplet
Viens! Une flûte invisible soupire - André Caplet
Cello Sonata - Claude Debussy
Trois Chansons de Bilitis - Claude Debussy
Vocalise-Étude (en forme de habañera)
Trois Chansons Madécasses - Maurice Ravel
Hansel & Gretel - A Whistle Stop opera
With music from the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck
Shows: 11.30am & 1.00pm (duration: 1 hour)
FREE entry but booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Contact Concordia: email@example.com
Do you ever daydream...?
Join the Sandman, Hansel, Gretel - and an accordionist! - as they take you on a whistle stop tour of the quirky fairytale Hansel and Gretel, designed especially for children who may not have experienced an opera before.
Presented in a light-hearted and fresh way by four opera singers and an accordionist, the production, originally devised for Opera North, is inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairytale of two hungry children unable to resist the wicked witch's delicious gingerbread house, in the heart of the eerie woods. The Sandman invites the audience to use their imaginations to conjure up a daydream, resulting in a magical, comic, punchy reimagining of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera.
Polly Leech (Hansel) is a mezzo-soprano from Wiltshire, currently training as a 2017/18 a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. She graduated last year from the Royal College of Music, having gained a postgraduate Masters in Vocal Performance (Distinction) under vocal professor Amanda Roocroft and vocal coach Christopher Glynn. She was the Theo Max van der Beugel Scholar and was also supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. Polly is a Britten-Pears Young Artist.
Ellie Laugharne (Gretel) played the role of Gretel for this project with Opera North. Recently, she sang Zerlina in Don Giovanni and the Governess in The Turn of the Screw with Opera Holland Park, Barbarina/Susanna (cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro for both ENO and Opera North, Emirena in Adriano in Siria for Classical Opera, with whom she is currently an Associate Artist, Tina in Flight for OHP, Beethoven Choral Fantasy at the Edinburgh International Festival, Frasquita in Scottish Opera's revival of Carmen and Despina for Opera North's Cosi fan tutte.
Andrea Tweedale (Witch/Mother and drama workshop leader) Soprano Andrea Tweedale was born in Bedfordshire and read Music at the University of Sheffield before attending the RNCM for postgraduate studies. Whilst at the RNCM, Andrea gained a Masters of Music and a Postgraduate Diploma in solo performance, both with Distinction studying under Thomas Schulze and Sarah Rhodes. Andrea’s studies were generously supported by an Independent Opera Scholarship and the Busenhart Morgan Evans award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. After graduating, Andrea was the RNCM recipient of a fellowship from Independent Opera at Saddler’s Wells 2013/2014. She currently enjoys a rich and varied career as a freelance Soprano, working with companies including Opera North and Charles Court Opera, teaching singing to young people, and leading workshops.
John Savournin (Sandman / Writer / Director) Recent credits include Trial by Jury for Opera North; The Magic Flute, Charles Court Opera at Iford Arts, a ‘Whistle-stop’ L’elisir d’amore Opera North, The Yeomenof the Guard and Pirates, National G&S Opera Company
and a reduced Pirates for Opera Holland Park’s Inspire Programme. In 2017, productions included The Barber of Seville for Iford Arts, his main stage directorial debut for
Opera North, and a ‘Whistle-stop’ production for Opera North which was broadcast on BBC’s Opera Passion day. Other recent productions include Tosca, Musique Cordiale Festival, Susanna's Secret King’s Head, Julio Caesare TCM/Blackheath Halls. Aside from his writing for his company Charles Court Opera, he writes and directs Young Audience Projects for the Concordia Foundation, of which he is the newly appointed Education Manager.
Shostakovich: 5 pieces (arranged for clarinet, violin and piano)
Ives: Largo for clarinet , violin and piano
Charlotte Bray: Chant (world premiere, commissioned by Ducasse trio)
Arutiunian: Suite for clarinet, violin & piano
The Ducasse Trio are a passionate and vibrant young ensemble. Formed in 2012, the trio consists of award winning musicians from France, Ireland and the UK who began working together after they met as students at the Paris Conservatoire and Southbank Sinfonia. Winners of the 2014 Worshipful Company of Musicians / Concordia Award, the trio made their Wigmore Hall debut in 2015 and were 2016 YCAT finalists. The trio are engaged to perform at many other leading venues and festivals including Bridgewater Hall, St.Johns’ Smith Square, Petworth Festival, Prussia Cove, Cadogan Hall, Music for Wexford, Music for Kilkenny, Abbotsholme Arts Society, City Music Society at Bishopsgate Institute, Luton music Club, Clifden Arts Festival, Geneva Music Festival.
The trio embarked on their first national tour of Ireland in August 2014, culminating in their debut at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. A pro-active trio, they have commissioned two pieces from Christian Dachez. The premier of “Primetime” was given at the Geneva Music Festival 2013, and it received its premier in Paris in 2015. Appearances at prestigious chamber music courses include Academie Musicale de Villecroze, France, Tibor Varga Switzerland, and IMS Prussia Cove receiving coaching from Thomas Ades, Paul Meyer and Gilbert Audin. Other notable performances include the Anghiari Festival in Italy, Waterloo Festival in London and the Royal Festival Hall.
The trio are passionate about presenting the many neglected works for this ensemble to new audiences both at home and abroad.
Charlotte is the musical director of Camerata Alma Viva and also performs regularly with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. She is in constant demand as a soloist, chamber musician and leader of various chamber orchestras.
William is one of the UK’s leading clarinettists, with regular appearances at Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. He works regularly with the Royal Opera House, BBC Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet and the Halle Orchestra.
Fiachra was the NCH’s rising star 2011 and recently made his debut recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London and Fazioli Hall, Venice. Prize -winner at many international competitions including Dublin, Prague, Collioure, France and Jaques Samuel London, he has recorded 2 solo discs “Pour le piano” with RTE lyric fm and a live from Wigmore Hall performance. Fiachra is the artistic director of the West Wicklow Festival.
The trio would like to thank both the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust for their generous support in their commissioning of the work “Chant” by Charlotte Bray.
Matt Glendening clarinet
Kumi Matsuo piano
Geeta Nazareth violin
Grand Duo Concertante, Op. 48
i) Allegro con fuoco
ii) Andante con moto
iii) Rondo, Allegro
Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132
i) Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
ii) Lebhaft, und sehr markirt
iii) Ruhiges Tempo, mit zartem Ausdruck
iv) Lebhaft, sehr markirt
i) Allegro con brio
ii) Andante rapsodico
Matt Glendening studies clarinet with Timothy Lines and Barnaby Robson at the Royal College of Music as Chairman’s Scholar and Royal College of Music Foundation Scholar. Previously he studied at the RCM Junior Department, winning many prizes. Matt was principal clarinettist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2016 having been a member for 4 years, performing concerts in many prestigious venues including their annual BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, and recoding for Chandos. Nominated by NYO, he received the Musicians’ Company Bulgin Medal for his outstanding contribution. He is currently joint principal clarinettist of the University of London Symphony Orchestra, and was awarded a place in the 2017 Britten-Pears Orchestra. In 2015 he won a place on the London Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Academy, and became Nottingham Young Musician of the Year. He won the 2016 Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain’s Young Clarinettist Competition and was finalist in the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Instrumentalist Competition. As soloist he has performed concerti by Mozart, Copland, Spohr and Bassi. Recital venues include Southwell State Chamber, the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room. For the past 3 years Matt has performed with the Young Virtuosi Festival in France.
Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2007 she moved to London for her further study at the Royal College of Music (RCM) where she gained an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance. Her studies were generously supported by the Charles Napper Award, the Russell Gander Award and the Rohm Music Foundation. Kumi recently completed the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the RCM.
Violist and violinist Geeta Nazareth is currently obtaining her BMus in viola at the Royal College of Music in London, where she is a RCM Foundation Scholar and Soirée d'Or Scholar. After spending her early years studying at various institutions across Europe and America, including the Konservatorium für Musik in Vienna and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, Geeta is proud to be a founding member of the Arcus Quartet in London with which she made her Wigmore Hall debut in March 2017.
Manuel de Falla – Spanish Dance from “ La Vida Breve”
Jules Massenet - Meditation from “Thais”
Dmitri Shostakovich – Romance from the “Gadfly”
J.S Bach – Hess Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Pablo Sarasate – Zapateado
Edward Elgar - Salut d’amour
Eduardo di Capua/ Alfredo Mazzucchi – O Sole Mio
John Sheahan – The Marino Waltz
Frederic Chopin – Nocturne in C sharp minor
Eduard Lalo – 2nd mov from Symphonie Espagnole
Traditional – Danny Boy
Vittorio Monti – Czardas
NICOLE CRESPO O’DONOGHUE - VIOLIN
Nicole Crespo O'Donoghue, from Irish-Basque heritage, is an international, prize winning concert player. Sponsored by the BBVA and the Diputación of Bizkaia, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Professor Mateja Marinkovic.
Nicole has had the privilege of performing before King Philip and Queen Leticia of Spain and HRH Princess Anne in various occasions and in all major venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed live for BBC Radio 3 and in the West End for Lord of the Dance. Nicole is proud to be a Concordia Artist.
MINA BELDIMANESCU – PIANO
Mina Beldimanescu graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015 as a student of Philip Jenkins, obtaining her Master of Performance degree with Distinction.
In 2009, she was awarded 1st prize in the National Music Competition organized by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research. She is also a laureate of the Lilian Davies and Harold Caxton Prizes in London. She appears regularly as a chamber musician in Massachusetts, Costa Brava and Barcelona. Solo performances have also included performances at the Romanian Atheneum, the George Enescu Museum in Bucharest and St James Piccadilly in London.
Scarlatti – Sonata in D minor, K1
Scarlatti – Sonata in D minor, K213
Chopin – Etude in F major, Op.10 No.8
Massenet – 'Meditation' from Thais
Williams – Theme from Schindler’s List
Chopin – Etude in C minor, Op. 10 No. 12
Schubert – Impromptus Op. 90 Nos. 2 & 3
Piazzolla – Oblivion and Libertango
Tiersen – Comptine d’Un Autre Ete
Die fabelhafte Welt der Amelie
Chopin – Etude in E major, Op. 10 No. 3
Elgar – Salut d’Amour
Schumann – Sonata No. 2 in G minor, II. Andantino
Arlen – Somewhere over the Rainbow
Ning Hui See is a Singapore-born pianist noted for her refined touch and musical
personality. A postgraduate at the Royal College of Music, she has performed in
Italy, France, Belgium, the UK, Colorado and Southeast Asia. Ning is a laureate of
several internaJonal compeJJons and a BBC Young Musician keyboard finalist.
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.